DECA State Competition

DECA State Competition

by Sheila Crews (OHS Teacher and DECA Advisor)

Oceanside, New York – 29 Members of the Oceanside High School chapter of New York DECA along with their advisor, Sheila Crews, joined approximately 2,200 high school business, finance, hospitality and marketing students at the annual association career development conference held this March 8th through the 10th at the Rochester Convention Center in Rochester, New York.  

As an integral part of the classroom curriculum, DECA’s industry-validated competitive events are aligned with the National Curriculum Standards in the career clusters of marketing, business management and administration, finance, and hospitality and tourism. DECA’s competitive events directly contribute to every student being college and career ready when they graduate from high school. Business professionals evaluated the members’ performance in the format of role-plays, case studies and prepared presentations.  Students that placed in the top 4 of their category will advance to the International level of competition at the DECA International Career Development Conference (ICDC) that will be held April 22-25, 2023, in Orlando, Fl.

The following students received recognition for individual ability and achievement at the association level in their competition category:

Gabriella Reluzco and Sydney Tavroff

1st Place in the Innovation Plan Event: Gabriella Reluzco and Sydney Tavroff.  These students will advance to international level competition at the DECA ICDC.

Top 10 in their competition category for Best Presentation: Victoria Bajdel, Christian Bier, Maxwell Conigliaro, Nicole DePace, Sydney Dolger, Lauren Dowd, Kiersten Elbaz, Jared Luongo, Natalie Paul, Gabriella Reluzco, Riley Rugolo, Tyler Schneider, Ziva Sklar, Sydney Tavroff.

Top 10 in their competition category for Best Overall (presentation and written submission): Victoria Bajdel, Alexander Boller, Nicole DePace, Sydney Dolger, Lauren Dowd, Alexa Nudelman, Natalie Paul, Riley Rugolo, Tyler Schneider, Ziva Sklar.

Top 10 in their competition category for Best Exam Results: Alexander Boller and Addison Vice 

In addition, the following students were inducted into the DECA National Honor Society: Kiersten Elbaz, Natalie Paul, and Ziva Sklar.

“I am so incredibly proud of our students’ accomplishments, the enthusiasm they displayed in their presentations, and the professional manner in which they conducted themselves during the entire competition.  These 29 students challenged themselves through role plays and written events and prepared to present their ideas in front of judges that are business professionals.  Presenting to judges can feel a bit overwhelming and I am amazed at the courage and determination our students exhibited.  As a first year DECA advisor I was thrilled to be a part of this experience and overwhelmed by our students’ accomplishments,” said Sheila Crews, DECA Advisor and business teacher at Oceanside High School.

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