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BPHS Students Win 34 Awards At DECA Districts

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Forty-one Bethel Park High School students earned 34 awards at the 2019 PA DECA District III Career and Development Conference, which was held on December 3, including 15 First Place Awards, 11 Second Place Awards and eight Third Place Awards.

Earning First Place Awards were seniors Sarah Gilliam (Retail Merchandising), Caleb Shook (Human Resources Management) and Mark Vighetti (Sports and Entertainment Marketing); juniors Ethan Donovan and Grant Eckert (Financial Services Team), Summer Lewis and Lexi Seese (Buying and Merchandising Team) and Christian McClaine (Restaurant and Food Service Management).
Also earning First Place Awards were sophomores Michael Dudjak (Automotive Services Marketing) and Sadie Fedor (Business Services Marketing), as well as freshmen Gavin Barzan and Jack Hartman (Business Law and Ethics Team), Mia Coccagno (Principles of Business Administration and Management), Ethan Drahusz (Logistics), Merris Gabel (Hotel and Lodging Management), Addison Hill and Olivia Massari (Entrepreneurship Team), Marquise Ross (Principles of Hospitality and Tourism), and Forrest Shaw (Principles of Marketing).
Receiving Second Place Awards were senior Hunter Dorfner (Food Services Marketing); sophomores Keelan Donovan (Personal Financial Literacy) and Fred Schein (Principles of Business Administration and Management; and freshmen Dom DePasquale (Marketing Communications, Thomas Donihi (Automotive Services Marketing), Natalie Engel and Amanda Lincoln (Marketing Management Team), Nick Gasper (Hotel and Lodging Management), Luke Henderson and Darien Palombia (Entrepreneurship Team), Tim Jones (Logistics), Mason Miller and Anthony Moreno (Buying and Merchandising Team) and Yin Zhi Lu (Principles of Hospitality and Tourism).
Third Place Awards were given to senior Jacob Marzina (Personal Financial Literacy); sophomores Megan Cunningham (Human Resources Management) and Sarah Marip (Apparel and Accessories Marketing); and freshmen Kelsey Caldwell (Entrepreneurship), Leah Hartman (Principles of Business Administration and Management), Cam Kent (Principles of Marketing), Meghan Krapp (Retail Merchandising) and Martina Tatalias (Principles of Finance).
All of these students are now qualified to compete in the PA DECA Career and Development Conference, which will be held in Hershey, PA in February.
Senior Mark Vighetti presided over the Conference as the 2019-2020 PA DECA District III Representative.  Junior Lucia Coccagno was elected to serve as the 2020-2021 PA DECA District III Representative.
The students were prepared for this competition by Bethel Park High School Marketing Teachers Emily Smoller and Maria Christenson.  Please click here to see some photos from this year's District Competition.  Good luck at States!