Each year the DECA organization prepares for students from all over Colorado to compete against other schools. This year, around 90 students from Chaparral traveled to the scenic Glenwood Springs to take home the traveling trophy once again. At 7:00 a.m. Students departed Chaparral on the road to victory. On the way, Chaparral stopped at Mimi's Cafe for a delicious chapter breakfast. During the three hour bus ride up, students bonded by singing songs, handing out portfolios with advice, and playing telephone. “The advice was really helpful, the portfolio contained a lot of information on how to make our role plays run more smoothly,” said sophomore Maria Zavaras. When arriving at the phenomenal Hotel Denver, everyone had a chance to explore the town. Although the town was under construction, the memories made were unforgettable. Later, everyone walked over to Hotel Colorado to take the first nerve racking test. The next day the competitions were being held at Hotel Colorado. "I was nervous at first, but as soon as I finished my first role play I was ready for the next one," said sophomore Sydney Fisher. The day ran very smoothly, everyone was able to get to their role plays and find lunch. At awards, Chaparral had students placing left and right. The applause and cheering filled the room. Overall, Chaparral took home the traveling trophy along with the Chaparral pride.
By: Ashley Nesland