ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – Sparta High School has 20 students headed to California after a strong showing at the Distributive Education Clubs of America or DECA State competition. The Spartan contingency had a number of finalists and first place winners in Atlantic City allowing them to advance to the DECA National competition in Anaheim, California.

Sparta sent approximately 80 students to Atlantic City earlier this month to participate in the DECA State competition.  These students earned the opportunity after a successful showing at the regional competition held in February at Ramapo University.

“DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools around the world,” Marketing teacher and DECA advisor Sandra Chiappini said.

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According to Chiappini the state competition hosted 3,500 DECA students from all over the state of New Jersey.  The students are judged on their performances in role play scenarios and business plan presentations, some individual and some in teams.  They are also given a written test in various business categories.  

DECA State winners 2017

Apparel & Accessories

  • Jackie Hoffman
  • Michaela Kayal

Travel and Tourism

  • Emma Rennie and Devon McIntyre

Principles of Hospitality

  • Michaela Blakely

Financial Consulting

  • Liam Armstrong

Learn and Earn project

  • Joe Serovich and Serena Calafetti

Creative Marketing

  • Jack Valentine and Liam Armstrong

Franchise Business Plan

  • Emily Argula & Michaela Pampin
  • Jacqui Hallack and Cayleigh Glew


Stock Market Game

  • Kada Cernak and Grace Sander

Innovation Business Plan

  • Ashley Minetti
  • Josh Williams

Retail Merchandising

  • Rachel Spelman