This past Wednesday, 27 Suffern High School students competed against peers from Westchester and Rockland Counties in the local DECA Competition held at Rockland Community College. DECA Inc.(Distributive Education Clubs of America) is a national organization of marketing and management studies. It teaches leadership development, civic consciousness, social intelligence and vocational understanding through competitions at the local, state and national levels. Students at Suffern High School are encouraged to join this club if they are interested in the business world. According to club president, Carli Weisburg, “Participating in DECA will help students become better public speakers and researchers, help them to learn to learn about marketing and finance topics, and better prepare them for the college application and interview process, as well as college itself.”
During the competition, students enter different categories and then are judged on their responses to scenarios. Some of the categories on Wednesday included: Principles of Finance, Hospitality Services, Principles of Marketing, Hotel and Lodging Management, Sports and Entertainment Marketing, and much more. Out of all our competitors, ten students were awarded medals and the chance to move on to the regional competition in Rochester, New York in March.
When not competing, the club meets weekly at SHS to go over business ideas, vocabulary, fundraise for their competitions and study past situations so that they’ll be prepared to win the next round.
Congratulations to all our hard-working students and our award winners (pictured first L to R) Madelyn Nicpon, Eric Rao, Justin Jacob, Ethan Holand, Muhamad Jalloh, Michael Ryan, Harry Ducrepin, Greg Derario, Trevor Berkowitz, and Carli Weisberg.