The Laramie High School DECA chapter competed in Scottsbluff, Neb. on Monday Nov. 6, 2017.

DECA stands for Distributive Education Clubs of America. The DECA organization was formed in 1946 in Virginia for both high school and college students.

The goal of the DECA club is to provide students who desire to be leaders or entrepreneurs, with experiences that will help them develop their skills in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.

There are more than 3,500 high school chapters and 2000 collegiate chapters that are involved in DECA. Along with this, there are 275,000 members who participate in the many varied activities sponsored by DECA and its business and corporate partners.

The LHS DECA club returned from the competition with senior, Ryan McManamen placing 1st in Sports Marketing. Ryan is no stranger to winning and attended nationals last summer.

Jason Upton, a junior and new to DECA was excited about this year. “I did well. I got first in the written portion of Restaurant Management, but did not place in the top 3 overall. It was great to get out there and compete again to give us some experience before the State competition later this year,” Upton said.

Baxter Tuggle, also a junior, competed in Automotive Marketing and received 3rd place. “I am looking forward to improving and placing even higher at state,” Tuggle said.

LHS senior Abijah Ahern placed 1st in resource management. “I really feel like I know and love Resource Management” Ahern said.

To attend the competition, students had to be up and ready to leave early that morning, travel was nearly three hours to Scottsbluff. They returned later that evening after the competition.

While at the competition, the students were able to network with other schools that were competing as well as visit the mall.

This competition serves as practice and experience for the Wyoming State Career Development Conference to be held later this year. Students who place at State will be eligible to attend nationals this summer in Atlanta, Ga.

November is DECA month. Each DECA chapter in the state will be informing their schools and community about DECA. Julie Master’s, Business Teacher at LHS sponsors the DECA chapter as well as the FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) organization. Julie Master’s will be taking students to the State Leadership Conference in Casper, Wyo. in Feb. For now, students will be preparing to be at their best performance for competition.