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Most Influential People, 2009 vs 2019

By Caris Mann

For most of us at Hanover High School, the past decade was the most instrumental of our lives so far. We grew up in this decade and grew fascinated with the trends and people we encountered. But the people we looked up to in 2009 are so different from the people we looked up to in 2019. Every year, TIME Magazine posts a list of the 100 most influential people of the year. Let’s take a look back on some of the most influential people in 2009 vs 2019.

2009

Barack Obama – President of the United States

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In 2009, Obama was voted one of the most influential political leaders of the year. Obama was inaugurated that year, taking over the presidency from George W. Bush. During that year, Obama lowered unemployment rates, expanded the children’s health care program, and won the Nobel Prize. He worked hard that year to benefit the people of the United States and forever made a lasting impression.

Brad Pitt – Actor

Image result for brad pittIt may come as a surprise to some people, but Brad Pitt was not deemed influential because of his acting. He was actually recognized under the category “Builders and Titans.” This was because of his work with the foundation he established called Make It Right. After Hurricane Katrina, Pitt created the foundation to help rebuild affordable homes for the people of New Orleans.  He also advocated for his movie “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” to be shot in New Orleans to show off the culture of the city. Pitt put the needs of the people of New Orleans in front of his own.

Jeff Kinney – Author

Image result for jeff kinney wimpy kidWe all know Jeff Kinney as the author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. In 2009, Kinney was voted as one of the most influential artists and entertainers. Everyone relates to Kinney’s hilarious stories of Greg Heffley as he tries to navigate his way through middle school. We’ve all been there, whether it’s dealing with your annoying older brother and his stupid band or being terrified to talk to that one girl. By creating a book series that resonated, Kinney instilled a lifelong love of reading in countless young children. 

Michelle Obama – First Lady

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In 2009, Michelle Obama was voted as one of the many heroes and icons by TIME Magazine. And why not? She inspires people every day to live their best lives. She is a working mother whose goals are to better the lives of other people. In 2009, she planted the White House Kitchen Garden to encourage healthy eating within the White House. She wanted the people of the United States to commit to a healthy lifestyle in order to live a longer life. She works incredibly hard to ensure the best lifestyle of the citizens of the United States.

Connie Hedegaard – Scientist

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TIME Magazine named Connie Hedegaard as one of the most influential scientists and thinkers of 2009. Before researching this article, I had no idea who Connie Hedeguard was. But now I understand why TIME magazine loved her so much. She is a Danish politician and public intellectual who fights to end climate change. In 2009, she was picked to host the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, where she worked to come up with a global solution to climate change. She is one of the many leaders who believes that climate change is a global problem that requires a global solution. 

2019

Sandra Oh – Actress

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In 2019 under the “Pioneers Category,” TIME voted for Sandra Oh. Most people know Sandra as Dr. Cristina Yang on the TV show Grey’s Anatomy. Oh is described by TIME as a hard worker with brilliant talent. She has an energy that is unmatched when she portrays Cristina. She is also described as a perfectionist who wants every part of her craft to be just right. She puts care into her work. She is also seen as a pioneer because she had to work her way to where she is today. She had to pay to go to acting school all on her own. Her parents never wanted her to become an actress. However, she never gave up and is enjoying the success that she has earned today.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson – Actor

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Everyone has heard of the famous wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson. However, most people might not know that he was voted as TIME Magazine’s most influential artist of the year. According to TIME, Dwayne is an inspiration to all. He puts so much energy into the world around him. He runs a charity called “The Dwayne Johnson Rock Foundation” which works to help terminally ill children. He created  his own production company where he produces TV shows. He is starring in many new blockbuster movies and it was recently announced that he will be starring in his first superhero movie. Dwayne works hard to inspire the people around him.

Greta Thunberg – Activist

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Recently,  this teen activist has come into the spotlight for her global work on climate change, earning a spot on TIME’s list at the young age of 17. She has led many climate strikes and marches including the most famous, “Skipping School for Climate Change,” where many young teens decide to skip school for a day to encourage their governments to do something about climate change. She is also famous for her influential speeches which have been delivered in front of many world leaders. Perhaps her most famous one took place at the United Nations in 2019, where she told the leaders that they may love their children but they are taking their future away from them by not attempting to fix their climate. I have a feeling that this is not the last time we will hear from Greta Thunberg and I look forward to seeing what she will do next.

Michelle Obama – Activist

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Michelle Obama was named an icon once again in 2019. Throughout the last decade, she has continued her great work in helping to better American citizens. She started the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids program to offer healthy school lunches to every child in America. She started the Reach Higher program to inspire adults to continue their education after graduating high school. She has also launched the Global Girls Alliance where she will support 1,500 girls’ education programs. Even though she may no longer be the First Lady, Michelle still works hard to better our lives each day.

