Tag Archives: 2014-2015

Success, Heartbreak in Spring Tournament Play

Senior Golfer is Second in State

Senior Sophie Morrill finished second in the state golf tournament at Wentworth Hills Country Club June 9. Her score of 74 was just short of the leader, Krystal Knight of Pentucket, who won with a 69.

Lacrosse: Girls Fall in Semifinal, Boys Knocked Out

Girls lax, with a record of 11-4, is seeded 3rd in Division 2 South, earning a first-round BYE. They defeated 6th seed Fairhaven 14-5  at HHS on June 4 to move onto the semifinal, but lost 17-8 to 2nd seed Cohasset to end their tourney run on June 9.

AR-305079638Boys lax, which finished the season 10-9, earned the 8th seed in Division 3 South. They beat 9th seeded Martha’s Vineyard 12-4 in a home game June 1 but they lost to top seed Cohasset on June 3 by a score of 11-8.

Softball Run Ends in Quarterfinal

The winners of the Patriot League (Fisher division) with a 16-4 record, the team earned 4th seed and a first-round BYE in Division 2 South. They defeated 13th seed Seekonk June 4 by a score of 3-1 but lost to 5th seed Bellingham in the quarterfinal June 7.

Baseball Falls in First Round

Despite a rocky season, the team earned a spot in the tournament under the Sullivan Rule, which allows a team with a losing record to qualify if it plays most of its games against bigger schools but had at least a .500 record against opponents in its league. Unfortunately, the squad ended its tournament run with a 4-0 loss to fifth-seeded Norwell on June 5.

Track and Field: Runner Competes at States

The track team, which saw Emma Buckley and Dan Padula both set school records in the 100 m dash in the regular season, sent several athletes to the EMASS Division 4 state meet June 3. Buckley finished 4th in the 100m and 6th in the 200m. She competed in the 100m in the All-States Championship on June 6.

Niamh Kenney took 5th place in the two-mile run, Stephanie Flynn finished 12th in the mile, and Amanda Lawlor finished 11th in the half-mile. Emily Sweeney finished 6th in the pentathlon, which includes the shot put, high jump, long jump, 100 m hurdles and 800 m run. Junior Sarah Miller came in 8th in the long jump.

For the boys, Padula came in 12th in the 100m dash.

Tennis: Girls Lose in First Round, Boys Fail to Qualify

Girls tennis, which was seeded 17th with a record of 9-9, faced Sandwich for its first playoff on June 5. Unfortunately, the team lost 4-1.

Boys tennis struggled this season, finishing with a 1-17 record.

Rugby Looks to Next Year

rugbyHanover’s new rugby team had a strong first season, ending with  a 5-2 record. The team hopes to make tournament next year when it officially becomes a varsity team, according to junior Padraic McDonough.

Athlete of the Year Award

Jack Buckley received the HHS Athlete of the Year Award at the annual boosters sports rally on June 1.  According to Athletic Director Scott Hutchison, Jack was a state leader in scoring, a Patriot League All Star and an All-Scholastic for the Patriot Ledger, Boston Herald, and Boston Globe.  As a senior this year, Jack lead his basketball team to their first League Championship in over 20 years and their first State Tournament victory in over 10 years.

Athletics Paragon Award

Also at the boosters rally, senior Michael McLeod received the HHS Athletics Paragon Award for Overall Excellence in athletics, academics, leadership, and character.  Michael is a three-sport captain, three-sport Scholar-Athlete, as well a young man of great integrity, according to Hutchison.

A Farewell to The Indian – Our Year in Review

Only one thing is certain about the high school experience, the fact that the end of senior year and graduation come all too soon. You go from being kings of the school to being thrust out into the real world having to make your own way in life. It’s a scary thought because while you have accomplished much to get the fine achievement of graduation, everyone is all of a sudden equalized by the school of hard knocks. All faux-philosophy aside, I want to be able to formally say good bye to a group that has given me so much over the past two years.

