Every year the CCHS DECA students have competed at the DECA International Career Development Conference, winning numerous top ten awards. There are 140 members in the chapter, with about 35 students competing each year. Marketing related classes taught at CCHS are Introduction to Business, Business Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Business Management I and II (college credit class).
At the beginning of the year, recruitment of new members begins by inviting students who are enrolled in business-related classes to a pizza party. Everyone watches a few case problem presentations in order to see what DECA is all about.
CCHS DECA volunteers every year for the local Treat Street Event. This is held in the Clarion Hotel and is an activity that helps kids to have a safe and fun Halloween. DECA students are assigned rooms in which they are to give candy out to the children who come by. This helps to promote good will within the community for the DECA program.
Hard work and practice, practice, practice are the key to CCHS’s consistent success in DECA competitive events, in addition to a strong mentoring program which matches experienced ECA students with new ones.
Chapter Advisor Susan Newberry has been involved with DECA since1980, making her one of the most experienced Chapter Advisors in the state. She is a U.W. graduate, with a B.S. in Marketing Education; Vocational Cooperative Endorsement. Mrs. Newberry is currently serving as Wyoming’s Marketing Representative for the MarkED Curriculum Consortium, and in this role she helps any business/marketing teacher with curriculum and implementation of Program/Curriculum and/or Vocational Standards.
Central High DECA has been around as long as DECA has been in Wyoming. The school store for Central DECA is called “Central Station” and if you visit you’ll find a huge variety of merchandise including food, spirit items and clothing. Members of Central DECA also sell merchandise at school sporting events. Each year the members select a different charity project – this year they will support the Make A Wish Foundation. Central DECA is also involved in the Halloween Boo Fest which provides a safe environment for kids on Halloween. They continue their involvement with youth through the Buddy Program in which they are matched up with grade schoolers for a variety of activities.
As if all this (and competing at the state and national level) doesn’t keep them busy enough, Central DECA members are treated to Mystery Trips, Holiday Parties and DECA Fun Nights… never a dull moment! View website.
Chapter Advisor Lori Meredith has been a DECA advisor since 1991. She was Vice President of DECA when she was in high school, and a State Officer in Delta Epsilon Chi in college. Mrs. Meredith has a degree in Marketing Education from the University of Wyoming and a Master’s in Teaching from Grand Canyon University.
The Laramie High School DECA Chapter has been very involved with the collection of over 350 cell phones for the Laramie Safe Project. They also have worked with other school and community service projects including the Laramie High School Holiday Helpers and the Laramie Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase. The chapter sponsored a "Dime-A-Dip" ice cream social to recruit new members for the coming school year. During Homecoming DECA members work on hall decorations, badges, and posters.
Chapter Advisor Julie Masters
East High DECA is noted for its emphasis on developing leadership amongst its members and for strong showings in all the DECA conference competitions. Involvement with East High DECA means travel for a lot of students. Each year the chapter attends the Marketing & Entrepreneurship Conference, State Career Development Conference and the International Career Development Conference.
In addition to traveling and competing in state, regional and international events, East High DECA likes to have fun at home with picnics, ice-skating, and fun activities every month that give members an opportunity to stay involved with DECA in between conferences. Community service also helps DECA members keep all four points of the DECA diamond in mind.
Chapter Advisor Manuel Flores manages the multiple activities of East High DECA. Manuel Flores is a U.W. Graduate with a degree in Distributive Education. He has been a DECA advisor for approximately 20 years, and has increased membership in the program from 27 to the current 167. Mr. Flores is a past recipient of the HOPE teacher of the year award.
Natrona High School DECA has been active since 2000. Some of the activities that Natrona DECA members are involved in include fundraising, community service, recruiting and business partnerships and sponsorships. Ways in which Natrona DECA is involved in the community include working with Make a Wish Foundation, Self Help Center, School supplies for Iraq school children, food drives and children's gloves/mittens for the Salvation Army as well as adopting a boy & a girl each year off the Mall Christmas Tree. View website.
Chapter Advisor, Kristy Williams, is the newest Wyoming DECA advisor.
Evanston’s chapter of DECA participates in a lot of the high school activities, including making a float for the homecoming parade to support the football team. Every year DECA puts out an Activities Calendar which businesses around the community sponsor. DECA students go around and collect money from businesses for this year-round calendar. The fall edition has all the fall sports like football, girls swimming, cross country, golf and volleyball. The winter edition has basketball, wrestling and boys swimming. The spring edition has golf, soccer, and track. All editions include band activities and DECA conferences.
Chapter Advisor Cheryl Cranford has been the advisor for DECA for thirty years. She graduated from Green River High School and was an active member in their DECA chapter. She graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in Distributive Education and in 2001 she received her master’s in Business Administration from the University of Utah. Ms. Cranford is the only advisor in Evanston and she juggles DECA chapter management with the teaching of business computer classes.
Zach Woodbury: Zach Woodbury is the assistant advisor with 6 years experience.
The Riverton High School DECA chapter continues its long tradition of success in volunteerism, fundraising, and competition this year. We welcome back six competitors from the 2004 International Career Development Conference as well as 19 new members. Recruitment has been successful this year in that membership is up and numerous boys have joined our female-dominated organization. Each year begins with a pizza party to welcome old members back and to explain to new members what DECA is all about.
RHS DECA throws a Halloween Party for local preschoolers at the James H. Moore Career Center. Kids and parents join our costumed DECA members for a night of fun, games, and trick-or-treating in the safety of the Career Center. DECA members wait for the little ones to knock on their assigned door and give candy to the children who come by. This event has been staged for many years and is a tradition in the Riverton community.
Meagan Mosbrucker, Advisor
As each school year begins, Kelly Walsh DECA invites students who are enrolled in business-related classes to a Courtyard B-B-Q to learn what DECA is all about and they are then encouraged to join DECA. This year, a current officer showed a 4-minute video showcasing ICDC in April 2011 that he had produced.
Each year Kelly Walsh DECA works with local businesses and community groups to assist and learn. Just a few of their activities have included promoting entrepreneurship to both grade school and high school level students and teaching financial literacy to third and fourth graders at two local elementary schools. This year, DECA members are opening a coffee company at school which will be in operation before school starts each day. Chapter members have also provided research information to local businesses in a variety of marketing areas. View website.
Chapter Advisor Jill Thompson has been a DECA advisor for 8 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Education and English Education and a Masters of Arts in English from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. DECA is a family affair with Mrs. Thompson as her daughter, Rebecca, is currently Wyoming DECA’s state president and her freshman son, Jacob, is a DECA novice.
Bryce Flammang joins Jill Thompson as a DECA advisor this year. Bryce has a Bachelor of Science in Business Education from Chadron State College.
South High DECA has been active since 2012-13 when the school had its first graduating class. It has grown steadily since the schools inception. Our goal is to develop leadership skills and expose our students to new experiences through community service, various projects, presentation skills, and travel. Our chapter also runs the school store.
Advisor: Ann Muirhead is the Chapter Advisor and teaches business and marketing classes. She is a graduate of UW with a degree in Business Management. She received her teaching certificate from Regis University and also has a Master's degree in Instructional Technology.