By: Kayla Hendershot, Aubryanna Lee, and Chinyere Godfrey
Editor-in-Chief, A&E Editor, Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief
Hammond’s annual Homecoming Game marked the beginning of the end for Spirit Week for the Golden Bears, and the team was dealt a tough loss at the hand of the Wilde Lake Wildecats, finishing 43-0.
Despite the loss, the Hammond community came together to enjoy the game and honor new inductees into the Joe Russo Athletics Hall of Fame. Former teachers and students returned to catch up with classmates and colleagues. “I saw someone from 2012 when I was at the game, Duane Echols, and I was his sponsor. I walked by and he called me by my maiden name, which I hadn’t heard in a while, and I was excited to see him, and he will be helping coach JV basketball so I will look forward to catching up with him.” Said Mrs. Osborne.
Homecoming games are very important to Hammond because they get the students even more excited for the rest of the football season. The coaches and the team were excited all week to see how the game turned out. Fans can see the school come together as a whole when generations of the Hammond family come out to support the Golden Bears. It is great to see faculty members, students, and alumni at the game to show their support and cheering the team on. “The homecoming game gets us in the spirit for homecoming and brings the whole school together as one. Everyone should’ve been there to cheer on the Bears,” said Senior Tayla Julius-Khumbah said.
By: Anna Tache
Back to school: everyone’s favorite, or least favorite, time of the year. The hallways are filled with the voices of students talking about their summer, or how much they missed their friends. Every year it seems as if the school keeps getting more populated, and with the class of 2022 being the largest Freshman class that Hammond has seen in years, that feeling is becoming a reality.
John White reading The Crucible and working on some assignments during his lunch period.
As we end the third week of school, the workload starts to become more intense, and students nerves start to get to them. Tigerlily Johnson, a junior, says that it’s her busy schedule that racks her nerves. “What makes me most nervous about this year is that I chose to have two outside jobs along with the amount of work that is brought upon juniors,” said Johnson. Continue reading
By: Troy Kelly
There has been a lot of talk about the health of Fortnite, a game created by Epic Games for mobile, PC, and game console play. A lot of gamers say Fortnite will later fade out because of peoples’ loss of interest. There have been many indications of Fortnite dying. A lot of gamers are getting tired of the same thing in Battle Royale. Gamers are getting tired of the repeated glitches in the game, which in turn makes a lot of people get frustrated and quit.
By: Tori Vander Putten
Last May, Mr. Lerner informed the girls Varsity soccer team that Hammond English teacher Ms. Motaung would be taking over as coach in the following year. She has 20 years of playing experience and 12 years of coaching experience under her belt. When returning players heard about this change, they were nervous but excited. Sophomore Ana Coman commented on this transition, “I was interested because we were going to get new experiences and try to build our team differently than we did last year.”
Due to last year’s record and the fact that this is Ms. Motaung’s second year at Hammond she described her feelings as “nervicited.” Ms. Motaung was passionate about the sport, but concerned about striking a balance with teaching. “I thought it was going to be a lot with teaching and coaching, which I’ve never done before, but I was actually really excited to get back into soccer. And I wanted to help build the program here.” Although it has only been about a month and a half the team has improved since walking in on the first day of tryouts. The team defeated Meade 1-0 and lost to Atholton 1-9 which is an improvement from their 0-10 loss last year.
Pictured is Hammond’s Girls Varsity Soccer Team
By: Uma Ribeiro
Everyone takes pride in working hard – but when does the line cross over from hard work to burning out? Burnout is the result of one overworking themselves into a state of utter mental and physical exhaustion. High school students across the country have exhibited signs of burnout and students at Hammond are no exception.
Freshman Saili Khorjekar tries to
recuperate from a long night of studying. Picture Credit: Uma Ribeiro
By: Bin Lin
Students of HCPSS always have many opportunities to do many different things and one of them is being able to travel to international places such as France or the United Kingdom. However, last year HCPSS had declared Policy 8110 [Student International Education Travel] to be revoked, “The Board passed a motion and voted to rescind this policy.” Thus closing the opportunity for students to travel across the oceans.
Left to right: Amanda Russell, Ms. Barlow, and Tori Vander Putten in London.
By: Laura Mosier
Hammond student, Katie Rees, has spent the past few months working hard to reopen Hammond’s chapter of the international organization Best Buddies. Best Buddies is an organization that helps students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In 2014, Hammond’s Best Buddies chapter was closed due to internal conflict, and Katie saw a need for this organization to be reopened at Hammond.
Best Buddies Katie Rees and Deja Reece
By: Amanda Weirich
Hammond Writer’s League is a private and safe space to write for students interested in free and creative writing. The club is run by President Ian Pinkerton and Vice President Claire O’Rourke after school from 2:10 to 3:15 in Ms. Isch’s room.
O’Rourke’s dream is to become a novelist and write young adult novels. She believes that Hammond Writers League is the best way to write what you enjoy and pursue any writing dreams you may have. According to O’Rourke, Writer’s League’s normal routine is to come in and have a snack and follow the prompt on the board. They usually have thirty minutes of writing time, and at the end they all share.