WEST NEWBURY — Superintendent Justin Bartholomew is pleased to share Pentucket Regional High School DECA ‘s recent success at the State Career Development Conference.
DECA, a nonprofit business and marketing student organization, works with high schools and colleges to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.
This year’s conference was held over two weeks during which 15 Pentucket students competed remotely. Competitions test students on their knowledge and expertise in business, marketing and entrepreneurial subjects.
Junior Hannah Linehan of Merrimac placed second among 11 competitors in the Financial Consulting event and qualified for the International Career Development Conference (ICDC).
Junior Ava Spencer of Groveland placed seventh in the Professional Selling event among 26 competitors.
Pentucket’s Quiz Bowl team – Juniors Henry Endyke and Ryan Plinski, both of West Newbury, and freshman Michael Inger of Groveland – won their first-round match in quadruple overtime but lost in the second round by just two points.
“I’m proud of how well our students did this year, under especially trying conditions,” Superintendent Bartholomew said. “Every one of our students will take away valuable skills that will help them be successful in their life path.”
“The competition was fierce, but every student represented Pentucket well and gave their best effort,” said Advisor Madison Estes, who founded the school’s DECA chapter in the 2018-2019 school year. “We had two junior students place in the top 10, which is an incredible honor. We can’t wait to see what next year brings.”
Students prepared for the competition after school through activities to hone their business, leadership and entrepreneurial knowledge. This year’s competition asked students to complete a 60-minute cluster exam at home and record a role play or presentation to be judged.
Estes wishes to thank the Pentucket community for its support of the DECA chapter and invites those interested in learning more about DECA to contact her at [email protected].