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George Floyd’s Death, BLM Protests, Derek Chauvin’s Trial, and Police Convictions

By Ariyanah Shelton

Staff Writer

Source: Jacquelyn Martin, Associated Press

Police brutality may have caused a black man named George Floyd to lose his life by using over aggressive force. On Monday May 25, 2020 a man named George Floyd lost his life after police were called by a clerk at Cup Foods reporting that Floyd had used a counterfeit bill to pay for his purchase.

After being approached by an employee of Cup Foods about the use of the counterfeit bill, Floyd refused to reenter the store to talk about the bill in question. According to an article written by Nicholas Burroughs and Jack Healy in Independent, titled “George Floyd: Inside the Minneapolis corner store whose worker made the 911 call that led to his killing,” Floyd was sitting in a car just outside the store when a white police responding to the call arrived. The actions taken by the police in the next few minutes will forever be remembered by all the bystanders watching.

Protest, after protest, after protest, occurred not only in the United States but all over the world. People of all races protested, and continued to protest for justice, and to put an end to all the brutality coming from officers who were hired to protect the people. They were tired of the wrong decisions, the racism, the anger, the lack of training, the way they overreact to situations, and the number of black lives that were being affected by police officers actions.

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Varsity Girls Soccer Coach Comments on Fall Season

By Leaana Khan

Co-Editorials Editor 

Nichole Lainez, Senior
Megan Gould, Senior

Despite numerous challenges this season, Hammond’s Girls Varsity Soccer team is back and is persevering through them all, according to Coach Schaefer. When asked how the season is going so far, Schaefer said, “The season is going well; we are having a lot of fun just being together and getting out to play. We waited a long time for the season to get started and so we are grateful for the time to be playing together. We have learned a lot about each other and have made tremendous progress in terms of our understanding of the game.” She also mentioned the amazing performance of the three captains: seniors Camryn Johnson and Grace Yodzis and junior Laura Keister.

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Cross Country: COVID edition

By Ada Wang

Staff Writer

Photo of Hammond Track, by Wayne Low

As the cross country season comes to a close, some of the members of the team and coaches about this unprecedented season have described how COVID-19 has created new challenges for many high school sports teams.

Mr. Kosisky, a coach with Hammond’s cross country team, discussed some of the challenges, saying that, “The most significant changes and challenges would be preparation, weather, and health concerns due to the pandemic. For example, paying attention to the student’s well-being is more important than ever. We have some athletes that have been running during the pandemic and we had athletes that were not running. We also had some athletes that did not want to join the team this season due to COVID, which we understand. It has been different trying to bring a team together in a short amount of time. However, the students have been awesome and dedicated.” 

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Hammond Cheer Update: Fall Sports Season 2021

By Lydia Jensen 

Co-Editorials Editor 

Pictured above: Hammond Cheer Team in Fall 2020. Photo provided by Bella Deblasio. 

This fall season, Hammond’s varsity cheerleading has continued and the team will be present to cheer at every home football game, but is restricted from cheering at away games for now. Cheerleaders are still allowed to cheer, stunt, and tumble, but must wear a mask at all times and sign in. 

In addition to this, the schedules for the games are very flexible and change often because of the pandemic, and the best way to know what games are next is to keep in contact with athletes and their coaches because of their tendency to change. 

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A Closer Look at Hammond’s Project Linus Chapter

By Halimah Kargbo

Features Editor

A Project Linus meeting from the 2020-2021 school year

Hammond’s Project Linus chapter is a club dedicated to not only community service, but also to building friendships and camaraderie. Meetings, which occur over Google Meet every Tuesday at 3 pm, are a safe and comfortable space for Hammond students to come and engage in various discussions or activities.

“People don’t really understand that we don’t want to just be the club that can get you some quick service hours,” senior Feben Abiy says. “We essentially want to be a place for students to just vent and be creative; sometimes we watch shows/movies, give each other advice, or just encourage people to come and socialize.”

Feben is the president of Project Linus this year and shares insights into how the club has had to change due to the new virtual environment.

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A preview into Hammond softball

By Jordan Rodriguez 

Staff Editor

2019 County Championship win against Mt. Hebron High School

With no 2020 season, the Hammond Varsity softball team is still the reigning County Champions (2019 County Champions)  and they are looking to continue as the County champs. The softball team is led by the Varsity coach Mr. Russell Kovach, who has been a part of Hammond’s amazing softball program going on three years now and is a biology teacher at Hammond. As of 2020, the softball team has added a new member to the coaching staff Ms. Anna Pallozzi, who is a middle school teacher and another great leader in the softball program. She is currently the Junior Varsity coach.  

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Hammond Field Hockey: Returning to play after a year in the pandemic

By Lizzy Hughes 

Staff Writer

Photo of Varsity Field Hockey 2021 seniors

With fall sports starting in Howard County, Hammond Field Hockey is in the middle of their season. COVID-19 has brought many challenges for many players on the team, but the Hammond Varsity team continues to improve from their last season.

This year Hammond only had enough players for one varsity team, but all of the players have worked hard to win several games so far.

Hammond’s Varsity head coach Abell states: “The season is going great, especially for a pandemic. The team is having fun and making improvements as we make our way through the season. COVID-19 has definitely impacted the way practices run, but we warm up separately to comply with social distancing. We also do more individual prep, and the girls are excited to be out and having fun playing the sport they enjoy.” 

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Hammond Dramastics: A Night of Improv Games and Fun

By Isabel Sinnott

A&E Editor

From hammondhightheatre.com, the cover for the March Dramastics performance

The Hammond Dramastics group had its most recent performance two weeks ago on March 17. They performed on Zoom; the new virtual format providing new difficulties and challenges from how it used to be performed in person.

Dramastics is an improv group that any student at Hammond can audition for where a group of students plays fun improv games for the audience. There are a variety of games that they play, from guessing games to versions of charades to games that require participation from the audience. 

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Should you Play: League of Legends

League of Legends is one of the most famous and infamous video games currently played today. A lot of people have strong opinions on this game, but how is it really?

By Eric Porco

Anime Editor 

(Image Credit: Riot Games)

League of Legends is a 2009 multiplayer online battle arena (or MOBA, for short) video game by the studio Riot Games. In the video game, five players control “Champions”, a set of characters with unique abilities, as they face off against another five players on the opposing side of a map with their own selection of Champions. The objective of the game is to destroy the opposing team’s towers, and eventually their “Nexus”, or base.

The game has broken numerous records in Esports and even video game history in general. At multiple points over the game’s lifespan, it has been reported as the most popular online multiplayer game on the market, purporting millions of concurrent players. For nearly a decade since the game’s release, the popular streaming service “Twitch.tv” has seen the viewer count for people playing the game maintain itself near or at the top very consistently.

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Hammond High School’s Return to Golf

By Bella Kaguyutan 

Staff Writer

Pictured left to right: William Liguori, Connor Walls, Caleb Hewitt, Ryan deLeon, Ashleigh Louie, Sarah Meklir, Ella Raley. Image Source: Bob de Leon.

Throughout the past year, sports from local to pro have taken a major hit. This year, spring sports across the country return after canceled or heavily modified seasons last year.

In Howard County, fall sports are starting well past their typical start date. Along with all other Hammond High School sports, golf has had many limitations put into place.  

Prior to COVID-19, both boys and girls golf teams would meet at least once per week. They would also play every team within the county sending four boys and four girls to each match. This season rather than the typical four, only two players from each team are being sent to each match.

Like all sports within Howard County, the golf team is playing far fewer matches in comparison to a regular season. Since only one team is permitted onto the course at a time this season, practices are limited to once a week at the driving range and one match per week.  

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