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The Santa Conundrum: How Long Will the Magic Last?

This article was originally printed in November 2014.

I’m someone who always reads the last page of a book first, and the spoilers before I watch the next episode of The Walking Dead. For me, the ending is interesting, but how we get to that ending is the real payoff. So it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that when I was 10 or 11, I begged my older brother to tell me the truth about Santa. When he did, I wasn’t crushed; I didn’t feel fooled or lied to. I felt that a new world had opened, one of getting to play Santa while my younger sister still believed, staying up late on Christmas Eve to wrap presents with my mom and older siblings, being trusted with secrets. I had become, if just for a few hours one night a year, one of the grownups.

My daughter, Amelia, is 10½ and she still believes. A recreation of the royal gown she saw on TV? Santa can make that. A life-sized stuffed rhino that sells for $900. Santa can make that. She’s pretty good at understanding the value of money in everyday situations, that we can’t always afford to buy everything we want at the very moment we want it. But where Santa is concerned, all bets are off. He’s Santa, after all. He can make reindeer fly! He can do anything!

Derek, the Elf on the Shelf, with his friend Barbie (or it could be Bella from Twilight, not sure).

A week before Thanksgiving, she’s already written a letter to Santa for her Elf on the Shelf to deliver. Nicknamed Derek, the elf lives year round with her Barbie dolls but in the weeks before Christmas, he’s supposed to travel nightly to see Santa. (I know this goes against the Elf on the Shelf tradition, but that’s what she decided and who am I to fight it?) It’s not enough for Derek to deliver the notes that Amelia writes, he has to bring one back from Santa too. Imagine how hard it is for me to disguise my handwriting so my pre-teen doesn’t suspect it’s me writing the notes, or forging the hoof-print signature of Rudolph. And beware the wrath when I forget to “deliver” Derek’s letter. I sometimes wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat, groggily scribble a note from Santa, and then tiptoe into Amelia’s room to leave it with the elf. It makes for a very nerve-wracking holiday season.

Amelia's note to Santa in 2010: Dear Santa, my elf on the shelf is not moving. Does he come to the north pole much?
Amelia’s note to Santa in 2010: Dear Santa, my elf on the shelf is not moving. Does he come to the north pole much?

I don’t want to ruin the magic and mystery for her, so I try to tweak it a little. I tell her, “Santa brings what he thinks you need. He’s got to spread his toy-making time and elf labor force’s efforts among all the children in the world.” Or “maybe Derek was too tired to travel to the North Pole last night; he didn’t want to leave his girlfriend Barbie.” But there are already plot holes in the story. Last year, I tried to convince her that Santa leaves gift receipts when she got a pile of clothes (from Grandma Santa) that were too small. And she almost lost faith in him when he brought her the wrong action figure from The Hunger Games (She’s team Peeta, not Gale, jeez, EVERYONE knows that).

If Santa disappoints her again this year, this may be the end of the whole deal. On one hand, I know it’s an inevitable part of growing up, but on the other hand, it signals the end of a chapter in her life, when Santa, the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny were real and holidays were magical times. Will she be okay with the truth, like I was, or will she be upset that the magic isn’t real? My hope is that she will understand the reason behind the story of Santa, the idea of giving to others without expecting anything in return, that the magic that made reindeer fly can exist in real life when we do good things for other people.

That may be a lofty idea for a 10½ year old to grasp, so just in case, I’ll spend the next few weeks scouring the malls for an affordable recreation of a royal gown and the biggest stuffed animal that I can fit in my car.


Look Back to 2014: The Evolution of “The List”

It’s been some time since I was a Christmas punk. I was a whiner and a complete brat in my formative years, a  true tinsel-time terror. I wanted this, that or whatever cheap plastic toy made in China.  My list was filled  with toys I’d end up breaking within a week (I played hard, don’t judge) and I always wanted more. Luckily, I have matured over the years and I’m no longer a whiny brat. (If I saw “kid” me, I would full force dropkick little me in the face). Thus with being a big boy now, my list has decreased to, like, some boots and a new phone. But in truth, it’s all I need. When we were kids, more equaled better, definitely quantity over quality.

