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Downingtown STEM Academy DECA Members Earn Recognition at DECA’s International Career Development Conference

Downingtown STEM Academy DECA Members Earn Recognition at DECA’s International Career Development Conference

Downingtown, PA – Downingtown STEM Academy DECA members earned the organization’s highest honors at DECA’s annual International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Atlanta, Ga. on April 23-26, 2022.

Students receiving recognition at the international level were:

Student Name



Leon Dang

Entrepreneurship Team Decision Making

Top 10 Exam Score

Rishon Baiju

Business Finance

Top 10 Exam Score

Top 10 Role Play 2 Score

Dev Vidya Jijilal

Business Services Marketing

Top 10 Exam Score

Wafiza Julkipli


Top 10 Exam Score

Simran Sahoo

Personal Financial Literacy

Top 10 Exam Score

First place overall

Anushka Chakraborty

Principles of Business Management & Administration

First place overall

Devanshi Bhargava

Financial Consulting

Top 10 Exam Score

Sixth place overall

Belle Zou

Integrated Marketing Campaign- Event

Top 10 Exam Score

Belle Zou & Keira Morrin

Integrated Marketing Campaign- Event

Top 10 Presentation Score

First place overall

Rohit Vipperla, Shrey Dhingra, & Sid Sharma

Project Management: Career Development


Kashti Satish Umare & Atharv Gopaluni

Hospitality & Tourism Operations Research

Eighth place overall


During the school year, approximately 100,000 of DECA’s 160,000 high school student members take part in the organization’s competitive events program, allowing them to compete for local, regional and state titles. The competitions are designed to simulate real-life business scenarios and test students’ academic understanding and skills development. The top state winners put their talents to the test during the program’s final round of competition in Atlanta. The DECA International Career Development Conference was the pinnacle of competition where nearly 18,000 students vied for international honors. Over $300,000 in scholarships and awards were presented to students and teachers for their achievements.

This year’s #DECAICDC featured nearly 18,000 members and advisors in attendance. In addition to career-based competition, DECA members engaged in leadership academies and networking opportunities with over 70 internationally-recognized businesses and universities.

This year, the Downingtown STEM Academy DECA chapter was the largest chapter in Pennsylvania. Their chapter sent 44 total competitors to Atlanta for ICDC. No school’s DECA chapter won more first place awards at this year’s conference than the Downingtown STEM Academy.


About DECA Inc.
DECA is a career and technical student organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs who are interested in careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management. DECA enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, apply learning, connect to business and promote competition. DECA student members leverage their DECA experience to become academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leaders. DECA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with more than 225,000 members in 4,000 high school and college chapters in all 50 United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and Germany.

For more information about DECA, visit, or contact Justin Staub,


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