Annie Bowing ’05
Anne Bowie, a founding member of The Hawk Eye, contributed to the
newspaper from the 2003-2004 school year until her graduation. Although
initially a sports editor, she rose to the position of editor-in-chief. Her greatest
accomplishment during this time was winning second place in the state
for a review of the film “Alexander.”
Bowie was a Soaring Hawk in the first quarter of her 2004-2005 school
year. She was also an honorable mention in the Scholastic Arts and Writing
Competition of Classics.
After her departure from The Hawk Eye, Bowie attended University of
Virginia and chose to major in Classics. Following this, she pursued a Masters
of Theological Studies in the History of Christianity at the University of
Notre Dame. She currently instructs students in English and Latin at Benedictine
Bowie is also very active in her community.
In 2009, she attended the Clare
Boothe Luce Policy Institute’s Womanof-
the-Year Luncheon. This event gave
her the opportunity to meet with other
women and disscus the issues
She also volunteered at an inner-city
school during her time at Hanover,
where she was inspired to make a difference
in her community. She wants to
promote new ideas across campuses and let women know that they can make
an impact on the world.
Bowie was also an active member of the Burke Society at UVA which was a
student led organization dedicated to promoting conservative ideas and principles.
“I definitely would recommend taking newspaper to prospective students,
because the way you learn to write, like anything, is practice, and newspaper
and journalism provide excellent practice as well as being fun and a good
service to your school,” Bowie said regarding her experience as staff member
of The Hawk Eye.
Brandy Mills ’09
The Hawk Eye has had many dedicated staff members throughout
the years, since its start in the 2003-2004 school year to present
day. One such staff member, Brandy Mills, is currently a Behavior
Therapist for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and has
recently been accepted into medical school in her new home state
Mills was on the newspaper staff from 2006 to 2009. Freshman
year she took Mass Communications where she first met newspaper
advisor Michael Goodrich-Stuart. She recalls thinking he
would be a fun and excellent teacher, so she then decided to enroll
in his newspaper journalism class. She started as a reporter for the
news section her sophomore and junior years and was promoted to
co- news editor her senior year.
Mills offered advice for current newspaper journalism
students and students considering newspaper journalism.
“Newspaper is a really fun class, but it can also
teach you skills that are highly valuable for the future. I’d recommend
taking advantage of those opportunities to learn, as it will set you up
for success in college and beyond,” Mills said.
Mills stated that newspaper has impacted her because Goodrich-
Stuart taught valuable writing skills that she still utilizes today. She
tested out of several courses in college because of her writing abilities.
Mills was able to write objectively during all of her research courses
at the University of Virginia, which gave her an advantage over her
classmates. She also stated that she is consistently praised at her current
place of employment for her communication abilities, and that
all of this beginning with the skills that Goodrich-Stuart had taught
her in newspaper.
Ashley Ireland ’12
Ashley Ireland is an alumna of Hanover who graduated in 2012. Ireland
was a news reporter in her sophomore year, a news editor in her junior
year and a managing editor in her senior year. She was a part of The Hawk
Eye from 2009 to 2012.
Ireland is currently studying the Spanish language at the University of
Mary Washington and hopes to one day become a Spanish teacher.
Describing her best memories from newspaper, Ireland said, “I think
my favorite memory is from my sophomore year as a news writer. I got
a really big story. It was one where Mr. Goodrich-Stuart had collected
all of the cell phones in the class and we took data on how many
people texted us and who texted us. Then I got to write
the story on it. It was my first front page article of the paper
and I also got front page on hsj.org.”
Ireland stated that her favorite
part of newspaper was
the community. “The whole class was really chill and for the most
part we all got along.” Describing her least favorite part, Ireland said,
“Deadline days and selling ads.”
Describing how newspaper has impacted her, Ireland said, “Newspaper
has impacted me in so many ways. For instance, in college I know
how to write a mean intro. The rest of my paper could stink but my
professors always give me extra points because my intro is so awesome.
It gave me a lot more confidence not only in the area of social
interaction and talking to people. Newspaper helped me open up a set
of skills I never knew I had,” Ireland said.
Monika Zota ’08
Monika Zota graduated from Hanover in 2008 and participated in newspaper
for three years.
“I started off I think as an entertainment writer then was the entertainment
editor and opinion editor,” Zota said.
After high school, Zota attended Virginia Polytechnical Institute and majored
“I currently work in the DC area for Deloitte Consulting as a Technology
Consultant,” Zota said.
Even though she didn’t follow a major related to newspaper, she still uses
the skills she acquired.
“The overall newspaper experience helped me become a better writer,
work better in groups, and really push the envelope when it came to writing,” Zota
said, “This experience will push you and trust me – it will help you out in college”.
Zota enjoyed her time as a member of The Hawk Eye staff, and recommends the class to prospective students.
“Take full advantage of all the amazing skills that The Hawk Eye and Mr. GS
have to offer! It’s a great place to work on your writing skills and play around
with different software to design the layout,” Zota said. “I owe my love for writing
completely to this paper, and would recommend that every student give it
a shot .”
Now, a new Zota has joined the ranks of The Hawk Eye: Monika’s younger
“She made it seem like a magical place that would be really good for me; like
I would fit in easily,” Rahul said.
Although his sister was in entertainment and opinions, Rahul has taken a
different route by going into humor. Nevertheless, he is enjoying his experience.
“I feel accepted; a new place to call home,” Rahul said