When I was 14 or 15, I wanted video games and a couple of toys but most certainly not the absurd amount I once clamored for as a tiny loser. As the years went on, I mostly wanted clothes and adult stuff. Now that I’m a young strapping 18-year-old, I want very little. Which is good; I have enough things in my life that asking my parents for lots of things seems completely juvenile (I cannot stress enough how fast I would uppercut lil’ Eric) I feel the list evolves with everyone because as we are, unfortunately, destined to age, and as we do, our tastes and wants mature.

As per usual, I asked some of the fellow souls trapped in educational purgatory known as HHS what their favorite all-time holiday gifts were. Junior Sarah Powers had an interesting fave in that it was only part of the whole gift.  “There was a cow toy on a bike, and I saw the cow toy and went, ‘AHHH,  A COW TOY!’ and my parents wanted me to be happy about the bike but I wasn’t.” (I then led her to a padded room with her cow toy.)

Senior Nick Ricciarelli’s favorite gift was his Xbox when he was a young lad. “Yeah, I went pretty crazy for that.”

Senior Maya Collins’ favorite was the stuffed Minnie Mouse doll she got when she was three. She said she carried around for years and I suspect it’s still in her backpack.

My favorite response came from the mad chemist himself, Kenneth Decie. As I barged into the classroom to ask him this question, I saw that nothing had changed since I was in his class last year. The familiar smell of sulfuric acid, lithium, and red phosphorus wafted through the air. Anyway, when I asked him what gift stuck out in his mind, Mr. Decie said it was when he received the ultrasound of his son. It took me a while to mop up all the tears from the floor because that was a beautiful response. Well played, Ken, well played.



Stock Report: Apple, Inc.

Apple, Inc. was founded in 1976 with the purpose of developing and selling personal computers and has grown into a company that develops and sells its own consumer electronics. Some of Apple’s competitors are Samsung, Google and LG. Currently, Apple rules the market from a cellular standpoint with Samsung taking a dive after their Note 7 device was recalled with cases of exploding batteries. Apple is a large cap company worth $612.61 billion and is the most popular cell phone brand around the world with its iPhone. Apple dominates the consumer tech industry considering that I own an iPhone, Macbook air and an iPad.

Recent News

9/7/16: Apple Unveils iPhone 7

Apple unveiled its newest iPhone model in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. The iPhone 7 is the fastest iPhone to date containing Apple’s A10 chip. Some new specs are the upgraded cameras: iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have 12MP cameras, but 7 Plus has dual cameras. Each comes with upgraded screen resolutions and are both water resistant. Multiple reports reveal that the water resistance is much better than advertised. Both phones also come in Matte black, Jet black, Gold, Rose gold and Silver.

10/27/16: Apple, Inc. unveils Macbook Pro

Apple just announced its new Macbook Pro, which includes a touch bar on the top of the keyboard. This touchbar allows the user to access features such as volume and other controls as well as Touch ID. Touch ID is a feature that allows users to use their pre-loaded credit card or PayPal to purchase things easily from online merchants. The new personal computer is 17 percent thinner than its predecessor and has a 2x larger trackpad. It also includes Apple’s most advanced Retina display ever.


One share of Apple stock costs $113.72 with a $13.68 P/E ratio. Apple reported its earnings on October 28th and earnings are down. Based on recent news, the company is a bullish company and, despite declined earnings, should bounce back by the time the next iPhone season rolls around. For me, Apple is at a buy and will continue to be the most dominant electronics company in the market and gain Samsung customers looking for a reliable, safe phone. Overall, this company has shown what it is worth and will continue to win in the cellular and computer departments for years to come.

