Students Succeed in DECA Career Competition

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Twelve of the 37 Babylon High School students who participated in the New York State DECA Career Conference in Rochester, N.Y., placed in the top 10 in their respective fields.

Delaney Cassidy and Kerry Glenday placed in the top 10 in New York State in their combined test and role play, Travel and Tourism. Another top finisher was Matt Finelli, whose honors included Top 10 Test, Top 10 Role Play and Top 10 Overall in Restaurant and Food Management. Other notable award winners from Babylon were Kelly Corcoran ( No. 1 Test: Food Marketing), Shannon Going (Top 10: Broadcast Advertising), Lizzy Logan (No. 1 Test: Retail Merchandising), Hallie Merz (Top 10: Visual Advertising), Carol Anne Murphy (No. 3: Visual Advertising), Sean Reynolds (Top 10 Test: Business Services Marketing), Matt Taggart (Top 10 Role Play: Accounting), Hannah Walsh (Top 10 Test: Automotive Services) and Luke Zappia (Top 10: Public Service Broadcast Advertising). Babylon's DECA students participated in the competition under the direction of co-advisers Andrew Marulis and Claire Reilly.

"Besides exhibiting extraordinary professional behavior, these students also did very well in their competitive events," Reilly said. "They put a lot of time and effort into this competition, and we are very proud of their performance, competing against over 3,500 students from across the state.  

“DECA is a community service organization, and the Babylon chapter is proud to have performed admirably in a range of business, marketing, advertising, accounting and finance topics,” Reilly continued. “Many of our students scored in the top 10 of their categories, and several garnered multiple top 10 and even first-place finishes in their events.”