Student Life

HHS Mini-THON 2017

Article by Christopher Miller

As the school year progresses, Hanover High School Student Council continues to prepare for the 12th annual Mini-THON. HHS Mini-THON is a part of the Penn State Dance Marathon (THON), which is the largest student-run philanthropy organization in the world, with all proceeds donated to the Four Diamonds Fund which supports the Penn State Hershey Medical Center to aid in fighting pediatric cancer.

At HHS, the past Mini-THONs have raised over $100,000 for pediatric cancer research. All of the money raised goes to The Four Diamonds Fund, which is a fund set up to lessen the financial burden on families with children in Penn State Hershey Medical Center with pediatric cancer. The Four Diamonds Fund also finances important pediatric cancer research in the hope of one day finding a cure.

To participate in the Mini-THON on March 3rd, students must donate a minimum amount to enter, and are encouraged to go above and beyond this amount. During the event, students remain on their feet for twelve hours and engage in a plethora of activities such as Zumba, dodgeball, console games, Minute to Win It, a scavenger hunt, trivia games, and team building.

As Chair of Mini-THON, Genevieve Moorhead takes charge of Mini-THON this year, with the theme, “Conquering Cancer Hand in Hand”.

This year, the goal is to raise $20,000, and the Student Council has been fervently working to make this goal a reality. Each member of the Student Council understands the importance of this undertaking, and has been going out of their way to contribute. Collectively, Student Council members have visited over 150 local businesses in order to obtain donations from the community. Canning at local sporting events has also been pursued to raise more donations. In a later spirit week closer to Mini-THON, the districtwide Hat Day will create another opportunity to raise funds for Mini-THON. On top of that, a Mini-Mini-THON will be held allowing the whole HPSD family to be a part in this event. Finally, Student Council will be hosting a “Zumba-THON” on Wednesday, February 15th, from 6-8 PM. This event held in the Hanover High School gym, does not have a standard cost, but requires a donation for Mini-THON.

Mini-THON is a foremost priority at HPSD, and Student Council is working endlessly to be proactive and come up with new ideas to reach the goal of $20,000. Please consider donating, and being a part of this phenomenal organization. Together, we are #HPSDAwesome and will conquer childhood cancer together.

Follow HHS Mini-THON via Facebook (HHS Mini-THON) and Twitter (@HHS_minithon).

In regards to questions about Mini-THON or making a donation, please contact:


Genevieve Moorhead

Mini-THON Chair

moorheadgr@gmail.com


Jennifer Gomulka

HHS Student Council Advisor

jgomulka@hanoverpublic.org

The Hanover High School Mock Election 2016

Article by Henry Smith

On the morning of November 7th, 2016, the eve of election day, Hanover High School students walked into their homebases and sat down, ready to take part in a civic duty not regularly provided to high school students- voting. Although the actual election wouldn’t take place until the following day, there was no less energy in the air. Students anxiously waited to cast their ballots for who would become the future leaders of our nation. However, it wasn’t just candidates on the ballot that mattered to these high schoolers- it was ideas as well. Numerous students conscientiously thought long and hard about what issues resonated with them before casting their ballots.

One issue that seemed to captivate the school’s attention was gun laws- whether stricter or more lax. Some students, like Jessica Reed and Olivia Lawrence, supported Clinton’s proposal for stricter firearm regulations and background checks, while other students, such as Josh Otis and Paige Mummert, believed in Trump’s vision that the rights of Americans to possess a firearm should be safeguarded. Further, many students butted heads on the issue of immigration, while a handful believed in a path to citizenship for families of illegal immigrants, others favored increased immigration enforcement and border security. Lastly, perhaps the largest issue in the high school election boiled down to the character of the two candidates themselves. While a sizable chunk of students believed Clinton to be a “liar” and “untrustworthy”, another faction saw Trump to be “sexist”, “racist”, “homophobic”, and “not good for the country”; the remaining few high school voters conveyed that the country will be in bad hands either way.

Will the views of Hanover High School ultimately reflect the decision of America this November 8th? Regardless, the mock election was a valuable process in promoting and fostering the future generation of American voters. We also would like to thank the history department at HHS for making this opportunity available to the students.

Results:

Presidential~ Clinton- 48% Trump- 45% Other- 7%

A High Schooler's Guide to the 2016 Presidential Election

Article by Henry Smith

Getting Started:

As long as you haven't been living in your basement for the past six months, you’ve almost certainly heard something about the 2016 presidential election- whether a catchy phrase, such as “Hillary for prison” or “dump Trump,” used by enthusiastic supporters or a libelous news article. Regardless of this he-said-she-said slander, don’t you think it would be best to determine what candidate’s views best align with yours, rather than choosing a candidate based on the media’s rating-hungry coverage? Even if you don’t know about the issues or quite frankly, are indifferent about the election, it’s imperative to stay up to date- whether you realize it or not, you’ll be living under the decisions and actions of the next elected president for four years! Saying this, before reading the following guide, I highly encourage you to read up on the American issues that mean the most to you- whether abortion, climate change, or gay marriage- specifically from an unbiased source (seriously, do it). If you’ve done your research or already know the issues facing Americans in the voting booth, congratulations, you’re on your way to becoming a politically-informed citizen! Next comes channeling these personally-important issues into deciding what presidential candidate will best represent these values. Surprisingly, this step can be quite easy, using the nonpartisan website isidewith.com, you can easily find what political party and candidate have values that most parallel your own. Even if you have already thrown your support behind a candidate, this website is an amazing resource in reaffirming or surprisingly disproving your previous conceptions.

