On Sunday February 25, Littleton’s DECA chapter took 71 students to the Broadmoor Hotel, located in Colorado Springs, to compete against multiple schools from around the state. DECA is a career and technical student organization that prepares students to become leaders and learn about entrepreneurship and business with competitions that occur annually.
There are currently 83 members in DECA at Littleton. Out of those students, 71 of these members qualified for state at the previous district competitions that occurred in December.
“DECA gives [students] a chance to think on their feet and work on real world situations. [Students] don’t know what situation they will have to deal with until they are in competition so it really is like a sport,” said DECA sponsor David Decker.
In addition to a successful amount of state competitors, 11 students qualified for the national career development conference in ten events and two students were double qualifiers. Qualifiers included seniors Reganne Fornstrom, Sarah Payson, Lucy Schreiber, Ben Morris, Matthew Norwood, Nico Corradino, Reilly McGuire, juniors Jacques Goffinet and Natalie Ware, and sophomores Ellie Fuchs and Makayla Franklin. Payson, Schreiber, Morris, Fornstrom, Fuchs and Franklin all placed first in their events, a huge accomplishment.
“Hard work does go along way and what you put into DECA is what you get out of it,” said junior Claire Fielder.
Other students also placed at state and still have a chance of competing if they get called back.
Furthermore, the LHS DECA chapter also won the Coveted Chapter of Excellence that signifies the top chapter in Colorado, a grand award for schools.
“This is by far the most successful state conference we had in my six years at LHS. The whole group showed so much class and are the model for what other chapters strive to be,” adds Decker.
National qualifiers will compete April 21-24 in Atlanta, Georgia to fight for a spot to DECA Internationals.