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The Fossil Ridge 2018-2019 DECA chapter

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The Fossil Ridge 2018-2019 DECA chapter

Tess Allen, Arts Beat Leader

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Fossil Ridge High School’s Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) chapter competed against Rocky Mountain High School, Fort Collins High School, and Poudre High School as part of the District 6 competition. The competition was held on November 14 at the Lory Student Center at Colorado State University.

The first-year DECA students competed in the “principles events” while the other students participated in the “individual series events” or the “team events”. About two hundreds students from Fossil competed from both the DECA club and class. The yearlong class members automatically qualify for state, which will be at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs on February 15.

The students had to be at the student center from 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. Each student in an individual or team role-play did two role-plays. The individuals had ten minutes to prep/present. Teams had fifteen minutes to prep/present. Each student in a principle event did one preliminary role-play to qualify for finals and one additional role-play. No competitors were allowed to bring any premade materials.

The closing ceremony featured four of the Colorado State DECA officers, including Maddie Walker from Fort Collins High School, Ethan Fang from Fort Collins, George Fang from Fort Collins, and Leanna Spengler from Fountain-Fort Carson High School. Walker is the Secretary, Ethan Fang is the Vice President, George Fang is the District 6 Representative, and Spengler is the District 8 Representative. During the ceremony, an announcement was made about who passed an extensive DECA test to move onto becoming a Colorado state officer.

This event was the first DECA competition this year. Previously this semester, Fossil’s team has been to two invitationals at CSU and Vail, but they were not competitions. Leigha Devine represented Fossil as President of the DECA program for the school.

Look out for DECA’s future competitions, including state in February.