Students win spots in state competition for business knowledge

Twenty-four students from our business, marketing, culinary arts and hospitality programs made us proud in a DECA competition Jan. 10th at Merrimack College. Junior Meghan Jegorow and sophomore Jelena Lopez placed fifth in the category Buying and Merchandising Operations Research Plan and will move on to compete at the state level March 7 - 9 at the Boston Marriott Copley Hotel & Hynes Convention Center.

In addition, seniors Nick Nahid, Liam Healy, Angela Spaulding, and Korin Griffin. will compete in Quiz Bowl, a game-show style event where they will be quizzed on DECA knowledge. At the district competition, senior Josmell Ramos Baez placed third in Personal Financial Literacy, and two freshmen, Olivia DeLisle and Abigail Szarek, competed for the first time after learning about DECA and business at their middle schools.

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.
Other Whittier students who competed in the district competition were:
Kole Haberland and Halie Alsariba — Automotive Services Marketing Individual Series
Nick Nahid — Start-Up Business Plan
Olivia DeLisle and Abby Szarek, Angela Spaulding and Korin Griffin, and Grace Aruebor-Efosa and Madison Ouellette — Hospitality and Tourism Team Event
Ryan McCarthy and Darby Ortega and Sara Tashjian and Erin Procurot — Financial Services Team Event
Keziah Torres and Nylani DeAza and Gareth Chamberlain and Liam Healy — Entrepreneurship Team Event
Emely Silvestre and Laisha Ortega — Buying and Merchandising Team Event
Caelyn Waite and John Zywiak — Business Law and Ethics Team Event

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