Wisconsin DECA Leaders Go for the Gold at #WIDECACOW

In July, Wisconsin DECA brought together more than 200 members in Madison, Wis., for its annual Chapter Opportunity Workshop.

The Chapter Opportunity Workshop, also known as COW, is a two-day conference where chapter leaders from across the state have an opportunity to engage in exciting events, team building exercises, networking, DECA competitive events, create their chapter’s program of work and compete to be the state’s most “Udderly Amazing” chapter by winning the COW Cup!

With the summer Olympic games coming to Rio de Janeiro later this month, we used the Olympics as our central theme for COW 2016.

To get the competitive spirit started before the conference even began, Wisconsin DECA’s Team 51 created an Olympic-themed promotional video. This exciting video can be viewed below:

To begin the conference, attendees competed in the Amazing Race. Participants traveled to stations around Madison and competed head-to-head with other chapters in events modeled after Olympic sports, such as a javelin toss. They were given custom chapter flags that helped team show their spirit!

After racing around Madison, members gathered at the Madison Concourse Hotel for an exciting opening session. In this session, the Wisconsin DECA state officer team shared their goals for the upcoming year and gave tips to the attendees on how to organize their programs of work, in addition to facilitating an activity where chapters created their own program-of-work themed flags.

Whitney Page, Vice President of Chapter Development for Sparta DECA said, “[The opening session] really helped our officer team set goals for the school year, and to work as one strong unit to complete the goals.”

The opening session was followed by a series of Kahoot trivia games on DECA’s four cluster exams, as well as Olympic trivia. Students put their knowledge to the test in an effort to gain points for the COW Cup.

The following morning, members completed a 50-question cluster exam before competing in a Quick-Serve Restaurant Management role-play. Scores in these events contributed to team scores for the COW Cup, and individual as well as chapter champions were recognized at closing session.

In the closing session, members cheered on their chapters as event winners were announced. Andrew Tai of Hamilton Sussex and Katie Murphy of Green Bay Preble were named COW King and Queen, awards given to the most spirited participants at the conference. The session culminated in naming the overall winner of the COW Cup, which is awarded to the chapter with the most points culminating from the Amazing Race scores, Kahoot points, cluster exam scores, role-play scores, and team spirit.

Congratulations to Sun Prairie High School for being the top cheese of Wisconsin DECA and taking home the 2016 COW Cup!

Thanks to the Chapter Opportunity Workshop, student leaders from across the state will be able to Own Their Futures!

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