Make America sane again

Frances McDaniel


This coming election will be one of the most influential elections in American history, with the potential to either continue progress started in the Obama administration and further develop America’s good standing on the global platform, or send us reeling backward to far less forgiving times in our history.

Continue reading “Make America sane again”


Riots break out in Charlotte over racial divide

Laura Swain

In this past month, a Mechanicsville resident, David Swain, was in the face of imminent danger while he was on a business trip in Charlotte, North Carolina.


After the fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, on September 20, local members of the social movement, Black Lives Matter, were in an uproar. Violent riots soon followed as people paraded through the streets, chanting and damaging property as they went. Continue reading “Riots break out in Charlotte over racial divide”

Homecoming parade celebrates spirit of the student body

Callie Robinson


Freshman students enthusiactically cheer for the freshman class on their float during the Homecoming parade. Photo by Caroline Fornili

Nothing sets the excitement level
high for a football game like a preceding
parade. The HHS Homecoming
Parade has been a long withstanding
tradition that is anticipated
by members of all types of HHS activities.
This year was no different.
About two hours before the
Homecoming game against Highland
Springs, the parade participants
began lining up.
The Homecoming Court nominees
that had been announced at
that morning’s pep rally milled
around chatting with each other,
putting finishing touches on their
car setups.
“You get to walk down in front of
everyone at the pep rally that morning
and then people see you at the
parade. It’s a lot of preparation getting
the car and decorating it, but it
makes for a fun and busy weekend,”
Erin Watkins, senior and returning
nominee, said.
Meanwhile, club participants began
arriving, finding their groups
and getting ready to show off their
floats. A large variety of clubs are
featured every year, from foreign
language clubs to the SODA Club.
“Since I’m involved in several
clubs, I’ve been in the parade before.
I like it because it’s a ton of
energy and I like showing school
spirit,” senior Stephanie Mayle said.
Clubs meet together weeks before
the parade to begin volunteering to
design and participate in the float.
While many clubs choose to walk
the parade route, some still get together
to build a vehicle-based float.
The grade level floats are always
some of the largest, with volunteers
from each graduating class grouping
together to decorate a large float
with their peers.
The marching band was also a
part of the float lineup this year,
as always. The homecoming parade
is the first of several parades for
the band throughout their season,
as they will go on to participate in
multiple Christmas parades as well.
“It’s a different experience being
in the parade because you get
to see it unfold from start to finish.
You get to have a moving viewpoint
of the parade instead of just being
a spectator,” band member Sophie
Harrison said.
After putting on another successful
parade, the participants joined
the rest of the supportive Hanover
community to cheer on the Hawks
in their 13th Homecoming game.
. At halftime, Marcus Bazala and
Mary Grace Broaddus were crowned
Homecoming King and Queen.
And while the game was a tough
loss, school spirit wasn’t diminished
in the least and HHS students went
on to enjoy a fun night of dancing.


Trip Wells skips off his new job at Randolph Macon

Sallie Sledd


Trip Wells broadcasting his final show for Hanover’s Channel 99 . Photo by Lisa Martin

Imagine finally graduating high
school after twelve years. That’s exactly
how Trip Wells felt after working
for Hanover County Public Schools
for that long. He has moved on to bigger
and better things at Randolph Macon
College as a video producer in the
Communications and Marketing Department.
He left on October 16 and
has made several “guest appearances”
since to collect his things.
“It was a very difficult decision to
make because I love what I do here
and I’ve had an incredible time. It’s
been a wonderful twelve years and
I will miss it tremendously,” Wells
said, “It’s been a great experience
and it’s been much more than just
a job. I’ve made friends here; I keep
in touch with almost all the students
I’ve worked with over the years and
I’ve met great people here at Hanover
County and in the school system.”
Wells’s favorite part of his job at
TV 99 was working with his students
and interns. He enjoyed coming up
with fun and creative ideas for videos
and seeing them come to life and actually
put them on television. What
comes next for the Broadcasting Students
and TV 99 interns is not known.
A replacement for Wells has not been
chosen yet, but Wells was able to offer
advice for whoever it may be.
“Be prepared to work and be prepared
to work hard and be prepared
to put in lots of crazy hours, nights,
weekends, days, everything. You gotta
dedicate your life to it because you
want it to be good and you want it to
look good,” Wells said.
Part of being on screen involves
messing up sometimes. Every year
Wells put together a blooper reel of
himself and his students.
“We mess up a lot more than we
actually get right, so that’s the good
thing about the show being taped
and not live, because if it were live
it would be horrendous,” Wells admits,
“We mess up a whole lot but it
makes it fun because then we have a
big blooper reel we show at the end of
the year.”

