Awards and Commendations

FBLA 2019

On January 18, 2019, twenty-three HSE FBLA students competed in the FBLA Spring Meeting S1 Competition at Hofstra University. The students competed against approximately 300 students from Suffolk County FBLA chapters. The topics of the competitions encompassed an array of business topics. The students competed in either a verbal presentation or an exam format. Several students competed in multiple events. There were 25 awards earned. Please congratulate the following HSE students who placed in their event:

First Place

Jordyn Aronowitz

Business Calculations

Amir Estejab

Introduction to Business

Rebecca Farber

Public Speaking II

Hunter Rudman


Sari Strizik


Sari Strizik

Basic Decision Making

Ishan Varma

Sports Entertainment Marketing

Second Place

Elan Elgavisch

Business Calculations

Elan Elgavisch


Jordan Katz

Securities and Investments

Josh Serure

Personal Finance

Sari Strizik


Third Place

Andrew Abrams

Personal Finance

Rachel Bigman

Computer Problems

Amir Estejab

Introduction to Financial Math

Rebecca Farber


Yaqub Najimi


Yaqub Najimi

Global Business

Fourth Place

Jared Androsiglio

Client Services

Elan Elgavisch

Business Law

Matthew Freedman

Banking and Financial Systems

Daniel Shulman

Hospitality Management

Nicholas Migliaccio

Securities and Investments

Josh Serure


Fifth Place

Victoria Tong
Global Business

DECA Regional Competition 2019

Congratulations to our HS East and HS West students who placed at the DECA Suffolk County Regional Competition hosted at Suffolk Community College in Selden on January 3, 2019. HS East had 40 students place and HS West had 37 students place and an additional 9 HS West students earned honorable mention after competing in a variety of business categories against approximately 1600 students from 26 Suffolk County high schools.

First Place

HS East
HS West

Brooke Blumberg

Kevin Devine

Samantha Hammer

Poojan Pandya

Sari Strizik

Alana Zinkin

Second Place

HS East

HS West

Adam Nathan

Vicky Dong

Ryan Steinberg

Jia Romero

Nicole Tang

Third Place

HS East

HS West

Ashley Blatt

Daniel Guido

Alec Schmigelski

Krish Malhotra

Emily Sobel

Alexis Rosenthal

Victoria Tong

Top Ten Winners

HS East

HS West

Andrew Abrams

Matthew Amendola

Justin Adler

Tobi Alper

Matthew Andelsman

Dakota Asuncion

Jared Androsiglio

Vanessa Blasi

William Banai

Julia Bloomstein

Sydni Berkenfeld

Zach Bloomstein

Kyle Cavataio

Joseph Cardito

Jed Chizner

Joseph Choi

Alexa Cooper

Garret Cincis

Joshua Decicco

Julia D’Alessandro

Elan Elgavisch

Daniel DiGangi

Matthew Freedman

Brian Flattau

Sam Goldberg

Dino Galanoudis

Mark Ibuzor

Samantha Hall

Alexis Kalina

Julie Jacobs

Jordan Katz

Anthony Jean-Baptiste

Ari Kelhoffer

Akshay Kapur

Ethan Koval

Pamela Kreinces

Jake Nathan

Keshav Khanna

Morgan Novikoff

Brett Levinton

David Paul

Brian McNamara

Rebecca Raphaelson

Arman Modiri

Samantha Rothman

Mia Nathenas

Hunter Rudman

Kristen Nicolino

Ali Schwarz

Mohammad-Farid Osmani

Jason Sekler

Justin Popolizio

Ryan Sekler

Noelle Rivera

Josh Serure

Nicholas Vasconcellos

Gianna Vessey

Anne Zanelli

Leo Wild

Honorable Mention

HS West

Jacob Bae

Russell Coffey

Tiana Daye

Christian DiGangi

Woo Joo Lee

Ryan Pase

Musa Rashidzada

Penn Sturm

John Tevez

Emerging Leaders Business Competition

HS East and HS West business students competed in the 16th Annual Emerging Leaders Business Competition on November 28, 2018 at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue, NY. This business competition was sponsored by the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce and the Young Professionals Chamber of Commerce. The competition challenged the students to think beyond the scope of the classroom and it gave the students the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and capabilities in a business environment. The students had to create viable business solutions for existing businesses and demonstrate their knowledge through presentations in several business categories. The students competed either as a team of two or individually in the business events. There were 291 students from 17 Long Island school districts who competed at this event. Twenty-eight HS East and 9 HS West students participated in the event. The following are the results:

Sports Marketing Dino Galanoudis and Krish Malhotra - 1st Place HS West

Retail Marketing
Shreya Barot - 2nd Place

HS West
Graphic DesignRebecca Farber and Samantha Hammer - 2nd Place HS East

Sports Marketing
Arden Josinsky and Sari Strizik - 2nd PlaceHS East

Not-For-Profit Fundraising Justin Adler and Ben Chozahinoff - 2nd Place

HS East
Travel and TourismBrook Gronich and Emily Sobel - 2nd PlaceHS East
Hospitality ServicesElan Elgavisch and Noah Epstein - 3rd PlaceHS East

DECA NYS 2018 Competition

The New York State DECA 58th Annual State Career Conference was held at eh Rochester Riverside Convention Center on March 7-9, 2018. There were over 3,000 students, representing most of the 62 counties of New York State, who competed at the competition. The competitions were either individual or team events consisting of a myriad of business topics. HS West had 2 top five winners and 13 top 10 winners. HS East had 6 top 5 winners and 27 top 10 winners. All top 5 winners qualify for the International Competition in Atlanta, Georgia.

