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Coping with the Pandemic: HHS Edition

By Caris Mann, ‘22

Staff Writer

On March 13, Hanover High and hundreds of other schools across the region sent their students home due to the Coronavirus pandemic. For the first two weeks, students were basically off while school officials figured out how to continue with classes. And even once classes resumed, sports, clubs and pretty much everything else were cancelled or closed. With all of this free time, students had to find new ways to keep themselves occupied. Here is what students at HHS did to cope:

“Played video games and did group calls” – Anthony Mann and Austin Parker, ‘24

“Watched new TV and played video games until restrictions were lifted. Once restrictions were lifted, I played baseball.” – Anonymous, ‘24

“I baked, danced, and watched The Crown on Netflix.”- Julia McGillivray, ‘22

“I watched a ton of Netflix, went on walks, and listened to podcasts.” – Katie McGillivray, ‘22

“Walked 8-12 miles a day” – Luke Hoyes, ‘22

“I walked my dog.” – Paige Dillis, ‘22

“I exercised, kept my room clean, and went on daily walks. Tik Tok kept me going!” – Molly McGlame, ‘22

“I did a lot of baking.” – Kylie Campbell, ‘22

“I exercised, kept my room clean, went on walks, and baked.” – Libby Hutchins, ‘22

“I took walks with my dog and worked out. I also went outside when it became warm and I just liked being in the sun.” – Natalie Mowbray, ‘22

“I went outside a lot when it wasn’t too cold and I worked out.” – Sydney Patch, ‘22

“I slept till 1pm everyday and exercised. I also redid my room, read, and watched a lot of TV.” – Ava Toner, ‘22

“I slept a lot, exercised, went outside, and baked.” – Meghan Enos, ‘22

“I made a bunch of friendship bracelets, went on long walks with my dog, and watched tons of Netflix!” – McKenzie Bottomley, ‘22

“I did a lot of self care whether that was meditation, yoga, face masks, reading a book, or having quiet time. I made time to speak to my really close friends and family on Facetime because I couldn’t really see them. I also found that when I created a schedule everyday, it felt a lot more normal.” – Kelsey Delprete, ‘22

“I got a dog which pretty much occupied most of my time. I also read a lot of books and did crafts” – Anonymous, ‘22

“Over quarantine, I started working out three days a week by doing home workouts that I found online. I watched all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls with my mom during the first two weeks we had off in March and I watched Outer Banks as well. I Facetimed my friends to keep up with them since that was the only way to talk to them. When I was bored, I’d learn how to sing a new song or I learned a new dance.” – Elise Falvey, ‘21

“For me, I’m a senior so going about the whole college application process was much more difficult than I expected it to be but colleges and guidance were able to provide a lot of helpful resources. Also, there are a lot of events and activities that our class missed out on so I’m hoping that we can reach some sense of normalcy for events such as prom and homecoming. I’m president of the student council and the secretary of our class so both boards have been working extremely hard to provide new opportunities. It’s been very hard for every grade but I think for our class especially. We have missed out on a lot so we’re relying on our friends a lot for support. My main mode of coping with the pandemic has been through finding things to work on so that I can feel accomplished. Also, something that has made it alot easier has been finding safe and healthy ways that I can spend time with my friends.” – Sean Dever, ‘21

TV Provides Much-Needed Escape During Quarantine

By Grace Van Duyn, ’22

Staff Writer

When quarantine hit our area in March, a lot of us found ourselves on our couches trying to find entertainment and an escape from the frightening reality on the news. As I thought about this, I wondered, what was the most popular show that people in the United States watched during quarantine and what did that say about our mentality at that time? I asked a few Hanover High students what they watched and the most popular answers were All American and Outer Banks. I also thought those television shows had to be some of the most streamed shows during quarantine. But, as I looked for information online to back up my classmates and my own opinions, I found that our guesses were wrong.

According to the Observer, an American online media company, the top three shows watched in the U.S. during quarantine were Spongebob, My Hero Academia, and Game of Thrones. I was surprised by this, but then realized that teens weren’t the only people who were looking for an escape from reality during quarantine. Many of the shows that were popular with teens weren’t even close to being the most watched in the United States.

