HW Students Join Nearly 20,000 DECA Members to Close the Nation’s “Skills Gap” at Annual #DECAICDC

The Hamilton-Wenham DECA team is back with some hardware! Four out of four competitors made it to the stage at the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Anaheim this past week. This is an amazing feat for a small, first-year program. I am beyond thrilled for our students. Here are the highlights:

  • Taylor Ross competed in Quick Service Restaurant Management and achieved a first place medallion in a role play for her competitive section.
  • Sam Boudrot competed in Principles of Finance and achieved a finalist medallion for placing Top 20 overall of all competitors in the category.
  • Lauren Verge and Valerie Wise competed in Travel & Tourism Team Decision Making and achieved a first place medallion in a role-play for their competitive section and a finalist medallion for placing Top 20 overall of all competitors in the category.
  • James Goudie worked on Jaron May’s campaign for Executive Student President of DECA. Jaron was successfully elected to the position, beating out 4 other candidates.
  • Arthur Doggett and Amy Thissell graduated from the Aspire and Elevate leadership academies as part of the emerging leader series.
  • There was also a prom-posal where Sam Boudrot asked Taylor Ross to senior prom! (She said yes! )

DECA’s annual International Career Development Conference brought together industry leaders, policymakers and the next generation of leaders in business and entrepreneurship to Anaheim, Calif., April 26-30. The #DECAICDC spotlights DECA’s top student performers from the United States, Canada, China, Korea, Mexico and Spain. It also highlights innovative business partnerships that empower these emerging business leaders and future entrepreneurs to tackle the challenges of an ever-evolving and globally challenging economic landscape.

This year’s international conference had over 19,000 student members, faculty advisors and business leaders to Anaheim for DECA’s pinnacle event of the year.

During the school year, approximately 120,000 of DECA’s 225,000 student members take part in the organization’s competitive events program, allowing them to compete for local and regional titles. The competitions are designed to simulate real-life business scenarios and test students’ academic understanding and skills development. The top state and provincial winners put their talents to the test during the program’s final round of competition in Anaheim this past week.


For more information, please visit DECA’s website and follow #DECAICDC on Twitter.

Follow HW DECA on Twitter @HWDECA and Instagram and follow Advisor Laura Wheeler on Twitter @mrslaurawheeler.




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.

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: hwfinearts.blogspot.com

To rally or not to rally. That is the question.

As you know, I was contemplating a rally tomorrow afternoon for the boy’s basketball team.  After weighing the options and issues listed below, I have decided not to do a formal rally. 

1. I think we have missed too many days of school to snow days.  Our teachers and students need the time now to remain focused on academics.  MCAS and AP assessments are right around the corner.
2. Through my research, I learned that rallies were ended a few years back because some teams were celebrated and others were not.  
3. We have other teams, not only athletic, that we could have celebrated with a rally, but did not.  (Because we are doing great things!!)
4. I personally believe the best rally needs to occur at the game.  The students and fans that choose to go and support the team will be able to show their spirit and support.
Instead of a formal rally, Mr. Maher came up with another idea that may be a good compromise.  First, we can all wear our blue and white to school tomorrow.  Then, tomorrow at about 2:00 PM we will have the members of the boy’s team come down to the gym.  At 2:15 PM we can have our classes come out of the rooms and line the hallways.  The boys team members can walk or jog the halls and experience an energizing sendoff for tomorrow night’s game.
I look forward to a great game and the continued amazing and appropriate fan support that we have had throughout this great ride!

GOOOO Generals!!!!!

Mr. Tracy


Boy’s and Girl’s hoop teams advance to next rounds!!

Congratulations to the Boy’s  and Girl’s Basketball teams who advanced to the semi-final round of tournament play with impressive wins Friday (Boy’s) and Saturday (Girl’s) nights.

Here is a link to the Division brackets:

Boys bracket – North Division 4

Girl’s bracket – North Division 2

The boys will play St. Mary’s of Lynn on Monday night at St. John’s Prep at 7:00 PM.  The girl’s will be playing  Watertown.  As of the writing off this post, the date and location had not been posted.


HWRHS advances to Semi-finals for Drama Festival!

After a long day of performances yesterday, Hamilton-Wenham was chosen to advance to the Semi-Finals on March 15th (location TBD)

Additional Awards received by our students include:

Ensemble Acting: 
Ali Hayden, Olivia McNally and Claudia Namaroff

All-Star Cast:
Sam Sklar
Ryan Cannister
Jackson Brockenborough

Costume Design:
Katie Boyd

Congratulations to everyone who participated in or was involved in the organization of a great Festival!!