Farewell Dr. Gresham

Caroline Provost

Gresham 2

Dr. Dana Gresham, principal since 2012, will be leaving to work at the school board office where she will be responsible for supervising all federal funding in HCPS. Dana Gresham

Dr. Dana Gresham, who has served
as principal since 2012, will be leaving
the Hanover High community at the
end of the 2015 school year to pursue
a different career path as Director of
Federal Programs for Hanover County
Public Schools.
Operating under the Department
of Instructional Leadership, headed
by Assistant Superintendent Michael
Gill, Gresham will find a new home
at the School Board office in Ashland
rather than a particular school.
Gresham will now be responsible for
supervising all federal funding that
comes into HCPS, which includes
money from programs such as Title I,
Title II, etc., and working closely with
principals of schools that receive such
funds.
“It’s an opportunity to do some
new stuff that I’ve never done before
which is really exciting,” Gresham
said.
According to Gresham, the biggest
difference between the new position
and her role at Hanover is the amount
of communication between students
and teachers.
“I’m not going to have nearly what
I’ve always had and that’s the hard
part. But this is going to be very new
to me so that’s exciting, the learning
the new things, but it’s very different
in terms of being in the trenches,”
Gresham said.
Gresham characterized the move
as bittersweet, recognizing that she
will miss the close connection between
students and teachers, yet
coming at a point in her career where
she would like to do something different,
looking forward to getting a new
perspective on public education. She
also acknowledged that it would be
nice to have more time to be at home
to spend with family.
“This is what I wanted to do. I
wanted to be a principal and I’ve had
the most amazing opportunities. It’s
very hard to leave. There’s nothing
more important that you can do in education
than be a teacher or principal
and knowing that’s what I’m leaving
is hard,” Gresham said. “I believe that
I’ve worked in the three best schools
in the world.”
And it seems as though, for the students
and faculty, the feeling is mutual.
“She’s done a lot more for the theatre
program and arts than other principals.
It was cool that she was devoted
to making sure that funding was
going to activities other than sports,”
senior Samantha Russo said.
“She always brought a happy atmosphere
to the school,” senior TJ Hindley
said.
After working at a private school in
Charlottesville and serving as Administrator
of Special Education in Henrico
County for nine years, Gresham
moved to HCPS and has since been
an employee for 18 years. In those
years, she has served in a variety of
roles, including assistant principal at
Atlee High School and principal of
Rural Point Elementary School. She
believes the best part about each of
the roles is watching the teachers and
students grow and develop.
“It’s just cool watching what [the
students] do and starting to see [them]
applying it. There’s just no more exciting
place to be than a school and
I’m going to miss it,” Gresham said.
“Teachers are just magical people and
just watching [the students] respond
to that and making it [their] own.”
Looking into the future, although
Gresham hopes that within 10 years
she will be retired, she would still like
be doing something with education
while being able to have more time
to do other things in life. As of now,
she hopes that in her new position she
will be able to bring new opportunities
into the county.
And with that, the search for the
new principal is already underway,
and it is anticipated that a decision
will be made before the end of June.
According to Gresham, teachers have
input, receiving a survey about what
they are looking for in a new principal,
a very important part of the process.
“I’ve been working with the Mechanicsville
community for 18 years
and I just really want people to realize
what a special place this is. I think
[the students] are the most remarkable
students in the world and teachers
in this community and what they
do goes above and beyond anything
I’ve ever seen,” Gresham said in reflecting
upon her experiences with
HCPS. “It’s a very special place and I
think sometimes we are so immersed
in what a special place Hanover is we
forget that not every place is like this.”

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Hanover County gets Google apps

Chandler Foster

Chances are that your homepage
is Google. And chances are that you
are less than thrilled every time you
have to leave that page for school
related things.
Hanover County Public Schools
understands your dilemma and has
responded by officially deciding to
adopt Google Apps for Education
(GAFE).
“Yeah. It would make it easier to
come back to {school related pages},”
senior Ben Clark said.
GAFE will create Google accounts
for all students, giving them
access to Google Drive and Google
Calendar on any device with an internet
connection. This will also allow
students and teachers to work
collaboratively on any assignments
completed through GAFE.
GAFE will help many students to
save money, as it will eliminate the
need for flash drives and other permanent
storage devices. Files stored
in Google Drive will be available
24/7 to all students who use it.
Google Drive will allow teachers
to provide feedback as students
work, even from their own personal
computers at home.
GMail will not be available with
a student account with GAFE, however
documents can still be shared
among peers.
“This is a positive. It will be easier.
It will get more kids related into
school, and they might pay more attention,”
Clark said.
By making it more convenient for
students to access school material,
the school board hopes to encourage
students to bring their education
home instead of leaving it
in the classroom.
“I think
that this new system is going
to encourage kids to stay on
top of their grades and their work.”
Clark said.
These changes will be implemented
next year, beginning with
12 month faculty and staff members
and quickly moving down to be
used by students and parents alike.
The system will remain in place all
year.

