Georgia Geen

Subtweeters can still change the
True, multitasking negatively affects
a student’s academic performance and
social media addiction is detrimental
(one study even linked it to an increased
risk of substance abuse, according to the
Huffington Post). However, the internet
and social media do provide benefits
that shouldn’t be ignored.
Although today print publications
are read less and less frequently that
doesn’t mean the general population is
less informed. As soon as a noteworthy
event occurs, major news providers like
CNN or even Buzzfeed send out a tweet
to millions of followers. And according
to an American Press Institute survey,
86 percent of Twitter users utilize the
site for news and 73 percent follow individual
journalists or commentators.
Even for those who don’t use the site
as a news source, the chances of any
Twitter feed being free of breaking news
is very slim. In this way, even those who
might have been apathetic are at least
being informed.
To an intellectual mind, the infinite
amount of online information is equivalent
to a Swiss army knife. When used
productively rather than for pleasure,
social media is a valuable resource.
Facebook played a crucial role in the
starting of the Egyptian revolution in
2010. The New York Times described
how Egyptian-born Wael Ghonim came
across a disturbing image of a man who
had been beaten to death by police in
Egypt. Ghonim then created a Facebook
page in opposition to the government,
which gained 250,000 members within
three months. He later became a speaker
for Arab Spring.
In short, one man’s social media creation
played a significant part in the
overthrowing of an oppressive government.
Today, anyone with unrestricted
internet access has the ability to make
his or her voice heard (which means
Twitter is an entertaining place during
election cycles).
Thanks to the internet, individuals
can create blogs to promote lesserknown
causes and create public discussion
on previously silenced issues.
Countless activist groups have been
created with the help of social media.
In 2013, the Human Rights Campaign
went viral when it challenged supporters
of marriage equality to change their
profile picture to the famous red and
pink equality sign. The digital movement
showed widespread support for
the cause and arguably was a factor in
the recent Supreme Court decision to legalize
gay marriage.
Hashtags have become an integral
part of social activism, with “#bringbackourgirls”
and “#yesallwomen” both
reaching internet prominence. The
Black Lives Matter movement originated
from a single hashtag in 2013 after
George Zimmerman was acquitted for
Trayvon Martin’s death. Today, there
are 23 chapters of the organization in
the U.S, Canada and Ghana (according
to vice.com).


Giles VanHuss

Hawk Media is the Twitter account
of both The Hawk Eye newspaper and
Aerie yearbook. Through this account,
student followers will access news provided
by the newspaper and yearbook
staffs as well as polls and other features.
“We created @HHSHawkMedia in
an effort to streamline, and therefore
unify, the media messages coming
from both the newspaper and yearbook
staff,” Lisa Martin said. Martin teaches
the newspaper, yearbook and multiple
English courses.
Through Twitter, both the Hawk
Eye and Aerie will gather information
for their publications. The account
will also advertise the publications and
make the information gathering process
more efficient by allowing student
opinions to be directly collected.
Students will now have easy access to
new information about the publications
of both classes. In addition, yearbook
will give small previews of what will be
featured in the finished publication.
“In addition to becoming a source of
HHS news, we’ll use this platform to
point our followers to various articles in
the newspaper website as well as ‘leaks’
from the yearbook. We want to become
a relevant source of news for HHS,”
Martin said.
Newspaper and yearbook students
will also be using Twitter to live tweet
events happening around the school.
So, for example, students would receive
tweets and updates about the scores of
sporting events like soccer, football and
Hawk Media hopes to create an atmosphere
that will attract students to each
classes’ publication and increase the

