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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

Driving rain and cold temperatures could not keep Long Islanders from coming out to support the first annual DogFest Walk ‘n Roll, a fundraiser for Canine Companions for Independence. Held for the first time at Marjorie Post Park in nearby Massapequa, dogs of all breeds and sizes came with their humans with one goal in mind; to raise funds for CCI.

 

Event organizer Yvonne Dagger, past president and now board member, discussed the importance of the event. 

It’s been more than 50 years since the Farmingdale High School class of 1964 roamed the halls of their beloved high school, but that doesn’t mean that the memories have faded. The class—the first to graduate from Farmingdale High—came together on Saturday, October 18 at the Marriott in Islandia to celebrate all of the good times past and make new memories as a class.  


Sports

3rd Grade Division

The Giants and Jets met for the 2nd time this season, with the Giants again getting the victory over the Jets.  Jalen Gordon scored late into the 1st half for the Giants, which turned out to be the only points in the half.  The Giants shut the Jets down for both halves, keeping the offense off the board.  The Jets strong point this weekend was the defense, with Kyle June and Jake Kuller picking up the weekly William June Foundation awards.  In what is turning into a rough offensive season for the Jets, these awards continue to remind the boys of the perseverance and determination of the award’s namesake and his “never say quit” attitude.

 

—Submitted by Paul Caputo


William Merola, a member of the Farmingdale School District’s wrestling program, was recently selected to attend the third annual U.S. Marine Corps Summer Leadership and

Character Development program, which is limited to 150 sophomores and juniors throughout the nation.

 

Over the summer, from July 20-26, Merola attended the third annual Marine Corps recruiting command summer leadership and character academy at the USMC base in Quantico. 

 

The SLCDA (Summer Leadership and Character Development Program) educates high school leaders about Marine Corps Officer Programs by participating in classroom academics, ethics training, accelerated college prep, physical fitness training, a field exercise, a community service component and a field trip to Washington, D.C.


Calendar

Networking Event - October 29

Halloween Parade - October 31

Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair - November 2


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com