A group of students from Sachem East and Sachem North recently participated in the DECA State Career Conference that was held at the Riverside Convention Center in Rochester, New York.
Students come to compete in over 40 different competitive events. This year’s DECA State Career Conference welcomed more than 2,300 attendees.
The DECA team consisted of Sachem East seniors Matthew Ely and Alyssa Dark; juniors Emma Hannigan, Therese Krawchuk and Gina Lelo; sophomores Logan Catalanotto, Nicholas Jason and Jayden Reilly; and Sachem North junior Stephen Iadanza.
Students competed in categories including marketing, entrepreneurship, finance, business management, and hospitality and tourism, completing a wide range of tasks, from presenting their written business proposals to solving real-world business problems in a role-play scenario.
In addition to the competition, Sachem students participated in leadership seminars and activities that focused on strengthening their ability to solve problems, work as a team and network with others.
DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.
Utilizing lessons learned from DECA, students become academically prepared for college and career in the previously mentioned fields while also becoming community oriented by gaining an appreciation for the benefits of service and their potential impact on the community and world.
DECA also helps push students to become professionally responsible with ethics, integrity and high standards while becoming experienced leaders by practicing key leadership skills such as goal setting, consensus building and project management.
Both advisers, Lisa Anthony (East) and Tom Sullivan (North), would like to congratulate all the students who participated in DECA this year.
Congratulations to the following DECA students who placed top 10 in their respective competitions: Emma Hannigan – Business Services Marketing exam, Jayden Reilly – Entrepreneurship exam and Therese Krawchuk – Business Services Role Play.