Awards and Commendations

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
Advertising
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

Honorable Mention

HS West

Shreya Barot
Vanessa Blasi
Sarah Brandsdorfer
Rafaello Carone
Christian DiGangi
Dan DiGangi
Vicky Dong
Rachel Geller
Max Jacobs
Akshay Kapur
Andrew Kenny
Woo Joo Lee
Joseph LeGuernic
Kristen Nicolino
Gianna Ocasio
Ethan Robertson
Nova Shek
Penn Sturm

15th Annual Emerging Leaders Business Competition

The HS West and HS East business students competed in the 15th Annual Emerging Leaders Business Competition on November 29, 2017 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 over 400 students from approximately 20 Long Island school districts who competed at this event. Thirty-seven HSE students participated in the event. Thirteen HSE students placed in their categories. Four students earned first place awards, six students earned second place awards and three students earned third place awards. The following are the results:

Retail MarketingBrooke Blumberg, Sami Rothmand - First Place
Sports MarketingArden Josinsky, Lauren Cherkin - First Place
Entrepreneurship Matt Shumer, Rich Rappaport - Second Place
Retail MarketingJosh Serure, Ishan Varma - Second Place
Travel and TourismMark Gandolfo, Zach Berlin- Second Place
Sports MarketingBen Ferbin, Jared Katzelnick - Third Place
Job InterviewCasey Goldstein - Third Place


DECA International Competition Top 10 Winners

Over 20,000 DECA members from around the world competed in the ICDC Competition. Please join us in Congratulating both Alexis Bainnson and Matthew Shumer who finished in the Top 10 in the World in their categories. This is truly an amazing achievement!


Alexis Bainnson - HS West Matthew Shumer - HS East



DECA NYS 2017 Competition

This year the HS East and HS West DECA Teams again traveled to Rochester to participate in the 2016 NY State DECA competition. The students competed in a variety of business tasks against every school in New York State. HS East had 4 students who were state champions and 11 top 10 winners. HS West had 6 student state champions and 10 top 10 winners.

State Winners
(Eligible to compete at International Level)

Lexi BainnsonHS West1st Place
Anthony D'AlessandroHS West3rd Place
Brianna EichensteinHS West3rd Place
Casey GoldsteinHS East4th Place
Dahlia KoppellHS East2nd Place
Karishma MalhotraHS West5th Place
Thomas OlsenHS West3rd Place
Matthew ShumerHS East4th Place
Sari StrizikHS East3rd Place
John TevereHS West3rd Place

Top 10 Winners

HS East

HS West

Natasha BajajLexi Bainnson
Sydni BerkenfeldGurbani Bawa
Stephanie Bigman Anthony D'Alessandro
Brooke BlumbergBrianna Eichenstein
Rachel GasslerOlivia Eichenstein
Casey GoldsteinJoseph Felice
Evan GottleibKarishma Malhotra
Dahlia KoppellThomas Olsen
Nia MaysNandini Shah
Morgan NovikoffJohn Tevere
Leah Pesso
Skyler Sands
Matthew Shumer
Sari Strizik
Andrew Tedesco


Future Business Leaders of America 2017

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is the largest career student organization in the world. Each year FBLA helps over 250,000 members prepare for careers in business. The mission of FBLA is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. FBLA programs focus on

  1. leadership development
  2. academic competitions
  3. educational programs
  4. community service
  5. awards and recognition

This year 22 HS East business students participated in the District S1 Competition on January 20, 2017 at Hofstra University and 13 students placed in their competition.

EntrepreneurshipArden Josinsky, 1st Place
Personal FinanceDahlia Koppell, 1st Place
MarketingRhea Randhawa, 1st Place
Impromptu Speaking Adam Wilck, 1st Place
Public Speaking 1Rebecca Farber, 3rd Place
Sports/Entertainment MarketingRich Rappaport, 3rd Place
Economics Adam Wilck, 3rd Place
Job Interview Natasha Bajaj, 4th Place
Hospitality ManagementChristopher Dunn, 4th Place
Banking and Financial Systems Jake Gandolfo, 4th Place
Intro to Business Sam Goldberg, 4th Place
Personal FinanceSamantha Hammer, 5th Place
Business CalculationsYaqub Najimi, 5th Place



DECA Regional Competition 2017

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 Hills East and West DECA teams have always done well in the annual tournament, and this year was no exception. High School East had 44 Suffolk County regional winners and 7 honorable mention. HS West had 35 regional winners and 7 honorable mention. All winners are eligible to move on to the New York State DECA Competition. Overall there were more than 1500 students competing.


