Florida Campus DECA Students Excel Competitively

(L-R) Zach Lieberman, Michelle Ray, Juan Guerrero,Taron Beckford, Nicholas Cooper, Daniel Tellez 

Northwood University Florida Campus’ Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) students recently earned a variety of awards and medals from this year’s Florida state and international competitions held in Orlando, Florida and Washington DC.

Placing internationally in the top ten were Taron Beckford and Nicholas Cooper in the Financial Statement Analysis category and Michelle Ray in the Fashion Merchandising and Marketing category, and placing in the top three was Juan Guerrero in the Hotel & Lodging category.

The six competitors who placed in the Florida state competition included:

  • Nick Cooper & Taron Beckford - 1st place in Financial Statement Analysis  
  • Juan Guerrero - 1st place Hotel & Lodging
  • Zach Lieberman - 1st place in Retail Merchandising  
  • Michelle Ray - 1st place in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing
  • Daniel Tellez - 2nd place Hotel & Lodging

With over a 60 year history, DECA has touched the lives of more than ten million students, educators, school administrators and business professionals since it was founded in 1946. Clustered around the six academic areas of business management and administration, communications and technology, entrepreneurship, finance and accounting, hospitality and tourism and marketing and sales, DECA competitive events provide meaningful opportunities for Northwood University students to apply classroom knowledge toward scenarios they’ll encounter in the professional world of business.


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 two full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida and mid-Michigan. Adult Degree Programs are available in seven states with many course delivery options including online. The DeVos Graduate School offers accelerated, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas and Florida. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in China (Changchun and Wuxi), Malaysia and Sri Lanka.