April 2015 The DECA DIGEST A Publication of Cherry Creek DECA and the Publicity Committee Emily Kang and Jane Lynch: Co-Chairs Creek DECA off to Compete in Orlando By: JoAnn Hopko & Grace Kercher Inside this issue: Much Fun to be Had in Orlando 2 Nationals Schedule 2 Students Apply to be Café Managers 3 Sheeks’ 3rd Period 3 Laser Tag Mystery Trip 3 Congrats to our National Competitors! 4 The Election Process 4 DECA March Madness 4 Upcoming DECA Events April 24 to 29 - Nationals in Orlando May 1 - Banquet money due Nationals is just around the corner and we are heading to Orlando, Florida to compete in this year’s ICDC. We will depart on Friday, April 24 on two different flights; one for senior DECA students and one for junior DECA students. We will return on Wednesday, April 29 bright and early in the morning. A record number 85 Creek DECA students will be attending and hoping to get on stage in their event. It is not too often we can say that we are competing at a national level! There will be around 13,000 high school students at the national conference from all around the US and even some other countries. The competition level is like none we’ve seen this year, but we are confident we will do our best and have some students place among the nation’s best. Our students will be competing in either a role play event or a written event. Everyone needs to practice their speeches and prepare for role plays as well as they can. A lot is at stake as most students have been working on their projects since last September. There will be a Colorado meeting where students will receive a light up accessory to show off Creek DECA’s Colorado pride. Remember to be properly dressed at all times and not only represent Colorado well, but also Creek. GOOD LUCK EVERYONE! May 2 - The Dam Cancer Run Series 5K’s Here Comes the DECA Banquet By: Ikra Mohamed May 4 to 5 - Café Manager interviews Once a year, all the DECA dorks come together for the end-of-the-year banquet. So, come and put your semi-formal wear on and enjoy an amazing dinner along with friends, family, and a lot of awards. The banquet will be on Thursday, May 7th 6:00 PM at the Red Lion Radisson Hotel near I225 and Parker Road. Among the many awards and recognitions, the nail-biting reveal of who will be next year's President and Vice President of our chapter will be announced! We will all be celebrating a successful year of competing and achieving May 4 - President/Vice President speeches taped during 5th May 5 - Juniors vote for President/ Vice President May 5 - Rockies game social May 7 - End-of-the-Year DECA Banquet May 11 - Applications for remaining officer positions are due May 13 - Remaining officer position elections June 2 to 3 - Officer retreat in Estes Park goals! Everyone has something to be proud of so come for a night of fun! Other announcements will include: who will be the new café managers, the three DECA scholarship winners, Senior Awards, Hall of Fame Inductees, and the many letter award winners. Come one, come all and celebrate a great year of DECA and support all of our amazing peers, teachers, and passions on May 7th. Page 2 The DECA Digest Much Fun to be Had in Orlando By: Nicole Hagen This year, nationalqualifying DECA students have the opportunity to travel to Orlando, Florida. Compared to a few of the venues before, including Salt Lake City, Orlando is a blessing for teachers and students alike. Located in central Florida, Orlando is called “The Theme Park Capital of the World” offering Walt Disney World Resort, the Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld, Gatorland, and Wet 'n Wild. Students going to Nationals will have the opportunity to visit Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, or both. The Universal Orlando Resort consists of two theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure. At Islands of Adventure, you can find my personal favorite, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. This area's flagship attraction is Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, which recreates JK Rowling’s Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The area also features an imitation of Hogsmeade, containing many gift shops and restaurants of the Harry Potter novels including the Three Broomsticks and the Hog's Head. With the competitions, theme parks, and hotel swimming pool the competitors will have more than enough to keep themselves busy. We are sure to have a great time while in Orlando, Florida! Nationals Schedule By: Paloma Solis Friday, April 24 3:00PM Leave Denver for Orlando 11:00PM Arrive at hotel, check-in, curfew Saturday, April 25 9:30AM – 5:00PM DECA Day at Disney World 7:00PM Colorado DECA Meeting 8:30PM Grand Opening Session 11:00PM Curfew Sunday, April 26 7:30AM Competitive events briefing and testing 12:00PM Fun time at hotel pool 6:30 PM Practice time 11:00PM Curfew Monday, April 27 8:00AM – 7:00PM Preliminary Competitions 4:00PM Universal Islands of Adventure 11:00PM Curfew Tuesday, April 28 8:00AM Mini Awards 9:00AM Final Competitions 6:00PM Cherry Creek DECA Dinner at Dave & Buster’s 8:30PM Grand Awards Session 11:00PM Curfew Wednesday, April 29 7:00AM Fly back to Denver Cherry Creek DECA would like to thank our entire Officer/Senator Team for making this year a great success!!! Also, thank you to all of our parents, alumni and supporters who judged at one or more of our competitions!!! We have had a record-breaking year and it’s only possible with huge support from many people! We are happy to report that our program is growing! We will be adding 1 section of both Marketing 1 and Marketing 2 next year as well as another part-time Marketing/DECA teacher. Welcome Erica Padzik! Page 3 The DECA Digest Students Apply to be Café Manager By: Hailey Horvat I f you have an interest in becoming a DECA Café Manager, listen up! Next year, Cherry Creek High School is moving away from the Federal Food Program. Four DECA Café Managers