Accounting Students Earn Top Honors at International DECA Competition
April 26, 2016
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— For the second year in a row, Illinois Wesleyan University students
Alejandra Salinas ’16 and Matthew Braden ’16 received top honors at the Collegiate
DECA International Career Development Conference.
Both students competed in the Business Simulations-Accounting category. In the Accounting
event, individual participants analyze a real-world accounting situation, develop
ideas and solutions to the situation, then role-play with a professional judge with
experience in financial services and/or accounting. Participants also take a comprehensive
Salinas (Sugar Grove, Ill.) and Braden (Aurora, Ill.) tied for highest exam score.
In addition, Braden placed in the top 10 internationally for his performance in the
presentation portion of the competition. Both students are accounting majors at Illinois Wesleyan.
Last year Salinas ranked in the Top 10 in the Accounting event, while Braden was recognized
with a certificate of excellence for his performance in the role-play.
Salinas started Illinois Wesleyan’s Collegiate DECA chapter three years ago and served
as president, while Braden served as vice president. DECA’s goal is to prepare emerging
leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.