Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — High school students from all over Western New York will be coming to Lockport High School on Sunday for a regional Distributive Education Clubs of America competition.
DECA is an organization for students who study the fields of marketing, business, finance and hospitality. Students participate in informational and leadership conferences, as well as competitive events based on certain areas in the business and marketing fields.
Sunday’s competition will feature roughly 600 kids participating in various events with 200 judges and chaperones in attendance. The top seven students in each category will advance to the state level of competition, to be held in March in Rochester. From there, winners go on to the international event to be held in May in Atlanta.
And this is the second time Lockport has hosted a DECA event, said business teacher and DECA adviser Jill DiTullio. Lockport played host to a regional event a year ago.
“And we got a lot of compliments,” DiTullio said.
Lockport has had a team for about six years, during which a number of students have made it as far as national competition. There are 50 kids on this year’s team, with 43 expected to participate Sunday.
Opening ceremonies are slated for 9 a.m., with an awards ceremony at the end of the day. There are about 40 different categories to compete in, most involving a role-playing scenario or a multiple-choice test.
To prepare, the DECA members have been practicing with tests and old scenarios. They won’t know the details of tests or the role-playing scenarios until Sunday.
Raven Smith, 16, and David DiTullio, 17, will be two of the Lockport students competing Sunday. The two are partners for a role-playing exercise involving business law. Smith is a regional DECA officer representing Lockport on a planning committee for students.
Both are in their second year on the team. Last year, David DiTullio placed third in states in wholesale selling.
The experience helps, they said.
“You know what you’re getting into,” Smith said.Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.