By: Molly Schreier
On the evening of Saturday, February 3rd, Hammond’s Music Department hosted their second Annual “Little Night Music,” a cabaret-style event featuring student performers and student staff. As audience members enjoyed performances from the Jazz Band, Chamber Choir, Chamber Music Club, Percussion Ensemble, and small student groups, their food was brought to them by music department students. The evening was hosted by seniors Emma Schreier and Ina O’Ryan, who both performed with several groups as well. Continue reading
By: Molly Schreier
By: Tigerlily Johnson
2017 was a huge year for new music. Most students listen to music often at home, and in the hallways at school. Different types of music can influence how the listener feels, or to focus better. There have been many new successful artists come of age this year, and few bands that were popular years ago have announced new albums. With music being such a huge outlet for people of all ages, we are very excited for future years of music being released. These are just a few of the best albums released in 2018.
By Kylie Potter
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (TLJ), the second installment of the new Star Wars trilogy, will hit theaters on December 15, 2017. Fans have waited with bated breath since The Force Awakens (TFA) first came to theaters in December of 2015, and many showtimes for TLJ have already been sold out since tickets became available on October 9th.
While a teaser trailer for TLJ was uploaded 6 months ago, and a behind the scenes reel was released 3 months ago, the first extended trailer did not premiere until two weeks ago. The trailer, which was showcased at halftime during Monday night football, has many fans speculating about the events that will take place in the upcoming movie.
TFA, which was directed by J.J. Abrams, left off with Rey, the main protagonist of the story, finally tracking down the fabled Luke Skywalker. Her mission was to deliver his lightsaber to him and convince him to come out of exile and help the Resistance defeat the First Order. Continue reading
Around this time last NFL season, fans were burning San Francisco 49ers jerseys with a number 7 and the name “KAEPERNICK” written in bold white letters due to the #TakeAKnee movement. Now, a year later, and with Colin Kaepernick as a free agent, the majority of the NFL stands together to support the #TakeAKnee movement and show the current president and his administration that they are united. The movement began when Kaepernick decided to “take a knee” last season while the National Anthem was performed at a football game. His reasoning for the act was to bring awareness to police brutality against African-Americans, and many in the NFL have followed his lead this season. President Trump has made various statements against the #TakeAKnee movement, which has sparked further controversy about the topic.
Congratulations to our winners for Theme Day!
1st Place: Skeleton Siren
2nd Place: The Boat
3rd Place: The Army Men
By: Molly Schreier
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
By: Crystal Mwende
On Friday October 27, 2017, the Hammond Varsity Football team will travel across county lines to play Kent County High School. This game was originally supposed to be played against Centennial High School but due to their lack of a varsity team, Kent County was added.
When compared, the two teams are quite similar. Hammond has had a pretty rough season with a record of 0-8 and Kent County’s standings are currently 1-7. Both teams are also relatively small in size.
The Bear Press recently spoke to the captains and coaches of varsity football to gain some insight on their thoughts going into this game. Junior captain, Tayo Ojo, expressed his optimism about the upcoming game. “I feel great about going into this game, it’s an opportunity to show the county that we are not the same team from previous years even though we are playing an out of county team.” The Bears are preparing for Friday by looking over game footage, practicing, and focusing on the goal.
Senior Captain Guy Spring echoed Ojo’s optimism, and reinforced the rededication to football fundamentals that it will take to get a win on the board. “We have the potential to win however it would require people to focus and work harder,” Springer stated.
The Golden Bears have struggled to overcome injuries this season. Currently, junior Tre Smith is officially done for the season due to an arm injury and as for senior William Aung, he is looking forward to possibly playing for the rest of the season after returning from injury last week against Howard.