Kobe: The End of an Era

Any basketball player will admit doing this at some point in their lives, whether it be in a gym, driveway, park, or any other place with a basketball hoop. Back to the basket, pretending to look at a clock that isn’t there, imagining less than 5 seconds on it. Two or three dribbles, fake inside, turn outside, fading away from the basket, while shooting a high arching shot that you hope drops through the bottom of the net, hoping to emulate the person whose name you yell as the shot is in the air:


Kobe Bryant is an icon, plain and simple. His smooth turnaround-and-fadeaway jumper has become as iconic a move as any in basketball history. Entering the NBA straight out of high school, at only 18 years old, he had his struggles. However, he quickly became a star. For the majority of his 20-year career, Kobe dominated the NBA, winning five NBA championships, two Finals MVPs, and one Season MVP Award. He also was an 18-time All Star and a 15-time member of the All-NBA team. However, in the last three years of his career, Kobe was plagued by a combination of ankle, knee, and shoulder injuries, which caused his play to turn for the worst.

Kobe played his last game ever April 13, as his Lakers faced the Utah Jazz. It was a who’s-who of famous people in the crowd, with spectators such as Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Jack Nicholson, Lamar Odom, and several others there to see the legend’s final game. There was an emotional tribute video played before the game, sending all fans through a rollercoaster of emotions. Then, game time arrived. And, in a typical Kobe-esque way, the icon scored 60 points (on a Kobe-esque 50 shot attempts), including two game-winning free throws with 10 seconds left, sending his career off in a perfect fashion.

I’ve always hated Kobe. As a Celtics fan, you have to. The number of game winners, daggers, and clutch buckets he has had against the Celtics provokes tears from many loyal Boston fans. However, I can’t help but be sad at Kobe’s departure. He stood for an era of NBA basketball that can never be replicated. The NBA of the 2000s was filled with passion, intensity, and hard, talented basketball, all personified by Kobe Bryant. His deathly passion and relentless attitude is one that can only be comparable with the great Michael Jordan, who Kobe emulates closer than anyone ever will in the NBA. I can’t think of the NBA without Kobe in it. It just doesn’t make sense. However, as one era ends, another begins. As fans, we will have to see who will be the next face of the NBA. Some say it’s already Lebron James, or Steph Curry. No matter who it is, Kobe Bryant will always stand alone (or maybe just with Jordan) as one of the most influential NBA players ever. So, grab a ball, take a couple dribbles, and shoot a fadeaway for Kobe. I sure will. No matter how much I hated when his  shots went in.

Book Review: Room by Emma Donoghue

The majority of this book takes place in (surprise, surprise) a single room. When I first learned of the highly restricted setting of Room, I was a little dubious. How would an entire book written about a tiny space keep me occupied and interested for 321 pages?!

Well, I need not have worried. I picked up this book on a Thursday night and finished it by Sunday. Emma Donoghue creates a powerful story with page-turning action so intense that I was forced to ignore my math homework to find how Room ended. The book is told from the point of view of Jack, a young boy of about 5 who has lived his whole life in a 12 x 12 foot room containing only a bed, bathroom, bookshelf, and small kitchen area. The only light Jack has ever seen comes from a small skylight in a corner of the ceiling, and the only other person he has even spoken to is his mother. Jack’s mother remains unnamed throughout the story, referred to simply as Ma.

Besides being adopted, Ma had lived a pretty normal life complete with summer trips to the beach, playing with her older brother, and going to college. This all changed when she was kidnapped at age nineteen as she was walking home from her college library. Her abductor brought Ma to a shed in his backyard and locked her in, coming only in the night to bring food and sexually assault her. Ma endured this silent torture on her own for two years before she became pregnant with Jack. After giving birth to a healthy son, Ma’s life once again had a purpose. She taught Jack how to read and write, played games with him, and tried to provide him with the best childhood possible under the circumstances. Old Nick, Ma’s name for her kidnapper, continued his nightly visits but Ma kept Jack hidden in a wardrobe to protect him.

