A talented and ambitious group of business-minded students at New Milford High School have set their sights high.

First, the teens need to raise funds for a trip as representatives of NMHS' DECA Club to a May 3-6 national conference in Atlanta, Ga.

"We will be having some fundraisers to help defray the costs," explained DECA Club faculty adviser Debbie Knipple.

A bake sale kicked things off Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30 at Wal-Mart.

Tasty Waves will host a fundraiser Friday, April 4, at its Main Street shop and donate 10 percent of its sales for the day.

Sponsorships to support the students' trip are available for $200. Sponsor names will be printed on DECA Club T-shirts, which will be donated by Fat City of New Milford.

The students to attend the national event include Carolyn O'Hara, Rachel O'Hara, Taylor Terranova, Abbey Zimmerman, Devon Woods and Christina Kwapien.

The teens made a presentation March 18 to the Rotary Club of Greater New Milford and were rewarded with their first sponsorship.

The presentation focused on what DECA is and how it helps the teens plan for their business and college futures.

DECA was once known as the Distributive Education Clubs of America.

Simply called DECA now, it is an international organization of high school and college students and teachers with their focus on marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, finance and hospitality.

The organization is recognized as a career and technical student organizations by the United States Department of Education.

-- Norm Cummings