Dozens of Lawrence High students qualify for international DECA competition

Lawrence High School DECA officers hold a banner honoring LHS Principal Dave Adam. Pictured from left: David Adam, Suraj Kura, Eric Maest, Olivia Szela, Arjun Agarwal, Emet Baria, Matthew DeMott and Neel Revankar.PHOTO COURTESY OF LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP PUBLIC SCHOOLS
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Lawrence High School DECA officers hold a banner honoring LHS Principal Dave Adam. Pictured from left: David Adam, Suraj Kura, Eric Maest, Olivia Szela, Arjun Agarwal, Emet Baria, Matthew DeMott and Neel Revankar.PHOTO COURTESY OF LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Historically, Lawrence High School’s (LHS) DECA (formerly Distributive Education Clubs of America) chapter does very well at regional, state and international competitions. This year, despite the pandemic, is no exception.

Thirty-one LHS DECA members qualified at the New Jersey DECA Conference March 1-3 to advance to the international conference beginning April 24, according to information provided by the Lawrence Township Public School District.

LHS garnered additional accolades at the state conference: the organization named LHS Principal David Adam the 2020-21 NJ DECA Administrator of the Year and recognized Diane Schneck, LHS business teacher and DECA co-advisor, for her 35-year milestone of dedication and service to students and to the organization, according to the statement. John Tees, LHS business teacher, is also a chapter co-advisor.

“This is a great honor for Adam, Schneck, Tees and Lawrence High School,” Superintendent Ross Kasun said in the statement. “It demonstrates leadership and a focus on students. DECA members receive a chance to develop skills they will need to succeed as adults.”

DECA is an international association of more than 10 million members and 3,700 high school chapters. For almost 75 years, the association has prepared emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality, goal setting, consensus building and project management, according to the statement.