Suffern senior Anthony Vecchione wants to join the business world in the future.
This week’s Journal News Rockland Scholar-Athlete of the Week has served as captain of the swim team and has been a strong math and science student. Vecchione believes those factors will help him succeed in the business world.
“I think I have the patience, the leadership skills, being able to work well with others,” Vecchione said. “Getting along well with other people is something I do very well. I know they like to see these things when they look at people.
“You have to be a go-getter because nothing is going to work out for you. They need to see someone that knows what they’re doing and they can learn from.”
As a member of DECA, the business club at Suffern that gives back to the community, he has learned many skills to help him in the future. He learned some of those during the club’s regional competitions.
“Person-to-person interaction,” Vecchione said. “Interview skills are very important as well. Those are the main things I’ve taken away from DECA. Especially the role-playing situations. You need to be well-rounded and personable. Otherwise people won’t hire you.”
He was a member of the West Point Leadership Conference, which also helped his interactions.
Next school year, Vecchione will attend the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University. Down the line, he envisions himself as an accountant.
“I have a lot of patience with computers and numbers,” Vecchione said. “I could see myself doing something in sports marketing or a sports agent. I do like other sports, and I do like college sports. The security of accounting seems good.”
At last week’s Section 1 championships, Vecchione finished sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke and seventh in the 200 freestyle to help the Mounties to a fifth-place showing in the team standings. At the Rockland County meet in late January, he placed second in the 200 free and fourth in the 100 free, helping the team to a second-place finish.