Tag Archives: 2015-2016

Halsey’s “Badlands” is a Powerful Album

The debut and concept album Badlands has finally been released on iTunes and Spotify, after a long wait for Halsey fans. Singer-songwriter Ashley Frangipane, who goes by the stage name Halsey, (an anagram of her name as well as a street she lived on) is 21 (we share the same birthday, September 29) and originally from New Jersey, majoring in writing in college. Frangipane’s songs are usually based on her own state of mind, telling stories of many of her own life experiences in New York, describing “the Badlands” as a code name for the unhealthy life experiences she once encountered while living there.

Badlands was produced by Astralwerks and Capitol records, and dropped on August 28, 2015. The album starts with a powerful, techno-based track titled “Castle” about the current discography of Halsey and her current role in the media with her fan base (“I’m headed straight for the castle, they wanna make me their queen.”) The song points out that once someone gains recognition, they are going to have to listen to people that respond negatively, and that “there’s no use crying about it.”

The lead single “New Americana” speaks of decisions that American adolescents can commonly make in this generation, and the positives and negatives tied into them. “Colors” is about Ashley’s past relationship with a man told symbolically in different colors (“You were red, and you liked me ‘cause I was blue.”)

One of my favorite songs on the album is “Coming Down,” which describes Frangipane’s many past relationships with different lovers throughout a chunk of time and the various lessons they taught her. The track is very acoustic and laid back, but very colorful with confident flow. The album is overall very well-progressed with most tracks standing out to me, ending with a well put together cover of “I Walk the Line” by Johnny Cash (on the super deluxe edition only). Badlands even comes with an exclusive trailer narrated by Frangipane herself that can be found on Youtube and Vevo, describing the main synopsis of the album as an introduction.

Although a lot of the material is repetitive musically and lyrically with similar themes about feminist power and an overall traditional pop-based sound, Badlands will have people all over the country relating to many of Halsey’s powerful lyrics about what it means to be an everyday human in all situations such as relationships with others. I am very happy for Frangipane, supporting her since her EP, room 93, was released last December. I encourage anyone interested to give Badlands a listen; I guarantee you will have it on repeat!

Boys Soccer Shows Strong Defense in Start of Season

The 2015 Hanover High School boys soccer season is underway. With high expectations, the team is locked and loaded with young and upperclass talent all over the field. Senior captains Jonny Ferrarini and Greg Chiarelli look to take more of a leadership role this season and have been a huge reason for the early success of the team this season. The team’s record is 3-2-1  and the boys have only given up four goals through six games, showing the defense and goal tending are some of the best the league as to offer.

Junior Zach Chase, who played varsity as a freshman, sophomore and now junior, expects big things from his team. “The group of guys we have here is deep and as the season goes on we’re only going to get better playing with one another.”

On Tuesday, they faced off against Division II state championship runner up Hingham High School and the game ended in a 0-0 draw. The tie was a success in my opinion as Hingham has some of the best strikers in Division II and has championship hopes on their mind.

Coached by Mr. Steve Rodday, Hanover boys soccer is set  to have an incredible season. I truly believe the high expectations will be met by all of the great players on this year’s team.

A Great Start for HHS Football!

This year should be a big one for the Hanover football program. They worked hard all off-season with the goal of playing at Gillette for the State Championship. That is usually the goal for all teams heading into the season, but for Hanover it might not be that far-fetched. They recently were  ranked in the top 50 for all of Massachusetts, which is a great accomplishment due to the fact that the rankings include teams from all divisions.

The Indians have started the season off with a record of 2-1 with blowout wins against Oliver Ames and North Quincy. The loss came to an East Bridgewater team that was undoubtedly their toughest opponent on their regular season schedule. It was a close, competitive game until the very end. Hanover held a lead going into halftime but couldn’t hold off the explosive EB offense for the entire game. It finished with a score of 25-22 in favor of the Vikings. This Hanover team can score with the best of them, as shown in their first three games this year.

All in all, the next biggest goal for the program is to win the Patriot League; this is something they fell short of accomplishing last year. Their main competition in thei league looks to be Middleboro, the reigning Patriot League champions. The two teams square off on October 23rd in Middleboro. While trying not to look too far in advance, that is a matchup that could have serious Patriot League championship implications when it takes place.

This should be a great season for Hanover Football due to their impressive amount of talent combined with an intelligent coaching staff. They have all of the tools to succeed and it appears that they will do so. The key for the Indians will be their ability to keep scoring at this impressive rate. This will be an exciting team to watch and they should be a team that might be able to turn some heads this season.

Noteworthy: New girls’ choir group joins HHS music

Another year, another club.

