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WEST NEWBURY – Superintendent Justin Bartholomew announces that the Pentucket Regional High School DECA Chapter earned multiple honors at the 63rd Annual Massachusetts State DECA Career Development Conference.

Hannah Linehan, a Merrimac senior, won the honors of State Champion in Financial Consulting. For the second year in a row, Linehan will represent Pentucket at the International Career Development Conference, to be held April 23-26 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Two students finished in the top 12 of their discipline. Senior Ava Spencer of Groveland placed in Financial Consulting, while Sophomore Helen Burke of Groveland placed in Principles of Management and Business Administration. Spencer and Burke won medallions and will serve as ICDC alternates.

West Newbury senior Alex Pedersen won a medallion for finishing in the top six in the Integrated Marketing Campaign-Service written portion.

DECA, a nonprofit business and marketing student organization, works with high schools and colleges to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.

Seventeen Pentucket students were among more than 3,000 students who competed in about 60 categories during the three-day conference in Boston. Students prepared for the competition after school through activities aimed at honing their knowledge of business, leadership and entrepreneurship.

The Pentucket DECA Chapter is advised by special education teacher Madison Estes and business teacher John Moloney. Estes founded the chapter in the 2018-2019 school year.

“Our DECA chapter has grown every year and as a district we are proud of what it has accomplished in such a short time,” Superintendent Bartholomew said. “We congratulate Hannah on her state championship, and Ava, Helen and Alex on their strong performances.”

Estes and Moloney would like to thank teachers, families, and the Pentucket Regional School Committee for their strong support of DECA.

Those interested in learning more about the Pentucket DECA Chapter are encouraged to contact Estes at [email protected]

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