Mar 17, 2017 - By Daniel Bendtsen, Staff WriterFour students from Riverton High School will participate in the national DECA conference this summer in Anaheim, Calif., after one team placed first at the state competition.
The winning proposal by Troy Cassity, Shelby Watson and Taylenn Thompson was a 30-page research paper that detailed marketing proposals for the Soldier's House in Riverton.
"It's incredible what (these students) decide to do outside the classroom," said DECA advisor Meagan Mosbucker.
She said 26 students were brought to state, where the high school had six finalists.
Cassity, Watson and a team of two others will now head to the national competition, where more than 10,000 participants are expected from across the globe.
Watson said that being a part of DECA is "really amazing because they have so many college scholarships."
DECA participantion usually contains a written component and presentation to judges.
"It's all about learning to be in front of people and speak publically," Cassity said.
Cassity said he now plans to study business at the University of Wyoming, a decision he credited DECA will helping him make.
Mosbucker said the competition helps students prepare for their job interviews later down the road in a low stress environment.
"It's supposed to be fun. These interviews don't matter, but the point is to prepare them for the interviews that do matter," she said.
Sandy Barton, Riverton's BOCES director, was once the DECA advisor and said the program has a long history of success in the district.
"I can attest to the importance of deca and how it can change lives," she said. "If you every see a survey of past DECA participants, there's a lot of success people."
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