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Art Takes Shape

By Yasmina Berkat

This study of a statue of an angel, done in Mr. Crawford’s art class, took about five hours to complete. The geometry of the angel was easy to sketch out; the only difficult part was the proportions.

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If you have artwork you’d like to share, please see Mrs. McHugh in the library.

Prism Concert Reflects HHS’ Joy in Music

A prism is an object that has refracting surfaces that take light and sound and bounce them off one another, making it seem like you are surrounded by something beautiful. This is exactly what Mr. Wade and Mr. Harden accomplished on Thursday night with the spectacular Prism Concert!

This was the first year that the concert was held, organized as part of the district-wide Choose Presence Program that encourages students and staff to unplug from our devices and social media and connect in real life.  Mr. Harden, the band director, first witnessed this type of concert while at other districts while Mr. Wade, the choral director, experienced it while student teaching. Everyone in the room, performers and audience members alike, were captivated by each performance that took place.

Starting off with a bang, all chorus and the bands collaborated in a beautiful piece called Resonances that truly embraced the definition of a prism. With the chorus singing on the staircase and the band performing from all corners of the room, it truly made you feel embraced by the music. From there on, the night just got better!

Each time a new group would perform, they would be positioned somewhere in the auditorium that you totally wouldn’t expect! Interspersed among the performances were videos in which  students explained what music meant to them and how it made them feel happy and together with other people.

The concert definitely made you feel one with the music! Starting with the ninth grade chorale and ending with the jazz band, it definitely was a night to remember!

HHS Shows Its Spirit!

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The week started off with a very patriotic “Merica Monday.” Students dressed in their best red, white and blue apparel.  What a great way to kick off the week!

Tuesday’s theme was Pajama Day! Everyone enjoyed wearing their PJs to school, and most people wished we had more than one pajama day in the school year. It was so comfy!

On Wednesday, students dressed for Decade Day and the school saw every decade possible. So many fun and creative outfits!

On Thursday, the theme was Tie Dye Day! What a great way to represent inclusion week in the school.

To wrap up Spirit Week 2017, we had Class Color Day. The seniors were blue, juniors wore black, sophomores dressed in white, and freshmen wore yellow. We concluded with a pep rally and everyone represented their class so well!





Is Social Media Bad for Us?

Throughout the school district, the question of whether screens and social media are unhealthy for teenagers has been deemed an important topic this year. Under the slogan “Choose Presence,” the district is working to educate students and families about responsible use of social media while at the same time encouraging everyone, at least once in a while, to tune out and log off.

Earlier this month, the school administration presented the documentary Screenagers to parents and students to start a conversation about technology and to inform audiences about the dangers of spending too much time in front of screens. In the documentary, film director Delaney Ruston highlights how screens can quickly become a distraction, limiting the ability of teenagers to interact with one another and perform well at school. Today, unlike their parents, American teenagers are being raised and educated in a world where millions walk around engrossed with their cellphones and many classes have online assignments. Naturally, this results in an entirely new set of questions, dangers and opportunities in the digital age.

Personally, I think it is fair to say that there are many valid drawbacks to digitizing so much of our world. I believe that too much screen time can easily detract from the parts of life that are much more fulfilling when experienced without screens. I think that visiting my grandmother on her birthday will always be better than sending her a quick text, and I also believe that only so much can be conveyed in terms of emotion and meaningful conversation in an app. Likewise, quick access to the unlimited revenue of information that is the Internet means someone using a phone or tablet has access to both the very best and the very worst kinds of material. For this reason alone, it’s pretty scary for me to see five-and six-year-olds with their own tablets or smart phones.

I think that there is no shortage of reasons why screens might be dangerous if accessed too much or if used without mindfulness. However, I also think that technology deserves much credit for the equally long list of all that it does offer. Screens such as laptops and tablets have allowed for instantaneous research and all variety of functions available through apps. I cannot imagine how many hours a day I would lose leafing through library books to find information for research projects or essays. Likewise, I strongly believe that social media has opened doors for long-distance friendships and connections. I also have not personally noticed any significant difference in the way that my classmates interact and in the way that adults raised without cellphones communicate.

