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High school students get down to business

Dear Editor:

Aspen High School business and marketing program students have just completed their participation in DECA, a student organization that provides business students a chance to compete in specific business-skill categories as a way to further develop the skill set required for careers in business and marketing.

On Dec. 5, 285 students from western Colorado gathered at the Silvertree Hotel Snowmass Conference Center for a day of exams and role-plays. Aspen High School sent 52 students to the district competition, and from that group, 16 students from AHS qualified for the state competition in Colorado Springs Feb. 26 through 28.

At state DECA, AHS students competed with more than 2,800 students for spots at the national competition in late April. AHS will send Matteo Garofalo to ICDC (National DECA) to compete in principles of business and management.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Silvertree Hotel, specifically John Quigley and Allison Campbell, for enabling AHS to host the district competition this year. We also appreciate the efforts of the Snowmass Village eateries Brother’s Grille, Snowmass Bakery, Big Hoss, Goodfellows Pizza, Venga Venga, Snowmass Tavern and Tasters, which made available lunch options for $10 or less for all students.

However, none of this would have been possible without the tireless support of our role-play judges from the Aspen business community who judged 570 business competition role-plays on Dec. 5.

I appreciate the daylong help of Kristin Craig (who also judged at the state level), Carmen Dowley, Gina Gerbaz Samuelson, Howard Cohen, Marilyn Seltzer, Gordon Ledingham, Jeanette Darnauer, Jim Dowley, Bryan Mordecai, Mary Ryerson, David Laughren, Ryan Slabaugh, Mike Woodrow, John Connell, Greg Roark, Donnie Ryan, John Morris, Ginny Myers, Brent Waldron, Lauren Waldron, Michael Campbell, Kristen Fitzgerald, Warren Klug, Doug Faurer, Dana Rosen, Bob Glah, Roger Marolt and Ken Marks.

Also, thanks to Bryan Whiting of Glenwood Springs High School for his expertise in competitive-event management and scoring the written exams and to AHS office manager Judy Conarroe and AHS receptionist Ci Beasley for their behind-the-scenes help. We are deeply appreciative of the continued support from our Aspen-Snowmass business community.

Dave Conarroe, AHS marketing and IB business and management teacher

Amanda Zachow, AHS business teacher


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