Waconia High School students participated in the District 3 DECA competition on Sunday, Jan 7, at Bloomington Jefferson High School. More than 600 students participated from the southwest metro area and 16 Waconia students qualified to participate at the state DECA competition.

DECA is a competitive student organization that prepares emerging leaders for careers in entrepreneurship, marketing, finance, hospitality, and management.

The Minnesota DECA State Career Development Conference will take place March 10-12 in Minneapolis.

Waconia High School's state qualifiers are pictured below:

Back row: Ryan Freitas, Nakia Abdel-Khaliq, Ellen Youngdahl, Brooke Scholla, Evie Tellers, Joel Buch, Jace Jager, Morgan Yager

Front row: Abigail Krcil, Svea Johnson, Bella Greer, Maretta Henriksen, Audrey Falkman, Katelyn Smith

Not pictured: Nick Geyen, Wyatt Breeden

DECA Quaifiers