DECA students from Mattituck and Southold high schools received top honors at a New York State competition in Rochester last week, where they put their business skills to the test.
The group competed against nearly 1,900 DECA students in either role playing or exams and attended leadership conferences and award ceremonies hosted by the Distributive Education Club of America, known as DECA. The national organization promotes business and marketing skills among high school students.
MATTITUCK HIGH SCHOOL
Mattituck High School DECA advisor Lu Anne Nappe said Emily Ciamaricone won a first-place trophy and a finalist medal in the Public Broadcasting & Advertising category after creating a 60-second TV commercial for Relay for Life.
Ms. Nappe’s students that took home finalist medals include: Steve Baird and Zev Carter (Business Law & Ethics Team Decision Making); Abigail Terry (Public Speaking Prepared); Joseph Nadel (Wholesale Selling); Erik Olsen (Principles of Finance).
The Mattituck DECA club also received the Community Service Recognition Award for their participation in the Relay for Life fundraiser. It also received the Up Membership Award after increasing its membership by 20 students.
Jacob Branker, Joseph Nadel and Emily Ciamaricone were inducted into the National DECA Honor Society.
Seven other students also competed at the state level: Jacob Branker (Business Finance Services); Ben Herbert (Business Services Marketing); Sarah Sheppard (Human Resources Management); Kevin Williams (Sales Demonstration); Kevin Diffley (Decision Making-Marketing); Jed Donikyan (Principles of Marketing); and Tori Ireland (Decision Making-Human Resources).
In addition to the awards ceremonies, students also attended leadership conferences.
SOUTHOLD HIGH SCHOOL
Southold High School DECA advisor Kathy Williams said William Tondo won a first-place trophy in the Sales Demonstration category. Second place winners include: Gus Rymer (Public Service Advertising); William Bucci (Wholesale Selling). Third place winners were: Shannon Quinn (Visual Advertising); Jessica Rizzo (Decision Making); and Drew Sacher (Marketing Decision Making).
The remaining winners placed in the Top 10, including: Steven Amato, Jackie Davey, Sean Moran, Logan Pfister, Greg Quist, Mike Ryan, Walker Sutton, and Aidan Walker.