Instead of watching regular programs, people tended to binge-watch certain shows and to try out different types of shows than they did before.  According to the Orlando Sentinel, the TV streaming search engine Reelgood analyzed its users’ viewing trends during the pandemic. Reelgood found that in May, three months into the quarantine, the top three shows that people watched for the first time were Ozark, Tiger King, and Breaking Bad. Reelgood also saw that genres such as animation, fantasy, and comedy all had a significant increase in their number of streams. In addition, Reelgood noticed that genres such as biographies, documentaries, war, and crime actually were streamed less during quarantine. Initially, I expected that all shows would have experienced an increase in their streams during the quarantine, but the data shows that generally people only chose to watch uplifting shows. Also, because so many families were together, family shows also saw a big increase in popularity. Families were spending an enormous amount of time together and these shows were very relatable. Also, for others who were separated from family and friends, these shows reminded them of feelings of unity and love. Some of these shows were Modern Family, Friends, and Schitt$ Creek.

I think television was a distraction that we needed during this difficult time. So many people were quarantined at home to protect others and themselves. If you were able to be home and healthy, television might have made your time a little easier. You might have even bonded with others over a show like Tiger King that would normally never have caught your attention. As the data that Reelgood collected proves, we all searched for shows that could make us forget about our realities and give us a needed smile or laugh. This pandemic showed us a lot about our world and even how important simple things like television can be.     

Keep the conversation going. In the comments, tell us what shows got you and your friends through the quarantine? 

Source: https://www.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment/tv/os-et-what-people-watch-during-coronavirus-20200522-a2u7h7wflfd3jn225qbb3p6cfm-story.html

featured image: https://time.com/5836749/share-tv-computer-quarantine/

Unique Freshman Year for Fully Remote Students

By Norah Kelley, ’24

Staff Writer

Zoom. Edgenuity. VHS Learning. These are the ways that the dozens of students in the high school’s Virtual Academy are learning in this unpredictable, crazy year. For those who are freshmen, it’s even crazier. The freshmen who are a part of the Virtual Academy have had to start their high school career… all online.

Freshman year is supposed to be filled with new opportunities, making new friends, and trying to figure out what high school is going to be like. None of those can happen when you are sitting in front of your computer screen at home alone

Ashley Stracco, who misses the social aspects of going to school, has mixed feelings about waiting until next fall for her first chance to walk the halls of Hanover High.

“I don’t know how I feel about starting my high school career for the first time as a sophomore,” she said. “It seems exciting, but I wish I was starting it as a freshman.”

Freshmen that are in the Virtual Academy do not get to interact with many other students throughout the school day, unlike their counterparts who are a part of the hybrid model. Except for the Zoom meetings that happen twice a week for virtual students, these students often don’t feel very involved in school. 

“I have not participated in any school activities this year,” said Baylor Speckman.

Virtual Academy coordinators have done a great job trying to get these students involved in school, making sure announcements get to the fully remote students and that events like the Student Council’s recent Clash of the Classes strive to include them. But with many clubs not running this year and activities very limited even for hybrid students, the virtual freshmen are missing their chance to try new things – something that freshman year is all about.

“If the pandemic disappeared, I would go back to school tomorrow,” Baylor said. “But for right now, I think the best option for myself is to stay home.” 

Though going to school virtually has been a huge adjustment for all students, there are some freshmen who are enjoying it.

“If I could go back to school tomorrow, I wouldn’t because I really like being remote,” said Bridget Sanders. While she is missing out on new friendships, she likes remote learning because, “… it allows me to form my own schedule and learn at my own pace.”

Student Newspaper Set to Resume Publication!

After months of shutdown due to the pandemic, where we only managed to publish occasional updates on Twitter, The Indian is back in business and looking for writers and photographers. If you are interested in writing about school news, current events, arts and entertainment, sports – or like telling stories through photographs – please email Mrs McHugh by Dec. 9 at smchugh@hanoverschools.org. We will hold meetings and publish virtually, with the hope for a print issue before the end of the school year. No experience is necessary. All students are welcome!