Lakeland's DECA chapter found success at the High School State Career Development Conference in Atlantic City.

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DECA States Success

March 28, 2019

Members of Lakeland’s DECA chapter found success at the High School State Career Development Conference at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City on March 4-6, 2019. Students from Lakeland will be advancing to the international competition in Orlando, Florida.

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Jakub Widerynski, Connor Kennedy, and Melanie Loffredo attended the conference in Atlantic City.

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Kate Groenendaal, DECA president, and Elizabeth Maciorowski both received a scholarship at the conference.

DECA is a business education club. Katie Groenendaal, senior and DECA chapter president, competed in this year’s state DECA contest in the Competition in the Human Resources Management Series. Groenendaal, along with senior Liz Maciorowski, took home the Northern Region Marketing Scholarship. She told the Ledger the State Career Development Conference is an event set up “to prepare emerging leaders in the world of business.” Groenendaal continued by saying that her experience there “was valuable” and that she had “a great conference and it was a great way to end my career in DECA.”

Ms. Ornella Incardona, DECA club advisor and LRHS business teacher, explained to the Ledger the process of entering the state competition:

Prior to the State Career Development Conference, Ms. Incardona explains, students choice which event event to complete in and complete both a test and oral presentation at a regional competition. Those with qualifying scores move onto the state competition, which was in Atlantic City this year. Students in the club who do not qualify for states have the option to submit a 10-page paper on their topic to attend the competition. Once at states, students  compete to advance to the IDCD International Conference in Orlando.  

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Hailey Imbasciani presenting at the DECA conference.

Mrs. Incardona’s goal “was for my students to do their best in their competition, and at the same time network with other DECA students and have a great experience.” On top of being a competition, the State Career Development Conference also offers series on business leadership.

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Carly Malfatto raised $600 for the Alicia Rose Foundation.

Students advancing to the IDCD International Conference in Orlando on April 26 – May 1 are: Hailey Imbasciani, who is the NJ DECA Vice President of Media representing the organization; Carly Malfatto, who was able to earn a spot at the ICDC Leadership Academy in Orlando by raising $600 for the Alicia Rose Foundation; Maciorowski and Groenendaal, who each received from NJ DECA Region a $800 scholarship; and Sarah Panicucci and Heidi Jones who, along with Maciorowski, earned a spot at the ICDC Leadership Academy by completing the Community Service Chapter Campaign and the Promotional Campaign.

Congratulations to DECA for the win, and best of luck in Orlando!

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