Glenwood Springs DECA wins two events at state competition |

Glenwood Springs DECA wins two events at state competition

Special to the Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs was the site of the 2011 Colorado State DECA Competition Feb. 27-28 and March 1.

Glenwood DECA qualified 39 students to compete at State by winning the Western Slope District DECA Competition for the 29th consecutive year in December.

These 39 students competed against 2,040 DECA students from across Colorado from 106 4A and 5A schools. The students competed in 24 different business-related events.

Seven GSHS DECA students made the finals, a significant accomplishment considering only 16 students make the finals out of the 80-100 students in each event, and GSHS competes against all the large 5A front range schools. After the finals, four GSHS DECA students placed first in their respective events:

Devynne Biggs and Mariah Martin placed first in the Marketing Communications Team Event and Chuck Bergen-Aragon and Nicole Kontour placed first in the Travel Tourism Team Event.

Glenwood was the only school to win more than one of the 24 events. Other finalists were Joe Ciborowski, seventh in Sports and Entertainment Individual Event; Ella Chaffin, seventh in Principles of Business Administration; and Lauren Matheson, seventh in Hotel and Lodging Management.

Overall GSHS DECA placed seventh out of 106 schools.

The first place winners in each event qualify to compete at the International DECA competition in Orlando, Fla. Internationals hosts more than 11,000 students from all 50 states and 47 foreign countries.

Nicole Kontour’s reaction was, “Winning State was the icing on the cake. My partner Chuck and I have been working to compete at Nationals since the beginning of our first year in DECA class as juniors. I couldn’t ask for a better partner that was willing to work, or a better teacher, Bryan Whiting, who could have taught us more about business.”

Tess Libby, a junior that also participated at State, said, “My experience at State DECA was an experience beyond my imagination. It was exciting to be in such a nice hotel, exciting to be there with my friends and fellow DECA qualifiers and exciting to compete at such a high level. This is my first year in DECA, and I look forward to next year and more competitions.”

DECA is an organization of high school students studying business and entrepreneurship. The competitions put these DECA students in actual business situations in which they must solve actual business problems. These are not memorized events or performances. Students are informed of the respective nature of the problem they must solve 15 minutes prior to the time they must step into the business and deal with the situation. This role play situation takes place in an actual place of business, dealing with actual employers and customers. The students’ proposed solution is presented to the judge, who assumes the role of the customer, fellow employee or employer, depending upon the nature of the problem. “This type of event, in which one just can’t memorize a group of facts or words, is more like real life and provides us with the opportunity to showcase what we have learned in the manner we will use it in our careers”, said Bergen-Aragon.

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