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Bruins’Goal is a Return Trip to Championship Game

Boston_Bruins_svgBy Kali Heffernan

The Boston Bruins season is finally here! After losing in game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals to the Chicago Blackhawks last June, the Bruins are back and ready to go. Their goal every season is to make it to the Stanley Cup finals and  eventually win it. After coming so close, but failing to do so, they had to make some changes. With free agency and the trade market open, the Boston Bruins organization had some tough decisions to make. First they had to find out which players would be leaving from free agency. With a small salary cap space limiting the amount of money they could spend on players, they would have to make some hard decisions. First they made sure they resign their most valuable players, Goalie Tuukka Rask and Center Patrice Bergeron. They were both signed to an 8-year deal.

One player they had to lose was defenseman and Alternate Captain Andrew Ference, whose contract had expired. Even though the Bruins would have loved to keep such an amazing player and person, they had to let him go because of the small cap space. He is now Captain of the Edmonton Oilers. They also lost their top line right wing Nathan Horton to free agency. Horton, unlike Ference, did not want to come back to Boston for a 4th year after making it to the Cup finals twice in 3 years and winning one.

After losing many players to free agency, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli decided to make a trade. A big 7 player trade. He decided to trade Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverly, and Ryan Button to Dallas, for Loui Eriksson, Joe Morrow, Matt Fraser and Reilly Smith. The Bruins had many new players to welcome to Boston. Losing former players made room for new players, and prospects. During free agency, the Bruins acquired Jarome Iginla from Pittsburgh. Iginla was not loved by Boston fans at first after choosing to go to Pittsburgh over Boston at the trade deadline last season. He proved himself in the preseason as the team’s top scorer, skating top line with Milan Lucic and David Krejci in place of Nathan Horton. Loui Eriksson was great in place of Tyler Seguin on the second line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. The Bruins team has been 4 lines deep, and they wanted to keep it this way, but the third line was a problem. After losing Rich Peverly and Jaromir Jagr the 3rd line needed some work. With many prospects it was open to almost anyone. The preseason gave the prospects a chance to show what they can do. It ended up being a battle between Jordan Caron, Carl Soderberg, and new teammate Reilly Smith on who would play the wings with Chris Kelly on the 3rd line. Soderberg ended up having an injury so the line is Caron-Kelly-Smith as of now. Of course the 4th line, or Merlot Line as it was known for the players’ cranberry-colored practice jerseys, is Shawn Thornton, Gregory Campbell and Danny Paille as always.

There is a lot to look forward to with the Bruins this season. It will be exciting, and interesting to see how the new players will work in the team. It is bound to be a great season.

Federal Government Shutdown

For about two weeks the Federal Government was shut down. As just about any American knows, this was due to the inability of the House of Representatives and the Senate to reach an agreement on the Federal budget. Really, it boiled down to the fact that House Republicans wanted parts of the Affordable Care Act (sometimes called Obamacare) repealed, while Senate Democrats and President Obama want to make sure it stayed on the books. In the absence of a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, House Republicans would only consider a budget that “defunds” (de facto repeals) segments of the Affordable Care Act that they do not like. Mainly this includes the health care exchanges and penalty for Americans not having health insurance. Also, many Republicans were mad at the fact that pre-existing health  conditions can no longer be used as a reason to deny coverage. This may be well be because they have a financial interest or political connections to insurance companies. While Republicans are certainly not alone in this conflict of interest, to let it rise above their responsibility of running the country is reprehensible. In other words, the government shutdown can be viewed merely as a political squabble gone out of control.

One of the many historical parks closed due to Federal government shutdown.
One of the many historical parks that was closed due to Federal government shutdown.

What the shutdown meant for Americans is that the vital, often forgotten government services of which they have come to rely upon every day were unavailable for their use. The largest example of this was the National Park Service. It’s easy to forget the wealth of historical places and outdoor open spaces that the American citizen is lucky enough to use for free. There are plenty of national parks in the Boston area that were directly affected by the shutdown. One of the best examples is the Lexington and Concord park. The Battle of Lexington and Concord was arguably one of the most important battles in American history. To have it closed to a political squabble is a travesty. Not to mention the countless school field trips that have probably been rearranged last minute. Of course, the federal government was unable to pay these expenses if it did not have a budget.

