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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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Arm Wrestling Inducted as Varsity Winter Sport

Troy Kelly

Staff Writer

IMG_1620.jpgStarting next year there will be a new winter sport coming to Howard County; arm wrestling will officially be considered a Hammond varsity sport. There has been a lot of argument as to whether arm wrestling could officially be embraced as a league and be played throughout the county but after much argument the board has allowed arm wrestling to be a sport played by all schools throughout the county.

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Hammond Provides Opportunities for Students With Special Needs

Claire O’Rourke

Features Editor

Hammond has long been providing opportunities for its students with special needs, but for the 2018-2019 school year, educators and students have worked together to expand the opportunities that are offered.

This school year has seen the return of the well-loved Best Buddies program, along with additions of brand new opportunities for students with special needs like the Book Buddies program and the ALS Coffee Delivery Service.

Best Buddies, a club where students in special education programs can meet with fellow Hammond students and participate in fun thematic activities, started a new chapter this year that proved to be the club’s revival. After a few years of the club’s absence, Senior Katie Rees saw a chance for the club to come back, and quickly sprung into action.

“I saw a huge need for it. There are a ton of incredible students with special needs at Hammond, and a ton of people I know are very interested in being friends, so I think what we needed was a space where we could all be together and just have fun and make friendships, so I wanted to be a part of that—to initiate that,” Rees shared.

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Netflix Review: The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Cassandra Areola

Staff Writer

On October 26 of 2018, Netflix released an original series, “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”. They released ten thrilling episodes.

The story originated from Archie Comics, and, throughout the years, more versions of the comic have been passed on, for example like the show Sabrina the Teenage Witch which premiered in 1987. “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” is the new and improved version of the last remakes of the show that took place. The plot is about a teenage girl in Greendale, who is half witch and half mortal.

On her sixteenth birthday, Halloween, there has to be a dark baptism in order for her to embrace her inner witch. In order to confirm her full commitment to being a witch, she has to pledge in The Book of the Beasts. Signing her name in the book entitled that she will always stay loyal to the Dark Lord, and he will always have authority over her.

However, by agreeing with his rules, she would have to leave her best friends and her beloved boyfriend without telling them about her other life.

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District V Athletic Director of the Year: Coach Mike Lerner

Taylor Liguori

Sports Editor

Coach Mike Lerner has won the award for District V Athletic Director for the 2018-2019 school Year, and students definitely think it was well-deserved!  He cares more about his athletes and players than most people could ever hope for. His caring yet witty personality is just one of the things that makes him loved by so many.  W!

Coach Lerner has impacted the lives of so many and his athletes have nothing but respect for him and his genuine caring attitude towards them, whether it be on the court, on the field, or in the classroom. Senior Jordan Davis knows how deserving Coach Lerner is of this award saying, “He truly cares about his athletes. He is one of the kindest people I have ever met and has helped me throughout my athletic career.” Being a hardworking father and husband, Lerner still puts all he has into his job and it truly shows. Coach Lerner shows to his athletes that they are always the priority and he makes it known that he is always in their corner.

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Bring It On: Cheerleaders Prepare for Competitions

By:Uma Ribeiro and Casandra Arreola
Staff Writers

Hammond’s Cheerleading team spotted some great moves over the past month at various football games, and they are nowhere near over yet! With the end of the Pep Rally, parade and Homecoming Game just two weeks ago, the girls are more ready than ever to work together to spot some new routines and perform in two competitions at the end of this month.

When the music came on and the cheer team came out at the pep rally, the crowd of Hammond Students began cheering louder than the speakers booming with music, whether cheering for their friends on the squad, or just excitement from seeing the team perform.

The group was recognized at the pep rally, with many upperclassmen and a few freshmen on varsity, before giving an astounding performance, with several counts and stunts in which two bases threw a teammate into the air.

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Hammond Boys Varsity Soccer goes into Playoffs Strong

By: Molly Schreier
Staff Writer

There were twenty five minutes left in the half.  Hammond was down 3-0 to Oakland Mills.  Most of the student section had left at halftime to attend the football game at Reservoir high school.  It quickly became clear that they should not have left:  Hammond scored three goals before the end of the half, and held Oakland Mills to a 3-3 tie after two ten-minute halves of overtime.  Those that stayed were happy with their choice.

Hammond ended the county season with a strong record: 7-5-2 (wins-losses-ties) overall, 5-4-2 in county–the best record for Hammond for over five years.  Hammond leads the county in goals scored, with 56 goals, most by forward duo Brennan Reamer and Anderson Mejia Marroquin.  Notable wins include a 5-3 win over Mount Hebron, last year’s county champs, and a win over Reservoir. Continue reading