Now What?:

Now this is where most students become stagnant: “I know who I support and why, but I’m not eighteen, what’s the point anyway?” First and foremost, let’s make this clear- this is absolutely not the mentality to have; as mentioned earlier, you will live under the leadership of the candidate elected as president for the next four years, so it’s only logical to have your opinion heard during the election season. Secondly, I’d like to address the point that, contradictory to the common misconception, voting is in fact not the sole way to participate in American democracy. Although, yes, voting may be the most direct way of making your voice heard, it is certainly not the only way: these efforts can be as involved as phone banking for the candidate you back, or as nonchalant as retweeting a tweet advocating for your favored candidate. Moreover, through small conversations with your friends, parents, or even complete strangers, you can indirectly add to your candidate’s vote count. Additionally, don’t forget about one of your greatest untapped assets: your clothing. Although buying and wearing shirts, pins, and even socks depicting your favored candidate may qualify you as a political nut, it is undeniable that people will see and be influenced by your flashy apparel. Even better, it’s fun to make a game out of it: for every person who you have a considerable political conversation with, who asks about your bold political t-shirt, or who retweets your fiery political tweet, give yourself a point; try to rack up as many points as possible before the election in November. Set goals for yourself as you make your mark on American democracy: ten points, fifty points, five hundred points, even one thousand points?

Ways to Keep Updated:

*Below are ranked the most valuable resources for keeping up to date on the election cycle:

1. The 2016 Presidential Debates- What better way to keep up with your favorite candidate than watching them vehemently debate his or her opponent on the stage in front of all of America? Of course, these debates do disadvantage third-party candidates, who are discluded because of relatively low national polling records. However, there are many ways to enjoy the debates besides just watching them: live-tweeting and hosting a debate party are also ways to get involved in the debate festivities. “But when are the debates, anyways,” you ask. The first presidential debate will take place on September 26 beginning at 9:00 and the full debate schedule can be found in the link (http://www.debates.org/index.php?page=2016debates).

2. Fivethirtyeight.com- Have you ever heard someone say “Hillary’s leading in the race,” or, “Trump’s rising in the polls?” How do you even know how candidates are doing before election day in November, anyways? You and I may not be able to predict who is ahead at any given time during the presidential race, but statisticians and political analysts can! By visiting the website of the renowned, number-crunching Nate Silver, you can have access to professionally-calculated statistics on how the race is shaping up for each candidate. This includes all the recent polls from a spectrum of different sources, the reliability of these polls, an overview of the national race, a look at the candidates’ standings state-by-state, and numerous other amazing statistics that are sufficient for even the biggest math geek (http://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2016-election-forecast/).

3. Politifact.com- Throughout the election cycle, you probably hear candidates spew out thousands of statistics to enhance their rhetoric. However, not everything is as is seems: candidates strategically morph and rephrase statistics to make them work in their favor. This being said, how does one know the difference between a truthful argument and a blatant lie? PolitiFact, a prestigious nonpartisan website, rates candidates’ key statements according to their truthfulness, keeping records of previous statements and making “truthfulness ratings” based on collected data. So next time you hear a statement from a candidate that seems too good to be true, reference PolitiFact and inform yourself on the legitimacy of the statement (http://www.politifact.com/).

4. Candidates’ Websites- It’s almost certain that any candidate you support in the presidential race has his or her own website. And if you’re wondering why these websites are useful, the answer is that they contain valuable information and updates about your favored candidate. Whether it’s specific political platforms to share with your friends or information about upcoming campaign events, candidates’ campaign websites contain the most reliable information by far (not to mention that they have expansive online shops, allowing you can buy political mugs, hats, socks, shirts, and even ties).

5. Twitter Moments- Are you constantly rushing and busy, lacking the time to give yourself an in depth update on the latest election news? If you answered “yes,” then Twitter Moments may be perfect for you. Twitter Moments, a section of Twitter that includes an entire “Election 2016” page, has everything to keep you up to date on the latest political news without requiring you to concentrate on a long, monotonous news article. Furthermore, Twitter Moments incorporates hashtags, emoticons, GIFs, memes, and other pop culture trends to make staying informed about politics as comedic and enjoyable as possible. In addition, if you find a tweet or meme that you really enjoy under Twitter Moments, you can share it with specific friends, like it, or retweet it to relay it to all of your followers.


HHS Club Insight: STAND

Article by Henry Smith

This year, STAND, an anti-genocide club, has surfaced in the HHS community. It has been led by the HHS vocal music teacher, Mrs. Smith, who said she was motivated to start the club for the goal of “giving the students an active place in making the world a better place.” Mrs. Smith continued to mention the hard work that students of STAND have done in “collecting school supplies for Syrian refugees,” “selling t-shirts and decals to help raise money for the supplies,” “bringing a holocaust speaker into HHS this year,” and “hosting a holocaust symposium.” Sophomore Makensey Krieger recalled that “taking Mrs. Smith’s holocaust class last year really motivated me to learn more about genocides and join STAND.” Sophomore Brook Bynaker also added that “it's a fun way to learn about new things and a way to help out and get involved.” The organization’s mission is to educate the Hanover community about genocides throughout the world. Mrs. Smith clarified that she hopes for the organization “to continue with the mission of educating our community, not just the high school students, but our community as a whole.” She also discussed her future plans for STAND and revealed that she would like the organization to travel to Washington, DC and put the organization’s anti-genocide activism into practice. STAND is important to sophomore Makensey Krieger because “we all need to understand what’s really going on in the world!” Mrs. Smith extends an invitation to get involved in STAND to any HHS student and encourages anyone interested to see her. In the bigger picture, it’s important to “understand the past and know the mistakes people have made,” according to Sophomore Brook Bynaker.