On March 8, 2017, Kings Park High School DECA: Business Club students competed at the DECA State Conference in Rochester, New York with over 2000 statewide students. DECA is an international and national organization that prepares students for leadership positions in different business fields. Six Kings Park High School students qualified from the DECA Regionals at Suffolk Community College this past January. Relatively new to the competition, Kings Park High School reached out to a more experienced school district Northport High School’s DECA Advisor Kristen Cogan to share a bus to Rochester.
Interestingly enough, one transfer student to Kings Park High School, a Junior, Ryan Adell, was a member of Ms. Cogan’s DECA Club in his freshman year. Ryan Adell said, “It was an enjoyable and eye-opening opportunity to engage with other like-minded students from across our state while gaining real-world experience of what we will encounter in our future careers in business. Not just overall, but every minute of the experience was memorable and impactful for all of us.”
Ryan received first place in his category Business Service Marketing. The students had a great time with each other and made connections along the road trip to Rochester and back. Both schools won many awards, including Joseph Ribaudo, the Salutatorian of Kings Park High School, who won second place in his category of Principles of Finance. Joseph noted, DECA helps “build your future.”
In conclusion, the DECA program really cultivates a practical learning experience with many students. This creates a highly enhanced learning climate with the emphasis on business leadership and social cognitive skill development, all very important characteristics needed for post-graduation career development.
(Standing L to R – Dr. Timothy Eagen-Superintendent, Carson Vulpis, Joseph Ribaudo, Samantha Warshauer, Amanda Keegan, Mr. Lino Bracco-KPHS Principal, Ms. Susan Portnoy- Advisor)
(Not Picured: Ryan Adell)