DECA 2017 group

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools across the globe.  Pre-requisite: one business course.

Club Advisor: Mr. Corey Guerra

What’s New?

posted 4/26/18

We have come to the end of another year of Weston DECA and this one was one of the best.  The students have recently finished at the International Career Development Conference in Atlanta.  20,000 students and advisors descended upon the city for 5 days of competitions and academies.

Weston took nine students (the most ever) and had 6 students competing in events.  Of those students we had the team of Alex Tager and Preston Wong make it to the finals in their category, Hospitality Team Decision Making Events.  This means that they finished in the top 20 out of over 200 teams!  Every year we have grown as a club and this year’s group has set the bar high for next year. Below are the students that attended the conference.

Alex Tager and Preston Wong                     Hospitality Team Decision Making

Cameron Brisky and Arianne Dhar          Buying and Merchandising Operation Research

David Huang                                                       Financial Consulting

Ella Davis                                                             Start Up Business Plan

Courtney Burrow                                             Aspire Leadership Academy

Dan Arbel and Sophia Hoaglund                 Thrive Leadership Academy

posted 3/11/18

Congrats to the members of Weston DECA who competed in the Massachusetts DECA 59th annual Career Development Conference this past weekend.  Weston took 27 students to the conference our most ever!  Overall they had the best finish ever for Weston DECA!  We had over 60% of the groups that competed place in the top 10 and of those groups, four of them (Cameron and Arianne, Arda, Ella, and Preston and Alex) qualified to compete in the International Competition in April!.  These students competed in their respective categories ranging from Financial Consulting to Business plans.  Below are their results
This is the 5th time in 7 years students have qualified for the International Competition.
Business Growth Plan
Sofia Scully-Power
6 place
Buying and Merchandising Operations
Cameron Brisky, Arianne Dhar
Buying and Merchandising Operations
David Dangond, Tyler Morris, Dhruv Sumathi
Community Service Project
Liz Habermeyer, Elaina Lorusso
Financial Consulting
Arda Cataltepe
Financial Consulting
David Huang
Financial Services Team Decision Making
Nikki Liu, Vavara Plotnichenko
Franchise Business Plan
Anthony Yang
Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling Event
Sophia Hoaglund
Hospitality Services Team Decision Making
Alex Tager, Preston Wong
Independent Business Plan
Courtney Burrow
Independent Business Plan
Kelcie Levin, Devon Parker, Whitney Sins
International Business Plan
Joy Mahoney
Marketing Management Team Decision Making
Ben Goldstone, Patrick Rhatigan
Principles of Business Management and Administration
Neil Malur
Principles of Marketing
JD Bartholomew
Professional Selling Event
Dan Arbel
Start-Up Business Plan
Ella Davis

posted 12/15/17

When you see them be sure to congratulate the following students on their DECA competition on December 13, 2017.


Ben Goldstone and Patrick Rhatigan             1st place       Management Team Event

Neil Malur                                                           1st place Principles of Business Management 

Ella Davis                                                             2nd place           Start up Business Plan

Nikki Liu and Vavara Plotnichenko                3rd place            Financial Team Event

JD Bartholomew                                                 6th Place         Principles of Marketing

Dhruv Sumathi and Tyler Morris                    6th  Place            Innovation Plan

Alex Tager and Preston Wong                         6th Place              Hospitality Services Team event

Daanish Qureshi and Edward Wu                   7th Place           Innovation plan

Tessa Lank, Jamie Trodden and Skylar Wolf 7th Place         Fashion Merchandising

David Dangond                                                   9th Place                 Innovation Plan

Juliet Casey and Stella Alphas                          10th Place             Innovation Plan

Daniel Lydon and Joseph Kydon                      10th Place             Travel and Tourism Team event    


There were over 600 students from 10 different schools at the competition and the students had been working for several months to prepare.  This is the first round of competition and because they finished in the top 4 of their event, Ben, Patrick, Neil, Ella, Nikki and Vavara have qualified for the State DECA competition in March.

Congrats to them all!


We are in full swing with our preparation for the first DECA competition.  We have 28 students attending the district competition on December 14, 2017.  If they finish in the top 4 of their events they will qualify for the State competition in March of 2018.  We have several students doing testing and role play categories and other doing written projects such as Fashion Merchandising campaigns, and Entrepreneurship projects.