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Officer Smith Enforces HoCo’s New Policy 9209

Claire O’Rourke

Features  Editor

As of 22 March 2019, policy 9209 was implemented and began to be enforced across Howard County schools.

Better known as the “Disciplinary Measures for Student-Committed Traffic Violations” policy, this protocol is the newest addition to Howard County policies, and has already begun its enforcement across HoCo schools.

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HCPSS Announces 13th Grade

Tori Vander Putten

Back-page editor

HCPSS Board of Education has come together and decided to make a major change to the high school system; there will be a 13th grade, meaning that there will be five years of high school. Following the successful pattern of the Wallowa County School System in Oregon and Grästorp in Sweden, Hammond High School will be the pilot school for the county and the students in the class of 2022 will be the first ‘thirteeniors’ to graduate.


13th grade photoshopped (1)Research has shown that most seniors either do not receive admission from their top schools or they do not believe that they are ready for college so they take a gap year. In order to decrease the amount of students who deal with either of these obstacles Hammond’s 13th grade will provide classes that are focused on preparing students for life beyond high school. Mr. Seibel, the ninth grade administrator, noted that the fifth year of high school “will include English 13 and Advanced Algebra GT for all students as a way to prepare students for a technology-driven world.” Before the entire county switches to this program HCPSS has decided to select Hammond as the dry-run because it was chosen as the School of Opportunity last year and this is an opportunity to improve the school, the county, and even the state.

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Mr. Seibel Named Maryland Assistant Principal of the Year!

By: Laura Mosier

In-Depth Editor

John Seibel, Hammond’s 9th Grade Administrator, was awarded with the Maryland Assistant Principal of the Year for the 2017-2018 school year. The Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals Executive Director Scott Pfeifer held the formal celebration in honor of John Seibel. There was also a celebration at Hammond after school on October 3rd that was attended by former Hammond Principal Marcy Leonard.

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Mr. Seibel has worked at Hammond for seven years, and he loves working with all the people that are a part of our Hammond community.“[The] School is awesome, [the] committee is awesome, [and there are] great kids. It’s a place where kids appreciate what you do for them and you want to do more for kids.” He genuinely enjoys his job and wants to help the students and staff. He works overtime to make sure everyone’s needs are met, and his hard work is appreciated and rewarded.

  Many students have directly benefited from the efforts of Mr. Seibel. Senior Sara Swanson, has known Mr. Seibel throughout all of her time at Hammond. She said, “He genuinely cares about each and every student in the school… He will always say hello in the hallway and ask how your day is going.” Sara is not the only student that thinks Mr. Seibel is an irreplaceable part of the school.

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Hammond’s Cross Country Runs Strong Through the Season

By: Claire O’Rourke and Carlos O’Ryan
Staff Writers

Hammond’s Cross Country Runs Strong Through the Season

Hammond’s very own Cross Country team has been having a fantastic season! Over the course of the fall, the runners have all improved their times and ran strong, setting

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 personal records in their latest meet, and taking races against other teams throughout their season.

Coach Kosisky offered kind words and optimism on the season that unfolded under his first year of coaching. “ [The] season has been great overall. There’s definitely room for improvement, but in terms of the kids improving over the course of the season, they absolutely have.” Continue reading

How Hammond High’s Student-Athletes Have Prepared for Recruitment in College Athletics

By: Taylor Liguori
Staff Writer

The process of recruitment for a student-athlete is more than one would expect and is a rather tedious multi-step process. For each athlete, the process may vary a littlebit, but in the end there is a similar way that everyone goes about it. Seniors Tyler Walters and Mathias O’Neil had a similar experience to one another in the recruitment process with Senior Imani Reid’s varying in slight ways.

O’Neil’s process began in spring of his freshman year when he decided to become serious about recruitment and playing in college. “I started by putting together game film and I emailed the coaches the film with my team, some of my stats and my GPA.” The way that O’Neil went about this is much like most athletes do. The “unwritten” written rule of getting coaches attention is to email them like an annoying little bug and send them as many videos and emails as possible of game film and good plays.

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Senior, Mathias O’Neil playing soccer for Hammond’s Varsity team.

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New Coach, New Experience: Girl’s Soccer Face Positive Changes with Coach Mo

By: Tori Vander Putten
Staff Writer

Last May, Mr. Lerner informed the girls Varsity soccer team that Hammond English teacher Ms. Motaung would be taking over as coach in the following year. She has 20 years of playing experience and 12 years of coaching experience under her belt. When returning players heard about this change, they were nervous but excited. Sophomore Ana Coman commented on this transition, “I was interested because we were going to get new experiences and try to build our team differently than we did last year.”

Due to last year’s record and the fact that this is Ms. Motaung’s second year at Hammond she described her feelings as “nervicited.” Ms. Motaung was passionate about the sport, but concerned about striking a balance with teaching. “I thought it was going to be a lot with teaching and coaching, which I’ve never done before, but I was actually really excited to get back into soccer. And I wanted to help build the program here.” Although it has only been about a month and a half the team has improved since walking in on the first day of tryouts. The team defeated Meade 1-0 and lost to Atholton 1-9 which is an improvement from their 0-10 loss last year.

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Pictured is Hammond’s Girls Varsity Soccer Team

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