Peep my Rapchat, it’s fire

Garrett Gauntt

If the idea of rapping and sending it
to your friends even though they do not
want it sounds appealing, then Rapchat
is the app for you.
Before using Rapchat the user must
know common terminology. Spitting hot
fire (or just spitting fire in general) actually
means laying down a hot beat. Laying
down a hot beat actually means rapping
sufficiently. If they are to correctly
use Rapchat and have many friends and
have many followers on Rapchat they
must discover how to spit fire.
I know what you are thinking right
now: how can an App be this wonderful?
Well first off, it’s free. No cost at all
except 16.3 megabytes of your phone
storage. Is it worth it? What a rhetorical
question. Rapchat will forever be worth
having on your phone.
Rapchat can be most closely compared
to Snapchat. Unlike Snapchat, Rapchat
is not a place to send pictures back and
forth from friend to friend. It is a professional
app made for the “realest” rappers.
Junior Nolan Caler agreed by saying
“I never knew about this app before
you told me about it, but I want to use
it now.”
Caler, within five minutes of being
shown the app, huddled around the
phone and started spitting fire. It was
easy for him to figure out and he found
ease recording his rap. He then stated:
“Someone can use this to get their raps
out. It could really help out the community,
you feel?”
It can help a struggling rapper (or as the
real rappers call them “rappa”) promote
their business. Rapchat is pretty much a
portable, cheap studio. Spit fire on the
street, spit fire in your home, spit fire in
the school. Even just yesterday, I heard a
guy spitting fire in the bathroom.
The point of the matter is, anyone can
spit fire anywhere with Rapchat. Why
spend ten thousand dollars on a talent
scout and a promoter when, with the
touch of the “share” button on the app,
someone can send it to their high class
The best thing is Rapchat gives the
user a variety of music to rap to. When
a person raps they have to have background
music or a beat to rap to. With
this variety of beats the user can do
anything that their joyful heart desires.
Rapchat supplies the rhythms, while the
user supplies the fire; the recordings are
then uploaded to the site.
Whether you want to roast your friend
or get that record label, Rapchat can get
you one step closer to your dream. This
app can be used as a tool to bombard
your phone with revolting beats made
by amateur rappers, but it can also give
good rappers a chance to shine. It allows
a more productive way of communicating
between friends instead of the boring
back and forth regurgitation of the
same type of picture taken at different
A little self-promotion here. Follow
gmoney^2. He uses Rapchat to fill your
ears with the voice of an angel and the
raps of Tupac (who is not dead).

Caught on the net

Chandler Foster & Emmi Burke

Social media. Twitter, Instagram,
Vine, Facebook. It started with Myspace
(Is that still a thing?). Now these apps
define one’s identity.
Went out on a cute date? Post a pic
on Instagram.
A friend said something funny?
Tweet it.
Made up a new dance move? Make a
video for vine.
Looking super cute today? Send a
selfie via Snapchat.
Today, life is lived on social media.
This is where people share their happy
moments and their sad ones. Fad and
trends all start on Instagram or Twitter.
Questions are asked to the world via
tweets and comments. When in doubt,
the internet is where one goes for an
If the good and the bad of one’s life
is shared on social media, is it allowed
for one’s rude thoughts to be shared as
well? And if these are shared, is it acceptable
for others to punish one for his
or social media posts?
In some cases, when people are being
outlandishly insulting and harmful to
others, then yes punishment is required.
However in other cases, most cases, the
prosecutor is just being stupid.
For example in Georgia, school bus
driver Johnny Cook posted on his Facebook
that a student on his bus was hungry
because he was denied lunch due
to the fact that he owed 40 cents. Cook
was upset and spoke out about his feelings
in his post. When the school found
out the board demanded that he take
his post down. Cook refused and was
promptly fired.
For stating a valid and reasonable
opinion, this man was fired; simply because
he did not agree with the school
board. What happened to the first
amendment? Freedom of speech? Nothing
he posted provided proof of anything
illegal occurring. So why should
he punished for his thoughts?
If proof of illegal actions occurring is
present on one’s social media, then using
social media as evidence is no different
than using a public confession of
guilt in a court case.
But to impose penalties on students
or government employees for voicing
personal opinions on their personal
time is a bit of an overreach of authority.
Freedom of speech and press are the
first rights guaranteed to Americans by
the Bill of Rights. Americans have been
exercising this right since the founding
of the nation. With the rise of the internet
in the past 15 years, society has
repeatedly had to ask itself if its rights
apply to virtual identities. This growing
trend of social media monitoring by
schools and employers raises yet another
question as to how far our constitutional
rights extend.

Where are they now?

Annie Bowing ’05

Janak Jaini

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
College Preparatory.
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

Kali Wright

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
of Texas.
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

Sean Coleman

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

Kayla Oakley

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
in finance.
“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
brother, Rahul.
“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

The question about vaccines

Ashlyn Davis

Vaccines. They prevent
between 2 and 3
million deaths per year.
And yet due to rumors
which negatively portray
the safety of vaccinations,
children are
still getting measles, children are still
getting mumps and children are still
Deadly illnesses like mumps, diptheria
and epidemic jaundice were first
recorded by Hippocrates in 400 BC. We
now have vaccinations to keep these
illnesses dormant.
Yet hundreds of years later, the
world still sees outbreaks of measles in
cities such as Los Angeles. In fact, LA
has seen a resurgence in cases of measles
just this year, according to Huffington
Just as artificial sweeteners (i.e. aspartame)
and genetically modified
foods come under fire, vaccines have
seen an aggrandizement of protest in
the past decade.
But why? What is making parents
more opposed to having their children
vaccinated even though it could save
their lives in the case of an epidemic?
The answer is simple: misinformation.
A 1998 publication in the medical
journal The Lancet written by Andrew
Wakefield fed the population a fear-inducing
proposal: vaccines could cause
Even though the study has since
been discredited and Wakefield’s medical
license revoked, parents still cling
to the possibility that vaccines could
alter their children.
However, there is simply no legitimate
scientific research to back this
up. While autism research is ongoing,
and nowhere near a definitive end, nowhere
has there been any reason to believe
vaccines cause autism.
And this propaganda that is spread
throughout communities is affecting
the lives of everyone.
According to an investigation by The
Hollywood Reporter, some schools in
the wealthy Los Angeles district have
60 to 70 percent of students unvaccinated;
numbers that resemble South
Sudan where parents face difficulty
vaccinating their children due to war.
There is no war in Los Angeles.
There is no lack of medical supplies, no
lack of licensed physicians. And quite
frankly, there is no excuse for these
children to not be vaccinated. In fact,
it’s selfish. It’s selfish to have their own
children at risk and it’s exceptionally
selfish to put other children at risk.
While it’s a choice of parents to have
their children vaccinated, it is a responsibility
to inform themselves of the actual
There’s a difference when considering
children with allergies to vaccines—
it’s understandable as to why
they aren’t protected. But public health
is still an issue and it always will be.
Even though America doesn’t face a
staggering amount of polio or smallpox
cases, that doesn’t mean the diseases
are completely eradicated. The reason
America doesn’t face epidemics is because
vaccines are readily available for
all. According to the Center for Disease
Control (CDC) in 1976 only 10 percent
of children were being vaccinated for
pertussis, leading to an outbreak of
13,000 cases of whooping cough and
41 deaths in Japan. When the vaccine
was reintroduced, the cases of pertussis
It’s time to plan for the future, to
protect the future generations. Hanover’s
nursing teacher, Amy Bossiuex,
offered a solution to the misinformation
about vaccines, “Before school
starts, the CDC should do public service
announcements. If they really started
pushing announcements around June,
it will remind parents to get their children’s
immunizations updated. Not getting
immunizations, not preparing for
something, could have a lifelong effect.
It’s not just going to affect today.”
If media and the government shined
the same amount of light on vaccines
as they do the flu, or in recent light,
Ebola, more parents would be educated
on the facts and benefits of vaccinating.
With misunderstandings waived and
the facts laid out, fewer parents will be
exposed to propaganda against vaccinations.
More parents exposed to misleading
information means the decline of
vaccination rates.
Bossiuex also explained the difficulties
for adults when not vaccinated, “If
they [the people] didn’t get the vaccine
or never contracted chicken pox as a
child, it lasts three times as long—you
could have active chicken pox up to a
month as an adult.”
Children don’t make the decision to
have themselves vaccinated. They don’t
have the option to protect themselves
against deadly viruses; that means their
parents are responsible for protecting
their immune systems, not just from
birth but through their entire life.
Chris Thomas, another Hanover
nursing teacher, explained another red
flag for wary parents: the misconceptions
of reactions from vaccines, “Children
get side effects because vaccines
are a way of ‘dirtying’ the immune system.
The protein generates an immune
response that creates an immunity. The
side effects [of vaccines] in comparison
to the other things you could get from
these diseases, including death, are very
minimal. They’re usually achiness at
the injection sight, a low-grade fever.”
With the proper information spread,
vaccine stigma can be eliminated. With
that stigma eliminated, America, and
eventually the world, can build healthy
immune systems for everyone.

Sickness hinders academic and athletic performances

Nikki Petzer

With the scare of Ebola virus fresh
in everyone’s minds, any sign of illness,
even a small cough, is cause for
unease. And even though most sicknesses
end up just being head colds or
minor fevers, they can become legitimate
setbacks for schoolwork and everyday
October is the first month of the
school year that sees a peak in sicknessrelated
absences. Then flu season begins
in late autumn, further contributing to
missing students.
Of course there are the horrible
symptoms of sickness like nausea, vomiting
and headaches that make students
miserable, but missing school is a detriment
in and of itself.
Gone are the elementary school days
when missing a day in class was cause
to rejoice. Instead, an absence can mean
expending twice as much effort just to
learn the missed material.
“My general rule is a block and a
half,” Kari Phlegar said, describing her
thoughts on how much time students
should spend learning material missed
while out sick.
One side effect of sickness that is often
overlooked is fatigue. Even though
it pales in comparison to more serious
symptoms, like vomiting or fever, lassitude
can be just as much of as an inconvenience,
especially when it comes
to school work.
Senior Courtney Chenault has had
a prolonged cold since late September,
which has negatively affected her academic
“I have been going to sleep really
early and not really studying or worrying
about school,” she said.
Fatigue is exacerbated by sickness
for a few different reasons. For one, being
sick lowers your white blood cell
count. In order to compensate for this,
the body must work extra hard and use
a greater amount of energy to produce
more of these cells. Being sick also leads
to a lack of nutrients, which depletes
energy and makes it more difficult for
the body to operate, according to Hanover
nursing teacher, Amy Bossieux.
Additionally, a sick person often
does not have much of an appetite, and
this, like the lack of nutrients, reduces
energy. The only way to fix this is
through rest.
Chenault is a member of the Cross
Country team, and as a result of her
cold, she was unable to run in the October
4th meet. Another effect of her
cold was that she lost her voice, which
inhibited her from singing during
Although the cold is perhaps the
most common sickness going through
high school, there are still many others
that students contract.
As an eighth grader, junior Nathan
Mcllwaine caught Mononucleosis
(Mono) and was out of school for an
entire week. Luckily, the week he had
Mono was just before spring break, so
he had extra time to catch up on everything
he had missed.
“[My grades] didn’t suffer during
Mono because of spring break, but
had I not [had] the extra time to do
it I think it would’ve been a different
story. I would’ve fallen behind,” Mcllwaine
At one point, Mcllwaine had a fever
of 103.7 F, and throughout his sickness,
he could not focus on schoolwork
because of the high fever and the fact
that he was weary all of the time. All
he could do was rest, so that his body
could get better.
He described his teachers as understanding
about his absences, and said
they worked to help him to catch up on
each missing piece of material.

