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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!



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.”

Dance Tryouts


Attention all who would like to tryout for the La Cueva cheer or dance team! The season has come to an end and the cheer and dance coaches are looking to expand the program and get more student spirit on the teams.

The La Cueva dance team is a talented and very spirited group of girls who have a passion for dance. The team does dances that vary from hip hop all the way to jazz. When on the team to will compete, cheer games (such as basketball and football), participate in school run activities, and more!

Tryouts are open to 10th to 12th graders and incoming freshman tryout in the fall. It is a great opportunity that you should definitely take up if you are interested in dance.

Tryout Meeting: April 20th, 2017 at 6 p.m. Located in the La Cueva cafeteria.

Tryout Clinic: May 2nd-4th , 2017 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Located in the Main Gym

Tryout Day: May 5th, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

Good luck at the La Cueva 2017-2018 dance tryouts! Go Las Ositas!


La Cueva dance tryout flyer. Photo courtesy of @LCHSLasOsitas on Twitter.