Trumbull DECA students earn top state recognition

Trumbull High School's DECA chapter members earned the state organization's highest honors at DECA's 60th annual State Career Development Conference.

Six students will represent Trumbull and Connecticut at this year’s ICDC held in Anaheim California from April 23 through April 28. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.

Students receiving recognition at the state level were:

• Zachary Chase, first place in Principals of Business Management and Marketing

• Carly Goroff, second place, Business Services Marketing

• Kyle Foito and Vincent Ciambriello, second place, Hospitality Services, team decision-making event

• Kathryn Herndon and Corrie MacLean, third place, Hospitality Services, team decision-making event

• Justin Burke and Kevin Mott, fifth place, Buying and Merchandising, team decision-making event

• Mathew Von Schleusingen, sixth place, Quick Serve Restaurant Management

• Rebecca Buck, fourth place, Principals of Hospitality and Tourism.

Chase, Goroff, Foito, Ciambriello, Herndon and MacLean will compete in Nationals.

DECA's renowned Competitive Events Program uses role-plays, career cluster exams, online simulations and written projects to evaluate the academic knowledge and career skills DECA members develop in their marketing, entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality and management classes. The knowledge and skills assessed are part of National Curriculum Standards identified by industry leaders as essential for college and career success in today’s global economy.

During the school year, approximately 120,000 of DECA's 200,000 student members take part in the organization's competitive events program, allowing them to compete for local and association titles. The DECA International Career Development Conference is the pinnacle of competition where nearly 10,000 students vie for international honors.