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Slinger students score a big win at DECA's International Competition

posted May 8, 2018, 6:10 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Eddie Inchaurregui, Staff Writer

Posted May 8th, 2018

Congratulations to those who competed in DECA’s International Competition. In an interview with Slinger High’s 1st Place Winners, Tanner Sarauer, Ethan Szamocki, and Max Schickert, Tanner spoke all about the experience. What were your initial thoughts before beginning the event? “I felt blessed to be there. Max, Ethan, and I had been working for a while and had many early mornings, so I was mainly excited to put our hard work to the test.” How do you feel you did on your performance?” I don’t think any of us could sit still. We did the whole thing perfectly and we had literally began jumping for joy when we left the room. It put us into more pressure on how confident we are, but at the end of the day, it was obviously good enough.” Tanner then closes with this message: “DECA is a phenomenal organization that I encourage all students to partake in. You don’t have to want to do business to be good at it. It helps your people skills along with problem solving and decision making. Being recognized as first internationally is an indescribable feeling, and we truly owe it to the greatest advisors in DECA, Mrs. Smessaert, Ms. Becker, and Mrs. Hansen. They really deserve a lot of credit for helping us improve the scripts we wrote.” With this illuminating message, I congratulate DECA for giving teens today the ability to experience joy, success, and applicable skills in the real world.