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Drama Club Takes on Fairy Tale Mashup for Annual State Festival

By Paulina Leskow, ’24

Staff Writer

Despite the snow on the ground, spring is just around the corner, and the HHS Drama Club is preparing for the annual METG Festival. The Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild Drama Festival is a competition in which high schools present a one-act play under 40 minutes, with the crew limited to just five minutes to create and break down the set. The performances are judged professionally in daylong rounds, and only a select number of schools are chosen to move on to the next level. HHS will perform The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon in the first round, competing against seven other schools at Marshfield High School on March 4. 

The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon by Don Zolidis is about almost every fairy tale known — Cinderella, Snow White, Hansel and Gretel and more — all jumbled up into one crazy, hilarious story. The cast is very excited to present the show, with a mix of performers both new to and experienced in the happy chaos of festival days. In the first round, HHS will compete against Duxbury, Marshfield, Hull, Norwell, Hingham, Weymouth, and Ursuline Academy. 

“I am happy and nervous at the same time, as this will be my first time performing in front of so many different people from different schools,” said Baylor Speckmann, a junior and first-time festival cast member. Baylor will be playing Narrator 2 in the production. “There are so many specific parts and movements to memorize, but I know it will work out with the help of the castmates, crewmates, and our director.” 

HHS Drama teacher Collin Fahey will direct the show, having a few festivals under his belt including the challenging hybrid-style competitions during the height of COVID.

“It is the 90th annual festival this year, and it is very exciting to be a part of such a tradition,” he said. “All of our cast and crew is such remarkable talent, and I can assure you that this will be one of the funniest shows you have ever seen!”

This is the second and final festival for Kaya Bianculli, senior co-president of the Drama Club who will be portraying Narrator 1. “I like seeing different drama departments from other schools perform as well as meeting new people,” she said.

Family and friends can attend a dress rehearsal of the show in the HHS auditorium on March 2. The action-packed, hilarious play will leave you smiling from ear to ear. 

“I am thrilled to be able to get a view of the show as a crew member, which is completely different to performing as an actor,” said sophomore Marie Fortier, assistant Stage Manager. “Seeing the sets and props come together is a very fun and memorable moment.” 

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Outreach Club Joins Forces with First-Graders to Honor Veterans

Students in the Hanover High School Outreach Club worked with first graders at Cedar School on Monday, Nov. 7, to create crafts in honor of Veterans Day. The finished projects were handed out to veterans at the holiday lunch at the Hanover Council on Aging on Nov. 11.

The Outreach Club was created last year by students including Ashley Stracco and Brody Liebfarth as a way to support local seniors, veterans and families in need. Among its projects are “Cards for Kindness,” where handmade cards are collected for seniors, and gift baskets created and distributed at Christmas and Easter. For more info or to support the club, contact Ashley Stracco or advisor Mrs. McHugh.

Special thanks to Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Caulfield and Ms. Pollock at Cedar for inviting the high schoolers into their classrooms.

School Spirit Soars for Homecoming Traditions

Hanover High’s school spirit was on full display in the week celebrating Homecoming. From Oct. 24-28, students rocked red, white and blue and their brightest neon, most comfortable jammies, favorite jerseys and coolest tropical gear for four days of themed dress-up. They then busted ear drums at the Friday pep rally before coming together to watch the football team trounce North Quincy 42-0. Homecoming included senior night for football and cheer, and the crowning of Jimmy Godin and Sophia Marshall-Pelayo as king and queen.

Special thanks to Mr. Patch for additional photos

Cabaret Showcases Student Talent, Passion

By Paulina Leskow and Norah Kelley, ’24

To kick off this school year for the music and drama departments, Hanover High School transformed the cafeteria into a Cabaret. The October 20 showcase featured 19 acts and was a great way to put the performing arts on center stage. The Cabaret included the HHS Band, Vox choral group and Jazz Ensemble as well as many acts proposed by the students themselves to show off their talents of singing, dancing, acting, comedy and playing instruments.

“From beginning to end, they showed individual initiative — especially through their creativity,” said Mr. Matt Harden, the chair of Hanover Schools’ Fine and Performing Arts who also leads instrumental music at HHS. Mr. Harden orchestrated the production, along with choral director Mr. Michael Wade and drama teacher Mr. Collin Fahey.

The event made an impact on the large audience as well as the performers and crew members who worked backstage. “I loved seeing how talented everyone was, especially people that I don’t usually get to see performing,” said junior Ella Nadeau, who sang “Girl Crush” by L. McKenna, H.Lindsey and L. Rose. 

After performing a dance routine, senior Owen Forrand said the reaction from the audience was the highlight of the night. “My favorite part was probably hearing how much people enjoyed my dance and how they thought I did well,” he said. “It was nice to hear that people didn’t notice the mistake I made and that the dance was fun to watch.” 

