DECA Team Competes at States

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Babylon High School’s DECA chapter competed in the 54th annual DECA State Career Conference in Rochester, N.Y., this winter and was recognized with several awards. The high school was one of only 10 schools from across the state to receive the prestigious Community Service Recognition Award. Five students were awarded New York State DECA Honor Society status and 13 students received individual awards.

The chapter earned the community service recognition based on the team’s efforts in raising $500 for Relay for Life, the DECA-appointed charity of the year. Membership into the NYS DECA Honor Society required the students – Jayne Dittmeier, Daniel Lum, Emma Rende, Matthew Steffanata and Matthew Taggart – to attend two or more state competitions and exhibit exemplary performance in business classes.

The Babylon School District congratulates the entire team on their performance and the following students on their individual awards:

Matt Taggart: Top 10 Test, Top 10 Role Play – Accounting Applications
Matt Steffanata: Top 10 Test, Top 10 Role Play – Business Services Marketing
Jack Corcoran: Top 10 Test, Travel and Tourism Management Team
Michael Logan: Top 10 Test, Travel and Tourism Management Team
Emily Flaherty: Top 10 Test, Hotel and Lodging Management
Cynthia Katsionis: Top 10 Test, Restaurant and Food Services Management
Michelle Mangini: Top 10 Finalist, Public Speaking
Sean Reynolds: Top 10 Role Play, Business Services Marketing
Jayne Dittmeier: Top 10 Finalist, Broadcast Advertising
Hallie Merz: Top 10 Finalist, Public Service Visual Advertising
Emma Rende: Top 10 Finalist, Decision Making – Human Resources
Junho Song: Top 10 Finalist, Public Service Broadcast Advertising
Luke Zappia: Top 10 Finalist, Public Service Broadcast Advertising


The high school DECA club is advised by business teachers Andrew Marulis and Claire Reilly. DECA is an international co-curricular student organization with more than 200,000 high school and college members.  DECA prepares students for careers in leadership, entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, management and hospitality.