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Ten WWU students will travel to the DECA
International Conference at Orlando, Fla., in April to
compete with more than 1,200 other college students.
The WWU students qualified for the international
competition by their success in the Collegiate DECA
State Career Development Conference Feb. 17-18. Those
going to the international competition and the divisions
in which they will participate are:
Greg Baker, Gentry Coffman
Brad Whitcomb
Advertising Campaign (first at state)
Nikki Cole
, Sales Representative (second at state,
plus third in Entrepreneurship)
Danielle Costanza
Liz Thomas
, Advertising
(second at state)
Bridgette Doig
, Sales Representative (first at state,
plus tied for first in Website Design)
Olivia Nicholson
, second in Travel and Tourism and
second in Hospitality
Melissa Smith
, Entrepreneurship (first at state)
Amber Vieth
, Website Design (tied for first at state)
Altogether 36 WWU students participated in the state
competition, and they finished anywhere from first
to 10th in 15 categories. In addition to those going to
Orlando, others finishing in the top three were:
DECA prepares for international competition
By Molly Dougherty
Alicia Claxton,
first in Human Resources
Lisa Coppersmith
, third in Website Design
Ben Lifritz
Naomi Starr,
second in Sports and
Entertainment Marketing
Others who placed at the state competition were
Theresa Gregar, Meghan Tosie, Aaron Lewis, Ruben
Ramirez, Matt Steiniger, Melanie Hemstreet, Andrew
Neudecker, Marissa Ballard, Amanda Iler, Carly
Coulson, Marissa McPherson, Jada Bennington,
Dacia Smith, Rachel Moser, Kasey Radcliff, Josh
Jackson, Amy Faus
Alycia Schreder
Linda Duke
, WWU marketing instructor, was pleased
with the students’ efforts and the results they earned.
“Missouri Collegiate DECA continues to grow,”
Duke said. “This year’s competition had around 40
more participants than any prior years of DECA state
competition. Even with the increased competition, our
William Woods students continue to excel in placing
at competition, which reflects directly on their own
demonstrated assets and the valued education that
William Woods has to offer.”
She added, “Each year I consider it an honor to advise
this group of students. I am very proud of all of our
DECA students and appreciate the extra effort that it
takes to represent William Woods.”
Monica Renfrow
is the new head volleyball coach,
Jenny Mueller,
who resigned in December.
Renfrow served as an assistant women’s volleyball
coach at NCAA Division I Bradley University this past
season. Her responsibilities included day-to-day
operations of the volleyball program including primary
setter coach, recruiting, academic monitoring and
assisting with camps. Bradley, located in Peoria, Ill., is a
member of the Missouri Valley Conference.
Active in volleyball club coaching, Renfrow spent
six seasons working for the 1st Alliance (Chicago, Ill.),
Hamilton-Sussex (Hamilton, Wis.) and Milwaukee Sting
(Milwaukee, Wis.) volleyball club teams.
She played intercollegiate volleyball at NCAA Division
I Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis. She served as
a team captain and completed her playing career in the
programs top 10 in assists, digs and hitting percentage.
Renfrow was named second team All-Big East and made
Monica Renfrow hired to coach volleyball
the conference Academic Honor Roll in 2006.
“Coach Renfrow brings the right mix of competitive
spirit, charisma, recruiting experience, knowledge of
the game, and administrative skills to the head
volleyball coaching
position at William
Woods University,”
said WWU Director of
Athletics Larry York.
“We look forward to her
being a member of our
coaching staff.”