Graduating is such a big deal. Sure,
we might dramatize it a bit in movies
and television shows, but truly it is a
big step in one’s life.
College is typically the next step
in life prior to high school and many
students are excited to see what it has
in store for them.
As the summer drifts by the Class
of 2016 will be sure to take time to
spend with friends and family as
eventually they will see them less
when they head off to school in August.
This summer is about making
memories that will last them a lifetime.
Though everyone knows it will
be difficult at first due to not having
familiar faces on campus they know
that in a matter of time they will
meet more friends that will help enhance
their college experiences.
Every incoming freshmen of college
is ready to participate in sports,
marching band and hundreds of
clubs that they can chose from.
College will allow for the Class of
2016 to gain a broader perspective on
life and continue to reach for their
The freedom that college gives
people is more than High school, but
slightly less than the real world. It is
the next stepping stone to being on
one’s own in the world. Of course
we all love our parents to death, but
one has to learn away from their parents
eventually and the 2016 Class is
ready to fly and experience life above
The amount of classes colleges
provides are out of this park. With
philosophy, music and other various
courses the possibilities are endless.
College allows for each person
to succeed in what they want to do
As students go to various colleges
from around Virginia and the
Nation to study
m a n y
majors that spark an interest, memories
will be made. There will be happy
times and sad times. At times college
may be stressful, but no matter
how hard it is the Class of 2016 will
continue to persevere and thrive.
They will make goals in football and
study abroad in Rome. They will
have many internships to look forward
too and participate in honor
College is a huge change in one’s
life, but the Class or 2016 is enthusiastic
about what the future holds for
As the 2015-2016 year comes to a
close, many HHS seniors are frantically
packing and prepping for their
trips to beach week, or a much anticipated
trip to a new, exciting hotspot.
Deciding to stay closer to home,
Valerie Mitchell is going to spend her
time at Virginia Beach. “I am going
with Kayla Hunter, Amy Winger, Jordan
Clark, Sami Livingston, Keegan
Lege and Jake Thomas,” Mitchell said.
“I cannot wait to spend time with
them and hopefully get a tan! I think
that I will also gain some independence
from this trip that I can use in
college,” she said.
Joel West will be going to several
beaches and then a mission trip to
“I’m going to Myrtle [Beach] for
Beach week with the guys, mainly
from football, which should be interesting.
Afterwards, I’ll go to Emerald
Isle with my family,” West said.
“In the fall, I’ll be going to Eastern
Kentucky University to study Fire
Protection and Administration. I am
looking forward to college. I would
leave today if I could,” West says.
Amber Swindells is going to Nags
Head the morning after graduation
with a group of friends. “We decided
to not go to Cherry Grove because we
got a better deal on the house we are
staying in. I did a ‘prep’ beach week
last year with the girls only, so I’m
excited spend time with them and a
few of our guy friends, making memories
and all that,” Swindells says. But
that week-long vacation doesn’t end
there. “The girls and I are going to the
beach for a week just us,” she said.
Others prefer more fresh or uncommon
Rebekah Luck is going to South
Dakota by car to visit her father.
“Although it is a long drive of about
twenty six hours, I’m looking forward
to spending time with my dad and my
close friends. We are going to go ‘adventuring’
a lot. Plus, we will stop in
Nashville on the way and maybe look
around there,” Luck says.
Some HHS seniors have decided
to embark on a trip outside the continental
Erica Essigman is going to Canada.
“I have no idea why [my family is]
going other than the fact that my dad
wanted to go there. I’ve never been to
Canada before. We are going to drive,
and I don’t want to think about how
long it will take to get there,” she said.
“I am looking forward to picking my
sister up in New York. But, I’m sure
that we will fight about stupid stuff
along the way.” Essigman said.
Kaylee England will be taking a
trip via airplane and then a cruise ship
to Haiti, Cozumel and Jamaica with
“We will be gone for about a week.