One of the reasons that I most value screens and social media is the opportunity that both offer for personal growth. In an unprecedented way, access to apps that allow teenagers express their creativity, learn more about global news, or see windows into the lives of people on social media from all over the world provides a glimpse of the world at large with one click of a button.

Ultimately, I think that we have much to learn about how to balance the digital world with the still important tangible world. However, I do not think that we have to face this issue with only fears about what could result from a world immersed in technology. Personally, I would argue that we have the power to use technology to grow our understanding of the world and ourselves in a very exciting and positive way.

2017 Homecoming

Every year, Homecoming is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year at Hanover High School. This year was no exception. The weekend of events features football, performances by the marching band and cheerleaders, a party for staff and families and,  of course, the dance.

Events kicked off with the Hanover Huddle and football game Friday night. Victor Costa and Katie Halpin were voted Homecoming King and Queen by the senior class. The football team beat Pembroke, 14-13.

Organized by the Student Council, the Saturday night dance proved to be a fun and entertaining night. The music was provided by Hanover High School’s very own, Aidan Burke. Students were able to take photos in the cafeteria against a backdrop created by Mrs. Curley’s Partnership in Art classes to celebrate Inclusion Week.  This special week, held this year to coincide with Spirit Week, focuses on making all students feel they are an important part of the school community.

All grades were able to attend the dance for a fee of $30 and all students were required to take a breathalyzer test before entering the dance. Students had a great time and had minor suggestions such as using the whole gym to have more room and to having more teachers at check-in in order to cut down the time of students waiting in  line. The wide majority of students said that they had an extremely fun night and that they can’t wait until they get to go again next year.

Photos by Mr. Steve Ryerson. You can find more, plus videos of Vox and cheerleading performances, on the Hanover Schools social media pages.

After Slow Start, Patriots Slide into First Place

Despite a rather slow start to the season for the defending Super Bowl Champions, the New England Patriots are starting to find their rhythm. After opening up the season on an embarrassing 42-27 loss at home to the Kansas City Chiefs, the Patriots responded with back-to-back wins over the New Orleans Saints and the Houston Texans. A  heartbreaking home loss to the Carolina Panthers, 33-30 on a last-second field goal, put the Patriots at 2-2. Then on a short week, they went down to Tampa Bay and beat the Buccaneers in a Thursday night matchup.

Going into Sunday’s game against the New York Jets, everyone knew what the Patriots weakness was, and it was on the defensive side of the ball. Statistically they have been the worst defense in the NFL, allowing over 440 yards per game. Teams led by pass quarterbacks are thriving against New England’s defense, which has allowed more than 324 passing yards per game. The run defense isn’t any better, allowing 115 yards per game, 20th in the NFL.

With all the struggles on the defensive side of the ball, the Patriots have had to rely on 40-year-old quarterback Tom Brady. Fortunately, Brady has been lighting it up this year. He has thrown 13 touchdowns and only two interceptions and is on pace to throw for over 5,000 yards this year. He leads the NFL, averaging 309 passing yards per game, with the help of his new weapon this year in Brandin Cooks. Cooks has been a great addition to the pass game this year, adding a downfield threat to the receiving core, something they haven’t seen since Randy Moss back in 2007. Chris Hogan leads the team with five touchdown receptions

On Sunday, their first AFC East showdown of the season, the Patriots beat the Jets, 24-17, and moved into first place in the division. This win brought them to 4-2 on the season, and saw the return of Rob Gronkowski who, after battling multiple injuries this year, bounced back well with two touchdowns.

Now the Patriots have a Super Bowl rematch this Sunday. The Atlanta Falcons are coming to New England, and we all know what happened the last time these two teams played. We should have a good game on Sunday Night.

Fun fact: Tom Brady became the most winningest quarterback of all time in the regular season, passing Peyton Manning, and Brett Favre with 187 wins.

French Exchange Students Visit HHS

For some, Friday the 13th can be a bad omen, but for Hanover High School, it will be an exciting opportunity to meet students from across the Atlantic. More than 20 French exchange students will be arriving to stay with families in Hanover and learn about  American culture. Later in the year, students from Hanover will get to travel to France and stay with the exchange students’ families.

