Earlier this month, five outstanding Full Sail students participated in the 50th Annual Collegiate DECA State Competition, held from March 6-9 in Orlando.
The team included members MarkAnthony Brown (Entertainment Business), Raven-Ariel Jackson (Entertainment Business), Dylan Schimka, (Sports Marketing & Media) Matt Goginsky (Entertainment Business), and Kristen Terrell (Entertainment Business), all of whom placed in the Top 10 or above in one or more categories.
For the second year in a row, state champions MarkAnthony and Raven-Ariel – both of whom competed at the International Conference in Washington, D.C last spring – placed first in the Business-to-Business Marketing team event. Dylan, who has experience competing at the high school level in his home state of Illinois, placed second in the Advertising Campaign competition.
The students also placed in the Top 10 in Marketing Management (Matt) and in the International Marketing (MarkAnthony and Matt) and Sports & Entertainment Marketing (Dylan and Kristen) team events.
And the accolades didn’t end there. At the awards banquet, Raven-Ariel was named a Top 3 finalist for DECA’s Outstanding Student Award, and Mark-Anthony was sworn in as the organization’s new state Vice President. Additionally, the Full Sail University Chapter brought home a Membership Increase Award.
Jackie Otero, who helped launch the school’s chapter less than two years ago, was delighted by the results. “Full Sail is a bit like the ‘little chapter that could.’ We are small but fierce.” As the current campus DECA sponsor and a longtime DECA supporter, Jackie lauds the uplifting spirit of the organization.
“It’s a very positive and professional environment. While the judges are there to critique and score the students, they’re also interested in meeting future entrepreneurs and leaders.”
To follow the group and to see photos from the event, check out twitter.com/decafullsail.