Arts & Entertainment

Hermon Hawk Art Program Unveils New Instagram Account

By Jazmyn Peabody, Staff Writer / 10/29/2019

unnamed.jpgSocial media is vital in today’s world to keep people up to date on the daily news. Our school has both a Facebook and Instagram account. They stay active on these sites as a way to keep students and parents updated on important information and upcoming events. This has proven to be an effective way to spread the word.

Instagram has been more popular for students to keep up with. That’s why Ms. Shapiro, our talented art teacher, decided to start up an Instagram account for the Hermon Art Program.

Shapiro says, “I started the Hermon Hawks Art Instagram account to showcase the amazing work students are producing in our art department as well as shed some light on the creative process.”

Ms. Shapiro isn’t a stranger to using social media to showcase work. “Last year, I primarily used Facebook to post work and announcements but I found that not many students use the Facebook platform. When I saw the success the Hermon High School Instagram had reaching students and community members, I decided to try it out!”

Having a visual of the art program is important because it shows not just our school, but the whole community what the art program is doing. This is a great way to not only keep parents informed but to inspire other teachers and even artists!

“As more students follow us @hermonhawksart, the visual art program will gain more exposure and students will be able to see the full picture of what goes on in the different arts courses.” 

One thing people don’t realize is how many options there are for art courses. Some of the options are crafts, ceramics, photography, and graphic design. Art classes have also now changed to semester so you have more opportunities to try out more classes. Ms. Shaprio would love for the program to grow.

With the new Instagram, you can see how much there is out there and that there’s something for everyone. I encourage you to go look and follow the account @hermonhawksart. 


Weekly Comic:

By Janae Hewey, Contributing Artist / 10/21/2019

The Walrus and the Weasel


Movie Review: In the Tall Grass (Directed by Vincenzo Natali and Written by Stephen King and Joe Hill)

By Cady Parent, Staff Writer / 10/21/2019

*ATTENTION: SPOILERS*

Last Sunday I watched a new “horror” movie on Netflix. In the Tall Grass is based on the short story by Stephen King and Joe Hill. When my mom described the movie I was kind of excited. But within the first few minutes, I got super bored.220px-In_the_Tall_Grass_poster

I know it takes a few minutes for the movie to get good, but to me, it seemed it never did. I was pretty stoked to watch the movie, as I had never seen a movie like this before. But I felt kind of let down. It was like they were trying to cram as much of the short story into this movie. It was like I was in this suspense but it never came. And there were parts that got confusing.

There was no moment, like in a typical horror movie, where you shout at the T.V “NO! DON’T GO IN THERE!” in a pure rage because the characters are stupid. You can’t really do that since they are in a field, but I was able to shout “NO DON’T EAT YOUR BABY!” as I was so confused. I just sat on the couch thinking “This for some reason, is happening.” I don’t know if she did eat her baby, or some other bloody fleshy thing, it was never clarified, but we can assume it’s the baby. 

The movie starts with a brother-sister duo, the brother named Cal (Avery Whitted) and the pregnant sister, Becky (Laysla De Oliveira). They are in the countryside with only a church on the side of the road. They go into the grass because Tobin (Will Buie Jr.) was calling for help. We also meet Travis (Harrison Gilbertson), the father of the baby. He goes into the grass to find Cal and Becky because they go in when they hear Tobin calling for help. Then Tobin hears Travis calling for him so he goes into the grass.

The grass makes it one big time loop, where everything gets repeated. The first time Becky and Cal go into the grass, we meet Ross (Patrick Wilson) and Natalie (Rachel Wilson) the parents to Tobin and Freddy, the family dog. Tobin brings Cal to this rock in the middle of the field and gets high? Off of touching it?? He tells Cal that Becky is going to die, which is true. We meet Travis, who wants to be with Becky, goes into the grass he gets lost.

The movie seemed to want to go into different directions but then ditched them last minute. Like when Tobin touched the rock the first time and he seemed fine, but then his dad touches it and suddenly he wants to kill everyone in the grass, which makes no sense. Tobin touched the rock too, why didn’t he go on a killing spree?

