Welcoming new additions to the hawk family

Michelle Christian

The librarians, the cafeteria workers, and the office personnel: you see them everyday, and yet, how well do you really know them?

Valerie Parker, a member of Hanover High’s cafeteria staff, has been working at Hanover High School since its’ opening in 2003. It was important for her to be at home with her children after school and during the summer. She loved the job so much that she stayed here at HHS even after her children had grown up. Parker loves working with the kids and her fellow staff.

Parker would like the students to know that the cafeteria staff is always there for them. “No matter what they need, whether it’s trouble with their lunch account balance or something with their life, we are always here to talk to them,” said Parker.

Another major member of our schools’ staff is Kim Weis. If you’ve ever wondered who to thank for ordering all of the great books, teaching you the proper techniques for bibliographies, and saving you at the last minute when you need to print out a report, thank our lovely librarians.

Weis has also been working at Hanover High School since its’ opening. After growing up in Hanover and being educated at VCU, Weis became a business teacher at Lee-Davis. After ten years of this, Weis used her love of reading to become a librarian just two years before HHS opened.  Weis loved the the idea of coming to a new school and creating an amazing library.

Weis said that she loves the variety of the job, as well as the students. “The students give back to you what you give to them,” Weis commented.

Weis loves that she gets to teach, promote the library program, work with  students, and be in what she considers the heart of the school, the library.

Judith Coughlin, another crucial member in our library department, is currently in her tenth year at HHS. Coughlin has been a librarian for thirty five years. Previously, she worked with Richmond Public Schools for twenty one years. Coughlin loves that Hanover High has a large library, as well as respectful students. Coughlin’s favorite part of her job is seeing all of the new books come in. She also enjoys seeing all of the faces that come into the library.

Coughlin and Weis would like to encourage students to participate in the new “Reading and Riding” feature in the library. The exercise bikes in the library can be used by students in ten or twenty minute intervals. After each ten or twenty minute interval, students must allow other students to have their turn. The bikes will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Students must inform the library aides before they begin to gain credit. The student that has read the most amount of minutes per quarter will win a $25 Visa gift card.

It’s important for students to read and increase their vocabulary. Students who read for an average of twenty minutes per school day are expected to have read 3,600 minutes per school year. This makes an astonishing 1,800,000 words read by the student at the end of the school year.

A bright and new face students may have seen in the front office is Michelle Baskerville. Having just started working at Hanover High this school year, she already loves it! Baskerville loves the students, her co-workers, and the fun atmosphere that HHS offers. She previously worked at Starbucks for seventeen years. She wanted a change in career that would offer her opportunities to spend time with her family, have a more consistent schedule, and work in a more relaxed environment.

“My job is fun because it includes being welcoming, knowledgeable, answering the phone, receiving and responding to Emails from parents, and supporting my fellow staff members,” Baskerville said.

Baskerville’s favorite part of her job is being able to smile, make other people smile, and talk to people without being rushed, as her previous job had done. One thing’s for sure, if you ever need something from the office or just a simple smile, Baskerville will certainly get the job done.

Survival guide for baby hawks

Madison Lee

Let’s face it, “Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide” lied to us. There are no maniacal science teachers or weasel chasing janitor’s and eighth graders are not as evil as they were made out to be.  However, to flourish in HHS there are a few do’s and don’ts to be aware of.

  1. Don’t stop in the middle of the hallway.  For some unknown reason this is not common sense to a lot of people.  You will frequently see large groups talking in a circle blocking the main hallway, but for the sake of everyone’s sanity don’t follow these people’s lead.  If you want to talk to your friends, step into a pod or by the lockers.
  2. Don’t go up the down stairs or vice versa. This may be very tempting, but don’t do it! Of course if the hallways are clear you can run the risk, but if the stairs are in use don’t disrupt the flow of traffic. There really is no advantage to breaking this unspoken rule. It does not make you thug or a rebel, just inconsiderate.
  3. Do bring ones to school.  One thing you’ll quickly learn, if you haven’t already, is that high schoolers are hungry, all of the time. Plan ahead and be prepared to buy snacks from the vending machine with one dollar bills. This will be important to the survival of your high school years. This will be especially useful for days when you have after school activities. Bringing singles will save you from being that kid who is always asking for change.
  4. Don´t go into the senior lunch line if you´re not a senior. Wow, those who do this are so cool. You know, breaking the rules and all. But not really, that was complete sarcasm. There aren’t any real consequences to breaking this rule, it’s just irritating.  Your wait is just as long and you annoy a lot more people. And plot twist, you don’t blend in with the seniors, especially you freshman.  It´s easy to spot. Just follow common courtesy and respect the senior lunch line.
  5. Always walk on the right side of the hallway. There is a natural flow to things and staying to the right is a part of it. This will prevent traffic jams and get you where you need to be faster. Not to mention it will save you that awkward moment when you and another person walk straight into each other and neither can decide which way to pass. Simply pass to the right.
  6. Don’t overcrowd the lunch tables.  This is just uncomfortable for everyone.  First of all, you block traffic.  Innocent civilians are unable to make their way from one side of the lunchroom to the other because you’ve made the decision to block the aisles.  Is it really worth it to have that many “friends” at the lunch table.  There’s no way to include everyone in the conversation and you inevitably end up excluding those who are at the outer edge of the circle.  You’re probably not even good friends with the majority of the people sitting around you so you might as well break it up.  For those of you who are in the outer edge of the circle my advice is to go make your own table.  You don’t need to sit there fighting for a seat at the table.  Take the other outer edge squad and make your own cooler table where everyone can be involved in the conversation and you don’t disturb lunchroom traffic.  You are awesome and don’t need to be limited to the outer circle, just make your own inner circle.
  7. Lastly, and most importantly, absolutely be kind to your teachers.  This rule  is not limited to the beginning of school, but the whole year. Despite just making you a good human being it can also really benefit you. Let’s think about this practically. Your teachers will be grading your assignments for the rest of the year, do you really want to be on their bad side? Creating a good relationship with your teachers and proving that you are responsible will really help if you ever need an extension.

If everyone follows these spoken and unspoken rules we will all be able to learn in a much happier and healthier environment. Have a great year. Have fun, make friends, be engaged, learn a lot, and make the most of everything. We only have so many years as high schoolers and should savor every moment.

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.