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Endicott College Students Receive International Recognition at the 2017 International Career Development Conference

May 12, 2017

On April 26-29th, 13 marketing, accounting, finance, international business, exercise science, and business management students represented Endicott College at the International Career Development Conference (DECA) in Anaheim, Calif. Over 1,500 collegiate members and advisors attended the conference representing colleges and universities throughout the United States, Canada and China. While at the conference, students competed in categories of business management and administration, finance and accounting, marketing and communications, entrepreneurship, and hospitality and tourism.Endicott College DECA Chapter

Endicott was well-represented with 10 of the students scoring in the top 20 in their competition category and advancing to the final round. Finalists included: Andrew Chretien ’17 in Accounting, Drew Settle ‘19 and Kiana DelViscovo ‘19 in Business Ethics, Katie Javaruski ‘17 and Katherine Young ‘18 in Financial Statement Analysis, Alura Carbrey ‘17 and Kyle Cogan ‘17 in International Marketing, Bianca Palumbo ‘17 in Marketing Management, and Gwendolyn Paseka ‘19 and Semra Haxhillari ‘19 in Sports and Entertainment Marketing. Of the finalists, Settle and DelViscovo and Chretien finished in the top 10; Carbrey and Cogan finished in second place, while Palumbo won the overall Marketing Management category, taking home a $1,000 scholarship.

“Our students look forward to this event all year,” said Aileen Torrance, Assistant Dean, Curtis L Gerrish School of Business. “It’s a time for them to demonstrate their classroom learning in front of industry professionals who volunteer as judges. They spend the year practicing, fundraising and participating in community service and campus leadership activities. Combined, these activities help prepare these students for life after college.”

The Endicott College DECA chapter as a whole received the Presidential Leadership Passport award, which recognizes chapters for their focus on professional development, leadership and community service, in addition to the competitions. Endicott’s participation in DECA 2017 was made possible by a sponsorship from Northwestern Mutual and a grant from The Doris L.  Benz Trust.

With nearly a 70-year history, DECA has impacted the lives of more than 10 million students, educators, school administrators and business professionals since it was founded in 1946. The goal of DECA is to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. For more information on DECA, visit: