Friday, June 19, 2009


Hanover High's graduating seniors enjoyed two days of well-deserved praise, prizes, diplomas and an all-night substance-free party at the school. Click "read more" to see their plans after graduation.

Sterling Alden, University of Vermont
Mia Alvarenga, Undecided
Drew Anderson, Undecided
St. John L. Arnold, Community College of Vermont
Michael L. Balch, University of New Hampshire
Trevor Barlowe, Haverford College
Jason P. Barry, Lehigh University
Elizabeth Kelly BelBruno, Smith College
David Nathan Bernstein, Bowdoin College
Joseph Blum, University of New Hampshire
Slayton Hurst Bourdon, Victoria University of Wellington
Kelsey Brisson, Colorado State University
Emily Bristol, Undecided
Claire Louise Brown, The Evergreen State College
Harrison D Brown, Champlain College
Coriander J Burns, Brandeis University
Henry Caldwell, University of New Hampshire
Daniel J Carr, Chapman University
Daniel John Carroll, Parsons School of Design, New School University
Duncan Carroll, University of Montana, Missoula
Victoria Anne Chaltain, Vassar College
Kathryn Anne Chobanian, Kenyon College
Charles Ciambra, Undecided
Zachary Alan Clark, University of Hartford
Robert John Collier, Dartmouth College
Ryan L Collins, Dartmouth College
Jeffrey David Colt, Middlebury College
Caitlin M Connelly, Coastal Carolina University
Connor Preston Copeland, Bucknell University
Gregory Corwin, Undecided
Carly Frances Coulter, University of Pittsburgh
Anne Lauren Cravero, Bates College
Taylor N. Crawford, Hofstra University
Rachel Croitoru, University of Pittsburgh
Megan Cronkite, University of Victoria
Rhys Cyrus, Norwich University
Stephen Edward Dacey, Boston College
Kevin M. Dade, Stanford University
Matthijs F. de Muinck, Simon Fraser University
Stephen L. Desaulniers, The University of Montana, Missoula
Regan C. Dewhirst, University of Vermont
Caroline Dodge, Wellesley College
Patrick Doherty, playing hockey
Cecilia M Dolph, Brandeis University
Sarah Catherine Donahue, Tulane University
Natalie Donnelly, Colorado College
Brendan Donohue, Ithaca College
Molly Drazin, Early Graduate/ UVM
Oscar Erickson, Exchange Student
Jessica Fedorko, High Point University
Andrew Flickinger, University of New Hampshire
Emmett Frank, Undecided
Alexander Franzoni, Southern Maine Community College
Samuel Gray Freihofer, The University of Montana, Missoula
Beryl R. Glick Frishtick, University of Vermont
Yukun Gao, Brown University
Lou Gemunden, Reed College
Brett Ashleigh George, Salve Regina University
Catherine Gordon, Middlebury College
Aviva Joy Gottesman, University of Vermont
Delaney Granizo-Mackenzie, Princeton University
Dillon A. Gregory, St. Lawrence University
Tyler J. Hagen, West Virginia University
Cassandra Hamel, NH Technical College - NHTI
Axel R. Hansen, Harvard University
Christian H. Harris, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Jacob D. Harris, Vassar College
Leah Ann Harvey, Texas A&M University
Piper E. Haskell, Dickinson College
Parker C. Hatch, The University of Montana, Missoula 2010
Sarah Healy, Sarah Lawrence College
Cecilia K. Heaney, Chapman University
Maxwell Hogue, Colby College
Jessica L. Hoh, Keene State College
Andrew Robert Holzberger, University of Vermont
Claire (Taylor) Hornig, Dartmouth College
Carson Hubbard, Colorado Mountain College – Alpine
Katherine Huppert, Early Graduate – Gap Year
Constantine Hutchins, Undecided
David W. Ivey, University of New Hampshire
Leah S. Izenson, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Christoper E. Jayne, Bowdoin College
Jessica A. Jodoin, Keene State College
Margaret K. Johnson, Sweet Briar College
Nicholas James Johnston, Undecided
Kenneth E. Jones, Syracuse University
