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Students play Secret Santa to Teachers

By Cate Marchetti

Brightly wrapped gifts and packages with gold ribbons are a common sight around the holidays, but what about when the tag is signed only with the the mysterious name “Secret Santa”? Many a Hanover High School teacher experienced this thrill of mystery as the school’s student council once again organized a student-teacher Secret Santa program for the days leading up to winter break. Office holders, elected representatives, and honorary representatives alike had the opportunity to sign up at the student council meeting in early December as a Secret Santa for their favorite teacher. Having agreed to be a “Santa,” students purchased small gifts of less than five dollars to surprise teachers with on the Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday before break.

“I think the student council Secret Santa is a great way to show appreciation to all of the teachers who dedicate themselves to giving us an education,” said Andrea Bilton, sophomore class president. “The best feeling in the world is knowing that that you put a smile on a teacher’s face by the end of the week.”

And smile they did, as many happy faces could be spotted throughout the halls of HHS when students revealed their identity by presenting their final gift in person. “Secret Santa is a great way for students to get to know teachers, and spread holiday cheer throughout HHS,” said Sarah Ryan, Treasurer for the class of 2016. The program allowed students and teachers to connect on another level. Student council members had the opportunity to give back to the teachers who make school more enjoyable, and teachers looked out as they taught and wondered which face in the crowd was leaving them surprises in their mailbox.

Callie MacDonald, an honorary representative, also enjoyed being a Secret Santa.  “I found it to be a great experience where I could form a closer bond with my teacher,” she said. “Also, it was a good opportunity to celebrate Christmas in the school.”

With the help of this popular tradition, many student council members and teachers alike discovered that not only are the holidays a time of fun and celebration, but also serve to bring people closer together and show how much you value each other.

Stuco Scoop: November 2013

By Jill Drummy and Andrea Bilton

YES WE CAN: As the holiday season quickly approaches, what’s better than the chance to give to someone in need? Several events are going on right now through student council and other school-sponsored groups. From student council, there is the canned food drive and the soap & towel drive which are both great to contribute to. For the canned food drive, any non-perishable food items are accepted, such as canned soup, pasta, and rice. Even one item is much appreciated and can really benefit those who are in need. The soap & towel drive accepts any toiletries, like deodorant, toothpaste, and sheets! Any contribution no matter the size is appreciated. Even one item brought in can brighten the life during this holiday season! Donations can be brought to the office.

GIVING IS BETTER THAN RECEIVING: Everyone loves to feel like they’ve brought joy to somebody in need. In addition to the can drive, this year HHS student council is doing their annual giving tree. There will be a tree in the main office hung with plastic ornaments, and any student can take an ornament from the tree. Written on each one is a suggested gift to donate to a family in need, so this Christmas, all families can feel loved and cherished for the season! Donations will start up soon, so keep your eye out for the giving tree! Maybe you can become somebody’s Christmas miracle this year!

FULL HOUSE AT THE OPEN HOUSE: At the eighth grade open house this year, on November 19, the school was packed not only with incoming freshmen, but with representatives from sports teams and clubs all over the school. Student council members were willing as always to give tours to students and their parents, and also sell baked goods to those willing to donate. It as a successful night, filled with music compliments of HHS’s jazz band and the great company of fellow high school students.

AUCTION EXCITEMENT: The student council sophomores, Class of 2016, have begun collecting items for their scheduled Spring Auction. If you or anyone else possibly have ideas for items you would be willing to donate, contact

POWDERPUFF: At 4:30 on Tuesday, November 26, Junior girls will face off against the Senior girls in the always-epic battle of football. Don’t miss out- find out which grade will prevail! Tickets will be sold 5$ a car so make sure you carpool!

SEMASC: To all Student council members attending the SEMASC field trip this Friday: we will be leaving the high school around 7:15 am. Don’t be late!

Stay tuned for more to come!

Food Fight Disrupts Cafeteria

By Mackenzie Welch

What started out as a typical snack period turned into chaos November 7 when the cafeteria erupted in a food fight. Juniors and seniors were sitting in the cafeteria, calmly enjoying their snacks when the first milk carton was thrown. Then other items followed including water bottles, cups of coffee and food. Students shouted as they evacuated the premises.  Teachers and faculty were flowing out of their rooms trying to figure out what was wrong. Mr. Paquette and other teachers quickly took charge, directing students still in the cafeteria to clean up the mess with rolls of paper towels and buckets and mops. Administrators reviewed surveillance tapes and several students were disciplined for their participation in the melee.

I myself was in the entrance hallway when it all occurred and was absolutely terrified I was going to be trampled. The main reason this event appeared to happen was because students noticed no teachers were watching them. Dr. Raab said steps have been taken to ensure that, in the future, there will always be supervision during snack.

