Northeast Regional District History Fair Results for HWRHS

Congratulations to all of the 2017 Northeast Regional District History Day winners and Honorable Mentions! On Saturday March 4th, Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School and Miles River students competed against 12 other Massachusetts schools. All 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners are moving onto the Massachusetts State National History Day contest which will take place at Stoneham High School on April 1st. This year’s theme is Taking a Stand in History. A special thank you to all of the teachers who have worked closely with the students since September on their research projects: Kristen Borges, Brett Burnett, Vinnie Bucci, Rob Emmett, Johann Knets, and Tyler Walker.

High School Awards Student Names Title of Project
Individual Website
1st Place Lily Knudsen Dr. Jonathan Mann: Taking a Stand for Health and Human Rights Amidst the HIV/AIDS Epidemic
2nd Place Hollis Mann The Great Sioux War: Taking a Stand for a Way of Life
Honorable Mention Andrew Riccio Defiance in Leaps and Bounds: Jesse Owens and the 1936 Olympic Games
Group Website
1st Place Will Curtis

Lily Dixon

Nick Oo

Parker Tocci

Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution: Taking a Stand Against Corruption and Imperialism
2nd Place Emily Minster

Julia Sauriol

Taking a Stand Through Militancy: Alice Paul and the Fight for Suffrage
Honorable Mention Lauren Flynn

Katie Hankin

Cecily Szady

Griswold vs. Connecticut: Taking a Stand in History
Group Performance
1st Place Will Glovsky

Bryn Smith

A Post-War Stand: Betty Friedan and Women’s Fight for Equality
3rd Place Emily Benack

Olivia Brown

Lia Whitman

Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon: Taking a Stand for Third Wave Feminism
Individual Exhibit
1st Place and Special Prize Cole Dwyer The Pullman Strike
Group Exhibit
1st Place John Farnham

Cameron Grinnell

Grace MacCurrach

Alex Renaud

William Wilberforce: Pioneer for the Stand Against the Slave Trade
2nd Place Jaeyoung Kum

Griffin Penn

Spencer Poore

Theodore Roosevelt: Taking a Stand Against Trusts
3rd Place Anna Cassidento

Ailis heard-Burns

Cate Pasquarello

Charlotte Rubel

The Pentagon Papers
Honorable Mention Grace Moroney

Grace Tymann

Loving Beyond All Odds: The Case That Took a Stand Against Anti-miscegenation
Honorable Mention Elizabeth Gasiorowski

Michelle Morency

Lily Ting

The White Rose: A Call for German Action Against the Nazi Regime
Group Documentary
1st Place Jackie Fibbe

Maggie Perrotta

How Dare They Try To Stop This Music!
2nd Place Sean Li

Jack McMahon

Ian Park

Henry Smith

Gorbachev: Taking a Stand for Peace and Democracy
3rd Place Zane Clark

Cameron Lake

Benjamin Meahl

Daniel Tobin

Nathan Watkins

Muhammad Ali: Taking a Stand Against the Draft
Historical Research Paper
1st Place Luce Brandt Louisa May Alcott: An Iconic Symbol of Feminine Power, Personal Value, and Independence





HWRHS students receive several Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards

The Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District School Visual Arts Department is proud to announce that our students have received one gold key, five silver keys and five honorable mentions in the 2017 Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards. Established in 1923, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards are the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the United States.

At Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School Margaret Brown received a Gold Key and a Silver Key. Brendan Cramphorn and Josh Erhard received silver keys. A silver key was also awarded to a collaborative animation piece by YueYan Zhang, Tyler Flahive and Elizabeth Consolazio. Honorable mentions were received by Jenna Conley, Sydney Jenkins, Helen Peppler, Brendan Cramphorn and Dana Rowe. Congratulations to all winners!

To see the student work including the animation video please visit:

Superintendent’s Report to the School Committee, 2.2.17


Who Do I Call When . . . ?

Social media has dramatically transformed the way we live. We get our news from Twitter. We share our every waking moment with the world on Facebook and Snapchat. Our hopes and dreams, as well as our likes and dislikes, have become material for public consumption. With as ubiquitous as social media has become in our lives, it seems natural for some parents to want to broadcast their child’s experiences in school on their social media feeds.

Unfortunately, taking to social media when there’s a concern is probably the least effective way to resolve concerns that may arise at school. School staff are dedicated to working with families to reach the best results for each individual child. Airing complaints in such a public way only serves as an impediment to reaching meaningful solutions through building relationships established on mutual trust and respect.

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AP Exam Registration window to open on February 1st

To AP Students/Parents:
The window to register for AP tests will open on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, and remains open until Tuesday, February 28, 2017. Any AP tests not registered for by February 28th will not be ordered.

Please take the time to review all of the information on the 2016-2017 AP Terms and Conditions attached to this email and also posted on the AP page of the Guidance website.
When registering for an AP test, PLEASE choose the correct test. For example, there are two Spanish AP tests – Spanish Language and Spanish Literature. Juniors would be signing up for the Language test while seniors take the Literature test. Students in an AP English class are most like signing up for AP English Literature & Composition. The AP English Language test is only for a particular VHS class. Students enrolled in AP Economics MUST register for BOTH the Macroeconomics AND Microeconomics tests.

Similar to last year, AP test registration takes place through MySchoolBucks (MSB). If you have established an account for the purchase of school lunches, then you log in to that account and choose the AP store. If you do not currently have a MSB account, you will need to create one. Instructions for creating an account and for purchasing AP tests can be found on the AP page of the Guidance website:

Families who qualify for and currently receive free or reduced price lunches will also receive an automatic discount for AP tests. The College Board sets the exam fee at $93 per test. Discounted exams will be $53 each during registration with a possible additional state refund to be determined at a later date. Purchases through MSB can be made via an eCheck transaction for which a flat $1.35 fee will be added or via a credit card transaction which is subject to a 3.95% fee.
Even if you registered for AP tests last year, please take the time to review the purchasing instructions. If you have any questions, please call the Guidance Office at 978-468-0480 or send an email to Andrea Adamo, Guidance Secretary at or to Dr. Kristen Lazzaro, Director of Guidance and AP Coordinator at

HWRHS upcoming events

I wanted to share a few events that will take place during the next couple of weeks at the high school.

Starting on Wednesday, February 1st, we will host 32 high school students and 3 teachers from the Mingde Experimental School in China. The students will be with us until February 17th and will shadow our students during the school day.

The C.A.R.E. Club is excited to announce that we are hosting a guest speaker on Tuesday, February 7. The guest speaker is Linda Dutil, an emergency nurse who speaks nationwide to students on the effects of drugs and alcohol on the body. In her presentation, she will share personal stories involving young people who have made poor choices and provide students with intervention skills to avoid drug and alcohol abuse.

The STEM showcase will take place on Friday, February 17th. All Sophomores will attend a number of STEM-based workshops designed by engineers from the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. This annual event has been a great way for students to experience STEM careers.

Course selection for the 2017-18 school year will begin on March 1st. High school guidance staff will meet with all high school students to explain/review the process of course selection. Students will choose courses between March 2nd and March 10th. Guidance counselors will meet with all students to review selections. On or about March 24th course selection verification sheets will be given to students to review with parents. These verification sheets will need to be signed by a parent and returned to the guidance department.

February vacation is the week of the 20th.

Don’t forget to check out our Google Calendar for school events.

Have a great week!

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