Hamilton Wenham shines at DECA State Career Development Conference

Hamilton-Wenham seniors Samuel Boudrot and Taylor Ross had phenomenal
success at the 58th Massachusetts DECA State Career Development Conference
(SCDC) at the Marriott Copley and Hynes Convention Center in Boston. Boudrot
placed third and Ross placed fourth in their competitive categories qualifying for the
International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Anaheim, California. 19
Hamilton-Wenham students joined over 2,700 students, advisors and business
professionals attending the high school conference where students compete in over
50 categories of marketing, hospitality, finance and entrepreneurship.

Boudrot competed in Principles of Finance and received achievement medallions for
second place on the comprehensive test portion of competition and second place on
the first of his two role-play events. Ross competed in Quick Service Restaurant
Management and received a third place medallion for her first role-play event.
Sophomores Lauren Verge and Valerie Wise had a strong showing placing top 10
overall in their category of Travel and Tourism Marketing Team Decision Making.
Ross and junior Amy Thissell campaigned for positions on the DECA State Action
team, the student-elected government for MASS-DECA. Although unsuccessful,
Advisor Laura Wheeler shared, “I could not be more proud of Taylor and Amy. The
loss was heartbreaking for them, me, and the team, but the work they put in and the
campaigns they produced were top notch.”

The Hamilton-Wenham DECA Quiz Bowl team composed of senior Cooper Nielsen,
juniors Alec MacDonald and Kaili Guyer, and sophomore Eli Leonard held strong for
two rounds but succumbed to Burlington High School in round 3 who went on to
win the tournament.
Twelve students will be receiving a certificate of professional competency for their
performance at the SCDC meaning that they performed above the national standard
in one or more of their performance areas: Senior Arthur Doggett in Personal
Financial Literacy, sophomores Cameron Guyer and Thomas Colucci in Sports and
Entertainment Marketing Team Decision Making, junior Cameron Vautour in
Principles of Finance, junior Caroline Donellan in Human Resources Management,
junior James Goudie in Principles of Marketing, senior Jack Suminsby in Automotive
Services Marketing; sophomores Lauren Verge and Valerie Wise in Travel and
Tourism Marketing Team Decision Making, senior Samuel Boudrot in Principles of
Finance, senior Taylor Ross in Quick Service Restaurant Management, and junior
William Curtis in Business Finance Series event.
Additionally, Hamilton-Wenham earned 8 allocations for the prestigious Leadership
Development Academy at the ICDC through chapter campaigns on the state and
national levels. The team received a national plaque for their efforts.
Overall Wheeler was impressed with their showing at the conference and their
willingness to immerse themselves in this new program this year. “The students at
Hamilton-Wenham have truly embraced the DECA program and made the most of
their first year. From presenting to the Rotary Club and meeting local business
members to practicing role-plays and networking with MASS-DECA members at the
SCDC, they have learned valuable job skills that get them out of the classroom and
into the real world of business.”
The SCDC took place over March 9-11 with principles, series and team competitors
taking a 100-question comprehensive exam then performing 2 role-plays in front of
business professionals who volunteer as judges. Role-plays are common business
scenarios where the student is asked to solve a problem and present their solution
to the judge while covering specific performance indicators. Project competitors
presented their research and prepared papers at the conference.
DECA is a co-curricular organization of high school business students with over
200,000 members in all 50 states, four 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 DECA 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 include
Financial Literacy, Sports & Entertainment Marketing, Economics and Math and
Finance. In addition to Mrs. Wheeler, the students were joined by chaperone Matt
Fitzgibbons, Guidance Counselor.

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

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