Smoky-Hill-High-School November Feature

William Kingsbaker, ​DECA 

Community Service

Our chapter is committed to doing a minimum of one community service project every month throughout the school year.  Under the direction of community service chair Alyssa King our chapter volunteered at The Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue Shelter, the Botanic Gardens pumpkin patch and hosted our annual Extremefest which raised more than $3200 for The Make A Wish Foundation.


School Based Enterprises

Store: Our chapter continued its 2-year reclamation project of the school store "Starbuffs".  Under the guidance of store managers Caitlin Seifert, Logan Banks and Ahmed Ferjani the store has become a fun place for students to hang out and a profitable endeavor while adhering to the strict national nutrition guidelines.  In the last 18 months the store has been able to add a beverage cooler, two freezers, two microwaves, a television, and surround sound speakers.  Through a Perkins grant the store has also added a Point of Sale computer system to better track sales and inventory.

Our chapter also developed our own clothing line this year.  Clothing managers Leah Gibson and Gillian Russo designed, produced and promoted a very successful line of Smoky Hill Apparel that is almost completely sold out.  They will following up the popular fall line with a winter line that will be available to students after winter break.



After sending an astonishing 17 students to Orlando last spring for DECA nationals our chapter has been working extremely hard to try to do even better this year.  Competition chairs Lloyd Jones and Sarah Maaliki  have transformed our resource center into competition central.  Filled with resources to better prepare students for competition.  We also added more invitationals to our schedule this year as well.  Last month we took 30 students to Glenwood Springs for the two day Glenwood Invitational.  Of the 30 participants an astounding 14 were recognized on stage as finalists.  Next, we hosted our own Mock Districts at Smoky Hill High School which more than 250 Smoky DECA students participated in and had an additional 60 parents, staff and community members volunteer as judges.  Last week, despite it being fall break  we took 40 students to the University of Colorado at Boulder for another DECA invitational.  Of those 40, Smoky Hill was recognized with 12 finalists.  November 23rd we will be taking 170 students to the district competition at the Radisson in SE Aurora.



Our organization also knows how have fun.  Our social events are a great way for members to meet each other and to promote DECA to the rest of the school.  Under the direction of our event chair Julia Sheykhet we have had two major social events so far this year.  The first was our annual Pool Party which takes place at the Piney Creek Pool in our community.  This year more than 150 students came out for the food, music and games.  Our other major social event this semester was the Pre-Game tailgate party at Stutler Bowl before the homecoming game. The event drew more than 700 people with performances by the band, cheer squad and poms.  More importantly the grill was manned all night by advisors Kevin Van Wormer and Scott Henry.​

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Digital-Evolutions is a public high school digital 3D design studio housed in Smoky Hill High School. Our core philosophy, is to move past just "teaching the tools" to empowering students to become creative, intrinsically motivated, independent, conceptual learners with a solid understanding of the creative and design process. Students can participate up to four years, with two possible advanced college accredited tracks, both IB and traditional. The curriculum challenges students to tap into both hemispheres of the brain to further develop their logical and creative abilities as both an artist and critical thinker. The program is both exciting and challenging, providing students with a learning environment without limitations and opening the door to artistic expression and conceptual exploration. Students become innovators and problem solvers, further preparing them for the ever-changing digital landscape and future workforce. 

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