When Ross goes on his mission to murder everyone, they go to a bowling alley in the grass. In this building, there’s a scene of Travis and Cal fighting, and Travis makes a comment about incest, it’s never mentioned again. Cal lets Travis fall to his “death” but he lives and Cal dies. Then this really weird scene comes where Becky is in and out of consciousness, and the grass is wrapping the unborn baby up, then she’s giving birth, and eating her baby. 

The ending just seemed rushed and sorta made sense.  Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 41% and has mostly good reviews. But I give it 4.5/10. To me, there was no “what’s gonna happen next?” I wasn’t really into the movie, it had a ton of potential but had too many plot holes. The acting was good, and the movie had potential but just lacked it certain spots. 


The Art of Comics: A Brief History and Hermon Press Preview

By David Crisafulli, Staff Writer / 10/21/2019

Comic books have been around for many years and for many people provide an afternoon of fun. While it might be true that comics are not as prominent today as they used to be, comics are still widely used. Like most forms of art, comics are used to convey ideas, show creativity, or provide entertainment. With this year’s edition of the Hermon Press we will be adding a small comic strip along with some articles to provide some entertainment to those who choose to read and write with us. It is because of this that I thought it necessary to inform everyone on a brief history of comics. Comic historians have divided the history of comics into seven different ages; The Victorian Age, the Platinum Age, the Golden Age, The Atomic Age, the Silver Age, the Bronze Age, and the Modern Age.

The Victorian Age of Comics

The first age is called the Victorian Age and this is what most of comic history has been. The Victorian Age contains “comics” that were published in 1646. Benjamin Franklin’s own work is also part of this era. The Victorian Age was the beginning of comics and way back when barely any words were involved. Most comics in this time we mere pictures. Needless to say these were not like the comics we known today. As the years passed the norm for comics changed.

The Platinum Age of Comics

In the late 19th century the Platinum Age began. It is believed to have started with the publication of Richard Outcault’s The Yellow Kid in 1895. In the Platinum Age, word bubbles became a thing and stories become the norm, along with recurring characters. The Platinum Age contains a massive variety of comic strips, which helped develop into what we have come to identify as the modern comic book.

The Golden Age of Comics

In 1938, a major change occurred, with the publication of Action Comics. This comic book featured the first collection of on all new genre. This is the comic book that helped introduce the first appearance of Superman. The Golden Age possibly the greatest time for comic books. It was in the Golden Age that superheroes gained popularity, and because of it many large companies sprung to life. These companies fought teach other to see who could make the most popular superheroes. It is from this that Marvel and DC comics gained power. This came to an end about 1949, as the public and political taste began to change. Most of the superhero titles became less popular and many titles were cancelled.

The Atomic Age of Comics

Following the Golden Age, was the Atomic Age. The Atomic Age was almost the exact opposite of the Golden Age. Instead of Superhumans with unrealistic powers, people wanted to read about crime and horror. Most of the favorites of the Atomic Age were gory stories. These comic books became so edgy that they gained the attention of Senator Estes Kefauver. Kefauver examined the possible link between comic books and violence in kids. Because of this the public’s opinion changed again and caused the cancellation of many great crime and horror books. By 1955, the Atomic Age had pretty much ceased to exist.

The Silver Age of Comics

In 1956 the Editor-in-Chief at DC Comics, Julius Schwartz, sought to revive the popular superheroes that had been so prominent on the Golden Age. With the help of Schwartz friends that also worked at DC Comics, the Flash was reborn. This is marked as an important event in the history of comics, the new Flash paved the way for the rebirth of the superhero. Once Superheros gained popularity, histories consider that the beginning of the Silver Age. Although DC introduced the Silver Age, it was DC’s old rival, Marvel Comics, that took over the Silver Age. With the creation of famous superheroes such as Spider-Man, The Hulk, The X-Men, The Fantastic Four, Daredevil, and many more, the world began to change once again. The Silver Age also helped with the rise of what is considered the two greatest comic artist of all time, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. To this day, these gentlemen are considered to be kings of comics. It was only when Jack Kirby left Marvel in 1970 to go work for DC, did the Silver Age end.

