Thirty-two students from the Coon Rapids DECA program attended the fall leadership conference in Bloomington along with 1,000 other DECA students from around the state of Minnesota.
With learning and leadership in mind, students were able to take away all sorts of things from the conference, from confidence boosters to brand management, according to DECA members Chad Ziegler, Grant Farley and Kate Socha.
Students and advisers signed up for classes at the conference that fit their interests.
Students had plenty of options with over 50 classes to choose from including classes on competitive events, career readiness, team building, college readiness and personal development.
“I’ve learned a lot of new things about preparing for DECA competitions and it gave me a different perspective on the competitiveness and scope of DECA,” said student Stefani Weimholt.
Coon Rapids DECA members also participated in a leadership session at the fall leadership conference.
Senior Juan Suarez, a two-year vice president of the Coon Rapids chapter, decided to run for a state office position with a three-tiered platform focusing on experience workshop days to teach new members, real world leadership to help all members and individual chapter counseling.
Suarez and his fellow team members Danny Polaschek, Rebecca Daml, Gina Palmquist, Alex Simoni, Alexander Hassebroek, Stefani Weimholt, Laurel Denney, Katie Kiecker and Andrew Biernat worked numerous hours putting together his platform for his state election campaign, including time over the summer.
Throughout everything Suarez’s performance was jaw dropping and powerful the way he inspired Coon Rapids DECA to be the best it can be, according to Ziegler, Farley and Socha.