Macy Hohenleitner, ’17, and Maddy Carroll, ’18, are the brains behind a new accappella group, Noteworthy, that has joined the growing body of extracurriculars at HHS. Noteworthy looks to incorporate pop and contemporary into their spectrum of music. The group is open to all grades and female singers of interest. Earlier this month, the club held their first meeting in the auditorium, the home to some of the most musically gifted student at HHS.

“So far we have a special song from Spring Awakening, which is a musical,” said Macy, who is also an actress within both the Hanover High Drama Society and the South Shore Company Theater. “Although not on the radio, or known by most people, it has amazing harmonies and a fun, angsty style to it.  We are also singing an Adele mash-up of Rumor Has It/Someone Like You, which was performed on Glee.”

At one of the recent Noteworthy meetings, solo auditions were held. “Everyone auditioned in front of each other, which was awesome, because it shows comfort between all the girls, and everyone is really talented,” Macy reports.

The girls’ first appearance is approaching this fall; as a newly formed group, they are ready to climb their way up the ranks by performing for the first time during intermission of the HHS fall drama performance, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. With this first performance inching closer, the ladies of Noteworthy are practicing their songs, in the hopes of potentially earning a slot at one of Hanover High’s choir concerts — or, possibly a whole new type of concert that they could call their own. “We hope to then expand our performances to choir concerts, or even our own concerts!” Macy stated.

“I feel really good about it, it’s exciting,” Maddy said. Since she has nearly three years left at Hanover, and Macy has two years, the club has plenty of time to expand, recruit more members, and explore talents within the group of singers.

Noteworthy’s first performance(s) will be during intermission at The Complete Work of William Shakespeare, November 20th, 21st, and 22nd. 

Ms. Turner: Five Shows a Day!

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Teacher Spotlight

Kristen Plahn & Chris Acampora

This week’s teacher spotlight is on Ms. Diane Turner, the hilarious freshmen English teacher. Before becoming a teacher she was the Assistant Director of Advertising and Public Relations for Coldwell Banker in Massachusetts and also worked in Jack Conway Co. Real Estate. After years of working there she decided to go to the University of Massachusetts in Boston and then to Cambridge College to get her master’s in education. She is here at Hanover High School today because one of her professors told her she should teach high school English because high school students can analyze literature in a way that younger students cannot.

“I like to think I do 5 shows a day”

Ms. Turner likes seeing the desire to learn in her students. She loves seeing their enthusiasm and their ability to enjoy reading and learning. If you enjoy her class, you probably agree with Ms. Turner who says, “I do five shows a day.” There are some students who might have strayed from their capabilities like the time Ms. Turner gave a vocab quiz and a student taped the answers on the back of the person in front of her without their knowledge!

“I love the water”

Aside from teaching, Ms. Turner loves the water, and wishes to own a houseboat, since being on the water is second nature to her. She also has two dogs, Cody and Maddy, who will do just about anything for food. One time, she had a friend who had leftovers from a restaurant on the kitchen table and Cody ended up eating everything, paper and all. Her favorite book is “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee and her second favorite is “Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck. If you are lucky enough to be in her class this year, then you will definitely have a lot of fun!



Girls Soccer: A Team To Watch

This year’s Hanover girls soccer squad, coached by Michael Fraser, could end up being more dangerous than you think. However, there are some negatives that may slow them down: injuries. Junior scorer Kayleigh LaFreniere recently tore her ACL for the second time in as many seasons. Junior defender Kate Joy started the season off with a MCL injury, however she is recovering. Junior Meaghan Bishop dislocated her hip, and sophomore Marissa Shoulla tore her MCL; both will miss some time. These, along with several injuries to knees and ankles, have caused many of the girls to miss practices. The girls team also plays a brutal schedule. Tough teams in Notre Dame Academy and Whitman-Hanson Regional both dealt Hanover tough losses early in the year, putting their overall record at 3-5.

However, there are just as many positives that make it too early to rule out tournament play. This Hanover team returns many of its players from a young team last year that took down powerhouse Duxbury High 1-0 last year, the first defeat by Hanover over Duxbury in 25 years. Led by senior captains Great Barry (goalie), Emma Devine (center back), and Kaleigh Polatta (center back), this Hanover team hopes to overcome a tough early schedule and the slew of injuries in order to make a run at the league. Another huge positive for this team is their togetherness on and off of the field. “We work well together in all aspects,” says Joy. “We’re one big happy family and our team chemistry is undeniable.” This will be an immense advantage for the girls as the season goes on, especially if they can make the state tournament.

As the team takes on Plymouth North High next game, a league game, this will be an important stretch for the girls. Pay attention to this team, ladies and gentlemen. They just might end up ruling the fall season.

