Mounds View DECA
Mounds View DECA

Minnesota DECA State Career Development Conference Press Release

13 students from Mounds View qualified to compete at the Minnesota DECA State Career Development Conference and Competition in Minneapolis, MN, March 4-6, 2018. Competitors included: Hufsa Ahmed (10), Deepta Jashti (10), Ian Boyles (11), Benjamin Gardner (11), Chihiro Gustafson (11), Justin Reiling (11), Amy Helgeson (12), Jared Herbert (12), Chaz Nelson (12), Levi Scott (12), Aman Rao (12), and Alisa Samadani (12), Congratulations to all competitors for your hard work in making it to this level of competition. 
The following individuals earned additional recognition on stage from a pool of 2,000 Minnesota high school competitors:
  • Hufsa Ahmed – Professional Selling Event – 2nd, Small Business Enterprise Gold Certification
  • Benjamin Gardner   – Medal Score in Finance Cluster Exam
  • Chihiro Gustafson – Principles of Hospitality and Tourism – 4th, Medal Score in Business Administration Core Exam, Sales Demonstration Hard Lines Finalist
  • Deepta Jasthi– Medal Score in Business Administration Core Exam
  • Amy Helgeson – Entrepreneurship Promotion Project – 2nd, Start-Up Business Plan - 3rd, Apparel and Accessories Marketing - 4th 
  • Justin Reiling – Retail Merchandising – 2nd, Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling Finalist, Small Business Enterprise Gold Certification, Medal Score in Hospitality and Tourism Cluster Exam
  • Alisa Samadani – Small Business Enterprise Gold Certification
In addition, Hufsa, Chihiro, Amy, Justin, and Alisa moved on the final round of competition, held in April in Atlanta, Georgia. These students will be competing against 20,000 top students from around the world at the International Career Development Conference – the pinnacle of DECA competition. Best of luck to you in the next round!
DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. DECA enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, apply learning, connect to business and promote competition. The Minnesota High School Association is part of a larger organization comprised of 215,000 members from all 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Canada, China, Germany, Guam, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Spain. For more information, visit