Whitman Students Take Gold and Silver @ YPCC Competition

Seated left to right: freshman students Joseph VanGostein, Joanne Nguyen, and Rachel Vaughan get a well deserved congratulations from Principal Kathie Acker and DECA advisor, Ms. Deanna Kluepfel.
Seated left to right: freshman students Joseph VanGostein, Joanne Nguyen, and Rachel Vaughan get a well deserved congratulations from Principal Kathie Acker and DECA advisor, Ms. Deanna Kluepfel.

On December 7, 2014, 13 DECA business students from Walt Whitman attended the 12th Annual Young Professionals Chamber of Commerce Business Competition at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue.  More than 385 students, from 21 Long Island high schools competed in a variety of business- related events in areas like Graphic Design and Entertainment Marketing.

Whitman students prepared tri-fold boards and rehearsed their presentations in the weeks leading up to the event, with guidance from DECA advisor, Ms. Deanna Kluepfel and teachers Ms. Hsaio and Ms. Zamow. All of the participants presented excellent projects.  They showed themselves as distinguished representatives of Walt Whitman High School.

The most exceptional projects received awards after listening to the encouraging words of Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci, Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontieri, and a representative from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office, among others.  Each reminded students of the importance developing effective communication and collaborative skills in order to be prepared, not for today’s world, but for the world 20 years from now.

Freshman, Joseph VanGostein was awarded a first place trophy for his Entrepreneurship presentation; and the freshman team of Joanne Nguyen and Rachel Vaughan were awarded second place trophies in the area of Hospitality Services.  It was another proud day for Walt Whitman High School and Whitman’s DECA chapter!

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.