HS EastHS West
Matan Baram
Sameed Awan
Sydni Berkenfeld - 2nd Place
Justin Bae
Zach BerlinLexi Bainnson - 1st Place
Stephanie Bigman - 3rd Place
Mikayla Batkiewicz
Ashley Blatt
Jacob Bloomstein - 1st Place
Jeremy Blatt
Caterina Chisesi
Jesse Blatt - 3rd Place
Chris Connolly
Brooke Blumberg
Anthony D'Alessandro
Jared Breakstone - 1st Place
Vinny Damiano
Lauren Cherkin
Owen Egre
Andrew Dholakia
Brianna Eichenstein
Elan Elgavisch
Joseph Felice - 1st Place
Ben Ferbin
Deeba Haeri
Nick Ferranti
Jared Hall
Jake Gandalfo
Laila Iqbal
Mark Gandalfo
Akash Kapur
Rachel Gassler
Rushabh Lakhani - 2nd Place
Casey Goldstein
Matt Luzincourt - 2nd Place
Evan Gottleib
Anjali Maheshwari - 1st Place
Samantha Hammer
Rohan Mathur - 2nd Place
Nicole Hecker
Alexis Molinari
Zack Jenkin
Steven Nathenas
Jared Katzelnick
Alyssa Ng
Karina Khan
Thomas Olsen
Dahlia Koppell
Jonathan Papa
Nia Mays - 1st Place
Quinn Pearson
Jared Morris
Michael Perdios
Yaqub Najimi
Josh Ross
Rishi Nangia
Sophia Sacchetti
Morgan Novikoff - 2nd Place
Nandini Shah
Victoria Pastor
Jeremy Shuster - 1st Place
David Paul
Ira Smith
Rebecca Raphaelson
Kyle Spector
Rich Rappaport
Samuel Sundararaman
Eric Rothman
Matt Weinstein
Samantha Rothman
Skyler Sands - 2nd Place

Alex Schmigelski

Ali Schwarz
Josh Servre

Sari Strizik - 1sp Place
Jacob Tawil
Andrew Tedesco
AJ Zegans

Honorable Mention

HS East

HS West

Reis Henderson
Zack Bloomstein
Jared Klinkowize
Oscar Chang
Zach Lion
Dan DiGangi
Jason Sekler
Tyler Makeover
Ryan Sekler
Marisa Rastelli
Justin Tisch
Teddy Rogu
Tyler Zaremsky
Nova Shek


14th Annual Emerging Leaders Business Competition

The HS East and HS West business students competed in the 14th Annual Emerging Leaders Business Competition on November 30, 2016 at Saint Joseph’s College in Patchogue, NY. The business competition was sponsored by the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce and the Young Professionals Chamber of Commerce. The competition challenged the students to create viable business solutions for existing businesses and gave the students an opportunity to 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 315 students from 18 Long Island school districts who competed at this event. Ten HS East and five HS West students placed in their categories.

EntrepreneurshipJake Gandolfo, Adam Wilck - First Place
Hospitality Services Christopher Dunn - First Place
Job Interview Casey Goldstein - First Place
Retail Marketing Rhea Randhawa, Natasha Baja - First Place
Sports MarketingLauren Cherkin, Arden Josinsky - First Place
Graphic Design Laila Iqbal, Crystal Chen - Second Place
Sports Marketing Mark Gandolfo, Ben Ferbin - Second Place
Entertainment Marketing Allie Mollo - 3rd Place
Not for Profit Fund RaiserGurbani Bawa, Karishma Malhotra - 3rd Place


DECA Nationals 2016

Hills East DECA brought 4 students to the DECA ICDC International Competition in Nashville, Tennessee. Two students, Leah Pesso and Natasha Bajaj finished in the Top 10 in the World in their category, Business Growth Plan.


They both received 2 medals. Leah and Natasha competed against over 100 teams from around the world in Business Growth Plan. Congratulation to both of them and our DECA chapter.



DECA NYS 2016 Competition

This year the HS East and HS West DECA Teams again traveled to Rochester to participate in the 2016 NY State DECA competition. The students competed in a variety of business tasks against every school in New York State. HS East had 6 students who were state champions and 21 top 10 winners. HS West had 17 student state champions and 17 top 10 winners.


State Winners

Natasha BajajHS East1st Place
Gurbani BawaHS West2nd Place
Casey GoldsteinHS East1st Place
Dahlia KoppellHS East5th Place
Leah PessoHS East1st Place
Eric RothmanHS East4th Place
Skylar SandsHS East1st Place
Jeremy ShusterHS West5th Place

Top 10 Winners

HS East

HS West

Samta AbroleTanner Asadorian
Matan BaramLexi Bainnson
Nolan Berkenfeld Jacob Bloomstein
Jesse BlattCaterina Chisesi
Andrew DholakiaChris Connolly
Ben FerbinJoe Felice
Rachel GasslerJake Geller
Matthew GoetzSam Leifer
Max GoldbergMatt Luzincourt
Zach HomlerKarishma Malhotra
Bailey KastonLiam Minerva
Chad KatzelnickMusa Nauman
Noah KaufmanVineeth Reddy
Dylan KeaneJustin Sachs
Dean Schmigelski Taylor Sachs
Brandon SeklerSkylar Schneider
Matthew Shumer Samuel Sundararaman
Parker Siegal
Michael Sivin
Jacob Tawil
Jack Wang

DECA Regional Competition 2016

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 Hills East and West DECA teams have always done well in the annual tournament, and this year was no exception. High School East had 47 Suffolk County regional winners and 9 honorable mention awards. HS West had 51 regional winners and 10 honorable mention. All winners are eligible to move on to the New York State DECA Competition.

