Eight Barton School students to compete at National DECA competition

The Collegiate DECA chapter at Wichita State continues to showcase the remarkable talent of its students. DECA, an international association connecting students to business and professional development opportunities, saw the WSU team compete in a statewide competition in Hillsboro, Kansas Feb. 23. Eight WSU students won eleven medals qualifying them for the upcoming national competition in Austin, Texas, from April 20 to 23:

  • George Giem: First place in corporate finance
  • Maley Hansen and Grace Skelton: Third place in the marketing communications team event
  • Maley Hansen: Second place in marketing management
  • Nathan Holloway: First place in hotel and lodging, Second place in restaurant and food service management
  • Raven McPherson and Valishia Landrum: Second place in the event planning team event
  • Raven McPherson: Second place in human resource management
  • Ronish Rasaily: First place in travel and tourism, Second place in hotel and lodging
  • Tayshaun Washington: First place in financial accounting, Second place in corporate finance

“Seeing our students excel on such a competitive stage is a testament to their hard work and dedication,” said Pattie Bradley, the group’s faculty advisor as well as the Barton School’s associate educator in economics. “Nathan, Tayshaun and Raven are part of the original students who started DECA at the Barton School in 2022, and they are graduating this spring. Their success, and the success of the entire chapter, not only reflects their individual talents but also speaks volumes about their leadership. We’re eagerly anticipating nationals in Austin and I am confident they will continue to make us proud.”