will be needed to oversee the many changes in our two cafeterias. As a café manager you will be in charge of the food inventory, submission of orders to vendors, counting the revenue collected and preparing deposits for the café, overseeing the other workers, ensuring the café is clean and running smoothly, and any other general daily operations. You will be required to work one period each day and attend weekly Wednesday meetings during fifth period as part of the officer/senator team. The café manager is a paid position, so you will be rewarded for your work done in the café each month. If you are interested, pick up an application from your DECA teacher. After completing the application, submit it along with a letter of recommendation from a teacher at Cherry Creek High School. The DECA advisors will interview for the position during 5th This year’s café managers period on May 5 and May 6. Good luck to all applicants applying for the Café Manager position! Sheeks’ 3rd Period Juniors By: Ashley Hilyard The class featured in this DECA Digest is Mr. Sheeks’ 3rd period Marketing 1 class. Recently we finished our pricing unit where we learned an extensive amount about pricing. We discussed why certain companies price in certain ways and how things such as supply and demand and competitors drastically effect prices of certain products. Different types of pricing strategies were also discussed in this unit. Even pricing, odd pricing, price lining, and many more techniques and their significances were discussed. Just recently, Sheeks’ 3rd period began the product unit, which required a fun little field trip to King Soopers. There the class looked at products and discussed different product lines and items of things such as potato chips and sandwich meats. The rest of the unit has many fun activities to come including a taste test day. Overall, Sheeks’ 3rd period class has been busy learning lots of information on both pricing and products over the last couple months. Laser Tag Mystery Trip By: Jack Muntean excitement. Even though some came The DECA mystery trip was one filled with action and fierce competition. As we met in the bus lanes, Mr. Konrad instructed us to drive down to the one and only Laser Quest. With excitement we all made our way down to the intense two story location to compete against one another in an intense game of laser tag. With about an hour of fun some came out victorious and others were not as lucky. Hopefully next year’s mystery trip can live up to this year’s out victorious, everyone came out a winner the day we played laser tag for DECA’s 2015 mystery trip. Page 4 The DECA Digest Congratulations to our National Competitors!!! Mustapha Abuzbiba James Adams Morgan Alexander Nikita Baral Scott Beck Melanie Benson Clara Blackhurst Alaina Bolton Cailey Bosman Joshua Boxer Chase Brownell Matthew Brownlee Alex Bushell Spencer Buted Caroline Calderaro Madison Calderaro Alexander Cohen Andrew Cole Madeline Cole Austin Cooper Grace Cunningham Lauren Decker Cristina Del Rosso Maryanna DeLine Lauren Dock Coleton Edwards Quinn Evans Lindsey Fullmer Abigail Goettelman Nora Greene Julia Grogan Lauren Hagen Nicole Hagen Colby Haines Samantha Harding Ashley Hilyard Madison Hinchey Joann Hopko Hailey Horvat Alana Horwitz Vincent Houghton Francesca Huth Lindsay Jackson Seth Juris Emily Kang Jessica Katz Jillian Kaufman Grace Kercher Elise Konrad Kaley Kris Aubrey Lefebre Makenna Leyden Matthew Lunde Riley Malloy Carli Mastin Keane Mcclintock Lauren Mcgrath Hannah Meek Alana Moreen Ella Morris Miranda Mostellar Meghan Mulligan Phoebe Nielsen Christopher O'Hagan Estelle Olsberg Mallory Plachy Anne Raymond Katherine Raymond Emma Reilly Ellie Ritchie Natalie Roberts Dennis Roshkovskiy Megan Schmidt Amanda Seale Leah Sobernheim Paloma Solis Alan Stolyar Abby Thomas Sean Thomson Caroline Till Audrey Walker Theodore Walker Grace Wilkins Brady Zerr Julia Zimmerman The Election Process By: Lili Valis The Cherry Creek DECA elections are just around the corner and DECA juniors are working hard on their speeches. First, the presidential and vice presidential elections will be held. Everyone who has decided to run is going for president. The person with the most votes wins president, and the next winner gets VP. All candidates must turn in an application, write a speech, record it with Mr. Sheeks, and the chapter decides from there. All of the candidates' videos are watched in the junior DECA classes, and the students signed up for Marketing 2 will vote. The results of this election will be announced at the DECA banquet on May 7. Of course, the names are announced at the end of the banquet, so it is a very nervewracking time for our candidates. After the new president and vice president have been chosen, elections for the secretary, co-social, and copublicity positions begin. The same process of writing a speech and recording it occur all over again. The results of these positions will be posted on the DECA office door for the everyone to see before the end of the school year. DECA March Madness Basketball for MDA By: Alex Bushell T hursday, March 26th marked Creek DECA's annual 3 on 3 MDA Basketball Tournament. The event took place in the South Gym and started at 5:30. It had a great turnout, as many students coordinated outfits with their teams looking to win the tourney. Participants had the option to join either an all guys bracket, all girls bracket, or mixed bracket. Coming out on top in the boy’s bracket was the team of Jeremy Feerer, Niko Bryant, and Andrew Cole. Winners of the girl’s bracket were Molly Rohrer, Olivia McCann, and JoAnn Hopko. An individual shooting contest also took place at the beginning of the event. Each person had to pay $3 to play and all the money went to the Muscular Dystrophy Association which helps kids with muscle diseases. It was a fun event overall and the money raised went to a great cause.
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