RTCC Business Management Students Excel at State Competition

Two RTCC students studying Business Management won first place in their academic category at the DECA Vermont State Career Development Conference held on February 10 at the Davis Center at the University of Vermont. By winning their category, these students earned the right to represent Vermont at DECA's International Career Development Conference in California later in the year. Haleigh Molinario of Williamstown dominated the Personal Financial Literacy category by placing first in each of the four individual events and received a $2,000 scholarship to Vermont Technical College. Tapanga Murray of Randolph finished first in the category of Business Management and Administration and also won a $2000 VTC scholarship.

Molinario and Murray were not the only RTCC students to leave the conference with awards and scholarship money. In fact, five RTCC students earned recognition and won scholarships totaling $6,500. RTCC swept the top three places in the Business Management and Administration category by also placing second and third. Sheyenne Miller from Randolph finished second and received a $1,500 scholarship to VTC. Mikaya Potvin of Williamstown placed third and received a $1,000 VTC scholarship. Mariah Vilbrin of Northfield earned a third place finish in the Role Play competition. In the Public Speaking category, Mikaya Potvin finished third overall.

The RTCC Business Management teacher, Wayne Goulet, was confident his team would do well during the competition. “Since the beginning of the school year, I have been amazed at how quickly they have understood business fundamentals and personal finance”, according to Goulet. “Their incredible performance at the conference reflects their hard work and dedication”. Goulet was also quick to thank Jan Stratton, RTCC’s previous Business Management teacher, for her assistance in preparing the students for the conference. “Most of the students’ success belongs to Jan”, explained Goulet. “As a veteran of multiple DECA conferences, Jan provided coaching to alleviate student anxiety. As a result, the students approached the conference with more confidence and the results speak for themselves.”

This year’s DECA conference was the second for Haleigh Molinario and she entered the competition with increased self-assurance. “As a result of participating in last year’s conference, I was better prepared for the role play scenarios. When I finished each scenario, I was extremely confident I did well.” Murray stated the the conference was an eye-opening experience. “I didn’t know what to expect especially during the role-play competition. However, once I was presented with the scenario and started speaking, my confidence greatly increased.”

Over 100 Vermont students from high schools throughout the state attended the DECA conference. DECA is an international organization with 219,000 student members from 3,500 high schools around the world which prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management at both the high school and college level. The Career Development Conference provides a venue for DECA's competitive events program as well as additional career and leadership development programs.

Congratulation to the outstanding performance by RTCC’s Business Management students.

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