Keith Stefanek’s seventh grade math class prepares for all of its quizzes and tests with a group-based review game created by Stefanek called the “Joker’s Wild.” This competition is one of the essential rites of passage for children at MERMS.
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
MERHS DECA minions are out and about with this year’s DECA Raffle Calendar.
DECA will draw one winner for each of the 31 days in October who wins everything listed on that date.
T. G. I. F. Fridays are of special interest with one of them coming in at $449.00
Sales break down in to three levels:
$10.00 = two entries
$15.00 = five entries
$20.00 = ten entries
The total value of prizes is about $3000.00 including a scenic flight for two over Cape Ann, 40% of an original painting (the artist has paintings selling at over $2000.00), oil changes, dinner, massages, yoga, Dunkin Donuts, LL Bean, antiques stores and there are many others.
Your names stays in the raffle for all 31 days and you can win more than once.
On September 11th, various clubs set up tables in the dining hall to share information about their organizations. Students take part in signing up for the many available clubs and activities the school community provides. Club meetings will be happening continuously throughout the year.
In an event coordinated by the school’s DECA program, over 380 students, faculty, and staff participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money to help fight Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Participants made a donation of at least $10 to be a part of the challenge. Cape Pond Ice generously helped by donating ice, and Home Depot donated many of the buckets used in the event.
The DECA students challenged 220,000 other DECA students across the USA and seven other countries to take the challenge, and as well, MERHS challenged the 950,000 + students in Massachusetts to take the challenge.
Pete Frates is a Beverly native who has ALS and was the inspiration for the original Ice Bucket Challenge. His father, John Frates, attended the MEMS/MERHS event and spoke to the participants about the cause.
Math teacher David Alger teaches geometry students the process of solving the Rubik’s Cube. The Rubik’s Cube was invented in 1974 by Erno Rubik, who was a Hungarian inventor. The solution involves problem solving, which is one component of the geometry curriculum.
From Friday May 2nd to Wednesday May 7th the Manchester Essex DECA team traveled to Atlanta Georgia to compete in the International Career Development Conference. MERHS DECA scored two of 18 individual exam or role play medals awarded to the 462 MASS DECA students at the competition.