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Brighton DECA Leaders

Leaders are those who work together to impact their community in a positive way. The Brighton High School DECA chapter provides student leaders the opportunity to work together and compete in relevant projects at the annual DECA State Leadership Conference. DECA is a non-profit organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

Through perseverance, teamwork, and dedication Brighton High’s DECA chapter earned the title of the 2021 Colorado DECA Chapter of Excellence State Champions at this year’s virtual state conference. The chapter of excellence is a project that embodies the work of the entire chapter and specifically focuses on leader development, member bonding, community work, preparation for competitive events, learning applications, and how members promote and advocate for the chapter. 

The Chapter of Excellence project was chaired by Ashley Settergren, Giana Rocha, and Kloee Eisenbarth. These three students oversaw the work of project managers, served as managers themselves, and compiled and documented the work completed in order  to present it in a virtual format. Project Managers included: Patrick Kelley, Yuliana Murillo, Keilani Infante, Avery Day, Rylee Goad, Rylie Atkerson, Hailey Peterson, Kennedy Waltenburg, Megan Medina, and Izzy Hawkins. 

Project Manager and junior Patrick Kelley has been a member of DECA since his freshman year. Since joining, DECA has offered him a family where he is loved and supported. Due to school and chapter events being virtual this year, the DECA chapter felt adrift from one another. “This year the whole chapter worked together on the chapter of excellence project. Working on it together helped to reunite our DECA family,” said Patrick. 

In addition to finding better ways to connect with one another, Brighton High’s DECA members also found ways to connect with the community including a kindness campaign, assisting with local business promotion and support, a toy drive that served over 100 kids, a holiday project that ensured over 100 children received letters from Santa, collected donations of appreciation for frontline workers, initiated a business solution project to move Brighton High’s school store to an online platform, and promotion and advocacy for the chapter. 

Brighton High DECA advisor, Melissa White is extremely proud of the work the chapter accomplished this year. “The chapter’s tenacity and creative problem-solving has been remarkable, especially taking into account the pandemic and learning environment this year. The students priority was to stay unified with one another through this time and to make a positive impact on our community. I am looking forward to continuing this work with them and to continue growing as a chapter.” 

Congratulations to our entire Brighton High DECA chapter! Your work does not go by unnoticed! Listed below are the state finalists for this year. 

Keilani Infante and Avery Day: Community Awareness Project - “Small Town Big Heart”

Maura Von Ah and Emma Von Ah: Community Giving Project - “Hometown Heroes” 

Kennedy Waltenburg, Izzy Hawkins, and Megan Medina: Community Giving Project - “Brighton Up the Holidays” 

Giana Rocha - Elected to serve on the Colorado DECA State Officer team as the District 7 State Representative