Hannah Kazal, Reed College
Devin M. Kehler, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Alexander Kelley, Wesleyan University
William James Kermond, The Evergreen State College 2010
Ruby Kett, Mount Holyoke College
Caroline King, Syracuse University
James Knight, USHL Hockey team
Martha Koch, Northwestern University
Josef Kracik, Exchange Student
Pierson Krass, Lehigh University
Peter Kraus, The Evergreen State College 2010
Rianna Lane, High Point University
Trevor B. Leeming, University of New Hampshire
Rosalie Lipfert, Dartmouth College
Markus O. Lithell, Williams College
Jessica S. Liu, Brown University
Erin M. Lyden, Elon University
Alejandra Manheimer, Plymouth State University
Lucas McGovern, Utica College
Jordan Emily McIntyre, American University
Jake McLaughlin, Landmark College
Emily McLaughry, University of Vermont
Peter Kimball McNally, Haverford College
Daniel John Morganelli, Champlain College
Erick Msumanje, Hampshire College
Kyle Mullen, Not Reported
David Munday, River Valley Community College
Courtney Sierra Ness, Brandeis University
Kasey Ng, Brooks Institute of Photography
Kelsey Maya Nichols, Skidmore College
Jon Olsen, Sarah Lawrence College
Benjamin Osheyack, St. Edward's University
Yosef Osheyack, Rochester Institute of Technology
Linnea Osterberg, McGill University
Robert Peiffer, University of New Hampshire
Alida Pelli, Smith College
Daniel J. Perovich, Clark University
Miles Peterson, Working
Anna Diamond Polansky, Roger Williams University
Eliza Polli, Swarthmore College
Andrew Powell, Undecided
Margaret Pridgen, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Liam Pushee, Saint Michael's College
Maxwell Harrison Redman, The University of Tampa
Anqi Ren, Case Western Reserve University
Alex John Riehl, United States Merchant Marine Academy
Benjamin M. Rimmer, Elon University
Heidi Robbins, Princeton University
Sarah Robinson, Bates College
Grace Rodriguez, Boston College
Joshua Scott Rombach, Kimball Union Academy
Morgan Boghosian Roth, Colgate University
Jonathan Royce, Saint Michael's College
William D. Russell, University of Vermont
Anthony Salvatoriello, Colby-Sawyer College
Richard Scott Sanderson, Dartmouth College
Anna Schults, Warren Wilson College
Rebekah Rosa Luxon Schweitzer, Oberlin College
Sydney Sealey, Colby-Sawyer College
Katharine Wright Shaw, Middlebury College
Zachary Sheets, Harvard University
Tyler Sherwin, The University of Arizona
Molly Shimko, Connecticut College
Adam Shorey, Working
Grant Simpson, Working
Nick Sinnott-Armstrong, Brown University
William T. Smith, Bard College
Jenna Stedman, Northeastern University
Miriam Subbiah, Carleton College
Austen Sumanis, Gap Year
Christopher Hoffmiester Sweitzer, Fort Lewis College
Zephyr Sylvester, Whitman College
Franklin Taylor, Syracuse University
Michael Anderson Tecca, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Philip Tosteson, Williams College
Nicholas James Tsapakos, Brown University
Yolanda Tselepikakis, University of New Hampshire
Jill Underwood, Quinnipiac University
Sarah Underwood, Roger Williams University
Kyle van Leer, Yale University
Carter Vinson, The University of Montana, Missoula
Dat Vu, Not reported
Heather Wakeman, Villanova University
Savannah Wallace, Brandeis University
Tyler Walz, Southern Maine Community College
Alexandra C. Wantiez-Broehl, Suffolk University
Alexander Washburn, Colby – Sawyer College
William James Watson, University of Maine
Natalie Wheating, University of California at Santa Barbara
Jahn White, Northwestern University
Marc Whittington, Wesleyan University
Rebecca Whittington, Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Miranda Wozmak, University of New Hampshire
Justin Yang, Northeastern University

