Business students from Irondequoit High School competed in the 2018 DECA Regional Competition on Jan. 4.
The event took place at Rochester Institute of Technology 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, WNY Tech Academy, Notre Dame, Penfield, Victor and Irondequoit.
DECA 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 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 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 in their respective event. The SCC will take place March 7-9 at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center, 123 E. Main St., where more than 2,000 business students from around the state will compete.
The Irondequoit High School winners are:
• Financial Services Team decision making: Derek Woodall, sophomore; Moriah Woodall, senior; Noelle Gangarosa, senior; Alyia Conlon, senior; Etan Tracey, senior; and Honore Clark, senior.
• Personal financial literacy: Liam Jones, junior.
• Business Law and Ethics Team: Avery Smith, junior; Joe Bianchi, junior; Torre Colegrove, junior; and Talia deFay, junior.
• Hospitality Services Team decision making: Kaleigh Nelson, senior; and Gabby Gagarinas, senior.
• Apparel & accessories marketing: Justin Smith, senior; and Robin Kirchgessner, senior.
• Accounting applications: Rachel Kelley, senior.
• Automotive services marketing: Joseph Dugan, senior; and Jonathon Keyes, sophomore.
• Business finance: Emma Sargent, senior.
• Business services marketing: Lia Rohr, senior; and Liam Smith, junior.
• Entrepreneurship: Carter Mezzio, junior; and Amelia Snyder, senior.
• Start-up business plan: ElsaGrace Rollins, senior; Avery Smith, junior; and Mason DeLuca, senior.
• Innovation business plan: Carter Mezzio, junior; Noelle Gangarosa, senior; and Patrick Enright, senior.
• Food marketing: Korinne Minton, junior.
• Hotel and lodging management: Julianna Nichols, junior; and Annalise Irwin, junior.
• Human resources management: Madeleine Huppe, senior.
• Marketing communications: Adam Yeager, senior.
• Restaurant and food management services: Hailey Power, sophomore; and Raina McCloud-Session, sophomore.
• Retail management: Dane Simonson, freshman; Ryan Aikens, junior; and Matthew Branco, sophomore.
• Principles of business administration: Emma Halloran, junior; and Kyla Paradiso, senior.
• Principles of finance: Ryan Straub, senior; and Makayla Flohr, junior.
• Principles of hospitality and tourism: Ayanna Chodak, senior; and Jack Scacchitti, junior.
• International business plan: Jack Brennan, junior; Nick Slattery, senior; and Adam Yeager, senior.
• Franchise business plan: Chase Miller, junior; and JT Flood, junior; Kaleigh Nelson; and Gabriella Gagarinas.
• Community service project: Liam Smith, junior​.