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.




HWRHS students add their voices to All-State Chorus

Three HWRHS Juniors were rehearsed and performed with 260 of the best high school singers in the Commonwealth. This is the greatest honor a high school vocalist can achieve. Over March 20-22, these student rehearsed at the Seaport World Trade Center under the direction of Jerry McCoy, Director of Choral Activities at University of North Texas. Their many hours of rehearsal culminated in a grand concert at Symphony Hall in Boston. Congratulations to Remy Beauregard, bass, Katelyn McCarthy and Emily Preston, altos.












HWRHS Drama moves on to States!

After a long day of competition at Weston HS Mr. Shailor called me to report several exciting awards that HWRHS Drama students won:

Excellence in ensemble acting to Olivia McNally, Claudia Namaroff, and Alison Hayden.

Excellence in set design to Logan Appel and Ethan Whitman.

Excellence in video design to Logan Appel.

Excellence in costume design to Katie Boyd.

Stage managers award to Hamilton Wenham Regional High School.

Most importantly…THEY ARE GOING TO STATES!! 

Congratulations to everyone involved!  We are very proud and look forward to State level competition.

Three HWRHS coaches receive Coach of the Year honors!

Congratulations to the HWRHS coaches who were presented Coach of the Year Awards for the Fall and Winter seasons!

Doug Hoak:  2013-14 CAL Boy’s Basketball Coach of the Year 
Steve Sawyer:  2013 CAL Girl’s Track & Field Coach of the Year
Steve Sawyer:  2013 CAL Girl’s Cross Country Coach of the Year
Chris Campbell:  2013-14 CAL Assistant Coach of the Year

We are fortunate to have such a strong cadre of coaches who dedicate their time and knowledge for the success of our student-athletes.