11 DECA students qualify for nationals!

DECA strong again; 11 qualify for nationals!
Posted on 03/01/2020
Pic of DECA students
Irondequoit’s high-achieving DECA Club excelled again at the annual state competition held this week at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. Nearly half of the 25 IHS students who competed in the 60th Annual New York DECA Career Conference qualified for the nationals in Nashville this April 29 to May 2 and a total of 36 Top 10 medals were earned in either test score, role play performance or overall Top 10 recognition. Those 11 students who qualified for nationals are: 

Lauren Day and Lauren Gangarossa (juniors), 2ndplace, Travel & Tourism Team Decision Making.


Emma Palumbo 
(junior): 2nd place, Marketing Communications.

Traci Williams and Marah Ali (juniors): 3rd place, Start-up Business Plan.


Sean Jarrett
 (senior): 4th place, Start-up Business Plan.

Andrew Bidwell (junior): 5th place, Business Finance.

Nate Kisler and Matthew McCullough (seniors): 5th place, Financial Analysis Team Decision Making.

Colton Mantha and Cooper Branch (sophomores): 5th place, Buying and Merchandising Team Decision Making. 

IHS DECA advisors Lou DiCesare, Jeanine Lent, LaVon Bucciarelli and Tricia Taylor were extremely impressed by the wide variety of events (12) that our students earned honors to compete in at the State Conference. See complete IHS DECA results at its own site.

Students choose an area of business that is of interest to them at the start of the school year and prepare to compete in an event related to that area through business classes and other resources available through DECA. Business classes at Irondequoit High School that incorporate DECA into the curriculum include College Accounting, College Business Law, Virtual Business Management, Entertainment Businesses, Sports Marketing, Career & Financial Management and International Business.

An international student organization, DECA enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, applying learning in the context of business, connecting to business and the community and promoting competition. Its student members leverage DECA experiences to become academically prepared, community-oriented, professionally responsible and experienced leaders. For more info, visit www.newyorkdeca.com or DECA.org.