IHS seniors awarded DECA National Award

Three seniors earn DECA Emerging Leader Honor Award
Posted on 03/18/2021
 Pic of DECA students

Irondequoit High School seniors Lauren Day, Lauren Gangarossa and Emma Palumbo, have been named “Emerging Leader Honor Award” recipients by DECA, the international student organization that helps prepare young people for business careers and more. IHS DECA also has earned a prestigious national honor.

Led by business teachers and IHS DECA Club advisors LaVon Bucciarelli, Lou DiCesare and Jeanine Lent, IHS DECA is one of 47 schools nationwide to earn recognition for completing DECA’s Advocacy Campaign. Nationally, DECA has 225,000 members and 3,700 school chapters. Day, Gangarossa and Palumbo were among 361 recipients nationwide as Emerging Leaders and just eight in New York State.

“I could not be more proud of the girls for earning this national recognition!” said IHS business teacher, Mr. Lou DiCesare, a co-advisor of Irondequoit’s perennial strong DECA club. “These three certainly check all the boxes as students who continue to leverage their DECA experience to become academically and socially ready for college, community-oriented and soon-to-be professionally responsible adults and leaders.”

The Emerging Leader Honor Award recognizes DECA students who are seniors who have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or better, completed at least one course in marketing, business management and administration, entrepreneurship, finance or hospitality and tourism and also participated in a variety of community-oriented activities. In addition to being excellent students, DiCesare said all three girls have provided unprecedented leadership of the entire IHS DECA Organization. They have:

· Won in their respective events at DECA (Travel & Tourism and Marketing Communications) at the regional level and finalists at the state level.

· Led IHS DECA in food drives over the years that equated to literally more than a ton of food for the Irondequoit Community Cupboard.

· Advocated with Irondequoit Police for a speed tracker in the spring in front of the school.

· Raised money for the national suicide hotline and rang the Salvation Army bell

· Helped fellow business students learn how to succeed in competitive events

· Helped make COVID-19 safety videos for the reopening of school