Hanover High School students create news website

**This is a story run about The Indian in the Hanover Mariner. It has been reposted below and is available at this link (http://www.wickedlocal.com/hanover/topstories/x1275642019/Hanover-High-School-students-create-news-website)**
By Maureen McCarthy
Hanover —
Mariner Front Page
Today’s Web-savvy youth communicate and consume news via the Internet and show decreasing interest in print media.

As the digital journalism industry continues to impact the news and information landscape, Hanover High School students are not only opting to embrace the online news trend, they’re leading the charge.

In October, the high school’s recently formed News Club put the printed student newspaper concept on hold and forged a Web-only, student-run news website called The Indian.
The electronic edition is a go-to resource for school news, features, entertainment, opinion and sports. The website is crisp, easy to navigate and chock full of information affecting the student body.

“In this day and age, people are not reading as much on the printed page as they used to. People, and teenagers in particular, spend a lot of time on the Internet,” said The Indian’s website creator and webmaster, junior David Raab. “The website is important so we can cut both publication time and get the word out as fast as possible.”

In recent weeks, the small army of young journalists reported on school-related events and issues including student council happenings, new Phys Ed rules and regulations, and school-wide fundraisers to benefit the American Cancer Society. They also wrote a spotlight on Hanover High School’s girls hockey team, among other items.

But beyond the issues and achievements contained within the school’s four walls, young reporters are casting a wider journalistic net and tackling national and local news, including the recent government shutdown and the town of Hanover’s allocation of funds to repair high school recreational fields.

“I think a student-run news site is important for the Hanover High School student body because it’s the most relatable way to update students on things that are going on everywhere from school, to in town, or even around the world,” said HHS sophomore Andrea Bilton, The Indian’s co-editor-in-chief. “And the fact that we can educate those that we walk alongside in the halls each day is a pretty cool concept.”

Delivering news to peers quickly and in a familiar and relatable format while learning a communications craft is the foundation for the digital-only student news website, editors said.
“I feel as though a student-run news site is important for the student body because it allows students to have a voice,” said HHS senior Matthew Jillett, a co-editor-in-chief, of the benefits of the newly formed news organization. “…This is the first year we’ve been able to run The Indian so our staff is learning more and more about journalism through this club.’

According to staffers and HHS Librarian/News Club Adviser Sue McHugh, the team intends to publish fresh content every two to three weeks, increase photography elements and launch an online poll-taking function.

A future “must have,” staff said, is mobile functionality.

“Teenagers spend most of their time on their Smartphones. Right now, the site does not have a specialized mobile theme,” said Raab. “I want students to be able to get the news delivered straight to their phones as opposed to having to open a Web browser on a Mac or a PC.”

McHugh said the launch of The Indian achieves two important goals: timely information sharing and a long lasting educational experience for the student staff.

“My goal is to help the students create a publication that informs and entertains its audience and is something they can be proud of,” McHugh said. “And I would like to help (the staff) develop their writing and communication skills as well as gain experience in organization, time management and collaborating with others.”

Currently, the News Club has 14 members with Raab serving as news director. Kayla Garity, a junior, serves as features and entertainment editor while senior Marijke Fulton serves as opinion editor.

For Fulton and others in the News Club, The Indian is far more than a vehicle to share timely news with peers. It is a springboard into a journalism career.

“I would love to go into journalism,” Fulton said. “The whole concept of writing about important events or opinions and delivering it is something amazing.”

Bruins’Goal is a Return Trip to Championship Game

Boston_Bruins_svgBy Kali Heffernan

The Boston Bruins season is finally here! After losing in game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals to the Chicago Blackhawks last June, the Bruins are back and ready to go. Their goal every season is to make it to the Stanley Cup finals and  eventually win it. After coming so close, but failing to do so, they had to make some changes. With free agency and the trade market open, the Boston Bruins organization had some tough decisions to make. First they had to find out which players would be leaving from free agency. With a small salary cap space limiting the amount of money they could spend on players, they would have to make some hard decisions. First they made sure they resign their most valuable players, Goalie Tuukka Rask and Center Patrice Bergeron. They were both signed to an 8-year deal.