As Jack grows up, his future with Ma becomes less certain. Old Nick loses his job and his house is in danger of being foreclosed. Ma and Jack need to escape, and quickly. Mother and son hatch a brilliant plan and . . .

Oh come on, I can’t ruin all the fun! You’ll have to read Room for yourself and see if you found it just as thrilling, well thought out, and shocking as I did. The author also wrote the movie version of Room that currently can be found only in a few Boston theaters, giving hope that the film will hold true to the book’s tension, mystery and wonder.

Spirit Week, Homecoming Show HHS’ True Colors!

As students filled the gym decked out in their class colors of yellow, white, black, and blue, people screamed and chanted on Friday afternoon of October 25th. Seniors on the gym floor engaged in semi-humiliating, yet hilarious, competitions — all part of the pep rally that ended Spirit Week and geared us up for Homecoming weekend.

Student Council president Mike Meads stood looking out to the crowd announcing activities. Steph Flynn took shots on net in a shootout contest, eyes watching her careful aim and the ball’s subsequent swish through the net. Colleen Dowd and Trevor Doucette laughed with their team of senior class members during the saran wrap activity, struggling to run within the bunched up mess of four students clinched together tightly. The cheerleading team paired up with the football team, with captains Andrea Bilton and Michelle Leary leading them through a routine involving “hit the quan.” Within the 45 minute rally, people laughed and watched their fellow classmates put on quite a show.

The student council executive board was behind the planning and running of the pep rally. “The entire school participated with great enthusiasm and spirit!” said Meads. “This year’s rally and spirit week were the best the school has seen- the student and staff has unconditional love for our school.”

“It was rowdy,” addedd StuCo historian Lauren Gelly.

Leading up to the rally, students and faculty participated in the 2015 Spirit Week, carrying props, painting faces, and exchanging hair coloring sprays. Although this spirit week was cut short because of Columbus Day, the participation did not diminish. The week began with a burst of American Pride on Tuesday, the 13th. As the week continued, students were seen decked out in camouflage with face paint and camo hats galore, clad in pajamas with pillow and blanket in hand, and supporting class color day with boas dangling from shoulders and horns clutched in hands.

“The amount of participation was overwhelming and everyone had an incredible week of school spirit,” Colleen O’Neil said.

“My favorite day was definitely pajama day,” said Brennan Taylor, with Cassie Maver adding, “Spirit Week was lit.”  

To end a perfect week, students attended the homecoming football game Friday, and on Saturday, the homecoming dance. Friday night was frigid but students came out to watch Hanover beat Pembroke 48-12, and to see the senior homecoming court announced. The band played pieces of their Fantasia music selection, and when the game concluded the football boys fresh from their win gathered around the band in the stands, singing and dancing. As Michelle Leary, one of the cheerleading team captains, walked out from the field, she turned and said to me that someone should film the team going wild in song with the band, knowing it was a sight that may not ever come again.

Students left the school that night after the hometown win but returned less than 24 hours later, polished in tucked shirts and ties, clicking in heels with dresses, hair done. Homecoming has always been a traditional senior class fund raiser, bringing in revenue for the class preparing to graduate. “I thought the food was really good,” commented Ben Lee, a freshman who experienced his first homecoming, where the menu involved buffalo mac and cheese, a favorite by many.  

“Homecoming this year was a great success. We had the largest turnout in Hanover High history, with over 570 kids attending,” said Senior Class President Sarah Ryan. “This event was a major fund raiser for the senior class, and it was great to see the school come together and show their school spirit all week!”

“It truly made me proud to bleed blue and yellow,” remarked Callie Hoadley, reflecting the thoughts of many.

