Hanover High Prepares for Homecoming this Weekend
This Saturday night dances will be reintroduced into the Hanover High community. The Homecoming dance will be the first dance since the ‘White Out’ last November. Dances had been suspended after Principal Campbell expressed concerns regarding the conduct of students before and after dances.
These concerns have led the HHS faculty to work on creating a safe dance environment for students, encouraging different types of dancing and music. In an email to the student body, Principal Campbell reminded the student body that all school rules are will be in effect and there will be chaperones and a Hanover Police Officer. The email began with the statement: “Dances are both a wonderful social event and a place where some students can make poor choices.” In the email, Principal Campbell also wrote that he has been working with both Junior and Senior leadership to make Homecoming better than it’s ever been before.
As a result of the changes outlined by Principal Campbell and the work done by the upperclassmen leadership, students seem to be hopeful about the state of dances: “I think that as long as people respect each other, people will have more fun,” said one 10th grader, “I feel like people are more open to going this year because of the efforts that have been made to make it safe.”
This year’s Homecoming dance is open to all grades and is advertised as a semi-formal, although the organizers have emphasized that people should wear whatever they feel comfortable wearing. Tickets are $10 when you bring a canned food item, and $15 if you don’t.
In addition to the dance, the weekend will be filled with numerous homecoming games. The boys varsity soccer team will play Manchester Memorial at 4 PM on Merriman-Branch field. This will be followed at 7 PM by the homecoming football game, where the undefeated Marauders will face Merrimack Valley. On the girls’ side, the varsity volleyball team will be playing Pelham at 6:30 in the gym. On Saturday, girls field hockey will play Windsor at 11 am, followed by girls varsity soccer, who will play Kingswood at 6 PM.