BEVERLY — It was quite a week for Beverly High School at the DECA International Career Development Conference in Atlanta.
Four Beverly teams or individuals earned the distinction of national finalist in the event, in which thousands of students from around the country, as well as Canada and Puerto Rico, gave presentations on marketing, finance and other potential career fields.
The team of Kendel Davy, Joe Kozlowski and Jack Morency placed second in the country for their Riley Rocks Challenge community service campaign. The campaign has raised more than $16,400 to support Riley Fessenden, the 7-year-old Beverly girl who is battling a rare cancer called esthesioneuroblastoma.
The campaign included the creation of Riley’s Rock Garden at Lynch Park. The beautifully landscaped garden features hundreds of rocks that were painted by BHS students with messages such as “love,” “hope” and “stay strong.”
Riley herself went to North Shore Compost in Salem to pick out the 3,000-pound rock that anchors the garden. She was also in Atlanta to watch the Riley Rocks team win their award.
The other national finalists for Beverly were Molly McDonald and Becah Kaplan in fashion merchandising, Cam Dean in entrepreneurship, and Tasha Boland in restaurant and food service marketing.
“We had an outstanding experience this year by all,” said Kristen Marescalchi, the BHS DECA adviser. “It was unbelievable.”
Trivia question of the week: Who won the Beverly Historical Society’s recent trivia night competition?
Answer: The team of Jay Leahy, Nancy Coffey, Drew Belt, Nancy Clark and Tom Clark.
The event at the Cabot House featured four teams answering more than 70 Beverly-centric questions. Here are a few of our favorites:
What great early 20th-century major league first baseman got his start playing on a Beverly team?
Name three former occupants of the corner building where Clay Dreaming is now.