One player they had to lose was defenseman and Alternate Captain Andrew Ference, whose contract had expired. Even though the Bruins would have loved to keep such an amazing player and person, they had to let him go because of the small cap space. He is now Captain of the Edmonton Oilers. They also lost their top line right wing Nathan Horton to free agency. Horton, unlike Ference, did not want to come back to Boston for a 4th year after making it to the Cup finals twice in 3 years and winning one.

After losing many players to free agency, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli decided to make a trade. A big 7 player trade. He decided to trade Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverly, and Ryan Button to Dallas, for Loui Eriksson, Joe Morrow, Matt Fraser and Reilly Smith. The Bruins had many new players to welcome to Boston. Losing former players made room for new players, and prospects. During free agency, the Bruins acquired Jarome Iginla from Pittsburgh. Iginla was not loved by Boston fans at first after choosing to go to Pittsburgh over Boston at the trade deadline last season. He proved himself in the preseason as the team’s top scorer, skating top line with Milan Lucic and David Krejci in place of Nathan Horton. Loui Eriksson was great in place of Tyler Seguin on the second line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. The Bruins team has been 4 lines deep, and they wanted to keep it this way, but the third line was a problem. After losing Rich Peverly and Jaromir Jagr the 3rd line needed some work. With many prospects it was open to almost anyone. The preseason gave the prospects a chance to show what they can do. It ended up being a battle between Jordan Caron, Carl Soderberg, and new teammate Reilly Smith on who would play the wings with Chris Kelly on the 3rd line. Soderberg ended up having an injury so the line is Caron-Kelly-Smith as of now. Of course the 4th line, or Merlot Line as it was known for the players’ cranberry-colored practice jerseys, is Shawn Thornton, Gregory Campbell and Danny Paille as always.

There is a lot to look forward to with the Bruins this season. It will be exciting, and interesting to see how the new players will work in the team. It is bound to be a great season.

Federal Government Shutdown

For about two weeks the Federal Government was shut down. As just about any American knows, this was due to the inability of the House of Representatives and the Senate to reach an agreement on the Federal budget. Really, it boiled down to the fact that House Republicans wanted parts of the Affordable Care Act (sometimes called Obamacare) repealed, while Senate Democrats and President Obama want to make sure it stayed on the books. In the absence of a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, House Republicans would only consider a budget that “defunds” (de facto repeals) segments of the Affordable Care Act that they do not like. Mainly this includes the health care exchanges and penalty for Americans not having health insurance. Also, many Republicans were mad at the fact that pre-existing health  conditions can no longer be used as a reason to deny coverage. This may be well be because they have a financial interest or political connections to insurance companies. While Republicans are certainly not alone in this conflict of interest, to let it rise above their responsibility of running the country is reprehensible. In other words, the government shutdown can be viewed merely as a political squabble gone out of control.

One of the many historical parks closed due to Federal government shutdown.
One of the many historical parks that was closed due to Federal government shutdown.

What the shutdown meant for Americans is that the vital, often forgotten government services of which they have come to rely upon every day were unavailable for their use. The largest example of this was the National Park Service. It’s easy to forget the wealth of historical places and outdoor open spaces that the American citizen is lucky enough to use for free. There are plenty of national parks in the Boston area that were directly affected by the shutdown. One of the best examples is the Lexington and Concord park. The Battle of Lexington and Concord was arguably one of the most important battles in American history. To have it closed to a political squabble is a travesty. Not to mention the countless school field trips that have probably been rearranged last minute. Of course, the federal government was unable to pay these expenses if it did not have a budget.

However, this does not mean that the federal government was shut down entirely. “Excepted” functions, as they are called, were still in operation. “Excepted” functions were mainly ones that are important to the preservation of life or property. For example, this means that while the National Parks were closed, there was money available for security to make sure that no one went into the closed parks. In other words, it really cost money in order for the federal government to be able to save money. Also, the military was wholly unaffected by the seeming “shutdown.” Finally, and this was the part that made most Americans’ blood boil, the Health Care online exchanges opened anyway because funding for them was already appropriated in the long term federal budget. These hotly debated online exchanges are simply ways for Americans to directly compare different insurance rates in a central location. Before the implementation of these exchanges, it was sometimes impossible to receive a straight quote on the cost of health insurance. In the eyes of the Republicans, the point of the shutdown was to prevent these exchanges from being opened. That also proves the irony and general pointlessness of the shutdown. Simply put, Republican political jockeying achieved nothing at all.