The Cabaret, which began last year as a way to continue live performances amid COVID-19 precautions, was also a great way for the new members of Hanover High School to be introduced to its impressive world of the arts. The schedule this year includes 13: The Musical in November, a drama fest and another play in the spring, and seasonal concerts by choral and instrumental performers. A districtwide festival showcasing fine and performing arts from students in grades k-12 debuted last year and is planned for the spring.

“The arts seem like such an amazing program,” said freshman Alana Cole, who sang “Don’t Rain on my Parade” by B. Merrill and J. Styne at the Cabaret. “It got me very excited to get involved in more activities!” 

HHS Musical Takes on a Milestone of Adolescence

By Jake Faghan, ’23

Staff Writer

HHS performing arts students are looking forward to their next production, 13: the Musical. As it grows closer to opening night on Nov. 18, word has been buzzing about this show, the only Broadway musical ever to feature a cast entirely of teens.

Created by Jason Robert Brown, Dan Elish and Robert Horn, 13 tells the story of a teen who moves from New York City to a small Midwestern town. In addition to having to make new friends, Evan Goldman must deal with his parents’ divorce and his upcoming Bar Mitzvah. The musical premiered on Broadway in 2008, and introduced the world to the young actress who would become pop star Ariana Grande. It also recently debuted as a movie on Netflix.

“This show is about growing up and using a little guess and check, maybe failing once in a while, to figure out who you are and where you fit in,” said HHS drama teacher Collin Fahey. “We all feel that at the age of 13, you think you know everything, but ultimately we all need a little more studying, a little more self-discovery and a little more homework.”

The show features contemporary music, humor and relatable characters — all of whom are about to turn 13, Mr. Fahey added. “I think it will be interesting for students to investigate what their middle school experience was like and how it can influence them.”

The musical stars Ella Nadeau as Evan Goldman, Ashley Stracco as Patrice, Baylor Speckmann as Brett, Addy Potter as Archie, Peyton Szymczak as Lucy, and Norah Kelley as Kendra. Mr. Matt Harden, who chairs the district’s Fine and Performing Arts department and leads instrumental music at HHS, will help shape the production, along with choral director Mr. Michael Wade.

Last summer, the Drama Department had chosen for its fall musical Little Women, based on the book by Louisa May Alcott and the Broadway show that debuted on Broadway in 2005. But because another company had already purchased the rights, HHS had to make a different choice, Mr. Fahey said. Mr. Harden suggested they try 13.

“It’s fun to work with because everyone’s been 13,” Mr. Fahey said. “I’ve been 13 and everyone involved has been 13. … It is a really upbeat, fun, hilarious show that I think people are really going to enjoy.”

13: The Musical, will come to life on the auditorium stage Nov. 18-20. Information on ticket sales will be posted on Hanover Schools’ social media soon. I personally think that everyone should give this show a shot, and support the performing arts. As you watch the characters in 13 grow, help nurture the HHS performing arts program as well.

“I am incredibly proud to be part of such a nurturing artistic community here,” Mr. Fahey said, “and I can’t wait to keep creating and keep succeeding.”

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Class of 2022: Friendships, Faculty will be Missed

By Norah Kelley, ’24

Staff Writer

Graduating from high school means going in a different direction from the people and friends that you have grown up with. It can be a scary step, but HHS seniors are excited for new opportunities. While they start planning for the next chapter of their lives, many are going to miss their high school experience, and the memories they have made will remain throughout their lives. 

Most of all, the Class of 2022 is going to miss being with their friends every day. 

“It’s easy to make friends when we’re all required to be at the same place,” said Anna Bucchianeri. “I think sometimes we take this for granted.”

Emma Talbot called it “the sense of home.” Jordan Kennedy said it’s “feeling like you know everybody even if you aren’t friends with them.”

Michael Losordo will always remember “having lunch with my best friends and joking around the table.”

Seniors will not only miss the friendships from within their class, they have also built strong bonds with younger students through sports, music, and all the clubs offered at HHS.  

“I will miss my underclassman friends and the community that the music wing provides,” said Karen Bell. 

Joe Campo echoed that. “Going to the band room before and after school was a notable part of my day because there was always someone in there to start a conversation with,” he said. “Now, whether they were supposed to be in another class during that time, I don’t know, but if I had a study, the band room was the place I’d go.”

For Bella Kelley, camaraderie and comfort came from the Unified Sports Team, which she participated in since freshman year. “This was my absolute favorite part of high school and I love all the friendships and memories I have made,” she said.

Preston Miller will miss the rugby team most of all. Ray Tschudy has great memories from cross country and track, and attending home games for other sports. 

Many students will miss the influential teachers they had in their four years at HHS. Abby Jones and Jack O’Callaghan called their teachers “amazing.” Dan Leskow said his were “incredible” and “helped me get where I am today.” Nora Dailey, Jack Rynning and Robbie Barrett singled out Mrs. “Momma” Pereira for having a big impact on their lives.