The Bronze Age of Comics

Many consider the move of Kirby from Marvel to DC as the beginning of the Bronze Age. The Bronze Age is marked by the extensive amount of new creators, with new and cutting edge ideas. New artists like Bernie Wrightson and Gerry Conway would use comic art form what they had grown up with and transform it into something new. This new change seemed to gain popularity over night. The turmoil caused by the Vietnam War in the US was being reassured, or at least distracted by the comics these new creators were producing. It was a fascinating time for comic lovers as both successes and failures in the industry could be equally exciting.

The Modern Age of Comics

In 1980, the distribution of comics changed forever. Before 1980, unlike today, the idea of a store dedicated to selling comic books was sounded completely insane to most people. After 1980, with the public’s confidence of a new booming economy, comic book stores began springing up all over the country. Publishers were now free to distribute their books directly to these new comic stores. Because of the new stores Publishes could completely bypass the newsstand distributors which had been the primary method of distributing comics in years before. As time changed, so did our technology. As our technology advanced we found new and more efficient ways of distribution. It was with the arrival of this new technology that the Modern Age of comic books began.

It was after these Ages that the Modern Age of comic books began. To this day we are still in the Modern Age of comics, both digital and physical. Not much can be currently said about the Modern Age comics, the question of whether another Age will begin remains to be seen with time. However with this age you can see comics anywhere, like on the Hermon Press website. Wink wink nudge nudge. This all thanks to our modern technology.

To this day comics are used for many purposes. While many think of the superhero comics, this is only a portion of what comics was really about. With each age the popularity and subject of comics changed drastically at some times. However, throughout all ages comics were used to spread creativity and ideas, and provide entertainment. While in the Modern Age comics are not as popular compared to our advances in technology, the idea of comics still holds a place in many hearts.

Who knows what the future of comics will behold, but we do know that the Hermon Press’s comics will be sure to entertain. Check back in our Arts & Entertainment section for Hermon Press Comics!


Meet your Teachers

By Cady Parent, Staff Writer / 10/15/2019

Have you ever wanted to get to know your teachers but you feel like it’s too awkward to ask about them? Well, I asked them questions and endured the awkward pauses, so you don’t have to. I interviewed a few primarily Freshmen teachers and asked them some basic questions about their lives, to help you connect with your teachers more. 

MR.ADAMS – Social Studies

mradamsMr. Adams is from beautiful Coastal Maine. Growing up he played soccer, basketball, and track. He didn’t always want to be a teacher, but he has a passion for history and looking back on events. When he was a camp counselor is when he decided to combine the two things he likes most, history and helping kids. Now he teaches History. 

Even as an adult, he still enjoys being outside in the wilderness either hiking or kayaking. He seems like the person to have a four-legged hiking partner, but unfortunately, he doesn’t. But he loves animals and if he was an animal he would be a penguin. Why a penguin? Because they have a good community, they swim, and it’s a cold environment. As a human, he would want the superpower of flight so he can travel everywhere for free.

His favorite T.V shows include The Office, Stranger Things, and Lost.

His advice to the freshmen: Find your passion, try your best in class because you never know which one will become a career.” 

 MR. CROCKER – Math

Mr. Crocker was born in Glenburn. Growing up he did more sports than clubs. He did track and still runs frequently. His hobbies include Origami, reading, and running. You would think since he enjoys running he would have a running partner right? Well he does, a German Short-haired Pointer named Clover. Screenshot at 2019-10-17 08:49:52.png

What type of job did he want when he was younger? All he knew was that he wanted it to be math-based and he liked helping people out. So, he came to the conclusion of becoming an Engineer. Being a teacher was his second choice. He went to a job fair at UMO but didn’t quite like it, so he became Mr. Crocker a teacher at Hermon High.

Most of his family is in the education field, he gave a really rough estimate of 80% of his family is in education.

