Cranford DECA Excels at Regional Competition

Cranford DECA 2017

CRANFORD, NJ - Cranford High School was represented by 88 students at the NJ DECA Regional Conference at Kean University on Jan. 5.  The members competed against students from 22 other high schools across Central New Jersey, including Warren Hills High School, Highland Park High School, and Sayreville War Memorial High School.

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.  DECA is a program for business-minded students looking to find real world applications for what they learn in their business classes. At the conference, students are presented with business scenarios, given 10 minutes to creatively solve the problem, and another ten minutes to role play the solution before a judge.  In addition to the role play, all DECA members are required to take a written test in their chosen business area.

Thirty-five CHS students placed among the top 10 in their respective events at the regionals competition, qualifying them to attend the NJ DECA State Career Development Conference in Atlantic City on Feb. 21-23, 2017. Students must place among the top 3 in their event at the State Conference to qualify for the DECA International Career Conference, which will be held in Anaheim, California this year in late April.

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“Our students always put forth an incredible amount of effort, and this year’s group is no exception,” Donna Cathcart, one of the club’s advisors, commented in regard to her students. “We are so proud of each of our students; they presented themselves professionally and with poise.”

Cindy Keyasko, also an advisor, said, “Given the highly competitive nature of our group, we have already began preparing for the competition, and are hoping to send all 35 students to California for nationals!”

Below is a list of the students who qualified for and will be attending the NJ State Conference in February:

Students Who Placed Top 3 in Their Event:
- Kelly Drake- 1st place, Food Marketing Series
- Grace Chen- 1st place, Quick Serve Marketing
- Spencer Pascal- 1st place, Sports and Entertainment Marketing
- Patrick Hoey and Owen McDermott- 1st place, Sports and Entertainment Team Decision Making
- Ben Bacall- 2nd place, Marketing Communications Series
- Kevin Schwartz- 2nd place, Sports and Entertainment Marketing
- Michael DiFabrizio and James Nichnadowicz- 2nd place, Sports and Entertainment Team Decision Making
- Olivia Klimko- 2nd place, Business Finance Services
- Rebecca Piassek- 2nd place, Food Marketing Series
- Emma Lore- 3rd place, Apparel and Accessories
- Shannon Szefinski and Karina Vizzoni- 3rd place, Hospitality Services Marketing Team Event
- Kerry Pollock- 3rd place, Principles of Business Management
- Matthew Fonseca and Jeremy Hunt- 3rd place, Sports and Entertainment Team Decision Making

Other Qualifiers:
- Michael Pettesch- Business Finance Services
- Maria Venturo and Brittany Welsh- Business Law and Ethics Team Decision Making
- Fallon Morrison- Business Services Marketing
- Kaitlyn Taylor- Business Services Marketing
- Thomas Armstrong- Food Marketing Services
- Carly Nicholas- Food Marketing Services
- Kathryn Pringle- Hotel and Lodging Management
- Erin Readie- Human Resource Management
- Madison Howells- Restaurant and Food Services Management
- Chloe Levy- Sports and Entertainment Marketing
- Justin Marko- Sports and Entertainment Marketing
- Steven Shore- Sports and Entertainment Marketing
- Erin Infante- Sports and Entertainment Marketing
- Daniel Allen and Ryan Malko- Sports and Entertainment Team Decision Making
- Kaitlin Ciuba- Marketing Communications Services
- Christian Rivera- Quick Serve Marketing


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