In my historic two-year run with The Indian, I have never published anything non-sports related. Today is the first day I provide you with different content. I am going to give you a playlist of songs you definitely know and love, as well as some low-key hits you haven’t heard yet. The playlist includes rap, hip-hop and pop and if you hate it, I totally won’t make another one. But if it’s loved, we can absolutely do this again. I am not a DJ in the slightest bit, I’m here just trying this out. The Playlist is available on Apple Music, including the clean versions.
Have you ever thought about what it would be like to travel to Africa? Recently, one of Hanover High School’s very own teachers, Ms. Marilou Hall, took a mission trip to Kenya with a small group from her church. Ms. Hall and the others who traveled with her donated money, supplies, and their time to a local school. They also visited a nearby hospital and explored the area of Kenya in which they stayed. Here is what Ms. Hall had to say about her trip:
Where shall I begin? My Vision Venture Mission Adventure to Kenya was a once in a lifetime experience, but I have no doubt that I will return. It all began in April of 2015 when a new pastor at my church mentioned that he was planning a trip to Kenya and asked if anyone else would be interested. I sarcastically looked at the friend sitting next to me and said, “Shall we go?” Her response was a wide-eyed, “NO!” I just put the idea away. But God had a different plan for me. I could not stop thinking about what the pastor had said. I came up with all kinds of excuses, such as age, money, risks, and family concerns for my safety, yet I was still feeling that I had heard a “call.” So, from May of 2015 until January of 2017 we made preparations and did lots of fundraising for support for our Mission. Through amazing support from church members, family, and friends we were able to raise almost $15,000 dollars for St. Andrew’s Tarabete Secondary School in Naivasha, Kenya.
St. Andrew’s is a private Christian school in a desperately poor section of Naivasha. The area is called Kasarani. Approximately 30,000 people live in this area where there is no electricity or running water. For the people in Kasarani, life is difficult. The people, mostly the women, have to walk about two miles to draw water from a bore-hole, which is a deep well. Also, though Kenya is the largest exporter of flowers to Europe, there is nowhere near enough jobs for those who need them. As a result of so much unemployment, the slum area increases and conditions worsen. The desperation leads to increased alcoholism, drug abuse, domestic violence, and crime. The living conditions we saw were deplorable. Large families live in single-room, tin shacks with no furniture and NEVER enough food. In addition, the government of Kenya is very corrupt and bribery is a constant. There is very little public education in Kenya. Even the government schools require tuition. Most of the people in the areas outside of the cities cannot afford to provide food for their families, much less pay tuition.
This is where our work began. Our team of seven people was housed at Eagles Wings in Naivasha (I HAD to ask why there was no apostrophe in Eagles, but I still do not understand the explanation…when in Kenya!). The mission center was the home of Greg and Deb Snell, who have been missionaries in Naivasha for over 20 years. They are totally devoted to the people of Kenya. Our group worked at St. Andrew’s for 10 days. We cleaned and painted several classrooms and installed chair rails. I discovered that I am NOT a great painter!
More importantly, we had a great deal of time to spend with the 400 students. The team had brought gifts for the school along with a very generous donation. We brought pens, pencils, T-shirts, soccer balls, ball pumps, and 10 computers. You would have thought we had given them each a brand new car.
St. Andrew’s has no electricity or running water, so water must be brought in every day. Despite these circumstances, the students who attend St. Andrew’s were incredible. They come from desperately poor families and live in deplorable, unsafe conditions, yet they are joyous and grateful for the opportunity of an education. They walk over three miles to get to the school, which is at the top of a very rugged and dusty dirt road. They are proud of their school and themselves. They know that they are the lucky ones. All of the students speak English, Swahili, and their own tribal language. English is used in all classes. The classrooms are concrete rooms, totally bare, other than chalkboard paint on one wall. The only book they have is a Bible. They carry 17 notebooks (a huge expense for them!). We were there for the first two weeks of school. They jumped right into academic work. I was able to sit in on several classes and learned so much from the students. The classroom is virtually silent, except for the teacher’s voice. The students listen intently, taking notes on their own. Toward the end of the class, the teacher puts notes on the board for them to copy, if they need them.