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My name is Sarah Callaway, class of 2005. Hanover High taught me a lot of great skills that I continue to use, and ones that helped me at St. Lawrence University: time management, great writing skills and a strong work ethic. But I think the greatest thing that I learned at Hanover was how to look beyond the Upper Valley "bubble." The education that I received at Hanover and which I continued at St. Lawrence helped to push me in the direction of my next step in life. After graduating from St. Lawrence this past May, in August I am leaving for a year-long internship with Grassroot Soccer, Inc.

GrassrootSoccer is an organization that works to educate children in Africa about HIV/AIDS awareness, using soccer: soccer drills, games and team building activities. It is an amazing cause, and I am so excited for this internship. While I am still uncertain of what country I will be placed in (Zambia, South Africa or Malawi), or what work I will be doing exactly, I know that this will be a life-altering experience. I am beyond excited, but I am also overwhelmed by the hurdles which need to be crossed as well. As this is an unpaid internship, I hope to raise $12,000 to support myself for the year. This money will cover general expenditures as well as travel to and from Cape Town, South Africa. While this amount of money may be daunting, I am confident that I can reach my goal through the support of family, friends and other resources in the Upper Valley and beyond.

I would greatly appreciate any support that you can provide, be it well-wishes, contacts or suggestions of organizations and people to reach out to, or any advice that you may have about traveling abroad and working towards and AIDS/HIV free world. Even a small donation goes a long way. Also, please visit my blog too, to stay updated on my work and experiences ( You can also donate online through my blog site -- very secure).

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Monday, June 15, 2009


HHS sophomore Holly Bernal won a national award from DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) for the public service announcement video she made about the dangers of abusing prescription drugs. Hanover High was cited by the Los-Angeles-based organization along with another high school and two middle schools out of 93 schools that submitted their public service videos.

DARE's citation to the four winners read: "Your talented efforts were appreciated and impressed D.A.R.E. America and our judges. Your interpretations of the prescription and over-the-counter abuse problem were unique and stood above all of the others. From the on-site filming to the editing, design and copying, your professionalism and creativity were superior in their quality and evident talent.

"Plans are underway for the videos to be made available to schools nationwide. We plan to run the different winners on and produce them for use in schools, doctors’ offices and pharmacies. Your good work has enabled D.A.R.E. America to reinforce the important message of preventing abuse of prescription and over-the-counter medicines."

Holly writes: "I wanted to demonstrate how to make Public Service Announcements for the children's video camp that I will be working at this summer. I ended up getting the job at the camp because of the March Intensive I did at HHS last year, which was Broadcast News." March Intensive is a four-day series of classes outside the regular curriculum which all HHS students take.

Click here to see the award-winning video, starring Holly.

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Thursday, June 11, 2009


Patty Armstrong of the Music Department writes: Eleven HHS senior musicians gave a special concert on June 2 attended by their families and friends in the community. The evening featured seniors who had spent much time and energy in extra study and excelled on their instruments. The program included Marc Whittington on piano, playing a Brahms ballade; Jahn White, French horn, playing a Beethoven sonata accompanied by HHS teacher Jeanne Chambers on piano; Rebecca Whittington singing a Messiah aria accompanied by Jeanne Chambers; Danny Carroll performing Rachmaninoff on piano; Zach Sheets and Chris Jayne perfoming a flute trio with Heidi Baxter; duo Alex Kelly, piano, and Markus Lithell, alto sax, playing a jazz rendition of My Funny Valentine.

Several students performed with HHS String Orchestra accompaniment: Anna Schults and Rebekah Schweitzer performed a Vivaldi concerto for two cellos; Savannah Wallace, violin, played Bartok's Rumanian Folk Dances; and Zach Sheets was featured in Vivaldi's Concerto in C major for Piccolo. Senior parents sponsored a reception following the concert to honor all the musicians, several of whom plan to pursue musical careers.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009


Senior Tony Salvatoriello from Hanover, NH is Hanover High's Student of the Month for June. Tony is not only an excellent student and a hard worker but he is also a talented musician, dedicated athlete, and a kind and respectful individual. This year Tony has maintained his excellent grades while at the same time swimming on the Varsity team, playing the lead "Danny" in the North Country Community Theater's production of "Grease," and playing the "Beast" in HHS's spring musical "Beauty and the Beast." Tony plans to major in nursing at Colby-Sawyer College.

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Friday, June 5, 2009


Ginger Vieira, class of 2004, answers questions for young diabetics like herself on a blog called Diabeteens. ( This profile comes from her site.

Hey Everybody! Last spring I graduated from Champlain College in Burlington VT with a degree in professional writing. I am also a Certified Personal Trainer and an Ashtanga yoga instructor. I teach 6 to 8 yoga classes a week, train clients of every age (from 19 to 77 years old, male and female), and I am also personally training in body building and have gained about 15 pounds of muscle in the past year. I absolutely love it!

I’ve had Type 1 diabetes for ten years (diagnosed when I was 13). Exercise and healthy nutrition have become a crucial part of my diabetes care. When I began training rigorously in bodybuilding/weight-training, and following a very clean nutrition plan, my diabetes care became so much more manageable because my body became more efficient. I needed less insulin and I treated myself kindly with healthy behavior!

