Valor DECA Shines at State Competition

The Valor business department’s competitive club- DECA- recently competed in its 2nd state competition and did not disappoint. Twenty-eight students participated in 19 written business plan and role-play events. A total of 3,100 students from around the state were in attendance.


Sixteen of the 28 students advanced to the final round.  Top award winners were:

Alli Lane* and Mkay Armbrust*-2nd place, Financial literacy promotion project

Emma Rosenthal*, Courtney Lane* and Ella Geraghty*- 3rd place, Community service project

Kylie Smith* and Mkay Armbrust*, 3rd place, Hospitality team event

Alli Lane*- 4th place, Business Services

Lenny Den and Darian Haag- 6th place, International business plan. (1st alternates)

Ben Rosenthal, Christian Dokken and Brady Buehler- 7th place, Independent business plan (2nd alternates)

Hunter Harrison- 7th, Principles of Business Management 

Derek Kone and Katie Meredith, 9th place, Buying and Merchandising team event 

Will Gerd- 10th place, Start up business plan

*= denotes international qualifier


Overall, advisors David Haar and Reagan Sowa were pleased with the student’s efforts this year.  Valor will advance qualifiers to the international competition in Anaheim, CA in late April. “A lot of these students are not graduating, so it gives us a good platform to start from next year”, states Haar. Junior Darby Warburton, who missed advancing to finals in a tiebreaker said that, “we feel a lot more confident not just for DECA, but the overall social skills acquired this year are lifetime. This has been a great experience so far.”


Valor staff Rod Sherman and Matt Cartier also attended the conference. Cartier had this to say about the conference- “I was blown away by the event! There were students, coming from various backgrounds, who all joined together in a competition that expects them to act and perform like adults and business professionals. I saw our students rise to the occasion as they tirelessly prepped and delivered their business ideas to community professionals. What a great chance for them get real world experience as they interact with Colorado’s best and brightest. As a chaperone it was a great chance to meet students I probably would never cross paths with and to see students I do not know well in a brand new light.”