Stuco Scoop: November 2013

By Jill Drummy and Andrea Bilton

YES WE CAN: As the holiday season quickly approaches, what’s better than the chance to give to someone in need? Several events are going on right now through student council and other school-sponsored groups. From student council, there is the canned food drive and the soap & towel drive which are both great to contribute to. For the canned food drive, any non-perishable food items are accepted, such as canned soup, pasta, and rice. Even one item is much appreciated and can really benefit those who are in need. The soap & towel drive accepts any toiletries, like deodorant, toothpaste, and sheets! Any contribution no matter the size is appreciated. Even one item brought in can brighten the life during this holiday season! Donations can be brought to the office.

GIVING IS BETTER THAN RECEIVING: Everyone loves to feel like they’ve brought joy to somebody in need. In addition to the can drive, this year HHS student council is doing their annual giving tree. There will be a tree in the main office hung with plastic ornaments, and any student can take an ornament from the tree. Written on each one is a suggested gift to donate to a family in need, so this Christmas, all families can feel loved and cherished for the season! Donations will start up soon, so keep your eye out for the giving tree! Maybe you can become somebody’s Christmas miracle this year!

FULL HOUSE AT THE OPEN HOUSE: At the eighth grade open house this year, on November 19, the school was packed not only with incoming freshmen, but with representatives from sports teams and clubs all over the school. Student council members were willing as always to give tours to students and their parents, and also sell baked goods to those willing to donate. It as a successful night, filled with music compliments of HHS’s jazz band and the great company of fellow high school students.

AUCTION EXCITEMENT: The student council sophomores, Class of 2016, have begun collecting items for their scheduled Spring Auction. If you or anyone else possibly have ideas for items you would be willing to donate, contact hhsstuco16@gmail.com

POWDERPUFF: At 4:30 on Tuesday, November 26, Junior girls will face off against the Senior girls in the always-epic battle of football. Don’t miss out- find out which grade will prevail! Tickets will be sold 5$ a car so make sure you carpool!

SEMASC: To all Student council members attending the SEMASC field trip this Friday: we will be leaving the high school around 7:15 am. Don’t be late!

Stay tuned for more to come!

Sox Win 3rd World Series in Decade

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The Boston Red Sox won their 8th World Series this fall, and their third in a span of 10 years. They beat the Saint Louis Cardinals in six games after being down 2 games to 1.

It all started in game one when the Red Sox crushed St. Louis 8 to 1. David Ortiz was nearly unstoppable in the series, going 11 hits for 16 and batting an average of .688 with two home runs and six RBIs. He also won World Series Most Valuable Player.

The team’s trip to the World Series came after its first American League Championship Series win in 5 years. In the ALCS, the Sox  topped the Detroit Tigers 4 games to 2. To get to the ALCS, the Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays three games to one to win the division.

Rolling to Victory with the Sox Once Again!

By Kali Heffernan
“Get the Duck Boats ready!” is becoming a common thing to hear in Boston! The 2013 champs set off on the duck boats on Saturday, Nov. 2 from Fenway. They carried on the famous beard tradition by draping beards on the front of the duck boats. They had an emotional stop at the Marathon finish line. Jonny Gomes and Jarrod Saltalamacchia placed the world series trophy and the Boston 617 Strong shirt they had kept in their dugout since April, on the finish line for a moment of silence. The parade had 23 duck boats and 2 million people in the crowd.

Food Fight Disrupts Cafeteria

By Mackenzie Welch

What started out as a typical snack period turned into chaos November 7 when the cafeteria erupted in a food fight. Juniors and seniors were sitting in the cafeteria, calmly enjoying their snacks when the first milk carton was thrown. Then other items followed including water bottles, cups of coffee and food. Students shouted as they evacuated the premises.  Teachers and faculty were flowing out of their rooms trying to figure out what was wrong. Mr. Paquette and other teachers quickly took charge, directing students still in the cafeteria to clean up the mess with rolls of paper towels and buckets and mops. Administrators reviewed surveillance tapes and several students were disciplined for their participation in the melee.