These students are intense, committed, enthusiastic learners. I was humbled by the respect these young people showed for their teachers, their friends, and themselves. Between their classes the students would come to visit us, asking questions, sharing their stories, and wanting to help us.
In addition to our work at St. Andrew’s, we visited the local hospital, where government doctors were on strike because they had not been paid for more than 18 months. Two missionary doctors were staffing the hospital to the best of their ability. The lines of ill and injured adults and children were heartbreaking; way too many people have died during this time. We also went to a private Christian primary school which is also an orphanage. I left my heart there. We were able to work with a couple of different groups of students from St. Andrew’s at Eagles Wings to Bible Studies and could offer opportunities for further education.
We had some time for “touristy” things, as well. We visited a Giraffe Center where we got up close and personal with several giraffes. They are HUGE animals! Their heads are immense, to say nothing about their tongues! GROSS! We went to a Baby Elephant Orphanage where we saw more than 20 young elephants. We were able to feed them and play with them. I even adopted one of them. Her name is Dolly. They will send me monthly pictures and updates about her until she is ready to be released into the bush!
For the last few days of our trip we were fortunate to be able to go on a safari. We traveled about five hours north of Naivasha to Laikipia County to Suyian Soul. Suyian Soul is a beautiful, serene, and peaceful spiritual sanctuary on a 49,000 acre ranch. We were treated like royalty. We went on several game rides and walks. The animals were magnificent. We were up close and personal with animals like lions, hippos, camels, Cape buffalo, warthogs, and some of the most spectacular bird life in the world. It was a magnificent experience. However, one week after we left this oasis, groups of tribal invaders attacked and burned this special place to the ground. This was a result of a great drought and the need for grazing land for the tribe stock. The owners of Suyian Souls were in negotiations with the tribal leaders to provide them with use of grazing land at no cost to the tribes, but apparently the tribal issues were more important than the land being made available to them. Animals were slaughtered, guests terrorized, staff left without employment, and one of the invaders killed. My prayer is that Suyian Soul will be restored so that others may enjoy it.
My time in Kenya has made me much more aware of all the blessings we in America take for granted, including, at the very least, water, shelter, and adequate food. My life has been forever changed. My hope for the future of Kenya lies in the youth making a difference. They have so much to overcome, yet they are all devoted to making real change.
The Boston Celtics took outright control of the number one seed in the Eastern Conference this week for the first time since 2011. They took the top spot from the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are an uncharacteristic 5-5 in their last 10 games and losers of their last two. With all that’s going wrong with Cleveland right now, the Cavs are sitting a half game back of Boston. But, in my opinion, Celtics fans are getting a little too excited about the team pulling a half-game ahead of the second seed. I have never seen such excitement from a fan base over something that really doesn’t matter.
A championship is not in the Celtics’ future this year, next year or even the year after that because of the talent all over the league. Instead of trading assets for superstar players, the Celtics seem to be waiting for all of their players to develop. They’re working to build a core rather than trade for one. This is the exact opposite of the strategy they used to win the championship in 2008. It’s easy to be negative and complain if the team doesn’t win the NBA title, so what would I consider a successful season for the C’s? If the Celtics are the first, second or third seed, they avoid playing Cleveland until the Eastern Conference finals; that would be a success. Their playoff expectations are simple: if they are as well coached and talented as everyone makes them out to be, then the Eastern Conference finals should be their goal.
If you believe that once they reach the East finals that they can beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 4 out of 7 times, you need to come back to Earth. They aren’t ready to beat Cleveland. This whole year has been overachieving and eventually it’ll catch up to them. A first round series win is what I expect; after that, I’m not sure. Isaiah Thomas’ postseason play and head coach Brad Stevens playoff coaching doesn’t have me sold that the Celts can make it out of the second round. NBA regular season basketball is significantly different than NBA postseason basketball. Things become much more difficult come playoff time and we saw that last year with the Celtics as the Atlanta Hawks beat them pretty easily in 6 games. Whether they finish as the number one seed or not, the Celtics should probably win a playoff series before we start talking championships.
