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Congratulations to the 76 Freehold students who will be attending the New Jersey DECA State Leadership Conference in Atlantic City in February.

Freehold's DECA members advancing to the state competition Members of the DECA club at Freehold High School showcased their skills at the regional competition, earning spots to attend the New Jersey DECA High School State Career Development Conference in February.

A total of 76 students from Freehold High School qualified to participate in the New Jersey High School State Career Development Conference. At the state level competition, students will be vying for a spot in the High School Division International Career Development Conference, which will be held this spring.

The overall winners from the regional competition were:
1st place: Snehal Ajakkala: Automotive
3rd place: Lindsey Bertone: Hotel Lodging
3rd place: Dylan Castor: Professional Selling
3rd place: Joseph Famularo: Sports and Entertainment Marketing
1st place: Nicholas Kaufman: Business Service Marketing
1st place: David Lundy: Marketing Communications
2nd place: Kevin McIlvaine: Automotive
3rd place: Ryan McIlvaine: Retail
3rd place: Gianna Messina: Quick Serve
1st place: Vijay Para: Food Marketing
1st place: Christopher Wraback: Financial Consulting

The following Freehold students earned spots to compete in the state competition:
Snehal Ajakkala
Elizabeth Banat
Lindsey Bertone
Collin Bertscha
Allison Boschetti
Nicholas Brophy
Daniel Brophy
Lucas Bruckmann
Kathryn Byrnes
Christopher Cassandra
Nicole Castles
Dylan Castor
Marco Castro
Daniel Chiusano
Vincent Colacchio
Carly Coulombe
Leslie Cruz
Matthew Degnan
Matthew Donlon
Joseph Famularo
Hannah Feldman
Daniel Finnegan
Zoe Frantzeskakis
Michael Gagliardo
Gabriel Garcia
Carleigh Gewirtz
Matthew Horvath
Richard Hurler
Zachary Isaacson
Justice Jubilee
Nicholas Kaufman
Vanessa Kern
Lindsay Koller
Justin Krauss
Alex Laemmle
Zachary Leong
Justin Leung
Julia Levy
Joseph Liotti
Jack Long
David Lundy
Alex Mackesy
Michael Makar
Kyle Manabat
Michael Marinella
Daniel Mastrianni
Tara McDonald
Kevin McIlvaine
Ryan McIlvaine
Eshaan Mehta
Gianna Messina
Jermaine Moore
Erica Mulderrig
Connor Mullin
Sean Neely
Vijay Para
Jared Pastore
Darshan Patel
Juhi Patel
Andrew Pavliv
Julie Pavlovich
Michael Piscopo
Kelly Preston
Vivek Ramani
Gina Russo
Emily Ryan
Megan Sharkey
Rahul Surana
Celestine Taylor
Mathew Torres
Anna Trajkoski
Jennifer Vitale
Patrick White
Christopher Wraback

Three additional students whose names are not available for publication also qualified to participate at the state competition.