DECA event brings 678 students to Glenwood
Glenwood Springs High School senior Cheree Carver had 10 minutes to figure out how she’d create a restaurant on Sixth Street. It was a part of a role-playing exercise that eventually scored her fist place in the restaurant and food service category at the 22nd annual Glenwood Springs DECA Invitational, an event GSHS founded in 1983 to bring aspiring entrepreneurs from all over Colorado to town to have their business acumen judged by local business leaders.This year’s event Oct. 2 and 3 brought 678 students from 28 Colorado schools to Glenwood Springs, the first major DECA event of the year. DECA, or the Distributive Education Clubs of America, is a national association of high school marketing students. Students were given impromptu business problems in many different categories to solve in just a few minutes and they had to role-play the solution to a judge to earn points. Carver had to come up with a hypothetical plan to create the restaurant in the old Elk Mountain Motors building and the menu she would serve. “It’s just important to be very organized in your thoughts and be able to start from the beginning and be able to explain yourself entirely to a judge,” she said. GSHS senior Tyler Mitchell was asked to redesign a hypothetical airline’s Web site, and with the help of his team member Eric Whiting, in just moments, they devised a design that would help the airline improve its business, winning them both first place in the E-Commerce team category. “I’m going to major in business and do something in business in my career,” Mitchell said. The DECA competition “helps me get off to a good start and gives me good ides for the future.”Carver said she isn’t sure what she wants to do after high school, but the business knowledge she picks up from DECA and GSHS teacher Bryan Whiting’s marketing class can’t hurt her career prospects, she said. “I just think that its very important to have business knowledge in any career you plan to be in,” she said. Whiting said that by participating in the invitational, students learn the validity of what he teaches in class and get a taste of what a business career might have in store for them. “A good percentage of them will major in business in college,” he said. Ultimately, when all the schools’ scores were tallied, DECA students from Colorado Springs’ Rampart High School ranked first place, with Greenwood Village’s Cherry Creek High School coming in second. Glenwood Springs High School followed in third place, with Colorado Springs’ Pine Creek High trailing in fourth place. Six Glenwood students scored first place in their individual categories. Zac Parsons and Sam Scruby won first in the Travel, Tourism and Marketing category, while Carver scored tops in Restaurant and Food Service. Tyler Setterberg won first place for Quick Service Restaurant and Whiting and Mitchell won first place as an E-Commerce team. Six Glenwood students scored first place in their individual categories. Zac Parsons and Sam Scruby won first in the Travel, Tourism and Marketing category, while Carver scored tops in Restaurant and Food Service. Tyler Setterberg won first place for Quick Service Restaurant and Whiting and Mitchell won first place as an E-Commerce team.
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