However, this does not mean that the federal government was shut down entirely. “Excepted” functions, as they are called, were still in operation. “Excepted” functions were mainly ones that are important to the preservation of life or property. For example, this means that while the National Parks were closed, there was money available for security to make sure that no one went into the closed parks. In other words, it really cost money in order for the federal government to be able to save money. Also, the military was wholly unaffected by the seeming “shutdown.” Finally, and this was the part that made most Americans’ blood boil, the Health Care online exchanges opened anyway because funding for them was already appropriated in the long term federal budget. These hotly debated online exchanges are simply ways for Americans to directly compare different insurance rates in a central location. Before the implementation of these exchanges, it was sometimes impossible to receive a straight quote on the cost of health insurance. In the eyes of the Republicans, the point of the shutdown was to prevent these exchanges from being opened. That also proves the irony and general pointlessness of the shutdown. Simply put, Republican political jockeying achieved nothing at all.

Ultimately, the shutdown was truly insane when one considers all of the people who were involuntarily furloughed. While all the politicians on Capitol Hill were being paid, around a million other federal workers were not. These workers have families to support and, with no paychecks for two weeks,  had to come up with way alternate ways to make ends meet. In fact, numerous blog articles focused on how federal workers should prioritize paying their bills. While Congress did guarantee back pay when the government reopens, it did not help workers who had bills due during the shutdown. Why, in this bad economy, was it necessary to put people out of work just to make a political point? It never was. In the end, the federal government shutdown benefitted no one and really just hurt average Americans. Not members of the wealthy “one percent,” but members of the working class “99 percent.”

 

A review of the Top 5 songs on iTunes

By Mackenzie Welch

1. Royals by Lorde

lorde-pure-heroine-410Now I’m not gonna lie. I was surprised to see this song at number one, but at the same time I wasn’t at all shocked. The best word to describe this song would be eccentric. Lately I’ve been noticing that practically every song that’s coming out sounds generically the same. But this song has such an original sound to it, which is something we haven’t heard in a while, it’s no wonder why this song became a hit. I’m not the only with this thought, people I talked to called this song “astounding” and “a complete original”. However some people did complain that the song is incredibly repetitive and too slow.  I can relate to that argument but I feel that the slow beat made it necessary for Lorde to really put emphasis on certain words in the song, to make them pop out. And to think this all came from a small town teenage girl in New Zealand. I think what really gets to people in the song is the message, now a days you see famous celebrities claiming to be the top harlot, flashing all their precious objects. In this song she’s saying she is perfectly comfortable with her small town life and she isn’t planning on losing herself in the high life, unlike some celebrities Lorde is sticking to her roots. I really love this song and can’t wait to see what’s more to come of her.

 

2. Roar by Katy Perry

Unlike Royals I wasn’t surprised to see this up in the top songs, mainly because whenever I turn on the radio this song is always playing. Now in a general sense, I like Katy Perry, she never had the same old same old feel to her songs, and this doesn’t disappoint.  While I admit the song is different than her other ones, that doesn’t mean I like it. Now the majority of the school’s response to this song was “I love it!” and “this is my anthem!” but I wasn’t feeling it. On a lyrical sense, I do like the meaning of what Katy is trying to get across, her progression in character; how she went from being nothing, to people pushing her down and hanging over the breaking point, but managing to get back up, and being able to become a happy and confident person in the end. But her voice in the song sounds like she’s trying to get as deep as possible and I hear a strain in her voice as well. I also felt like she could’ve done more to the bridge than just repeating roar as it gradually gets louder. While the majority of the school is roaring to this song, I just think that this wasn’t the best of Katy Perry.

 

 3. Wrecking ball by Miley Cyrus

miley-cyrus-bangerz-deluxe-new-songUUUUGGGGHHHH. That was my initial reaction when I knew I was going to have to write about this song.  So this song was by far the most controversial  on the charts. While some students I talked to said the song shows that Miley has changed, others felt Miley is just a wreck like this song. Now I feel that you can’t judge a person’s music based on her personality, even though I do that sometimes. With saying that, I don’t like this song because of the song not because of what Miley does. I do really love the chorus though and the lyrics and music in it, but the rest didn’t seem to tie in music-wise. The verses and the bridge are this kind of a fast paced light sound, then the chorus hits with heavy beats dropping and it gets slower. I also didn’t think she had to emphasize every single word in the beginning verses. I do think Miley has a lot of talent and is a good singer, but this song just didn’t appeal to me. Despite all this I’m still pretty interested in what more music Miley has to offer.

