Whitman Rookie Going to International Competition

Catherine Aiello, receives congratulations from Principal Kathie Acker and DECA Co-Chair Deanna Kluepfel.
Catherine Aiello, receives congratulations from Principal Kathie Acker and DECA Co-Chair Deanna Kluepfel.

Whitman freshman and first-year DECA member Catherine Aiello earned a second-place trophy in Principles of Marketing at the recent New York State DECA Championships and now qualifies to compete at the International DECA Career Development Conference in Anaheim, California, this April.

“Catherine has done exceptionally well since she joined DECA in September, earning a second-place finish at the Young Professionals Chamber of Commerce conference at Farmingdale College,” said Ms. Deanna Kluepfel, Whitman’s DECA Co-chair. “She did really well on her Regional DECA competition, excelled in the State DECA tests, and did even better in the role-play portion, where she really impressed the judges.”

 “I was really nervous at first, but when the judges began asking me questions I settled in, took some deep breaths, and said to myself, It's only a few minutes, stay calm and just give it your best,” admitted Catherine.

Even at her young age, Catherine seems to possess qualities that will make her a success at what ever she chooses. “I enjoy art, so I know that some day I would like to blend my love for business and art,” said Catherine. “I feel I would do well with the creative part of marketing as well as the business side of marketing.”

Congratulations, Catherine. You make Walt Whitman High School and South Huntington proud!