Six members of the Plymouth Whitemarsh High School DECA chapter competed in a pool of 14,000 finalists from across the globe at the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) recently held in Atlanta, Ga. 

PWHS DECA members seated in a row in an arena smiling at camera

With competitors, students leaders, advisors, and business professionals, the ICDC had more than 20,000 attendees.

After a successful run at states, the following students qualified for the competition:

  • Anahita Mandal (Innovation Plan)

  • Jacob Clatterbuck, Mason Clatterbuck, Owen Link (Franchise Business Plan)

  • Abby Boegner (Business Solutions Project)

  • Julia Couzens (Professional Selling)

“I don't think that people realize the amount of work that students put into these projects,” said DECA Advisor Beth Rickard. “It's incredibly time intensive for students to complete these projects, but they gain so much real-world experience from them.”

Sophomore Abby Boegner finished in the top 20 internationally for her event. Her project involved collaborating with Choice Logistics in Wayne, Pa., where she created the TEAM Initiative to help the company onboard new remote employees. She organized online focus meetings, communicated with several of the company’s key leaders, established new procedures, examined key metrics, addressed any problems that might have occurred during the implementation period — and then presented all of this on the state and international stage.

“Next year, I am looking forward to working on a different DECA project and exploring another area of the business world,” said Abby. “Being in DECA has provided me with real-life business experience, and I look forward to utilizing it in the future.” 

PWHS junior Cayce Becker also attended the ICDC. She took advantage of the Emerging Leaders Series to work on skills like collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity to bring back to her role as Pennsylvania DECA Vice President of Communications. 

While in Atlanta, the PWHS team also took an eight-mile bicycle tour of the city and visited The College Football Hall of Fame and The World of Coca-Cola.

PWHS DECA competitors with Advisor Beth Rickard