Moore Norman Technology Center’s entrepreneurship students competed in state DECA competition last week at the Southern Hill Marriott in Tulsa. First through third place winners earned the right to compete in the International Career Development Conference May 2-7 in Atlanta, Ga. Collegiate-level winners will compete April 22-27 in Washington, D.C.

DECA is a national organization that provides opportunities for students to develop skills and obtain experience in marketing, business and entrepreneurship. In Oklahoma, DECA is an integral part of marketing education in the CareerTech System with more than 3,000 junior and senior high school members.

Four MNTC students received first place honors including: Nathan Bollman, Entrepreneurship Participating Event: Franchise; Olan Field, Entrepreneurship Promotion Project; Gary Palagashvili, Entrepreneurship: Growing Your Business and Stefan Paxton, Entrepreneurship Promotion Project.

Second place winners include: Justin Arday, Entrepreneurship Starting a Business (Collegiate); Nicco Henderson, Entrepreneurship Starting a Business (Collegiate); Katelan Pospiech, Buying and Merchandising Operations Research and Ben Taylor, Finance Operations Research.

Third place winners include: Addison Dunagan- Public Relations Project; Baylee Kay, Public Relations Project; Koriane McGill, Entrepreneurship Innovation Plan and Annabelle Young, Public Relations Project.

MNTC’s entrepreneurship class teaches high school and adult students about the operation and ownership issues related to running a business and students are given opportunities to develop and write their own business plans.

To learn about MNTC’s Entrepreneurship course, visit or call 364-5763.

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