Photo by Matt Jillett

The aftermath of the food fight (Photo from library)

Video Game Review: Forza Horizon — Where Speed Meets Fun

By Anders Carlson

Forza Horizon is the Forza series first venture into the open-world type, having formerly focused on the territory occupied by Gran Turismo. The game was co-developed by Playground Games and Turn 10 Studios. Playground Games is made up of ex-employees from the developers such as Bizarre Creations (Project Gotham Racing Series), Criterion Games (Burnout Series, Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010)) and Codemasters (Dirt, Grid and F1 Series). These are the biggest names in racing games, and the experience shows in the actual game.

The most important thing to have in an open-world game is atmosphere. Horizon has some of the best atmosphere not just from a racing game, but from any game period. Horizon takes its name from an in-game festival, set in an unnamed part of Colorado. The Horizon festival is like if an auto show met with a state fair, and then that meets a dubstep/rock/alternative concert. At the center of the map you see Ferris wheels, light shows and huge crowds dancing. Everything is fun, upbeat. It’s a game that gives you a pleasant feeling. Even the loading screens are pleasant, how is that even possible? In addition to the great atmosphere, Horizon has some of the best music I have ever heard in a game. There are three radio stations: Bass Arena  (Dubstep/House), Horizon Pulse (Alternative) and Horizon Rocks (Guess?). One of these stations will have a song you can like.


Most of the racing is simple 8-players racing. But there is one addition that is extremely well done. By doing drifting, burnouts, jumps and winning races, you gain popularity. If you become popular enough, you get invited to special races. Some of these include racing a rally car against a hot air balloon, a Corvette racing a helicopter, and my personal favorite, a Ford Mustang versus a P-51 Mustang. If you won the race, you get to keep the car. This is a very clever way of disguising simple time trial races as something that is sweaty palms exciting.

The control of the game is extremely smooth, and widely varied. A large problem with most racing games today is that all their cars feel the same. In Horizon all cars feel different. A Lamborghini will handle much differently than a Mustang GT500. Finding the right car to suit your style is easy, given how every car handles exactly how you think it would. A Ferrari is twitchy, while a Range Rover is lumbering.

Forza is known for being heavily customizable, and Horizon is no exception. With up to 3000 layers of stickers available for every side, people have created professional racing liveries, tribal-like paint jobs, and a large amount of anime/cartoon themed skins. You’ll see everything from a police car Camaro to a pain tjob dedicated to Rainbow Dash for a Lamborghini.


You can also customize your car underneath the hood as well. But don’t think that adding a supercharger to a muscle car will make it a Ferrari killer. To handle that power you need to upgrade the suspension and handling. These modifications completely change the car. A once power-sliding Mustang becomes a twitchy thoroughbred.

The only problems with Horizon are the lack of a police mechanic, which is included in Need for Speed: Most Wanted, and there is no public online free roam. That means that unless you have friends who own the game, you can’t hang out in online free roam. It’s a real shame, because this easily could’ve been the best driving game I have ever played.

Even though it has those flaws, the atmosphere and fun driving make up for its few short comings. I would highly suggest this game if you’re into the racing genre, and even if you are not, there is still a lot to appreciate. Forza Horizon gets a 9/10.

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Hanover Helps Out this Thanksgiving

By Cate Marchetti

I always pictured Hanover as the definition of a suburban oasis; new developments springing up right and left, a constant influx of well-to-do middle class families, kids growing up always having enough. While the majority of residents in our town are indeed very fortunate, there are certainly people who could use a helping hand during the upcoming holiday season. Thanksgiving is a time of pigging out on your grandmother’s delicious pumpkin pie, playing football with your cousins, and meticulously cleaning your house for company. Most importantly however this holiday is a celebration of giving; giving thanks, giving love, and giving to others in your community. Hanover is taking advantage of this spirit by helping the less fortunate enjoy a festive and filling Thanksgiving.

HHS students collect donations for the food pantry.
HHS students collect donations for the food pantry.

Charity is taking its hold first and foremost here at the high school. Student council has once again organized the annual Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive, and is experiencing enormous success. Every morning on their way into school, students can be seen loading donations into the already full collection bin. Members of the student council hold giant signs reminding their peers to bring in goods for the collection. The donations will benefit the Hanover Emergency Food Pantry. Hanover High School will also be partaking in the Soap and Towel Campaign this holiday season. The Campaign is collecting everything from bed sheets to toiletries and is dedicated to raising awareness of the homeless at a local level. The amenities collected will be distributed to families in need, ensuring that all residents of Hanover enjoy the comforts of a warm meal and cozy bed this holiday season.

The middle school will similarly be participating in a canned food drive in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving break this year. The generosity of families has been astounding in previous years, resulting in hundreds of nonperishable food items being donated to the local food pantry. Middle School students are not only helping out families in need, but also engaging in fierce competition with rival homerooms. This contest is a fun way for students to become involved in charity and also benefits families in the community.

