Northwood University DECA Students Compete in International Competition

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Northwood University students competed in the Collegiate DECA International Competition held in Salt Lake City, UT, on April 20-25.
(l-r): Advisor Elmer Tofteland, Rachel Plankenhorn, Kathryn Thoenes, Sara Niezgoda, Mary Losey, Nickolas Richmond, Megan Goucher and Travis Covert (Emily Leniczek is not pictured).

(l-r): Advisor Elmer Tofteland, Rachel Plankenhorn, Kathryn Thoenes, Sara Niezgoda, Mary Losey, Nickolas Richmond, Megan Goucher and Travis Covert (Emily Leniczek is not pictured).

April 27, 2012

MIDLAND, MI – Northwood University students competed in the Collegiate DECA International Competition held in Salt Lake City, UT, on April 20-25. Eight students from Northwood University competed with other college and university students throughout the United States, England, Canada and Puerto Rico. Three students qualified as finalists in the preliminary round of competition and two students placed in the top 10 overall in the final round.

Students that participated in this year’s international competition are: Travis Covert, a sophomore from Lansing; Megan Goucher, a sophomore from Midland; Emily Leniczek, a junior from Rochester; Mary Losey, a senior from Troy; Sara Niezgoda, a senior from Livonia; Rachel Plankenhorn, a sophomore from Three Rivers; Nickolas Richmond, a sophomore from Otter Lake; and Kathryn Thoenes, a senior from Troy.

Students who placed as finalists in the preliminary competition and competed in the finals were: Sara Niezgoda, Entrepreneurship; Mary Losey, Restaurant and Food Service Management; and Kathryn Thoenes, Fashion Merchandising and Marketing.

Students who placed in the top 10 at the final round of international competition include: Kathryn Thoenes, Fashion Merchandising and Marketing, and Mary Losey, Restaurant and Food Service Management.

Elmer Tofteland, associate professor of accounting at Northwood and Collegiate DECA advisor for the University, said, “I was proud of each Northwood University student that competed recently in the Collegiate DECA International Competition. Each of them represented Northwood University well and worked hard to achieve the honor to participate in the competition in Salt Lake City.”

ABOUT NORTHWOOD UNIVERSITY

Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in eight states with many course delivery options including an online option. The DeVos Graduate School offers day and evening programming in Michigan, Texas, Florida and Switzerland. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise in Midland, Michigan, specializes in creative thinking and innovation development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.