A total of 36 students from the high school’s Marketing Club, accompanied by chapter adviser Diana Saadat and chaperones Jennifer Delaney and Dawn Morgan, participated in DECA’s Suffolk County Regional Competition, with 17 earning medals. The event, held in Selden on Jan. 3, featured more than 1,300 students from 34 county schools.
Isabella D’Avanzo and James Sladky earned a first-place trophy in the Marketing Management Team category. Additional West Islip trophy winners included Julianna Budriss in Business Services Marketing; Jake Buonocore, Courtney Metzger and Joe Montiglio in Accounting Applications; Matthew Cairo in Human Resources Management; Olivia DiStefano in Principles in Marketing; Kayla Dixon and Lily Gilmore in Buying and Merchandising Team; Kendalyn Grunenberg in Retail Merchandising; Brian Kilkelly in Sports and Entertainment Marketing; Catherine Lang in Business Finance; Maya Marino and Paisley Narra in Hotel and Lodging Management; Paul Peragine in Business Management and Administration; and Samantha Soevyn in Quick Serve Restaurant Management.
The winning students will advance to compete against more than 4,000 DECA members from statewide high schools at the 58th annual DECA New York State Career Conference, to be held March 5-8 at the Riverside Convention Center in Rochester.
West Islip students who were awarded honorable mention in their DECA regional events were Kyle Dragelin in Marketing Communications, Noelle Fallon and Hayley Dreyer in Travel and Tourism Team, Hannah Ferrugiari and Katie Ryan in Hospitality Services Team, and Lucas Ryan and Peyton Ryan in Sports and Entertainment Marketing Team.
Other participating West Islip DECA students included Nicole Aponte, Jillian Brickman, Ty Carpinello, Michael Ciccarelli, Gianna Fioravanti, Aidan Kelly, Delaney O’Shea, Alessandra Questel, Erin Spence and Patrick Sullivan.