I’ve never been out of the country before,
so I’m looking forward to seeing
new things,” England said.
Casey Scanlan is leaving with her
family for St. Vincent and the Grenadines
in the Caribbean. “I can’t wait
to get a sick tan and explore the island!
They filmed the Pirates of the
Caribbean there, which is super cool,”
Scanlan said. “I think I’ll learn more
about what it’s like outside of the
USA because I’ve only been out of the
country once before,” she said.
No matter where HHS seniors
decide to travel over their summer
break, there are new adventures to be
taken and obstacles to be overcome.
Marvel’s latest installment in the
Avengers series, “Avengers: Age of
Ultron,” came to theatres on May 1
and was accompanied by very high
expectations. These expectations
were based off of the already barsetting
prequel, “The Avengers.”
The point where most Marvel
movies shine is visual effects. Marvel
enjoys immersing the viewer in their
world through their highly budgeted
films, from the beginning to the end
of the movie. In Marvel’s “Avengers:
Age of Ultron,” Marvel had succeeded
in stunning visuals for most of the
film, except the very start.
One is thrown straight into the action
and even though there was constant
battle for the first 10 minutes,
the battle just didn’t seem as clean
cut as all of the others in the film.
Marvel probably had the budget to
fix this early issue, but regardless it
still didn’t take away any from the
rest of the movie.
Another point that seemed rather
strong was the villain, Ultron. His dialogue
and general interactions with
other characters was one of the high
points of the film. Ultron had taken
on the characteristics of Tony Stark
(Robert Downey Jr.), so Ultron was
guaranteed to have some of the better
lines in the film.
The only let down that came with
Ultron was near the end of the film,
in which, at least combat wise, he
turned out to be a rather disappointing
The characters were good and as well
performing as well. From the
nitpicking between Tony Stark and
Captain America (Chris Evans),
to Thor’s (Chris Hemswoth) outlandish
dialect, the characters were still
just as entertaining in this movie
as the predecessor.
Something this new movie had
different from its predecessor was
the new bond developing between
Black Widow (Scarlett Johannsson)
and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo).
The humor that Marvel is known
for was also well executed in the film.
The simple and enjoyable one liners
u s e d throughout the movie
were good. There was even one running
joke used throughout the film, which had
been introduced within the first
five minutes and wasn’t used up
until the last 20.
Whether a joke was in a very relalaxed
environment or a serious battle,
the execution was always
well done and didn’t drag on.
One of the weaker, if not the
weakest, elements of the movie,
was the character development. The
character development wouldn’t
have been as much of a problem if
they would have avoided the topic
all together. Instead, you are thrown
into multiple flashbacks, with only
one of the character’s flashbacks adding
anything to the plot.
There is no difference, no change
in character for those in the Avengers,
if you compare the beginning to
the end. Most if not all of the characters
that are part of the Avengers
already came pre-packaged, meaning
that they were already developed
well enough already.
Even with the rather small flaws,
in the grand scheme of things, the
movie was solid overall. The movie
is worth seeing on the big screen, but
when it stops being in theatres, Blu-
Ray can suffice. Good acting and actors
coupled with great visual effects
can carry any future Avengers and
Upcoming Marvel include “Ant-
Man,” starring Paul Rudd as Scott
Lang, the vigilante, pint sized super
hero. “Ant-Man” is to be released
July 17, 2015. Marvel is also set to
produce a new Captain America
movie entitled, “Captain America:
Civil War,” set to release May 6,
Ten years ago. Ten years ago you
were either seven or eight years old
and thought mostly about recess and
the toy you saw at the store the other
day. At seven or eight years old there
is a good chance the future ten years
were not something that came to
mind, but now they are.
As a senior in high school being
asked, “where are you going to college?”
or “what are you majoring in?”
has become the basis on which all conversations
start, end or revolve around.
As the end of the school year approaches,
these questions continue to
rattle around in most students’ brains.
Another question may also come up;
what do you see yourself doing in the
next ten years?