Lebron James – Athlete

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Basketball star LeBron James was nominated as 2019’s Titan of the Year. While he may be a star on the court, James is also a star in the field of philanthropy. He started the Promise School in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, for disadvantaged children. James also runs his own charity called the LeBron James Family Foundation. In addition, he supports many other charities such as After School All-Stars, the Boys and Girls Club, and the Children’s Defense Fund. He has even partnered with the University of Akron to provide 2,300 scholarships beginning in 2021. The value of education is important to James and he wants to be able to spread that influence to others.

New Face in the Main Office

By Ben Asnes, CJ Damore and Emily Gallagher

Originally published in the Stall Street Journal, created by Ms. Fraser’s POST program

Mrs. Susan Piche is the new administrative assistant in the main office at Hanover High School. Prior to working at Hanover High School, she was an administrative assistant at MAC Wholesale. Mrs. Piche attended North Kingstown High School in Rhode Island. After graduating from high school, she attended college at the University of Rhode Island. Mrs. Piche currently lives in East Bridgewater with her husband, two daughters, her dog and cat. Her hobbies are shopping with her daughters, cooking with her husband and exercising outside. In addition, she also enjoys going to the beach. In ten years from now, Mrs. Piche plans to spend more time traveling the country with her family.

Some News Stories from 2019 will have Lasting Impact

by Grace Van Duyn

The year 2019 was full of achievements and struggles. The issues ranged from impeachment and immigration to Brexit, the college admissions scandal, and climate change. Notable events included  the fire that destroyed Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and the World Cup win for the US Women’s Soccer Team. Although there were many important news stories, two that stuck out to me are the first photograph of a black hole and the devastating fires in the Amazon. The effects of these two events will be felt for years to come.

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For the first time in history, astronomers captured and released a picture of a black hole. Before 2019, astronomers had struggled to find methods to take a picture of a place in space where no light could escape. A driven group of international astronomers and computer scientists worked together over the span of a decade to create technology so advanced that it could detect the faint silhouette of the black hole. Katie Bouman, a graduate student at MIT, helped to develop an algorithm that captured the image of the massive black hole. This discovery, announced last April, will be an important part of the study of astronomy in the future.

Image result for amazon rainforest firesThe Amazon rainforest fires, sparked in August, killed millions of animals, destroyed the homes of many indigenous tribes, and had a global environmental impact. This natural disaster impacted the entire world because it is the largest rainforest on Earth and is vital to all life. Experts blame these fires on increasing deforestation, trees being cut down to make room for cattle ranches or development. It could take hundreds of years for the wildlife and forests to recover.

Just a few weeks into 2020, the new year has plenty of issues and headlines of its own. So far, we have fires in Australia, conflict with Iran, the scandal in the British royal family known as Megxit, and the upcoming presidential election. As the year progresses, I hope that we are we are able to continue in our successes and address our problems. We have a whole new decade ahead of us. 

 

Featured photo: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2198937-first-ever-picture-of-a-black-hole-may-be-revealed-this-week/

HHS Secretary Moves to New Job in District

By Ben Asnes, CJ Damore and Emily Gallagher

Originally published in the Stall Street Journal, created by Ms. Fraser’s POST program

Mrs. Deborah Kinney, a familiar face at HHS, has left to take a new position with the district central office. Mrs. Kinney has worked at Hanover High School for the past eight years as an administrative assistant in the main office. Growing up on the South Shore, she attended Quincy Public Schools for most of her childhood. Upon graduation, she enrolled at Assumption College in Worcester, where she majored in business and minored in mathematics. In her free time she enjoys walking, hiking, yoga, and spending time with family. Ten years from now, she hopes to own her own bed and breakfast somewhere up North.

When asked what her favorite experience was while working at Hanover High School, Mrs. Kinney replied: “Everything!! Especially working with the staff and students!”

Mrs. Kinney, thanks for all that you do and the person you are! You surely will be missed here at HHS! We wish you the best of luck.

Replacing her in the main office will be Ms. Susan Piche. 

Giving Back to the Community During the Holidays

by Grace Van Duyn

With the holidays coming up, people are beginning to get excited, hanging decorations or making their wishlists for presents. But many families and children struggle to celebrate the holidays and worry about the  expenses that come along with them. Although it seems like a big task to find a way to help all these families in need, local organizations have made it easier for volunteers to help.

