Chelmsford High School Students Earn Recognition at International DECA Conference

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.