Bedford DECA Shines at 59th State Career Development Conference

Bedford High School’s DECA members – Courtesy image (c) all rights reserved

Submitted by the BHS Chapter of DECA

The DECA team in Boston – Courtesy image (c) 2018 all rights reserved – Click to view larger image

The Bedford High School’s DECA chapter attended Massachusetts’ largest-ever State Career Development Conference (SCDC) competition at the Hynes Convention Center and Marriott Copley in Boston from March 8 – 10. Bedford’s students joined over 2,800 students, advisors, and chaperones in hopes of attending the National competition during April in Atlanta, GA. The BHS DECA team includes 43 students, and 13 attended SCDC after winning in their category at the regional competition in December.

Students can choose from over 50 categories in marketing, entrepreneurship, hospitality, or finance. There are two ways to compete: Role-plays take a 100 question exam then perform two role-plays, which are case study solutions in front of business professionals who volunteer as judges. Written project competitors present a researched topic and business plan paper to the judges as well in a 15-minute oral presentation.

Bedford took home two Top 10 Overall Finalist plaques and a 5th place Team Trophy which qualifies the winners to advance to the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) competition. Susan Doubek, a sophomore, took home a plaque for the Virtual Business Challenge in Sports & Entertainment marketing and Nicholas Schwartz, a senior, took home a plaque for Automotive Services Marketing. Seniors Jacqueline Stevens and Maria Wilson took home the 5th place trophy in Business Law & Ethics Team Decision Event. Both will advance to the April competition held at the Georgia World Congress Center, with over 18,000 attendees from all states and four US territories, Canada, Korea, Mexico, Germany, China and more.

Bedford has previously advanced to compete at Nationals two other times, this is the sixth year the club has been offered at BHS. The club is led by Business Teacher, Justine Flora and other faculty who have graciously donated their time to chaperone events.

BHS DECA would like to thank the following businesses who supported us this year by helping out with our team T-shirts:  Riggio Auto Repair, Barrett Sotheby’s Realty, Bedford Organic Nails & Spa, Extreme Landscaping, and Brady & Company, CPA. If you are interested in supporting Bedford DECA in any way, please contact

About DECA

DECA is a co-curricular non-profit organization which prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. DECA helps students develop transferable skills for successful school and work careers, provides leadership opportunities, community service learning and helps to build confidence as well as opportunities for networking. For students to be eligible to participate in DECA at BHS students must be enrolled or have taken a qualifying business course at BHS during a previous year. To learn more about DECA, visit and

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