Moffat County High School seniors Adam Foster, left, Thomas McCoy, pictured here at the high school, depart Saturday for a national Distributive Education Clubs of America competition in Salt Lake City. They are the first students in MCHS history to qualify for national events in both DECA and Future Business Leaders of America.

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Moffat County High School seniors Adam Foster, left, Thomas McCoy, pictured here at the high school, depart Saturday for a national Distributive Education Clubs of America competition in Salt Lake City. They are the first students in MCHS history to qualify for national events in both DECA and Future Business Leaders of America.

MCHS seniors make school history in business-themed clubs

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MCHS seniors to compete in nationals for FBLA and DECA

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“You’ve just got to know how you work together and just wing it in the role play for the most part.”

— Thomas McCoy, Moffat County High School senior, about competing in Distributive Education Clubs of America and Future Business Leaders of America with his partner, Adam Foster

Adam Foster, a Moffat County High School senior, is the front man.

“The way that I perceive it is he goes in for the introduction,” said Thomas McCoy, a fellow MCHS senior and Foster’s partner in Distributive Education Clubs of America and Future Business Leaders of America.

McCoy is more comfortable behind the scenes. He comes in with a softer tact and fills in the gaps, he said.

Together, they make a winning combination at DECA and FBLA competitions.

“We’re kind of trend setting right now,” Foster said.

Making MCHS history may be more to the point.

Foster and McCoy are the first students at the high school to qualify for national FBLA and DECA competitions in the same year, their coach Krista Schenck said.

They leave Saturday for Salt Lake City, where they will pit their combined wits against other top DECA competitors. The club is found in high schools across the country and that teaches participants about marketing, finance, hospitality and management.

They also earned a berth at FBLA nationals, which takes place from June 28 through July 3 in San Antonio, Texas.

Foster and McCoy joined FBLA and DECA the beginning of their junior year, and it didn’t take them long to realize the worked better together than apart, they said.

Foster and McCoy work together to solve business-related problems in impromptu role-play situations assigned to them at FBLA and DECA competitions.

Preparing for events came down to learning to think on their feet — “We’ve gone through every single sample role play that we have available for us,” Foster said — and, perhaps more importantly, becoming familiar with each other’s styles.

“You’ve just got to know how you work together and just wing it in the role play for the most part,” McCoy said.

Positive chemistry is a good indicator of success for FBLA and DECA participants, said Schenck, also an MCHS business, marketing and technology teacher.

Foster and McCoy are no exception.

“I think they do work well as a team,” Schenck said.

“They do far better together than they did separately,” she said.

The funding for their trip to DECA nationals is secured, thanks mainly students’ fundraising efforts. This year, the high school’s DECA and FBLA groups have raised a combined $17,000 through everything from hosting dances to delivering phone books, Schenck said.

But competitions earlier in the year have depleted the fund.

“We’re basically broke,” she said.

Whether Foster and McCoy will be bound to San Antonio this summer is still unclear.

Schenck and her DECA and FBLA participants have a week and a half to gather $4,000 to pay for the trip before the May 7 deadline. If they can’t find the funds by then, she said, Foster and McCoy can’t go.

“So we’ve made a lot of phone calls today,” Schenck said.

The high school’s DECA and FBLA groups are accepting donations. For more information, call 824-7036 or visit MCHS at 900 Finley Lane.

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