Erica Gervais

Assistant principal Erica Gervais came to Hanover in 2012, along with other new faculty members.
“I was the vice principal of Hopewell before I came to Hanover,” Gervais said. “Nothing against Hopewell, but I had just heard wonderful things about Hanover.”
When asked why she decided to make the career change, Gervais said she felt she needed to expand her professional experience and resume.
“It’s good to see how students learn in unique ways and that varies from school to school,” she said.
Since Gervais came to Hanover in 2012, she has been instrumental in behavior reform and new programs, such as the Student Leadership Council.
More casually, she is known as a friendly face around the school.

The Positives and Negatives of Flex Time

Cassie Turner

Aside from the new teacher work schedule, many other changes have taken place this year ranging from the creation of the controversial flex block to the new lunch, or as some say brunch schedule.
Flex block is a 20-minute-long homeroom that was created by taking five minutes from each of the four lunches. It occurs during the first and second block of the school day and gives those without a permanent study hall a chance to take advantage of extra work time.
Every Wednesday however the block is extended an additional five minutes to permit club meetings. Keep in mind that to compensate for this, five minutes are taken from the first and third block of the day. Losing five minutes every other week may not seem like a lot to you now, but by the end of the school year B1 and B3 classes will have lost 50 minutes of class time and A1 and A3 classes will have lost a total of one hour and 25 minutes.
The new assembly schedule affects class time as well. On an assembly day, A3/B3 classes lose five minutes while A1/B1 and A4/B4 classes lose 10 minutes. The only block that doesn’t seem to be affected by either the assembly or club day schedule is the second block of the day.
“I feel like it’s a waste of time and I end up just sitting in class doing nothing. I want to be on my IPod, but that’s not allowed. I miss lunch being 30 minutes long AND later in the day. Flex block made school that much more unbearable,” senior Ellen Orie said.
Although flex block certainly has its advantages, club day doesn’t seem to be one of them for overzealous cub joiners. There are three club days – White, Green, and Blue – that rotate throughout each month; however there are a multitude of clubs that meet on each day so students who are a member or leader of several clubs run into problems. Students are only allowed to go to one club and once they’re there, must stay for the remainder of the block.
Due to this, many clubs, such as BETA, have reverted to their old schedules and use flex time solely for members who are unable to attend a morning or after school meeting.
As the school year has progressed, most students have grown to like the addition of flex block as it gives them time to do their homework or meet with teachers for additional help.
Some students, such as robotics member Vineeth Kirandumkara, utilize the flex block time specifically for club functions. Robotics members were given permanent laminated club passes that are able to be used regardless of whether it is a club day or not.
According to Kirandumkara, having flex time helps team members who cannot make it to after school meetings still feel like a part of the team.
“In the beginning, I thought it was pointless, but now having a shorter lunch is a small price to pay for flex block. It gives me the time I need to meet with team members who have other after school activities. Not everyone can come to after school meetings, but having an extra 20 minutes a day where most everyone can gather together will really help to unify our team this year,” senior Kirandumkara said.
With the introduction of flex block came the new lunch schedule. As we are all well aware by now, the first lunch of the day starts promptly at 10:25, but what some want to know is: where are the pancakes? In all seriousness, if this change is to stay – give us the breakfast food please.
“The lunches are not only earlier, they are shorter. I’m lucky enough to have second lunch at 11 o’clock, which is reasonable, but 25 minutes are not enough. The time might be good from a behavioral management perspective, but it was the biggest adjustment for me this year. Five minutes is a lot of time to take away from lunch,” Frannie McMillan said.
It may seem like there are a lot of problems arising from this one change. And there are indubitably obstacles. But it does seem that Hanover is exhibiting some resilience.
Thanks to both Flight Time and the NHS Tutoring Program, it seems that students are receiving the help they need. And it is important to remember, that the changes are still in their infancy.
Though many debate whether the changes themselves were necessary, i.e., if tax raises could have been a better alternative, the changes are in place now. And it does seem that as with all circumstances, Hanover is making the best out of the situation.

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