Exchange students

Georgia Geen

Hanover County has become a beacon
for students from around the globe.
This year, HHS is home to 5 foreign
exchange students, the most out of any
in the County. Each student hails from
a different country, including Switzerland,
Costa Rica and Germany.
“Veronica Corrales is with my family
and she’s from Costa Rica in a little
town where I lived,” Spanish teacher
Wendy Wadsworth
said, “She found us,
but we had to find an
Another foreign exchange
student at HHS, Sarah
Bossert from Swizterland,
who is living here for this
school year, used an organization
called Education First to
arrange the details of her exchange
year. Education First specializes in
sending foreign students to America,
language classes and international and
domestic tours. The company will also
teach English to many Brazilians in
preparation for the 2016 Rio Olympics
(according to
“I had to fill out a 15 page application
and then I got accepted. After that
I just had to do paperwork for my visa,”
Bossert said.
The process of going on a foreign
exchange program is long and complex.
Visas have to be obtained as well
as arrangements with insurance companies.
Many private companies exist
to streamline the process, but HHS
doesn’t have its own club or program to
provide students with resources.
“Kids are asking me, ‘Señora, what
if I want to go away?’ and I give them
organizations I’m aware of, but there’s
nothing super organized for the school,”
Wadsworth said. However, some organizations,
such as the Rotary Club, will
sponsor the student and work in tandem
with the school.
Since each company has its own vision
for the students, class requirements
vary. History classes, or other classes
that are specific to America are common.
Bossert is required to take U.S history,
government and English. The rest
of her classes are her choice.
“It’s very individual in the
program. This program requires
[Corrales] to be a junior, when in reality
she’s a sophomore. She has to take
U.S and Virginia History and American
Lit,” Wadsworth said.
Not only do foreign exchange programs
provide incredible opportunities
for the students traveling to other
countries, but to the other students at
the school as well. Wadsworth and
another HHS Spanish teacher Chad
Taylor both participated in foreign exchange
programs as students.
“I was 17, I left Buffalo, New York
and went to Córdoba, Argentina. I lived
with a family and nobody knew any
English,” Wadsworth said, “The experience
is 11 months living in a different
country, in a different culture and
going to school. It’s so incredible for
the student and also for those hosting
Bossert decided to study abroad at a
younger age and based her decision to
come to America off of her prior experiences
in the country.
“ I remember coming home from
school one day and I just decided that I
can’t stand being here any longer.
I have always been interested in doing an exchange
year because I have always loved foreign
cultures and wanted to get to know them,” Bossert
said, “So when I was 14 years old I
decided to leave my country and I signed
up for an exchange year.”
Finding a host family
is also a vital step in finalizing an
exchange year. For many programs,
background checks are required for
every household member above 21. In
addition, the house is surveyed to make
sure that it’s a suitable environment for
the student.
Wadsworth described how many
organizations want to ensure that the
student is able to leave their family for
an extended period of time.
“You think of yourself between
15 and 17, coming to live in a foreign
country, are you mature enough?”
Wadsworth said.

Trump rallies support in RVA

Kali Wright

Whether you like him or not,
Donald Trump is a name heard and
talked about in many American
households. On Thursday, October
15, the Republican presidential
candidate held a rally of more than
4,000 people at Richmond International
Raceway, in hopes of gaining
more Richmond supporters and
potential voters.
Little time had passed before
Trump dove into the issue which
has gained him most of his support
so far: illegal immigration. Trump
plans on building a wall between
the United States and Mexico in order
to lessen the number of illegal
immigrants coming into America.
Many of the rally attendees were
there in support of Trump, and
many support his idea of a wall.
“My favorite part of the rally was
when [Trump] told everyone he
would build a wall and everybody
went crazy,” junior Jake Athas said.
While many people were going
crazy in support of the wall, there
were also many protestors present.
Some decided to protest, taking
Trump’s announcement as a cue to
reveal their banners openly opposing
Trump’s ideas and suggestions
on issues such as illegal immigration.
Some merely shook their
heads in silent disapproval.
“I don’t think it’s feasible, it
would be impossible to make Mexico
cover the expenses of the wall,”
junior Rutva Shah said.
Trump simply shrugged off the
protestors and continued the rally.

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