Welcome to the website of the Hanover High School Council! The Council was founded during the 1973-74 school year and was endorsed in 1977 by the Dresden School Board. Currently, it is made up of over 40 students, staff and community members. The Council is one of three governmental bodies that make decisions at the high school, along with the Administration and the Judiciary Committee. For more information about Council's operation, please go to the Downloads page to view the latest version of the Council bylaws or click here.

Otherwise, this website is a resource for committee information, member information, important documents and lists of motions that have recently been either passed or failed by Council. Please feel free to explore this website, and if you have any comments, suggestions or the like, please see the Contact page to let us know.

Council currently meets in the combined Murray/Tindall classroom from 10:15am-11:00am on Wednesdays.

2015-2016 Council Leadership

Andrea Sedlacek ('16) - Moderator
Isaac Jacobs ('16) - Assistant Moderator
Mae Butler ('17) - Treasurer
Lilly Cadow ('16) - Secretary
Connor Stafford ('17) - Dresden School Board Representative
Henry Lang ('17) - Public Relations Person

2015-2016 Members


Hal Bourne (Staff)

Mae Butler (2017)

Lilly Cadow (2016)

Felix Herron (2016)

Isaac Jacobs (2016)

Aisling Kelly (2018)

Henry Lang (2017)

Matt Prince (Staff)

Andrea Sedlacek (2016)

Georgia Sparks (2017)

Connor Stafford (2017)

Marco van Gemeren (2016)

Class of 2016

Sarah Bibeau

Hana Dai

Sofia La Porta

Daniel Osofsky

Cece Rooney

Alternates: Nathalie Dragnev and Meredith Ferneau

Class of 2017

Coyote Farrell

Patrick Logan

Henry Mackall

J. Chessie Newbold

Dimitri Somoff

Alternate: Thomas Judd (S1) / Emmie Foster (S2)

Class of 2018

Johanna Bandler

Perrin Milliken

Jasper Meyer

Isabelle Sangha

Harrison Silbert

Alternate: Isabel Loftus

Class of 2019

Dillon Bradley

Will Laycock

Elizabeth Napier

Simon Roach

Alternate: Adam Blackburn


Jon Gentine

Stacey Morse

Warren Tucker

Jenny Chambers(S1) / Karen O'Hern (S2)

Amy Good (S1) / Karen Wahrenberger (S2)

Alternate: Dan Falcone

Council Executive

Maureen Doyle

New and Tuition

Nanako Shirai

Milo Wilcox

Attendance for Council Meetings
To see committee attendance, please visit the committee pages

Council Attendance 15-16

  • Agenda 10.7.15; Minutes 9.30.15

    Agenda 10.7.15

    1. Approval of Minutes

    2. Reports

    3. Money Allocation

    4. Underclassmen Awards Discussion

    5. Freshman Open Campus Motion

    6. Notes and New Business

    Council Minutes 9.30.15

    “Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly...” ~Proverb

    1. Approval of Minutes

    2. Reports

      • Moderator: Open House next Thursday

      • Treasurer: Club funding is in the final process of being sent out

      • Secretary: Perfect attendance. Committee attendance is updated. All committee attendance refers to a larger spreadsheet.

      • PR: Next Gen Leadership program last Saturday; got great ideas to improve Council community in the future

      • Admin: Met to discuss transferring Late Start motion from SL to Admin. Also discussed J Comm motion

      • Curric: Discussed what the problem is with homework; potential survey discussed

      • OEC: Welcomed 10 new members onto J Comm. Will be looking at bylaws

      • Student Life: Met to discuss transferring Late Start motion from SL to Admin. Discussed Basket Ball hoop.

      • Student Activities: Posters about Quidditch and set solid rules for Quidditch

      • RJ: Discussed wording for script video

      • COI: Finalized building goals

      • Nick Beard: New letter about LGBTQ curriculum in health class

    3. J Comm Motion

    • Motion to: amend Article VII, Letter F, Number 3, Point ii to read ‘elections will take place in the fall and be organized by the Organizational Engineering Committee’ and to strike Article VII, Letter F, Number 3, Point iii.

      • Brought back from Admin Committee with recommendation to pass

      • Motion Passes

    • Late Start Motion Transfer

      • “I move to transfer the late start motion to admin” (Student Life to Admin)

      • Admin needs something to do

      • Motion Passes

    • Underclassmen Awards Ceremony Discussion

      • Marion Umpleby wrote a letter to the Nick Beard Opinion Board about Underclassmen Awards because many of the students who are recognized are already recognized in other ways. The ceremony causes us to compare each other. Hanover is very motivated where people all try to do their best. Many work hard all year and are not recognized at the ceremony at the end of the year, but you must sit and watch a select group of students receive awards. Your best should be good enough.

      • Language awards have a specific award night. People with awards are invited.

      • More diverse awards needed

      • Ceremony gives incentive to some people to do their best

      • Athletic teams have banquets to recognize and award students

      • Many awards aren’t attainable, even if you work extremely hard and do your best. Awards can be subjective.

      • Only one art award

      • It doesn’t always feel good to get an award because others deserve it too.

      • “Feel bad about yourself day”

      • Say person’s name first instead of their qualities so that people concentrate on who the person is and what they’ve done instead of who it could be. All positives are lost when person isn’t named first.

      • Often resentment. Often not positive feelings.

      • Focusing on 20 students who all do well and get the same awards every year is silly. Recognize everybody or don’t recognize anybody.

      • HHS is an academic institution whose goal is to create better students and learners. Just because one person is recognized that doesn’t mean other people aren’t working hard.

      • Goal is to learn and recognize those who do well in class

      • Important to preserve and value awards with historical value and meaning — awards in memory of somebody (for example a staff member or a student who has passed on)

      • Nobody can be good at everything

      • Seeing other people get awards can be a positive experience too (not just getting an award)

      • Grit: hard work put towards the end in the long run. Let’s celebrate grit.

      • Eliminating the ceremony may not be the right path to take. We should change the ceremony to make everybody feel good and recognized instead of just a few students.

      • Feeds into the stressful pressure cooker culture at Hanover (get good grades, go to the Ivy League school, etc.)

    1. Meeting Adjourns
    Posted Oct 7, 2015, 6:52 AM by HHS Council
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