The MERHS DECA team returned from three days of competition in Boston. This year was the most challenging year to qualify for Internationals. In the past three years Massachusetts DECA enrollment has seen significant growth. The state level competition saw 2200 students at the Boston Marriott testing and roleplaying to make the international competition. The state competition has grown from 1700 students just four years ago. Only the top four students in each category qualified.
MERHS DECA has twelve International Qualifiers, fifteen students as Top Ten, and received 14 individual medals in the Friday night awards. We scored seven first place, eight second place, four third place and four fourth place honors. Combed with top ten, MERHS students amassed 41 awards. Many more MERHS students will receive written exam recognitions. I will forward their names when those results are posted.
Here are the specific medals, top ten and final rankings
On Friday February 27th, Rebecca Figueroa’s sixth grade English class gave book talks. Each student gave a review of the book they had been reading nightly. Presenting in front of the class helps the students get some practice with public speaking and literary analysis.
On Saturday February 28th, the Manchester Essex Drama club competed in the preliminary round of the Massachusetts Educational Theatres Guides Drama Festival. Senior Courtney MacDougall created the opening video that was shown at the beginning of the festival. She spent the entire tech week of the drama festival filming the competing schools. At the end of the day, Manchester Essex was chosen to move on to the semifinal round, alongside Beverly High School and Peabody Veterans High School.
Ever since the end of February, “The Dress” has taken over the internet. People disagree on what color they see the dress as being. Some see black and blue, while others see white and gold. Photography teacher Caroline Hunt Epp’s A block photo class decided to take a closer look into why people are seeing different colors, as she used the opportunity to use the controversy to discuss the principle behind white balance and differences in color perception.
Congratulationsto the following ASR II students for being selected to present their ASR summer research at the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium at UNH on March 26-27. The title and location of their presentations are included below.
Patrick Byrne, ”Constructing a Radio-Controlled Ornithopter Prototype and Three-Dimensional Model”, Worcester Polytech Institutue
Sam Creighton,“Design and Testing of Laboratory Experiences for an Introductory Mechanical Engineering Course”, Boston Univ
Leo Gallo de la Paz,“Designing Cost Effective Wind Turbines”, MIT
Aidan Lyons,“Atlantic and Shortnose Sturgeon Infomercial”, Nat’l Oceanic & Atmospheric Association
Lucas Martz,“The Effects of Perfluorinated Compounds PFOS and PFOA on Beluga Whale Immunity”, Univ of Connecticut
Jacob Przesiak, “Modeling the Spectral Energy Emissions of Blazars BLLAC and OJ287 By Data Fitting Observed Spectral Emissions From Internal Shock Events”,Boston Univ
Alex Tognazzi,“Chemical Analysis of a Community’s Drinking Water”, North Andover Water Treatment Facility
Julia Whitten,“General Versus Specific: A Study on the Advantages and Disadvantages of the MitoCarta Set and the Allelic Set for Gene Analysis for Huntington’s Disease”, Mass General Hosp
This past week, the Manchester Essex Drama Department has had seven different school come and do there tech hour for the Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild’s Drama Festival. All of the schools came back to compete this past Saturday. A tech hour is when each different school comes to the prelims host site and spikes their stage and practices there lighting cues in the booth. At the end of the day, Peabody Veterans High School, Beverly High School and Manchester Essex High School were chosen to move onto the semifinal round.
On Wednesday, March 4th the high school had a mini advisory block. Students in every class had different topics to talk about as a group. Students solved problems together and worked out tough situations that could come in their futures. Foreign language teacher Erin Fortunato spoke to her sophomore advisory class about privacy, and dangers of social media.
Tuesday February, 24 Manchester Essex girls’ basketball defeated Brighton in the first round of playoffs. Coach Lauren Dubois helped bring these girls to victory. The final score of the game with a great win from the Hornets was 67-19. The girls moved on to the next round against Bishop Fenwick but lost 47-52 in a very close game.