This program was created in the last few years and has been well-received, having been approved by the town. The French students will visit sites like Plimouth Plantation, Salem and the city of Boston. They will also attend classes with their host students, so expect to see them in the halls the next few weeks.

The exchange is coordinated by Madame Dhomee and fellow Hanover French teachers Mrs. Youngsworth and Mrs. Greene. There are four main benefits to this program: educational, personal, historical and political traditions, and practical. All of these benefits combined turn out to be a great learning experience for all involved when it is critical for people in our world to have an understanding of others and compassion for all. 

Students Seize Chance to Take College Courses

How do you say hello in American Sign Language? How do you argue a point convincingly? These are just a couple of the questions that many Hanover High School students are investigating this year. Thanks to a new partnership with Massasoit Community College, students have the opportunity to take courses at the college level for both high school and college credit. Two of these classes, American Sign Language and Philosophy, have already proven popular among Hanover students.

For senior Nick Jones, American Sign Language provides a chance  to explore his avid interest in linguistics. Right now, in fact, Nick is studying six languages: American Sign Language, Spanish, French, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, and English. Learning ASL is unique, Nick said, because the language is composed of hand movements rather than verbally spoken words. In addition, ASL involves expressing oneself with the eyes as well as with the hands to convey meaning.

Nick’s ASL class has about 25 students, and runs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the high school. (Students have directed studies the remaining days) The teacher, Glenna Caliendo, was born Deaf, but is both verbal and very skilled at reading lips, according to Nick. She also wears a cochlear implant and is thus able to discern sounds around her. Unlike the majority of Deaf adolescents, Nick explained, Ms. Caliendo attended non-Deaf public schools growing up, meeting with a speech pathologist until the age of 18 and learning to read lips. Actually, it was not until college that Ms. Caliendo became familiar with ASL. Nick has already learned much about the language from Ms. Caliendo, including grammar and vocabulary, and he has also learned about the culture of the Deaf community.

“Unlike most people, I was aware that there was a Deaf community, but I didn’t know a lot about it,” Nick said. “They also don’t consider being Deaf a disability, and neither do I. They are truly like everyone else. They just can’t hear. But that benefits them in the sense that they are exposed to this entirely new culture that will embrace them with open arms.”

In the future, Nick looks forward to learning more vocabulary as well as performing skits in ASL at the end of the school year. Already Nick has been able to use what he has learned to communicate with and assist a Deaf person at a job outside of school.

Like the ASL course, the Philosophy class runs three days per week at the high school, and includes 12 students. For senior Lauren Gelly, philosophy has long piqued her interest.

“I took a philosophy mini course over the summer and AP Gov last year and I was excited to revisit the topics of logic and structured argument,” she said.

Lauren enjoys learning under her current teacher, Joshua Cabral, who has helped the students learn how to debate and ponder important philosophical questionsAccording to Lauren, the course has taught her more about herself and her peers. The class offers a unique learning opportunity as she is in class with a group of people with whom she normally doesn’t interact, she added.

Philosophy students have already talked about how to form solid arguments and about stream of consciousness. Right now, they are concluding their study of logic and how to frame an argument. Lauren’s favorite topic so far has been learning how to disprove someone else in an argument.

Lauren, Nick, and the other Hanover High School students enrolled in American Sign Language or Philosophy seem to have already learned much valuable information that they can use in high school and in the outside world.  The partnership with Massasoit, which will include courses later this year in ASL 2 and Creative Writing, is part of the HHS Connect initiative, according to Principal Matthew Paquette.

“We hope to provide a more diversified educational experience that capitalizes on teacher expertise and provides greater student choice,” Mr. Paquette said. “As well, our vision is to provide even more opportunities for students to increase engagement and to demonstrate their learning in ways that our relevant to their interests and futures.”

Fall Sports Update: Homecoming This Weekend

Hanover High’s fall sports teams are deep into their seasons and working toward spots in post-season play. This weekend, we celebrate Homecoming with the football team’s  7 pm game Friday at the Harry Gerrish Memorial Field. Spectators will also be treated to performances by both the Cheerleaders and Marching Band.  In addition, members of the State Champion Rugby Team will be recognized and the Hanover High School Homecoming King and Queen announced.

