Natrona County High School’s DECA chapter prepares emerging leaders in the fields of Marketing, Business Administration, Finance, and Hospitality. DECA offers four campaigns for chapters to complete each fall as part of their leadership program. These collaborative projects provide opportunities to grow the chapter's membership engagement and build lasting partnerships within the school and the local community. To receive THRIVE level recognition, NCHS students, with the guidance of the NCHS DECA Advisor Kristy Williams, completed two out of three chapter campaigns, the community service and the promotional campaign. The NCHS DECA Chapter will be commended at DECA’s International Career Development Conference in California later this Spring. Congratulations to the NCHS DECA chapter members and advisor Kristy Williams on this exceptional recognition! 

As part of their work toward continued excellence and community engagement, DECA students shared their knowledge and entrepreneurial skills with CYMS’s Hospitality class students as part of DECA’s You Be The Judge Challenge. For the project, NCHS students created a presentation for the middle-school students on a product/service they believed would appeal to them as their target audience. The students created a business called Survival Hill, a cross between American Ninja Warrior and Jump Craze, where they offer trending pop-culture-themed nights to bring in new target markets for weekly competitions. Their presentation detailed the creation and promotion of the product. 

As the DECA students presented their plan, the middle school students were given a chance to ask questions and “vote” if they thought the product/service/company would be successful. At the end of the lesson, the DECA members shared their insight with the CYMS students about the fun they have studying marketing, management, entrepreneurship, finance, and hospitality and how they can become involved in DECA when they enter high school. This “challenge” event created an exciting connection and collaboration between students across grade levels as they learned from and encouraged each other to achieve and excel. 

Natrona County High School is committed to preparing responsible, life-long learners who value themselves, contribute to society, and succeed in a changing world!