We celebrate our Advisory Board members

We had a wonderful night hosting 250 members of our Advisory Board at a buffet dinner to honor their service and commitment to our 22 vocational-technical programs. Throughout the school year, members advise our teachers on the pertinent skills and industry trends that make our graduates valuable employees.

Vocational Coordinator Beverly DeSalvo spoke about the many accomplishments at Whittier during the past year, including the opening of two new programs -- Medical Assisting and Engineering -- and more than $650,000 in state money awarded in competitive grants to overhaul our Machine Technology program and launch the Engineering Program. Curriculum Coordinator Kelly Fay was honored with a large bouquet of spring flowers for her grant writing skills that brought in the money. 

Guest Speaker John Guerin, a former Haverhill mayor and now Membership Services Director for Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, noted how Whittier Tech has grown since he graduated from Haverhill High in 1979. "What you all do here is critical to our economy," he said. "Whittier Tech is on the cutting edge of training tomorrow's workers and thankfully all of you give of your time and skills to keep the curriculum relevant and visionary. We are very grateful to the entire Whittier Tech community for standing tall and being part of the solution."

A prom proposal delivered on radio Show

Seniors are looking for creative ways to pop The Prom Question and Senior Crystian Adames nailed it today when he recorded his request to Senior Tatiana Geronimo on the school's radio show. He surprised her during Journalism class when he had the segment played back, then offered her a bouquet of roses and pulled out a hand-lettered poster that compared her to an angel. The answer was: YES. Thankfully, there were plenty of young journalists around to capture the moment.

We have a new sport -- Girls' Lacrosse

For the first time in the school's history, Whittier Tech has a Girls' Lacrosse Team. Thirteen girls came out for the team, and they have joined the girls' lacrosse players at Amesbury High to form a joint team coached by Lindsay Feld, formerly of Haverhill High. The team will play several JV games and start with a varsity schedule next year. They have been practicing in Amesbury. Whittier and Amesbury also share a Boys' Hockey Team. 

3 students head for California for DECA competition

Marketing students Gabriel Cameron and Johnathan Pena, both seniors, and Logan Slevoski, a junior, are flying to Anaheim, California tomorrow to compete in an international business and marketing competition that draws 21,000 participants. Gabriel, son of Carlos and Yoed Cameron of Lawrence, was a medalist in both the district and state competitions earlier this year. For this event, he will take a written test on business and industry standards, and create a marketing plan based on a specific scenario on which he will be briefed. 

Logan, son of Kathy and Kurt Slevoski of Georgetown, and Johnathan, son of Jorge and Silvia Pena of West Newbury, will both participate in DECA's Emerging Leadership Series, two days of conferences and break-out sessions. They are being chaperoned by Culinary Arts Instructor Cathie Baines and will  enjoy a trip to Disneyland and Universal Studios while there.

It is Whittier's first time competing in DECA. Marketing Teachers Amanda Crosby and Linda Sarno trained and enrolled their students because SkillsUSA did not have a category specific to their vocational-technical program. 

DECA is Distributive Education Clubs of America, an international association of high school and college students and teachers of marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality, and marketing.

Middle Schoolers loved STEM Camp

Thirty-five middle school students spent four days at Whittier over April vacation immersed in science, technology, engineering and math at our first STEM Camp. Their action-packed days were spent building balsa wood airplanes and straw rockets to learn about aerospace engineering; experimenting with solar cookers and egg drops to get acquainted with green engineering; designing pinball and Rube Goldberg machines to understand mechanical engineering; and constructing balsa wood bridges and rollercoasters to learn the concepts of civil engineering.

Find more opportunities this summer for middle schoolers at our sports camps and Project Discovery Program at https://whittiertech.org/vacation-camps



Summer Basketball Camp for Grades 5-8

Middle school students can have fun and make new friends this summer while working on their basketball skills at Whittier Tech! Our high school basketball players and former players who now play in college will be part of the coaching staff, including Justin Reyes, Class of 2013. He averaged 20 points per game at St. Thomas Aquinas College this season and was named to the Division 2 All-American Team. The four camp sessions begin July 10. Check out the dates and registration information on the flyer.


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Students talk college at fair in gym

Representatives from 34 colleges filled our gym yesterday where sophomores and juniors were a rapt audience, chatting and asking questions to discover the many opportunities awaiting them after high school. Also this week, parents attended a College Planning Session run by our guidance counselors in the auditorium Thursday night to learn how to help their sons and daughters through the college selection and application process. Seventy percent of Whittier graduates go on to college.


Model United Nations team headed for debate

Good luck to our Model UN Debate Team who is heading to UMass Lowell tomorrow through Thursday for their first formal debate of the year. Students have been writing position papers and practicing their debate skills during UN class with Ms. Jana Brown and after school with her and Advisor Scott Robertson. 

The dynamic three-day event  provides students with opportunities to debate critical issues facing the global community, as well as develop public speaking, researching and writing skills.

It will be held at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center.