King Philip Regional High School DECA Members Qualify for International Career Development Conference

King Philip DECA members at the State Career Development Conference March 9-11 in Boston. (Photo Courtesy of King Philip Regional School District)

WRENTHAM — Superintendent Paul Zinni, King Philip DECA Advisor James Dow and DECA Vice President of Marketing Brooke Noonan are pleased to share that numerous King Philip DECA members qualified for the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) at this year’s State Career Development Conference (SCDC).

A group of 99 King Philip DECA members attended SCDC March 9-11 in Boston. The DECA members joined over 3,000 students, advisors and business professionals at the conference and competed in over 50 categories of marketing, hospitality, finance and entrepreneurship.

King Philip DECA was recognized for having three State Design Contests winners, achieving Excel level for state campaigns, silver level for the Chapter of Excellence, Thrive level (highest honor) for DECA Inc. campaigns and School-based Enterprise (SBE) gold certification.

In addition to these accomplishments, 56 King Philip DECA members qualified for ICDC in Orlando, Florida this April. The chapter has 27 projects moving on to ICDC and eight additional projects were state finalists.

In total, King Philip DECA will send 57% of SCDC projects to ICDC, with the Massachusetts state average being 15% of members moving from SCDC to ICDC.

At ICDC, students will compete against over 200,000 DECA members from 50 states, four U.S. territories, Canada, Mexico, Germany, Korea and more.

“I’m incredibly proud of our students’ hard work and dedication,” Dow said. “Everyone did an exemplary job at State. Their efforts have paid off as we prepare to attend the International Career Development Conference in April.”

State champions and finalists are as follows:

State Champions: 

  • Junior Lindsey Field, Buying and Merchandising Operations Research
  • Junior Olivia Florindi, Buying and Merchandising Operations Research
  • Sophomores Caitlin O’Brien and Aarshe Murli, Hospitality and Tourism Operations Research
  • Freshmen Liam Nolan and Neel McGrath, Sports Entertainment Operations Research
  • Freshmen Ryan Brown and Chris Delvecchio, Sports Entertainment Operations Research
  • Juniors Marisa Hughes, Kate O’Neil and Caitlin Thompson, Community Giving
  • Juniors Stephen Quartarone and Ilyas McKenna, Career Development
  • Seniors Ava Lanza, Julia Lanza and Kayla Simas, Business Solutions
  • Sophomores Sarah Glaser and Allyson Pochay, Business Solutions
  • Juniors Tessa Sarkar, Emily Zappala and Ryan Keller, Sales Project
  • Seniors Phil Harmon and Liam Hickey, Financial Literacy
  • Junior Bridget Swezey, Innovation Plan
  • Junior Abby Hoyt, Start-Up Business
  • Sophomores Hallie Miller, Sydney Paquette and Sophia Collins Start Up Business
  • Trevor Clyde, Independent Business Plan
  • Sophomores Keira Evans and Lucy Weineck, Independent Business Plan
  • Seniors Caden Heslin and Ben Simmons, International Business Plan
  • Juniors Ashleigh Guenette and Ava Retiz, International Business Plan
  • Juniors Julia Devasto and Meghan Sullivan, Business Growth Plan
  • Juniors Zunairah Syeda and Ananya Boominathan, Franchise Business Plan
  • Junior Braedon Reilly, Integrated Marketing Campaign Event
  • Juniors Luke Reagan, Jake Van Hoesen and Brady Ricci, Integrated Marketing Campaign Event
  • Freshmen Colin Brady and Ryan Love, Integrated Marketing Campaign Event IMCE
  • Sophomores Charlie Morris, Henry LeClair and Addison Lewis, Integrated Marketing Campaign Event
  • Freshmen Eve Rose and Nora Garland, Integrated Marketing Campaign Event
  • Seniors Emerson Baker and Lainey Grant, School-Based Enterprise
  • Junior Trinjin Kaur, Business Services
  • Juniors Luke Anderson and Ryan Taylor, Independent Business Plan

State Finalists: 

  • Sophomore Madison Asperelli, Business Services Operations
  • Juniors Ian Knott and Anthony Fraone, Finance Operations Research
  • Sophomore Mellysa Botelho, Hospitality and Tourism Operations Research
  • Juniors Megan Eldred and Jack McCreedy, Career Development
  • Sophomores Neva Keighley and Ella Sheehan, Community Awareness
  • Freshmen Gavin Hickey and Owen Troutman, Franchise Business Plan
  • Senior Brooke Noonan, Integrated Marketing Campaign Service

At SCDC, junior Trinjan Kaur was reelected to Massachusetts DECA’s State Action Team 65 for the 2023-2024 school year and junior Luke Reagan received an award for earning a top test score in his category.

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 DECA experience to become academically prepared, community-oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leaders. DECA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with over 225,000 members in 4,000 high school and college chapters in all 50 United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and Germany.

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King Philip sent 99 DECA members to the State Career Development Conference. (Photo Courtesy of King Philip Regional School District)

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