High Honors for High School DECA


Glen Cove High School’s DECA Club students recently triumphed at the New York State DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) State Career Conference and Competition held in Rochester, NY earlier this month.  Of the 15 Glen Cove students who competed, eight won Finalist medals, two were inducted into the New York State DECA Honor Society, and one student won second place with her Advertising Campaign Manual.

As a result of her second place showing, Heather Artinian advances to the national competition to be held during the International Career Development Conference in Orlando, Florida this May. Heather, who was also named Outstanding Glen Cove High School (GCHS) Chapter Member of the Year for her leadership and contributions to the club, developed a written manual for a local business, which she presented before a panel of DECA judges at Rochester. She also completed a very challenging written test. 

Patrick Bellidoro and Anish Joshi were inducted into the NYS DECA Honor Society for achieving an overall academic average above 90, an average above 90 in at least one business course, serving on DECA for at least three years and participating at the state level of competition. 

GCHS Finalist medalists were:
Alison Abrams, Marketing Mathematics
Heather Artinian, Advertising Campaign
Alison Baade, Visual Advertising
Remi Farnan, Sales Demonstration
Andrea Lazo, Marketing Economics
Risa Nagel, Chapter Scrapbook
Jenna Piccirillo, Advertising Campaign
Andrew Sakhaee, Advertising Campaign

Under the direction of DECA Club advisor Deborah Pearsall, students in the GCHS chapter participated in various competitions in business, marketing, and entrepreneurship along with nearly 2,000 students representing schools and chapters from across New York State. GCHS students who competed in Rochester were:

Alison Abrams
Heather Artinian
Alison Baade
Patrick Bellidoro
Matthew Bellomo
Costa Fakatselis
Remi Farnan
Alexandra Gerin
Calogero Guastella
Anish Joshi
Andrea Lazo
Risa Nagel
Jenna Piccirillo
Andrew Sakhaee
Lorenzo Sfoggia
Rochester marked the chapter’s third conference this year. Students also traveled to Washington D.C. back in November for the North Atlantic/Southern/Western Regional Conference, and attended a local regional competition held at Molloy College in Rockville Centre in January.

The group also received a plaque for fundraising for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, this year's New York State designated DECA charity. Overall, the GCHS chapter has participated in more than 35 different activities in and around the city of Glen Cove since the start of the school year, many of which have raised funds for local and national charities. The club recently donated 545 lbs of food to the St. Patrick’s Church Outreach Feinstein Challenge, which matches donations. Next month they will be assisting with the YMCA Healthy Kids Day and hosting a Movie Night to fundraise for the Red Cross’s efforts to help victims of the recent earthquake/tsunami in Japan.  

Congratulations to Ms. Pearsall and all of these students for their outstanding efforts and accomplishments – and for making Glen Cove proud!