I myself was in the entrance hallway when it all occurred and was absolutely terrified I was going to be trampled. The main reason this event appeared to happen was because students noticed no teachers were watching them. Dr. Raab said steps have been taken to ensure that, in the future, there will always be supervision during snack.

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Photo by Matt Jillett

The aftermath of the food fight (Photo from library)

Video Game Review: Forza Horizon — Where Speed Meets Fun

By Anders Carlson

Forza Horizon is the Forza series first venture into the open-world type, having formerly focused on the territory occupied by Gran Turismo. The game was co-developed by Playground Games and Turn 10 Studios. Playground Games is made up of ex-employees from the developers such as Bizarre Creations (Project Gotham Racing Series), Criterion Games (Burnout Series, Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010)) and Codemasters (Dirt, Grid and F1 Series). These are the biggest names in racing games, and the experience shows in the actual game.

The most important thing to have in an open-world game is atmosphere. Horizon has some of the best atmosphere not just from a racing game, but from any game period. Horizon takes its name from an in-game festival, set in an unnamed part of Colorado. The Horizon festival is like if an auto show met with a state fair, and then that meets a dubstep/rock/alternative concert. At the center of the map you see Ferris wheels, light shows and huge crowds dancing. Everything is fun, upbeat. It’s a game that gives you a pleasant feeling. Even the loading screens are pleasant, how is that even possible? In addition to the great atmosphere, Horizon has some of the best music I have ever heard in a game. There are three radio stations: Bass Arena  (Dubstep/House), Horizon Pulse (Alternative) and Horizon Rocks (Guess?). One of these stations will have a song you can like.

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Most of the racing is simple 8-players racing. But there is one addition that is extremely well done. By doing drifting, burnouts, jumps and winning races, you gain popularity. If you become popular enough, you get invited to special races. Some of these include racing a rally car against a hot air balloon, a Corvette racing a helicopter, and my personal favorite, a Ford Mustang versus a P-51 Mustang. If you won the race, you get to keep the car. This is a very clever way of disguising simple time trial races as something that is sweaty palms exciting.

The control of the game is extremely smooth, and widely varied. A large problem with most racing games today is that all their cars feel the same. In Horizon all cars feel different. A Lamborghini will handle much differently than a Mustang GT500. Finding the right car to suit your style is easy, given how every car handles exactly how you think it would. A Ferrari is twitchy, while a Range Rover is lumbering.

Forza is known for being heavily customizable, and Horizon is no exception. With up to 3000 layers of stickers available for every side, people have created professional racing liveries, tribal-like paint jobs, and a large amount of anime/cartoon themed skins. You’ll see everything from a police car Camaro to a pain tjob dedicated to Rainbow Dash for a Lamborghini.

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You can also customize your car underneath the hood as well. But don’t think that adding a supercharger to a muscle car will make it a Ferrari killer. To handle that power you need to upgrade the suspension and handling. These modifications completely change the car. A once power-sliding Mustang becomes a twitchy thoroughbred.

The only problems with Horizon are the lack of a police mechanic, which is included in Need for Speed: Most Wanted, and there is no public online free roam. That means that unless you have friends who own the game, you can’t hang out in online free roam. It’s a real shame, because this easily could’ve been the best driving game I have ever played.

Even though it has those flaws, the atmosphere and fun driving make up for its few short comings. I would highly suggest this game if you’re into the racing genre, and even if you are not, there is still a lot to appreciate. Forza Horizon gets a 9/10.