In addition to the teachers, class president Jamie Parry said what he’ll miss most about HHS is “the cookies.”

Whatever their plans are after graduation, the Class of 2022 will carry their experience and memories with them. The halls of HHS will definitely not be the same without them.

Class of 2022: World of Possibilities Awaits

By Paulina Leskow, ’24

Staff Writer

As the school year comes to an end, the members of the Class of 2022 are preparing for their future. After four years of assignments, a set bell schedule, gym classes and cafeteria lunches, seniors are looking forward to the next phase of their lives.

The majority of seniors who responded to The Hawk’s survey will be heading to college to explore their passions and prepare for careers. 

Class President Cara Jenkins will study biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She hopes to get a job in the biotechnology field and “work with others to find solutions for health issues such as cancers and other diseases.” 

Cara is among several students who said they plan to enter health-related fields. Jordan Kennedy will attend Temple University to study biochemistry. Molly McGlame will major in biology and continue her soccer career at St. John’s University. Gianna Rizzo is heading to the University of Tennessee’s nursing program.

Multiple graduates plan to pursue psychology in college, including Rose Giordani at Salve Regina University, Tiana Wakefield at Holy Cross, Nora Dailey at Arizona State, Karen Bell at the University of Rhode Island and Olivia Cuesta. Anna Bucchianeri is going to Emmanuel College to major in Developmental Psychology and Speech Communications. She wants to be a child psychologist, conduct research, and hopefully help to reform DCF and CPS. “I want to fight for the rights of children and help as many people as possible,” Anna said.

Many students want to explore STEM fields. Brayden Scott will study applied physics at Trevecca Nazarene College in Tennessee. McKenzie Bottomley will attend Clemson to study math. Carsten Schwarz will pursue computer science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, as will Jamie Parry at Georgia Tech. Daniel Leskow will study mechanical engineering at The University of Florida, as will John Kenney at the University of Tennessee. Jackson Coughlin, famous for getting his 3D printed gliders stuck in the library and cafeteria ceilings is heading to Wentworth Institute of Technology. Joe Campo wants to study   computer engineering at Clarkson University. Lauren Casey hopes to be a marine mammal specialist. Vincent Castildini will enroll in Mass Bay’s automotive technology program. Sean Freel is going straight to the workforce, hoping to enter the electricians’ union.

Business is also popular with seniors who responded to our survey. Ben Manning will study marketing at Stonehill College, as will Sean Coughlin at the University of Tennessee. Carter Zielinski will attend the Boston College Carroll School of Management for business analytics. Cole Gannon and David Mitchell plan to major in Economics at UMass-Amherst. Jack Rynning is heading to High Point University for business. Michael Losordo will major in finance and minor in business analytics at The Catholic University of America. Robbie Barrett will study finance at Bryant University. 

Some students will explore their more creative sides. Michael Greene, the Hawk’s staff cartoonist, will be attending Tufts University to study studio art and animation. He plans to explore film and media studies with English as well. The class salutatorian, Michael said he’s “very honored to be attending this school with such an amazing community.” Cullen Gardner plans to study photography at Emmanuel University. Willow DiGravio will pursue interior design at Coastal Carolina.

A couple of students said they hoped to become teachers. Abby Jones will attend Bridgewater State University as a secondary education major. Bridget Sellon will join her at BSU to study elementary education and art.

A good portion of seniors who replied to our survey will head to college but are still undecided about what they hope to pursue. It’s a good reminder that these years are a time of exploration and possibility.

“I’m unsure, hopefully living though,” said Jason Naughton. “Jokes aside, I do hope to stay in touch with my friends, and get some sort of job that I can live off of.”

We wish all that, and so much more, for the Class of 2022. Good luck on your future endeavors!

Class of 2022: Looking Back at the Highlight Reel

By Abby Van Duyn, ’24

Staff Writer

As seniors near the end of their high school careers, they can’t help but look back on the memories they’ve made. Friends, sports, teachers and class trips are among the highlights named by students who responded to The Hawk’s Class of 2022 survey.

Spirit Week stands out for Bridget Sellon and Jack Johnston. Abby Jones added that last fall’s pep rally out on the turf was one of her favorite memories.

For Molly McGlame, it’s “any school dance or sporting events. I love having these memories of being with my grade and school.” 

Anna Bucchianeri will never forget “the family we have created in the music department.” Several students in band, chorus and drama echoed the sentiment, with Joe Campo saying he “enjoyed every minute of it.” Zach Lawit loved playing with the band at football games, and both he and Carsten Schwarz have great memories of the band’s trip to Williamsburg, Va. For Lauren Casey, Karen Bell and Rose Giordani, the best memories came from Drama Club.