Thumbs up to 7th UP

Kelly Guthrie & Sean Coleman

Are you UP for 7th UP?
Eighteen students this year were.
7th UP is for high school
students to advocate to seventh
graders the importance of being
drug and alcohol free. They do
this through two interactive
lessons during the school year.
“The class only talks about
drugs and alcohol so we are able
to really focus on those particular
substances and their harmful
effects,” sophomore Margaret
Marsh said.
The 7th graders get to have an
in-depth and honest discussion
with the older high school
students in an environment
that encourages the students to
ask questions. 7th UPs may not
have all the answers to the 7th
grader’s questions but they have
the experience of a modern day
high school student which gives
them an honest perspective
when talking to 7th graders.
“We basically introduce
ourselves and do group activities
and get to know each other,”
sophomore Dayton Petrus said.
These high school students
go to 7th grade classes and talk
about the consequences of using
addictive substances such as
drugs and alcohol. Students
often enjoy the short time they
spend with their 7th UP’s and
will take those lessons of how
to remain drug and alcohol free
with them to high school.
“The kids get to learn
something about adult topics in
order to understand the danger
of drugs,” Petrus said.
“I work in groups of three to
five with other 7th UP classes
and we all discuss how not using
drugs has positively impacted our
lives,” Petrus said.
Additionally, there are several
other activities with which the
students were involved. These
included passing out water
bottles with anti-drug messages
at the Hanover Tomato Festival
and also passing out tote bags
sporting the Hanover Cares logo
at the 8th grade orientation.

Athletes of the month

Adam

Adam Farnsworth

Adam Farnsworth is a senior
varsity boys’ soccer player for the
Hawks this year and is an excellent
goal keeper.
Farmsworth has been a member
of the varsity soccer team for three
years. Last year he received the
honors of 1st team all-conference,
1st team all-region and 1st team
all-state. The boys’ soccer team is
currently 7-1-2.
“Our team’s been doing really
well this year and I think if we
keep working and playing like we
are then we should have a great
end of the season. I am honored
to be athlete of the month, it
couldn’t have happened if I didn’t
have such a great team behind me,”
Farmsworth said.

 

Caroline

Caroline Hare

Caroline Hare is a junior and
third year starter on the girls varsity
tennis team at Hanover. Through
her three years, she has made the
transition from the number 4 singles
spot to number 1.
This year, Hare has contributed
to the team with a regular season
singles record of 12 wins and 2 losses
and helped anchor the team to a
one-loss season.
As postseason play approaches,
Hare will maintain one of the top
seeds in the conference tournament.
“My main priority individually
is to advance to the state semifinals.
It’s something I have been looking
forward to ever since I joined the
team my freshman year,” Hare said.

Unsung heroes of high school sports

James Norman

Every sport has them. The unsung
heroes, who go out and grind with
the rest of their teammates, yet don’t
get the respect they deserve from the
public. This article is dedicated to those
people.
For too long, defense has been an underappreciated
part of sports. Whether
it’s a defender in soccer, or a goalie in
lacrosse, they are not appreciated as
they should be. They are a team’s last
resort. The last line to cross, and they’re
the ones who need more attention than
they get.
“Me, personally, I feel like I’m appreciated
by my team, I feel like everyone
realizes how important every guy
is. You can’t win without every guy
pulling his weight, but I feel like when
it comes to newspaper and press, they
report the guy who scores the goal, but
don’t realize the guy who stopped the
goal two plays earlier,” junior David
Dustin said.
“I don’t get any goals or anything, so
I can’t be put in the newspaper like forwards
can,” junior Kristin Yeager said.
Not many people know this, but every
tennis player counts just as much
as the next one. What this means, is
that the number one ranked tennis
player and the number ten ranked tennis
player, both count equally towards
the score at the end of the day. So if the
number one loses, but the number ten
wins, that means that the team is going
to be 1-1 for the day.
Senior Tommy Newton is a tennis
player who was recently brought up to
Varsity on the team. He won his first
match, and he’s a leader on the team.
“I think I’m pretty important as a
leader. And I believe that in order for
a team to function, they need all kinds
of character,” Newton said, “I think
that when you’re there to play, you just
have to go out there and play.”
Lastly, one of the vastly underrated
players on any team, is the leader.
The leader is the person who helps
the team move forward. The leader is
the person who helps the team whether
they win or lose. The leader is the
person who team members look up to,
after a tough match. Here is a salute to
you for being there for the team, no
matter what.

