DECA nationals

By Mischa Yurista

Laramie High School DECA students competed in the DECA national competition from April 12-23.

DECA, which was formerly known as Distributive Education Clubs of America is a Career and Technical Student Organization that focuses on the elements of business.

The Laramie chapter of DECA is led by president Ally Delaney, and LHS student Collin Kreuger is the state DECA president.

“People think of [DECA] as kind of like a business club, so really what it boils down to is case competitions,” Kreuger said.

Each DECA competition includes two components, an event category exam and a role play.

Event categories include entrepreneurship, marketing, hospitality and tourism, management and finance.

For an individual role play, each participant is given a scenario, and they have ten minutes to solve the problem.

Competitors can also compete in partner role plays.

The Individual or pair then presents their idea to a judge, who gives them a score out of 100.

The national competition, also known as the International Career and Development Conference, was set to take place in Anaheim, Calif., but instead the competition was held virtually over the course of three weeks.

ICDC includes 20,000 DECA members.

“There’s people from actually all around the world, but also from every state… there’s like a quarter million [members] in the entire world,” Kreuger said.

From April 12 -May 6, competitors participated in testing and preliminary competitions for each event, as well as finals.

The week of April 19, LHS DECA students completed their preliminary competitions.

For this, they logged into the DECA website portal, where they would have two hours to upload and share a YouTube video with their solution to a given prompt.

This year, no LHS or Wyoming students made it to the final round of competition.

The final competitions include the top 10 participants from each category based on the score awarded by their judge.

At the end of the summer, scores will be released to competitors.

Certificates of Excellence can also be awarded to ICDC competitors who average a score of 70 points or higher.

In the past, multiple LHS students have made it to the finals.

In order to get to nationals, the LHS DECA club competed in the state competition last February, where participants needed to win either first or second in their event category.

Kreuger qualified in his individual event, entrepreneurship, and a partner event with Sophia Gomelsky in business law and ethics, and he decided to go to ICDC for the partner event.

“The Laramie chapter did pretty well at state; we had a lot of people qualify for nationals,” Kreuger said.

Later this year, the LHS DECA club will be hosting officer elections, and next year they plan on hosting community service events as well as the LHS Trunk-Or-Treating event.

They also hope to increase membership next year as well as fund-raise for next year’s competition, with the presumption that it will be live.