Trumbull DECA club dominates state competition

Trumbull's DECA club at the Aqua Turf Club March 1.
Trumbull's DECA club at the Aqua Turf Club March 1.

Forty-three members of the Trumbull High School DECA program made the trip to the Aqua Turf Club to compete with Connecticut’s best marketing students March 1.  

Over 1,000 student representatives from the state’s various high schools spent the day testing their aptitude in business related topics. The competition was extremely arduous, but several Trumbull students took home top prizes and qualified to compete in April at the International Career Development Conference held in Nashville, Tenn.

“We are proud of the way all of the students represented themselves, their families, Trumbull High School, as well as our community,” said Debra Owen, department chair of the high school’s business and technology education department.

In the individual series events, where students had 10 minutes to prepare a written component and two role play situations, Trumbull high was recognized six times.

Sean O’Hagan and Stephanie Chow took home second and third place, respectively, in the automotive services marketing category.

In apparel and accessories marketing, Lizzie Blanchfield earned a fourth place finish and qualified to compete in April.

Michael Greco also took home a fifth place award in food marketing, while Shravan Wadhwa recorded a top three spot in the personal financial literacy category.

Jack Stachura rounded out the group of individual performers, placing second in  quick serve restaurant management.

Working in teams and submitting a written component, as well as a team comprehensive assessment, Trumbull students shined once again.

Given 30 minutes to prepare, the duos of Aravind Sureshbabu and Dante Montanaro and Sarah Koury and Tessa Speaks won first and fifth place, respectively, in the hospitality services category.

Kelsey McKeon and Nicole Mitri also took home a top prize, placing third in travel and tourism.

Rounding out the successful competition were Imani Bell and Diana Horan who finished sixth in buying and merchandising.