Business Education at Chelmsford High School

  • Marilyn Sweeney Dr. Marilyn Sweeney, Business Department Coordinator

    200 Richardson Road

    No. Chelmsford, MA 01863  
    P: 978-251-5111


  • CHS Business Department teachers Andy Shupe and Rob Russo offered students the opportunity to choose a career and then using the monthly salary choose from a multitude of basic and discretionary expenses. The student goal was to recognize the magnitude of expenses such as housing, food, transportation, student loans, savings, cell phone and cable/internet bills.  By choosing from basic, medium and premium level of services, students calculated cost of living then determined what discretionary items they could access such as travel, owning a pet etc. Students found the exercise an eye-opening introduction to living expenses when entering their career.

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  • Chelmsford High School Students Earn Recognition
    at International DECA Conference

    20,000 students compete for international awards and scholarships as emerging leaders and entrepreneurs.

    Anaheim, CA – Chelmsford High School DECA chapter members earned the organization’s highest honors at DECA’s annual International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, CA., April 25-29, 2017.  

    Senior Jill MacKillop was recognized on stage at the Grand Awards Session with a Top 10 finish out of a field of 180 competitors in the Food Marketing Series Event.   Earlier in the day, MacKillop earned two 1st place medallions in her flight, one for the comprehensive written exam and one for her first role play event.  This performance qualified her for the International Finals later that day consisting of an additional role play scenario.  This was her third trip to the International Conference and her 2nd time as an International Finalist.  

    Also competing for Chelmsford were Sr. Jack O’Neill in the Restaurant & Food Service Management Series Event and Jr. Brian Tong in the Principles of Finance Event. Both earned DECA’s International Certificate of Excellence for their consistent performance   Jr. Sarah Calnan and Jr. Tommy Snelson were selected to attend the Elevate Leadership Academy at the Conference where they heard from professional speakers on leadership and learned about team building activities, fundraising methods, and DECA chapter management.  Jr. Alyssa Regan was among 20 students chosen from Massachusetts to work on the campaign staff of Jaron May, a King Philip Regional High School Senior that became the first student from Massachusetts win the office of DECA Executive President.  

    The Chelmsford students were accompanied by DECA advisors Andy Shupe and Tom Sousa, both Business Education teachers at the school.   This year’s #DECAICDC featured a record-breaking 20,000 members and advisors in attendance, DECA’s largest conference to date. In addition to the career-based competition, DECA members engaged in leadership academies and networking opportunities with over 60 internationally recognized businesses.

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     Chelmsford Students Attend Mass School Bank Association 2017 Conference

    On Friday, Apri 7, CHS Business Education students competed at the Massachusetts School Banking Association Competition at the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston.

    The team of Tanvi Rane, Jack O'Neill, Tommy Snelson, and Sarah Calnan took 1st Place in the Marketing Competition.

    The team of Dhruv Shah, Austin Chadwick, Sabrina Baron, and David Krieger were 5th in the Banking Bowl.

    CHS Senior Dhruv Shah was also the recipient of a Massachusetts School Banking Association Scholarship.

    The group was accompanied by CHS Business teacher Tom Sousa and Cristina Underhill from The CHS branch of Workers Credit Union.  Congratulations to all on a wonderful achievement!




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    DECA Regional Competition January 2017


    DECA Group Photo

    On January 11th, 50 students represented Chelmsford High School at the Massachusetts DECA District V Conference held at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Over 800 students represented 8 local schools at the largest and most competitive District Competition to date.  DECA is the nation’s oldest organization dedicated to preparing emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for college and careers.  Students were evaluated based upon their performance on written exams, situation based role plays with local business people serving as judges, and presentations of previously prepared written projects.  22 students have advanced to represent Chelmsford High School at the Massachusetts DECA State Career Development Conference in Boston March 9-11. 

    Snelson Tong

    1st Place

    Brian Tong-  Principles of Finance  

    2nd Place -

    Jill MacKillop-  Food Marketing  

    3rd Place

    Sebastien Ware- Automotive Services Marketing -

    Dhruv Shah - Business Services Marketing

    Nate Ware - Quick Serve Restaurant Management.  

    Michael Perez/Max Winters - Sports & Entertainment Marketing Team

    4th Place -

    Jack O’Neill -Restaurant & Food Service Marketing

    Cassandra West -  Food Marketing  

    Diti Patel/Julia D’Agostino/ Kate Gilet -  Sports & Entertainment Marketing Promotion Plan

    5th Place

    Ayush Chaudharyy/Damien Gould -  Entrepreneurship Innovation Plan  

    Tommy Snelson - Personal Financial Literacy

    6th Place

    Robbie Farrell -  Quick Serve Restaurant Management.  

    Katie Conley - Apparel & Accessories Marketing

    7th Place

    Tanvi Rane- Human Resource Management  

    Direct Advancement to State Competition

    Tim Scaplen - Financial Consulting

    Jacob Davis/AndrewDolan/Tyler Quinney - Business Services Operations Research

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  • Fashion and Retail Course Field Trip to Learn Marketing Techniques

    The CHS Fashion and Retail classes went to see Retail Merchandising in action at the Burlington Mall. Store ambiance, window displays, trend areas, and kiosks were all analyzed and evaluated based on core marketing concepts and consumer behavior. CHS Fashion course students learned about effective marketing techniques by retail businesses.


    Primark Field Trip

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  • National Business Honor Society Induction  2016-2017 School Year

    The National Business Honor Society Induction took place in November inducting 17 very committed business students who have completed at least 15 credits in business classes and maintained at 3.5 GPA in the Business courses as well as a 3.0 GPA overall. Congratulations to all who qualified. 


    NBHS induction

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  • Ten CHS Students Compete at Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

    CHS Business students participated in the 2016  MSBA (Mass School Bank Association)  competition which took place in the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. They were organized by Tom Sousa, CHS Business Teacher and Christine Underhill of Workers Credit Union. Five students in our Marketing group competing who placed Fourth and five students who participated in the Banking Bowl placing 9th of 30 banking bowl groups participating.

    Picture of Ten CHS Students Compete at Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

    All competing students are from left to right:  Stephanie Brogdan, Dhruv Shah, Madison Ruhmann, Jill MacKillop, Vandana Anand, Ally Rega, Natasha Santhanakrishnan, Will Higson, Jack O’Neill and Steve Quigley.


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