Kudos: WWU's DECA students win big at regional competition

Business students at Western Washington University won top honors at the 2014 Collegiate DECA Pacific Northwest Career Development Conference, which took place from Feb. 27 through March 3, in Seattle.

The students competed in business simulations, case studies and prepared presentations with varying career focuses such as project management, marketing and emerging technologies.

WWU brought the largest student delegation, which competed against colleges from Washington state and British Columbia.

Competitors were vying for spots at Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference, held in Washington, D.C., from April 23-26.

At the regional conference, WWU students received four first-place awards, as well as four second-place and five third-place awards. Those 13 top-three awards equaled 19 top-three finishes for WWU, as some students competed in teams of two or three.

An additional eight competitors qualified to move on to the D.C. conference, with WWU finishing with 27 spots at the international competition.

DECA members have already begun raising funds to attend the national conference. Anyone interested in sponsoring their trip should contact the chapter’s president, Kaleb Ode, at wwudeca@gmail.com.

Blaine, Bellingham businesses honored by Northwest Clean Air Agency

Crazy Dazy No. 9 and Safe Harbor Funeral Service, both in Blaine, as well as Fairhaven Shipyard, in Bellingham, won gold-status honors in the 2014 Partners for Clean Air awards, given by the Northwest Clean Air Agency.

The awards have been presented annually to businesses in Island, Skagit and Whatcom counties since 2010. Winners are awarded in three levels: platinum, gold and silver. This year’s platinum winner was Trident Seafoods, in Anacortes.

To win gold status, businesses must comply with all applicable air quality regulations for at least three years and employ additional clean air practices in at least two of the following categories: energy efficiency, emissions reductions, air pollution prevention and transportation reduction.

WWU awarded for outreach campaign by Puget Sound Energy

Western Washington University has received an “RCMmy” award from Puget Sound Energy, which recognizes PSE customers that excel in communicating conservation practices to their communities.

Several WWU energy conservation campaigns were cited as examples worthy of the award, include the university’s “Sweater Days,” “Power Down,” and “Go for the Green” initiatives. All three were managed by WWU’s Office of Sustainability.

Local wedding photographer receives recognition 

Michèle M. Waite, a Bellingham-based wedding photographer, has been selected by Martha Stuart Weddings magazine as one of the top 69 wedding photographers in the world.

Waite was also recently selected by National Brides magazine as one of four top photographers in Washington state.

Wilson Motors earns Toyota company award

Wilson Motors, in Bellingham, has received a “President’s Award” from Toyota Motor Corp. It is the fifth straight year the dealership has received the honor.

The award is among the highest honors car dealerships can receive from the Toyota company.

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