Stranger Things have happened

Courtney Carroll

If you have Netflix, then you’ve probably seen the new summer series Stranger Things as you’ve scrolled through the show and movie choices.

The directors, Matt and Ross Duffer, often referred to as the Duffer Brothers, who have collaborated on other film projects such as Hidden, Eater, and We All Fall Down. The US Cross-Platform Audience established the show to be the most popular digital original series in the United States during the week of July 17th, and 8.2 million people have watched it. Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 95% critic rating, and it was given four out of five stars on Common Sense media. TV Guide refers to Stranger Things as a “Steven Spielberg meets Stephen King sci-fi thriller”. It has already been renewed for a season two.

The show depicts a small town in Indiana in 1983 where a young boy, Will (Noah Schnapp) is abducted. Will’s mother (Winona Ryder) and brother (Charlie Heaton) cope with his disappearance in different ways as the town’s police chief investigates the case as it becomes stranger and more intense. Will’s friends, Mike, Lucas and Dustin (Finn Wolfhard, Caleb Mclaughlin and Gaten Matarazzo) are greatly affected by the boy’s disappearance and try to aid in solving the mystery as well, where they meet Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) who tries to help them. As the search goes on, mysteries such as failed government experiments and supernatural monsters unravel as the show progresses.

Nostalgic viewers continue to watch and recommend Stranger Things because of its 80’s vibe and soundtrack including “Should I Stay or Should I Go” by The Clash, “Africa” by Toto, as well as songs by Joy Division, New Order and Dolly Parton. The 80’s atmosphere was  inspired by movies and television programs like E.T., The Goonies, Firestarter, The Thing, Poltergeist, The X-Files, Twin Peaks and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.  The show was scored by two members of the band S U R V I V E, Michael Stein and Kyle Dixon.

Sophomore Ali Woodward had a lot to say on the subject of the show. “I managed to sympathize with characters after just the first episode, and that is a hard thing to achieve. Each character is incredibly singular in their own way, and even the ones that died early on made a fantastic impression on the show itself, but no one won my heart like the children did. I fell in love with every single one right off the bat, and I don’t even like kids.”

Sophomore Marina Hernandez said, “I like everything about Stranger Things. It is addicting without having much action in it. The story plot is brilliant and the character development was done amazingly. You get so in touch with them since they are made more realistic than most TV show characters.”

“I like that it’s horror but not cheesy horror,” sophomore Grace Bost said. “They don’t overuse jump scares and they lead up to big moments really well.”

Viewers want a Season 2. They can’t wait for more from the Duffer Brothers and the talented cast.


Newbies in the art departments

Brooke Foster

Admit it, you’ve seen them. The arts kids. Walking down that dark hallway at the end of the school. What do they learn in there? Who teaches them?

Debra Clinton, an astounding director, play writer, and now Hanover High’s inspiring theatre art’s teacher, may be recognized in the hallway after long term subbing for the department last year.

“I feel very invested,” Clinton said. “The reason I was interested in the job is because I was very inspired by the students. When I got here, there seemed to be a real desire for a stronger theatre program and I responded to that. As a theatre artist, I’m very passionate about what I do and as an educator, I want to share that with kids so to come to an environment where all that fit together, that seemed like a good place to be,” Clinton continued in response to being asked why she decided to stick with the program after subbing last year.

Clinton is not the only person excited about having a new face in the theatre department. Along with her, many student have expressed how much they are looking forward to this year. Between writing, directing, and teaching, she is more than experienced and ready for the job.

“I have a lot of faith in her because I know that she’s really successful in the theater community in Richmond. So I definitely know that she’s going to produce good things at Hanover theatre company and that she knows what she’s doing. She’s really ready and excited and it feels good,” senior Becka Russo said.

Along with Clinton, another teacher has joined the fine arts staff. Carol Ann Dickerson, the new director of Hanover’s award winning choir, has worked here before as well as a part time director.

“It’s been wonderful. Everybody has been very welcoming and I love the community. It’s nice to be back,” Dickerson said,  “I think the art’s are extremely important for the students to be able to express themselves. So many times, sitting in a class doing other activities that wouldn’t be of interest to them, they know that they have to do those activities. But, they come down here because it’s something that they love to do.”

Overall, both the students and teachers are looking forward to an amazing year in the arts department. “Mrs. Clinton is very passionate about what she does, not only in the theatrics, but she cares about all the students and has our best interests in her mind. I’m excited to work with her in class and in Hanover Theatre Company’s productions this year,” freshman Abby Todd said.

Other students have expressed how they appreciate not only the way their new teachers conduct the classroom, but also in the way that they accept all their students and have embraced the program and the students involved.

“She’s a really nice teacher and she welcomes everyone with open arms. She’s a very understanding person. And I’m excited to sing and perform in the winter concert,” freshman Savana Watts said, “I’m looking forward to all the songs we will be singing this year.”

Between new teachers and new students, the arts department is sure to be a success this year. The performing Hawks will continue on their tradition of giving their all and leaving audiences in awe. This year, the dark hallway at the end of the school is definitely in the spotlight.

