A total of 71 Deer Park High School students participated in DECA’s Suffolk County Regional Competition at Suffolk County Community College on Jan. 7, facing off against more than 1,600 other students from 27 Suffolk County high schools. Of the Deer Park entrants, 22 received trophies for their performances and six received honorable mention.
Adam Ahmed won first place and Shahan Mian came in third, both for the Principles of Finance event. Other trophy winners included Fatima Humayun and Lauren Lazarte for Principles of Hospitality, Daniel Sebok for Principles of Marketing, Ronak Shah and Tyler Teng for Personal Financial Literacy, Martin Salgado for Food Marketing, Kristy Kelsch and Gabriellia Mattera for Hotel & Lodging Management, Nabila Alim and Dan Gerardi for Human Resources Management, Parwiz Sultany for Marketing Management, Ifrah Afzal and Tajriana Haque for Quick Serve Restaurant Management, Alban Astafa for Restaurant & Food Service Management, Eric LaMotte and Malique Papallier for Sports & Entertainment Marketing, Nick DiModica and John Santare for Hospitality Services Team, and Peter Demopoulos and Joseph Sanchez for Marketing Communications Team.
Honorable mentions went to Stephen Lew for the Principles of Business Management event, Nick Shanahan for Personal Financial Literacy, Ayinde Briggs for Automotive Services Marketing, Danial Khoshkehpazi for Restaurant & Food Service Management, and Ashley Ahmad and Kristina Kozakevitch for Hospitality Services Team.
These students have earned the right to participate in the State Career Conference in upstate Rochester in early March, where they will compete against 2,000 of New York’s best business students for the chance to participate in the International Career Development Conference in Orlando, Florida at the end of April.
“Deer Park DECA continues to be one of Suffolk County’s most successful chapters,” said the club’s adviser, business teacher Gregory Menig. “Despite graduating 40 members last June, our students have once again been able to produce outstanding results at the regional competition. I’m looking forward to seeing what this year’s award winners are able to accomplish in Rochester in March.”