Diabetes has added so many more positive things to my life than negative. I’ve met awesomely incredible people through having this disease, and I’ve learned so much more about my body and about health than most people without a chronic illness usually have to. But diabetes ain’t easy! I believe the most important part of living with diabetes is to have a positive attitude, because while it’s hard, it’s not the worst thing that could happen. Diabetes has never kept me from being just as happy as anyone else. In fact, I think some of us know how to have more fun than people who don’t have a chronic illness! It’s all about your attitude.

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Thursday, June 4, 2009


Industrial Technology teacher Dave Holloway writes: Students from Hanover, Thetford and Windsor joined together for a field trip to Pinkerton Academy in Derry, NH last week to see world-renowned wood turners. The symposium, which was sponsored by the New Hampshire Guild of Woodworkers (, allowed the students to see various products being turned (the term used when a lathe is used to make the product). We saw bowls, candelabras, spinning tops of all sizes, and handles of all sorts being made by the experts. Among the 24 craftsmen demonstrating were Al Stirt,
whose work has been exhibited at the American Craft Museum and the White House Permanent Collection, and Mark St. Leger, currently on the faculty of art schools in Tennessee, North Carolina and New Jersey. The Guild organized a youth symposium for high-school students.

Since we have returned one student has made a white oak candelabra and is starting her second. The students from Hanover were Jordan Call, Kristian Grant, Kyle Castillo, Ines Kruger, Chris Washburn, Gabe Lambie, Gus Griffin and Tom Slater.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009


During the Megaconcert on May 27, art students in grades 9-12 displayed their work from classes in Design, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture and Photography 1 and 2.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009


"Oh, that my words were written! Oh, that they were inscribed in a book! Oh, that with an iron pen and lead they were graven in the rock forever!" (Book of Job 19:23-24)

The 2009 Pen of Iron is out. Hanover High's literary magazine carries poems, stories, essays, drawings and photographs by 13 students and two teachers. It's available in the atrium Fridays during activity period, and in Room 214. The cost is $5.00.

Cover photo by Nick Sinnott-Armstrong.


by Clara Lipfert, class of 2012


fingers press keys music flutters
wrong notes like broken china right notes broken chords
familiar then
foreign right
plays alone simple melody stumbling like cold sweet plums
i lift my left hand

i am
swimming music stream against
the current low notes rocks resist
the current

my breath is the press of
the pedal limber
legs limbs white keys fingers half notes click
chest heaves heart pounds
simple melody

i lift my left hand

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In the Dining Hall Before Dinner
by Anna Schults, class of 2009

This is the best way
to listen to classical music,

In this room with
a few people chatting,
the clink of setting tables,
and the late afternoon light
coming in the windows just so
across the old piano.

Not in a stuffy concert hall
sitting stiff next to strangers
sweating in uncomfortable suits,
so far from the musicians,
minuscule up on stage.

No, this is the way to listen,
leaning against the wall
looking out across the mountains
feeling the vibrations through the hand
I’ve placed so carelessly
on the scarred top
of the piano.

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Monday, June 1, 2009


Faculty Advisor Andrea Alsup writes: The Senior Bridges Interdisciplinary Project is an opportunity for second semester seniors to work on an intensive project of their own choosing. Seniors are invited to engage in independent study projects in any subject area(s) extending beyond the boundaries of our current curriculum. Although projects can be in any area of student interest, each will require that the student research the topic, work with a community mentor, write a substantial amount, create a tangible project illustrating what was learned/accomplished, and prepare a presentation about the topic for a class or panel of community members, students, and teachers. Credit areas and course hour commitments will be determined on an individual basis, depending upon the scope of the project as defined by students in their application forms.

Please call Andrea Alsup, English teacher and Bridges advisor:
at Hanover High: 603-643-3431 x2201
at home: 802-222-3372

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The process:

Senior Bridges Project at Hanover High involves three phases and many skills:

The Paper: Acquisition of knowledge. The student learns about a topic by observing, researching, interviewing and writing.

The Project: Application of knowledge. With the help of a community mentor and a teacher-advisor, the student participates in a project—resulting in a tangible product or an experience, or both.

The Presentation: Synthesis of knowledge. The student presents findings to an HHS class or to a panel consisting of the community members, teachers, and students.

Why do it?

