Dan Falcone, who teaches Methods in Science, writes: Here's our demonstration of how a Bunsen burner works. Works pretty well! We used a large model of a burner with a glass tube at the top, fed with propane from the bottom. Students could feed in more or less oxygen by changing the distance between the pipe which brings the propane and the glass tube which holds the fire.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Eleven members of the class of 2010 have been named National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists. They took the Preliminary Scholastic Achievement Test last fall and scored near the top of all high-school juniors. They are now offered the chance to submit personal high-school transcripts and essays which may eventually qualify them as National Merit Scholars. The scholarships are administered by the non-profit National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
Hanover High's semi-finalists are: Connie Emerson, Ellen Irwin, Colby Jantzen, Caroline Ketcham, Forrest Miller, Julia Murdza, Nick O'Leary, Julia Perez, Lily Proom, Allison Schwartz, Aaron Watanabe.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Athletic Director Mike Jackson with some of the 118 championship plaques HHS teams have won since 1968.
When the school reopened in 2006 after renovation it had a hall long enough to display the plaques together. The oldest one mounted is Boys' Soccer Champions from 1968. The oldest girls' plaque is Class A skiing in 1973. All were given to a division winner by the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association. The Athletic Directors included Mike Jackson and current teacher Glyn Reinders.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
In the spring of 2009 eleven seniors in Ms. Kornfeld's Advanced Placement Environmental Science class changed the little-used lawn behind the Guidance Department into the school's first Outdoor Classroom. This year students and teachers are using the all-new stone walk, trees, archway and benches for the first time. The Gardening Club works on the raised perennial beds that border the classroom.
In an opening ceremony the classroom was dedicated to people at HHS who had passed away during recent years, including Industrial Arts teacher Dick Guyer and student James Holley. The class of 2008 left enough money for the stone, gravel, wooden ties, plants and furniture.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
About 70 students and staff ran in the CHAD half-marathon on August 29, a few days after school re-opened. The race raised money for the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth. This year it was called the Hero Half-Marathon because the sponsors wanted to set a world record for the largest number of super-heroes gathered in one place. It was a cold, rainy day but the heroes toughed it out.
These photos show HHS students from the cross-country team, the girls' soccer team and three Batmen.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Last June students in Dr. Mehrbach's physics class took part in the annual competition to see how far they can propel a car on the gym floor powered by the spring of a Victor rat trap. Other physics students built small bridges to exacting load-bearing standards proportional to their sizes.
For 40 years Dr. Mehrbach and his predecessors have sponsored these second-semester projects. Students building cars must measure the energy trapped in the spring in Joules, calculate the "gear ratios" of the wheel and the spring, determine the average acceleration, and interpret other readings. The all-time record-holder is Seth Dunten, class of 1994, whose rat-trap car traveled 363.9 feet.
This year saw the first remote-controlled car, built by Paul Thompson, class of 2010, pictured top right. Other pictures: bridges by Annie Cravero and Sarah Donahue; and by Will Russell and Danny Morganelli, all from the class of 2009.
The best results of spring term 2009:
Rat-trap car: Gunnar Shaw and Cory French: 186.5 feet
Bridge strength/weight ratio: Tyler Hagen, 5.44 pounds per gram.
Just before school ended, other physics students built working catapults and trebuchets.
The catapult built by Mike Balch and Jason Barry earned 1172.9 points for distance and conformance to standards. This was a NEW WORLD RECORD POINT SCORE.
The trebuchet built by Connie Emerson and Kelly Wood earned 947 points and threw its bullet 183.6 feet. These were NEW WORLD RECORDS.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Hanover High's gym is hung with many banners of championship teams, but these are among the ones the school is proudest of: the annual sportsmanship awards voted by the coaches and officials of the New Hampshire coaches' associations.
The NH Football Officials' Association defines its award: "After every varsity football game, the assigned crew completes an evaluation form focusing on three areas -- Sportsmanship, Game Administration, and Facilities. These evaluations are reviewed throughout the season to address any areas of concern. At the end of the season, all evaluations are tabulated and summary results are published. To recognize the schools that have demonstrated the highest standards of Sportsmanship, the Association presents a special banner to the highest-scoring school in each division."
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Teacher Noel (LeBaron) Jenks, HHS 1970, is shown at left in this photo from the Marietta, Georgia, Daily Journal with her present-day Latin student. When Noel came to Hanover with her parents in the 7th grade she had been in six different schools as her family traveled with the Navy. Her father worked at Dartmouth's Thayer School until Noel graduated from HHS, and since then she has earned an MA at Georgia State University and is now enrolled in the Latin PhD program at Florida State University. Another lifelong learner from Hanover High!