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Pair of FFCHS marketing students crowned DECA state champions


Last updated 3/9/2021 at 1:58pm | View PDF

Gabrielle Moore and Kylie Ann Jensen

More than 3,000 DECA students from across the state competed virtually in 50-plus events with their sights set on the DECA International Career Development Conference later this spring. The students competed in areas such as Apparel and Accessories, Restaurant Management, Hospitality, Travel and Tourism, Sports and Entertainment, Professional Sales and much more. The competition tested students' skills on how to handle a multitude of business/marketing situations in a role-play scenario or business presentation. Students also took a 100-question test to assess their business knowledge.

Fountain-Fort Carson sophomores Melanie Brousseau (Business Growth Plan) and Faith Queen (Hospitality and Tourism Professional Sales) were crowned Colorado DECA State Champions. Melanie presented a plan on her own business that she runs, and Faith had to sell a hotel a digital marketing campaign.

Senior Gaheris Owen finished in the top 10 for three years in a row in Financial Consulting with a fourth-place finish.

Lightning struck twice for Owen as he and junior Trevor Ridge also placed third in the Career Development Project. The team hosted a virtual Dress for Success fashion show, which was initially scheduled to take place at the high school's career day, but was canceled last March due to COVID-19.

The team of Gabrielle Moore and Kylie Ann Jensen placed second in Chapter of Excellence. The team chronicled the year of events and activities at FFC DECA.

State Finalists and finishing in the top 10 from FFCHS include:

Desiree Castro -

Financial Literacy Project

Lauren Hodges -

Principle of Hospitality and Tourism

Faith Vasquez -

Automotive Services

Trevor Ridge -

Marketing Communications

Leanna Johnson -

Professional Selling

Monica Seals -

Retail Merchandising

DECA, an association of marketing students, is a co-curricular career and technical student organization that promotes leadership development and student achievement. New data indicates that Colorado 10th graders who completed Career and Technical Education programs performed better on standardized tests reading and math tests than those who did not. The data was compiled by the Career and Technical Education division of the Colorado Community College System (CCCS).

Gaheris Owen and Trevor Ridge

DECA's renowned Competitive Events Program uses role-plays, career cluster exams, online simulations and written projects to evaluate the academic knowledge and career skills DECA members develop in their marketing, entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality and management classes. The knowledge and skills assessed are part of National Curriculum Standards identified by industry leaders as essential for college and career success in today's global economy.

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. DECA enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, apply learning, connect to business and promote competition. DECA's student members leverage their DECA experience to become academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leaders. The U.S. Congress and the Colorado Department of Education authorize DECA's comprehensive learning program. For more information on DECA, visit


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