Admission for the game is $5 for adults, $3 for senior citizens, and $3 for all students.  Two HHS Cheerleaders, Sammi Shisler and Lindsey Hillier, are leading a charge to Black Out Cancer.  The students have been selling long-sleeve shirts that they designed.  All proceeds from the sale will be donated to the local organization Wicked Good Cause.  Anyone wearing the Black Out Cancer shirt at the game will be admitted free of charge. Shirts can be purchased before the game at a table located next to the concession stand.

Football is 1-2 in league play with an overall record of 2-3.

In other sports:

Field Hockey is 5-2-0 in league play with an overall record of 6-4-1. The team has been playing well and will now be tested on the road, said athletic Director Mr Hutchison.  The team, led by captains Alyssa Wilcox, Abby Hammett and Alesandra Paluzzi, plays its final regular season home game on October 23.

Boys’ Soccer is 4-3-2 in league play with an overall record of 4-4-2.  They have won two games in a row and look to extend that streak with home games against Silver Lake and North Quincy this week.  Team captains are Garrett Madison, Joe Doyle and Ryan Hennessy.

Girls’ Soccer is 4-4-1 in league play with an overall record of 5-4-1.   They have two home games next week: Monday against Pembroke and Friday night against Rockland under the lights.  Captains areAlyssa Frates, Hannah Levin and Marisa Shoulla.

Volleyball is 3-7 in league play with an overall record of 5-8.  They play three home games in the next two weeks.  The atmosphere in the Edward M. Amaral gymnasium during volleyball matches is something everyone should experience, Hutchison said.  Varsity matches start after freshmen and JV games end, which is typically 5:15PM. Team captains are Taylor Scott, Morgan Lundin and Cassie Calabro.

Golf is having an excellent season.  They are currently 10-2 with three matches remaining. Team captains are Drew Cratty and Drew Zielinski.

Boys’ Cross Country is 3-3 on the season and Girls’ Cross Country is 2-4.  The seniors will run in their final home meet next Tuesday against Plymouth South.  A great spot to support the seniors and the entire program is on the hill at the opening of the middle school trail, according to Mr. Hutchison. Captains are Brian Hoyt, Kevin Talbot, Nick Courtney, Lauren Gelly, Sierra Little-Gill and Kristen Marchetti.

Cheerleading is approaching its competition season.  The competition team, led by captains Jaclyn Mignosa and Cammie Porzio, has been working hard to prepare its routine in hopes of defending its South Sectional Championship from a year ago.


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Should NFL Players be Fired for Kneeling During Anthem?

If you’ve tuned in to any NFL games in the past few weeks, you’ve definitely noticed the number of players sitting or kneeling during the National Anthem. But why are they doing this?

It all started in August 2016, when the San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick announced that he would not be standing for the National Anthem. His goal? To call attention to police violence and his opinion of injustice toward African Americans. This act caused an uproar of mixed emotions in the media and among fans. A handful of other athletes followed his lead, until this fall, when dozens of NFL players joined in.

Some players kneel, some sit, some link arms, and some don’t even leave the locker room. Since when has the NFL turned into a political podium to announce your stance on certain issues in the country? Most people want to turn on the television to watch a football game on any given night and witness two teams compete. Players are being paid to play, not to give their political views. And since when has making a political statement turned into disrespecting your country? The anthem stands for our country, and if you kneel or sit during it, you’re sending a message that you don’t like this country. If you feel the need to talk about politics, do it on your own time, not before a game on a stage where millions of people are watching.

In my opinion, the NFL should not fire players participating in this act, but they should start fining them, because it needs to end. If they fired every player who protested, an alarming number of players would lose their jobs and the NFL would be left very sparse.

This past Sunday, almost all teams protested in some way, many of them in response to President Trump’s comments of discontent with the players of the NFL. In my opinion, sports should be something you can watch where no politics are involved. People are tired of the protests. It is time for the NFL to unite as one, and resume standing for the National Anthem. We want to watch football again, not a political debate.