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Seneca DECA Students Take First Place and Other Honors in State Competitions

Seneca High School’s DECA organization celebrated several wins and honors at the New Jersey State Leadership Conference held in Atlantic City from March 4th through 6th. Seneca’s Camryn Lubner took second place in the Role Play 2 competition, while Seneca students Alivia Chaloupka and Jonah Mikulski received an award from the American Hospitality Organization for their scores on the written test. Seneca seniors Hannah Russo and Hannah Kent also celebrated a major win, earning first place in the state for Buying and Merchandising, and qualifying to move on to the national competition at the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Orlando, Florida.

“Hannah and I were so shocked!” Exclaimed Kent. “When they announced second and the students who won first place last year were called, Hannah actually looked at me and said, ‘we got snubbed!’” Laughed Kent. “And then we got called!” Kent and Russo aren’t done yet. “We now go to ICDC and we’re super excited to compete in the national competition, being first in the state of New Jersey.”

Seneca students Brent Penwell, Adam Arnold, Katie Olson, Sandra Scott, and Corinne Kent will also be attending the leadership academy held at ICDC, as they look to preparing for next year.

“The most valuable thing I've gained from this conference is knowing that authenticity is the key to self-branding, networking, and just getting the most out of an organization like DECA,” noted Sophomore Corrine Kent.


Image One-Seneca DECA Students Hannah Russo and Hannah Kent Find Out They’ve Won First Place - Photo compliments of Grace McCloskey