GHS freshman Isla Black advances to DECA Nationals


Christine Simmons

from left: Jessica Harvey, Isla Black, Veila Wrinn pose with Black’s award at DECA state competiton.


Gloucester High School DECA attended DECA’s State Development Career and Development Conference last week. Freshman Isla Black placed second in the FCE, Financial Consulting Event, and has advanced to the national competition in Florida this April. 

“I was so honored to be chosen among thousands of students across Massachusetts to compete here,” Black said. “It was an incredible experience that I will forever remember. I had fun every second I was there, from the competition to the opening ceremony to DECA after Dark. I attended many ceremonies and heard from different speakers at workshops.”

The event required the participants to organize and deliver a consultation for one or more products, services, or customers. Black created a presentation about how banks could go about switching to an online platform without comprising customer service. 

“I also competed in the Financial Consulting category, where, at the Grand awards, I discovered I qualified for the International Level of Competition. Not only did I compete, but I also attended the DECA after Dark party. I got to play cornhole, sing karaoke, and dance. I met so many amazing people and will forever cherish the memories, skills, and networking SCDC has given me.”