Young first, GSHS DECA 5th at state |

Young first, GSHS DECA 5th at state

Glenwood Springs High School senior Matt Young is the DECA state champion for the marketing management individual event, following statewide competition held Feb. 9-11 in Colorado Springs.

As state champ in that category, Young qualified to compete in the international DECA competition in April in Orlando, Fla., with 10,000 competitors from 50 states and 47 foreign countries.

The school’s DECA team finished in 5th place overall, behind much larger schools – Cherry Creek, Rampart, Eaglecrest and Smoky Hill – that all compete at the 5A level in athletics, according to Glenwood Springs DECA coach Bryan Whiting.

The annual DECA conference drew 2,000 students from 94 high schools in open class competition in 14 team and individual categories.

Here is how Glenwood Springs DECA team members placed:

Matt Young, 1st overall for Marketing Management

Amber Cunningham, 1st for role play No 1 in Business Services,

Lindsay Ball, 1st for role play No. 1 in Full Service Restaurant,

Ryan Bolitho, 1st for role play No. 1 in Vehicles and Petroleum,

Jeremy Ureche and Andrew Blake, 6th overall for Sports and Entertainment Marketing

Abby Willman and Amanda Whiting, 7th overall for Travel Tourism Marketing

Forrest Lowell, 8th overall for Technical Marketing

Siam Luu and Kyle Earlywine, 8th overall for E Commerce Marketing

Andrea Collier and Lauren Delaney, 9th overall for Financial Services

Seth Smith, 9th overall for Vehicles and Petroleum

Aaron Rowland, 11th overall for Food Marketing

Competition included two role plays and a written test for each category.

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