Moffat County sends 7 to DECA state event |

Moffat County sends 7 to DECA state event

Five students headed to FBLA event in April

Andy Bockelman
From left, Moffat County High School students Hannah Beckett, Marisa Hulstine, Makayla Thompson, Katelyn Peroulis, Conner Kopsa, and Aubrey Campbell take a break from class to discuss their time at the state DECA competition at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. The six, as well as Maryliz Ramos, competed earlier this week in numerous career-based events, and though they did not make it to the finals, they learned a great deal about the professional world.
Andy Bockelman

Moffat County High School sent seven students to the state competition for DECA this week, with participants strengthening their knowledge of the working world in the process.

Among those who went from Sunday through Tuesday at Colorado Springs’ Broadmoor Hotel were Katelyn Peroulis, Marisa Hulstine, Aubrey Campbell, Conner Kopsa, Hannah Beckett, Makayla, Thompson and Maryliz Ramos, showing their smarts in a variety of subjects in the activity known as Distributive Education Clubs of America, which presents students with situations they might face in real-life careers.

In this case, students tackled events like tourism, advertising, apparel and entrepreneurship.

“They make you feel like a real business executive,” Kopsa said of the event. “You learn vital things for college or a profession.”

MCHS was unable to move on to the finals in any event among more than 3,000 in attendance, and as a result did not place, but the lessons learned will be just as valuable as any other honors they might have gotten.

“It’s good to just get that experience so you know what’s expected of you in the business world, because a lot of people don’t have that when they try to get their first job,” Campbell said. “They don’t know how to be professional or how to improvise when there’s something they don’t know how to do.”

Besides that, a number of unique activities during the event were presented such as a workshop with media professionals and an opportunity to gain some laughs as they watched teammate Kopsa under the spell of a performing hypnotist.

Krista Schenck advises the DECA group, as well as the similar Future Business Leaders of America.

“They’re a very hard-working group, a lot of seniors this year, so we’ll have a young group coming up next year,” she said.

Seniors Campbell, Peroulis, Kopsa and Beckett, as well as junior Thompson, will represent the school in April as they head to Vail for the state event in FBLA.

In 2014, Elisa Teeter qualified for the national level of FBLA, and Moffat County has every intention of sending someone to the biggest event of the year, this year in Chicago.

“We’ve got one more shot,” Schenck said with confidence.

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