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.
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.
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
By Chris Acampora
Senior Staff Writer
Hanover High is a special place, and there are definitely a lot of things our seniors will miss about it. Each person has something really unique that they’ll be sad to leave after graduation. Here’s what a few HHS seniors said they will miss most:
- Ryan K: Band and lunch with the lads
- Katie D: Señora Aborn and cinco honores
- Bridget F: Sleeping in the library
- Alex M: The kids (my friends) and some teachers
- Ronan R: The friends I have made and the teachers that have been there for me all the time
- Donovan D: Mr. Depatto and the boys!
- Brendan M: My teachers
- Krisna V: hanging with Sara in the library
- Alex M: my friends
- Nick C: all the people, not just my friends
- Tom M: The TLC People
- Joe R: Sports events
- Meghan R: The friendships
- Emily S: Socializing
- Caroline Z: Seeing my friends every day
- Matt McL: Wrestling
- Gia D: Being young because after this it’s the real world
- Wyatt C: The people
- Jack D: Popcorn chicken bowls with gravy on everything… Oh!
A lot has happened in the last four years at Hanover High, and there’s definitely been a lot of memorable moments that people will never forget. Here are what some HHS seniors said was their favorite memory from their high school experience:
By Chris Acampora
Senior Staff Writer
- Kayla M: Attending MASC with student council for the first time
- Swaliha K: The first day of school senior year! The beginning of the end—very bittersweet
- Donovan D: Meeting the boys
- Cooper D: Playing on the field at Gillette Stadium during UMass Band Day
- Chris A: That time my friend Alex and I saved all my art from the dumpster behind the school
- Abby B: Becoming closer with my friends “The Majors”
- Josh C: Being able to travel around the country to learn skills with student council
- Mikayla C: Visiting Quebec City
- Sam H: When they added hot pretzels in the cafeteria
- James S: Participating in all of the concerts and shows
- Harry O.: Trip to Europe with Mr. Perry in 2018
- Megan R: Going to all the football and hockey games with my friends
- Jordan Lindsay: cheerleading
- Mia B: English class junior year, when seniors parade on the last day
- Ben F: Playing hockey at the TD Garden
- Janey D: The year our sports teams won multiple championships
- Nick C: When I broke my collarbone freshman year during lacrosse practice
- Tom M: Walking through the front door
- Brendan M: “Giving birth” during a coping skills breathing exercise in Mr. Sprague’s classroom
By Tim Sullivan
As the school year comes to a close, it is natural for seniors to reflect on their high school experiences and look forward to what the future holds. Many members of the Class of 2019 plan to further their education in college, while others will enter the workforce or the Armed Forces. No matter their plans, all anxiously await the new opportunities that will come, including living away from home and experiencing a new level of freedom.
Alex Stacy is going to UMass Amherst and is most excited to listen to Ariana Grande. She is also looking forward to the food and gaining some knowledge along the way. Sarissa Fazio will join her there, eager to play hockey and have a different schedule. On campus, they may run into Mikayla Chabot, who is looking forward to more freedom, and Siofra Carty, who is excited to build lifelong friendships and explore the world.
Aidan Benway will study entrepreneurship at Suffolk University and is looking forward to living on his own and meeting new people. Same with Gage Gosule, who is excited for the freedom that comes with living away from home, and Ryan Morgan, who will study business.
Megan Finnigan is going to Bryant University and is most excited about starting a new college life. She may run into Ben Fein, Jason Bishop and Will Clarkson, who will study business while taking advantage of their newfound independence. Ben is excited to meet new people and see new places.
Matt McLeod will head to Roger Williams University to pursue computer science. He is excited about a “change of scenery.” James Clarkson will join him, playing basketball and studying business.
Kayla Mullane will attend Endicott College and is excited about becoming more independent. Olivia Reddish will join her there, and can’t wait for the dining hall experience.
Caroline Gordon will attend Fairfield University and is looking forward to a change of pace and getting used to a new environment. She’ll be joined by Emily Babin, who is “super pumped” to explore new careers and paths to figure out what she wants to do in the future. Alex McFarland will be on campus as well, studying Education and English.
Anna McCarthy will attend Merrimack College next year and can’t wait to step out of her comfort zone and learn how to be independent. On campus, she may see Kat Lawrence, who is super excited to make some new friends, and Julie Moran, who can’t wait to dive into her Exercise Science major. Matt Jenkins looks forward to the social life there as he studies Sports Management.
Braden Glynn will study Elementary Education at Westfield State and looks forward to meeting new people. Among the familiar faces will be Zach DeBoer, who will pursue Criminal Justice.
Bee Lee is attending Bridgewater State University and plans on studying business. Lindsay Maslow also will study business, but at Rider University. She is excited to live in New Jersey, a new state for her. Erin Flynn is heading to Marist College. Abby Cummings and Maggie Munroe will study engineering at Worcester Polytech.
Cooper Dawson will attend Syracuse University to study International Relations. Bridget Fairweather will attend Emmanuel College to study Forensic Science. Kayleigh McEachern will study nursing at Curry College and is eager to “finally study something I’m excited about.” Maeve McCarthy will attend Providence College to study marketing. Jake Laprise is going to Wheaton College.
While many students are excited for the freedom college will bring, others are heading for more structure at Mass Maritime Academy. Dan Tiedtke is looking forward to playing rugby and becoming more organized. Joe Petrocelli is expecting more freedom after graduation. Pat McDonald looks forward to “making money after graduation.”
Some students will be traveling far from Hanover after graduation. Emily Sullivan will attend Clemson University and can’t wait for the football games! Liam Sadek is heading to Georgia Tech to study Material Sciences and Engineering and looking forward to a change of weather. Mady Rossi will study pre-med at the University of South Florida in Miami. Sam O’Grady will study at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he looks forward to three more months of skiing than he can get in New England. Karly Bruder is heading to Wake Forest University in North Carolina and is excited to experience a new part of the country. Wes Notorangelo will study business at Nashville’s Lipscomb University. Julia Varraso will attend Catholic University in Washington, D.C. Julia Leskow will study at the University of Alabama. Drew Marriner will be traveling to the University of Montana to study Wildlife Biology.
Many students are excited for opportunities to go even farther away from home through study abroad programs. Harry O’Brien and Ethan DaSilva will head to Northeastern University, where their college experience will begin this August in London. Caitlin Parker will spend part of her sophomore year at Sacred Heart University studying in Australia. Jake Dares will travel to Madrid for his freshman year of Suffolk University.
Some students are joining the workforce, including Tom May, while others, like Jonathan Trubiano, are considering the military. Brendan Murray has been training in preparation for joining the Marines. Alec McArthur will enter an apprenticeship to become an electrician. He’s most excited about “not having debt from college.”
Steve Manolakis will be taking a gap year before entering Ohio State University. He plans to work and train in gymnastics full time in hopes of earning a spot on the college team.
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