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Taking Care of Business at DECA States

Taking Care of Business at DECA States

We are excited to celebrate the achievements of our students who competed this week in the DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) State Competition

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

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

Photo above: finalists Ranjana Ramesh '23 & Navin Ramesh '24

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!


Two students jumping with medals

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.

Student by lockers
Two students holding medals
Student with medal
Student holding medal

About DECA

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.

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

Central Catholic High School
A College Preparatory High School of Excellence in the Marist Tradition

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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Mission: Central Catholic High School makes Jesus known and loved.
We educate the whole person for college and for life, with particular care for the least favored and those in need.