With the end of March approaching fast, what goals have you achieved since you decided to create your New Year’s resolution in January?
By: Chris Acampora and Kristen Plahn
Why do people all over the country choose January 1st as the day to start improving themselves? There are 365 days in a year, but as Americans, we always choose this day. Why is that? Aside from being the start of the year, the date has no significance. Research shows that 42 percent of New Year’s Resolutions end in failure. That is a lot of failure. How can we improve on our resolutions? The problem lies in the reason we created our News Year’s resolution in the first place.
New Year’s Resolution Facts
Every year 21 percent of Americans decide that their resolution is to lose weight and eat healthier
Other common resolutions include money management and spending time with family and friends
Why They Fail
The number one reason your New Year’s Resolutions fail is because you — like everyone else in America — set an unrealistic goal on an arbitrary date so other people can see that you’re improving yourself. The problem is, well, this doesn’t work!
People feel inclined to come up with New Year’s resolutions based on the fear of not having one, instead of wanting to achieve the actual goal. They also create them in hopes of sharing them with others. The science behind this shows why this model fails. If you share your goal with another person, it is scientifically proven you’re less likely to achieve that goal. When you share your resolution with someone else, your brain gets the feeling that you get from actually achieving the goal. When you share the goal, you lose motivation because the satisfaction of the resolution has already happened. You need to show other people your goal by achieving it.
How to Make Your Resolutions Stick
Just telling others about your resolution is counterproductive, but finding someone to partner with may be your best bet. If your resolution is one you can do with a friend, then you’ll be more likely to achieve it. Your fear of not fulfilling your end of the bargain will motivate you to stick with it. You and your friend will also be able to keep tabs on each other. If your goal is to be healthy, you could be active with a friend; if your goal is to do better in school, you could start a study group. No matter your goal, finding someone to do it with will always makes it more successful and fun along the way.
Also try not to make your goal unrealistic. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. If your goal is out of reach, you’ll likely feel discouraged and give up. Make sure the goal includes the steps you can take to achieve it. Being healthier isn’t very specific goal, but sticking to a healthy diet and going to bed at a certain time are concrete steps. Try to have goals that can be measured easily too, with concrete, easy- to-follow steps.
If You Don’t Succeed, Try Try Again
Ok, you can admit it, your New Year’s resolution failed. Being active every day turned into once a week, and you’re sneaking a doughnut into your coffee run in the morning. But it’s not too late. Now that you know some strategies for success, try again. Pick your own arbitrary date to start working toward your goal. Maybe start a St. Patrick’s Day resolution. And instead of falling into the New Year’s Resolution trap next January, set check ins, or split one goal into multiple smaller goals. You’ll feel good about yourself when you actual succeed this time
You can meet your goal this time, we believe in you! Maybe just don’t tell anybody about it this time, ok?!
A few weeks ago, nearly every student and teacher at Hanover High School was shocked when they saw a tiny, black goldendoodle puppy in the halls. Sophomore Siofra Carty, whose family breeds the pups, knows the joy they can bring so she asked Mr. Paquette if she could bring 8-week-old “Rosie” into school for a day. Whether a senior or freshman, tough athlete or sensitive artist, everyone was in awe and begged for a chance to hold the puppy. She was able to de-stress nearly the entire student body — and staff too. Having such a cute stress-reliever in the school made a lot of people think, can we have a therapy dog full-time?
If you’ve ever owned a puppy, you know the absurd amount of joy, happiness, and love they can bring into your life. Dogs have the amazing ability to reduce stress, anxiety and loneliness, according to an article from Animal Planet. Dogs also encourage exercise, improve cardiovascular health and boost your immune system. Some argue dogs help strengthen relationships, bringing strangers together or helping people break the ice.
