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UW College of Business Hosts Successful DECA Day

November 6, 2015

More than 200 students representing nine high schools recently took part in activities in the first “DECA Day,” hosted by the University of Wyoming College of Business.

Participating were students from Campbell County High School in Gillette; Central, East and South high schools, all in Cheyenne; Evanston High School; Kelly Walsh and Natrona County high schools, both in Casper; Laramie High School; and Riverton High School.

The students and 18 advisers first spent time in Cheyenne at the DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) Marketing and Entrepreneurship Conference.

Wyoming DECA students then traveled to Laramie, where they attended presentations from the UW Department of Athletics and UW Office of Admissions. The students also toured the UW campus and the College of Business.

The day included a mock lecture from marketing doctoral candidate Travis Simkins and a luncheon presentation from UW College of Business Dean Sanjay Putrevu.

“It was a pleasure to spend the afternoon speaking with so many high-achieving students who are passionate about their education,” Putrevu says. “I look forward to seeing many of them walking through the halls of the College of Business in the upcoming years.”

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the world. DECA students are academically prepared, demonstrating college and career readiness by pursuing challenging programs of study in high school, including career and technical education programs.

For more information about Wyoming DECA, visit the website, or contact state adviser Mary Hopper at (307) 237-5471 or

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