Category: Features

All About Facial Recognition

By: Amina Jamil
Managing Editor
We all have heard of the new iPhone X, and its’ most prominent feature: facial recognition. Users are able to use facial recognition to unlock their phones and even to use Apple pay. But, how exactly does facial recognition work? What even is facial recognition? It is a relatively new technology, so there are still some unknown aspects to it, but the overall software is simple.
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Reflecting on The Trip of a Lifetime

By: Caitlin Pettengill
Staff Writer

A  dedicated group of Hammond High School teachers organized a trip to England, Ireland, Wales, and France for HCPSS students for the Spring of 2017. I was disappointed when I first saw the itinerary and noticed that we were spending the most time in Ireland.
It’s not that I wasn’t expecting to enjoy Ireland, I’d just heard so many amazing things from people who had been to London and Paris and would have rather maximized my time at those European landmarks. Regardless, I was quick to sign up the day Educational
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NAHS Empty Bowls Fundraiser For Grassroots

By: Amina Jamil
Managing Editor

The annual Empty Bowls event took place last Friday, February 23rd. It is sponsored by the art club and National Art Honor Society (NAHS). The purpose of Empty Bowls is to raise money for local food shelters, and all proceeds go to Grassroots.  What exactly do you do at Empty Bowls? When you come in, you buy a ticket for $10, which covers the cost of an all-you-can-eat soup buffet, and you get to take home a clay bowl. While you enjoy your meal, there is live music, courtesy of Jazz Band, and even a few featured performances from certain individuals. It is a welcoming, family-friendly environment that allows people to enjoy a nice dinner while supporting a good cause. Continue reading

Profesor Ulloa trae el mundo a Hammond en español

por:  Tsega Amare ’18
Español 5 AP estudiante

El Sr. Oscar Ulloa viajó a Japón con solo una mochila y poco dinero, pero vivió allí por siete años. Al principio, era difícil para acostumbrarse al nuevo ambiente, pero después de un tiempo pudo hablar el idioma con fluidez. Con mucho trabajo y perseverancia, cualquiera persona puede aprender un idioma.

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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, as well as email their submissions to the Vision at 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.



Flour Babies

By: Caitlin Pettengill
Staff Writer

In the human growth and development class, students have been assigned the infamous task of taking care of a “baby” for a week. They have to carry around their flour baby, treating it as if it were a real child, to simulate parenthood. Each pair of “parents” has to keep their baby in sight at all times, never putting it in their locker or backpacks. Taking the assignment to another level, they have to wake up between the hours of one and five, the time frame that real infants awaken throughout the night, each morning and post on Canvas. When asked what the hardest part of the project was, student Ashley Bissenas IMG_3004said, “They hardest part was probably trying to remember to bring [the baby] to school every day and to keep track of where he is at all times. It’s been difficult for me to remember that I’m always supposed to be carrying him and not setting him down places.” Teachers were informed that if they see a student “abusing” their baby they are to email Ms. Lancaster, the human growth and development teacher, so the student can have points deducted from their project grade. Continue reading