Category: Features

Writer’s League Offers a Space to Create

ByAmanda Weirich
Staff Writer

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.

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Seniors Stress and BTS: Welcome Back Hammond

By: Anna Tache
Staff Writer

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.

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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

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 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.