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January 23, 2017

Witnessing History With Our Own Eyes Thanks to the #DECAATTProject

By Nikos Papinkolau, Class of 2017

Continuing the momentum from the 2016 Democratic National Convention watch party, the AT&T Aspire Mentoring Academy hosted a watch party on January 20, 2017, in honor of the presidential inauguration.

The event was held at the AT&T Corporate Office location in King of Prussia, Penn., and students from both George Washington High School and Kensington High School attended.

We all felt very fortunate to inagurationbe able to witness the peaceful transition of power as Mr. Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America, and hear his inaugural address as it happened live.

You would think watching an inauguration on TV would be a boring and exhausting experience, but that is not how any AT&T Aspire event is run, and this watch party was nothing short of fun and entertaining!

As soon as we settled down, we caught up with familiar #DECAATTProject mentors and met with some new ones too. We played a 20-questions game with our mentors and got to understand how they became involved with the Aspire program, as well as how their careers developed. I enjoyed hearing how some of our mentors perform their jobs and how their original career plans were carried out or altered.

March 12, 2013

DECA members win again!

2012-2013 DECA state pic

Our DECA chapter had great success again at the recent state competition in Hershey.  Advisors Mrs.  Kirby and Mrs. Seitchik took 50 students to the competition, and they came home with 64 medals for high scores on written tests and role plays in our division!  Some students received multiple medals!   Our District Representative, Preston Johns, also came home with a trophy for Job Interview.  Ben Moshnyager missed a trophy by 3 points out of a total of 300 possible points so he was very disappointed.  We are proud of all students who participated in the state competition.  Congratulations to our 2013 GWHS state winners.

January 15, 2013

DECA and FBLA students to host Career Fair

2013 CTE fair flyer

February 28, 2012

DECA success again!

OUR DECA TEAM had great success at the State Conference in Hershey last week.  We entered 40 students into various events and they competed with 1600 students from across the state.  We came home displaying more than 20 medals, 2 trophies and a team of 3 seniors who qualified for the National Conference in Salt Lake City!  

Please join us in congratulating our trophy winners:
Michael Walsh, Michael Tuller and Mehul Patel – 2nd place in the Sports & Entertainment Operations Research Event.  This team event, which was completed as their graduation project, consisted of a 30 page research paper and a presentation made to judges.   

Jonathan Santos – 5th place in the Male Modeling Event.  Jonathan modeled a business suit and a prom tuxedo and impressed the judges and the young ladies in the audience!

Marissa Williams deserves special praise.  As a first year Accounting student, she faced a difficult challenge as she competed in the Accounting Applications Event against many students from other schools who are in Accounting 2 or 3.  The first place winner scored 83 on the 100-question written test, the 2nd place winner scored 71, and our Marissa scored 70! 

The following students won medals based on a high score on a 100-question test and/or a high score on one or two role plays performed in front of judges for their individual or team events:

Devin Alford, Arcardio Rodriguez, Githin Joy, Mousa Eiyadeh, Jeremy Estes, Eric Smith, John Murray, Ben Moshnyager, AJ Sahlanis, Rochell Henry, Marissa Williams, Mathews Jacob, Michael Honick, Jeneel Patel, Geoffrey Smith, Tom Coulson, Parth Patel, Anand Mandlia, Preston Johns, Sandybel Cedeno and Tapan Patel.

Nationals in Salt Lake City, Utah, here we come!

December 20, 2011

Washington sweeps DECA competition

On December 9th, Mrs. Kirby and Mrs. Seitchik entered 60 students in the regional DECA competition with more than 150 other students from the District.   Incredibly, all but 3 of our students came home with trophies having placed in one of 23 different events!  See the list of winners

2011 GWHS regional winners

For the 3rd year in a row, one of our students was elected as the District Representative to the state DECA Board.  With 11 different schools each having only one vote in the election, this, too, was a phenomenal achievement.  

Senior Eric Smith, who held the District’s state representative position for the past 2 years, gave his farewell speech as the regional competition began.  It was clear how much he has grown due to his membership in DECA – he gave the speech of a true leader!  By the end of the competition, we welcomed Junior Preston Johns to this position and look forward to his leadership!

Our next competition is the state level event which will be held in Hershey in February.  Hershey, here we come!

December 3, 2011

DECA students heading to competition

On December 9th, 71 members of George Washington’s DECA club will be participating in PA DECA District 10’s regional competition at our School District Administrative Building where several hundred students are expected. 