Congratulations to All!

HS EastHS West
Samta Abrole - 1st Place
Tanner Asadorian - 3rd Place
Matan Baram
Sameed Awan
Nolan Berkenfeld - 1st Place
Lakshmi Babureddy
Jesse Blatt - 1st Place
Hannah Baer
Ashley Blatt
Justin Baer
Brooke Blumberg - 3rd Place
Lexi Bainnson - 1st Place
Andrew Dholaki
Jessica Barone
Ben Ferbin
Shivam Barot
Evan Fermoselle
Mikayla Batkiewicz
Nicholas Ferranti - 2nd Place
Jacob Bloomstein
Alec Friedman
Julia Camina
Justin Fuchs - 2nd Place
Caterina Chisesi
Rachel Gassler
Kelsey Collins
Matthew Goetz
Chris Connolly - 2nd Place
Max Goldberg
Brianna Eichenstein
Casey Goldstein
Alex Epstein
Samantha Hammer
Joe Felice
Zach Homler - 3rd Place
Jake Geller - 2nd Place
Drew Jacovsky - 2nd Place
Samantha Greenhut
Zack Jenkin
Deeba Haeri
Victoria Jin - 2nd Place
Laila Iqbal
Dahlia Kappell - 2nd Place
Michelle Kaplan
Bailey Kaston - 3rd Place
Spencer Kirshman
Chad Katzelnick - 3rd Place
Stephen LaGreca
Jake Kaufman
Rushabh Lakhani
Noah Kaufman
Sam Leifer
Dylan Keane - 3rd Place
Matt Luzincourt
Zachary Leff
Anjali Maheshwari
Ryan Lelis
Karishma Malhotra - 1st Place
Rishi Nangia
Rohan Mathur
Cynthia Pang
Alexis Molinari
Ashley Rodriquez
Steven Nathenas
Eric Rothman
Musa Nauman
Samantha Rothman
Alyssa Ng
Harrison Rubin
Thomas Olsen
Logan Rudman
Quinn Pearson
Skyler Sands - 1st Place
Jordan Rahimzadeh
Dean Schmigelski - 3rd Place
Vineeth Reddy - 2nd Place
Brandon Sekler - 1st Place
Victoria Sacchetti - 2nd Place
Matthew Shumer - 2nd Place
Justin Sachs - 2nd Place
Parker Siegal - 3rd Place
Taylor Sachs
Michael Sivin
Alexandria Schiano
David Targett
Colleen Schiek - 2nd Place
Jacob Tawil
Skylar Schneider
Jack Wang - 1st Place
Jeremy Schuster - 1st Place
Michael Weisman
Max Sherman
AJ Zegans
Ira Smith

Kyle Spector

Samuel Sundararaman

John Tevere

Matt Weinstein

Honorable Mention

HS East

HS West

Zach Berlin
Kabir Bareja
Jared Breakstone
Danielle Blaustein
Sanjana Devjani
Ryan Blaustein
Nicole Hecker
Vinny Damiano
Bailey Klein
Jared Hall
Jamie Kreinces
Akash Kapur
Rebecca Raphaelson
Greg Maliglowka
Max Wells
Liam Minerva
Andrew Yanover
Sarah O'Brien

Dan Smith



Future Business Leaders of America 2016

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is the largest career student organization in the world. Each year FBLA helps over 250,000 members prepare for careers in business. The mission of FBLA is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. FBLA programs focus on

  1. leadership development
  2. academic competitions
  3. educational programs
  4. community service
  5. awards and recognition

This year 18 HS East business students participated in the District S1 Competition on January 15, 2016 at CW Post/LIU Campus.

Sports MarketingBen Ferbin, 1st Place
Job InterviewNatasha Bajaj, 4th Place
Entrepreneurship Ashley Rodriquez, 4th Place
MarketingBradley Weltmann, 4th Place
Accounting 1 Jacob Sycoff, 5th Place

“DECA offers a comprehensive program of competitive events based on the

occupational goals of its student membership and on the activities of
chapters in high schools and postsecondary institutions. Competitive
events offered by DECA Inc. are replicated at the state or provincial
association level as well as at the chapter level."


The purposes of DECA's competitive events are:

  • to contribute to the development of skills necessary for careers in marketing, merchandising,
    management and entrepreneurship
  • to evaluate student achievement of the skills through careful measurement devices (performance
    indicators)
  • to provide constructive avenues for individual or team expression, initiative and creativity
  • to motivate students to assume responsibility for self-improvement and self-discipline
  • to provide a vehicle for students to demonstrate (via performance indicators) their acquired
    skills through individual or team activities
  • to assist students in acquiring a realistic self-concept through individual or team activities
  • to help students participate in an environment of cooperation and competition
  • to provide visibility for the educational goals and objectives of marketing education”

Learn more about these events at http://www.deca.org/events/