KK BOLD in the Community: DECA Edition

Hersch, a Mandan High School Senior finished first in the nation in his competition category. Mitch competed against 200 of the top Business Finance students in the nation.

Every day, KK BOLD staffers are about and active in the local community. Try not to let that terrify you. This month, we are highlighting the agency’s involvement with DECA, both in the past with DECA alums working here, and in the future with assistance provided to current members.

DECA is an association of high school and college students preparing for careers in marketing, management, finance and entrepreneurship. The North Dakota association has 19 high school chapters and 10 collegiate chapters across the state. The recent North Dakota DECA state conference brought the top individuals from across the state to Bismarck to compete in more than 35 categories ranging from Ad Campaign to Quick Serve Restaurant Management.

KK BOLD features a number of DECA Alumni on our staff. Account executive Justin Fisk, creative director Clay Hove and social media director Stephanie Sandstrom are all former members of DECA. Stephanie Sandstrom is a competition coach for three local chapters, Mandan High School, Bismarck High School and Century High School. She coordinated DECA competition practices from December to April in preparation for both the State and International competition. Justin judged at the ND State Conference in March.


ND DECA was well represented in final competitions. Congratulations to these students for earning the highest competition awards at the 2013 International Career Development Conference.

KK BOLD members Kalvin Kingsley, Samantha Vondel and Ted Hanson recently helped to refine the presentations of a team of Bismarck High School students and gave them an inside track on web development and e-commerce. The team qualified to compete at the international conference in Anaheim, California April 28-May 1 and finished in the top thirty percent of their division.

A special congratulations to local chapter members, Mitch Hersch of Mandan High School and Dominic Davis of Century High School. Hersch (pictured above) a third year member of DECA placed first in the nation in Business Finance. Davis was a finalist in the Food Marketing Event.

In future editions of the KK BOLD e-news, we plan to spotlight other staffers’ contributions to the community, which, again, is nothing for anyone to be scared about. We are mostly harmless. Our thanks to North Dakota DECA for allowing us to contribute to their success in molding the best and brightest of the marketers of tomorrow. Because we are probably going to need some more of them.

Posted on May 2, 2013 in KK BOLD, KK BOLD BLOG

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