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Two DECA Students Score in Top 10 at Virtual State Competition

DECA members competed at the regional level in December 2020 where 13 students won the right to advance to the New York State competition. Under the direction of Christina Evans, ACHS DECA Advisor and Business Teacher, eight DECA students advanced to the virtual state competition in early March 2021. The eight students competed at the state level in the following categories:

  • Quinten Rondeau, senior, Restaurant and Food Service Management
  • Meredith Ernst, sophomore, Retail Merchandising
  • Ian Guercio, senior, Business Finance
  • Caroline Baumgartner and Jill Economou, juniors, Business Law & Ethics
  • Faye Stiffler and Nellie Duggan-Haas, juniors, Business Law & Ethics
  • Samantha Jay, freshman, Principles of Marketing

Student  Student Meredith scored in the top 10 on the test portion of all students in her category across New York State. This is her first year competing in DECA.

Quinten scored in the top 10 for his role-play of all the students in his category across New York State. This was Quinten's first year competing in DECA.


"Congratulations to all of our competitors," said Mrs. Evans. "You represented Amherst very well and your leadership skills and interest in business will benefit you in your future."

DECA is a business and marketing club where students join in September and decide to compete in one of over 30 different decision-making categories. Students compete among other DECA students in Erie and Niagara counties and can advance to compete against DECA students throughout New York state. There are two components to the competition: a rigorous test on business and marketing, hospitality, finance, or law, depending on their category event, and a role-play. At the role-play, students read a case scenario and have 10 minutes to develop a recommendation. Students then role-play by speaking to a judge(s) about how they would handle the given situation.