CLARK, NJ – Nine of Arthur L. Johnson High School’s DECA students qualified for the organization's state competition after competing at the regional conference on Friday, Jan. 6 at Kean University.

ALJ had 34 students at the regional conference competing against students across central New Jersey.  According to ALJ business teacher and DECA advisor Bryan Kenyon, this is largest group the school has had attend the regional competition, and the largest group moving on to the state level. 

“I was really excited, and nervous at the same time, to bring this many students,” said Kenyon.  “We put a lot of time and effort in, so of course I wanted them all to do well.”

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Of the nine students who qualified, there were seven individuals and one team of two.  The students moving on are Michael Adamowitz, Brenner Gull, Lindsey Hofschneider, Gennaro Nigro, Amanda Nunes, Brandon Rapp, Gina Telesco, George Visconti, and Amy Wysocki.  All are juniors at ALJ.

“I’m really excited to compete at the state competition," Hofschneider said. "My partner (Wysocki) and I really worked hard to prepare for regionals. We’re going to study even more for SCDC (State Career Development Conference).”

This year, the state competition will be held at Harrah’s Waterfront Conference Center in Atlantic City from Feb. 21 through Feb. 23.

DECA is a competitive marketing organization where students from around the world compete in different areas of marketing at regional, state, and international competitions.  It is also encourages real world business experience and networking opportunities with students from other schools and professionals in business.

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