Being the senior Editor in Chief this year for newspaper has been one of my best high school experiences. I have watched newspaper grow immensely this year. It is the perfect continuation of what started my junior year. Officially, I was the News and Web Editor but I couldn’t just silo my efforts to those two things. We started off using a third party host and while it was good initially, it quickly failed to meet the needs of our growing club.  Halfway through the year, The Indian transitioned to being hosted internally at the high school – on the same server that hosts our sister publication Hanover Literary Magazine as well as the Hanover Public Schools website – using a server that was found literally collecting dust on the floor in the school’s main data closet. Mundane technical details aside, I am proud to say that The Indian has enjoyed the full support of the Hanover Schools. District and high school administration have answered our questions and have fully supported our efforts to report on the myriad of issues affecting the life of the student body here in Hanover.

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English Teacher Mr. Hopkins and Sophomore Tom Clinton enjoying free hot chocolate provided by The Indian.

This year, The Indian has gotten to the point where we write new articles on a weekly basis. We’ve also introduced a Teacher Spotlight and Student on the Street section. Matt Barresi, with the help of Peter Palmer, has led a very comprehensive sports section and every school sports team was covered at least once. Our social media footprint has greatly expanded to include a very active Twitter account, Facebook page, and Instagram account. We’ve also done a number of publicity stunts, whether it be giving away free hot chocolate or candy canes to students coming in the morning. You’ve all seen the mini frisbees we had made with the school logo on them and have probably used our pens. Our staff has also gone on two trips: one to a Celtics game to hear their media staff give a panel presentation and another to the New England Scholastic Press Association conference at Boston University where we won an “Excellence in Publishing” award for this website.

I have to thank the small, but dedicated staff of The Indian for really committing to such an aggressive schedule. First, I can thank Andrea Bilton for being willing to take over in my role next year and for being the junior Editor in Chief this year. I know I’ll be leaving The Indian in the hands of amazing leadership. I also thank the rest of the staff: seniors Mackenzie Welch, Matt Barresi and Eric Carey; juniors Cate Marchetti, Jill Drummy, Callie MacDonald and Peter Palmer; sophomore Lauren Bilton; and freshmen Kristen Marchetti and Pierce Ghostlaw. Without their diligent efforts there would be nothing to publish. Finally, I would like to thank Mrs. McHugh for her invaluable professional journalism experience and unwavering support as our adviser for the past two years.

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Andrea Bilton and I got a number of pictures together and I figured this goodbye piece would be woefully incomplete without collecting them all. I’ve purloined them from a variety of social media sources including the HHS Indian twitter and various Instagram accounts.

Hanover High’s 2015 Blood Drive

Hanover High hosted its very first blood drive this week, organized by one of its many new clubs, Red Cross. Early as 8 amTuesday morning, nurses, facilitators, and volunteers crowded the multi-purpose room along with donors themselves, eager to donate, yet somewhat scared for the needle’s “deadly” prick. As a donor myself, and a  lover of blood during every anatomy class, I was still nervous for my first time giving blood. Students aged 16 required a parent’s permission to donate; students 17 and older were able to donate with just a photo ID.

blood2When it was my turn to donate, I answered a frenzy of questions, asking if I’d traveled to various countries, recently had tattoos, or run into any highly diseased people recently. From there, I was laying on the makeshift bed and had mustard yellow iodine smeared on my elbow, and boom . . . the needle was in my vein and blood pooled into a bag. Although many may have had anxiety about donating, usually about the potential pain that may come with it, a universal happiness shared by all donors is the fact that the blood we give can save the lives of three people. As weird as it sounds, I find it to be a beautiful thing that my blood will circulate in someone else, a little piece of me keeping them alive.

President and Vice-President of the Red Cross club, Annika Rowland and Sarah Kelly, were pleased with the results of the school’s first blood drive.

“The blood drive went much better than I thought it would go,” said Annika, a junior. “We had so many people interested in donating, which was amazing to see how much the school supported us. It was life changing to see so much positive energy happening in the little room.

With about three dozen donors, the five-hour drive collected enough blood to save about 114 lives, added Sarah, also a junior. “It made me so happy to see so many people willing to give.”