Experience anchoring Hawks Tennis

Zach Palmer

With the postseason right around
the corner, the girls tennis team at
Hanover has established themselves
as one of the favorites to win the conference
tournament.
Their one loss to Midlothian was
nothing to slouch at, since Midlothian
advanced all the way to the state
championship last year.
“Midlothian has always been a
tough opponent for us, but it’s good to
play teams like them to give us a good
feel of where we stand compared to
some of the top teams in the area,” junior
Caroline Hare said.
Hare and senior Jordan McFee
have anchored the team all season,
with a combined record of 22 and 4.
“I’ve been coming to practice every
day with the goal to get better and
show leadership skills to help the rest
of the team get better,” McFee said.
The regular season matches have
been looked upon as tune up matches
for the team. Facing the teams of Varina,
Highland Springs and Armstrong
have been nothing more than the expected
9-0 shutout wins for the lady
Hawks.
“Playing in matches against these
teams give our junior varsity players
the opportunity to play in varsity situations.
It also lets some of the varsity
players relax and watch some of our
teammates play doubles,” freshman
Mattie Moon said.
The toughest two opponents this
year for the Hawks have been Midlothian
and Glen Allen. The team faced
Glen Allen at home earlier in the year,
coming out on top. Hanover headed
into doubles against Glen Allen leading
4 games to 2. They then swept all
three doubles matches to defeat the
Jaguars 7-2.
Midlothian is the defending 4A
state champions. Freshmen Mattie
Moon and Brooke Kazelskis were the
only two singles winners that day for
the team, forcing the Trojans to play
doubles.
Midlothian went on to win all three
doubles matches and the match 7-2.
“I think it’s good to play Midlothian
at least once in the regular season
to get a scouting report of them
for the future,” sophomore Taylor
Smith said.
The Hawks, with a few wins in
the conference tournament, will
face Glen Allen in the semifinals and
Midlothian in the championship, in
hopes of redemption from their regular
season loss.

 

Lord of the Rings: J.D. Gregory

Brady Didlake

Wrestling

Gregory tries to finish off opponent on the ground at state tournament. Jeff Gregory

The first time senior J.D. Gregory
ever wrestled was in first grade. Since
then he has been working hard every
day to get better. His most recent
honor shows that this has obviously
paid off.
Gregory was recently named a 4A
scholar athlete nominee for National
Hall of Fame Virginia Chapter.
“It is an honor to be named a 4A
scholar athlete nominee for National
Hall of Fame Virginia Chapter because
of all the hard work that I have put in
over the years. I have been wrestling
since first grade so it has become a lifestyle.
It is going to be so hard for me
to adjust to when I have to step away
from wrestling,” Gregory said.
Gregory is a three time state champion,
Cadet All-American, and finished
in 4th place at freshman nationals.
“Gregory is more than deserving
of his 4A scholar athlete nomination
because he has the discipline, dedication
and drive that it takes to be a successful
wrestler,” junior Tanner Lacey
said.
His sophomore year, he wrestled in
the 113 lb. weight class and defeated
Brandon Olsen to take his first title.
Gregory’s junior year was one full
of pain; in the beginning of the season,
his shoulder popped out of place.
He would go on to do this eight more
times and ended up having surgery
after his junior year. But this would
not stop him from bringing home another
state title in the 126 weight class
against Caden Darber.
His senior year proved to be another
impressive season in the 126 weight
class. But during the first match of
states his shoulder popped out again.
Amazingly, Gregory did not let this
affect him as he would go on to take
his third state title. His shoulder
popped out six more times during the
state finals.
“Trying to wrestle with my shoulder
popping out of socket hurts a lot,
but I just kept telling myself to push
through the pain,” Gregory said.
Winning three state championships
is no easy feat. It takes a tremendous
amount of hard work and focus
on the little details. This is something
he will never forget.
“I’m very grateful for everything
that my parents have done for me in
the sport, and all the time the coaches
have put in with me,” Gregory said.
Gregory is committed to wrestle
next year at the West Virginia University.
He will look to carry over
all of his high school success to the
collegiate level. The competition will
definitely be much tougher but with
Gregory’s work ethic, anything is possible.
“Gregory is a very well prepared
athlete. As a wrestler he is smart and
tough which helps him battle through
injury and adversity,” head coach Aaron
Bradley said.
Although Gregory is going to miss
high school wrestling, he is very excited
to take his skills to the collegiate
level to represent Hanover High.

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