Ultimately, the shutdown was truly insane when one considers all of the people who were involuntarily furloughed. While all the politicians on Capitol Hill were being paid, around a million other federal workers were not. These workers have families to support and, with no paychecks for two weeks,  had to come up with way alternate ways to make ends meet. In fact, numerous blog articles focused on how federal workers should prioritize paying their bills. While Congress did guarantee back pay when the government reopens, it did not help workers who had bills due during the shutdown. Why, in this bad economy, was it necessary to put people out of work just to make a political point? It never was. In the end, the federal government shutdown benefitted no one and really just hurt average Americans. Not members of the wealthy “one percent,” but members of the working class “99 percent.”

 

A review of the Top 5 songs on iTunes

By Mackenzie Welch

1. Royals by Lorde

lorde-pure-heroine-410Now I’m not gonna lie. I was surprised to see this song at number one, but at the same time I wasn’t at all shocked. The best word to describe this song would be eccentric. Lately I’ve been noticing that practically every song that’s coming out sounds generically the same. But this song has such an original sound to it, which is something we haven’t heard in a while, it’s no wonder why this song became a hit. I’m not the only with this thought, people I talked to called this song “astounding” and “a complete original”. However some people did complain that the song is incredibly repetitive and too slow.  I can relate to that argument but I feel that the slow beat made it necessary for Lorde to really put emphasis on certain words in the song, to make them pop out. And to think this all came from a small town teenage girl in New Zealand. I think what really gets to people in the song is the message, now a days you see famous celebrities claiming to be the top harlot, flashing all their precious objects. In this song she’s saying she is perfectly comfortable with her small town life and she isn’t planning on losing herself in the high life, unlike some celebrities Lorde is sticking to her roots. I really love this song and can’t wait to see what’s more to come of her.

 

2. Roar by Katy Perry

Unlike Royals I wasn’t surprised to see this up in the top songs, mainly because whenever I turn on the radio this song is always playing. Now in a general sense, I like Katy Perry, she never had the same old same old feel to her songs, and this doesn’t disappoint.  While I admit the song is different than her other ones, that doesn’t mean I like it. Now the majority of the school’s response to this song was “I love it!” and “this is my anthem!” but I wasn’t feeling it. On a lyrical sense, I do like the meaning of what Katy is trying to get across, her progression in character; how she went from being nothing, to people pushing her down and hanging over the breaking point, but managing to get back up, and being able to become a happy and confident person in the end. But her voice in the song sounds like she’s trying to get as deep as possible and I hear a strain in her voice as well. I also felt like she could’ve done more to the bridge than just repeating roar as it gradually gets louder. While the majority of the school is roaring to this song, I just think that this wasn’t the best of Katy Perry.

 

 3. Wrecking ball by Miley Cyrus

miley-cyrus-bangerz-deluxe-new-songUUUUGGGGHHHH. That was my initial reaction when I knew I was going to have to write about this song.  So this song was by far the most controversial  on the charts. While some students I talked to said the song shows that Miley has changed, others felt Miley is just a wreck like this song. Now I feel that you can’t judge a person’s music based on her personality, even though I do that sometimes. With saying that, I don’t like this song because of the song not because of what Miley does. I do really love the chorus though and the lyrics and music in it, but the rest didn’t seem to tie in music-wise. The verses and the bridge are this kind of a fast paced light sound, then the chorus hits with heavy beats dropping and it gets slower. I also didn’t think she had to emphasize every single word in the beginning verses. I do think Miley has a lot of talent and is a good singer, but this song just didn’t appeal to me. Despite all this I’m still pretty interested in what more music Miley has to offer.

