Chelmsford High students attend International Career Development Conference

CHELMSFORD, Massachusetts (May 3, 2024) – Three Chelmsford High School students were part of an 800-student contingent representing Massachusetts DECA at the International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, California, April 27-30.

Chelmsford High junior Pranav Abburi with his Top 10 medal.

The conference had over 23,000 students attending and competing in various competitive events. The Chelmsford High students included junior Pranav Abburi, junior Arvind Rao and sophomore Ethan Jiang.

Mr. Jiang attended the Elevate Leadership Academy, which was not a competitive event, but will allow him to become a leader in the local chapter to help the program grow in numbers and performance.

Mr. Rao and Mr. Abburi received Certificates of Merit in the Business Finance Series and Financial Consulting Event, respectively.

Mr. Abburi received a silver-ribbon medallion, which he was awarded because he had a top score on the written exam; he also received a blue-ribbon medallion indicating he was an international finalist.

After competing in the finals, Mr. Abburi received a red, white and blue-ribbon medallion, reflecting his Top 10 finish in the Financial Consulting Event.

While in California, the students visited Disneyland and the California Adventure Parks; they also enjoyed a catered dinner from a local restaurant in their hotel.

DECA is a student association for students to compete and become emerging leaders in the areas of marketing, hospitality, finance, management, and entrepreneurship.

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