Hamilton Wenham DECA team has stellar showing at first district competition

On Thursday, January 5, Hamilton Wenham DECA competed at the District 3 Career Development Conference held at Merrimack College in North Andover. Nine schools and over 600 students participated in the business competition in over 40 categories of marketing, hospitality, finance and entrepreneurship.

Twenty-five Hamilton-Wenham students competed and 17 qualified for next level of competition. At the awards ceremony, those who place top 5 in their category were called to the stage to receive an award and in doing so qualified for the State Career Development Conference to be held March 9-11 in Boston.

Student (grade) Competitive Category Place
Sam Boudrot (12) Principles of Finance 1st
Tom Colucci (10) &

Cam Guyer (10)

Sports & Entertainment Marketing Team Decision Making 5th
Will Curtis (11) Business Finance Series 4th
Jeff Davis (12) Retail Merchandising Series 2nd
Arthur Doggett (12) Personal Financial Literacy 4th
Caroline Donellan (11) Human Resources Management Series 3rd
James Goudie (11) Principles of Marketing 2nd
Matias Lizondo Parada (11) Financial Consulting 5th
Adam Parrott (12) Principles of Business Administration 1st
Taylor Ross (12) Quick Service Restaurant Management Series 4th
Jack Suminsby (12) Automotive Services Marketing Series 5th
Amy Thissell (11) Hotel and Lodging Management Series 3rd
Cam Vautour (11) Principles of Finance 3rd
Lauren Verge (10) & Valerie Wise (10) Travel & Tourism Team Decision Making 1st
Nick Wise (12) Entrepreneurship Innovation Plan 2nd

Trophy/medal count:
1st place: 4
2nd place: 3
3rd place: 3
4th place: 3
5th place: 4

Team and series competitors took a 100-question test then performed a role-play in front of judges. Role-plays are common business scenarios where the student is asked to solve a problem and present their solution to the judge. Project competitors conducted research, prepared a paper and presented their ideas on the day of the conference.

Additionally, there are eight Hamilton Wenham students in an alternate position to move up to compete at the State Career Development Conference should a competitor in their category be unable to attend: Jaskaran Gahunia (12), Kaili Guyer (11), Audrey Hammerl (12), Eli Leonard (10), Alec MacDonald (11), Cooper Nielsen (12), McKenzie Plante (12) and Evan Potorski (11). Each school may also bring one
team of four students for the Quiz Bowl trivia competition.

The DECA program is new at Hamilton Wenham this year and is led by Business Teacher Laura Wheeler. DECA is a co-curricular student organization of high school business students with over 200,000 members in all 50 states, 4 US territories, Canada, Mexico and Germany. DECA helps students develop skills for successful careers, builds self-esteem, provides leadership opportunities and stresses community involvement and service.

In order to become a member at Hamilton Wenham, students must be enrolled in a qualifying business related course during the school year or have taken a qualifying course during a previous school year. Qualifying courses this year include Financial Literacy and Sports & Entertainment Marketing. In addition to Mrs. Wheeler, the students were joined by chaperones Matt Fitzgibbons, Guidance Counselor, and Ali Egan Trimby, Adjustment Counselor.

To learn more about DECA, visit http://www.deca.org.