Lower Merion High School’s chapter of DECA recently concluded a highly successful competition season in which the Aces excelled at the district, state and national levels.
The stated mission of DECA (Distributive Education Club of America) is to help prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the world. Students compete in a range of competitive business-related events, including Entrepreneurship, Sports & Entertainment Marketing, Business Law & Ethics, Travel & Tourism, Buying & Merchandising, Marketing Management and Financial Services, among others.
The district-level contest, which was held back in November at Saint Joseph's University, welcomed 448 students from throughout the Greater Philadelphia area. Twenty-two LMHS students placed at the event, the results of which can be seen below.
|Emily Liberatoscioli||Principles of Business Mgmt. & Administration||1st|
|Isaac Apple||Restaurant & Food Service Mgmt.||1st|
|Ari & Eliana Pasternak||Buying & Merchandising||1st|
|Eli & Cam Gordon||Financial Analysis Mgmt.||1st|
|Vivian Collins & Riley Nobel||Marketing Communnications Mgmt.||1st|
|Natalie Hillis & Yael Habari||Travel & Tourism Mgmt.||1st|
|Josh Greenberg & Nate Dresnin||Sports & Entertainment Marketing Mgmt.||2nd|
|Cyrus Bernstein & Hutton Smith||Business Law & Ethics||2nd|
|Sam Pulsifer & Jack Newcomb||Financial Analysis Mgmt.||2nd|
|Max Ringold & Hana Abdullah||Entrepreneurship||3rd|
|Alex Dore & Kylee Gust||Hospitality Services||3rd|
|Ivan Liu||Principles of Marketing||5th|
|Lizzy McCauley||Apparel & Accessories Marketing||5th|
By placing at districts, these students also qualified for February’s state-level competition where they faced off against more than 2,000 students from across Pennsylvania. Junior Jake Stoller won the state title in the Digital Advertising event while classmates Sam Abella & Jude Vaughan finished second in the Business Growth Plan event.
All of these Aces earned the right to compete at Nationals in Orlando, Florida, where 20,000-plus students from throughout the country gathered to participate in the event. Congratulations to all of Lower Merion’s DECA students on a sensational season!
|Jake Stoller||Digital Advertising||State Champ|
|Sam Abella & Jude Vaughan||Business Growth Plan||2nd|
|Emily Liberatoscioli||Principles of Business Mgmt. & Administration||4th|
|Yael Habari & Natalie Hillis||Travel & Tourism Mgmt.||5th|