Key leadership skills gained for DECA students

Shoreham-Wading River High School was well-represented at the DECA Regional Career competition with 19 students participating in various business events and nine of them bringing home awards for the school.

Held at Suffolk County Community College, the competition works to prepare high school and college leaders and entrepreneurs in all areas of business, including marketing, finance, hospitality and management. The top winners are now qualified to compete at the New York State DECA Career Conference competition in March.

Among the students earning top recognition were first-place winners Rikki Alessi, John Betcher, Joseph Cracovia, Maegen Letscher, Emma Loscalzo, Camdon Sisler and Jake Vogel, who placed in the categories of Principles of Hospitality and Tourism, Business Services Management, Accounting Applications, Principles of Business Management and Administration, Hotel and Lodging Management, Public Speaking-Prepared and Job Interview, respectively.

Honorable Mention awards were presented to Phil DeLuca for Principles of Business Management and Administration and Patrick Lane for Business Finance.

The District extends its congratulations to all the DECA participants and wishes the best of luck to those advancing to the state level.