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Bruins Skate Back from Rocky Start

By Kali Heffernan
The opening month of October for the Boston Bruins was a mixed start. They finished with an 8-4-0 record. As of November 12, they have an 11-5-1 record, meaning they only have 1 regulation loss in the month of November and it came on the 2nd of November, the first game of the month, against the New York Islanders. They lost 3-1. They came home to start at 5 game home stand, their longest of the season. It also became reunion week at the Garden with former teammates Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverly, Tim Thomas, and Phil Kessel coming to the Garden with their new teams.
The Bruins started this home stand on November 5 against Dallas. They lost in a shootout after a Dallas penalty shot tied the game. Ironically, Seguin and Peverly scored for Dallas in the shootout to win the game over their former team (more on that game below). They continued on Thursday November 7 against Florida with a 4-1 win over the Panthers. Although former teammate Tim Thomas was not in goal, he got a standing ovation from the crowd and a video tribute for what he did for the team when he was in Boston, leading them to a Stanley Cup in 2011. On November 9, Phil Kessel and the Toronto Maple Leafs came to town. This marked the first meeting between the two since Boston’s amazing game 7 comeback last May.  While Boston dominated the first period, Toronto came back in the second, but the Bruins came out with a 3-1 victory.
On Veterans Day the Bruins faced the Tampa Bay Lightning in a matinee at the Garden. Tampa’s Steven Stamkos had a collision with the goalie post in the second, causing him to be taken out on a stretcher. Late in the second, Patrice Bergeron finally scored for the Bruins. The goal was first awarded to Bergeron, then given to Torey Krug, but eventually given back to Bergeron. Either way the Bruins had a 1-0 lead late in the second. Just 20 seconds later, Danny Paille scored his second of the year. Late in the third David Krejci scored, but it was waved off because of goalie interference, but Jarome Iginla got an empty net with 1 minute left to give the Bruins a 3-0. After a rougher start in October, November and the months to come seem very promising for this Boston Bruins team.
Bruins vs. Stars Nov. 5: a rematch after big summer trade
On November 5, the Boston Bruins faced the Dallas Stars. Over the summer the Bruins and Stars made a huge trade sending Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverly and prospect Ryan Button to Dallas for Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith, Joe Morrow and Matt Fraser. This game marked the first meeting between the two since then. It was bound to be an interesting game. I was personally there to witness it all. The scoring in this one started early with Dallas captain Jamie Benn scoring his 5th of the year just 3:38 in. Just under a minute later the Bruins most offensive defenseman, Torey Krug, scored his 5th of the season. The first period ended tied with the Bruins outshooting the Stars 18-10.
The second period was rough with the Bruins only recording 4 shots, while the Stars had 13. They managed to keep it a 1-1 game going into the 3rd. Halfway through the 3rd period, Milan Lucic scored his team-leading 7th of the year to give the Bruins the 2-1 lead. With about 3 minutes remaining in the game, Dennis Seidenberg interfered on Vernon Fiddler’s shot and instead of  Seidenberg being given a penalty, Fiddler was rewarded a penalty shot. Fiddler beat Tuukka Rask to even the game at 2-2. It continued into the extra 5-minute overtime where it remained a tie, so this one would need a shootout.
In the first round, Patrice Bergeron scored on Kari Lehtonen and Tuukka Rask stopped Jamie Benn. In the second round, Lehtonen stopped Jarome Iginla, while former Bruins Tyler Seguin scored on Tuukka Rask. Loui Eriksson, in his first game back since his concussion, had a chance to score against his former team, but Lehtonen denied him. This gave Dallas the chance to win it if Alex Chiasson could score, but Rask stopped him. This extended the shootout for David Krejci, but he too was stopped by Lehtonen, which again gave Dallas the chance to win it. It was up to former Bruins Rich Peverly for the game-winning shootout goal against his former team, and he got it. The Dallas Stars took this one 3-2.

 

Fall Sports Roundup: Hard work and heart led to strong seasons

Football

By Peter Palmer, Andrea Bilton and Matt Jillett

What better way to spend your Friday nights than with watching a game of football? This year’s football team and coaches prided themselves on attracting so many people to the high school football games. It was a good feeling to know that the team was able to fill a fan bus to go to the team’s Dennis-Yarmouth playoff game, and Coach Landolfi was much appreciative of the support. He also showed his gratitude to the dedicated players when he told them, “Thanks guys for working so hard every day and being there every day… we’ve had a pretty good year.” The record overall was 5-4, and 3-1 in the league. The team looks forward to continuing their ongoing season until the final game against Norwell on Thanksgiving Day.

“This season was a real turnaround from past seasons and the coaches made a lot of difference,” said Josh Masse, ’14, a linebacker who missed being out on the field because of an injury. “We got a lot of support from the town and the fans and overall it was a great year.”

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Field Hockey

By Cate Marchetti

Hanover’s varsity field hockey team had an outstanding conclusion to a rewarding season. The team finished with a record of ten wins, five losses, and three ties, allowing them to qualify for the MIAA Division 2 South Shore Sectional Tournament. The girls played a strong game, scoring the first goal against Falmouth on Hanover’s home turf. Although the team lost 2-1 to end the season, they asserted themselves by ranking fifth in the Patriot League.

“We made tournament for the first time in four years which was really something special, ” said head coach Judy Schneider.

Hanover’s field hockey team will bid a fond farewell to 14 seniors this year, all of whom put in tremendous efforts this season. Congratulations to next year’s captains Molly McMahon, Amy Leonard, and Hannah McCorkell, and best of luck to the team in the future!

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Boys Soccer

By Matt Jillett

The 2013 boys soccer team “got off to a rough start at the beginning,” according to senior captain Kevin Ghostlaw. “We went up against a tough schedule but fought through it.”

The team’s record was 5-11-2, but the players put in a true effort throughout the long season. At the wrap-up rally on Nov. 13, Coach Stephen Rodday was proud to say that “Boys finished strong overall with a 3-game winning streak. We never lost for a lack of effort.” The season’s highlight would definitely be reclaiming the Gerrish Cup, an accomplishment that the whole team can be proud of. Coaches Stephen Rodday, Brian Rodday, and Mark Centorino really pushed the boys to their full potential this season and are hopeful for the up-and-coming captains for next year’s season. The captains for the 2014 season are Jack Phelan, Drew Zwart, and Jonny Ferrarini, and will be following in the footsteps of previous captains Kevin Ghostlaw and Billy Taylor.

 

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Girls Soccer

By Emma Devine

When the 2013 Girls Soccer season started, the team was more motivated than ever. Months before the season, the program lost head coach Garth Nelson, who started the program 32 years ago and has been the only head coach the team ever had. With this loss, the season wasn’t just any other seas. It became a season for Nelson. Each game players wrote “Nelson 32” on their arms and donned “GN” bands on their shinguards to honor Mr. Nelson. Not only did the team honor him physically, but they honored him by the way they played. Nelson always advocated hard work and this season the team worked harder than ever. The girls’ season record was 5-9-5. This included a tie to powerhouse Division 1 Duxbury, a comeback tie against Silver Lake, and enough wins in Division 3 to get into tournament.

Hanover entered tournament lucky number 13 seed, the last seed in the bracket. The first round was against the number 4 seed, Seekonk. Hanover dominated the game with a 3-0 win. The next round was a tough match against the number 5 seed Medway. Medway was heavily favored to win the game but that wasn’t going to dampen the team’s spirits. With a goal from Karly Atturio and outstanding keeping skills from Ashley McGann, Hanover beat Medway 1-0. The Hanover fans stormed the field at the end of the game and celebrated with the team. The win put the team into the South-Sectional semi-finals against the number 1 seed, Cardinal Spellman. The Hanover Spirit was palpable with 2 full fan buses joining the team. Hanover almost had the win and were evenly matched against this seed 1 school, but couldn’t pull off the win, losing 0-2. At the end of the game Hanover fans chanted, “We love Hanover,” which truly showed how incredible the fans were. Although the team lost, in their minds and the minds of their fans they had won. They honored Mr. Nelson and had the best time doing it.

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Golf

By Andrea Bilton and Matt Jillett

This year’s golf team did very well this season, finishing 13-3 and winning its division of the Patriot League again. “At some point during the season, everyone was a standout player,” said Coach Jay Durfee. At the fall sports rally, Captain Tyler Powers agreed. “We had a solid team this year,” he told everyone.

Sophie Morrill, the team’s top scorer with a scoring average of 37.6, was named a Patriot League All Star. Also named were Powers and freshman Charlie Banks, who scored a hole in one in a match against Silver Lake. Captain Brendan Cornell received Patriot League Honorable Mention. Christian Abbate and John Carroll also were strong contributors to the team’s success, Durfee said.

The 15 boys and one girl on the team played 9 rounds every Monday to determine who would play in that week’s varsity matches. Durfee said 95 percent of the team qualified for varsity play. Co-captain Brendan Cornell is among the seniors that the team will miss next year. But with many of the team’s top players returning, the outlook for next season is pretty good.

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Cross Country

By Matt Jillett and Andrea Bilton

This year’s cross country team was led by Mr. Brown for the boys team, and Mr. Perry for the girls team. But these weren’t the only leaders on the team. “We had some great leadership,” Mr. Brown said about the dedicated captains who influenced their teammates. The captains of the 2013 cross country team included Joe Eastman, Brendan Hoar, and Brian Meehan for the boys and Sydney Packer, Michaela Nee, and Christina Nee for the girls.

“The season went very well,” said Eastman. The boys had a record of 5-5 and the girls finished 4-6. Top runner for the boys, Shawn Doolin, added, “We put a lot of heart into our races and leave it all out on the course.” The whole XC team would undoubtedly agree.

As Mr. Brown addressed the gym during the Nov. 13 rally, he claimed, “We’re really as good as the slowest runner on the team, and it’s about getting them to work.” He also made sure to praise Stephanie Flynn for qualifying for the All-State meet on Saturday, Nov. 16. Great job to all of the cross country runners and best of luck in the off-season!

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Volleyball

By Andrea Bilton, Matt Jillett and Stephanie Flynn

The volleyball team’s coach, David Jakub, had a lot to say about the valiant efforts of this year’s team when it came to adapting to new situations. “My team did really well this year for all the injuries we had,” he told the audience at the rally. “We had major injuries to some of our starters, which meant younger players had to fill in. The team worked extremely hard.”

This did attest to be true. The team prevailed over whatever struggles they may have had and fought as hard as they could throughout the season. The team finished with a record of 7-13, thanks to all of the hardworking senior players who will be rightfully missed. Senior Britton Lastowka was nominated as a Patriot League All-Star and Samantha Colaw was an honorable mention.

“Although the record was not the best, most of the losses were that close that they could have been wins,” said coach Jakub. “The team showed much determination and desire with a great competitive attitude; never giving up never, looking back and preparing diligently for the next match.”

Senior captains Colaw and Mikayla Matheson make way for new leaders, Katherine Hussey and Maranda Grant to take on the upcoming 2014 volleyball season.

The Junior Varsity team finished with a 9-11 record and the Freshmen team finished with a record of 2-18.

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Cheerleading

By Andrea Bilton

Hanover High’s cheerleading team was led to great heights this year by coaches Amanda Albright and Ann Galotti. After their 2012 season, the whole team aspired to improve and sharpen their skills and efforts before competing for the second consecutive year at the Patriot League Cheerleading Competition, and for the first time ever, HHS held cheerleading tryouts before school let out for summer. The most amazing thing brought about by these tryouts were four new freshmen who had never been a part of a cheerleading team before, and proved themselves greatly.