Typically this question is one asked
of many adults and mostly in interview-
type settings, but the thought
behind it is also a thought that many
high school seniors are subconsciously
“Will I live in a big city? Will I still
live in Mechanicsville? Will I have a
career or internship? Will I be in a relationship?
Will I have any clue as to
what I want to do with my life at that
It’s a loaded question.
For many students who are stressing
about his or her end of the year grades
and AP or IB exams this question may
not be of much importance, or is most
likely set on the back burner until further
notice, but regardless of whether
or not it is at the forefront of your concerns,
it tends to help in making decisions
at the time being, “I’m going to
this college, so that in ten years I can
be working at this job.”
Maybe this helps; perhaps this loaded
question about the future is what
keeps teenagers going during the present.
Martin Luther King Jr. and Fantine
dreamed a dream so why can’t a
high school senior in Hanover do the
“Hopefully I’ll be married and have
a good job, maybe have kids by that
time, but I’m not sure,” senior Allie
For many future adults, a family
and a steady job may be the first things
that come to mind, but for some, other
goals may be on their agenda.
“My goal in ten years is to have
traveled Europe or that’s where I want
to be,” senior Ryan Gary said.
Thinking back ten, or even two,
years ago most seniors can say that
they would have never expected to be
where they are. The fact of life is that
high school is a time of great change
for teenagers, physically, mentally and
emotionally, so what one student may
have planned to be doing during freshman
year can be drastically different
from what his or her current situation
is, and that is only a three-year time
Many seniors have decided by this
point on what they plan to do in the
next year, some may still be deciding
but there is a good chance that the majority
of these students neither knew
nor pictured what they would be doing
a year or two ago. With this being
said it is a safe bet that what students
of the class of 2015 predict they will be
doing in ten years will not be close to
the amazing things they will be doing
when that time comes.
So if “What is your ten year plan?”
is a question that sends your head in
a tailspin, don’t stress, this is a time of
great change and ten years is a long
way down the road; plan and dream
if that is what helps you deal with the
present but remember that ten years
can be the difference between thinking
about recess and thinking about
Sean Coleman & Kelly Guthrie
On June 13 at 7 p.m. the senior class
members will take their final steps as
Hanover High School students. Over
300 people will finish what they started
13 years ago. Let’s have a recap
The basic facts: there are 151 males
and 155 females making a grand total
of 306 seniors, composing roughly
23% of the entire school. The seniors
have accomplished an average grade
point average of 3.32 and have four IB
There are 62 Hanover Scholars;
these people have a 4.0 or better and
have received IB, AP, advanced or
dual enrollment credit. There are also
32 Soaring Hawks, students who were
recognized as good citizens, who will
graduate come June.
The class of 2015 has accomplished
many things in sports, arts and academics.
Many seniors have gained the
title of State Champions, with two
baseball state championships and several
wrestling and track state championships.
The National Honor Society (NHS)
and BETA programs have also accomplished
many things under the direction
of the senior class. NHS’s new
senior-headed committees brought
continued success for the tutoring center
in its second year of existence, in
addition to exposing students to different
people in the community and
offering diverse service opportunities.
Both the BETA Club and NHS Club
have a minimum number of service
hours that the members must complete
prior to the end of the year. BETA requires
a minimum of 15 hours, three
of which must be done specifically for
the school, two for the club itself and
the remainder can be done for any organization.
NHS also requires a minimum
of 15 hours, two of which must
be done for the NHS club.
“Seniors of the National Honor
Society have set the bar and pushed
the envelopes and provided new opportunities
for the fire to grow” NHS
sponsor Chad Taylor said.
The seniors did not just improve
old clubs; they started new ones.
With the conjunction of the senior
class of 2014, the class of 2015 helped
start Honor Council, Emerging Leaders
and Human Rights Club.
