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BPHS Students Earn 24 Awards At DECA State Conference
The BPHS DECA students who won awards and medals at the State ConferenceBethel Park High School students earned 24 awards at the 2019 DECA State Career Development Conference, which was held February 20-22 in Hershey, PA, including three First Place Awards, three Second Place Awards, one Third Place Award, five Fourth Place Awards, six Fifth Place Awards, three Sixth Place Awards and three Medallion Awards.
Earning First Place Awards were juniors Tyler Andreis and Mark Vighetti in the Buying and Merchandising Operations Research event;  Caleb Shook (Human Resources Management) and Marissa Christenson (Community Service Plan).
Second Place Awards were won by sophomores Julia Casaldi, Amber Simeone and Makayla Yee (Public Relations Plan); and Morgan Beardsley, Lauren Caye and Lianna Robbins (Entrepreneurship Innovation Plan).  Senior Lauryn Fusca also earned Second Place in the Female Model event, but will not compete at the International competition, as her event is a State-level event only.
Seniors Samantha Huwe and Brenna Manko earned Third Place in the Franchise Business Plan event.
Earning Fourth Place Awards were senior Emily Kraska (Financial Consulting); juniors Josh Capristo and Gabriella Hegedus (Buying and Merchandising Operations Research); Jenna Chernicky and Sarah Gilliam (Personal Financial Literacy); Alyssa Sholder and Rainy Swogger (Learn and Earn); and sophomores Nick Massari and Ryan Puskar (Entrepreneurship Promotion Plan).
 Students who finished Fourth Place or higher are now eligible to compete at the DECA International Conference, which will be held April 26-May 1 in Orlando, FL.
Fifth Place winners were senior Ciara Roach (Financial Operations Research); senior Lexi Schanck and junior Brian Torles (Hospitality and Tourism Operations Research); junior Olivia Greene and sophomore Lucia Coccagno (Creative Marketing Plan); and sophomores Michael Conroy and Lexi Seese (Start Up Business Plan); Emily Engel and Rylee Turoski (Integrated Marketing Campaign—Services); and Christian McClaine (Restaurant and Food Service Management).
Earning Sixth Place were juniors Hunter Dorfner (Hospitality and Tourism Operations Research) and Gabrielle Dunn (Integrated Marketing Campaign) and sophomores McKenna Moriarity and Leigha Piazzi (Entrepreneurship Innovation Plan).
Medallion Awards were given to those students who earned one of the top three scores in their event for their Test, Role Play A and/or Role Play B.  Medallion Awards were earned by senior Caleb Shook (Human Resources Management Test, Role Play A and Role Play B), junior Gabrielle Dunn (Integrated Marketing Campaign Test) and sophomore Christian McClaine (Restaurant and Food Service Management Role Play B).
 Additionally, junior Mark Vighetti was installed as a 2019-2020 PA DECA State Officer, serving as the 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 States.  Good luck at the International Competition in April!