Northport Business students excel at DECA State Competition

              Twenty Northport High School Business students recently competed in the New York State DECA Career Development Conference among 2,300 competitors. Advised by business teachers Kristen Cogan and Elizabeth Price, the team brought home 18 medals from the competition.  

              Juniors Kelly Finegan and James O’Hara and senior Sydney Gilison placed in the top 10 in the state overall in their individual categories, while senior Noelle Mandery placed fifth in the Sports and Marketing category. Mandery has now qualified to compete in the international competition in Anaheim, California this April.

              In addition, all competitors at the state level took a 100-question written exam and were judged in at least one role play event where they had to solve a case study problem. Sophomore Max Aftel and juniors Luciana Arteaga, Stephen Muzyka and Colin Trainor medaled in these events.

              “I’m so proud of these students,” said Cogan. “It’s wonderful when we can see the students using what they learned in class to solve real world problems in the role play setting.”



Photo Above Northport High School students at the DECA State Career Development Conference.

Photo Above Students James O’Hara, Steven Muzyka and Colin Trainor prepared to compete at the recent DECA competition.

Photo Above Senior Noelle Mandery placed fifth and will compete in the DECA international competition in April.

Photos courtesy of the Northport-East Northport School District

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