Business Education Department Happenings



Our Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) members have also been making West Islip proud by their display of their knowledge and accomplishments in their business courses. The purpose of FBLA is to provide students with exposure to the business world and business topics through field trips, workshops, and guest speakers. While membership is open to all students, participation is highly recommended for those students who intend to pursue business majors in college. This year, our FBLA members participated in a 3-part Resume Workshop and 2-part Business Card Workshop during which students created documents that will assist them in their college application process as well as in obtaining part-time/summer positions. In January, at the LI Works Internship Fair held at the Huntington Hilton, FBLA members attended workshops, distributed resumes, and networked with Long Island businesses interested in hiring high school and college students. On February 5, 2009, Ms. Trish Portnoy, our FBLA advisor, Ms. Trish Morgigno, who chaperoned, and nine members of our FBLA chapter took part in the Spring District Competition at Ward Melville HS. Six students competed in various categories: Mike Tavella, College Accounting; Kelly D., Business Math; Gina I., Business Math; Robert C., Marketing; Ricky B., Marketing; and Ellen T., Job Interview; and three students won awards in their competitive areas: Steven C., 3rd Place in Business Law; David C., 3rd Place in Business Math; and Gary B, 2nd Place in Business Ownership and Marketing. In May, FBLA plans to attend the Hauppauge Industrial Association Tradeshow held at Suffolk Community College. Students will be introduced to companies with locations in Hauppauge and on Long Island, they will be able to sample products, and become aware of the many industries and opportunities that Long Island has to offer. Our very busy WIHS Chapter of FBLA is certainly a credit to our school.

On January 7, 2009, twenty-nine students from the West Islip High School Distributive Education Club of America (DECA) participated in the Suffolk County Regional Competition held at Suffolk Community College in Selden. Chapter Advisor Ms. Diana Saadat and chaperons Ms. Joann Hilbert and Ms. Christina Loggia accompanied the students. The competition involved over 1,600 students from high schools throughout Suffolk County. DECA members learn and develop important values such as civic consciousness, social intelligence, leadership development, and vocational understanding, which are instituted throughout the competition. Membership in DECA also helps students to meet the rigorous New York State learning standards, both in content and performance. Students competing in events included: Timmy B., Steve C., Robert C., Paul S., Liam B., Cameron E., Steven T., Bill H., Lauren J., Nora M., Kristen P., Jessica Z., Kelly V., and Christie R.. Two students from our group were awarded Honorable Mention in their competitive events: Mike T. for Accounting Applications and Heather R. for Public Speaking - Extemporaneous. Our thirteen Trophy Winners included: Natasha Y. for Business One-on-One; Kelly P. for Apparel & Accessories Marketing; Justin S. for Job Interview; Ellen T. for Sales Demonstration; Jackie K., Robby D.n, and Kevin K. for Free Enterprise; Aaqil A. for Advertising Layout; Jaimie D. for Public Speaking - Prepared; and Jack K. and Jessica F. for Marketing Vocabulary. Team Trophy Winners were Amanda K. and Lori I. for Travel and Tourism Marketing. During the month of February, you may have seen that this information was featured in an article in the 2/25/09 publication of the South Bay Magazine due to the wonderful accomplishments at this Suffolk County Regional Competition that day. In the meantime, Ms. Saadat has been working hard to prepare the eight students who have chosen to advance to the 50th Annual NYS DECA Career Conference at the Riverside Convention Center in Rochester, NY during the first week of March. Over 4,000 DECA members from high schools throughout New York State will gather to compete in events, enhance their business skills, meet new friends, and enjoy the camaraderie of the conference. We wish them much good luck in their upcoming competitions.

Mr. Shawn Wallace, advisor, ten of our Business Law students who comprise WIHSís Mock Trial Team, and Mr. Ray Baierlein, an Attorney Coach, have been busy throughout the month of February competing in the 26th annual NYS Mock Trial Tournament. This program is sponsored by the New York State Bar Associationís Committee on Law, Youth and Citizenship and the New York Bar Association. The mock trial program is a competition that has two purposes. The first is to teach high school students basic trial practice skills. Students learn how to conduct direct and cross-examinations, present opening and closing statements, think on their feet and understand the dynamics of a courtroom. Students also learn how to analyze legal issues and apply the law to the facts of a case. The second and most important purpose of this competition is to teach professionalism. Students learn ethics, civility, and how to be zealous but courteous advocates for their clients. Good sportsmanship and respect for all participants are central to this competition. In order to make this experience come alive for the students, the case presented is generally one to which high school students can easily relate; this yearís case is a defamation suit in which a student allegedly defamed his high school principal! The members of our 2009 team are: Ashley M., Alexandra B., Amanda P., Nathalia R., Steven C., Robert C., Michael T., and Joseph F.. Our students competed on Feb. 4th against those from St. John the Baptist, on Feb. 11th against Islip HSís team, on Feb. 25th against Hauppaugeís group, and against Central Islipís students on March 4th. Since our team won against both Hauppauge and CI (a LI powerhouse team), we have a real shot at making the semi-finals! The level of skill shown by West Islip students has been extraordinary, and is due to the dedication and hard work of the students, their teacher-coaches and attorney advisors. You have all represented West Islip very well; we are quite proud of your accomplishments and wish you all the best for continued success.