 

 4. Wake me up by Avicii

avicii-wake-me-up-612x612Now please tell me I’m not the only who has trouble hearing what he’s trying to say in the verses. I understand the chorus though, so I kind of felt like this song became so popular because both country and dance/electronic music are blended perfectly in this song. Generally the comments from students for the song were all positive. The only slightly negative response I got was from one student who said, “yeah it was good, but it’ll get boring eventually.”  I feel like that reply can go to any song. The meaning to this song I find it incredible because it applies to both the young and the old. The majority of the lyrics are saying that in the time of youth, be optimistic and following your dreams, life is shorter than everyone thinks and use life as your advantage. At the same time it also discusses that he wants to become older because then he’ll be wiser and he doesn’t want to make the same mistakes that he made it the past. So to summarize, I like the beats, the lyrics and the meaning, and this song is definitely going into one of my playlists.

 

 5. Hold on, We’re going home by Drake

drake-hold-on-coverMost people I asked about this song had never heard of it. However the few that did know the song called it “a bombing song.” Now I’m not a huge fan of Drake, but I have to say I like it. The sound has a slow pace to it but it has these beats that really ties in together. And even though the lyrics are just about being in love with this girl, I thought it fit well with the general sound. The only thing I didn’t like about the song was how he repeated the same verse in the beginning chorus. I was pretty surprised when this song was number five considering that not many people have heard of this song. I was also surprised of the slightly different direction that Drake is taking regarding his music and I personally like it a lot better. This is definitely a song you should check out.

Make Memories at This Year’s Homecoming Dance!

Tis’ the season for warm sweaters, apple picking, and terrifying haunted house rides; what could be better? One simple solution to that question would be: Homecoming! As the first month of school fades to October, there is always one thing on every high school student’s mind: ‘What in the world should I wear to homecoming?’ Now, all jokes aside, this high school event is (in my opinion) the best that the school has to offer. I am a senior here at HHS and I would like to cordially invite students of all ages to this event, as it is going to be a night to remember. Even as cliché as that may sound, it’s true. This is an event that truly introduces you into the whole “High School Experience.” Whether it be meeting new friends or seeing old ones on the dance floor, there is so much that can be taken from it.

In years past homecoming has raked in a lot of kids. The exciting festivities range from not only the thrilling football game but to the wacky and crazy music that may be played.  I remember one year students cleared a circle for others to have a dance off, everyone’s jaws dropped for that one student who could break dance. Another year, everyone in the gym was swinging their arms dancing to ‘Gangnum Style.’ At other times I remember my friends and I would always be in a group dancing and having a great time. There is a lot to be taken from this dance: the memories, the superb food, the pictures, and most importantly; the dancing. What’s better than food and dancing with your friends? Now I understand homecoming isn’t for everyone, but I would suggest attending this year whether it be your first, or last year attending. If none of that has sold you, just know that I have never heard of someone regretting going to the Hanover High School homecoming.

For this event it is highly recommended for you guys to dress up in a suit and tie, or dress pants and dress shoes. For you girls, it is simply a semi-formal dress and usually heels. Before the dance begins students will be breathalyzed at the door and will be motioned to gather around the cafeteria to take pictures and meet up with friends. After, doors will open and the dance will commence. The dance usually runs about three hours, 7:30 to 10:30. In years past we have had no problems and safety has been well-maintained. The dance is a safe and friendly place where all students are welcome. So what are you waiting for? Get up and practice those dance moves! Homecoming is just around the corner!

The dance will be held on October 26th in the high school gymnasium. Tickets are on sale now and are $30! Get yours before it’s too late!

Town meeting grants funds to improve baseball field, track

By: Andrea Bilton, Matthew Jillett, and Peter Palmer

An important town meeting was held on October 10th to decide whether Hanover High would receive funding needed to make repairs to several sports fields. The school has done very well at staying on top of things; whether it be dealing with the computers being down, leaky ceilings, or broken desks, we have gotten around these problems. But for some issues, we need help through funding. The town Advisory Board was offering a $65,000 allocation from the operating budget to repair recreational fields at HHS. About $12,000 of the funding would fix the throwing area on the track and field to meet new MIAA standards, a requirement for HHS to continue hosting home track meets. An additional $8,000 would fund netting around the baseball fields and tennis courts so both sports could be played safely at the same time. In addition to the funding from Advisory Board, town meeting was also considering whether to approve $800,000 for athletic improvements across the district.

