Hectic Holidays

By: Morgan Snyder
Staff Writer

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Sophomore Zoe Sanders always gets stressed around the holidays when she has to think about what everyone wants for Christmas. 

During the holiday season, people tend to forget about what the true meaning of what the holidays really are. Holidays used to be about spending time with family, but now it’s all about money and gifts. The holidays nowadays seem to only bring about the perfect gift. Fights can break out and disappointment rushes over you when you couldn’t grab the giant Barbie play house for your daughter, or a game console for your son. Kids are starting to only associate the holidays with presents, when that’s not what the holidays were meant to be about. Continue reading

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Student Learns that the Coalition App Only Takes 8 Extra Curricular Activities, Questions Life Choices

By: Molly Schreier
Features Editor

The student was at a calm place.  With a cup of tea at her side, she planned to spend the evening doing the mindless but rewarding work of completing the personal questions of her Coalition Application.  After spending forty minutes entering every class she ever took in high school, she got to the extracurricular activities page.  Finally, she thought, the chance to prove to college admissions officers that I’m a well-rounded student, with my high school and club sports teams, honor societies, after school clubs, and volunteer work. But the application only went to eight. Continue reading

Everything You Need to Know Before Watching “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

By Kylie Potter
Editor-in-Chief

With only four days to go until the much-anticipated release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, fans are scrambling to get tickets and be the first to witness Episode VIII of the legendary saga.

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The Last Jedi will officially hit theaters in just four more days, on Friday December 15th. Photo Credit: Odeon

The more casual Star Wars fans, however, may not have watched the previous installment of the saga, The Force Awakens, in quite some time. Many people may need a refresher on where exactly the previous episode left off, and what they should look forward to when viewing The Last Jedi, officially opening this Friday, December 15th. Continue reading

Submissions are Open for The Vision!

By Molly Schreier
Staff Writer

Submissions to the The Vision, Hammond’s award-winning literary magazine, are now open.  Students must fill out the Vision’s digital submission form (at https://goo.gl/forms/0oDeEsKreQxReA5x2), as well as email their submissions to the Vision at submissions.thevision@gmail.com or turn in a hard copy to Mrs. Goff.  The current submissions deadline is January 1st.

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Volume II, Issue II of The Vision, as well as Volume III, won awards from NCTE. The literary magazine is currently accepting submissions for this school year! 

This year, The Vision is under the leadership of Jasmine Joseph and Ina O’Ryan, with faculty advisor Mrs. Goff.  The previous two years, The Vision was led by Tess McRae, who brought The Vision from a paper pamphlet to a glossy, color-printed magazine.  Under the leadership of McRae, The Vision also won two awards: Volume II, Issue II of The Vision earned an “Above Average” ranking from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), and Volume III of The Vision earned a “Recommended for Highest Award” ranking from the NCTE as well.

O’Ryan spoke on the magazine’s goals for submissions.  “We want a wide range of submissions, from people all over Hammond in any subject.”  The Vision is especially seeking submissions related to math. “We’re hoping to reach out to the math department and have students submit their projects from math, like how physics students submit their [extra-credit] pictures.”  Specifically, students can submit art projects required for math classes, such as geometry or transformation projects.

Students can also participate in The Vision’s Winter Poetry Contest, which will take place the week before winter break.

 

 

#MeToo Generates a Culture of Support

By: Molly Schreier
Staff Writer

The sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein, beginning in late October, have sparked a movement of speaking out.  As those in the film industry came forward with allegations against Weinstein and other producers and actors, more than one hundred forty female legislators, lobbyists, staffers and political consultants signed a letter to the California State Capitol calling out the toxic culture of sexual harassment that exists.  In both the film industry and politics, most senior positions are held by men, who then have power over the careers of young women trying to advance their careers. Continue reading

NFL Week 4

By: Shehzan Dahya and Aaron Walton
Staff Writers

Denver Broncos v Oakland Raiders

The biggest game of this week was the showdown of the AFC West between the Oakland Raiders and the Denver Broncos.The Raiders tried to rally after getting shut down by the Redskins’ defense, but the flew into the mile high altitude to face another monster. Derek Wolfe was howling to bury Marshawn Lynch and the Oakland running game. Denver’s run defense last year was ranked 28th in the league, and this year improvements were made and now it’s the best defense in the league all around. Denver’s offense looked outstanding against the Chargers and also the Cowboys before getting busted by the Bills in week 3. Now they had to face Khalil Mack and even though it wasn’t their strongest performance and was unable to put the game away, they did enough to stay in the game and gave defense a calm edge to win the game. Derek Carr left the game with an injury in 3rd quarter but later was reported that it was not a long term injury. With Oakland getting stomped by hungry Broncos are looking up to beat the undefeated Kansas. Continue reading

Hammond Football Crosses County Line Looking for a Win

By: Crystal Mwende
Staff Writer

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Coach Frederick Instructing Hammond’s Offense

On Friday October 27, 2017, the Hammond Varsity Football team will travel across county lines to play Kent County High School. This game was originally supposed to be played against Centennial High School but due to their lack of a varsity team, Kent County was added.

When compared, the two teams are quite similar. Hammond has had a pretty rough season with a record of 0-8 and Kent County’s standings are currently 1-7. Both teams are also relatively small in size.

The Bear Press recently spoke to the captains and coaches of varsity football to gain some insight on their thoughts going into this game. Junior captain, Tayo Ojo, expressed his optimism about the upcoming game. “I feel great about going into this game, it’s an opportunity to show the county that we are not the same team from previous years even though we are playing an out of county team.” The Bears are preparing for Friday by looking over game footage, practicing, and focusing on the goal.

Senior Captain Guy Spring echoed Ojo’s optimism, and reinforced the rededication to football fundamentals that it will take to get a win on the board. “We have the potential to win however it would require people to focus and work harder,” Springer stated.

The Golden Bears have struggled to overcome injuries this season. Currently, junior Tre Smith is officially done for the season due to an arm injury and as for senior William Aung, he is looking forward to possibly playing for the rest of the season after returning from injury last week against Howard.