WRENTHAM — Superintendent Paul Zinni and King Philip DECA Marketing Coordinator James Dow are pleased to report that the organization has qualified a large group of students for the State Career Development Conference (SCDC) to be held in March.
The DECA District competition was held virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. KP DECA students submitted manuals online and recorded presentations that were sent in to be judged for the Massachusetts District Career Development Conferences. A total of 84 students from King Philip DECA, which is part of District 2, competed at this first level of competition and 81 students qualified for the state conference.
More than 800 students from 13 local high schools participated virtually in the competition in over 50 categories related to business, marketing, hospitality, finance and entrepreneurship. Students who placed within the top five of their category qualified for SCDC.
Those who have moved on to the next level of competition were recognized during a virtual awards ceremony presentation on Jan. 27. The awards ceremony was shown live on Massachusetts DECA’s Facebook page and can still be viewed here.
Medals will be sent to all SCDC qualifiers.
The following is a list of the KP DECA qualifiers for SCDC, including their place awarded.
- Jaclyn Anderson, first
- Justin Yatshuashi, Cole Breen and Mitch Breen, first
- Courtney Keswick and Aly Wood, first
- Chris Sesay and James Leonard, first
- Declan Breen, Nico Calderone and Nico Canning, second
- Russell Kitsis, second
- Christian Dadasis and Peter Dadasis, second
- Jackson Fletcher, third
- Eva Potts, third
- Josh Raimer, first
- Samantha Quillen, first
- Anthony Zappala, Colin Wesley and Connor O’Neil, first
- Maya Evans and Sammie Taylor, first
- Sydney O’Shea, first
- Carson Meier, Jackson Hom and Jon Burke, first
- Rasya Bollu, second
- Sophia O’Connor-Colbert, Sarah Lehan-Allen and Makayla Hickey, second
- Nick Lufty, Grayden Lawrence and Joshua Saintilus, third
- Mitchell Pearson and Danny Dumais, third
- Emma Sheehan and Brooke Stagg, fourth
- Ben Simmons and Caden Heslin, fourth
- Alexa Hurt, fifth
- Samantha Asprelli and Isabella Fraone, first
- Ryan Boucher, Ajae Olsen and Tadhg Keller, first
- Finn Meroski, Luke Pfeiffer and John Pfeiffer, first
- Olivia Kulesza, second
- Haley Izydorczak and Laura Gelsomni, second
- Taryn Greenberg and Kira Iantosca, second
- Riley Abrams and Madeline Gielser, third
- Grace Clyde, fifth
- Audrey Leonard, first
- Brooke Noonan, first
- Lainey Grant and Amelia Lerner, second
- Collin Peck and Owen Kiss, second
- Amelia Penny, second
- Ahunna James, Shantal Onur and Dilara Onur, third
- Kayla Simas, Ava Lanza and Julia Lanza, third
- Jeff Borque, fourth
- Scott Marshall and Nick Putney, fourth
- Mikayla Murphy and Emily Barrows, fifth
- Danielle Gresham, fifth
- Liz Jacobsen, fifth
King Philip DECA also had one member compete in the Individual Series, Jared Curran, who placed first. King Philip DECA’s School Based Enterprise team of Emma Naggar and Abby Nixon also won first place.
KP DECA district totals included 17 first-place awards, 12 second-place awards, seven third-place awards, four fourth-place awards and five fifth-place awards.
“We are all incredibly proud of the hard work and dedication that KP DECA students displayed this year, and we wish those advancing to the state competition the best of luck in March,” Superintendent Zinni said.