“I was competing against girls from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, New York,” said Denning, a native of Fargo. “These girls had outfits that were five times more expensive than mine.” Luckily for Denning, price tags didn’t determine the winner.
“I’ve never taken a fashion merchandising class in my life,” she said. “I was able to win this competition based on the excellent education I received and everything we learned about in marketing classes and then just incorporating fashion from what I learned in my own time from fashion magazines or working in retail.”
DECA is the international association of marketing students.
Other UND students also placed at the conference.
Evan Romuld, Grand Forks, a computer science major, placed third out of 75 teams in an entrepreneurship challenge.
“I had to create a business that improved a process of service like Uber did. That’s the example they used,” Romuld said. “My business was to laser-measure motorcycle helmets so it’s a better fitting helmet. . . [that’s] better for safety.”
Mitch Hersch, Mandan, N.D., a managerial finance and accountancy major, made it to the top 10 in corporate finance business simulation.