Three local 10th grade students from the Woburn Memorial High School are heading to the statewide DECA competition thanks to two generous donations by CTFCU. There they will have the opportunity to develop business strategies and compete to win various awards.

DECA is an international organization that prepares students to become emerging leaders in various business careers through competitive events, professional development, and leadership conferences. These events empower students to exercise their soft skills as well as their critical thinking and creativity.

DECA’s High School Division includes 200,000 members in 3,500 schools. Jennifer Keenan, a teacher at Woburn Memorial High School, wanted to take advantage of the opportunity for her students to participate in this program. With the help of an initial donation from CTFCU, Keenan could begin the first DECA chapter in Woburn with six of her top 10th grade students.

The students seen (Anthony Colombo, John Kyle, Ashley Danizio, Sierra Bazzarella, Kelsey Doherty, Zachary Willis) attended their first DECA conference in December 2017. They competed against district 4 towns including Andover, Bedford, Burlington, Greater Lawrence Tech, Natick, Needham, Newton North, Newton South, Rivers School, Somerville, Weston, and Wilmington.

After their first-time success at the district conference, Woburn will move on to the state competition on March 8th to March 10th at the Copley Marriott in Boston. Teams were required to raise $2,500 to participate in the next round of events. On February 14th, James McCorkle, president of CTFCU, and Frank Harmon, VP of Finance, visited the high school and presented the students a check for the full amount.

“We are happy to support the inaugural DECA Program at Woburn Memorial High School. The success that these students achieved at the district competition is a testament to the hard work they and Mrs. Keenan have put in to starting this program,” Says McCorkle. “We look forward to continuing to support this and other programs that help high school students prepare as they move on and we wish the Woburn Memorial High School DECA team best of luck in the upcoming State Competition.”

The extraordinary support from Common Trust Federal Credit Union allows three Woburn students (Anthony Colombo, John Kyle, Zachary Willis) to attend the next event filled with leadership activities, competitions, and entertainment. With approximately 175 community and business volunteers judging the competitors, students will have the opportunity to win several accolades as well as further advance to the International Career Development Conference.

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