Irondequoit Business Students Earn Finalist Trophies at DECA Regionals West Irondequoit High School Business Students Compete in Business Club Competition and Qualify to Compete at the DECA State Career Conference

Business students from Irondequoit High School competed in the 2018/19 DECA Regional Competition on December 20. The event took place at RIT and had over 500 business students participating from schools around Monroe County including Brighton, Penfield, Pittsford Sutherland, Pittsford Mendon, Aquinas, Spencerport, McQuaid, Rush-Henrietta, WNY Tech Academy, Notre Dame, Penfield, Victor, Leroy and Irondequoit.

DECA (www.deca.org) enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, applying learning in the context of business, connecting to business and the community and promoting competition. Students in DECA leverage their experience to become academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, and experienced leaders.

Before the trophies for the day’s events were distributed, Irondequoit High School received first place for the RIT Communications Review Challenge. In November, RIT announced the challenge, which asked Region 10 DECA chapters to review the Saunders College website, social media, and any other communications that exists and evaluate the content, organization, navigation and aesthetics. Then, create a presentation providing the following information:

• What Saunders communications did you review?

• What are the strengths of Saunders College of Business communications? Note why you feel these are strengths.

• What are three suggestions for improving these Saunders College of Business communications?

First prize included a certificate and a $1,000 check to the DECA Club at Irondequoit High School. The Irondequoit High School Leadership Team led by Katherine Mayer, Cam Goebert, Chase Miller, Derek Woodall and Sara Woodard developed the presentation.

There are nearly 50 different competitive marketing events for students to participate in and learn about the field of marketing and management. Irondequoit students in Mrs. Bucciarelli, Mrs. Lent, and Mr. DiCesare's Business classes traveled to RIT (a national DECA sponsor) to test their knowledge in their chosen event, which includes both team and individual events. There are only four finalists awarded for team events and five for individual events.

The winners earned the right to represent Monroe County (Region 10) at the DECA State Career Conference (SCC) in their respective event. The SCC will take place March 6-8, 2019 at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center where over 2,000 business students from around the state will compete.

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