Spirit Week left as fast as it came. However, the essence of it, spirit, lives on through Hanover’s students and through their endeavors. We will see it throughout the whole year, not just spirit week, when the first hockey game rolls around, when girls basketball makes it to tournament, when the cast of the play has its final bow, when powderpuff rolls around, and Hanover Football runs onto to the field for the annual Thanksgiving game. The spirit will  be there when a group of students laugh together, working together as one, and when people join together to bring pride and respect to our little town. Spirit Week is legendary, but it is only one of many examples of Hanover’s strength.

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Inside Scoop: What Was Going On In The Gym?

The presence of police officers in the cafeteria and gym last Tuesday made many students at HHS curious about what was going on. We have the inside scoop! The police were here because an election was being held to fill a spot in the State Senate after the original senator, Thomas Kennedy, died. It is considered a special election because it was called to fill a seat that was unexpectedly left empty.

This was only a primary though, and it’s also only for the Democratic nomination. A primary is when voters choose a candidate to represent their party in the election. The two Democrats who faced off were Joseph Lynch and Rep. Mike Brady; results are still being tallied, according to the office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth to Massachusetts.

The winner of this primary will challenge Rep. Geoff Diehl, who is running unopposed as the Republican candidate. The final ballots for this special election will be cast on Tuesday, Nov.

Braley, Kalia. “Polls Open Oct. 6.” Hanover Mariner n.d.: n. pag. Print.
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Success, Heartbreak in Spring Tournament Play

Senior Golfer is Second in State

Senior Sophie Morrill finished second in the state golf tournament at Wentworth Hills Country Club June 9. Her score of 74 was just short of the leader, Krystal Knight of Pentucket, who won with a 69.

Lacrosse: Girls Fall in Semifinal, Boys Knocked Out

Girls lax, with a record of 11-4, is seeded 3rd in Division 2 South, earning a first-round BYE. They defeated 6th seed Fairhaven 14-5  at HHS on June 4 to move onto the semifinal, but lost 17-8 to 2nd seed Cohasset to end their tourney run on June 9.

AR-305079638Boys lax, which finished the season 10-9, earned the 8th seed in Division 3 South. They beat 9th seeded Martha’s Vineyard 12-4 in a home game June 1 but they lost to top seed Cohasset on June 3 by a score of 11-8.

Softball Run Ends in Quarterfinal

The winners of the Patriot League (Fisher division) with a 16-4 record, the team earned 4th seed and a first-round BYE in Division 2 South. They defeated 13th seed Seekonk June 4 by a score of 3-1 but lost to 5th seed Bellingham in the quarterfinal June 7.

Baseball Falls in First Round

Despite a rocky season, the team earned a spot in the tournament under the Sullivan Rule, which allows a team with a losing record to qualify if it plays most of its games against bigger schools but had at least a .500 record against opponents in its league. Unfortunately, the squad ended its tournament run with a 4-0 loss to fifth-seeded Norwell on June 5.

Track and Field: Runner Competes at States

The track team, which saw Emma Buckley and Dan Padula both set school records in the 100 m dash in the regular season, sent several athletes to the EMASS Division 4 state meet June 3. Buckley finished 4th in the 100m and 6th in the 200m. She competed in the 100m in the All-States Championship on June 6.

Niamh Kenney took 5th place in the two-mile run, Stephanie Flynn finished 12th in the mile, and Amanda Lawlor finished 11th in the half-mile. Emily Sweeney finished 6th in the pentathlon, which includes the shot put, high jump, long jump, 100 m hurdles and 800 m run. Junior Sarah Miller came in 8th in the long jump.

For the boys, Padula came in 12th in the 100m dash.

Tennis: Girls Lose in First Round, Boys Fail to Qualify

Girls tennis, which was seeded 17th with a record of 9-9, faced Sandwich for its first playoff on June 5. Unfortunately, the team lost 4-1.

Boys tennis struggled this season, finishing with a 1-17 record.