Let’s be realistic, the most anticipated part of Thanksgiving is the food. Food pantries provide the necessities for many during the month of November in states all across America. The Hanover Emergency Food Pantry already caters to about 80 families a month, according to Barbara Itz, the food pantry’s co-chairman. Before Thanksgiving, however, this number more than doubles. Many people in Hanover find it hard to make ends meet around the holidays, especially elderly singles and one-parent families. The food pantry does all it can to help, and volunteers are once again gearing up for what they believe will be a busy Thanksgiving. Due to cultural shifts and the growing number of ethnic groups in Hanover, the food pantry now hands out gift cards to local supermarkets rather than traditional holiday gift baskets. This new development allows families to celebrate how they please, while still giving them more traditional options such as pumpkin pie mix and cranberry sauce. Thankfully, around Thanksgiving donations tend to pick up as people embrace the true meaning of the holiday.

Shaw’s and Star Markets are also doing their part this Thanksgiving through their new program called “Turkey Bucks.” The policy allows shoppers to donate one, five, or ten dollars which will be put towards the purchase of turkeys. The birds will then be delivered to a local food pantry so that underprivileged families can experience a traditional turkey dinner on Thanksgiving.

The combined efforts of these local organizations are making it possible for everyone in Hanover to experience a warm and filling Thanksgiving, and inspiring others to give this holiday season.

For more information on the Hanover Emergency Food Pantry or to donate, contact (781) 878-6284 or visit

Hanover High School students create news website

**This is a story run about The Indian in the Hanover Mariner. It has been reposted below and is available at this link (**
By Maureen McCarthy
Hanover —
Mariner Front Page
Today’s Web-savvy youth communicate and consume news via the Internet and show decreasing interest in print media.

As the digital journalism industry continues to impact the news and information landscape, Hanover High School students are not only opting to embrace the online news trend, they’re leading the charge.

In October, the high school’s recently formed News Club put the printed student newspaper concept on hold and forged a Web-only, student-run news website called The Indian.
The electronic edition is a go-to resource for school news, features, entertainment, opinion and sports. The website is crisp, easy to navigate and chock full of information affecting the student body.

“In this day and age, people are not reading as much on the printed page as they used to. People, and teenagers in particular, spend a lot of time on the Internet,” said The Indian’s website creator and webmaster, junior David Raab. “The website is important so we can cut both publication time and get the word out as fast as possible.”

In recent weeks, the small army of young journalists reported on school-related events and issues including student council happenings, new Phys Ed rules and regulations, and school-wide fundraisers to benefit the American Cancer Society. They also wrote a spotlight on Hanover High School’s girls hockey team, among other items.

But beyond the issues and achievements contained within the school’s four walls, young reporters are casting a wider journalistic net and tackling national and local news, including the recent government shutdown and the town of Hanover’s allocation of funds to repair high school recreational fields.

“I think a student-run news site is important for the Hanover High School student body because it’s the most relatable way to update students on things that are going on everywhere from school, to in town, or even around the world,” said HHS sophomore Andrea Bilton, The Indian’s co-editor-in-chief. “And the fact that we can educate those that we walk alongside in the halls each day is a pretty cool concept.”

Delivering news to peers quickly and in a familiar and relatable format while learning a communications craft is the foundation for the digital-only student news website, editors said.
“I feel as though a student-run news site is important for the student body because it allows students to have a voice,” said HHS senior Matthew Jillett, a co-editor-in-chief, of the benefits of the newly formed news organization. “…This is the first year we’ve been able to run The Indian so our staff is learning more and more about journalism through this club.’

According to staffers and HHS Librarian/News Club Adviser Sue McHugh, the team intends to publish fresh content every two to three weeks, increase photography elements and launch an online poll-taking function.

A future “must have,” staff said, is mobile functionality.

“Teenagers spend most of their time on their Smartphones. Right now, the site does not have a specialized mobile theme,” said Raab. “I want students to be able to get the news delivered straight to their phones as opposed to having to open a Web browser on a Mac or a PC.”

McHugh said the launch of The Indian achieves two important goals: timely information sharing and a long lasting educational experience for the student staff.

“My goal is to help the students create a publication that informs and entertains its audience and is something they can be proud of,” McHugh said. “And I would like to help (the staff) develop their writing and communication skills as well as gain experience in organization, time management and collaborating with others.”

Currently, the News Club has 14 members with Raab serving as news director. Kayla Garity, a junior, serves as features and entertainment editor while senior Marijke Fulton serves as opinion editor.

For Fulton and others in the News Club, The Indian is far more than a vehicle to share timely news with peers. It is a springboard into a journalism career.

“I would love to go into journalism,” Fulton said. “The whole concept of writing about important events or opinions and delivering it is something amazing.”

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!

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.

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.