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West Salem DECA Brings Home Success

01/11/2016 11:42 am

By: Abby Maliszewski, Staff Reporter & Social Media Director, Panther Prowler

The West Salem DECA Chapter had their first competition of the season this weekend at the University of Wisconsin- Stout. West Salem brought home 8 first places, 6 second places, 3 third places, 2 forth places and 77 medals. Participants took a test, and completed either one or two role plays depending on their event. A role play is a simulation in which the student will take the position of a business professional and act out the situation given. 

“In our study sessions, students learn how to conduct themselves in role plays, what to expect on a DECA exam, and even how to dress for the competition,” says West Salem DECA President, Brennan Bahr. 

This year, 72 students  competed at Stout. That is up from the 54 students who competed last year. New this year, students stayed in a hotel over night, instead of leaving at 5:30 A.M.

“We decided to do this to give students the “DECA experience” that you get from State and International competition,” states DECA Advisor, Jason Holter.

“Every year I think we try to raise the bar in our expectations,” Holter said. He indicated that West Salem DECA brought more students than ever before, they’ve done more study sessions than ever before, they’ve branched out into different events, and they also have several students that are returning for their fourth year of competition. “I think when you put all those things together, it’s only natural to have high expectations,” Holter said.

Based on their success at Stout, 31 students will be competing at the state level in March, they will then compete at the International competition in Nashville, Tennessee.

“Our students have worked so hard this year, as an advisor, it really makes you root for them to do well,” explains Holter.

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