 

 4. Wake me up by Avicii

avicii-wake-me-up-612x612Now please tell me I’m not the only who has trouble hearing what he’s trying to say in the verses. I understand the chorus though, so I kind of felt like this song became so popular because both country and dance/electronic music are blended perfectly in this song. Generally the comments from students for the song were all positive. The only slightly negative response I got was from one student who said, “yeah it was good, but it’ll get boring eventually.”  I feel like that reply can go to any song. The meaning to this song I find it incredible because it applies to both the young and the old. The majority of the lyrics are saying that in the time of youth, be optimistic and following your dreams, life is shorter than everyone thinks and use life as your advantage. At the same time it also discusses that he wants to become older because then he’ll be wiser and he doesn’t want to make the same mistakes that he made it the past. So to summarize, I like the beats, the lyrics and the meaning, and this song is definitely going into one of my playlists.

 

 5. Hold on, We’re going home by Drake

drake-hold-on-coverMost people I asked about this song had never heard of it. However the few that did know the song called it “a bombing song.” Now I’m not a huge fan of Drake, but I have to say I like it. The sound has a slow pace to it but it has these beats that really ties in together. And even though the lyrics are just about being in love with this girl, I thought it fit well with the general sound. The only thing I didn’t like about the song was how he repeated the same verse in the beginning chorus. I was pretty surprised when this song was number five considering that not many people have heard of this song. I was also surprised of the slightly different direction that Drake is taking regarding his music and I personally like it a lot better. This is definitely a song you should check out.

Make Memories at This Year’s Homecoming Dance!

Tis’ the season for warm sweaters, apple picking, and terrifying haunted house rides; what could be better? One simple solution to that question would be: Homecoming! As the first month of school fades to October, there is always one thing on every high school student’s mind: ‘What in the world should I wear to homecoming?’ Now, all jokes aside, this high school event is (in my opinion) the best that the school has to offer. I am a senior here at HHS and I would like to cordially invite students of all ages to this event, as it is going to be a night to remember. Even as cliché as that may sound, it’s true. This is an event that truly introduces you into the whole “High School Experience.” Whether it be meeting new friends or seeing old ones on the dance floor, there is so much that can be taken from it.

In years past homecoming has raked in a lot of kids. The exciting festivities range from not only the thrilling football game but to the wacky and crazy music that may be played.  I remember one year students cleared a circle for others to have a dance off, everyone’s jaws dropped for that one student who could break dance. Another year, everyone in the gym was swinging their arms dancing to ‘Gangnum Style.’ At other times I remember my friends and I would always be in a group dancing and having a great time. There is a lot to be taken from this dance: the memories, the superb food, the pictures, and most importantly; the dancing. What’s better than food and dancing with your friends? Now I understand homecoming isn’t for everyone, but I would suggest attending this year whether it be your first, or last year attending. If none of that has sold you, just know that I have never heard of someone regretting going to the Hanover High School homecoming.

For this event it is highly recommended for you guys to dress up in a suit and tie, or dress pants and dress shoes. For you girls, it is simply a semi-formal dress and usually heels. Before the dance begins students will be breathalyzed at the door and will be motioned to gather around the cafeteria to take pictures and meet up with friends. After, doors will open and the dance will commence. The dance usually runs about three hours, 7:30 to 10:30. In years past we have had no problems and safety has been well-maintained. The dance is a safe and friendly place where all students are welcome. So what are you waiting for? Get up and practice those dance moves! Homecoming is just around the corner!

The dance will be held on October 26th in the high school gymnasium. Tickets are on sale now and are $30! Get yours before it’s too late!

