Megan Blount

Most Centereach students know that DECA’s cookies are delicious and sell out almost everyday in the cafeteria. However, what many people don’t know is what the club is actually about. DECA stands for Distributive Education Clubs of America and it is an international club that provides students with business opportunities as well as the chance to build their skills in topics like marketing and finance. The club builds leaders, allows students to get a look at the way a business should be run, and helps students develop the skills required to pursue a career in the business field. The club members also compete in competitions, the first being Regionals. The Centereach DECA club recently competed at Suffolk County Community College on January 8th, where the team, led by their president Jason Calderone, did outstandingly well. The team members placed high in many of their events. Vice President Maria Werner took first place in Retail Merchandising. Other notable winners include Amanda Sauer, who took second place in Principles of Hospitality & Tourism, and David Stein and Aryan Sharma, who tied for third in Entrepreneurship. The winners have the chance to compete again in Rochester for the chance to win at Nationals. Overall, DECA is a great way to have fun while also learning vital information for future opportunities and experiencing a realistic business setting.