Whitman Wins Big at YPCC

Sitting left to right: Misha Patel, Jordana Lanz, and Natalie Migliore. Standing left to right: Principal Kathleen Acker, Catherine Aiello, Elly Monegro, Dylan Diamond, James Charlton, and DECA Advisor Deanna Kluepfel.
Sitting left to right: Misha Patel, Jordana Lanz, and Natalie Migliore. Standing left to right: Principal Kathleen Acker, Catherine Aiello, Elly Monegro, Dylan Diamond, James Charlton, and DECA Advisor Deanna Kluepfel.

In early December, 26 Walt Whitman students competed among 341 Long Island students at the 11th Annual Young People's Chamber of Commerce (YPCC) Business Competition at St. Joseph's College in Patchogue.

Congratulations to the following Walt Whitman DECA Club members: 

Sophomores Catherine Aiello and Misha Patel won first place in Hospitality Services.

Senior Jordana Lanz won first place in Not-for-Profit Fundraising.

Sophomore Ellysandra Monegro won second place in Entertainment Marketing.

Sophomore Natalie Migliore won second place in Entrepreneurship.

Freshman Dylan Diamond won an Honorable Mention in Sports Marketing.

Congratulations also to James Charlton, who, while not part of DECA, attended the YPCC competition as part of Wilson Tech.  James is a Whitman senior and won first place in Graphic Design.

“We’re very proud of this group. All six of the winners who are DECA members will go on to compete in DECA competitions in January,” said DECA advisor and Huntington YPCC liaison Ms. Deanna Kluepfel. “All of the students who entered worked extremely hard. They were well prepared, they practiced their presentations, and they all have a tremendous amount of confidence.  One new category this year was Not for Profit Fundraising, and we are very pleased to announce that Whitman senior Jordana Lanz, president of the DECA Club, excelled in that new category by bringing home first place.”

“These students willingly take their own time to create a business presentation that goes above and beyond the school day,” said Whitman principal Ms. Kathie Acker. “The life skills they are gaining in preparing for this type of event are immeasurable.”

The YPCC is a student-run membership organization, with activities led by students, educators, and business leaders working together. The YPCC engages high school and college students and young entrepreneurs in the Long Island community and enhances their leadership skills in a professional environment.

Principal Acker, noting that not all schools have DECA clubs, and not all students have the extra time needed for DECA, was one of the founding members of YPCC. “It’s important that all students have access to business executives and community leaders as they prepare for the business world and entrepreneurship,” said Principal Acker. “The skills that YPCC members learn, like market research and public speaking, are all transferable to a successful life in the corporate world.”

All of the YPCC winners will attend an awards ceremony on December 16 at the John Englemann Theatre in Northport. 
Congratulations, Whitman DECA!  It was a great day for Walt Whitman High School!