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Students qualify for DECA competition

Three Pueblo West High School students automatically qualified for the national DECA competition in May, and several others are alternates who could also earn a birth to Nationals.

To get there, 65 Pueblo West High School DECA students competed against the other top students from throughout Colorado at the 2014 State DECA competition held at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs February 23-25. There were nearly 3,000 students at State.

PWHS’s large group is among the top five biggest groups for Colorado.

And Colorado ranks eighth for membership throughout the country (with about 8,000 members), making the Colorado State DECA meet more competitive than most states.

“Many event categories could have 80 to 100 competitors from around the state,” said Tony Linkowski, Pueblo West High School DECA advisor.

“Making the top 10 and competing in the finals is a big accomplishment. And of course, walking away with a trophy and an automatic birth to Nationals by placing in the top five is even more impressive.”

Those at the top of their heaps for the high school were Dayley Rudloph, who finished second in Business Services.

In fifth place were both Lexi Kristan in Apparel and Accessories and Kyla Koury in Marketing Management.

There were several other high school students that finished in the top 10, making them National alternates.

Those students were: Berrier and Dalton Larrinaga, who were double finalists in Advertising Campaign and Marketing Management Team; Nick Hill in Business Services; Cat Cavender in Hotel and Lodging; Jenette Watkins in Marketing Management; and Andrea Mena, Sarina Slate and Demmi Berry in Creative Marketing Project.

“We anticipate a few of our finalists to bump up and compete in Atlanta for Nationals, since some individuals will not be able to make the trip for various reasons,” Linkowski said.

“National qualifiers will be amongst 13,000 competitors from around the United States, Canada, Germany and a few other small countries.”

The National competition is May 2-7 in Atlanta.

Mikaela Oles received an honorable mention in the Quick Serve Restaurant category.

“Please congratulate all of the PWHS state DECA participants that represented our school,” Linkowski said.

“Any member who earns a birth to finals has accomplished quite a feat, and those who place in the top five and earn an automatic ticket to Nationals are truly exceptional.”

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