Fashion Club Reviews New York Fashion Week

By Mary Mancini and Sam Mitchell

Fashion Club is a great opportunity for students to share ideas, learn new things, and explore their interests in the fashion industry. This is Fashion Club’s third year at HHS and we’re already looking forward to our annual spring fashion show. We’ll be having multiple fundraisers and events throughout the year to help fund the fashion show and we all can’t wait!

This month New York Fashion week took place from September 10th-17th in the Big Apple. Featured designers like Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, Herve Leger, Public School and Rachel Zoe displayed their new collections. Those to walk the runway in these trendy pieces were famous models like Kendall Jenner, Gigi and Bella Hadid, Candice Swanepoel, Karlie Kloss, Lily Aldridge, Stella Maxwell, Hailey Baldwin, and Ashley Graham.

Designers seemed to branch out from their similar inspirations and created a number of new pieces which showed up more than once, signaling a roundup of trends to look forward to. Many designers channeled the vibrant shades and easygoing spirit of the Caribbean with hibiscus prints, colorful crocheted pieces, bucket hats and citrus shades. Styles taken from the ’70s were everywhere this season, models sported boho maxis, flared pants, fringed hemlines and tie-dye patterns. Palettes for this year’s Fashion Week included warm, feel-good hues such as blues, buttery yellows, and pale pinks paired with common neutrals.

Stripes and clothing that skimmed both the collarbone and shoulders were frequent along with luxurious (and expensive) pajamas. To go with the variety of outfits, the models typically sported fresh faces and a defined brow in intentions of keeping it simple.

Haunts and Hayrides: Day Trips for Fall

The weather is changing quickly and summer days will soon be far behind us. Before winter whisks around the corner, make sure to have some festive fun this fall with a few pumpkins, some ghosts, and maybe just a hayride or two. One of the best parts about New England is its colorful Septembers and chilly Octobers; lucky for us, our ticket to having a fall-day-out is just a few minutes down the road.

Rumor has it that one of the best apple-picking spots is right in East Bridgewater at the C.N. Smith Farm. There is truly nothing better than baking a warm apple pie with apples you pick yourself! Another excellent spot for apple collecting is Russell Orchards Farm, a beautiful farm on the North Shore with legendary cider donuts and bright orange pumpkins to bring back home.

While you’re at it, why not head over to Sauchuk Farm in Plympton? Find yourself lost in a curving corn maze with a friend at your side or on a hay ride in the warm breeze of a nice fall day.

If you’re in the mood for something spooky, you have several options at hand. The Alden Haunted House in Duxbury is local and very creepy; in other words, everything you want in a haunted house. Fall River’s Factory of Terror is another haunted house that brings daredevils from all over New England. The name says it all about this spooky site. Of course, Barrett’s Haunted Mansion in Abington is very popular this time of year and for good reason: if you’re a thrill seeker, the terrifying clowns haunting Barrett’s will give you quite a scare.

A more kid-friendly option is the Spooktacular Halloween Party & Costume Contest on October 27 at Paragon Carousel in Hull. Dress up in costume and hitch a ride on a haunted Halloween carousel

On a different note, the Norris Reservation nature trail in Norwell offers a quiet, scenic (and clown-less) trail through the autumn woods. Perfect for walking your dog or bringing a book to sit down with for awhile, the reservation will make you feel like you’ve really embraced the fall season. Another option if you’re looking to get some fresh autumn air is the Breast Cancer Walk on October 4. For an excellent cause in ending breast cancer and saving lives, the walk allows you to make some well-intended strides while enjoying a fall day in Boston.

Another family-friendly option is watching a Patriots game in Foxborough at Gillette Stadium. Bring your Patriots gear one afternoon, grab a hot dog, and cheer on the players.

Whatever you do, make sure to enjoy the fall weather while it lasts. As American journalist and author Jim Bishop said: “Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.”

Life at the ‘Tute, or What I’ve Learned in My First Month at College

As of this week, I’ve been at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for a month. Honestly, summer in Hanover working at my friend’s company seems like it was a lifetime away at this point. RPI is in Troy, NY, a suburb of Albany about 3 hours from Hanover. An apt comparison for people around here would be Boston and Cambridge, albeit a little more industrial and gritty. Troy is a very fun city to live in and it’s nice to walk around Downtown at night with still many businesses open and running. Orientation Week went by slowly, but as soon as classes started, life picked up pace dramatically. I find myself staying up until midnight consistently in order to get everything done and still have time to get out and be with friends. It’s been fun to make all new friends and have a sort of fresh start at everything. I have met people from all over the country and even a fair number of international students. It makes you realizes how small Hanover really is in the grand scheme of the world and it’s given me a whole new perspective on people. Suffice it to say, my experience at RPI so far has been quite a ride.

