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Members of DECA who qualified for Nationals in the 2017 State competition show their DECA-cation with the diamond logo. Photo: Lacee Manus

It’s November! It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating the new year but now it’s almost over! The end of the year is always the most exciting, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Christmas and more all jammed into three short months. Not only is November the month of Thanksgiving, it’s national DECA month.
Yeah sure, DECA doesn’t seem as fun as the thrill of Black Friday shopping or the first snow fall, but it has to have some importance if it has a whole month to be recognized, right?
DECA is a nonprofit organization for high school and college students around the world that “…prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management…” With over 215,000 members and a 70 year history DECA trains and gives students many opportunities that help them in the business world.
So why does DECA get a whole month to itself? DECA month was created as a celebration for all things DECA and just how fun it is. During this month, DECA advisors and officers plan lots of fun activities for everyone involved in their chapter.
This year La Cueva’s celebration of DECA month was kick-started with a party that included food and lots of karaoke. Our chapter also has a professional dress day to help teach students what is and isn’t appropriate to wear for job interviews or the first day on the job.
Jacob Knighton, VP of Leadership, said “I like that DECA allows me to learn about business and gain real world experience to prepare me for my future.” He also shared that his favorite DECA activity is the state competition, where he can showcase his skills as a businessman and have a chance at going to nationals.
So what do you say, are you ready to get DECA-caded this month!



The Fun of the Fair


A photo of the big ferris wheel at the New Mexico State Fair. 

The New Mexico State Fair is one of the most interesting two weeks of the year. People take off work or go right when they get off or get out of school. They are willing to take the time and spend the money to get in and eat the famous fair food.

There are so many amazing attractions at the fair; I don’t know even know where to start. The numerous rides, different games, variety of food and all the amazing things you can buy. I go to the state fair every year multiple times. And every time I see something I didn’t see before. It is an amazing adventure, even just to go once.

My family and I always get Navajo tacos and sweet tea. Although, there is a lot of delicious food, such as chicken legs, cotton candy, fried Oreos, funnel cake, ribbon fries, corn on the cob, etc… It is a pretty reasonable price for any of the items listed above.

You can also get jackets, toys, souvenirs, etc… Depending on what you buy and which station you get it from the prices range.

There is also the Ronald McDonald farm and petting zoo, which is a fun free activity for the kids. Also for kids, and of course adults, there is face painting and henna too!

No matter what you eat, what you buy, or what you do, it is always worth the time, money and adventure. So, next year get out there and have some fun!

Environmental Club


Members of the Environmental Club take out the recycling. Photo Credit to Douglas Mattson

Proposing ideas for new recycling options, cleaner water, going solar, and protecting New Mexico’s natural beauties is what one of La Cueva’s newest clubs is all about. After 32 years, La Cueva has taken the next step in going green. Whether you’re a tree hugging hippie, big game hunter, vegan enthusiast, or even just wanting to leave your mark on this world, the Environmental Club has a spot for you.

Ben Dallas, senior president of Environmental club, said, “As an environmentalist, I believe partial reformative actions need to be made to society in order to protect our environment.” He continued, “It is also crucial for people to care about what is happening to the environment before anything can be done to truly protect it.”

Environmental club is all about transforming La Cueva into an eco-friendly school so that students can see how they are affecting the world around them. Even if you are just converting to solar power or making the switch to reusable water bottles, you are helping contribute to a greener and healthier world. Amy Baca, a sophomore member of the environmental club, took a drink from her glass water bottle and said, “We want you to make a change one plastic bottle at a time.”

“I consider myself an earthist,” said Lilah Schlessinger, sophomore vice president, in a text with a laughing emoji complementing it.  “I think that people have gotten so much from this planet and its animals that the very least we can do is try to protect what’s left of it.”