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On Top of the World: Top Ten Internationally

On Top of the World: Top Ten Internationally

Congratulations to Ranjana Ramesh '23 and Navin Ramesh '24, who earned the highest honors at DECA’s Virtual International Career Development Conference.

Ranjana was named a 2nd place winner and recipient of the highly sought-after DECA Glass, and Navin achieved a top ten finish.

DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. 

Ranjana and Navin competed against thousands of students world-wide in their category: the Principles of Hospitality and Tourism.

Ranjana has been awarded a $500 prize from the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation. Navin will be receiving a $100 prize for placing in the top ten. 

Central Catholic's DECA Club is moderated by teachers Mr. Matthew Sansoucie '06 and Mr. Mark Svendsen.

See the article below on Ranjana and Navin's recent triumph, followed by details on the DECA Club's success at districts and states!

Congratulations to you both, Ranjana and Navin - you have made us proud!


Ranjana and Navin Ramesh Each Finish in the Top 10 at DECA’s ICDC International Competition; Ranjana Ramesh Finishes in Second Place

The International DECA Competition was held remotely this year for the first time ever.

Two students, Ranjana Ramesh '23 and Navin Ramesh '24, joined DECA for the first time as well, competing in the Principles of Hospitality and Tourism category.

Competition in this category consists of completing a 100-question test on the subject followed by case study role plays where they record themselves responding to a series of challenging interview questions based on their specific scenario.

They performed incredibly well at both the District and State Levels, swapping 1st and 2nd place finishes with Ranjana winning District’s and Navin taking State’s.

Going into internationals, they would be facing off against the Top 250-plus competitors from all around the globe in a battle to earn the coveted DECA Glass trophies.

After first round testing and role plays, both Ranjana and Navin accomplished something extraordinary by earning a spot as Top 20 finalists.

Moving on to the final round, they were required to do live Zoom interviews with judges on case studies and were given only ten minutes to prepare and ten minutes to interview with the judges. 

At the ICDC Award’s Show on May 6, they both waited anxiously for the results that they worked so hard for. 

After their category finally came up, DECA announced the Top 10 finalists in no particular order as Ranjana and Navin stressfully waited until the last two names appeared to find out they both earned a spot!

After that, it was just a short wait to hear the Top 3 finishers and hear Ranjana Ramesh’s name called as the 2nd place winner and recipient of the highly sought-after DECA Glass!!!

It was an astonishing accomplishment and well-deserved finish for two incredible competitors that worked extraordinarily hard throughout the year to continually finish at the top no matter the competition level.

We cannot wait to see what these two accomplish over the next three years!



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About the Virtual International Career Development Conference

Nearly 13,000 DECA members competed during the virtual conference, representing the best-of-the-best from association conferences that qualified them to attend this elite group of competitors. Most of DECA’s 59 competitive events each fielded approximately 175 competition entries, representing thousands of competitors at the local, regional and state/provincial levels. The DECA members above are part of 15% of competitors who earned an international medallion for their excellence on an exam or presentation or as an overall finalist. 

“These DECA members should be commended for earning the remarkable recognition as an international honoree,” said Frank Peterson, executive director of DECA Inc. “Their success in our competitive events program — especially in a virtual format — is just one indicator that they are striving to be college and career ready through their classroom learning.”

DECA members presented case study solutions and presentations through recorded videos, with approximately the top 20 competitors in each competitive event earning the opportunity to deliver a final presentation in a virtual meeting with a business professional live over Zoom®. 

DECA’s competitive events program is aligned to National Curriculum Standards in the career clusters of marketing, business management, finance, and hospitality and tourism. With categories such as the Integrated Marketing Campaign, Start-Up Business Plan, Business Law and Ethics Team Decision Making, Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling and Business Finance, the competitive events are designed to simulate real-life business scenarios and test students’ academic understanding and skills development. During this year’s virtual format, nearly 1,000 business professionals from across the world evaluated DECA members’ concepts, ideas and projects against industry-validated performance indicators.  
“As an integral component of classroom instruction, our industry-validated competitive events program helps ensure that DECA members learn the knowledge and skills that industry says are important to be successful in their future career,” said Christopher Young, chief program officer at DECA Inc. “Business professionals volunteer to evaluate DECA members against those standards in determining our international champions, thus reinforcing our DECA members’ career readiness.” 

This year’s #DECAICDC featured 17,000 members and advisors in attendance. In addition to career-based competition, DECA members engaged in a series of leadership sessions, watched an interview with keynote Marcus Lemonis from CNBC’s The Profit, and streamed video presentations provided by more than 50 internationally recognized businesses.


Success at States

Mikayla Almeida '22 and Colleene Kabaria '22 holding their trophies

Photo above: finalists Mikayla Almeida '22 and Colleene Kabaria '22

Congratulations to our Finalists!

1st Place: Community Awareness Project

  • Colleene Kabaria '22

1st Place: Principles of Hospitality & Tourism

  • Navin Ramesh '24

2nd Place: Principles of Hospitality & Tourism 

  • Ranjana Ramesh '23

3rd Place Business Solutions Project

  • Mikayla Almeida '22

They competed against the 70 top competitors from each district in the state and will now be competing at the International Career Development Conference in April!


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Success at Districts

Twenty Central Catholic students qualified for the State Competition based on their performance in the DECA District 3 Conference in January.

The CCHS DECA Club excelled, earning nine top three finishes and four first place finishes in their respective categories!

DECA is moderated by Mr. Matthew Sansoucie '06 and Mr. Mark Svendsen.

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Student with medal
Student holding medal

About DECA Massachusetts

Founded in 1949, DECA is an association of high school students and entrepreneurs with an interest in business in the fields of finance, marketing. business administration and hospitality management. Massachusetts DECA has chapters in over 90 high schools with over 7200 members.

Mission: DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

Massachusetts DECA’s Objective is to support the development of marketing and management skills in career areas such as hospitality, finance, sales and service, business administration and entrepreneurship.

About DECA Inc.

DECA is a career and technical student organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs who are interested in careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management. DECA enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, apply learning, connect to business and promote competition. DECA student members leverage their DECA experience to become academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leaders. DECA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with more than 150,000 members in 4,000 high school and college chapters in all 50 United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and Germany.

For more information about DECA, visit 

Congratulations to the students who participated in DECA this year, and thank you to Mr. Sansoucie and Mr. Svendsen for making it possible.

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Founded by the Marist Brothers in the heart of Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1935, Central Catholic High School enrolls 1,200 students from over 60 cities and towns and several countries. Students come from diverse backgrounds to form a caring community of faith, learning, and service. They advance to college in overwhelming numbers (nearly 100%) and move on to successful careers and positions of leadership in government, business, industry, academia, and professions.

Central Catholic High School is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

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