Incoming ISU business student Landrie Flack was among two South Vigo High School students who placed in the top 10 of DECA’s International Career Development Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
The Scott College of Business (SCOB), a supporter of DECA, recently presented Flack and the other international conference top 10 placer, Micah Huckaby, with a plaque for their achievement and outstanding business spirit. Their project helped promote organ donation and raised more than $3,400 from various special events.
“I chose to attend Indiana State University because they have an amazing business program,” Flack said. “The Scott College of Business at ISU strongly supports DECA which allowed me to learn about the school. They were very inviting and explained the many ways they help students prepare for successful careers. I also took into consideration that going to a larger university would have made me just a number in the crowd. Studying business at ISU felt more like a community because everyone knows everyone.”
“I’ve always dreamed of being a businesswoman for a large well-known corporation. My goal is to learn as much as I can and develop my leadership abilities because I know studying business will offer me endless opportunities for my future.”
Flack’s grandfather is Paul Brill, a 1953 graduate of Indiana State University who earned the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1995 and a nomination for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2016 in recognition of his lifetime work with the Native Americans. He passed away in 2017.
Other DECA students from the area have also chosen to attend Indiana State. Terre Haute North Vigo High School students Gracie Taylor plans to study business and Kenzie Knowles plans to study nursing. Together with fellow student, Tyler Will, the two future Sycamores raised awareness and support for Down Syndrome Indiana for their DECA project, and their online and in-person fundraising efforts raised over $2,500.
SCOB annually hosts the 7th region DECA competition on campus which brings together high school students from the area to compete in both written and interactive elements involving marketing, management, finance, and hospitality while judged by industry professionals. This year, for the first time, ISU served as the title sponsor for the state of Indiana DECA competition, which included more than 2,000+ students and high school business teachers in Indianapolis.
Dean Terry Daugherty, SCOB mentoring coordinator Madison Marshall, Sycamore Sam, and several ISU business students attended both high school’s DECA banquets in celebration of the achievements of these local students.