Category: In-Depth

Theme Day Winners

Congratulations to our winners for Theme Day!

1st Place: Skeleton Siren


Cade Delker

2nd Place: The Boat


Hannah Wehermeister and Mandi Bhatt

3rd Place: The Army Men


Jade Ridgell, Taylor Ligouri, and Amanda Weirich


Cartoon Day: Told Through Tweets

Our top three winners for Cartoon day were:

1st Place: The Simpsons

2nd Place: Kim Possible

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Tiger Johnson

3rd Place: Rugrats


Taylor Owens, Makayla Buecker, Julia Fato, Sarah Hitman, Angell Al-Yaseri, Sophie Baldwin

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Twin Day: Best Dressed

On Tuesday, Hammond went all out and pieced together their best twin costumes. Here are the top three winning costumes:

1st Place: The Oompa Loompas

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Mansa Asiedu, Mandi Bhatt, Jessica Welsh, Hannah Wehrmeister, Aleah Eschman, Isabelle Dyson, Grace Lee, Kayla Sharp, Maya Harris, Crystal Mwende, Olivia Phillips, Albert King, Emily Vandervelden, Journey Drew, Sunjana Patel

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Spirit Week 2017 Information

By Aidan Borsh Caitlin Pettengill
Staff Writers 

Spirit Week Days:

  • Thursday 10/5- Hammond Pride Day
  • Friday 10/6- Wacky Tacky Day
  • Monday 10/9- Twin Day
  • Tuesday 10/10- Cartoon Character Day
  • Wednesday 10/11- College Gear Day
  • Thursday 10/12- Class Theme Day
  • Friday 10/13- Class Color Day


  • Wednesday 10/4:
    • Juniors v. Seniors PowderPuff Game 6-7pm
  • Monday 10/9:
    • Eating Contest at Buffalo Wild Wings 5-8pm
    • Start of Hall Decorating
  • Wednesday 10/11:
    • Battle of the Classes 7-9pm
    • PSAT Day/ Senior “Skip” Day
  • Friday 10/13:
    • Senior Breakfast Tailgate 7-7:20am
    • Pep Rally during school
  • Saturday 10/14:
    • Pancake Breakfast 8-10am
    • Parade 10-11:30am
    • Football Game v. River Hill 12-2pm
    • Homecoming Dance 7-10


Hammond Student Profile: Tony Terrasa

By Kristina Dombek
Staff Writer

Achieving first in the class is one of the most honorable titles one can achieve after their high school career. The class of 2017’s valedictorian is Tony Terassa who, for some years, achieved a 5.0 weighted GPA. This means that during those years he only had Honors, G/T, or AP level courses.

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Tony Terassa performs on his saxaphone at Turf Valley for a Hammond Jazz Combo. Photo Credit: Twitter

If any students are looking to achieve first in their class, some advice Tony would give would be “do all of your work. You definitely learn from doing your homework and don’t settle for turning something in that you’re not proud of.” This may seem obvious, but according to Tony, this is the main way to achieving this honor, so people should not look past this easy step. Although he has not always wanted to be valedictorian, he has always shot for A’s. According to an article on, “many schools rank students purely by GPA. But how this key measurement is determined is an open question. Some schools give you bonus points for taking harder classes – potentially giving an advantage to students who enroll in AP and other advanced classes.”

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Real-World Experience: Hammond’s Intern Mentor Students Explore a Variety of Fields

By: Holly Nanan
Staff Writer

Hammond High School students are again pursuing the opportunity to gain experience in real-world situations in a variety of fields by participating in the Intern/Mentor program. As a part of Ms. Lerner’s G/T program, Intern/Mentor is a class offered at Hammond that gives students the opportunity to both research a subject they are interested in as well as gain hands-on experience interning for a professional in that field.

Students at Hammond are pursuing a variety of internships this year and are very excited to go out and explore the career or field they plan on entering later in life. Students are going to internships ranging from John Hopkins, law offices, and Kinder Mender to working with district attorneys and graphic designers.

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