Five Harrison High School students competed at the DECA International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Orlando, Florida. The ICDC is the final and highest level of DECA competition. The HHS students earned the opportunity to compete among 15,000 students from across the globe at the New York State DECA competition. Harrison High School students interacted and competed against students from all 50 states as well as, Canada, Guam, Spain, Japan, and several other nations competing in the fields of marketing, finance, business management, entrepreneurship, and hospitality and tourism.
The five students who represented both Harrison High School and New York State at DECA are:
Olivia Naioti (Senior) - Public Relations Project
Anishka Sanghavi (Senior) - Professional Selling
Zack Greif (junior) - Personal Financial Literacy
Olivia Perini (sophomore)- Financial Literacy Promotion Project
Tyler Burden (sophomore) - Financial Literacy Promotion Project
The students competed in a variety of events, with either a written business plan or test, and a presentation of their ideas to judges. The Harrison students impressed with their remarkable performances and creative business solutions to complex situations. The team is extremely proud of the fact that Olivia Naioti, Zack Greif, and Olivia Perini were competing at the ICDC level for the second time, having competed at the ICDC last year as well.
According to sophomores Olivia Perini and Tyler Burden, “All five of us thoroughly enjoyed our experience at ICDC in Orlando...We were able to meet and interact with DECA students from all over the world…We are so thankful that our district as well as our advisors have given us this amazing opportunity and have made this trip possible.”
Advisors Joseph Santo and Deirdre O’Brien are extremely proud of the five students who represented Harrison and New York State at this event, as well as all of the 112 students that participate in DECA at Harrison High school. According to the advisors, the discipline and dedication of the DECA students is a major reason why the Harrison High School DECA team reached such great heights this year and will have an amazing future.