Marketing students succeed at year's first competition

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— There are more extracurricular activities at Moffat County High School than sports.

The DECA team, a high school business and marketing group, recently went to its first competition of the year, the Glenwood Springs DECA Invitational, Oct. 7 and 8. It was a non-district competition, inviting teams from across the state.

Out of more than 700 students from 30 schools, the 15 Moffat County students were "exceptional," said Krista Schenck, DECA advisor and high marketing and business teacher.

"Ten of our kids placed in the top 10 of their events," Schenck said. "That's unheard of for us. They competed against all the big Denver schools, and big schools from around the state."

Event judges graded the contestants based on a 100-question, multiple-choice test and a role-playing segment. Students spent about 10 minutes with a judge, assuming one of two roles in a marketing scenario.

The tests and role-playing all dealt with marketing questions. For example, a possible role-play would be promoting a new sports stadium to a local public.

The DECA team is on the rise after a few years of uncertainty, Schenck said.

"This is by far the biggest team we've ever had," she said. "We're really excited. We meet a lot, and our goal for this year is to send as many students to state as we can."

The team is attracting more student attention because of the extra time DECA members have put into promotions this year. Also, the recent success hasn't hurt, Schenck added.

Schenck has taught at Moffat County High School for three years, and has been the DECA advisor during that time, as well. She is happy to be a part of the team, and is looking forward to its success in the future, she said.

"DECA has been a part of Moffat County for a long time," Schenck said. "This is the first time (an adviser) has stayed long enough to build the program."

The Moffat County DECA team's next competition is for District 10 schools, made up of schools in Northwest Colorado, on Dec. 10 in Grand Junction.

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