State Winners
(Eligible to compete at International Level)

Tahana AhmedHS West1st Place
William BanaiHS East2nd Place
Samantha HammerHS East 3rd Place
Sydni Berkenfeld HS East 4th Place
Morgan NovikoffHS East 4th Place
Brooke Blumberg HS East 5th Place
Poojan PandyaHS West 5th Place
Alec SchmigelskiHS East5th Place

Top 10 Winners

Shreya BarotHS West
Ashley BlattHS East
Russell CoffeyHS West
Anthony D'Alessandro HS West
Elan ElgavischHS East
Matthew FeliceHS West
Ben Ferbin HS East
Casey GoldsteinHS East
Abir IslamHS West
Jared KatzelnickHS East
Ethan KovalHS East
James LauriaHS West
Brett LevintonHS West
Rishi NangiaHS East
Jake NathanHS East
Gianna OcasioHS West
Noor QaziHS West
David PaulHS East
Rebecca RaphaelsonHS East
Rich RappaportHS East
Samantha RothmanHS East
Jason SeklerHS East
Ryan SeklerHS East
Nandini ShahHS West
Josh SerureHS East
Matthew ShumerHS East
Emily SobelHS East
Sari StrizikHS East
Anthony TubensHS East
Ben WinterHS East
AJ ZegansHS East

Future Business Leaders of America 2018

On January 19, 2018, thirty HSE FBLA students competed in the FBLA Spring Meeting S1 Competition at Hofstra University. The students competed against students from Suffolk County FBLA chapters. The topics of the competitions encompassed an array of business topics. The students competed in either a verbal presentation or an exam format. Several students competed in two events. There were 26 awards earned. The following is a list of the HSE students who placed in their event:

AdvertisingMatthew Andelsman, 3rd Place
Accounting II Jordyn Aronowitz, 2nd Place
Securities & InvestmentsObiri Boadu, 4th Place
Personal Finance Lauren Cherkin, 3rd Place
Securities & Investments Ben Chozahinoff, 5th Place
Chris Dunn, 2nd Place
Marketing Chris Dunn, 4th Place
Management Decision MakingElan Elgavisch, 3rd Place
Public Speaking Rebecca Farber, 5th Place
Hospitality Management Ben Ferbin, 2nd Place
Banking & Financial Systems Matthew Freedman, 3rd Place
Accounting II Sam Goldberg, 4th Place
Client Services Arden Josinsky, 3rd Place
Hospitality Management Jared Katzelnick, 4th Place
Intro to Public Speaking Tanaaz Muhayya, 5th Place
Sports & Entertainment Management Yaqub Najimi, 4th Place
Impromptu Speaking Sean Patten, 3rd Place
Business Calculations Rich Rappaport, 3rd Place
Economics Rich Rappaport, 2nd Place (Tied)
Entrepreneurship Matthew Shumer, 2nd Place
Marketing Matthew Shumer, 2nd Place
Basic Decision Making Sari Strizik, 1st Place
Introduction to Business Sari Strizik, 1st Place
EconomicsVictoria Tong, 2nd Place (Tied)
Business CommunicationsIshan Varma, 1st Place
Job InterviewBenji Vogel, 4th Place

DECA Regional Competition 2018

Every year New York State DECA holds their annual Suffolk County Regional Competition, where business students from high schools across Suffolk County compete in a variety of business categories. The students competed against over 1,600 students from 26 Suffolk County High Schools. The Hills East and West DECA teams have always done well in the annual tournament, and this year was no exception. High School East had 50 Suffolk County regional winners. HS West had 41 regional winners and 18 honorable mention. All winners are eligible to move on to the New York State DECA Competition.

HS EastHS West
Justin AdlerJoseph Bender
Matthew AndelsmanOscar Chang
William Banai - 3rd PlaceJoseph Choi
Matthew Barbery Garret Cincis
Sydni Berkenfeld - 1st Place Russel Coffey - 2nd Place
Zach Berlin Shane Collins
Stephanie Bigman Nicholas Dailey
Ashley Blatt Anthony D'Alessandro
Brooke Blumberg - 1st Place Julia D'Alessandro
Chris Dunn Brianna Eichenstein
Elan Elgavisch Matthew Felice
Rebecca Farber Brian Flattau
Ben Ferbin - 2nd Place Dino Galanousdis
Jed FishlowNoah Gildin
Mark Gandolfo - 1st Place
Gregory Gurin - 1st Place
Jack GottleibSean Iris
Brooke Gronich Abir Islam
Samantha Hammer Aman Khanna
Lauren Hochheiser Keshav Khanna
Zach Hoffman Pam Kreinces
Jared Katzelnick - 2nd Place James Lauria
Karina Khan - 3rd Place Brett Levinton - 1st Place
Jared Klinkowize - 2nd Place Thomas Macaluso
Ethan Koval Tyler Makover
Nia Mays Arman Modiri
Rishi NangiaOlivia Nakhjavan
Jake NathanMia Nathenas
Morgan Novikoff - 1st Place Steven Nathenas
Victoria PastorPoojan Pandya - 2nd Place
David PaulAryan Patel
Rebecca Raphaelson Madison Prudente
Rich Rappaport Noor Qazi
Samantha Rothman Musa Rashidzada
Hunter Rudman Alexis Rosenthal
Jeremy SchierEmily Ross
Alex Schmigleski Jacob Rubin
Ali Schwarz Sophia Sacchetti
Jason SeklerAlexandria Schiavo - 1st Place
Ryan Sekler Nandini Shah
Josh Serure - 2nd Place Heather Tierney - 2nd Place
Alec SilvermanAlex Yang
Emily Sobel
Sari Strizik - 2nd Place
Jess Teich
Anthony Tubens
Ishan Varma
Gianna Vessey - 3rd Place
Leo Wild
Ben Winter
AJ Zegans - 2nd Place