Hanover club focuses on building a community

Sophia Ward

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Summer time jobs and easy money

Stephen Williams


31 percent of teenagers had jobs during the
summer of 2015. Photo by Reese Sayles

With the summer season starting
soon, seniors, juniors, and sophomores
are leaving the comfort of
their homes and looking for jobs.
Because who doesn’t like a little
extra spending money?
“I wanted a job because I’m going
on a trip to Europe soon and I
also just brought a car,” sophomore
Brian Lepeter said
Some of the most popular jobs
sought after by students are Sweet
Frog, Kings Dominion, Chick-Fil-
A and other fast food restaurants.
Other favored jobs are lifeguard,
baby sitting and house watching for
“I work at Stevie B’s as a cashier
and customer greeter. I also put up
the pizzas on display for people
to see,” sophomore Ann Elizabeth
Ryan said.
People also get jobs to places
they visited before. They feel mesmerized
by the place and would
love to work there.
“I like my job at King’s Dominion
as a ride director and I look
forward to it every day. I like the
experiences I meet with the other
employees and I love learning the
rides. Everyone I work with knows
how to have fun and are super
chill,” sophomore Philip Hokirk
Other times people get a job to
get free discounts from where they
“I work at Dominos, everyone
is really cool and it’s not stressful.
The best part is that it’s easy to
get promotions and I get free pizza
sometimes,” senior Haley Parrish
Though these jobs sound easy
and enjoyable, they do not pay a
lot of money. At King’s Dominion,
hourly ride operators get $7.88
an hour while line employees get
$7.64 per hour.
Cashiers at King’s Dominon get
$8.18 an hour and servers get $7.79
per hour. Store merchants are paid
$7.64 for every hour, and area supervisors
receive $12.78 per hour.
Also, most of these positions require
employees to stand outside in
the sun for an extended period of
“One thing I hate about King’s
Dominion is the heat. I’m outside
all day and there is no air conditioning.
It is a struggle trying to
keep cool all day,” Hokirk said.
In the United States, minimum
wage is only $7.25 per hour. So do
not expect to go on shopping sprees
with this pay check.
“If I could change anything,
it would by my wage. I get payed
eight bucks an hour and I would
like to get payed more,” Lepeter
Other hated ascpects of summer
jobs are the other employees. For
most workers, their own coworkers
are causing the most problem.
“I hate the people I’m working
with, all they do is sleep in their
positions while I cover for them,
Ryan said.
Even if these jobs do not have the
most enjoyable tasks and provides
the minimum about money available,
students across the country
still get these summer jobs to pass
the time and to meet new people.
“I like meeting new and unique
people. What makes these people
unique is why they come to Mc-
Donald’s. Some people who come
in are funny and enjoy conversations,
while others are just weird,”
sophomore Walker Leake said.

Development expands across Hanover

Willie Sadler

There seems to be a certain theme
about Hanover County this year: development.
Between Kroger adding
on to their grocery stores and a new
plan for residential and commercial
buildings by 301, Hanover is experiencing
some change.
Now, residents on Studley Road
are going to be seeing some construction.
Back in October of 2014,
a plan to build a new neighborhood
on Studley Road next to Burkwood
Swim and Racquet Club was approved.
Before the homes begin construction,
a sewer line has to be built to
serve the new homes. This sewer
line is currently being built by the
developer, Meridian. After the completion
of the sewer line, construction
on the homes will begin.
Currently, there is not a set finish
date for the construction of
the homes, but it is expected to
last about a few years. This all depends
on how quickly the lots and
resulting homes are sold. The specific
homes being built are going to
be single family homes in the +/-
$400,000 price range. With the addition
of a new neighborhood, older
neighborhoods’ property values will
help to be maintained and might increase.
With all the new homes being
constructed, there will be an effect
on the surrounding area. There
are supposed to be around 142 new
homes being built, so the impact
they have will not be small either.
This has led to some concerns in the
One of the concerns is about
which school district the new
neighborhood will be in. This issue
was solved by the Board of Supervisors
and the School Board by using
an “administrative redistricting”.
So, residents of the new homes will
attend Rural Point Elementary and
not Henry Clay. This means they
will go on to Oak Knoll and then
finally graduate from Hanover. Due
to the age of Rural Point however, it
will certainly come up with special
challenges for the school.
“Feelings about the project vary
among members of the community.
Members of Burkwoood and the adjacent
church are excited about the
addition of a new neighborhood.
Still others were concerned about
increased traffic, although the independent
traffic study indicates that
while there will certainly be more
cares in the area, that overall service
levels will not dramatically change
due to the addition of turning lanes
and other accommodations,” Supervisor
Angela Kelly-Wiecek said.
It also should be noted that the
particular area of the new neighborhood
is a residential area of the
county. This is how the rural areas
in Hanover, which make up about
80% of the county, are preserved.
Although this area is becoming more
populated, it is only to preserve the
rural parts of Hanover.

