The Air Academy DECA team loved traveling to invitationals this year. Winning the Vail Invitational was certainly a highlight, but winning the cleanest room award for the 2nd year in a row was truly the BEST!
As Arvada West High School (AWest) expands their business program, AWest DECA is moving and changing as well. Arvada West DECA has doubled in size and put on a variety of programs this year ranging from Custodian Appreciation, helping local charities, as well as taking on larger responsibilities in school events (such as Trick-Or-Treat Street, community outreach programs, etc.). This year is the first year that AWest is able to offer DECA Students FREE Microsoft Office training AND certification! It has been exciting watching DECA and the AWest Business Program grow!
This year Chatfield wanted to show their appreciation to our first responders and firefighters in our community by writing them handwritten letters! As a chapter, we wrote 100+ letters to tell them how grateful we are for everything they do for us!! We are so thankful for their bravery and courage so we made it a priority to acknowledge them. We must thank our first responders for helping others when they can't help themselves, for showing up to difficult situations ready to help, and for being a hero to those in need. Thank you all first responders, you are all so appreciated and we are so thankful for your service. We had a blast being able to finally do something nice for them after all they do for our community!!!
We did a Wish week for the Safehouse Denver. We cleared over $1,100.00 on the activities from that week. The students of our school engaged in a Miracle Minute, Chic-fil-A night, and a card writing table for the people of the safehouse. We meant with the Safehouse Denver advocate to give him the check and he told us how much that money meant to his organization and how the cards up-lifted the people who stayed there. The first annual Wish week for our DECA chapter was a huge success and we hope to exceed it next year.
We held a Prom Dress Relay Race during Homecoming Spirit Week. Members came during lunch and competed in teams with their friends for a chance to win prizes. It was an amazing start to our year and helped introduce new DECA members to our club!
Dakota Ridge DECA has been very active this year! We attended both the North Metro and the DU Invites. We hosted our first annual Eagle Invite, where we hosted 5 schools and 140 students. Our officer team got our chapter involved in the community and helped us achieve Thrive level in our chapter campaigns. The officer team has also done a great job connecting with alumni and getting buy in from our members who are actively excited about DECA and all it has to offer!!
The Durango High School Chapter is proud to be the creator of their very own product Demon Sauce. The product is a hot sauce that was brainstormed and created in partnership with the Durango School District 9-R Food and Nutrition Services. It is being used as a hands-on opportunity for Durango High School DECA Chapter members to learn how to develop, market and sell a product. The sweet and tangy sauce uses local produce when possible and is produced and bottled locally through a partnership with Durango Artisan Foods. The product will soon be available in local businesses around Durango and has been selling great around Durango High School. Marketers in the Chapter can learn the importance of target audiences as well as find different channels of communication to market around the school. The profits generated from the sales of this product will go back into the community as well as benefit the local manufacturer of the product.
This year we helped plan and decorate for our 3rd Annual Trick or Treat Street event! We had 20 clubs participate and nearly 600 people walk through the door! We loved giving our community a fun and safe place to come trick or treat! We handed out candy and planned games for them to play!
Students visited BOMA (Building Owners Management Association) to learn about internships, careers, and opportunities in commercial real estate.
Northfield High School DECA has grown so much as a chapter this year. We went from sending 6 people to State in 2022 to sending 40 people this year! In addition, 30% of our members qualified for State! With all of our new members, we volunteered for a DPS cross country meet. We helped guide runners along the course and control pedestrian traffic. This was a great way to give back to our community and support our school. Our chapter has had a great year and hopes to grow even more next year!
Rampart High Schools' DECA chapter is a lively, compassionate, driven, and vibrant community. This year, our chapter officers went on a trip to California. While we were there, we went to Universal Studios and took a behind the scenes tour to see what running a production company actually entails. We also had a first hand look at sports and entertainment marketing while we visited SoFi Stadium. It was overall a wonderful educational experience with many fun memories!
District 7 conference
Vista Peak Prep DECA members attended "The Business of Baseball" event on Sept. 22 at Coors Field in Denver. Vista Peak Preparatory High School is located in Aurora, Colorado.