Category: Features

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.




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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