King Philip DECA Members Earn Recognition at DECA’s International Career Development Conference

Superintendent Paul Zinni and King Philip DECA Marketing Coordinator James Dow are pleased to announce that KP DECA members earned the organization’s highest honors at DECA’s annual International Career Development Conference last week.

DECA’s annual International Career Development Conference (ICDC) was held in Orlando, Florida on April 22-25. Students that received recognition at the international level are as follows:

  • Abby Hoyt received first place (Glass Trophy) in Start Up Business Plan
  • Phil Harmon and Liam Hickey received second place (Glass Trophy) in Financial Literacy Project
  • Luke Anderson and Ryan Taylor received third place (Glass Trophy) in Independent Business Plan
  • Luke Reagan, Jake Van Hosen and Brady Ricci received fourth place (ICDC Champions) in Integrated Marketing Campaign Event
  • Ryan Brown and Chris Delvecchio received fourth place (ICDC Champions) in Sports and Entertainment Operations Research
  • Julia Devasto and Meghan Sullivan were named International DECA Finalists in Business Growth Plan
  • Isabelle Taylor was named an International DECA Finalist in Business Growth Plan
  • Kate O’Neil, Marisa Hughes and Caitlin Thompson were named International DECA Finalists in Community Giving project
  • Stephen Quartarone and Ilyas McKenna were named International DECA Finalists in Career Development project

Trinjan Kaur was also elected as the North Atlantic Region Vice President of DECA Inc.’s Executive Office.

“On behalf of the district, I would like to congratulate our KP DECA members who participated and excelled at DECA’s International Career Development Conference,” Superintendent Zinni said. “Our KP DECA chapter has continuously shined at each competition it attends, and that accomplishment is directly attributed to the hard work and dedication of our chapter members and their advisor.”

During the school year, approximately 100,000 of DECA’s 224,000 high school student members take part in the organization’s competitive events program, allowing them to compete for local, regional and association titles. The competitions are designed to simulate real-life business scenarios and test students’ academic understanding and skills development.

The top association winners then put their talents to the test during the program’s final round of competition in Orlando. The DECA International Career Development Conference was the pinnacle of competition where over 22,000 students vied for international honors. Over $200,000 in scholarships and awards were presented to students and teachers for their achievements.

This year’s DECA ICDC featured over 22,000 members and advisors in attendance. In addition to career-based competitions, DECA members engaged in leadership academies and networking opportunities with over 80 internationally recognized businesses and universities.

KP DECA had the most students qualify for this conference throughout the state and had the most students receiving international honors on stage in Orlando in MASS-DECA.

“We would like to thank everyone who has helped us achieve these amazing honors throughout the year, including our Principal Dr. Mobley who traveled with us to this conference,” Dow said. “Our chapter appreciates Dr. Mobley’s time and dedication during this conference!”

About DECA Inc.
DECA is a career and technical student organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs who are interested in careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. DECA enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, apply learning, connect to business and promote competition. DECA student members leverage their experience to become academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leaders. DECA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with over 240,000 members in 3,600 high school and college chapters in nearly all 50 United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam and Germany.

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