Hills Student Finishes in Top Ten at DECA Conference

Half Hollow Hills High School East sophomore William Banai finished in the “Top Ten in the World” in his category at this year’s DECA International Career  Development Conference in Atlanta.

He competed in the principles of business administration category, answering the 100-question exam and in two role play speeches that focused on management and leadership decision.

More than 10,000 DECA members demonstrated their college and career knowledge and skills at the international event by participating in DECA’s Competitive Events Program.

“No organization brings the healthy mix of business and competition to life better than DECA,” said Banai. “From marketing to sports management, students have a unique opportunity to explore the always relevant realm of business and prepare for their futures. It’s a great hands on experience, and I recommend starting as early as possible.”

The DECA ICDC event brought together 18,000 high school students, advisors, businesspersons and alumni to help them network, share knowledge and develop skills for colleges and careers. In addition to the competitive events, ICDC offers their participants access to college and career exhibits, an emerging leader series on 21st Century skill-building, and professional development for advisors.

“The hard work and dedication of our DECA students directly led to what they accomplished at the International Competition, and throughout the year,” said Joseph Cappiello, a teacher in the business department at Half Hollow Hills High School East and advisor for their DECA chapter. “Congratulations to William for finishing Top 10 in the world in his category. What an exciting accomplishment!”

With a nearly 70-year history, DECA has impacted the lives of more than ten million students, educators, school administrators and business professionals since it was founded in 1946. Their 3,500 high school chapters help prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

Half Hollow Hills High School East was also represented at the ICDC by Banai’s fellow DECA members Sydni Berkenfeld, Brooke Blumberg, Samantha Hammer, Morgan Novikoff, and Alec Schmigelski.

Cappiello added, “I am proud of all of our students for doing a fine job representing Hills East and the community at this major international event.”


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