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Dylan Haggart, president of Sentinel High School's DECA organization, stands next to the school's rooftop sign last fall that was refurbished thanks to Haggart and DECA. Last week, Sentinel's DECA chapter returned from the state competition with a slew of awards.

Sentinel High School's DECA chapter returned from the state competition last week with a slew of awards.

Several hundred students competed in the Montana DECA Career Development Conference in Great Falls, including 119 from Sentinel's chapter. The conference included a variety of competency-based competitive events in specific marketing, finance, hospitality and management professions.

This year, 45 Sentinel members qualified for the DECA International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, California, by placing either first or second (and, in some events, third) in their respective events.

Fourteen members qualified in more than one event, with three members qualifying in three events, and three members qualifying in four events — a first in Montana DECA history.

Senior Nathan Wildeboer earned Montana’s top score on the Marketing Cluster Exam. Sentinel DECA also received the Montana DECA Spirit Award and the DECA, Inc. Membership Campaign Certificate of Achievement for being Montana’s largest DECA chapter for 10 years.

Advisor Mark Hartman was honored with the Montana DECA Advisor of the Year Award.

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