Our students will be taking a rigorous 100-question written test on subjects such as finance, business administration, marketing, accounting and entrepreneurship, and they will perform a role-play in front of judges as part of their competition.   High scores on the tests and role-plays will determine the winners of more than 20 competitive events.  Students who place 1st, 2nd and 3rd in their events will earn the opportunity to compete at the state level in Hershey in February.  Check back here soon for a list of winners.  We are sure many of our students will be heading to Hershey!

DECA is a student organization which  prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.  For more information on DECA, see  While there, check out the picture of GWHS senior Eric Smith who has been our District’s state representative for the past 3 years.   Further information is available at the national site for DECA.

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October 25, 2011

DECA trip to De Vry University


By Sandybel Cedeno, Class of 2013

The trip to De Vry University was a great experience for us DECA members where we practiced some roles on what we will be doing for the upcoming regional competitions.  We had some wonderful workshops where we learned more about professionalism and what to wear and what not to wear at an interview and even at the work place. We were able to speak to other students in DECA and socialize.

For the DECA role plays, we basically get a topic that we will be working on and need to know about. When we got to De Vry, they separated everyone based on their chosen role play topics and we had a certain amount of time to read the problem given to you. We then had to prepare a plan and get ready to present in front of our judge. Some of us worked alone and others had a partner. It’s an overall wonderful experience when you have to layout ideas and market plans.  We learned a lot to prepare us for the real competitions.

The trip was wonderful because at the end everyone got a tour around the De Vry campus and we learned about certain classes and saw their computer labs. The people giving the tours knew answers to everything which was convenient; no one had to go around asking a lot of different people questions. The campus was great and I think it is perfect for a person who likes to be around a small environment and small classes.

I can’t wait for our regional competitions!

April 15, 2011

District’s PA DECA Representative heading to International Conference

OUR DISTRICT’S STATE DECA REPRESENTATIVE, ERIC SMITH, who is a junior at GWHS, is registered to attend the International DECA Conference in Orlando in May.  His costs to participate in this event far exceed his ability to pay and the funds available to assist him.  Please consider making a contribution to help him attend this conference which is designed to increase leadership skills while providing career-advancement opportunities that he will then share with DECA members across our District.  See Mrs. Kirby or stop by room 13 to make a donation.  Thank you so much.

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March 28, 2011

DECA students take trip to Hershey

By Preston Johns and Sandybel Cedeno

Mrs. Kirby and George Washington’s DECA students enjoyed a wonderful learning experience that will live with us for the rest of our lives.
We went to Hershey, PA to compete for  spots in the DECA international conference recently and we got to meet other students from all over the state.  We also attended workshops that gave us knowledge of what to expect when thinking about the different fields in  business.  This was a trip that we will never forget!  It wasn’t  just work – we had a lot of fun from shopping to the late night dances the program offered.   It  lived up to our  expectations and exceeded them,  that’s how fun it was.  DECA is a great program.  If you dream of having anything to do with business in your future, you should consider joining our DECA chapter.  You won’t regret it.

Our District representative, Eric Smith, will be attending the international conference in Orlando at the end of April.  Watch for more news about his trip.

March 7, 2011

DECA Conference was a great success!

By Mrs. Sheryl Kirby

As advisor to our DECA chapter, I am proud to announce the results of our participation in various events at the recent PA DECA conference in Hershey, PA.  Not only were all of our students dressed impeccably and on their best behavior for 3 days, but 13 of 18 students came home winners.  Please join me in congratulating the following students:

Lawrence Worcester and Argyris Sahlonis – trophy for School Store Team qualified for Nationals
Steven Lorenzo – medal for high score in role play in Automotive Services Marketing
Geoff Smith and Michael Honick – medals for high score in written test and role play for Travel & Tourism Team
Sandybel Cedeno and Rochell Henry – medal for high score in role play for Hospitality Services Team
Preston Johns – medal for high score in role play for Principles of Business Administration
Marvin Lane – medal for high score in role play for Principles of Business Administration
Donald Hellmuth and Michael Walsh – medal for high score in role play for Financial Decision Making Team
Eric Smith and Michael Tuller – medal for high score in role play for Marketing Communication Team

Congratulations, also, to Eric Smith who is our District Representative on the State Leadership Team. He looked fabulous in his tuxedo and DECA blazer and did a great job while he served as one of 13 hosts to the 1500 students who competed in this event!

You can see photos from our trip in the gallery on the right side of this site and watch for another article to be posted soon written by attendees with highlights of the trip.