Scoring Mistake At ICDC Prevents Two Spotswood DECA Members From Participating In April's Final Round

Michaela Robinson (left) and Megan Clarke were recognized for earning a final round spot at April's ICDC. A scoring error prevented the pair from presenting their marketing manual in the final round. Credits: Kelly Meagher

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Spotswood DECA sent 31 members to the International Career Development Conference in Atlanta in April after a stellar performance at the state level in March. Thirty-three Spotswood DECA members qualified for the spring trip to Georgia, which brings together deserving DECA members from around the globe.

DECA is a co-curricular program that prepares students for college as well as professional careers by combining classroom instruction with real-life interactions involving the community and area businesses as well as competitive events. Twenty-three students qualified to move on to the international stage after their manual presentations in various business-related areas placed in the top 10. An additional 10 members of SHS DECA headed to Atlanta to take part in the conference’s Leadership Academy.

Spotswood High School has only had two students finalize their manuals at the international level in the history of Spotswood DECA. A scoring error at the April 21 through April 24 conference prevented Megan Clarke and Michaela Robinson from presenting their Creative Marketing manual in the final round and receiving the honor of placing in the top 10 at the international level.

Sign Up for E-News

The error was rectified at last week's Senior Awards at the high school when New Jersey DECA advisor Jeff Victor presented Clarke and Robinson with their medals.

"This honor should have been received at ICDC," said Spotswood High School Business, Vocational and Technical teacher, Kelly Meagher. "However, there was a mistake in the scoring system which was addressed that evening as well. Both girls will receive a full reimbursement of their expenses for ICDC, including airfare, lodging and registration because of this mistake."

Clarke and Robinson placed fifth with their Creative Marketing manual at the State Career Development Conference in Atlantic City in March. The finish earned the pair a spot at the international conference in Atlanta in April.

"To put it into perspective of what an honor this is," Meagher continued. "Only eight percent of all registered DECA members were chosen to compete in Atlanta. Only a tenth of one percent earn finalist recognition. Spotswood High School and Spotswood DECA could not be more proud!"


TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


North Brunswick Man Charged with Supplying Fentanyl that Led to Fatal Overdose

June 16, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK - A Trenton man has been charged with providing the drugs that resulted in the fatal overdose of a Middlesex County man.

Eric Laster, 21, was arrested Thursday and charged with a single count of “strict lability for drug induced death,” Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey in a statement he released jointly with North Brunswick police director Kenneth ...

Somerville Elks Epitomize Patriotism and Respect for the American Flag

June 15, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ - They are perhaps the most patriotic Americans you’ll find in any community.

See for yourself on Friday, June 15, when the Somerville Elks Lodge #1068 hosts a Flag Day Festival and Country/Western music concert on the lawn surrounding the historic Somerset County Courthouse on East Main Street from 5-8:30 p.m.

Look for a guy wearing a shirt emblazoned with the American ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, July 14, 10:00 AM

Maplewood Memorial Library, Maplewood

Bag-of-Books Sale - Friends of Maplewood Library

Wed, July 25, 7:30 PM

Chatham United Methodist Church, Chatham

Masterwork’s Summer Sings Conclude with Verdi ...

Girl Scout Seeks Donations of Craft Items Tomorrow

June 7, 2018

Hi, EB Community, 

I am Alexandra Gonzalez. I am currently a Junior at EBHS. I am as well a Girl Scout and working on my Gold Award. I am in search of donations and would like to inform you on the issue my project will address, how you can help, and why this is important. 

The project I am working on will be impacting the Special education students in East Brunswick Public ...

Rutgers Equine Science Center Annual Summer Showcase Scheduled for July 11

June 17, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — The Equine Science Center at Rutgers University is hosting its annual "Summer Showcase" from 10 am to noon  on Wednesday, July 11 at the Equine Exercise Physiology Laboratory on College Farm Road on the George H. Cook Campus in New Brunswick. The Summer Showcase, similar to an open house, is a FREE event that is open to the public and perfect for any and ...

Third-annual Juneteenth Parade and Heritage Festival in New Brunswick this Weekend

June 13, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Vulcan Pioneers of New Brunswick, comprising the city's Black Fire Fighters Association, will host the Juneteenth Parade on Saturday, June 16 to commemorate the Emancipation Proclamation.

Juneteenth celebrations are held across the country to mark the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas in June 1865. That state was one of the last locations to learn of ...

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn (William Morrow, 2018)


A friend, whose opinion on literature I respect greatly, reported to me recently that she had just finished reading A.J. Finn's debut novel, The Woman in the Window. Of it she said, “I wish I hadn't finished it,” which I interpreted to mean, “It was so good I'm sorry that I finished it.” ...