PATERSON, NJ – Five students from the School of Business, Technology, Marketing and Finance (BTMF) at the John F. Kennedy Educational Complex who would have been heading to the International Career Development Conference (ICDC), a national event sponsored by DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America), before COVID-19 forced the event’s cancellation still deserve congratulations, Superintendent Eileen Shafer said Friday.

The International Career Development Conference that was scheduled to be held in Nashville, TN in April has been canceled due to COVID-19 social distancing precautions.

Sammia Begum, Mackiah Henry, and Arnett Pena, all BTMF juniors, placed to compete at the ICDC scheduled to be help in Nashville, TN next month, with their Startup Business Plan: Mission Aquaponics.

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BTMF’s senior twins, Anyeli and Enyeli Galvez, also placed to compete at the ICDC with their marketing campaign, The Castle: Where Knights do their Banking. The campaign promotes The Castle, a student-run bank at the John F. Kennedy Educational Complex. The Galvez sisters each won $1000 scholarships.

“I want to congratulate our students for representing Paterson Public School so well in DECA’s statewide competition,” Shafer said. “While I know it is disappointing that the national conference has been canceled like so many activities this year, we are no less proud of our students and no less grateful to the people who worked to bring out the best of our students’ abilities.”

Shafer went on to thank the student’s teachers, administrators and parents who continuously support them as they develop their skills for success.”

The five national finalists were among 31 BTMF students who attended NJDECA State Career Development Conference (SCDC) earlier this month in Atlantic City.

Other honors that were awarded to BTMF students at the state conference were: 

·         BTMF’s Chapter President Savanah Vargas was awarded a $1,500 scholarship.

·         Ezaz Syed, a junior who serves as the chapter’s social media director, was honored as NJDECA’s January 2020 Student of the Month.

·         Ninth-graders Janecia Bygrave and Chelsey Medina, along with junior Jacky Delgado, received a mini award for their marketing campaign, Take a Bliss Break with Blistex.

 Teacher Martine Grant is the faculty advisor to the DECA Chapter at BTMF.

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