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Business Students Win Big at International Competition

Belmont had its best year ever at the Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference. Twenty-eight Belmont business students competed in the international competition hosted by DECA, April 13-16 in Orlando. Of the 28 Belmont participants, 20 reached the finals in their respective events.

With nearly 1,500 students in attendance, Belmont students won numerous awards in the following categories:
Entrepreneurial Business Plan: Tim Smith won 1st place, and Jake Jorgovan won 3rd place.
Entrepreneurial Challenge: Jerell Harris, Areej Rabie and Josh Gilreth won 2nd place. Kathleen Bond, Matt Madden and Lindsay Ricker won 3rd place, and Mandy Thompson, Hillary Unis and Jenna Owen also finished in the top 10.
Sales Management: Jerrell Harris won 2nd place.
Restaurant Management: Clark Buckner won 2nd place for the second year in a row. Max Magura finished in the top 10, and Julia Cecere was a national finalist.
Business Ethics: Lindsay Ricker and Kathleen Bond finished in the top 10, and Aubree Phillips and Charles Williams were national finalists.
Retail Management: Hillary Unis was a national finalist.

This is the third consecutive year Belmont placed first in the Entrepreneurship Business Plan category and won second place in the Entrepreneurial Challenge.

Collegiate DECA is the college division of DECA, Inc. More than 1,400 students from 230 college campuses participate in the organization. Collegiate DECA enhances the student’s college experience by providing recognition and leadership activities directly related to academic study.