Students garner accolades at DECA competition

DECA's International Career Development Conference and competition prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

DECA Chapter Advisor Jacqueline Einstein with UMassD DECA student participants.
DECA Chapter Advisor Jacqueline Einstein with UMassD DECA student participants during the 2018 International Career Development Conference and competition in Washington, DC.

UMassD students recently participated in the DECA 2018 International Career Development Conference and competition in Washington, DC. More than 1,500 students from several countries attended. The annual competition prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

“Students competed in the preliminary round, and nine out of 12 made it into the finals. Students competed in the areas of Business Research, Business Ethics, and Marketing,” said DECA Chapter Advisor Jacqueline Einstein, who is a full-time marketing and management lecturer at UMass Dartmouth’s Charlton College of Business.

Student participants were Carlene Byrne, Justin Cargill, Shannon Crocker, Jenna Lahaie, Thomas Lindberg, Casey MacKenzie, Sara Mahan, Abigail Mangsen, Jeffrey Parker, Alex Russell, Samantha Tarbokas, and Anne Toomajian. 

In the Research event Online Marketing Strategy, team members Abigail Mangsen and Thomas Lindberg placed First overall; teammates Shannon Crocker, Sara Mahan, and Alex Russell placed Top 10. And for Business Ethics, Carlene Byrne and Jenna Lahaie placed Top 10. 

DECA Clusters include

  • Business Management and Administration
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Hospitality and Tourism


“As a result of the cumulative points scored by our students, UMass Dartmouth also won First Place in the Business Management and Administration Cluster,” said Einstein. “Several DECA students also earned Passport Awards for career development and community service activities as well as Academic Achievement Awards for outstanding scholarship.” Additionally, Einstein garnered an award for Outstanding Advisor of the Year from Student Activities Involvement and Leadership. 

About DECA 

DECA Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit student organization with more than 200,000 members in all 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Canada, China, Germany, Guam, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Spain. The United States Congress, the United States Department of Education and state, district and international departments of education authorize DECA’s programs.


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