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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

Oyster Bay Town officials are mulling an override of the state’s 2 percent property tax cap for the second consecutive fiscal year. On Aug. 12, the town held a hearing to approve local legislation, giving the Town Council authority to pierce the cap.

 

However, according to Marta Kane, a spokesperson with the Town of Oyster Bay, Supervisor John Venditto and the members of the Oyster Bay Town Council are not certain if they will entertain a repeat of last year, when the board adopted a $277 million budget, increasing the tax levy by $15,964,647—or 8.8 percent. 

Village officials have teamed up with James Faith Entertainment—founders of the Great South Bay Music Festival in Patchogue—to organize Farmingdale’s first ever two-day music festival, this September 13 and 14. 

 

“Farmingdale is another town that is starting to move forward,” festival producer Jim Faith told the Farmingdale Observer, last May. “[The inaugural festival] will be small, but we’ll start growing it... music festival always take a few years to catch on.” 

 

Faith said that when he first started the Great South Bay Music Festival, back in 2007, it too started small, growing little by little each year. For its inaugural year, Faith booked folk musician Richie

Havens to headline the event. Now, more than eight years later, the festival has featured numerous big name musicians, including: the Doobie Brothers, WAR, Billy Squier, Taking Back Sunday, moe., and Blues legend B.B. King, to name a few. 


Sports

Register now as classes fill up quickly and you don’t want to miss out on the chance to join in trapeze workshops at Eisenhower Park’s I.FLY this fall.

 

“I.FLY was designed to give kids and adults the ability to fulfill their dreams of being in the circus,” says instructor Anthony Rosamilia.  “Flying through the air never gets boring.  At I.FLY, we help people create lifelong memories.” 

After more than a month of group play, on Aug. 16, fourteen teams went head-to-head for a shot at the 2014 Farmingdale Baseball League’s 9/11 Tournament Championship. Here are some highlights from Saturday’s championships. 

 

8U Finals

Long Island Rangers 8 - Farmingdale Greendogs 9


Calendar

McKevitt Mobile Office Hours - August 21

Artisan Market - August 23

Blood Drive - August 24


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