Syosset DECA recently returned from a successful showing at the DECA State Career Conference in Rochester, New York, where the team qualified 38 members—a school record—for the International Career Development Conference, scheduled for Atlanta next month.

Nine first-place awards, six second-place awards, five fourth-place and a fifth-place award highlighted the impressive performance in Rochester as 32 Syosset teams placed in the top 10 overall. Students competed in a variety of events in categories including marketing, entrepreneurship, finance, business management, and hospitality and tourism, completing a wide range of tasks, from presenting their written business proposals to solving real-world business problems in a role-play scenario.

In addition to the competition, Syosset students participated in leadership seminars and activities that focused on strengthening their ability to solve problems, work as a team and network with others. This year’s DECA State Career Conference welcomed more than 2,100 attendees.

Congratulations, Syosset DECA adviser Glenn Baumann and the following students who have advanced to the International Career Development Conference:

First Place Eugene Lee/Diya Chadha – Hospitality Services Team Decision-Making Jonathan Louie/Arjun Saluja – Buying and Merchandising Team Decision-Making Seth Marcus – Principles of Finance Vikram Anand/Aayush Turakhia – Creative Marketing Project Josh Baby/Kevin Jose – Public Relations Project Yusuf Munawer/Andy Yang – International Business Plan Nick Ng/Tammy Wu – Entrepreneurship Promotion Project Erin Chon/Martha Kim – Hospitality and Tourism Operations Research Rayan Dhawan/Simar Kohli/Ashwin Matha – Franchise Business Plan

Second Place Andrew Obedian – Human Resources Management Avneet Chhabra/Malini Rudra/Sarah Schwartzberg – Buying and Merchandising Operations Research Azim Gangat/Harrison Goldberg/Gavin Solomon – Finance Operations Research Jack Liu/Matt Weiss – Start-up Business Plan Robbie Scherne – Accounting Applications Ryan Moon/Michael Wang – Business Law and Ethics Team Decision-Making

Fourth/Fifth Place Andrew Moon – Principles of Marketing Ethan Feder – Sports and Entertainment Marketing Harrison Rubin – Sports and Entertainment Operations Research Jamie Geen/Devin Schneider – Sports and Entertainment Team Decision-Making Natalie Iammarino/Tiffany Liu – Buying and Merchandising Operations Research Michael Bentivegna – Business Finance

Additional congratulations to the following student teams who placed in the top 10 in their respective competitions: Albert Shabaev – Restaurant and Food Service Management Brandon Chen/Blake Sanford – Start-up Business Plan Daniel Berenson/Spencer Mandelbaum – Marketing Management Team Decision-Making Emma Goetz/Maiya Raghu – Travel and Tourism Team Decision-Making Gurveer Lungani/Ravin Mehta/James Nelson – Sports and Entertainment Operations Research Jubie Tan – Principles of Business Management Maanuv Allu/Matt Margulefsky/Rajat Shah – Independent Business Plan Malisha Shah – Business Service Management Rayyan Nabi – Sports and Entertainment Marketing Scott Sussman – Accounting Applications Greg Hrybenko – Accounting Applications