Laramie High School is excited to announce DECA, (Distributive Education Clubs of America) State Officer Benjamin Taboga has been recently elected into office.

DECA is an international student organization (local, state, and national) for students that have an interest in entrepreneurship, marketing, and leadership. At LHS it is a co-curricular, student-centered organization led by Julie Masters the LHS Chapter Adviser.

DECA provides conferences featuring college and career preparation as well as competitive events in which students can earn recognition, qualify for advancement to state and international competitions, and apply for scholarships while demonstrating career area knowledge. 

Laramie High Schools State President Officer is Senior Benjamin Taboga. Taboga was elected by creating a speech for his fellow State Officers and chosen from many candidates. 

Taboga’s responsibilities include ensuring the State Officers work efficiently as well as leading their conferences. 

DECA officers are expected to work as a team to establish goals for community service, competition and fundraising and to lead chapter members in achieving those goals. 

To be successful in this role, DECA officers are expected to have certain qualifications and must be willing to commit the time, energy and enthusiasm required to be a successful DECA leader.

“Initially I didn’t really know what DECA was and joined off sheer luck. Some of my friends were a part of the organization when I was a sophomore, and I decided to give it a try.” Taboga said. 

The Laramie High School DECA Chapter has been very involved with the collection of over 350 cell phones for the Laramie Safe Project. 

They also have worked with other school and community service projects including the Laramie High School Holiday Helpers and the Laramie Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase.

The chapter sponsored a “Dime-A-Dip” ice cream social to recruit new members for the coming school year. 

During Homecoming DECA members worked on hall decorations, badges and posters.

DECA is a community where students must solve business problems with logistical reasoning and thinking.

“In DECA our chapter goes to conferences where we take a test in specific categories, and then role play. We are required to create solutions to problems in business settings,” Taboga said.

Mastering the role-play situation is one of the most important steps in becoming a successful DECA competitor. It takes consistency, hard work, fast thinking, and skillful presentation skills to place among the top in the nation. 

With a nearly 70-year history, DECA has impacted the lives of more than ten million students, educators, school administrators and business professionals since it was founded in 1946.

It provides principles that guide students to fulfill their goals particularly in the areas of business leadership and communication.

“Now to me, DECA is an organization that provides students with real world skills in an immersive and competitive environment as they compete with other individuals in a business setting; role playing as future leaders,” Taboga said.