Students Shine at Suffolk DECA Regional Competition

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Babylon students shone at the 2013 Suffolk County Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) Regional competition, as the district had 30 trophy winners in a variety of business categories.
    
The district typically fares well at the annual competition, and this year was no exception. Of the 95 Babylon students who competed at the event, over two dozen went home as award-winners. The district had three first-place winners, a handful of second-place finishers and two third-place winners. Delaney Cassidy and Kerry Glenday took first place in Travel & Tourism, and Matt Finelli finished first in the Restaurant & Food Service Management category. Sam Dickran and Greg Rueda took home a second-place trophy in Hospitality Services, Kelly Corcoran earned a second-place award in Food Marketing and Roseanne Bencivenga earned second place in Hotel & Lodging Management. Renee Daloia also earned the district a second-place finish in Decision-Making – Marketing. Another second-place trophy went to Elizabeth Tighe, for Basic Marketing. Madalynn Lauria took home a third-place trophy for Decision-Making – Human Resources and Luke Zappia had a third-place finish in Public Service Visual Advertising.
    
DECA, Babylon’s largest student organization, is a national co-curricular group that promotes and encourages student development in entrepreneurship, finance, accounting, marketing and management. Babylon High School Director of Practical Arts Claire P. Reilly was proud of the students’ display of professionalism at the event. "Our students represented Babylon well with their professional dress and outstanding behavior," Reilly said. "Mr. Andrew Marulis and I would like to thank all of our participants for a great day at Suffolk DECA."