Sports offered many highlights, especially the boys hockey state championship at TD Garden. Lauren Salvas loved her two years on varsity volleyball, and teammate Emma Talbot called senior night “very meaningful.” Reilly Laubenstein will treasure her swim and cross country seasons, as will Gianna Rizzo with soccer. Willow DiGravio cited cheerleading senior night as her favorite memory. Michael Losordo loved “taking the bus to sporting events, specifically baseball, with a huge speaker and snacks for the team.” Jack Rynning is proud of winning the Patriot League in golf his sophomore year.

Classes and teachers were the best memories of some students. Breanna Thomas loved her Partnership in Art classes, and Preston Miller cited his freshman Ceramics 1 class. For Jackson Coughlin, it was engineering. Ben Manning will never forget AP World History, with “Mr. Perry walking in saying ‘Me and Ben are royalists’ and talking with me about The Crown.

Some students will never forget how the pandemic impacted high school. Caden Chadwick loved “reading outside during COVID times.” Nora Dailey will remember “online school at home.” For others, the easing of restrictions, including the hybrid schedule, was their favorite thing. “The end of the 2020-2021 school year just had a fun vibe as people were finally able to be back together and spend time outside in the nice weather,” said Brayden Scott. 

Field trips also stood out. For Dan Leskow, it was the Peru trip during February vacation. Gillian Mastrocola loved her French class trip to Quebec. Duncan MacDougall enjoyed the senior trip to Harvard Square. 

Allie Fiske’s highlight was unique. It was “when I brought my chicken in,” she said.

Some students couldn’t pick just one thing. “It was literally every day I got to spend with my friends,” said Cullen Gardner said. Jack O’Callaghan will never forget the “lots of good laughs.”

Class of 2022: Life Lessons From COVID

By Grace Van Duyn, ’22

Staff Writer

Looking back on the last four years, it is fair to say that our class did not have a typical high school experience. We all had no idea how much COVID would impact our lives, and for how long. With our sophomore, junior, and senior years affected by the virus, The Hawk asked students to reflect on the experience of living through a pandemic. 

“I learned to be more self-sufficient and independent,” said Gillian Mastrocola. “I became more adaptable and improved my ability to teach myself difficult topics, and I spent more time with my family and improved my mental health.” 

Many of us made similar self-discoveries, like Vincent Castaldini, who said, “I learned who I was as a person from the time we missed (in school).” Emma Talbot gained a “sense of independence and started doing things for myself, not others.” Anna Bucchianeri “learned not to doubt myself and that I could be strong.” Bella Kelley felt “the pandemic put into perspective what is important to me.”

Some students found the pandemic – with remote school, hybrid schedules and online classes – made them better students.

“COVID taught me a lot of time management skills that got me to set my own deadlines and stay on top of my work,” said Ben Manning. Duncan MacDougall is “now able to learn better over a Zoom call and with weekly deadlines instead of daily ones.” Bridget Sellon learned “to divide and conquer my work.”

For Cara Jenkins, COVID “showed us that we are able to adapt to new situations. Although it created many issues,” she said, “we were able to look for the positives and use the time for other things, such as families and hobbies.”

Hobbies picked up by the class included friendship bracelets for McKenzie Bottomley and skateboarding for Rose Giordani. Jamie Parry built a boat. Lauren Salvas “took the time to do things I love at home.”

Many students credit the pandemic for giving them more time with, and appreciation for, friends and family. “It made me realize the importance of spending time with others,” said Michael Greene. “I learned to better appreciate my family,” said Caden Chadwick.

Fitness was a coping mechanism for some students. Pat Callow started working out daily during the pandemic, saying “I learned that  not everything is a guarantee.” Carter Zielinski felt COVID “showed me how important staying active and exercising is for mental health.” Jack O’Callaghan focused on “keeping extra healthy and keeping busy.”

One of the greatest themes among our experiences was learning to appreciate what we have. “Don’t take anything for granted,” said Lauren Casey. “You never know when 

you may lose it.” Nieve Rowlette added that we should “live in the moment and be happy for what is to come.” 

COVID “made me realize how much I take time for granted,” said Preston Miller. “I always used to complain about not having enough free time, and quarantine gave me more free time than I’d ever had and I still felt like I was wasting it.”

Molly McGlame found that after remote school, she was grateful when classes resumed in person. “As much as school can be dreadful sometimes, we are extremely lucky to have such a beautiful building to come to every day to see everyone and interact with our great students and staff.”

This pandemic has definitely been a struggle for all of us, but it also showed us how resilient we can be. No matter how big or small our accomplishments have been at HHS, we should give ourselves extra credit for them during this difficult time. COVID has shown us that we can manage challenging times, and that we can sometimes even turn them into something positive.   

“Things may get hard,” Tiana Wakefield summed up, “but there is a way through it.”