Town meeting grants funds to improve baseball field, track

By: Andrea Bilton, Matthew Jillett, and Peter Palmer

An important town meeting was held on October 10th to decide whether Hanover High would receive funding needed to make repairs to several sports fields. The school has done very well at staying on top of things; whether it be dealing with the computers being down, leaky ceilings, or broken desks, we have gotten around these problems. But for some issues, we need help through funding. The town Advisory Board was offering a $65,000 allocation from the operating budget to repair recreational fields at HHS. About $12,000 of the funding would fix the throwing area on the track and field to meet new MIAA standards, a requirement for HHS to continue hosting home track meets. An additional $8,000 would fund netting around the baseball fields and tennis courts so both sports could be played safely at the same time. In addition to the funding from Advisory Board, town meeting was also considering whether to approve $800,000 for athletic improvements across the district.

Several town members in the crowd argued against giving the schools the funding. One man asked, “What is the $65,000 going towards?” Town Manager Troy Clark, asked by the moderator of the meeting to respond, said, “The money is for minor improvements, netting, etc., as well as looking into more possible improvements.” Others in the audience were also questioning how repairs were needed so soon after the new high school was built. Some felt their tax dollars were going to waste fixing a brand new school.

The chairman of the school building committee, Chris Martin, had a great deal of information for the crowd relating to the problems dealing with the school and how they would go about fixing them. “After the school was built, sports were the next thing to worry about,” Martin told the crowd. “Modifications are continuing to be made, and when the new athletic director was hired, money went toward getting whatever she needed.”

Martin continued to list other issues that are going on around the school such as the need for more bleachers on the turf field. If they were to build more bleachers they would have to build a bigger bathroom to hold more toilets. In the long run it would have cost too much money. They also had ideas of building a press box but would have to install an elevator to avoid lawsuits about handicapped accessibility, and that would have cost $200,o0o.

At the end of the meeting, the town meeting approved the $65,000 from the Advisory Board but denied the $800,000.  The $65,000 will be enough to make the necessary repairs to the baseball field and track, and study future improvements.

The StuCo Scoop: October 2013

By Andrea Bilton and Jill Drummy

A look at all student council related news, announcements, and events!

HOMECOMING: It’s the month of October and what does that remind you of? HOMECOMING! Whether you’re a girl having trouble finding a dress or a guy who couldn’t care less, DON’T FORGET TO BUY YOUR TICKET! Homecoming is an awesome time that you DO NOT want to miss out on! Tickets are on sale now at all lunches for $30 each. Homecoming will be on Saturday, October 26th.  This price includes a great meal and a night of dancing and fun. It’s a great night that you will never forget, and won’t regret taking part in! And why not use all of this excitement as an excuse to get yourself pumped full of school pride? Definitely plan on supporting any Hanover High sports teams playing that weekend- it’s a great way to band together and show off our abundance of school spirit! 

SPIRIT WEEK: With Homecoming approaching, that means Spirit Week is coming up! Celebrate each day with a festive costume to match the theme, and don’t forget about Class Color day, where you can represent your class by sporting a color based on your grade. Seniors wear blue, juniors wear black, sophomores wear white, and freshmen wear yellow. Class t-shirts were sold during lunches, and if you purchased one, you can wear it and show your class colors along with the rest of your friends! These shirts will be a great way to remember your years at HHS, and you will never regret having one to keep for years to come. Spirit week begins Monday, October 21st, and the themes are as follows:

Monday, Oct. 21 – Disney Day! (sport your favorite disney character costumes, disney logos, etc… unleash your inner kid for the day!)

Tuesday, Oct. 22 – America Day! (Show off your pride for this great nation by decking head to toe in red, white and blue- get your American flags ready and show your American pride!)

Wednesday, Oct. 23 – Class Color Day! (Support your class by wearing your custom class t- shirt, or just covering your entire body in your class color- seniors wear blue, juniors black, sophomores white, and freshmen yellow. Go crazy and show the rest of the school how spirited your class can be!)

Thursday, Oct. 24 – Twin Day! (Grab your best friend and dress as twins! Match everything and have some fun with it- be creative!)

Friday, Oct. 25 – Hanover Pride! (It’s rally day, everybody! Blue and gold all the way- go full out and show your town spirit!)

