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

Generals receive awards at the MA Educational Theater Guild Drama Festival

Sunday morning I had the pleasure of attending the semi-final round of the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild Drama Festival that was held at Norwell High School.  The Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School cast and crew presented The Water Engine – An American Fable by David Mamet.  The one act play takes place at the time of The 1934 Chicago World Fair  and weaves an interesting journey of technological progress with the story of the invention of an engine that runs on water and the power of corporate America to suppress the idea in trade for profit.

Cast and Crew of Semi Final Round in Norwell

Cast and Crew of Semi-Final Round in Norwell

Both cast and crew put together a wonderful production.  Although the Generals will not be advancing to the state level of competition, several of them won awards:

All-star company awards went to:

Stage Manager – Jacob Crosby

Acting – Julia Brown

Vocal Performance – Katie Ryan, Julia Brown, Lia Whitman, Olivia Brown and Grace Callahan

Great job Generals!!!

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


HWRHS Wins Big At History Day Competition!

Our students dominated the Northeast Massachusetts District History Day competition this past Saturday at Beverly High School! Congratulations to all who participated! Below, you will find a list of the students who received awards for their projects.  The top three projects (1st, 2nd and 3rd place) for each category will represent Hamilton-Wenham at the State History Day Contest on April 11th at Stoneham High School.
A big thank you to Vinnie Bucci, Rob Emmett and Johann Knets for all of their work in helping our students develop as true historical scholars!!!

Congratulations to the HWRHS Science Fair winners!

Congratulations to the following winners of the HWRHS Science Fair!  The top 5 entries  are eligible to move on to the Regional Fair at Somerville on March 14th .

#1 Saskia Leonard: Developing a Procedure for DNA Normalization

#2 Michael Allara and Pamela Chansky: The Effect of Photoperiod Length on the Photosynthetic Efficiency of Chlorella Pyrenoidosa (Green Algae)

#3 Madison Poore and Rachael Holappa: Effects of BPA on Renegeration Rate of Lumbriculus Variegatus

#4 Katie Shinopoulos: The Effect of Organic Molecule Cellulose on Glucose Concentration

#5 Charlotte Royer: The Effect of Global Warming on Algae

Honorable Mention 

Lara Molnar and Megan McWhirter: What Causes an Underbite

James Rennicks, Hayden Crocker and Cole Farnham: WiFi Radio Interference caused by Common Building Materials

Micaela Rogal: The Phosphate-Eutrophication Connection


HWRHS Mid-Year Exam Scedule

Mid-year exams are scheduled to take place January 20-23. Buses will run on a normal school day schedule.

The library will be open for HWRHS students only on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 5-9 PM.

There will be no dismissals during exams. Teachers have been asked to keep students in the exam location until the exam block is over, even if the student has completed the exam. Students may, however, leave after an exam block  or arrive late if they do not have an exam scheduled.