On a more serious note, the superpower he wants is to never get exhausted so he can run all the time. The animal he wants to be is a Long-Horned Gazelle because they’re the best long-distance runner in the world. Mr. Crocker said,  “I can run pretty fast.” and that  I can beat anyone at hurdles in this school.” 

His favorite T.V show is The Big Bang Theory.

His advice to the freshmen: Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, get involved in sports and clubs. Find an organization system that works for you.”   

 

MS. SHAPIRO – ART

Ms. Shapiro was born in Philadelphia and lived in New Jersey for 11 years and 25 years in Maine. As a kid, she did karate and soccer. She claims she was bad at soccer and had her moments where she would get aggressive. Her hobbies include volleyball, puns, family and friends, and taking scenic drives. She sadly has no pets but wishes for all the puppies. No cats.

She always wanted to be a teacher. In elementary, she had a month of wanting to be a lawyer but got tired of always having to prove her point. But just because she wanted to be a teacher didn’t mean she knew what kind. She liked different subjects but liked playing with different materials. Most importantly, she liked being with the students. Her parents are in finance and she found it boring and didn’t want to follow in their medic footsteps. She enjoyed school so much she made it a career.

To have any superpower she would have teleportation, so she can have easy transportation and visit family whenever. If she could be any animal, she would be a dolphin or any water animal. (But her students say she’d be a cat.)

Her favorite T.V show is The Office, her favorite character is a tie between Jim Halpert and Dwight K. Schrute. 

Her advice to freshmen is: Don’t stick to what you are comfortable with. Do things that push you, take advantage of your resources.” 

 

MR.STAHL – Science 

Mr. Stahl grew up in Brunswick and joined the army. He thought Maine was boring, like most people do, but he turned to love Maine. When he was younger, he played football but claims he was bad at it. The only reason he played was that the team was bad. He also did cross country and track. He also grew up in a generation where you would have to be crowded in one room and play Nintendo. Now he does the next best thing: rounds up his friends and plays board games. He has one dog Bamboo, a cat named Silvia, both were technically rescues. He also has a gerbil named Mario.

He never had that moment of realization of knowing what he needed to be. He never had that moment where he realized he needed to be a teacher. He sees jobs that need to be done. When he went into the military he was a medic because they needed medics. But don’t think Mr.Stahl doesn’t like science, he enjoys it. He says science is understanding the world, and science is in everything you do. But what pushed him to be a teacher? His wife. She would bring him to EMS meetings and he would see the veterans and how rough they looked. “Good job, terrible career.”

To him, the teachers looked happier but sad to be retiring.  

When asked about superpowers, he says he’s super analytical. He doesn’t like speed or strength, the worst power would be able to read minds. He wants to be invisible. He would be a cat for napping, lazy, and being mean.

He likes the classic Twilight Zone.

His advice to the freshmen is: “Take advantage of resources. The brightest will use the writing center, Haskel, and intervention.”

 

MRS.COUGH – Health

AA5B3CA1-BAB5-4147-BD24-F5EAD8478B15 (1)Mrs. Cough was born in Rhode Island and lived there until she was five. Then lived in Dixmont, Maine. Growing up, she was into premeditation, Latin club, band (saxophone), basketball, and track. Her hobbies now include reading hiking, Zumba and kickboxing. She has a cat with an adorable name, Mr. Bojangles. 

Although it may seem like it, Mrs. Cough didn’t always want to be a teacher. She went to college to be a radio D.J. The station she  worked for was B.79, the station sadly is no longer on the air. What gave her the nudge to teach was seeing the impact decisions have on people’s lives. She likes helping kids realize the impacts of their choices.  She wanted to do something more meaningful and with volunteering at an alternative school and tutoring kids, she realized she wanted to do more of it. 

Her answer to superpowers was interesting. She wants to time travel with a twist. Being able to time travel in her own life, going back on specific days, like her wedding. If she could be any animal she wants to be a platypus. Why? It’s a quirky animal and perfectly fits her personality. 

Her favorite T.V show is The Golden Girls

Her advice to the freshmen is: “See me for Hawks for Change. Thursdays after school. Shameless plug…Free T-shirts and snacks!” In other words, get involved!