Whats going on around HHS?

~Senior and junior prom will be
held on June 4.
~ The SAT exam will be held on
June 4.
~Senior trip to Bush Gardens will be
on June 7.
~The senior class picture will be
held on June 9.
~The ACT exam will be be on June
~Senior Baccalaureate Ceremony
will be held on June 12
~Exam days and early closing for
middle and high schools are on June
13 and June 14.
~Exam days and early closing for
K-12 are on June 15 through June
~Final day for school K-12 on June
~Report card distribution for elementary
schools June 16.
~Teacher work day June 17.
~Senior graduation ceromony on
June 18.
~Middle and high school report card
distribution on June 23.
~Summer school begins on June 27.

Students to the rescue

Madison Lee


Students gather outside Central High in protest to keep their principal. Photo by: NBC12.

Some believe that high schoolers
don’t have a voice; but King and
Queen County students have proven
that they can definitely have an impact
with their speech.
On Friday, April 29, Central High
School Principal Antione Monroe
was escorted out of his building by
police without explanation.
Students were shocked because
Principal Monroe was admired
and respected during his tenure as
principal by students, parents, and
the community. Last year was the
first time in years that Central High
School was fully accredited and
many credited Principal Monroe’s
leadership for the success.
On Monday, May 2, students
from Central High School staged a
walkout in response to the removal
of Principal Monroe. Over 100 students
walked out of classes and sat
outside of the building all day on
Monday. They came equipped with
signs and chants. Superintendent
Carol Carter then locked the school
to prevent the remaining students
from leaving to join the rebellion.
At least 20 parents showed up in
solidarity with their students. They
provided drinks and pizza for the
students locked outside.
The protest continued from Tuesday
through Thursday with students
participating in a sit in inside the
Central High School gym. Despite
the valiant effort of Monroe’s adoring
students, Monroe made the decision
to resign before a School Board
meeting on Thursday, May 5. Worried
about the potential uprising
from the students, Superintendent
Carter shut down all Queen and
King County Public Schools on Friday,
May 6. According to an anonymous
source that has been directly
involved in the situation, Monroe’s
decision to resign was influenced by
an attempt to protect his students
from any adverse consequences as a
result of their protests.
King and Queen County Superintendent
Carter, refused to comment
on the reason for Principal
Monroe’s removal; and her response
to the student protesters has drawn
sharp criticism from the community.
Superintendent Carter previously
initiated disciplinary actions
against several school employees
during her term as Principal of King
and Queen Elementary School and
some people believe she continues
to unfairly target employees in her
new position of superintendent.
Some students, parents and employees
believe that Carter’s adverse
employment actions are racially
motivated. She has threatened the
student protesters with the cancellation
of extracurricular activities
such as participation in sports and
exclusion from important school
events such as prom.

AP exams offer opportunities for college

Callie Robinson

While the arrival of the last nine
weeks means summer is almost here,
it also brings with it numerous days
of difficult AP testing.
The exams are not only a summation
of the content learned over the year,
but also an opportunity to test out
of an otherwise required course for
the college of the student’s choice.
Many students choose to take AP exams
from all grade levels. For underclassmen
college may be far away, but for seniors
it is right around the corner. Taking
the AP test could mean one less course
to take in col- lege, and several hundred
dollars less spent. IB exams, while
more expensive
to take, can also become a huge mon-
ey saver down the road. Senior Liam
Silver has had experience with both
test formats.
“I’ve taken both and would have
to say that they are very similar,”
Silver said, “AP exams felt like they
were more focused on testing how
much you know, while IB exams
seemed more focused on the qual-
ity of knowledge you have about the
Most seniors have taken AP exams
in previous years, and so know what
to expect when they walk into the
room on testing day.
“To prepare for the AP Exams, my
classes usually spend a significant
amount of time taking mock exams
and reviewing all that we have cov-
ered that year,” Silver added.
Some seniors, however, choose
not to take the exams for various rea-
“I didn’t take the exams because
they seem too expensive. I would be
more motivated to take them if I got
refunded for the test fee if I scored
well,” senior Morgan Webster said.
A large percentage of the junior
class signed up for AP exams this
year as well. For many of them, this
is their first time taking exams of this
level and rigor and the approaching
exams are a new stress to them.
“I’m taking three exams this year
because I think they’ll look good
when I’m applying to colleges,” ju-
nior Jordan Rock said. “I’m definitely
taking the APUSH exam because I’ve
enjoyed the class and Letourneau has
prepared us really well. I don’t really
know what to expect so I’m prepar-
ing by doing a lot of free response
questions and making Quizlet sets.”
Some sophomore students are
able to take AP exams as well for
the limited classes they can test for,
such as AP Government. Junior Isa-
iah Mathews believes taking an exam
last year has helped prepare him for
this year’s tests.
“The AP Government test last year
was the first AP test I’ve ever taken
and it was stressful because I’d never
taken a test at that level,” Mathews
said, “The hardest part about it was
that it was timed, but Godard pre-
pared us really thoroughly and al-
most everyone did really well. I’m
taking four exams this year and I feel
more prepared because I know how
to pace myself and work within the
time limits.”
While the month of May will be
a stressful month for AP test takers,
many students will be greeted with
excellent scores this summer and will
be glad that they took the challenge.

