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Farmingdale High School Means Business

Farmingdale High School’s DECA club recently competed in the New York State DECA conference in Rochester. The competition lasted for three days, from March 5-7, and was attended by over two-thousand students from across the state and Long Island, including twenty-four Dalers who competed at the conference.

 

DECA—previously Distributive Education Clubs of America—was established in 1946 with the goal of preparing students for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management around the globe. The organization prepares future business leaders by providing students with an opportunity to learn real-world business skills and allows students to demonstrate their skills, either as a team or alone, in competition.

 

Participants compete in highly specialized events within the generalized clusters of marketing, finance, hospitality, management, and communications. There are dozens of events to compete in and no two are exactly the same. Competitions consisted of both a

written multiple choice test and a mock business presentation, in which students role-played as analysts or lower level memebrs of a business, while the judges acted as the company’s owner or CEO. Participants were judged on the content, as well as their manner of presentation. 

 

DECA’s popularity at Farmingdale High School has been increasing over recent years. This year, twenty-four Farmingdale students qualified to compete at the state level, which is a significant increase from years prior. Farmingdale also fared admirably in the competition itself, with ten Dalers placing, including: Ally Ryan, Alexa Torrens, Alec Szigeti, and Ryan Strysk who placed top ten in business law and ethics team decision making, Rachel Fishman placed fourth in visual advertising, Daviah Witter placed top ten in food marketing, Tim Barclay placed top ten in accounting, Jasmine Rashid placed top ten in hospitality professional sales, Michelle Fredricks placed top ten in human resource management and Danielle Bolan placed fourth in decision making marketing. 

 

“All I wanted was a medal,” said Danielle Bolan, a Farmingdale High School senior. “I’m happy all my preparation finally paid off.”

 

Unlike last year, when three Dalers—Alexander Melton, Sarah Golshahr, and Nitasha Sharma—competed in the National DECA conference in Anaheim, Cali., the Dalers team did not qualify to compete in nationals this year. 

 

Despite the fact, Farmingdale High School DECA advisor Donna Wright said, “I couldn’t be more proud of them.” 

News

Farmingdale village officials will be holding a public hearing on Dec. 1, to reexamine school speed zones throughout the village, in order to establish a consistent school speed zone limit. 

Holidays Increase Daily Congestion 

While parking around LIRR train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town. 

 

“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”


Sports

At a special “wrap up “ meeting for the 2014 Marcum Workplace Challenge, Greater Long Island Running Club Vice President and Event Director Mindy Davidson of Farmingdale, presented a special plaque to Winsome Foulkes, team captain of the Farmingdale-based Telephonics Corporation.  Winsome is retiring from Telephonics after a long and successful career and has led the Telephonics Corporation in the Marcum Workplace Challenge since its inception.  

There is simply no better way for runners and their families to celebrate the Holiday Season than by being part of the fun at the Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt Holiday 5 Kilometer Run, and on Saturday morning, Dec. 20, the Run will be celebrating its 27th anniversary edition at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage. The run will start at 9:30 a.m. on Broadway in Bethpage.


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