WRENTHAM — King Philip Regional High School’s standout DECA program has elevated itself once again in international competition.
Coming off highly successful district and state competition, King Philip’s business and marketing chapter sent several students to the recent annual International Career Development Conference in Orlando, Fla.
The KP students receiving recognition are:
Ryan Hastings was a Top 16 International Finalist in the Creative Marketing Campaign category.
Top 10 International Finalists included Hannah Mahoney and Emily Melanson for a Learn and Earn Project; Zach Ball, Kyle Hurley and Ramez Saad for an Independent Business Plan; and Kat Caravaggio for a Start-up Business Plan.
Taking first place and receiving the “DECA Glass” award were Dylan Powers and Tony Bozza for Integrated Marketing Service, and Dan Sammarco and Ryan Wood for Integrated Marketing Event.
Around 21,000 students competed at the event for awards and scholarships as emerging leaders and entrepreneurs, according to Emma Daly, vice president of marketing for KP DECA.
During the school year, approximately 121,000 of DECA’s 226,000 student members take part in the organization’s competitive events program, competing for local and regional titles. The competitions are designed to stimulate real-life business scenarios and test students’ academic understanding and skills development.
The top winners put their talents to the test during the program’s final round of competition in Orlando, Daly added.
At the international event, over $500,000 in scholarships and awards were presented to students and teachers for their achievements. KP’s DECA program for the last several years has been overseen by James Dow.
Besides the competition, DECA members engaged in leadership programs and networking opportunities with over 60 internationally recognized businesses.
This year also marked the largest international event, with a record 22,100 DECA members and advisors in attendance.
DECA prepares students for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.