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The best part of competing, though, was their hands-on exposure to corporate America, Varghese said.
“We learned a lot about the business world in general and how it worked,” Varghese said. “I mean, how many 17- or 18-year-olds get to present to a room full of executives of a billion-dollar company?”
“We were treated like consultants so we actually got to experience what it was like in the real world,” Sell said.
Varghese said that in college, he wants to study business, specifically how companies manage the massive amounts of data now available. Sell is interested in both engineering and business, he said.
Being a part of Lakeville South’s strong DECA program — with 100 members, the school is among the 10 largest in Minnesota — has helped them get a head start on future careers.
“We have a lot of great business people here,” Varghese said. “[Through DECA], a lot of their kids can get a taste of that.”
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