Jonathan Falls


Trump stands with a member of Chinese Americans for Trump . Photo by MTC Campus

On June 16, 2015, business mogul Donald Trump officially declared his candidacy for the presidential nomination of
the Republican Party. On this
day in June, no one, with the
exception of Trump, could have
expected the successes that his
campaign has had so far.
Trump has caught the world’s
attention with his comments on
immigration, the Middle East,
foreign policy and many other
issues. At first no one could have
expected this brash businessman
to truly be a serious candidate
for the republican nomination.
But that was back in 2015. Now
in May of 2016, it looks almost
certain that Donald Trump will
be the republican nominee for
On May 3, Ted Cruz
officially announced the
withdrawal of his candidacy
for the Republican nomination.
The following day, Kasich also
announced his withdrawal.
Without Cruz and Kasich there
is no real competition to Donald
Cruz and Kasich’s withdrawals
came after humiliating losses in
the Indiana primary on May 3.
Trump took nearly 55 percent
of the vote, Cruz 37 percent and
Kasich took a mere 8 percent.
Trump left the state with all 57
Following these results, it
was nearly mathematically
impossible for Kasich and Cruz
to continue.
Even though the path to the
republican nomination is open
to Trump, he still has many
struggles to face. In order to
make his mark as a real obstacle
to whomever the democratic
nominee is, Trump must
try to unite the various key
individuals and factions of the
Republican Party.
Many influential Republican
Party members have voiced
their opposition to Donald
Trump. Even Speaker of the
House, Paul Ryan, has not
completely announced any
In addition to individuals,
many different factions of the
party have voiced their concerns
about Trump’s positions on
certain issues. Evangelical
groups have slammed Trump
over his support of abortion.
More libertarian and small
government factions have
raised their eyebrows about
Trump’s big corporation ideas
and ruthless business tactics.
When asked how Trump
can appeal to more voters,
HHS senior Sean Talbot said,
“Trump needs to relate more
to women.” Junior Jonathan
Waller agreed with Talbot and
also said, “Trump needs to stop
his rhetoric on immigrants and
Muslims if he wants to appeal to
more voters.”
World leaders have also
voiced their disagreement with
Donald Trump. German Vice
Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said
that Trump is “a threat to peace”
and to “economic development.”
MPs in the British House of
Commons have called Trump a
“hate preacher” in response to
his comments on Muslims.
Many experts have warned
that Trump will have to find
a better way to relate and
communicate with the US’s
allies if the US wants to continue
to benefit from Trans- Atlantic
trade and prosperity.

Teachers of the 2015- 2016 year

Sallie Sledd

Jenny White

This is English teacher Jennifer
White’s first year teaching
at HHS and she recently won
the “New Teacher of the Year”
“It was a big honor because
your colleagues vote for you,
so it’s nice to know that people
think that you’re doing a good
job,” White said.
White was sitting at her desk
before the 8:30 bell, when Principal
Christina Reece came in to
tell her the good news.
“It was a nice way to start the
day,” White said.


Beloved Band teacher, Amy
Birdsong, was awarded with
“Teacher of the Year”.
“It was a huge and breathtaking
surprise,” Birdsong said, “HHS is
such a big part of me and I respect
the awesome faculty we are blessed
to have so much–it was a very
humbling experience and rewarding
to my soul.”
Birdsong has been a crucial part
of the success of the Concert Band,
Wind Ensemble and the Marching
Band since the school opened.


Madison Lee

As the race to get into college intensifies,
the tempt to cheat grows stronger
and the actions of cheating normalizes.
Whether it’s a quick glance at your
neighbor’s paper or an elaborate plan to
get the answers it is considered cheating.
Cheating can result in suspension, a
zero put into the gradebook and distrust
from teachers and peers. In addition to
a bad grade that in some cases may act
as an anchor, cheating makes a striking
blow in one’s integrity. This is all we as
humans have. Money, clothes, popularity
are all fleeting, but virtue and individual
values and regrets are perpetual.
While the consequences of high
school dishonesty may be slight, getting
caught at a university is an automatic
sentence to expulsion without refund of
tuition and a permanent stain for other
colleges to see and reject. In today’s society
it is almost crucial to have obtained a
college degree to have any hope of having
a good job. By making the decision
to cheat, the American dream of having
a large house and a good job is almost ruined.
If your parents haven’t disowned
you by this point, you can count on the
unrelenting judgement of society.
“[I cheat] because I want to get into
a good college,” an anonymous student
If wrongfully accused of cheating students
at HHS may choose to go before
the Honor Council and make their case.
For students who are innocent this option
can save them from a bad grade and
a mark on their permanent record.
“I would rather see my students work
hard and come up a little short rather
than take the easy way out and cheat,”
science teacher Kari Phlegar said.
Within the past couple of years the
number of students who cheat has dramatically
increased. This reality is due
in part by the influx in access to technology
and the ever rising emphasis on academic
success. In a report from NBC, it
was found that about 30 percent of teens
feel sad, depressed, or overwhelmed as a
result of stress. It has been shown that
teens are being placed under as much as
adults. This high level of stress and anxiety
has negative physical effects such as
weariness, headaches, stomachaches, or,
in some cases, panic attacks. Increased
importance on advanced placement and
perfection causes students to resort to
cheating as their only hope of reaching
their often unrealistic goals of success.
“I also wouldn’t call it cheating I
would call it helping out because I do
some of it and [my friend] does some of
it,” an anonymous student said.
According to ABC News, 74 percent
of high school students, out of 12,000,
admitted to cheating at least once in the
last year.
While cheating is unacceptable, students
do have their reasons for cheating.
For many, they feel as though it is their
only option. Trapped by the pressures
of society, unobtainable standards being
preached by teachers, parents, peers and
colleges. Intense pressure from multiple
avenues, culminated with the idea that
the material taught won’t actually help
in the long run leads to a rapid downward
spiral in the education of the upcoming
generation as well as an early
sense of dissolution in the ways of the
“I think everyone at some point in
their mind considers [cheating]. It’s just
a part of human nature, but with cell
phone it’s just so much easier to achieve,”
Phlegar said.
In addition, the pressure to strive to
be a “good friend” can seemingly outweigh
the costs of cheating. In a time
when friends and popularity are a primary
concern it is easy to fall into the
trap of peer pressure.