Christmas in the City is an annual party for homeless and other families who struggle with poverty in Boston. Serving 6,000 children and families each year, the event provides free food, live entertainment, an indoor amusement park and gifts for everyone who attends. Families are offered free haircuts, health screenings, and dental screenings as well. This year’s event takes place on Dec. 21 and relies on thousands of volunteers.

Another local organization called Globe Santa is a charity that delivers gifts to local children who otherwise might not receive any. More than three million children have benefited from this during the past six decades. Sponsored by The Boston Globe newspaper, Globe Santa is a great organization to donate to during this holiday season and would help many children.

Marshfield Community Christmas is an all-volunteer organization that provides food certificates and toys for families struggling with expenses that come along with the celebration of the holidays. This program is the closest to us in Hanover and also gives people many different ways to volunteer. You can be as involved as delivering the gifts directly to people’s houses or you can make a  donation.

Maura’s Hopeful Mission out of Scituate provides meals, clothing, and other donations for the homeless in Boston. If you are interested in donating, you can check them out on Facebook. This organization is run year-round and welcomes any and all help throughout the year.

Many parents are not able to buy gifts for their children or to buy food for their holiday celebrations. But these families deserve to be as happy as those who are more fortunate. If you are looking to help those in our community, these are some great ways to help and offer numerous ways to get involved. These are just a few examples of groups helping the community during the holiday season and would be good opportunities to spread holiday cheer and maybe get some community service hours.

For more information:

https://christmasinthecity.org/news/

https://globesanta.org/aboutus.aspx#history

https://www.facebook.com/MaurasHopefulMission/

marshfieldcommunitychristmas.org

 

Robotics Club Tests its Mettle at Botball

After months of preparation, the HHS Robotics Club competed in the annual BotBall Tournament on April 27. Held at UMass Lowell, it’s a competition between schools and their robots. The theme this year was “disaster relief.”  The robots, built by students at their after school meetings throughout the year, had to put out fires, save people from flood zones, bring injured people to the hospital,  and bring supplies and uninjured people to the disaster relief area. The HHS team, which included juniors Adam Giordani, Matt Rowe and John Duff, made it through four rounds of double elimination, according to adviser, engineering teacher Pam Borgeson. The team finished 10th out of 22 schools.

SENIORS: What I Wish I Had Known Before HS

By Juli Cocomazzi

As the class of 2019 gets ready to leave the nest and embark on a new journey, many of them will be reminiscing about the last four years of their life. High school is one of the most transformative and critical stages in everyone’s life and, in many ways, it shapes who we are. Within these four years, we mature from impressionable young teens into young adults, ready to enter the real world. High school is the last four years of us being kids and it’s often one of the most challenging things we will ever have to go through. We all take our own paths and live unique lives, yet we are all in the same boat. We love to pretend that we know what we’re doing, but in reality, we’re all learning from each other. Here is some advice from our graduating seniors to show what they got from their high school experience:

Braden Glynn: Don’t regret anything, live every day to the fullest

Alex Stacy: Try hard in school as much or as little as you can because you want to have a good future and want to get into a good school. Make the most of your time here, get to know your peers because  the day that you graduate comes very quickly. You don’t see a lot of people after graduation and it’s scary, so try to make as many connections with new people in your grade as possible

Collin Wright: Have as much fun as possible every day instead of worrying about what other people think because high school shapes who you are as a person and you shouldn’t waste four years worrying about what other people think

Azalea Mayhew: Focus on the people in life that will only boost you and not bring you down

Andrea Contreras: Take advantage of meeting new people. There are so many types of people here in different clubs and different sports and you will meet so many who have the same interests as you so you can build more friends and more connections. You’re going to look back at graduation and see how many people you’ve become friends with. One of my friends that I met in high school is going to be my roommate in college, so it’s really nice.

Olivia Reddish: It definitely goes by faster than you think, so when everyone says it doesn’t go by fast, it does, so make the most of it

Caitlin Parker: One of my biggest regrets in high school was not getting involved in more clubs, I really feel like I limited myself. So if I had to do it again, I would definitely involve myself in more clubs and not just stick with sports and academics

Matt Meads: You don’t need to do homework

Greta Calkin: One thing that I regret and encourage for other people going to high school is branching out more and meeting new people and not just restricting yourself to the same people all four years. It’s more fun meeting new people and having memories with a bunch of other people throughout high school.

