Taking Care of Business


Eighteen students from Deer Park High School represented the district in the Young Professionals Chamber of Commerce sixth annual business leadership competition at Farmingdale State University. The Deer Park students were among 177 students, representing nine different schools that competed in categories such as Fashion Marketing, Graphic Design, E-Commerce, Sports Marketing, Real Estate, Advertising, Hospitality Services, Entrepreneurship, Sports Management and Job Interviewing.

Teachers and students prepared intensely over the course of months on these competition subjects. Many of the students worked cooperatively to prepare their research, design marketing advertisements, and job interview skills. The competition not only demonstrated Deer Park students’ academic and personal strengths; it provided them with an opportunity to interact with students from other school districts, business professionals, and community leaders, including Assemblymen Andrew Raia.

During the competition, the Chamber of Commerce held “Ten Minute Talks,” each presented by a professional guest speaker. These informative seminars covered subjects such as computer technology, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, safe driving practices, and everyday etiquette for a successful future.

Students involved were commended for their participation, diligence and professionalism. One Deer Park High School Junior, Joe F., was awarded with a first place plaque in the Job Interview category, while sophomore Vincent M. was invited to the Headquarters of the New York Islanders where he presented the Sports Marketing team’s project to Islander President Chris Dey. District self-contained students received an Honorable Mention Certificate for their participation.

Several of the students recognized attended a recent Board of Education meeting, where they received Board commendations, awarded by Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Personnel Services Frank Caliguiri.