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Bellevue College DECA triumphs at NW regional competition 49 BC students will advance to the national competition, represent school

49 BC students will advance to the national competition, represent school

BELLEVUE, Wash.  – Forty nine out of 52 Bellevue College students are advancing from the Collegiate DECA Pacific Northwest Career Development Conference held Feb. 19 – 21 in Spokane, Washington and will participate in the national competition in Washington, DC April 16-19

Bellevue College fielded the largest team at the tournament, competing against students from University of Washington, Washington State University, Western Washington University, Gonzaga University and other prominent schools in the region.

The Bellevue College team, which is only in its second year, produced 19 state champions.  In total, Bellevue College boasts 37 top three finalists:


OVERALL TEAM SWEEPSTAKES IN MARKETING
State Champion – Bellevue College
2nd place – WWU
3rd place – Gonzaga
OVERALL TEAM SWEEPSTAKES IN HOSPITALITY
State Champion – Bellevue College
2nd place – WSU
3rd place – Gonzaga
OVERALL TEAM SWEEPSTAKES IN BUSINESS
State Champion – Gonzaga
2nd place – Bellevue College
3rd place – Gonzaga
OVERALL TEAM SWEEPSTAKES IN FINANCE
State Champion – Bellevue College
2nd place – Camosun
3rd place – Gonzaga
OVERALL TEAM SWEEPSTAKES IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP
State Champion – Shoreline Community College
2nd place – Bellevue College
3rd place – Gonzaga
ADVERTISING
State Champion – Tana Rulkova & Dan Palanchuk, Bellevue College
2nd place – Seioriana Aulava & Sally Park, Bellevue College
MARKETING MANAGEMENT
State Champion – Andrew Tabit, Bellevue College
SPORTS MARKETING
State Champion – Kendra Meeker & Mitchell Morris, Bellevue College
3rd place – Ezra Asfaw & Gabrielle Larsen, Bellevue College
B2B MARKETING
State Champion – Joshua Lee & Meina Jin, Bellevue College
FASHION MARKETING
2nd place – Danny Yu, Bellevue College
EMERGING TECHNOLOGY MARKETING
2nd place – Yu-wen Weng, Bellevue College
3rd place – Dorel Roata & Karolina Shirokova, Bellevue College
SALES
State Champion – Andrew Norris, Bellevue College
3rd place – Andrew Tabit, Bellevue College
SALES MANAGEMENT
2nd place – Andrew Norris, Bellevue College
3rd place – Jason Sandhu, Bellevue College
GROWING A BUSINESS
State Champion – Margarita Zavalishina & Eduard Avanesyan, Bellevue College
3rd place – Erika Lamothe, Bellevue College
RETAIL MANAGEMENT
State Champion – Conner Watts, Bellevue College
HR MANAGEMENT
State Champion – Erin Mills, Bellevue College
BUSINESS RESEARCH
2nd place – Tina Estes, Bellevue College
BANKING
State Champion – Alex Ortner, Bellevue College
3rd place – Dorel Roata, Bellevue College
CORPORATE FINANCE
State Champion – Larry Harris, Bellevue College
FINANCIAL STATEMENT ANALYSIS
State Champion – Keith Monaghan & Olivia Wright, Bellevue College
EVENT PLANNING
State Champion – Seioriana Aulava & Sally Park, Bellevue College
3rd place – Karolina Shirokova & Margarita Zavalishina, Bellevue College
HOTEL MANAGEMENT
State Champion – Kami Terry, Bellevue College
2nd place – Nasa Sugizaki, Bellevue College
RESTAURANT MANAGEMENT
3rd place – Khrystine Raymond, Bellevue College


“The DECA program allows me to see tremendous growth in my students that I might otherwise only have a glimpse of from classroom teaching,” said Professor Kyle Barber, the program’s executive director and head coach. “Regardless of the outcome in competition, every one of these students is growing and becoming more adept at landing employment in a managerial or executive capacity.”
Collegiate DECA is an international association of college students and teachers of marketing, business, finance, hospitality, and entrepreneurship. The organization prepares leaders and entrepreneurs for careers and education in marketing, finance, hospitality, management, and other business areas. It is one of ten organizations listed as Career and Technical Student Organizations by the United States Department of Education. The DECA Collegiate Division includes over 215,000 members in 275 colleges and universities.
To learn more about the Bellevue College Institute for Business and Information Technology, please visit http://www.bellevuecollege.edu/ibit/. For more information about BC DECA, please visit www.bellevuedeca.com

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