The Harrison High School Business Club had an outstanding showing at this year’s New York State DECA Conference and Business Competition held in Rochester, New York from March 6-8. Senior Sam Colangelo and junior Michael Gaudreau captured first place in their respective events and have qualified for the National DECA competition to be held in Atlanta, Georgia in May.
This National event hosts over 14,000 students who have qualified in one of DECA’s competitive events. Advisors, business persons, and alumni engage the students in competition as well as leadership and career advancing academies. Colangelo won in the Business Finance Services category and Gaudreau won in the category of Principles of Finance.
Of the 27 HHS students who qualified and attended the State competition, eight placed in the Top 10 in New York State in their respective events and three students excelled to the Top 3. In only the second year of the club’s existence, the number of students that competed in both the regional and state event has tripled versus last year.
Individual results are:
Top 10 of New York State in their respective events:
Muhammad Ahmed – Principles of Marketing
Erica Dattero – Food Marketing
Aaron Kaplan – Sports and Entertainment Marketing
Joesph Lagani – Principles of Marketing
Dan Maldonado – Sports and Entertainment Marketing
Amina Naddaschar – Principles of Business Management and Administration
Dan Quinn – Restaurant and Food Service Management
Brett Saviano – Business Services Marketing
Top 3 of New York State in their respective events:
Junior Cabrera – Decision Making Marketing (2nd Place)
Ally Huhne – Public Service Visual Advertising (3rd Place)
Teddy Maguire – Job Inerview (Finalist)
“All of Harrison’s students represented themselves in a professional manner in and out of the competitions and we are all very proud of them,” said Joe Santo, HHS Business Club advisor.