MS. TOOLE – English/Theatre 

Ms. Toole was born in Bangor and grew up in the Glenburn area. When she was younger, she use to dance 24/7, as well as perform, and act. She likes reading and watching a ton of Youtube test kitchen, Bon Appétit,  ask a mortician, simplynailogical, etc. She has no pets, but opposite from Ms. Shapiro, she wants all the cats

She didn’t always want to be a teacher, but in freshman year of high school  she realized it’s what she loved. In her English class, they were going over a poem and that’s when it clicked that she wanted to do more of that. She studied theatre in college as her minor and later got her degree in it. She sometimes questioned why she picked teaching when she was a student teacher in college. 

If she could have any superpowers, she would like to have time travel. She’s interested in the way people used to live and loves history. It’s also a way for her to redo some of her mistakes. She wants to be a cat because they nap, they are curious, have nine lives, and always land on their feet. She said she’s very accident prone so being a cat is very beneficial.

 Her advice to the freshmen is: “The things you like now, you may not like later. Be open to new experiences and new people.”


Did Star Wars Battlefront II make a Comeback?: A Review

By Dylan Emery, Staff Writer / 10/15/2019

The infamous Star Wars Battlefront II, released in 2017 by Dice and EA, was completely destroyed by gamers and Star Wars fans alike for the cheap experience that it was. 

It was a sixty-dollar game, featuring a mediocre campaign, buggy multiplayer, lack of general content, and had a system in place that allowed players to pay for characters and perks that would have to be unlocked in-game otherwise. Characters like Darth Vader, were locked on release, and could only be unlocked by putting hours into the game to earn it, or purchasing it with real-world money. All of this created massive public outrage, and rightly so. 

starwarsHowever, in the past year, the game has seen a noticeable comeback from the player base and fan reception. They removed the pay-to-win systems, tweaked elements of the game, fixed bugs, added more to the campaign, and added so many new modes, maps, playable characters, perks, and skins. For some time, the fanbase ached for more time in the Clone Wars, and Battlefront heard their pleas, adding content from the era. New modes, maps, skins, and characters were added as a result of the Clone Wars themed content. In fact, after the reveal and trailer, the player base grew and stayed. 

Modes like Ewok Hunt, Capital Supremacy, Galactic Assault, Heroes vs Villains, and Starfighter Assault add tons of variety and enjoyment to the game. That’s not even the limits. The game is full of game modes, with those being the top five stand-outs. Right now the game’s bugs have been mostly patched and mechanics have been tweaked. Characters, skins, perks, and emotes have been added. The game features a progression system, giving goals to players and a sense of progression. The classes are unique and varied, with fully realized gameplay. New maps and game modes have been added that — when coupled with the game’s graphics — creates a truly immersive Star Wars experience unlike any other. 

For offline gameplay: Campaign, Arcade, and Instant Action. For online gameplay: Capital Supremacy, Galactic Assault, Heroes vs Villains, Starfighter Assault, Ewok Hunt, Blast, Strike, Hero Showdown, Co-Op, and Hero Starfighters. 

According to a game developer, Dennis Brännvall, when asked how the game was impacted by the Clone Wars content, he said, “Yeah, prior to the Battle of Geonosis update last year, we were shrinking or stabilizing. And ever since we’ve seen a healthy grow. Month by month.” 

The developers have also been known to truly be fans of the franchise and hold a great respect for it, and take influence from classic Battlefront II from 2005 for their 2017 installment. 

Gamer and casual Star Wars fan, David Crisafuli, a Senior at Hermon High School, says this about how far Battlefront II has come, “It actually has come really far since launch, where everyone hated it. Thanks EA. But now, after all of its updates and added content, it has become a legitimate fully realized game.” 

Star Wars Battlefront II 2017, a game that got into the Guinness World Records for most downvoted comment on Reddit when the game launched, and a game that was being banned from countries for its gambling practices, it has come a very far way in redeeming itself. It’s alive, supported, and thriving.