Babylon business students succeed at regional competitions

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Students in the business department at Babylon Junior-Senior High School recently showed off their knowledge and skills at two regional competitions.

On Jan. 8, 100 members of the school’s chapter of DECA participated in the Suffolk County Regional DECA Competition, which challenged the students to compete in events on a variety of subjects, such as marketing, management, accounting, finance and hotel management.

During the competition, Babylon students received 52 trophies and had a number of phenomenal achievements. Erin Corcoran placed first and Meghan Nachemin placed third in the Hotel & Lodging Management event; Kate Hannon placed first and Allie Van Rossem placed second in the Quick Serve Restaurant event; Kiera Mroczka placed second in Principles of Marketing; and Kevin Mroczka and KJ Graham placed third in the Marketing Management team event. There were also several fourth- and fifth-place winners from Babylon. The next step in the DECA journey is the NYS DECA Career Competition, which will be held from Feb. 26 to Feb. 28 in Rochester.

The following day on Jan. 9, the high school’s Virtual Enterprise class participated in the Long Island Business Plan Competition at Virtual Enterprises International’s 2020 Long Island Conference & Exhibition. Virtual Enterprise is designed to equip students with in-demand business skills, teach them entrepreneurship and guide them toward fulfilling careers.

At the competition, Babylon students presented and explained a business plan in front of corporate judges and marketed their “products” to VE classes from other schools. They won a silver award for their branding campaign and a gold medal for their company website.