In high school, where students and teachers are constantly stressing and dealing with tough assignments and life issues, a puppy would be a great source of happiness and love. Many colleges take advantage of animals’ calming effect during finals week, allowing their students to play with puppies to improve their moods and alleviate stress.
Sure, some people are worried about allergies, but that can be eased by bringing in certain breeds of dogs that have hair, not fur. Others fear the dogs may misbehave, but any therapy dog would have to go through rigorous training to ensure it has the right temperament for the job.
Dogs are full of all kinds of mental and physical health benefits– and we are in need! Colleges have found their pet-therapy programs to be very beneficial to their students, and even Rosie’s brief one-day visit to HHS has shown the same.
What do you guys think? Post your thoughts in the comments below.
Hanover High School’s instrumental music program has shown its dedication and talent in several recent performances and competitions, according to band director Matt Harden.
The Jazz Ensemble had an extremely positive experience and an excellent performance at the MAJE Cape Cod/Coastal Jazz Festival on Feb. 28, Harden wrote in an email to the school community. Seniors Megan Abbott, Ben Goslin, and Thomas Clinton were all recognized with Outstanding Musicianship awards and the band received a Bronze Medal. Most importantly, Mr. Harden said, they were recognized for their enthusiasm, attentiveness, challenging literature, and their improvement over the year.
On Feb. 15, the symphonic band participated in the sixth annual South Shore Band Exchange Concert hosted by Taunton High School. Hanover was joined by ensembles from Pembroke, Scituate, Duxbury and Taunton. Each group performed 25 minutes worth of music for each other in a collaborative and supportive environment – musicians performing for musicians, Mr. Harden said. The repertoire list was worthy of many college programs.
“It was inspiring to see our students take the stage and hold their own with these other fine programs, many of whom sent their ‘auditioned’ or ‘select’ ensemble,” Mr. Harden said. “I love that our band at HHS is inclusive of everyone with a wide variety of abilities and ages”
Hanover High School senior Tori Miller has won national recognition by receiving a Silver Medal in the the 2017 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for her drawing “Blackout.” Since 1923, the Awards have recognized creative teenagers from across the country. By receiving a silver medal, Tori joins a legacy of celebrated authors and artists including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford and Lena Dunham. More than 330,000 works of art and writing were submitted by students in grades 7–12 this year. Receiving a Silver Medal places Tori Miller within the top one percent of all submissions!
The Boston Celtics have been extremely inconsistent since the All Star Break, going 4-5 with some bad losses to teams like the Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets. But the strangest thing is that during this stretch, the Celtics have managed to beat the two best teams in the NBA, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors.
The losing streak included a long and poor West Coast road trip. It started off with one of the best wins of the season as the Celtics defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, scoring 70 points in the first half. But then they collapsed, losing to one of the worst teams in the league, the Phoenix Suns, who are only 22-44. The Celtics lost on a buzzer-beater three -pointer by Suns point guard Tyler Ulis, who had stolen an inbound pass from Isaiah Thomas. The next night, the Celtics fell to the Los Angeles Clippers. It looked as if the Celtics would lose three straight because the were playing the Golden State Warriors the next game, the best team in the NBA. But the Celtics held the Warriors’ high-powered offense to a low 86 points. This was the least the Warriors had scored in two seasons and the Celtics won by 13 points. But then the very next game, they ended their road trip by losing to an average Denver Nuggets team by 20 points.
While all this was going on the Washington Wizards continued their winning ways, sneaking into second place ahead of the Celtics. With Boston’s inconsistent play, it begins to concern me how long they will be able to last in the playoffs. Hopefully head coach Brad Stevens can figure out the problems and fix them in the remaining games of the regular season.