Things I Wish I’d Known Before High School

Well, it’s that time that I honestly did not see coming, it was pretty much like a slap in the back of the head. I won’t go long with my introduction other than to thank you for tolerating my strange writing style and it’s been a delight writing for this newspaper. Lastly, this article isn’t just my advice, I asked some of my dear friends what they wish they would’ve known and I’ve included their advice in my article. Here ya go, fair winds HHS Indian.

Things we wish we would’ve known before entering high school:

1. High School Musical is a LIE

2. Don’t take high school too seriously

3. Take Risks. Join clubs, audition for plays, try out for a sports team, etc

4. Don’t be friends with people only in your grade

5. Be cautious of some of the cafeteria food

6. One grade is just that: one grade

7. Don’t become romantically desperate

8. Be friendly with your teachers, or at least learn how to get along with them

9. If you don’t understand something, immediately ask for help, don’t just sit there in utter confusion

10. Do your best to stay focused but it’s OK to take a break every once in while

11. Don’t overwork yourself

12. Love yourself. Seriously. And a good way to improve self love is to love the people around you.

13. Your friends will change a lot, and so will your friend groups

14. Time management makes a difference

15. You will argue with your parents, but don’t make them your ultimate enemy

16. It’s okay to spend time alone

17. Follow what you like, rather than what is cool

18. Don’t slack off your junior year

Student on the Street: Summer Plans?

Even though there are still a few weeks left of school, most of our thoughts are already on what we plan to do for summer vacation. I asked some students what’s on their agenda when we’re finally free from classes.

Freshman Yasmina Berkat will take her annual trip to visit her grandparents in sunny California. “I’ll be there for a few weeks so I’ll be going to Disneyland and the beach a lot.”

Bridget O’ Connor, another freshman, plans to spend time at her uncle’s house in New Hampshire. “I’m also going to jump in my pool because it’s the best way to chill off on a 90 degree day!”

Friend Taylor Scott will be right there with her, when she’s not watching Netflix and going to the beach.

The only traveling that sophomore Cate McGillicuddy has planned is to and from her job.  “I’m probably going to work all summer, unfortunately,” she said. “Also I’ll be hanging with my friends a lot.”

Ryan Hogan, a junior, is starting a painting company with classmate Scotty O’Brien. “Prudential Painting — give us a call!” Other plans include “just straight up chillin, going to the beach with my friends and getting completely tanned — a nice, crisp golden brown.”

Finding a balance between work and fun is important, as freshman Mikaela Murphy knows. “I’m going to work, sleep, and volunteer at my mom’s school.”

Jordan O’Sullivan, a junior, will be working but otherwise has a hard time picturing being on vacation. “It’s a month away, and it’s hard to make plans right now.”





Girls Lax Performing Well

GLax as they are informally titled has been having one of the best seasons of the spring sports teams at HHS and they’re still going strong. Heading into tonight’s senior night, the team has a record of 9-3-2. The senior class has been a strong one, made up of Sydney Lambert, Marissa Nimeskern, Holly Welch, Hannah Mischler, Hannah Joy, and Liz Gallagher. If you’re around tonight, go send them off with a large crowd.

The team has a very good record and are near the top of the Patriot League. They have had some great wins, like one over Patriot League Fisher rival Scituate. They have had some tough losses like the one to Norwell, the top team in the region. And the good competition will keep on coming, as they face Marshfield today, Cohasset on Thursday and Sandwich next week.

The team has been firing on all cylinders mostly, but Senior Captain Sydney Lambert had a few that stood out to her. “(Sophomore) Jenny Rosinski has been playing well and is going to be a huge asset the next couple of years. (Junior) Emma Devine is doing well on defense and is a very good transitional player, (Junior) Brielle Prouty is a really hard worker and has been moving the ball well.”

Prouty, as well as fellow Junior Chachie Smigliani, are actually both committed to play division 1 lacrosse, at Liberty University and Bryant University, respectively.

Despite a great record, the team isn’t in line for a league championship and it’s tough when you have to face top teams like Hingham and Norwell annually. Still, the Indians have already qualified for the tournament and look poised to keep their season going strong.