Even with taking only four classes, the workload has surpassed anything Hanover ever assigned me. Though that is probably the case at any college, no one realizes how easy they have it in high school. At the risk of sounding cliche, taking a senior year schedule with real classes does make a difference in being ready for college. For instance, the Calculus 2 class I’m taking right now literally picks up right where Mrs. Gallotti’s Calculus AB class left off with integration by parts. Physics 2 at RPI also overlaps Doc’s curriculum extensively, especially in the spring when he gets into electricity and magnetism. I know both of those classes can be hard and, at many times, extremely frustrating but it’s worth sticking with them because that’s the level that my college courses expect you to have from day one.

Outside of classes, I’m amazed by the sheer number of things happening on campus at any time.  There are so many clubs you can join, both professional and more fun-oriented. I’ve gotten involved with RPI’s student newspaper (The Polytechnic), Pep Band,  Symphonic Band, and even the RPI branch of the IEEE (my major is Electrical Engineering). The Poly (www.poly.news) covers the events occurring around campus and also seeks to keep RPI administration accountable by reporting on their major decisions. It’s a great model for The Indian, in my opinion. Pep Band performs at home football and hockey games and travels away to a couple of hockey games every year.

Yes, this is college and there are parties and other “extracurricular activities,” as I’ve always jokingly referred to them. Part of the experience in the first month is to find the perfect balance between having fun and getting work done, something that I am still trying to find. I find making that balancing act is a part of growing up and becoming a real adult.

College has been very fun so far and I encourage all seniors to get away from Hanover and experience the world outside of Southeastern Mass. Being away from your family and current set of friends lets you find out who you really are and really grow as a person. I’ve only been at RPI for a month and I won’t be back to Hanover until Thanksgiving, so I have bit of time for “personal growth” still ahead of me.

T-shirts, Pope-kin Spice Lattes, and Hashtags: What did the Pope Actually Do in America?

Last week, Pope Francis crossed the pond for an abridged tour of the States and caused quite the commotion. Through social media and word-of-mouth, I learned that the arrival of the leader of the Roman Catholic Church sparked the creation of its own website (popefrancisvisit.com, in case you were seeking another way to procrastinate), a new drink flavor at numerous coffee shops (wondering where that pumpkin spice latte you love went? You might want to try asking for a Pope-kin spice flavor next time), and even its own hashtag (#lovelikefrancis . . . and yes, you can buy sweatshirts bearing this message!). Ok, so it sounds like Pope Francis has definitely made a splash on the Internet, no small feat considering he doesn’t seem like the type to be a computer nerd. But what did one of our world’s most influential leaders actually do in America?!

Well, Pope Francis’ visit began in Washington D.C. last Wednesday, where he was formally greeted by President Obama. Just a few hours later, he was parading down the National Mall to the delight of millions and held a midday prayer at St. Matthew’s Cathedral. The next day, the Pope spoke to the Senate and House of Representatives, made a brief appearance outside the Capitol (the perfect opportunity to take a selfie with the Pope in the background and put that hashtag to good use!), and visited St. Patrick’s Church where he did, you know, Pope things.

He left that night for his first ever trip to the Big Apple! The Pope arrived and hit the ground running: he spoke at the United Nations, blessed the 9/11 memorial, and visited underprivileged children at public schools in Harlem. After a papal motorcade through Central Park, Pope Francis conducted a sold-out mass at Madison Square Garden. Tickets to the event were supposed to be free, distributed to churches in the area, but some scalpers got upwards of $1,500 a seat.

The final stop on the Pope’s agenda was Philadelphia. Just an hour and a half after arriving, he gave a mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul that attracted thousands; there’s no time to stop for a Philly cheese sub when you’re the head of a religion, I guess! He also made an appearance at the Independence Mall and held a prayer vigil later that night with the World Meeting of Families. Pope Francis departed for Rome at 8:00 pm on Sunday, September 27th after five days of spreading his message of hope and faith.

The grueling schedule probably left the 78-year-old exhausted, but on his first visit to America the Pope touched millions of lives. To be honest, I’m disappointed he didn’t make it closer to Hanover. I think it’s pretty cool that Pope Francis had showers installed at the Vatican for the homeless to use whenever they want, and auctioned his custom Harley Davidson for almost $350,000. All of the profits went to a soup kitchen in Rome and will fill countless hungry stomachs over the next few years. It seems like the Pope doesn’t just talk the talk, he is dedicated to walking that spiritual walk.