When Kathi Sullivan addressed Hanover High School students last week on the dangers of alcohol, she was speaking from heartbreaking personal experience. Mrs. Sullivan’s daughter Taylor Meyer died in 2008 at just 17 years old because of excessive underage drinking that clouded her judgement one night. Mrs. Sullivan described how Taylor had been drinking with friends, got into an argument while walking in the dark to a campfire in the woods, and then wandered off on her own. Her friends did not follow her, and a few days later, Taylor was found to have drowned in two feet of water nearby. Mrs. Sullivan described how the experience impelled her to become a public speaker and advocate for awareness about alcohol and being a responsible friend and parent. Since her daughter’s death, she has talked at many schools across Massachusetts and influenced her audience in hundreds of ways. Not only has Mrs. Sullivan received emails and personal remarks from students and parents about how helpful her message has been, she also met her current husband at one of her talks. Today, Mrs. Sullivan finds purpose in sharing what she has termed “Taylor’s Message” in the hope of preventing more teenagers and families from suffering because of underaged binge drinking.
Mrs. Sullivan’s speech was eye-opening and startling, bringing many listeners in the auditorium to tears as they grasped the reality of how one of their friends could share Taylor’s fate if they made poor decisions with alcohol. The trauma and sadness that Mrs. Sullivan and her family underwent after Taylor’s death was clear in the slideshow she showed as she spoke. One of the most incredible parts of the presentation was Mrs. Sullivan’s ability to talk openly and publicly about her daughter’s death. After her daughter died, Mrs. Sullivan had the option to either sink into sadness or to stand up again and find purpose in her daughter’s short life. Mrs. Sullivan chose the latter and today is enthusiastic and friendly to as many students as possible. She holds onto Taylor’s memory, wearing a tattoo of Taylor on her arm and speaking to her in the car after her talks. She also keeps the faith that her daughter’s story can help and protect others as she continues to speak to students and their parents every year.
At the end of her presentation, Mrs. Sullivan let each student take a bracelet in memory of her daughter as a reminder that they have a purpose and must make good decisions. That night, Mrs. Sullivan spoke to parents about her daughter’s story. Though Taylor’s life was far too short and ended in tragedy, it continues to hold meaning for her family, her friends, and the thousands that her mother has inspired by sharing “Taylor’s Message.”
The Boston Celtics have had a very good run entering the All Star Break of the NBA season, winning 11 of their last 13 games. What is even more impressive is that they are doing this without their star shooting guard Avery Bradley. Bradley was on the First Team All-Defensive last year and gained a very efficient offensive game over the off-season, but has missed more than 20 games due to an Achilles injury.
But the main story of the first half of the season has to be the play of All Star Isaiah Thomas. Standing at only 5’8,” Thomas has carried the Boston Celtics on the offensive side all season long. He is second in the NBA in scoring at 29.9 PPG, behind only Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook, and is currently listed 5th in MVP rankings. Thomas’ success is something no one could have seen coming into the season.
But you cannot talk about the Celtics without talking about their defense. Marcus Smart, a candidate for Defensive Player of the Year, is in the league’s top ten for steals per game at 1.72, collecting eight of those Wednesday night against the 76ers. At 6’4″, he is a dynamic defender, able to guard both on the perimeter and in the post. Jae Crowder is also a major key in the defense as he averages about one steal per game. But the paint is shut down by Al Horford, who averages 1.53 blocks per game. It seems that the only liability at defense on this team is Thomas, and with the way he’s scoring, I’m sure Head Coach Brad Stevens is fine with keeping him on the court.
A lot of the credit for this Celtics team has to go to Stevens. At only 40 years old, he has taken the team from a rebuilding stage into a contendor for the conference championship. With his efforts, Stevens and his staff were named the Eastern Conference coaching staff for the All Star Game.
The Celtics are only three games behind the defending champions Cleveland Cavaliers, maintaining a decent lead over the third place Washington Wizards. With the trade deadline coming up on February 23rd, many wonder if Celtics GM Danny Ainge will make a blockbuster deal to get that one last superstar into Boston. Some names that have been discussed include Jimmy Butler, Carmelo Anthony, Demarcus Cousins, and Andre Drummond.