IHS Students Compete in DECA Regional Conference

IHS Business Students Compete at the DECA Regional Competition 
Lou DiCesare, IHS Business Teacher

January 5, 2017

West Irondequoit High School Business Students Compete in Business Club Competition and Qualify to Compete at the DECA State Career Conference

Business students from Irondequoit High School competed in the 2017 DECA Regional Competition on Wednesday, January 4th. The event took place at RIT and had over 500 business students participating from schools around Monroe County including Brighton, Penfield, Pittsford Sutherland, Pittsford Mendon, Aquinas, Spencerport, Gates-Chili, Rush-Henrietta, Mercy, Notre Dame, Victor and Irondequoit.

DECA (www.deca.org) enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, applying learning in the context of business, connecting to business and the community and promoting competition. Students in DECA leverage their experience to become academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, and experienced leaders.

There are nearly 40 different competitive marketing events for students to participate in and learn about the field of marketing and management. Irondequoit students in Mrs. Bucciarelli, Mrs. Lent, and Mr. DiCesare's Business classes traveled to RIT (a national DECA sponsor) to test their knowledge in their chosen event, which includes both team and individual events. There are only three finalists awarded for team events and five for individual events.

The winners earned the right to represent Monroe County (Region 10) at the DECA State Career Conference (SCC) in their respective event. The SCC will take place March 8-10 at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center where over 2,000 business students from around the state will compete.

The Irondequoit High School winners are: 
Financial Services Team Decision Making
Rachel Dale (Junior) & Megan Dano (Junior)  

Accounting Applications
Dan Borg (Senior)    

Automotive Services Marketing
Colin Shafer (Senior)    
Jeremiah Boerman (Senior)

Business Finance
Jeremy Walther (Senior)
Andrew Westcott (Senior)

Business Services Marketing
Patrick Enright (Junior)
Nick Slattery (Junior)
Spencer Lane (Senior)

Hospitality Services Team Decision Making
Kaleigh Nelson (Junior) and Gabby Gagarinas (Junior)

Buying & Merchandising Team Decision Making
Jobie Burke-Meadows (Senior) and Emma Sargent (Junior)
Jon Dugan (Junior) and Nick Merwin (Junior)

Apparel & Accessories Marketing
Lia Rohr (Junior)

Marketing Communications
Carter Mezzio (Senior)

Food Marketing
Shane Costantino (Senior) 

Entrepreneurship Innovation Plan
Chelsea Gallina & Emma Sargent (Juniors)
Gabby Guagliardo (Junior)

Start Up Business Plan
Casie White (Junior)
Adam Yaeger (Junior)

Franchise Business Plan
Matt Brennan (Senior) and Nick Slattery (Junior)

Principles of Finance
Alexis Palumbo-Compton (Senior)
Rachel Kelley (Junior)
Brianna Moore (Senior)
Madeleine Huppe (Junior)

Principles of Marketing
Jonathon Keyes (Freshman) 

Principles of Business Administration
Brendan Cole (Senior)

Principles of Hospitality & Tourism
Nathanael Kisler ‚Äč (Freshman)
Giavanna Burgio (Sophomore)

Personal Financial Literacy
Marianna Santos (Senior)
Avery Whittemore (Senior)

Professional Selling
Mason DeLuca (Junior)
Noelle Gangarossa (Junior) 

 Group photo of DECA students

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