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Lower Merion's DECA Shines at District & State Levels

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. 


Student(s) Event Place
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!


Student(s) Event Place
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

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