Liverpool High School DECA Club Students Qualify for State Competition

Four Liverpool High School students recently qualified for the state DECA competition that will be held March 10 to 12 in Rochester.

LHS junior John LaRue earned third place honors in the accounting category, senior Max Luttinger was named a finalist in the financial applications category, senior Sarah Milligan earned second place honors in the accounting category, and junior Matthew Gillmore earned fourth place honors in the sports management category during DECA's regional qualifying competition held at Le Moyne College.

In all, 10 LHS students competed during the regional for an opportunity to earn scholarships in business forums. Students were asked to take a 100 multi-question test and make a presentation, which involves solving a business problem related to their chosen topic before a judge.

DECA advisor and LHS business teacher Karen Pauly said that she was impressed by how the students performed at the regional competition.

"That's a lot of hard work, commitment and personal pride," she said.

All four students agreed that they needed to have background knowledge in business and marketing to compete, but added a great deal of the test consisted of common sense questions.

DECA is a student organization whose program of leadership and personal development is designed specifically for students interested in marketing, management and entrepreneurship.

At least one LHS student has qualified for the state competition each year since the club was organized at the high school in 2005. This year, LHS also has the opportunity to bring four additional students to the state competition to participate in the DECA Quiz Bowl, a Jeopardy-like event.

Community members, organizations or businesses interested in making a donation to help defray the cost of participating in the state competition can contact Pauly at LHS by calling 315-453-1500.

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