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Anders Rosén sees himself owning a film company someday.Until then, the Glenwood Springs High School senior is doing all he can to make his dreams reality. “I love theater and film. … I’d like to see myself doing something beneficial,” Rosén said at Monday’s session of the 23rd annual Glenwood Springs DECA Invitational. “I really find that learning about business is important in our world because of the economy.”Rosén joined DECA at GSHS – and later became president – to learn more about marketing and entrepreneurship. The purpose of the organization is to prepare high school and college students for careers in the business field.”I like our teacher (Bryan Whiting). He knows all the aspects of the business world,” Rosén said. “And this competition is always a blast.”

This week’s invitational at the Hotel Colorado was the second for Rosén. Starting Sunday, he – and the nearly 700 juniors and seniors from GSHS, Grand Junction and Front Range high schools – experienced two days of competition, testing and group activities. Many of the students were seen walking around town in their professional business attire and taking a Sunday night swim at the Hot Springs Pool.”This is for kids from around the state who study marketing and entrepreneurship,” said Whiting, a marketing and entrepreneurial education teacher at GSHS for the last 25 years. “It’s beneficial because it assesses what the kids do in the classroom, putting it into a real-world situation. It’s so relevant to the business world.”Whiting helped establish the invitational 23 years ago to prepare his students for DECA competition on the district and state levels. Since DECA’s inception in Glenwood, Whiting has seen his students start their own successful businesses – and often judge the competition.”When we started this one, we were the first in the country,” he said. “We started this to give kids exposure to competition. Plus we thought it would be a good thing for the town since it falls between the summer and skiing seasons. It relates to Glenwood because we’re obviously a retail town.”Kristen Kramer, a DECA member and GSHS senior, is happy her city hosts the invitational each fall. She said the competition is not only a learning opportunity, but enjoyable.”It’s a really good opportunity to be exposed to the business world, and competing is really fun,” Kramer said. “I encourage any upcoming students to get involved their junior year.”

Learning about business through DECA is one way Kramer hopes to open a clinical psychology practice after college. “I love that you can be creative (in business) and make it what you want,” she said.Morgan Vernie, also a GSHS senior, said DECA has provided hands-on experience she can utilize when studying international business abroad.”I’ve learned about people skills and closing the sale. You definitely get a lot of points off (during competition) if you don’t close a sale,” she said. “I think it will really help in college.”Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. 518



aclark@postindependent.comDECA definedn What does DECA stand for? Distributive Education Clubs of America (most commonly referred to as DECA)n What is DECA’s purpose? To prepare students for careers in marketing, management and entrepreneurshipn How big is DECA? More than 180,000 high school students are members of High School DECA with more than 5,000 chapters operating in the United States, Canada, Germany and Puerto Rico.


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