Senior Bridges offers graduating seniors several educational possibilities:

1. An opportunity to design and pursue their own courses of study for a range of 1-5 semester credits.

2. An opportunity to practice independent study—scheduling and time management-with an advisor.

3. An opportunity to work with a community mentor/expert.

What else?

As well as allowing students to design what, where, when and how they study in the last semester of their senior years, Bridges allows students to demonstrate mastery of the skills a graduating senior should have:

1. To gather and analyze information

2. To speak and write clearly

3. To make connections among past, present, and future events

4. To solve problems

5. To work cooperatively

6. To transfer skills between one discipline and another

Email address:__________________



1. What is your topic? Try to define it in a few sentences.

2. Have you identified a potential community mentor? If so, who? Have you met?

3. In what ways might your project be connected to career possibilities for you?

4. What do you already know about the topic? How will it constitute new learning for you?

5. What are the primary questions you hope to answer? (What do you want to learn?)

6. What kinds of research (people, media, print) will you need?
(Bibliography here)

7. What kind of writing would result from your research? For example:

*A traditional research paper proving a thesis: “The Abstract artists of the fifties owe more to scientific breakthroughs of the 19th century than to the artistic ones.” OR
*A report with graphics and annotated bibliography” “The design and building of the Ledyard Bridge.” OR
*A reflective account of your project: what happened, what you learned, what new questions are now raised for you: “A month working with terminally ill children.” OR
*Another form designed by you, to fit your needs.

8. What is your project? Try to define what you hope to achieve in a few sentences.

9. How are writing and project related?

10. Will it cost money? How much? (If community service is involved, some scholarship funding may be available).

11. Will your project involve other students? If so, how?


12. What preliminary ideas do you have for your final presentation?


13. Topics and projects will be considered on an individual basis, but if you are requesting a semester credit, bear in mind that one hundred and twenty hours of instructional time are necessary for a one semester course, and plan research, writing, and project accordingly. How much time do you estimate you will spend on each segment?

14. How much (e.g. .5 fine arts or .5 English) and what kind of credit are you requesting?

15. Are you requesting release time from classes? Explain:

Please answer these questions and then review them with A. Alsup. Thanks.

Bridges Timeline:

A. September-end Oct: meetings with Ms. Alsup in Room 103 to discuss your project ideas, write and revise proposals.

B. December 15: A written proposal following guidelines given you by Ms. Alsup will be due. You should have a community mentor at this time. Mentor agreement form due.

C. Before holiday break: Your proposal will be reviewed by a representative of each department.

D. January after finals: Begin assembling resources (written, living, electronic).

E. End of January: Party/meetings with community mentors and oral presentation panel members.

F. February: Research/project conferences with Ms. Alsup. Must have calendars and documentation from mentor.

G. March: Research/project conferences with Ms. Alsup. Must have calendars and documentation from mentor.

H. April 1: Q3 Mentor and self-evaluations due, project checkpoint due.

I. May 13: Drafts of papers due. Continue meetings.

J. May 20: Projects complete. Continue meetings.

K. May 23-27: Oral presentation practice with Ms. Alsup and other seniors in project. Continue meetings.

L. May 31: Senior Bridges portfolio (documentation of project, log, final paper, mentor evals. photos, notebooks) due. Continue meetings.

M. May 31-June 3: Oral presentations (20 min. present, 10 min. questions) to school and/or community audience; review of portfolios by Steering Committee.

Deadlines and all meetings are critical. You must meet them or lose credit.


The role of the mentor:

Because every student proposal is different, the role of each mentor will be different.

We do ask that you all observe a few guidelines:

1. Have an initial meeting with your student to review proposals and suggest resources for independent study: people, places, and media.

2. Plan a minimum of four meetings between February and mid-May to answer questions, review papers and projects, and discuss progress in general. Andrea Alsup will be the in-school advisor for the student; we will plan meetings to alternate with mentor meetings.

3. Attend the student’s final presentation (about one half hour, in a class or after school during the week after Memorial Day). If it isn’t possible for you to attend your student’s final presentation, please let your student know as soon as possible. We will ask you to help evaluate the presentation with others- -students, teachers, and community members.

4. Write a mid-semester progress report by April 1 and a final evaluation after the oral presentation.

Please see evaluation forms in the Senior Bridges project handbook. Your student will provide you with stamped, addressed envelopes for mailing.

If you have problems or questions, please call Andrea Alsup:
at Hanover High: 603-643-3431 x2201
at home: 802-222-3372

Thank you very much for your interest in our students.

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