Several town members in the crowd argued against giving the schools the funding. One man asked, “What is the $65,000 going towards?” Town Manager Troy Clark, asked by the moderator of the meeting to respond, said, “The money is for minor improvements, netting, etc., as well as looking into more possible improvements.” Others in the audience were also questioning how repairs were needed so soon after the new high school was built. Some felt their tax dollars were going to waste fixing a brand new school.

The chairman of the school building committee, Chris Martin, had a great deal of information for the crowd relating to the problems dealing with the school and how they would go about fixing them. “After the school was built, sports were the next thing to worry about,” Martin told the crowd. “Modifications are continuing to be made, and when the new athletic director was hired, money went toward getting whatever she needed.”

Martin continued to list other issues that are going on around the school such as the need for more bleachers on the turf field. If they were to build more bleachers they would have to build a bigger bathroom to hold more toilets. In the long run it would have cost too much money. They also had ideas of building a press box but would have to install an elevator to avoid lawsuits about handicapped accessibility, and that would have cost $200,o0o.

At the end of the meeting, the town meeting approved the $65,000 from the Advisory Board but denied the $800,000.  The $65,000 will be enough to make the necessary repairs to the baseball field and track, and study future improvements.

The StuCo Scoop: October 2013

By Andrea Bilton and Jill Drummy

A look at all student council related news, announcements, and events!

HOMECOMING: It’s the month of October and what does that remind you of? HOMECOMING! Whether you’re a girl having trouble finding a dress or a guy who couldn’t care less, DON’T FORGET TO BUY YOUR TICKET! Homecoming is an awesome time that you DO NOT want to miss out on! Tickets are on sale now at all lunches for $30 each. Homecoming will be on Saturday, October 26th.  This price includes a great meal and a night of dancing and fun. It’s a great night that you will never forget, and won’t regret taking part in! And why not use all of this excitement as an excuse to get yourself pumped full of school pride? Definitely plan on supporting any Hanover High sports teams playing that weekend- it’s a great way to band together and show off our abundance of school spirit! 

SPIRIT WEEK: With Homecoming approaching, that means Spirit Week is coming up! Celebrate each day with a festive costume to match the theme, and don’t forget about Class Color day, where you can represent your class by sporting a color based on your grade. Seniors wear blue, juniors wear black, sophomores wear white, and freshmen wear yellow. Class t-shirts were sold during lunches, and if you purchased one, you can wear it and show your class colors along with the rest of your friends! These shirts will be a great way to remember your years at HHS, and you will never regret having one to keep for years to come. Spirit week begins Monday, October 21st, and the themes are as follows:

Monday, Oct. 21 – Disney Day! (sport your favorite disney character costumes, disney logos, etc… unleash your inner kid for the day!)

Tuesday, Oct. 22 – America Day! (Show off your pride for this great nation by decking head to toe in red, white and blue- get your American flags ready and show your American pride!)

Wednesday, Oct. 23 – Class Color Day! (Support your class by wearing your custom class t- shirt, or just covering your entire body in your class color- seniors wear blue, juniors black, sophomores white, and freshmen yellow. Go crazy and show the rest of the school how spirited your class can be!)

Thursday, Oct. 24 – Twin Day! (Grab your best friend and dress as twins! Match everything and have some fun with it- be creative!)

Friday, Oct. 25 – Hanover Pride! (It’s rally day, everybody! Blue and gold all the way- go full out and show your town spirit!)

 

HALLWAY DECORATIONS: Another aspect of Spirit Week is the colorful hallway decorations, plastered in the pods by your class student council members, all reflecting a custom theme in the competition to see which class is the most festive. The themes will remain a secret until the day of the reveal, so be sure to look out for each class’s theme this spirit week!! Decide for yourself which pod is decorated the best! 

STUCO SUPPORTED EVENTS: Over the past month, the Buddy Walk and the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk were two very cool events, both on Sunday, October 6th. Despite the rain and chill, everyone who attended these events had an awesome time and made the best of their strides! More events represented by student council will occur in the future, and as many people as possible are encouraged to participate and support the worthy causes.

***Keep yourself posted- more news and events to come!

Got any cool fundraising ideas or suggestions? Send them to hhsstuco16@gmail.com!

Contact Mr. Centorino or Mr. Hegarty if you’re interested in becoming an honorary representative- it’s a great way to get involved in your community and help out your class.