The Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association (PFMA) chose Sadie Fedor, a Bethel Park High School senior, as the recipient of a $1,000 DECA Scholarship. PFMA sponsors a DECA scholarship each year.
Fedor credits her experience in DECA for influencing her decision to pursue a degree in business. She has been accepted to the Farmer School of Business at Miami University of Ohio where she plans to study marketing.
“Sadie is an exceptional student. Her dedication to DECA has positively impacted the organization and prepared her for success as she continues her education,” said Alex Baloga, president and CEO of PFMA. “We are thrilled to award this scholarship to Sadie in recognition of her hard work.”
Fedor joined DECA as a sophomore and quickly rose to leadership roles. As a junior, she became an officer in her local DECA chapter, getting more involved in the organization’s community service opportunities. She competed and placed in several district events and completed a research project for Pittsburgh-based PGH Apparel to help them determine how to recover from the impact of COVID-19.
As a senior, Fedor served as co-president of her DECA chapter. She organized several fundraisers to provide money for students attending future conferences. Her efforts raised nearly $5,000. In this year’s district conference, she earned first place in the Retail Merchandising Role Play category.
“Through DECA, I have learned how to truly be a leader and gained self-confidence,” Fedor wrote in her scholarship statement. “DECA has driven me to work harder outside of school and improve myself through sparking my interest in the world of business.”
In addition to DECA, Fedor is in the National Honor Society and French National Honors Society. She serves on the Principal’s Advisory Council, Student Government, Homecoming Committee and is vice president of French Club. She is involved in Drill Team, chorus, the musical, Teen Leadership Corps and Ways and Means.
Fedor works as a lead brand rep for Hollister Co., kitchen help at Al’s Cafe and as a customer service associate at John the Greek Food Concessions.