Leading DECA Team Thanks Dean


FHS Seniors honored at DECA international, Sameen Shaik, Drew Mahoney, and Max Voellmicke, and the Dean Bank team that worked with them, Denise Pearson and McKayla Roy.

A Franklin DECA team, Max Voellmicke, Sameen Shaik, and Drew Mahoney, recently recognized during a school committee meeting, did very, very well in competition this year. And Thursday afternoon, team members stopped by at Dean Bank to say “thanks” for the support the institution provided to them.

In an earlier email to the bank, the team wrote, “We would first like to start out by thanking you for your time and willingness to work with us; there aren't too many banks that would do that, especially with high schoolers.” And, they added. “We couldn't have done it without your flexibility, collaboration, and support.”

“Dean Bank has always placed a priority on supporting our community and its residents in any way possible. For at least the last five years, students participating in Franklin High School’s DECA program have asked the bank to support a project,” said Michael Carroll, vice president of marketing.

“This year three students worked together and engaged the bank to serve as a case study,” he explained. The students interviewed bank staff, researching employee satisfaction and its community involvement. “Our President and CEO, Kevin Goffe, along with employees Denise Pearson and McKayla Roy, worked closely with the three students and some wonderful results were discovered,” he continued. In fact, two initiatives were proposed by the students that the bank is in the process of implementing.

“We owe Drew, Max, and Sameer a tremendous debt of gratitude and we celebrate their victory at State level as well as their impressive showing on the international stage,” Carroll added.

Formerly Distributive Education Clubs of America, DECA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit career and technical student organization with more than 225,000 members in all 50 U.S. states, Washington, DC; Canada, China, Germany, Poland, Guam, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Spain. The United States Congress, the United States Department of Education and state, district and international departments of education authorize DECA's programs.

DECA is organized into two unique student divisions each with programs designed to address the learning styles, interests, and focus of its members. The High School Division includes 215,000 members in 3,375 schools. The Collegiate Division includes over 15,000 members in 275 colleges.

At the DECA international level competition in Atlanta, Georgia, the trio placed 9th in the world in their event. “This is an especially high honor, considering there are over 1,000 very strong teams in our category,” said Mahoney.

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