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South High DECA Members Excel at State Competition, Advance to Nationals

Photo collage of individual DECA members


The South High School DECA Chapter continues to have a strong year with awards and accolades from regional and state DECA competitions. A total of 95 students represented South High at the virtual DECA State Career Conference in February, and 24 students qualified to compete at the virtual DECA International Career Development Conference this spring.

DECA students compete as individuals and teams in a wide range of specific events in the areas of marketing, finance, hospitality, and management. At this year’s State Conference, 42 South High students were named finalists for placing within the top ten in their event, with each team or individual competing against approximately 60 students from across New York State. Additionally, 66 students received mini-awards for their performance on individual tests and roleplays.

Students who qualified to compete at the DECA International Career Development Conference are: Kyra Au, Zining Chen, Karly Chan, Jillian Chang, Brayden Chien, Lyba Khan, Rachel Kim, Johann Lee, Albert Li, Ziyue (Grace) Lin, Chi Ioi (George) Lo, Riya Mitra, Daniel Niu, Sangeon Park, Joshua Rabbani, Zain Rajani, Isabel Wang, Rachel Woo, Ashley Wu, Rick Xu, Erin Yim, Dayoung Yu, Xinyi (Zoe) Zhang, and Richard Zhuang.

This year, the South High DECA Chapter found ways to adapt and overcome challenges presented by COVID restrictions. Advisors and Board Officers maximized technology to interact with and support team members, including virtual chapter meetings and one-on-one sessions to provide feedback ahead of competitions. A redesign of their team website also improved access to resources for members.

The 2020–21 South High DECA Board includes president Kyra Au; vice presidents Cheryl Chan, Zining Chen, Gunwoo (Louie) Chung, Johann Lee, Chi Ioi (George) Lo, Isabel Wang, Stanley Wong, and John Xie; media specialist Rosanna Gao; officers Tristan Atreides, Jillian Chang, Farah Daredia, Oscar Fang, Rachel Woo, Rick Xu, and Kobe Zheng; and school store managers Joseph Ban, Angela Chen, Jooeun (Julie) Gha, Awais Issany, Devang Sharma, and Dayoung Yu. DECA advisors at South High are business teachers Sheryl Demetres and Rick Vine.