From March 7-10, 16 Northport High School DECA Business students competed at the NY State DECA Career Conference in Rochester, NY. Students competed by completing written exams, role plays and case studies, and two Northport High School students have qualified for the International Career Conference that will take place in Disney World this April.
With 90 schools and 2,400 students in attendance, students had to show off their business savvy in order to impress a panel of judges. Students competed in a variety of events in different areas of business including marketing, finance, business administration and entrepreneurship.
Ultimately, Northport High School students Charlie Friedman and Sebastian Ko medaled on their exams in Quick Serve Restaurant Management and Accounting Applications. Jessica Ochoa medaled on the Exam and Role Play and was in the top ten overall in Apparel & Accessories. Ian Gallo was top ten overall in Marketing Communications which he earned by medaling in the exam and role play. Olivia Aguirre earned a third place overall trophy in Retail Merchandising and Hannah Cho earned a second place overall trophy in Entrepreneurship. Olivia and Hannah qualified for the International Career Conference.
Students expressed that the competition further cemented their interest in the field of business. Junior Hannah Cho said "DECA States really encouraged me to work harder and find creative solutions in business. It was amazing to meet people from across NY who inspire me to become better.”
Fellow junior Olivia Aguirre said " Going to DECA states was a great learning experience and an amazing opportunity to push myself to think strategically. The lessons learned about business will definitely help me now and in the future."