DECA Wins 47 Medals at States; 33 Advance to Nationals

In the midst of their record-setting season, Syosset High School DECA recently returned from the New York State championships in Rochester with 47 medals, having qualified 33 students for the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Nashville, Tennessee to be held April 23-26.

Syosset DECA sent its largest contingent in years to the state championship, with over 80 students participating. While in Rochester, members had the opportunity to attend leadership workshops while competing in a plethora of competitions. The Syosset chapter was also recognized for its significant growth in membership, as well as its community service and promotional campaigns this year.  

Additionally, officers Zachery Appel, Matt Frank and Arjun Mehrotra were inducted into the state DECA Honor Society.

DECA, which stands for Distributive Education Club of America,  is a worldwide organization that aims to train and educate young entrepreneurs and leaders in the areas of marketing, finance, hospitality and management.
“Club officers and advisers worked arduously to prepare the members for the [State] competition,” said Arjun, who serves as president of Syosset DECA. Arjun teamed with Sam Markowitz to qualify for ICDC in the Marketing Communications category.

Overall, 20 Syosset students received top 10 honors in various categories. Additionally, the team of Justin Kang and Niv Skidan finished in first place in the Business Law and Ethics Team Decision Making category, with their fellow club members capturing third- and fourth-place honors in a variety of categories.

Syosset High School DECA co-advisers are Glenn Bauman and Kathleen Goldin. They are pictured here with DECA’s state medalists along with Principal Dr. Giovanni Durante, Administrative Assistant for Business Education Maryanne Rinaudo-Concessi, and DECA mentor and alumnus Pooja Bachani.

Congratulations to the state-level winners and best of luck to those moving on to the ICDC!