Taylor Metcalf, a 2011 Kingsland graduate and current Minnesota School of Business student, recently took first place at the national DECA competition held in Anaheim, Calif.

College students from around the globe compete at DECA business events throughout the year beginning at the local level in the fall with finalists moving to the state level as the year progresses. The competitions are held to build professionalism and increase business skills in the field students are most interested in.

Metcalf was one of three MSB Rochester campus students who worked his way up to the national level this year. At this event he competed in the category of project management. As part of the competition, Metcalf was required to participate in several interviews conducted by panels of business professionals and also complete a project plan. His paper was on "T&B Aviary, Expansion of Production."

Metcalf won $1,000 for taking first place in the event. He is planning on saving the money for a hunting trip next fall.

When asked why he chose to participate and compete in these DECA events Metcalf replied, "I will be able to use the skills I have learned and apply them as an insurance agent at Steve Knutson's State Farm where I am currently employed."

Sunshine Foods and TJ's Liquor in Spring Valley sponsored his trip.