 

HALLWAY DECORATIONS: Another aspect of Spirit Week is the colorful hallway decorations, plastered in the pods by your class student council members, all reflecting a custom theme in the competition to see which class is the most festive. The themes will remain a secret until the day of the reveal, so be sure to look out for each class’s theme this spirit week!! Decide for yourself which pod is decorated the best! 

STUCO SUPPORTED EVENTS: Over the past month, the Buddy Walk and the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk were two very cool events, both on Sunday, October 6th. Despite the rain and chill, everyone who attended these events had an awesome time and made the best of their strides! More events represented by student council will occur in the future, and as many people as possible are encouraged to participate and support the worthy causes.

***Keep yourself posted- more news and events to come!

Got any cool fundraising ideas or suggestions? Send them to hhsstuco16@gmail.com!

Contact Mr. Centorino or Mr. Hegarty if you’re interested in becoming an honorary representative- it’s a great way to get involved in your community and help out your class.

Hanover Girls Hockey: Team, Myth or Legend?

When most people hear about the Hanover girls hockey team, the usual response is something along the lines of: ‘we have a girl’s hockey team?’ Why yes, we do and believe it or not it’s pretty awesome. The team is combined with the town of Cohasset and coached by Deb Beal, a teacher in Cohasset. The season starts in December, and practices are held mostly at Pilgrim Rink in Hingham. Games are played all over the South Shore.

Wicked Local Photo by K.A. MacDonald, published in the Hanover Mariner Jan. 29, 2013
Wicked Local Photo by K.A. MacDonald, published in the Hanover Mariner Jan. 29, 2013

When asked about playing with girls from Cohasset, Hanover sophomore Sam Taylor said, “I love it. They are very nice.”  Hanover and Cohasset are set to break into their own teams by the end of this season, much to the chagrin of players. The girls liked playing together so much they fought the separation each season.

The team started back in 2010 after much planning. It began as a JV team but the next year stepped up to varsity. Though the team hasn’t won many games (as you can see from the stats below) they always play hard and bring their A game every time.

2012-2013 Season Stats
Wed., Dec. 26 Whitman-Hanson L, 6-2
Wed., Jan. 2 at Norwell T, 1-1
Sat., Jan. 5 at Marshfield L, 2-1
Wed., Jan. 9 Martha’s Vineyard L, 3-2
Sat., Jan. 12 Bourne W, 3-1
Wed., Jan. 16 North Quincy W, 4-1
Sat., Jan. 19 at Dennis-Yarmouth T, 2-2
Mon., Jan. 21 at Scituate L, 4-2
Sat., Jan. 26 at Latin Academy W, 4-2
Wed., Jan. 30 Norwell W, 5-4
Sat., Feb. 2 at Martha’s Vineyard L, 4-2
Wed., Feb. 6 Marshfield L, 2-1
Tue., Feb. 19 at Bourne L, 4-2

 

That isn’t to say beginners aren’t welcome. Beginners were what the team was originally based on. The Hanover/ Cohasset team operates based upon a philosophy where the more experienced players play the varsity games and the beginners on the JV team play scrimmages with other JV teams. If you are just starting out it is the perfect set up, because you get ice time each week at practice and games that are just for fun. Molly Cameron, a Hanover sophomore, says to beginners, “It’s the best thing you could ever do and you won’t regret doing it!”

Since most people don’t really know about the team it’s sometimes hard to find new players. Most of the current players  found out about it from friends or from being on the town girls’ team (yes, that’s a thing too). What the players like most about playing hockey and being on the team is the challenge and the friends they make.

If you decide to join the team, it is a good experience. Even if you don’t, it would be good to follow the team’s games and see all the great achievements they make!

Kayla Garity is a member of the team.

The Question of Change: P.E.

By Marijke Fulton and Jackie DeFerrari

The days of gym classes where we can just relax and socialize with friends may be long gone at Hanover High. The new gym class policy has caused a stir of annoyance among students, but others, especially teachers, deem it necessary. In the past, many students have viewed gym class as simply an elective, slacking off when it comes to participation, claiming that gym counts as barely anything on a transcript; however, that’s all about to change.

