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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.

Gymnastics League Meet is Highlight of Strong Season

BFor the second straight year, the Varsity gymnastics team won the Patriot League Championship. In a season full of highlights, the league meet on Feb. 9 stands out for the dedication and heart shown by the athletes.

The league meet features all South Shore Patriot League high school gymnastics teams, which includes Hingham, Pembroke/Silver Lake, Plymouth, Scituate, Whitman Hanson, and Hanover. Coached by Keriann Hart and led by senior captains Julia Leskow and Abby Stone, the Hanover team entered the meet with an 11-1 season record. This meet was the team’s opportunity to demonstrate its strongest athletes’ skills and abilities and reward themselves with their progress.

By Juli Cocomazzi

This year, Pembroke’s Massachusetts Gymnastic Center hosted the meet. The Leagues meet is not only the largest, most challenging, and most competitive meet of the season, it is also the last meet of a senior’s high school career. It is a night of excitement, emotion and dedication. The whole team comes together and gives it there all no matter if they’re on the floor or cheering on their teammates. Gymnastics is a sport which requires concentration, willpower, and skill. Our talented athletes rise to the challenge and display their well honed skills they have been working on all season.

Pembroke/Silver Lake placed first with a score or 139.9, Hanover finished second with a 136.45, and Hingham came in third with a 134.9.

Placing second with a score of 136.45 in this arduous competition was no easy feat. Sophomore Kayleen Boutin and junior Sydney Thai were named All Stars, Boutin for vault and Thai for floor. Boutin  placed first on the vault, third on bars and first on floor. Paige Leigh, a junior, tied for third on beam. Thai tied for second on floor. Sophomore Delaney Condon finished fourth in the All Around competition. Senior Meghan Rice earned the Sportsmanship Award, and Leskow was named Scholar-Athlete.

Highlights of 2019 Oscars

The 2019 Oscar Awards Show had some great moments, wins and speeches. Let’s touch on some of the most monumental:

The Best Picture award is one of the most anticipated of the season. This year, there were eight nominees: Black Panther, Roma, A Star is Born, Vice, Bohemian Rhapsody, BlacKkKlansman, The Favourite, and Green BookGreen Book, a movie about the struggles of African Americans during the time of segregation, took the award.

  1. Writer/director Spike Lee won the first Oscar of his  long career for Best Adapted Screenplay for BlacKkKlansman. His speech touched on a lot of topics including Black History Month and the next presidential election. His speech ended with a call to action: “The 2020 presidential election is around the corner. Let’s all mobilize. Let’s all be on the right side of history. Make the moral choice between love versus hate. Let’s do the right thing!” This was a reference to his 1989 film about race relations called Do the Right Thing. His speech triggered a lot of controversy, including a response tweeted by President Trump, who called Lee’s comments a “racist hit.”

Spike Lee after winning the award for Best Adapted Screenplay

Some of my favorite and least favorite Oscar moments were from the short films! I enjoyed the animated Bao and I was really happy with its Oscar win. The acceptance speech was simple and full of thanks and gratitude. While I was happy with the win for Period. End of Sentence as it focused on some important topics, I didn’t have a great response to the acceptance speech. Some people were thrilled with Rayka Zehtabchi’s joke, “I’m not crying because I’m on my period.” I though it negated the whole purpose of the movie. It was a cringe-worthy moment.

The dumpling boy from the Pixar Animated Short “Bao”

Overall, I was, for the most part, pretty happy with the 2019 Oscars. I think it was a better awards show than many we have seen in recent years – even without an official host – and that is a huge accomplishment.