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Bishop Tonnos students DECA the halls with business smarts and good intentions

Giving is just good business.

It’s a principle that was put into practice by DECA students at Bishop Tonnos Catholic Secondary School this December through their signature “Miracle Minute” fundraiser for Hamilton Mission Services. At a Funny Money Assembly, members of the BT DECA Chapter circulated the gym with Santa hats and Christmas stockings to collect loose change in a one-minute time period. The activity raised $100 for the mission and $25 for the school’s Adopt-a-Family Christmas Campaign.

“As we DECA the halls at BT, we ponder the true meaning of the season to give – giving to those in need, giving our time to help each other succeed, and to give our time and efforts to continuous learning,” said teacher-advisor Gelsie Riverso-Casella.

DECA is an international not-for-profit student organization that offers extra-curricular programs for emerging business leaders and entrepreneurs. DECA creates professional partnerships and experiential learning opportunities that allow students to develop confidence and necessary skills needed for employment and leadership, and ultimately for ‘the real world’ of work.

The BT DECA Chapter, which this year registered with DECA Ontario, competed in the Regional Competition on November 24 at Iroquois Ridge High School in Oakville. Grade 12 students Aidyn Bhatia and Yingying Huang placed in the top ten in their respective categories of Sports and Entertainment Marketing and Personal Finance Literacy. Also achieving top 10 standing was Grade 11 student Ryan Spadafora who competed in the area of Entrepreneurship. Other students who qualified for the provincial competition in February 2018 include the team of Benjamin McManus and Alex Palios for the Sports and Entertainment Team Decision Making Event. These students, along with other students who will participate in written events, will be working hard during the Christmas break to study for their DECA exams and complete written submissions for their respective event categories.

This month was also a busy month for DECA student Erica Carnicelli, who has taken the lead in this year’s Chapter team event called the Financial Literacy Promotion Plan. With the help of Chapter members, Erica has started BT’s First Finance Club consisting mostly of senior students. In addition to visiting Grade 9 and 10 classes for brief Financial Literacy presentations, the Finance Club also planned and executed a school-wide assembly on financial literacy on December 14. Co-run by Erica Carnicelli, Club President and Daniel Mun, President of BT’s DECA Chapter, the “Funny Money” assembly was designed to raise awareness about the importance of financial literacy. Headlining at the assembly was comedian and finance expert, Steve Levine, who talked to the students about budgeting, spending and investing.

Congratulating her DECA students on their many achievements, Riverso-Casella noted, “It has been a busy season of DECA related events!”





Students from BT's DECA Chapter celebrate Christmas, the time of giving.
Students from BT's DECA Chapter celebrate Christmas, the time of giving.

President of Finance Club, Erica Carnicelli and President of DECA Chapter, Daniel Mun, lead the Funny Money presentation.
President of Finance Club, Erica Carnicelli and President of DECA Chapter, Daniel Mun, lead the Funny Money presentation.

Grade 9 students Jomel Rodil and Lucia Lee competed in the Buying and Merchandising Team Decision Event.
Grade 9 students Jomel Rodil and Lucia Lee competed in the Buying and Merchandising Team Decision Event.

Grade 9 student Katarina Mathew competed in the Principles of Marketing Competitive Event.
Grade 9 student Katarina Mathew competed in the Principles of Marketing Competitive Event.

Grade 12 student Yingying Huang placed in the top ten in the Personal Financial Literacy Competitive Event.
Grade 12 student Yingying Huang placed in the top ten in the Personal Financial Literacy Competitive Event.

Grade 12 student Aidyn Bhatia placed in the top ten in the Sports and Entertainment Marketing Competitive Event.
Grade 12 student Aidyn Bhatia placed in the top ten in the Sports and Entertainment Marketing Competitive Event.

Grade 11 student Ryan Spadafora achieve in the top 10 standings in the Entrepreneurship Competitive Event.
Grade 11 student Ryan Spadafora achieve in the top 10 standings in the Entrepreneurship Competitive Event.

Comedian and speaker of the Funny Money presentation, Steve Levin, receiving a thank you and a gift from Daniel Mun (President of DECA) and Erica Carnicelli (President of Finance Club) at the end of the Funny Money financial literacy assembly.
Comedian and speaker of the Funny Money presentation, Steve Levin, receiving a thank you and a gift from Daniel Mun (President of DECA) and Erica Carnicelli (President of Finance Club) at the end of the Funny Money financial literacy assembly.

BT’s DECA Executive Team, from left to right:  Yingying Huang (Chapter Development Officer – focused on Virtual Business Challenges); Erica Carnicelli (Chapter Development Officer – focused on Presentations); Joseph Commisso (Public Relations Officer); Daniel Mun (President); Karla Pinzon Corral (Vice President); and Charlotte Thomsen (Secretary).
BT’s DECA Executive Team, from left to right: Yingying Huang (Chapter Development Officer – focused on Virtual Business Challenges); Erica Carnicelli (Chapter Development Officer – focused on Presentations); Joseph Commisso (Public Relations Officer); Daniel Mun (President); Karla Pinzon Corral (Vice President); and Charlotte Thomsen (Secretary).

BT students who participated in the Regional Competition
BT students who participated in the Regional Competition