The new rules basically consist of three parts:

1) Students are now required to make up gym class when they are absent to avoid losing credit, (8/10 points for one makeup, 6/10 points for the next, 4/10 points for the one after that, and a detention for the last)

2) Students are now to be graded on participation, whether or not they’ve changed, and on their attendance. Each gym class is an opportunity to receive any number out of a maximum of 10 points.

3) Students MUST be wearing gym clothes that have been changed into in order to participate; “just sneakers” is not acceptable as of this year.

Now there are no jeans, skirts, dresses, heels, boots, or flip-flops allowed at all for participation credit, even for walking. (Then again, how many of us really feel like power-walking the mile in heels?)

The good news: our teachers will post on the bulletin board in the gym hallway which days are available for make-ups, and have graciously offered up extra pairs of clothing articles and shoes so we can at least participate…sadly, even then, there’s still no credit to be had.

When asked her opinion on the recent changes, HHS gym teacher Mrs. Bostwick commented, “I think it’s good; it holds people responsible and accountable for the decisions they make.”

HHS student Chris Greeley, who has stayed after to make up a gym class, calls the new gym rule a “good extra credit or make-up opportunity.”

One senior claims that the new rule is “annoying, but undoubtedly necessary …although it’s a bit strict, having to change every single class, no matter the time of day, and then having to stay after even if you forget your clothes in the rush to go to school at 7am, it at least provides structure so that students might be motivated to put in the extra effort for the grade.”

No matter what your opinion on the issue is, I think we can all agree that gym is getting more and more difficult to retain that ‘A’ status by the year. Many students feel that the new rules are too harsh for an elective, and that gym should be an easier class – that the severeness of having to stay after school (which could potentially cut into the clubs, sports, or other extra-curricular activities) in order to retain credit when something as simple as the changing into gym clothes isn’t put into action is a bit too much of an extreme.

However, is making PE more challenging necessarily a bad thing? It’s great to be active, it’s required by law in Massachusetts Public Schools, and the health benefits are immeasurable – the way in which exercise is executed, however, is what marks the difference between motivation and procrastination.

Complaints of  monotony in the singular class have been heard, and this year in particular, the upperclassmen have been given a wider range of activities to participate in, such as Ultimate Frisbee, tennis, and tennis baseball thus far. Still, many have claimed that “more fun” classes, such as capture the flag or dance, are still a high demand.

The idea of a more diverse gym class is much more widespread than just Hanover. According to their school website, Duxbury High in Massachusetts has multiple gym electives, ranging from Project Adventure, a course that allows students to participate in “cooperative game presentation[s] to the class, knots, belay techniques, and beginning level climbing…” and is “…designed to reinforce the importance of cooperation, communication, building self-esteem, self-confidence and decision making skills…” to a ‘Health and Nutrition’ course, specializing in “…addressing personal health and life issues. These issues…include AIDS/HIV, interpersonal relationships, human sexuality, refusal skills, violence prevention, drugs and alcohol, smoking, and family living issues.” and ‘Lifetime Individual Physical Education’, which includes “individual type sports: Archery, Golf, Badminton, Tennis, Yoga, Aerobics, CPR Training, and Weight Training…students learn the importance of maintaining a healthy life-style by participating in sports that they can continue throughout their lifetime. Students learn the skills, theory, and strategies needed for each lifetime sport.”

While it would be great for Hanover High to invest in similar activities, either monetarily or with support, the idea of simply creative and innovative P.E. elective options is on the table. That’s not to say that we’re unappreciative – we’re really immensely thankful for the effort of our teachers!

For the time being, whether we agree with it or not, gym is still a graded class, and like any class, work must be made up when you are absent, and you must come prepared. Good grades are possible, but the effort must be put in to get them.

So the next time you’re about to wear flip-flops to school on a gym day, think again. Your grade could depend on it.

