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DECA Leads the Pack – Thirteen NU Students Achieve National Recognition

April 27, 2020

Thirteen Northwood University students received recognition by National Collegiate DECA. These students were each presented with the Gold level DECA Leadership Passport Program Award, which is the highest honor given at the national level. Northwood students were recognized for their contributions to the advancement of both High School and Collegiate DECA.

The Collegiate DECA Leadership Passport Program encourages local chapters and individual members to plan activities and participate in events that enhance the experiences of members. The leadership passport rewards action taken by members and chapters that build personal and professional skill sets focused around the organization’s four attributes and values: competence, innovation, integrity and teamwork.

“I believe that the leadership, communication, and critical thinking skills developed in DECA are of great importance and that these same skills play a significant role in real-world success.” Said John Gustincic, Northwood University’s DECA Advisor.

These thirteen Northwood students are the only Collegiate DECA students in the State of Michigan to earn this Award. Awardees include:

  • Aidan Keyes

  • Bethany Mathews

  • Brendon Krimmel

  • Dakota Jones

  • De’Andre Kemp-Jordan

  • Elaine Murrary

  • Jacob Walters

  • Madison Jordan

  • Michael Shaddock

  • Nicholas Goodreau

  • Richard Ascherl III

  • Riley Ketvirtis

  • Sydney Byrd

Northwood University students improve their leadership and business competition skills by teaching high school students how to lead and compete at a higher level. Northwood students design and facilitate mock high school competitions and travel to high schools for the purpose of delivering Professional Development workshops specifically designed to elevate leadership skills and competition skills.

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