Category: Features

New Teachers at Hammond: David Burnham

By Kenneth Apana-Korley
Staff Writer

Over the next few weeks, the Bear Press will be uploading articles about each of Hammond’s new teachers that have joined us this 2017-2018 school year. Be sure to check in each week for more new teacher interviews!


Photo Credit: Shehzan Dahya

Enter the world of David Burnham. As you walk down the tech hallway at Hammond High, you will most definitely see Mr. Burnham in front of room 609. The room is filled with computers and a bunch of hardworking students.

Between the first two rows in the computer lab, you’ll find Mr. Burnham standing by his cart, with his computer, giving his class a lecture and enriching his students with the glories of computer science.

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School Lunch May be Getting a Little Saltier

School lunch could be changing drastically. An article published by CNN on March 14, 2017, discusses the possibility of Republican lawmakers under the Trump administration repealing one of previous First Lady Michelle Obama’s main accomplishments: the healthy school lunch legislation. This legislation was enacted throughout school systems beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, causing upset among disgruntled schoolchildren and Republicans alike. The School Nutrition Association has proposed that these regulations be cut back, and many believe that the current administration under President Trump is likely to act upon these proposals.

Students at Hammond were asked if they agreed or disagreed with the Trump administration taking action against Michelle Obama’s healthy school lunch legislation:




“The justifications for repealing it is only to save money and it’s at the expense of the students’ health. On the one hand you want them to choose but at the same time if there are no options then you’re not doing them any better.”

-Tony Terrasa 12th



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The Meme-idemic Takes Over the Youth

By: Laura vanHasselt
Staff Writer

The widespread use of memes has impacted the internet for years. Memes, or humorous pictures that are copied and spread rapidly by internet users, have given people a reason to use websites like Twitter and Instagram more often. Memes have grown throughout the years, going from pictures with written-in captions to now all sorts of interpretations. The overwhelming amount of technology that the population owns has given everyone an outlet to publish everything they find humorous and receive gratification from others. The presence of memes has not only relieved tension but also sparked some controversy over the years.

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The Wedding of Mr. Osborne and Ms. Stevens

By: Kristina Dombek
Staff Writer

Two teachers from Hammond High, Mr. Osborne and Ms. Stevens, had their wedding this past summer on July 2nd, 2016 in Morehead City, NC. The two met at Hammond in 2009 when Ms. Stevens was a first year math teacher and Mr. Osborne was a student teacher in English.


Ms. Stevens and Mr. Osborne exchange their vows on July 2nd, 2016.

The next year, Mr. Osborne recounted their first “date.” Along with a group of teachers, the two decided to go see the varsity football game one Friday. After the game, they hung out and talked for the rest of the night, and Mr. Osborne recounted that like many of his students, “that was our first real date, a high school football game.”

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#HaHSBlackHistory Told Through Tweets

By: Kevin Baker

@Kevin_B_Baker on Twitter

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Hammond: Home of the Brave

HCPSS thanks veterans countywide. Credit: @HCPSS on Twitter

HCPSS thanks veterans countywide. Credit: @HCPSS on Twitter

By: Kavitha Brunner

@lemonjaded on Twitter

Veterans Day comes annually on November 11th in honor of all of the courageous men and women who have served and continue to serve in the armed forces. The holiday was first observed in 1919 by President Woodrow Wilson, who said that the day would “be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory.” This year, America commends the 97th anniversary of the end of World War I.

Hammond High is home to a select few veterans, to whom we owe our thanks today. Thank you Ms. Goff, Ms. Jones, Mr. Kagan, and Officer Scott!

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Make a Good Impression with Forensics!


This fingerprint welcomes students in Ms. Ferraro’s Forensic Science class! Credit: Ms. Ferraro

By Kavitha Brunner

@lemonjaded on Twitter

Did you know that the brand of shoe that you wear has a unique ability to link you to a crime? If you’re a student in Mrs. Ferraro’s forensic science class, then this comes as no surprise to you. On October 7th, forensics students took to the outdoor classroom for their 4A class, where they were able to mimic the work of a real forensic field scientist by creating and analyzing shoe cast impressions.

Move past the rows of benches that comprise the outdoor classroom and you’ll be able to see two large sandboxes, parallel in orientation. Having built these boxes especially for this experiment, Mrs. Ferraro excitedly aided students in creating bags of plaster with impeccable consistency and with creating perfect impressions in the sand.

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