IHS Students Are DECA International Finalists - 5/1/2017

On April 26th, ten business students from Irondequoit High School made the trip to Anaheim, CA for the DECA International Career Development Conference (ICDC). Students compete in a variety of business events and qualify for different levels of competition from regionals to states to the ICDC.

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 50 different competitive business events for students to participate in and learn about the field of marketing, finance and management. Events range from topics like International Business, Retail Management, Accounting (http://www.deca.org/high-school-programs/high-school-competitive-events/ ), etc.

Irondequoit senior Shane Costantino competed in the Food Marketing Event. By earning finalist distinctions at the regional and state level, Costantino earned the opportunity to compete at the International level in Anaheim. At each level of competition, Costantino had to take a 100-question cluster test on marketing and complete role-plays. Role plays are case studies about a particular business discipline (in this case food marketing) that each student reads for 10 minutes and then presents their solution to a judge with a specific grading rubric. There were 220 students competing in Food Marketing at ICDC. Costantino earned a top 20 medal for his efforts.

Irondequoit senior Alexis Palumbo-Compton competed in the Virtual Business Accounting simulation event. After qualifying by placing in the top three online competition in February, Palumbo-Compton’s task was to evaluate 15 different accounting fraud possibilities in a computer-simulated business. Students who submitted their three fraud choices in the fastest amount of time moved on to the next round. Her efforts earned her a spot in the finals and a seventh place finish.

Other Irondequoit students who qualified for their efforts at the state level and the opportunity to compete at ICDC included: junior Adam Yeager (Start-Up Business Plan), juniors Gabby Guagliardo & Emma Sargent (Innovation Business Plan), senior Matt Brennan (Franchise Business Plan), senior Dan Borg (Accounting Applications) and senior Kiera Cooke (Virtual Business Accounting).

DECA finalists


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