Rugby Looks to Next Year

rugbyHanover’s new rugby team had a strong first season, ending with  a 5-2 record. The team hopes to make tournament next year when it officially becomes a varsity team, according to junior Padraic McDonough.

Athlete of the Year Award

Jack Buckley received the HHS Athlete of the Year Award at the annual boosters sports rally on June 1.  According to Athletic Director Scott Hutchison, Jack was a state leader in scoring, a Patriot League All Star and an All-Scholastic for the Patriot Ledger, Boston Herald, and Boston Globe.  As a senior this year, Jack lead his basketball team to their first League Championship in over 20 years and their first State Tournament victory in over 10 years.

Athletics Paragon Award

Also at the boosters rally, senior Michael McLeod received the HHS Athletics Paragon Award for Overall Excellence in athletics, academics, leadership, and character.  Michael is a three-sport captain, three-sport Scholar-Athlete, as well a young man of great integrity, according to Hutchison.

A Farewell to The Indian – Our Year in Review

Only one thing is certain about the high school experience, the fact that the end of senior year and graduation come all too soon. You go from being kings of the school to being thrust out into the real world having to make your own way in life. It’s a scary thought because while you have accomplished much to get the fine achievement of graduation, everyone is all of a sudden equalized by the school of hard knocks. All faux-philosophy aside, I want to be able to formally say good bye to a group that has given me so much over the past two years.

Being the senior Editor in Chief this year for newspaper has been one of my best high school experiences. I have watched newspaper grow immensely this year. It is the perfect continuation of what started my junior year. Officially, I was the News and Web Editor but I couldn’t just silo my efforts to those two things. We started off using a third party host and while it was good initially, it quickly failed to meet the needs of our growing club.  Halfway through the year, The Indian transitioned to being hosted internally at the high school – on the same server that hosts our sister publication Hanover Literary Magazine as well as the Hanover Public Schools website – using a server that was found literally collecting dust on the floor in the school’s main data closet. Mundane technical details aside, I am proud to say that The Indian has enjoyed the full support of the Hanover Schools. District and high school administration have answered our questions and have fully supported our efforts to report on the myriad of issues affecting the life of the student body here in Hanover.

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English Teacher Mr. Hopkins and Sophomore Tom Clinton enjoying free hot chocolate provided by The Indian.

This year, The Indian has gotten to the point where we write new articles on a weekly basis. We’ve also introduced a Teacher Spotlight and Student on the Street section. Matt Barresi, with the help of Peter Palmer, has led a very comprehensive sports section and every school sports team was covered at least once. Our social media footprint has greatly expanded to include a very active Twitter account, Facebook page, and Instagram account. We’ve also done a number of publicity stunts, whether it be giving away free hot chocolate or candy canes to students coming in the morning. You’ve all seen the mini frisbees we had made with the school logo on them and have probably used our pens. Our staff has also gone on two trips: one to a Celtics game to hear their media staff give a panel presentation and another to the New England Scholastic Press Association conference at Boston University where we won an “Excellence in Publishing” award for this website.

I have to thank the small, but dedicated staff of The Indian for really committing to such an aggressive schedule. First, I can thank Andrea Bilton for being willing to take over in my role next year and for being the junior Editor in Chief this year. I know I’ll be leaving The Indian in the hands of amazing leadership. I also thank the rest of the staff: seniors Mackenzie Welch, Matt Barresi and Eric Carey; juniors Cate Marchetti, Jill Drummy, Callie MacDonald and Peter Palmer; sophomore Lauren Bilton; and freshmen Kristen Marchetti and Pierce Ghostlaw. Without their diligent efforts there would be nothing to publish. Finally, I would like to thank Mrs. McHugh for her invaluable professional journalism experience and unwavering support as our adviser for the past two years.

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Andrea Bilton and I got a number of pictures together and I figured this goodbye piece would be woefully incomplete without collecting them all. I’ve purloined them from a variety of social media sources including the HHS Indian twitter and various Instagram accounts.