Students Make Strides Against Breast Cancer in Fundraiser Walk

It truly was a “Sunday morning, rain is falling” moment on Sunday, October 6th, when a sea of pink pride swept along the coast of the Charles River, united in the eternal fight against breast cancer. Over 7,000 dedicated breast cancer awareness supporters trekked the five mile scenic path through the beautiful city of Boston in the “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” event. And Hanover High was proud to boast that many of its very own students were among these dedicated supporters! The journey was a wet one, but that did not stop anybody. The thousands of walkers trudged on, clad in pink T-shirts and soggy sneakers, splashing through puddles and embracing the light shower of rain drizzling from overhead branches. It was an amazing opportunity for HHS students (and Bostonians alike) to walk alongside their closest friends, experience a morning of crisp fall air, and most importantly, “make strides” against the prominent disease. There was never a dull moment on this five mile course, for the scenery continued to change, ranging from geese-infested riverbanks, to lush, tree-filled fields, to intricate, graffiti-ridden bridges. And if the abundance of nature was not enough to keep our eyes occupied, every so often there would be breast cancer awareness signs posted. These signs were printed either with humorous and inspirational quotes or with little known facts about breast cancer, keeping all of us striding supporters focused on the true goal of our journey.  One read “Just keep swimming!”  and another informed that “1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer.”

What was really astounding about this event was how many people were stationed throughout the course, wrapped in rain jackets or ponchos, huddled against the rain, and still yelling encouragement through their shivers and extending their numb hands for high-fives. And, of course, the final stretch of the trail came with a bittersweet ending. It sure did feel exhilarating to finally finish, yet crossing the finish line meant that the beautiful scenery, cheerful company, and easy conversation had to end. But then again, ahead of the finish line was yet another bright pink mass to look forward to, with more volunteers, spirited and lively, clapping and cheering and yelling words of praise while all of us proud walkers reached our final destination.

Overall, the walk was an incredible experience for all who took part and more than $1 million dollars was raised toward breast cancer research, prevention, and awareness. The effectiveness of the walk was evident in the smiles of all walking survivors, volunteers, and anyone involved really believed that every step and splash was worth it. At the end of the day, it was not about how fast you walked or even what a great time you had. It was about giving hope to all of those out there suffering from an unfortunate disease. And I’d say that there’s no better way to spend a rainy Sunday morning than by giving hope to those who need it most.

These are the StuCo members who participated in the walk.
These are the StuCo members who participated in the walk.

Marching Band Supports Breast Cancer

The Pride of Hanover Marching Band is known for its in-the-stands and halftime performances at home football games. In that respect, the game on Friday, October 4, against North Quincy was no different. The band started the game off with a rousing National Anthem which alerted the crowd to the start of the game in the absence of a working PA system. During halftime the band performed, in the words of Band Director Mr. Ketchen, “[their] best show of the season yet!” This year, the field show is centered around the works of legendary movie composer John Williams. Specifically, the show on Oct. 4 included adaptations from movies such as Star Wars, E.T., Empire of the Sun and Far and Away. To add to the impressive music, the band also manages to move around on the field and even forms a small airplane at one point! In case this was not enough, the Band is right now hard at work on completing another part of the show. This part to the field show will include adaptions from Raiders of the Lost Ark and will end with the epic and insane Star Wars Throne Room theme. In the words of junior drumline member Eric Smith ’15, “It will raise the hair right off your very spine!” The only way to verify that claim is to attend the Homecoming Game on Saturday, October 26, when the band will be performing next. It has been promised by all in the band not to disappoint.

At the same time, everyone in the band is aware of the fact that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Evidence of this came during the Field Show itself. All members wore pink gloves with their uniforms. The Color Guard even waved pink flags in lieu of their usual multicolored ones. Finally, although easy to miss from afar, all band members sported pink ribbons directly on their front of their uniforms. All in all, the band’s support for breast cancer was palpable for anyone who attended the game.

In addition to the band sporting its new pink swag on the field, during the third quarter the band went around in the stands and solicited monetary donations for breast cancer research. The band raised around $250 dollars in about 10 minutes through their third quarter solicitations. This sum was no surprise considering the generosity that poured out of the people in the stands. In fact, in talking with various Band members, even they were amazed at the outpouring of support.  The fundraising drive was so successful that Trumpet Section Leader Nick Stevenson ’15 commented “It was great to spend my quarter off from playing helping out such a great cause.” Finally, the Band will be collecting additional donations during the Homecoming Game for anyone who was unable to attend the game on Oct 4.

EDITOR NOTE: David plays the Clarinet for the Pride of Hanover Marching Band and is the co-Publicity Chair in charge of in school communications about Band events.