Abby Bulman: Study more. I know people say get on that grind, but you really should get on that grind. And be more selfless when you deal with other people, be super understanding and be more empathetic because it will follow you for the rest of your life

Karly Bruder: Life gets so much better when you stop caring about what everyone else is doing and start doing things that make you happy

Aidan Burke: Have thick skin, don’t take anything too seriously. Be your own person, only dead fish go with the flow. Always put yourself first, love and treat yourself more than anyone. Pay attention and make the extra effort to be present/personable in class, it opens doors when you have good relationships with teachers. Support lookool as much as possible and you are immediately cool. Make good with janitors if you can. Be bold, you only live once and high school only happens once. Enjoy yourself any way you can. See what you can get away with in your four years, homie.

Orlandis Miller: Don’t let petty things ruin your senior year, it’s your last year so live it up to the best.

Mac Farricy: Don’t pick hard classes for senior year, you’re not gonna want to do the work.

Sam Hirsch: Don’t be afraid to do your own thing. You might end up really liking it. And who knows, other people might like it too.

Wyatt Campbell: People are here to help. Use them. You’re not alone.

SENIORS: Getting Involved Makes Most of HS Journey

By Andrew Carroll

Senior Staff Writer

My high school experience is something that I’ll never forget, so many great memories that I will always remember. Going to Hanover High School and winning two state championships is at the top of the list for me. But a close second is growing closer with the friends I have made throughout my four years here. Being involved is one of the most important things you can do in school because of the people you meet. The friends I have made through sports have become some of my best friends. Some may have been a couple of grades older, but they taught me what high school was and how to go through it. I am very grateful for those people and I am still friends with all of them, which is why being involved was so important to me. My goal now is to try and do the same thing with my friends who are younger than me. I take them under my wing and show them high school so, when they are seniors, they will know what to expect.

But high school is more than the relationships you build, it’s also the memories you make. It’s a four-year journey and you endure so much together before graduation. Finding out where everyone is going to college and becoming closer as a class during your senior year is something to look forward to. I know everyone tells you that it goes by fast, and they aren’t lying. It really does; one day you’re starting freshman year and, the next thing you know, you will be sitting here on a Sunday night before the last week of school. I encourage anyone who reads this to take a school trip. My trip to Italy was the best experiences of my life, getting to travel the world with one of your best friends is something that might never happen again. Play a sport or join a club, do something that you love because it will take you farther than you think. Lastly, enjoy it, high school is supposed to be fun. It was for me and I hope it is for everyone who gets to read this.

In the next chapter of my life I will be attending Wesleyan University in Connecticut, where I plan on playing both football and baseball. I am currently undecided on my major, but I would love to continue writing about sports and anything that interests me. I want to thank The Indian for taking me in as a sophomore writing about the Patriots every week. I want to thank Trevor Blaisdell (Class of 2017) for showing me that anyone can write for the school newspaper. Lastly, I want to thank Mrs. McHugh for making all of this possible for the last 2 1/2  years. “So I guess it ends here, we’ll go our separate ways and hope we’ll see each other in the future.”

Featured image courtesy of Hanover Public Schools

SENIORS: Friendships Forged Through Sports

By Joe Clinton

Senior Staff Writer

Sports have been a huge part of my four years at Hanover High. I’ve played baseball, soccer, basketball and rugby, and I couldn’t imagine not being a part of these teams. 

I made my closest friends on these teams. Your teammates become your family for three straight months and they take you through ups and downs of the season. This past fall, I started playing soccer with all kinds of new kids that I was never really close with. And when the season ended, I had 20 new friends that I would’ve never met outside of high school sports. 

Along with the family feel of high school sports comes a unique opportunity that you will never again have in your life. This opportunity is being able to wear your hometown team across your jersey and see the community rallying around you. This was something I truly took for granted until the end of my final basketball season. After playing my last game in the sold-out Hanover High gym, I realized how much it really meant. How much our teams mean to the community. How much our teams shape the youth athletics of this town. Representing the place you have lived in your whole life is really only something you get with high school sports.

Featured photo used with permission of DJ Meads Photography

HHS Band Featured in All-State Conference

If you noticed Hanover High’s musicians dressed sharply March 1, it’s because they were about to show their stuff in front of music teachers from across the state. The Symphonic Band was invited to take part in the Massachusetts Music Educators Association All-State Conference at the Seaport in Boston. The conference is a gathering of music educators who attend different sessions on best teaching practices. The HHS band was part of a clinic led by Charles Peltz, conductor of the New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble. Working with HHS band director Mr. Harden,  Mr. Peltz used the HHS band to demonstrate techniques. The band worked hard to prepare the music performed during the clinic, some of which is part of their repertoire for the MICCA Concert Festival. Their preparation included a class with Mr. Peltz at HHS earlier in the week.