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Entrepreneurial Mindset Program Pilot

Recently, 4 members of HHS DECA participated in an amazing pilot project.  The pilot was a joint project between the City of Albuquerque, CNM and APS.  The participants were students from Highland High School, Atrisco Heritage Academy High School, Rio Grande High School and Sandia High School.  The project was about encouraging and developing the entrepreneurial mindset in the future leaders of America.  The students were divided into 3 different groups to develop a solution for an opportunity (a problem). The group from Highland included: sophomore Keith Nguyen, sophomore Brandon Huynh, junior Thao Vo and junior Beth Nairn.  The opportunity they studied was "boring classroom environments" and how to make them more appealing.  They developed a solution that most teachers would LOVE to use/access. Here is the link to the Mixonium they created: http://mixonium.com/mx/4148


APS and CNM will offer this course this summer as a Dual Credit course.  The details are still being worked out, but more information will come soon! This would be an amazing opportunity for students to continue to develop during the summer and also to fulfill the Dual Credit/AP/Honors/Distance Learning Graduation requirement!


We all have a voice! It's time to take a stand!

HHS DECA and 'Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense' would like to welcome you to join us for a walk to raise awareness for anti-gun-violence and advocate for a safer New Mexico. Please feel free to bring friends and family to this event.

When? Saturday, November 7th.

What time? 10 am til noon.

Where? Wilson Football Stadium

(12200 Lomas Blvd NE, Albuquerque,NM 87112


 "Do today what others won't, so you can do tomorrow what others can't." By Brandon Madrid    


 "Learn as much as you can because this is something you will use the rest of your life. Not only for your careers but personal life as well.  " By  Jolene Olloway 


 "My best recommendation for current DECA members is to listen to Ms. Cline. She knows her stuff. As I said earlier, she taught me about school, career, and life. She is one of the best examples I have ever come across. Not only is she a phenomenal teacher, but an even better role model." By   Jennifer McKinley   


We are proud to say that we have two DECA VP's for the year of 2015-2016!

Beth Narin and Thao Vo are representing New Mexico DECA! Beth is VP of Community Service and Thao is VP of Membership. The president is Jelisa Dandridge from Manzano HS and the VP of Public Relations is Brooke Barnes from Rio Rancho HS.IMG_2724.JPGTheir goal for this term is to maintain DECA's membership of 3,000 and to focus on community out reach. This summer the team went to Washington DC for DECA's Emerging Leaders Summit. 


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DECA Letter and Marketing Education Honor Cords

How does a student qualify for a letter in DECA? They must earn the right to compete at our NM DECA CDC and compete there.  If a student qualifies to compete but then does not compete, they will not receive a letter as they did not fulfill the requirements.


Hoes does a student earn an honor cord for Marketing? Honor cords are awarded for the academic performance during the senior year. The student must maintain a minimum of 90% for the entire year in their Marketing class. This is independent of DECA participation. The honor cords are awarded for performance in the classroom.

Hometown Heroes--STAND

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Hometown Heroes--Project Linus

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Keeping Involved

HHS Alumni April Romero, Ada Duran and Laura Palmer were great DECA students who are now living lives focused on their personal careers. April is in management at a local UPS store. Laura is an Educational Assistant at Grant Middle School and Ada is attending UNM. Together Laura and Ada manage Milne stadium's concession stand. April manages Community stadium's concession stand. These wonderful women took all that they learned in DECA and use it at the concession stands. These alumni are staying involved with Highland DECA as they work with Highland students.

DECA's very own Selfless Senior!

We are proud to present HHS's DECA President, Ramon Alderete as one of this years' Selfless Seniors! Students given this award, give of themselves without needing to being noticed. Ramon is Senior Class President and HHS DECA President. He also is an active member of Senate, National Honors Society, MECHA, Key Club, and Black Student Union.