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.
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!"