Essex Tech Students Find Success at DECA State Conference

Tuesday March 29, 2022

HATHORNE – Superintendent Heidi Riccio announces the success of Essex Tech DECA at the State Career Development Conference held in Boston recently.

DECA, a nonprofit business and marketing student organization, works with high schools and colleges to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management.

More than 4,000 students from across the state participated in about 60 competitions. Two Essex Tech students finished among the top five in their disciplines, earning a spot at the International Career Development Conference on April 23-26 in Atlanta, Georgia:

• Shaylla Fazolo, a sophomore from Peabody, Professional Selling Event

• Gabrielle Guimaraes, a senior from Haverhill, Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling Event

Five other Essex Tech students earned recognition for finishing in the top 12 in their discipline:

• Ella Anderson, a junior from Gloucester, and Sophia and Alexia Luchini, juniors from Salem, Start Up Business Plan

• Jessica Donald, a senior from Methuen, Principles of Hospitality and Tourism

• Divanni Fernandez, a junior from Salem, Professional Selling Event

“We have watched as our students have learned and grown, both individually and as a team,” DECA Advisor Joseph Giordano said. “DECA has led them to be stronger in creativity, problem-solving, and self-direction and motivation, all critical skills they will use wherever life takes them.”

“Congratulations to Shaylla and Gabrielle. It is an honor to have two students to qualify for the International Conference,” Superintendent Riccio said. “The competition was fierce, but each of our students performed well and learned many valuable lessons.”

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