“With the seniors from last year,
we have set in motion an initiative
to focus on LGBT rights and I’ve educated
them on transgender rights,”
senior member of the Humans Rights
Club Dan Oster said.
On a high note, under the leadership
of this year’s seniors, Sound FX
mixed show choir received the title of
“Grand Champions” at every competition
they participated in. The Hanover
Band Program was a Virginia State
Honor Band and the Strings High Orchestra
received straight superiors.
Lastly, Hanover High School’s
newspaper has been nationally recognized
in the Virginia Living magazine.
The magazine named Hanover High
School one of the top high schools and
colleges in their 2014 list (previously
in The Hawk Eye October issue).
To revisit the pictures gathered
throughout the 2014-2015 school
year and the ones pictured above,
visit previous issues of The Hawk Eye.
Delaney, a graduating senior, wishes to
impart her wisdom to rising HHS students.
If you’re sick, stay home.
No matter what grade you’re in,
you will be miserable and you’ll get
everyone else sick. If you get me sick
I will complain about it to all of your
Don’t talk to seniors.
You are bunnies, little tiny bunnies
who don’t know what the rest of
high school is like. Seniors are wolves.
They have lived through high school
and they will eat you. If they’re in
your extra-curricular, proceed with
caution, but if you don’t know them,
Get your license ASAP.
You don’t want to wait when all
of your friends get theirs. You don’t
want your Mom to drive you when
you finally get that first date. Pay attention
in Driver’s Ed.
It costs nothing to be a nice person,
but it can cost everything if you’re a
jerk. What you say matters, and the
words you say have an impact on the
people you say them to.
Don’t block the hallway.
We’ll like you a lot less if you block
the hallway. I’m trying to get to my
AP classes on time and you’re dawdling
outside Advanced World History
I. Again, wolves will eat bunnies
if they’re hungry enough.
Don’t let a grade affect your life.
It’s just a number and you shouldn’t
let it shake your confidence or selfworth
as a person. Don’t let a grade,
class-rank, or GPA dull your sparkle.
Respect your teachers.
They’re there to help you and being
disrespectful will only be harmful
in the long run. If you have a problem
with them, the lines of communication
are always open.
So it’s the end of the year and you,
unlike most of your peers, decided
not to take the normal post-graduation
route. Fortunately, there are
alternatives that give you plenty of
reason to walk across the stage with
your head held high.
You could, for instance, start at
an entry level job. By doing so, you
will keep yourself occupied and busy,
consistently moving forward. Choose
a job that benefits you career-wise;
this will help you in the long run,
contrasting to a job that you might
have had during your high school
years. Internships are also a viable alternative
— there are many ladders
to be climbed on the corporate chain,
so be sure to take chances and not be
afraid of failure.
If you’re skilled and business savvy,
entrepreneurships could be a fitting
route. There are many noteworthy
celebrity and professional businesspersons
who only have a high school
diploma. Should your newly-formed
business succeed, you just might find
yourself rolling in pits of money like
Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.
If you’re the handy type, vocational
school or becoming a tradesman
could potentially be a suitable
alternative. There are many practical,
well-paying jobs that are necessary
and always in demand, including (but
not limited to) plumbing, electrical
work and metal working. By entering
an apprenticeship, you receive quite
a few perks, such as job security and
A popular post-graduate option is
enlisting in the military. While it may
not seem appealing at first, being in
the military also has its benefits. You
have the potential to lead an adventure
abroad and have the opportunity
to view different cultures first hand,
all while serving your country and
receiving a quality education (clothing,
food and housing included).
You could, if you have the funds,
see the world on your own or as a
part of a group. See just what’s out
there before the real world punches
you straight in the kisser. It’s beneficial
to be aware of that big, scary
world you’re about to be a part of.
You have no reason to feel as if
you’re missing out on the good ole
college journey; that option is still
out there. You have a lot to be proud
of and look forward to in the years
to come after graduation, so take a
deep breath, decompress and graduate
feeling proud of what you have
accomplished so far.