DECA students win invitational |

DECA students win invitational

Post Independent/Kelley CoxSome Glenwood Springs High School DECA members are shown, from left, Lisa Richards, Tyler Mitchell, Molly Dwyer, Aaron Roberts-Gray and Hansen Nordsiek.

The Glenwood Springs High School DECA team may have been the team from outside the Denver metro area, but it showed it was the best in competition by winning the Denver DECA Invitational. On Nov. 21, 19 students from the school’s business-oriented Distributive Education Clubs of America chapter placed in the top five in a variety of categories at the Denver Invitational, where 645 students from 14 Class 5A schools competed alongside the smaller Glenwood High. Glenwood placed first in the team competition, making the school the first non-Denver team to ever do so. Business teacher and DECA adviser Bryan Whiting said that because the Denver schools are so large, it may seem logical that those schools will do better than smaller ones. But his students – all seniors – proved it could be done. “For us to actually win one of them is very difficult,” Whiting said. Competition involves team role-playing events in which students have to talk through a business scenario with a judge. For hospitality team Lisa Richards and Molly Dwyer, they had to convince a client to hold a business conference at their hypothetical hotel. Financial analysis team Hansen Nordsiek and Aaron Roberts-Gray said their competition involved a written test and role-play of a banking transaction. Roberts-Gray said the experience taught him what will happen if he one day opens a business and applies for a loan. “Hopefully, I’ll know more about what banks expect and what I can expect from them,” he said. Tyler Mitchell teamed with Eric Whiting on the e-commerce team. He said he and Eric Whiting had to try to sell a Web site or troubleshoot a client’s Web site in their role-playing events. The students said the experience in Denver and a subsequent invitational in Vail prepared them for the district DECA competition in Grand Junction on Dec. 12. The Glenwood High winners in the Denver Invitational were: First Place: Kristen Kramer for apparel; Michael Ball for business services; Mitchell and Eric Whiting for e-commerce marketing; Nordsiek and Roberts-Gray for financial analysis; and Dwyer and Richards for hospitality. Second Place: Lauren Hapeman for food marketing; and Sam Houpt and Dan Raab for sports and entertainment marketing. Third Place: Morgan Vernie for food marketing; Brynn Page for retail merchandising; and Ryan Cleland for vehicles and petroleum. Fourth Place: Dan Gray and Justin Emmons for e-commerce marketing. Fifth Place: Kristen Johnson for apparel; Carolyn Wiltse for marketing management; and Heather Smyth for restaurant and food service management.

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