New academic learning center is making grades

Michelle Christian

The teachers have banded together and created a helpful center available to all students. Students can go get help with anything they need, anytime they need it. It’s available during the whole school day, so there is no need to stress about finding time to get help; simply go during your study hall.

This new addition to Hanover High School is the Academic Learning Center. The Academic Learning Center is located next to the library, in room 200, and it’s available to students primarily during flex or their study hall.

Students can get help with any topic, including reviewing what they’ve learned in class that day, assistance with homework and even pre-teaching upcoming units. SOL remediation is also available.

Tracey Milligan, one of the available teachers in the center, commented that, “Students can benefit from the Academic Learning Center because it increases their independence by having them sign-up for a spot in the mornings.”

Students also have independence while using computers. Some students who use read-aloud accommodations have complete control of the tool, being able to choose which questions get repeated, being able to fast forward, rewind, increase the volume and decrease the volume.

Available resources in the Academic Learning Center include various textbooks, dictionaries and access to computers. Students who wish to receive help should sign up in the Academic Learning Center, providing their name, teacher, and desired subject of focus.

The Career Center, as well as Karla Taylor, is available to students on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and alternating Fridays, with an advisor coming in to help students each Monday. It’s current location is in the 300’s pod.

Improvements to the career center include a new seating arrangement in the pod, an employment binder with a list of jobs available to students, and an updated website. Students wishing to consult with Taylor, the head of the career center, should sign up on the updated Career Center website, available through the Hanover High School homepage.

An available feature in the pod area is books for students to check out, including college information, preparation for upcoming SAT’s and getting financial assistance for attending the college of your choice.

A favorite feature of Taylor’s is the calendar of events tab. Students can sync this calendar with their own personal Google calendar, or even subscribe for notifications.

During November, which is career development month, Taylor will be meeting with classes to review the sixteen career clusters. Students will get the chance to take quizzes regarding their career interests, skills, and values.

Taylor would like to inform students that college visits are open to all students, however seniors will get priority if spaces become limited. Taylor encourages students from all grade levels to participate in the college visits. Students should not wait until their senior year to prepare for college, they should plan well before then.

It’s important for students to utilize the Career Center. “Whatever the students need, it’s here, they just need to take advantage of it,” Taylor said. Taylor is looking forward to seeing all of the new faces come to the career center.


Survival guide for baby hawks

Madison Lee

Let’s face it, “Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide” lied to us. There are no maniacal science teachers or weasel chasing janitor’s and eighth graders are not as evil as they were made out to be.  However, to flourish in HHS there are a few do’s and don’ts to be aware of.

  1. Don’t stop in the middle of the hallway.  For some unknown reason this is not common sense to a lot of people.  You will frequently see large groups talking in a circle blocking the main hallway, but for the sake of everyone’s sanity don’t follow these people’s lead.  If you want to talk to your friends, step into a pod or by the lockers.
  2. Don’t go up the down stairs or vice versa. This may be very tempting, but don’t do it! Of course if the hallways are clear you can run the risk, but if the stairs are in use don’t disrupt the flow of traffic. There really is no advantage to breaking this unspoken rule. It does not make you thug or a rebel, just inconsiderate.
  3. Do bring ones to school.  One thing you’ll quickly learn, if you haven’t already, is that high schoolers are hungry, all of the time. Plan ahead and be prepared to buy snacks from the vending machine with one dollar bills. This will be important to the survival of your high school years. This will be especially useful for days when you have after school activities. Bringing singles will save you from being that kid who is always asking for change.
  4. Don´t go into the senior lunch line if you´re not a senior. Wow, those who do this are so cool. You know, breaking the rules and all. But not really, that was complete sarcasm. There aren’t any real consequences to breaking this rule, it’s just irritating.  Your wait is just as long and you annoy a lot more people. And plot twist, you don’t blend in with the seniors, especially you freshman.  It´s easy to spot. Just follow common courtesy and respect the senior lunch line.
  5. Always walk on the right side of the hallway. There is a natural flow to things and staying to the right is a part of it. This will prevent traffic jams and get you where you need to be faster. Not to mention it will save you that awkward moment when you and another person walk straight into each other and neither can decide which way to pass. Simply pass to the right.
  6. Don’t overcrowd the lunch tables.  This is just uncomfortable for everyone.  First of all, you block traffic.  Innocent civilians are unable to make their way from one side of the lunchroom to the other because you’ve made the decision to block the aisles.  Is it really worth it to have that many “friends” at the lunch table.  There’s no way to include everyone in the conversation and you inevitably end up excluding those who are at the outer edge of the circle.  You’re probably not even good friends with the majority of the people sitting around you so you might as well break it up.  For those of you who are in the outer edge of the circle my advice is to go make your own table.  You don’t need to sit there fighting for a seat at the table.  Take the other outer edge squad and make your own cooler table where everyone can be involved in the conversation and you don’t disturb lunchroom traffic.  You are awesome and don’t need to be limited to the outer circle, just make your own inner circle.
  7. Lastly, and most importantly, absolutely be kind to your teachers.  This rule  is not limited to the beginning of school, but the whole year. Despite just making you a good human being it can also really benefit you. Let’s think about this practically. Your teachers will be grading your assignments for the rest of the year, do you really want to be on their bad side? Creating a good relationship with your teachers and proving that you are responsible will really help if you ever need an extension.

If everyone follows these spoken and unspoken rules we will all be able to learn in a much happier and healthier environment. Have a great year. Have fun, make friends, be engaged, learn a lot, and make the most of everything. We only have so many years as high schoolers and should savor every moment.

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.

Trump recieves the republican nomination

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.