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NJ’s Holy Angels Student’s DECA Wins Awards, Advances to State Event

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New Jersey

By: Yuritza Arroyo

It's been just five years since Holy Angels entered its first Distributive Education Clubs of America event, and the Academy's team of business-minded teens has been on the rise ever since.

According to officials, AHA emerged from the January 3 regional event in East Rutherford with a first-place award for DECA Co-president Shivani Sahu of Paramus, a second-place prize for Elise Tao of Upper Saddle River, and a total of 17 Angels who qualified for state competition.

AHA's state qualifiers include Shivani Sahu, DECA VP Sharanya Agarwal, Elise Tao, Sophie Cossio, Lily Cossio, Isabella McMahon, Kyra Sapontzis, Isabella Zahirudin, Natalie Yoo, Elena Fiorentinos, Sienna Morreale, Sophia Lee, Tristan Fowler, Lianna Gourmos, Evelyna Pavlatos, Lauren Tomasella, and Amanda Tomasella

"We are very happy about all of our state qualifiers," said AHA DECA Adviser and team founder Krystal Reilly.

Sahu, an AHA senior, competed in automotive services marketing.

"I was excited to be back competing for the DECA season," Sahu shared.

"I always enjoy meeting new people and being able to practice case studies to mimic real-world dilemmas in the business field. I'm also very proud of everyone who competed (January 3) -- especially the first-time competitors! I can't wait for States with my fellow Angel DECA members!"

In April 2022, AHA earned its first invitation to the International Career Development Conference in Atlanta.

At that event: 

• Shivani Sahu received the Glass Trophy for her third-place overall finish in the automotive services marketing series. She also earned a Red, White, and Blue Medallion for placing in the Top 10. Sahu advanced to the final round after earning a Blue Ribbon Medallion for her top two wins in her group event.

• Jaclyn Larraz of Blauvelt, New York, finished ninth overall in the virtual business challenge – fashion. She earned a Red, White, and Blue Medallion for her Top 10 finish.

• Sharanya Agarwal of West New York received a Silver Ribbon Medallion for earning the top score in her group's presentation on principles of finance. Agarwal also won a Blue Ribbon Medallion for finishing in the top two in her group and advanced to the finals as one of the top 18 competitors.