IHS DECA strong at regionals again!

IHS DECA strong showing at regionals again!
Posted on 12/20/2019

Picture of students at DECA


41 students advanced to states in February

Irondequoit High School business students represented themselves and their school well in Thursday’s DECA Regional Competition at RIT. More than 150 IHS students competed with 500-plus others from other local schools such as Aquinas, Batavia Notre Dame, Brighton, LeRoy, McQuaid. Penfield, Pittsford Sutherland, Pittsford Mendon, Rush-Henrietta, Spencerport and Victor.

And 41 IHS students qualified for the state competition in February!

DECA (www.deca.org) enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, applying learning in the context of business, connecting to business and the community and promoting competition. Students in DECA leverage their experience to become academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, and experienced leaders.

IHS students in Mrs. Bucciarelli, Mrs. Lent, Mrs. Taylor and Mr. DiCesare's business classes tested their knowledge in several of the nearly 50 competitive marketing events (team and individual). There are only four finalists awarded for team events and six for individual events. Winners earned the right to represent Monroe County (Region 10) at the DECA State Career Conference. The SCC will be Feb. 26-28 at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center, where 2,000-plus students from around the state will compete.

Here were the Irondequoit HS winners:

Principles of Hospitality & Tourism 

Alyssa Calarco, Freshman 

Principles of Finance 

Jordan Kimble, Senior 

Dominique Brinson, Senior 

Apparel & Accessories Marketing 

Ja’Daya Matthews, Freshman 

Sean Jarrett, Senior 

Morgan Soule, Senior 

Owen Thieme, Senior 

Accounting Applications 

Alexa ScottSenior 

Charles ChodakJunior 

Haley PowerSenior 

Jack LockemeyerSenior 

Kainen BurnsSophomore 

Automotive Services Marketing 

Jonathan Keyes, Senior 

Business Finance 

Andrew Bidwell, Junior 

Business Services Marketing 

Daniel Croll, Senior 

Travel & Tourism Team Decision Making 

Lauren Gangarossa, Junior 

Lauren Day, Junior 


Anna Aintablian, Senior 

Food Marketing 

Isabelle Autore, Junior 

Hotel & Lodging Management 

Ethan Lyons, Senior 

Sports & Entertainment Marketing 

Thierry Kirui, Freshman 

Human Resource Management 

Jaden White, Senior 

Marketing Communications 

Emma PalumboJunior 

Nathan RitchieSenior 

Olivia TrovatoJunior 

Ani KusakSenior 

Quick Serve Restaurant Management 

Derek WoodallSenior 

Financial Services Team Decision Making 

Matthew McCullochSenior 

Nathanael KislerSenior 

Owen BrownSenior 

Luke BuckleySenior 

Retail Merchandising 

Daniel BaumanSenior 

Brandon RiechelSenior 

Buying & Merchandising Team Decision Making 

Jessica KowalskiFreshman 

Maeve SteckleyFreshman 

Cooper BranchSophomore 

Colton ManthaSophomore 

Start-up Business Plan 

Traci WilliamsJunior 

Marah AliJunior 

Franchise Business Plan 

Tucker Green, Junior 

Independent Business Plan 

Rachel Corbett, Senior