Annual Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k

Kirby Lawrence


Encouraged to dress in costume, a participant impersonated Uncle Sam during the Ukrops Monument Avenue 10k on April 9. Photo by Richmond Times Dispatch

Feeling exhausted after a short
walk up the stairs? Try running
6.21 miles. That is exactly what
a handful of Hanover students and
faculty ac- complished on April 9
when they ran the Ukrop’s Monument
Avenue 10K in Richmond. 23,
153 runners and walkers, along with
countless specta- tors, came out to
show their support for the charity.
People came from all over the state
to demonstrate their abilities and
test their endurance.
The runners began with a blessing
at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
at 7:30 a.m. Thirty minutes later,
the Virginia 529 Kids Run began.
Shortly after was the first wave
of runners, then the next,
and the next and the next. Runners
were placed in waves with others of
similar speed, which runners
indicated on their registration
forms prior to the event.
The awards ceremony took place at
10 a.m., with Silas Frantz, a local from
Richmond, VA, finishing with a time
of 30:46 for the males. Frantz ran an
impressive time of approximately 4:57
per mile. As for the females, Nicol
Traynor from Hoboken, NJ, finished
the 10K with a time of 34:01, running
about 5:28 per mile.
Although this was a race, the 10K
is meant to accommodate individu-
als of all speeds, including walkers
and those who are wheelchair bound.
Many HHS students participated
in this event, including sophomore
Star Das. She finished with a time of
2:14:31, running a respectable time of
12:28 per mile.
No race would be complete with-
out volunteers and a charity to sup-
port it. The VCU Massey Cancer
Center is the official charitable fund-
raising partner of the Ukrop’s Monu-
ment Avenue 10K. The VCU Massey
Cancer Center focuses on the impor-
tance of a healthy lifestyle, including
being active as means to help prevent
some types of cancer. All of the mon-
ey raised went straight to Massey, fur-
ther allowing research to extend and
save lives.
There were many volunteers from
all over, eagerly helping the race run
smoothly. The HHS Beta club par-
ticipated, working at the Mile 4 wa-
ter stop. Volunteers were responsible
for everything, including putting up
and taking down banners, handing
out water to the racers and shouting
words of encouragement to all of the
10K’s participants.
Junior Lani Lestourgeon volun-
teered with BETA. “We passed out
water cups to runners. It was snow-
ing, very intense. The runners stopped
moving at one point, so we were
shouting at them to continue moving.
We also had the military standing be-
side us, which was an experience. The
guy in charge was very strict [about
the placement of the cups] and made
sure they had to be in a straight line,”
Lestourgeon said.
It was her first year participat-
ing in the event, but she said it was
worthwhile, especially with the crazy
costumes. “I saw a wide variety of
costumes, the best was a man dressed
[presumably] as Uncle Sam,” she said.
Although the event was only a few
hours, the festivities in Richmond
were not over. Around 1:30 p.m.,
Home Run Weekend commenced in
full swing. There was a pre-game on-
field parade for 10K and Kids Run fin-
ishers. Afterwards, there was a dou-
bleheader featuring Richmond Flying
Squirrels versus Hartford Yard Goats
at the Diamond.
Although the weather was less than
desirable, it was a fun and healthy
way to raise money for the charity,
spend time with family and encourage
the importance of a healthy lifestyle.


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