Like all teams, there were injuries, sicknesses, and other minor conflicts that put pressure on the whole team to strive for solutions. As Coach Albright put it, “Cheerleading is different from all other sports because if somebody gets sick or hurt, you can’t simply sub in another player.” This does in fact ring to be true since each member of the team is trained for a specific job, and a lot of weight rests on each person’s shoulders to be the best they can be. If someone were to get sick or injured, it is nearly impossible to find somebody to do their job exactly the way it ought to be done.

But in the end, the cheer season concluded with a great accomplishment. At the Patriot League Competition, the team earned the second highest score in the division! Unfortunately, this year the team says goodbye to senior Nicole Manning and senior captains Megan Galotti, Allison Galotti, and Lauren Collins, but will welcome the new season with even more effort and determination to become the best team possible.

                                    

Hanover Helps Out this Thanksgiving

By Cate Marchetti

I always pictured Hanover as the definition of a suburban oasis; new developments springing up right and left, a constant influx of well-to-do middle class families, kids growing up always having enough. While the majority of residents in our town are indeed very fortunate, there are certainly people who could use a helping hand during the upcoming holiday season. Thanksgiving is a time of pigging out on your grandmother’s delicious pumpkin pie, playing football with your cousins, and meticulously cleaning your house for company. Most importantly however this holiday is a celebration of giving; giving thanks, giving love, and giving to others in your community. Hanover is taking advantage of this spirit by helping the less fortunate enjoy a festive and filling Thanksgiving.

HHS students collect donations for the food pantry.
HHS students collect donations for the food pantry.

Charity is taking its hold first and foremost here at the high school. Student council has once again organized the annual Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive, and is experiencing enormous success. Every morning on their way into school, students can be seen loading donations into the already full collection bin. Members of the student council hold giant signs reminding their peers to bring in goods for the collection. The donations will benefit the Hanover Emergency Food Pantry. Hanover High School will also be partaking in the Soap and Towel Campaign this holiday season. The Campaign is collecting everything from bed sheets to toiletries and is dedicated to raising awareness of the homeless at a local level. The amenities collected will be distributed to families in need, ensuring that all residents of Hanover enjoy the comforts of a warm meal and cozy bed this holiday season.

The middle school will similarly be participating in a canned food drive in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving break this year. The generosity of families has been astounding in previous years, resulting in hundreds of nonperishable food items being donated to the local food pantry. Middle School students are not only helping out families in need, but also engaging in fierce competition with rival homerooms. This contest is a fun way for students to become involved in charity and also benefits families in the community.

Let’s be realistic, the most anticipated part of Thanksgiving is the food. Food pantries provide the necessities for many during the month of November in states all across America. The Hanover Emergency Food Pantry already caters to about 80 families a month, according to Barbara Itz, the food pantry’s co-chairman. Before Thanksgiving, however, this number more than doubles. Many people in Hanover find it hard to make ends meet around the holidays, especially elderly singles and one-parent families. The food pantry does all it can to help, and volunteers are once again gearing up for what they believe will be a busy Thanksgiving. Due to cultural shifts and the growing number of ethnic groups in Hanover, the food pantry now hands out gift cards to local supermarkets rather than traditional holiday gift baskets. This new development allows families to celebrate how they please, while still giving them more traditional options such as pumpkin pie mix and cranberry sauce. Thankfully, around Thanksgiving donations tend to pick up as people embrace the true meaning of the holiday.

Shaw’s and Star Markets are also doing their part this Thanksgiving through their new program called “Turkey Bucks.” The policy allows shoppers to donate one, five, or ten dollars which will be put towards the purchase of turkeys. The birds will then be delivered to a local food pantry so that underprivileged families can experience a traditional turkey dinner on Thanksgiving.

The combined efforts of these local organizations are making it possible for everyone in Hanover to experience a warm and filling Thanksgiving, and inspiring others to give this holiday season.

For more information on the Hanover Emergency Food Pantry or to donate, contact (781) 878-6284 or visit http://www.sharingweb.org/agencies/orgdetail.asp?OrgID=24