Carole Hamilton Legacy Travel Fund

Founding faculty member Carole Hamilton lost her hard-fought battle with leukemia on Jan. 12, 2016.

Hamilton started at CA in the Middle School English department before moving to the Upper School. She founded the Cary Academy Speech and Debate Team, which has gone on to become one of the top programs in the nation. She left the school after the 2013-2014 school year to focus her attention on her treatment and family. Hamilton is survived by her daughter, Aubrey, and her husband, Ned, who retired from Cary Academy in 2014 as a digital technology instructor.

"Carole left a legacy not only at Cary Academy but within the wider speech and debate community," said Head of School Mike Ehrhardt. "She will be missed."

In 2014-15, parents of debaters past and present – spearheaded by alum parent Kathy Worm – honored Carole Hamilton by establishing the Carole Hamilton Legacy Travel Fund. It supports travel to national competitions for students who might not otherwise be able to afford to attend these premier competitions. "While we mourn the loss of such a wonderful mentor, we celebrate all the guidance, support and skills she provided our children," said Worm.

Board of directors' member Jennifer Weiss and her husband, Bruce Hamilton, have contributed to the debate fund. "Both of our children were fortunate to have Mrs. Hamilton as a teacher and as their debate coach, and they learned a great deal from her. The skills, confidence and experience they gained in debate will help them throughout their lives."

For more than 16 years Hamilton coached the debate team and mentored more than 300 debate students. Contributions in honor of Hamilton can be made to Cary Academy and restricted to the travel fund.

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