Athletes of the Month


Jeremy Davis

Senior track star Jeremy Davis is
looking promising for a state title
going into the postseason. He has
already qualified for states in three
events, triple jump, long jump and
110 meter hurdles. The tournaments
haven’t even started.
In two of those three events Davis
set school records. He broke his
own record in the triple jump by
setting a mark of 47 feet, 7.25 inches.
In the 110 meter hurdles Davis
crushed the competition with a
time of 14.84 seconds.
The senior will attend college
next year for triple jump.
“I cannot wait to start the
next chapter of my track career,”
Davis said.


Catherine Fisher

She’s the face of the franchise.
Catherine Fisher, a senior and
four year starter on the varsity
field hockey team is a big reason
as to why they’re advancing
to the regional tournament this
Fisher, who was primarily a
goal scorer for the Hawks last season
has taken the role as more of
a facilitator this season.
Fisher leads the team in assists
with 21, to go along with the 30
goals she’s scored this year.
“My favorite moment from
this season was beating Lee Davis.
Our whole team is very familiar
with a lot of their players and it
made it a lot more special than
just any other win,” Fisher said.


Postseason hopes for spring sports

Willie Sadler

As the school year and regular season
come to an end, athletes at Hanover turn
their focus to post-season competition.
This year, HHS has a few teams with
pretty good chances of bringing home a
state title.
One of these teams is boys soccer.
With a team mainly composed of upperclassmen,
they definitely have the experience
to make a deep post-season run.
They also have been playing together for
a few years too, so chemistry is another
attribute that will certainly help them
out in playoff play. With these two factors
plus all their talent-combined, this
is a team that has a chance to bring back
a state title to Hanover.
However, this is also a team that has
had some problems in the regular season.
Having a tough time shooting this
year, they have lost to some teams that
they should have been able to beat. One
of these coming from conference foe
Midlothian. What this team needs to
do to be able to make it to the state title
game is to play the sides of the field better
and get more shots on goal.
As for the girls, they have been doing
well this season. With a key victory
against Midlothian, they are gaining momentum
at the right time. Furthermore,
their only loss is against Atlee, who has
seen success throughout the entire season.
If they continue to keep up the way
they are playing they too have a chance
to make it far into post-season play.
One team that has an almost guaranteed
pathway to the state title game
is boys lacrosse. They have been dominating
the scene all year long. Although
they did have a hiccup against Atlee and
lost a game they probably should have
won, they are in a good position to make
a run at the state title.
Girls lacrosse has had a seasons full
of ups and downs. They seem to be in
a pattern of winning a game and then
losing a game. They just cannot find any
consistency. That will be the key for
them if they want to do well outside of
the regular season. If they can get on a
winning streak, they will definitely see
some success after the regular season.
Both of the Hanover’s tennis teams
have a shot at being competitive in the
post season if they can keep up what
they have been doing all year. Especially
the boys, who are kind of an underdog
story, as they were mostly overlooked
and doubted coming into this season.
The girls have been a team to beat all
season, so they just need to stay composed.
“This season has gone well and now
I am excited to compete in the post-season.
The team has been looking good in
practice and I think that we are ready to
show off how well we can really play,”
Sophomore Turner Cole said.
Baseball is a team that has seen a lot
of success at the state level in the past.
This year, they have a chance to see
some more if they can play well in the
post-season. A team composed of mostly
upperclassmen, six of which who are going
on to play at college, they have all
the ingredients needed to win a state
Softball has been dominant all season
long. They should be one of the last
teams to exit the playoffs. As long as they
can keep their level of play and momentum
up, they won’t have any hiccups.
Track has a chance at sending many
athletes to regionals and states. The team
also has an opportunity to have some
state champions if all goes well in the
girls pole vault and boys long and triple

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