Friday, January 27, 2012
DECA Competition Held At JCC
Students from several regional high schools participated in the New York Regions 11/13 Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) 2012 competition held at the Jamestown Community College Cattaraugus County Campus on January 4.
Overall winners were Sylvia Billings of Whitesville Central School, first place; Rahim Karimi and Adam Girts of Southwestern High School, tied for second; and Brad Haggerty of Wellsville Central School, third. The two-part competition included a timed written exam and an impromptu role playing activity.
Individual school winners were:
Salamanca Central School - Shaelyn Smith, first; Kameron Dry, second; and Samantha Dry, third.
Southwestern Central School - Rahim Karimi and Adam Girts, first; Stephanie Sorensen, second; and Jessica Watson, third.
Olean High School - Zaniad Marra, first; Katie Wintermantel, second; and Destin Sweeten, third.
Wellsville Central School - Brad Haggerty, first; Zack Cunningham, second; and Tabitha Wisotzke, third.
Whitesville Central School - Sylvia Billings, first; Marcus Shoen, second; and Chris Billings, third.
Hornell Central School - Sadie Davis and Julia Dugo, first; Isabel Dunning, second, and Jackie Clark and Naomi Snowden, third.
As part of the event, the students also participated in a business simulation activity focusing on JCC’s new online certificate in entrepreneurship.
DECA engages over 185,000 high school students in 5,000 chapters, located in the U.S., Canada, Germany, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Guam in networking and curriculum enhancing programs focused on marketing, management, and entrepreneurship. Winners of regional competitions have the opportunity to advance to state and then international competitions.
The regional 2012 competition was coordinated by Walter Zeznick, business teacher at Salamanca High School. Judges included Theresa Raftus from Community Bank, Robert Crandall from RJC Photography, Jamie Buffamonte from CCSE Federal Credit Union, Ryan Deppa from Sports Locker, Carol Lang from Wellsville Central School, and Cindy Hinz, Jeanne Johnston, and John Sayegh from JCC.