Hermon Community Experiences Positive Growth
By Lexi Meeker, Staff Writer / 10/21/2019
The town of Hermon is a growing community, more and more families come in every year, buying or even building houses. To live in Hermon is a great opportunity with many community get togethers; our community supports each other.
The year is now 2019, and Hermon High School is continuing to grow. Students come to this school their freshman year and think that there are so many new kids to meet, because there are. Hermon High School has two 8th grade classes come in each year, one from Hermon Middle School and one from Caravel Middle School. There are also students that live in towns where they can choose to come here, such as Glenburn or even farther away towns like Holden.
The numbers for the predicted amount of students we would get this year are not very far off from what the school actually got. 151 freshmen were predicted to come in as the class of 2023, Hermon High School got 149. This shows that the estimated numbers are pretty accurate, and next year the school has predicted 154 students to come in. Our school had 545 students in the year 2009, the number began to decrease to 498 in 2013. After that year, the number began to rise again and have continued to rise since then. Now we are seeing major growth as we move forward as a community.
The number of students that attend the Patricia A. Duran School (Hermon’s elementary school) will affect the high school in the future. The Patricia A. Duran School enrollment projections show that the number of students will increase by around 20 students per year. Meaning the HHS numbers will eventually rise in that way also. By the year 2023-24 our school estimates we will have 608 students.
The principal of Hermon High School, Brian Walsh, “believe [s] that this will exert influence on our school in a positive way. It will give us an opportunity to add programming, the more students the more diverse programming we can have.” Even now, Hermon High is starting to get more options such as guitar and journalism.
Having more students can expand offerings at Hermon High. Mr. Walsh didn’t have many concerns about our growing school, but there may have to be a few changes. As of now we have three lunches, 1st and 3rd lunch already have a large amount of students in them. Mr. Walsh says that, “we may have to find classes where we can have a break in between so we can fit more kids into 2nd lunch.” Classes where it’s easy to get back into concentration are the classes that will most likely be split into two.
The amount of students that are now filling the hallways can make it hard to get to classes. Mr. Walsh thinks that the big backpacks make the overcrowding and stopping in the hallways ten times worse. Over the past three years, he explains, every group of freshmen that came in were given a string bag. He thinks that if next year we switched to using just string bags, any safety concerns would be resolved.
Senior Halie Jackson, will not be here next year for any changes, but she said if she were to be “using string bags would make it harder to get to class on time.” She believes that having to stop at lockers before classes would be inconvenient. The school has had a no bag policy before, so hopefully after a few weeks everyone would be able to adapt to it.
Having more people come into our community is a good thing. Our community is able to become bigger and stronger. The more people our community has, the more support it has as well. With more people, our community is able to have growing businesses, with more tax revenue, the school budget could increase. Which could result in being able to afford bigger and better technology for the school.
With more students coming in, the school will have a bigger talent pool to pull from for things like sports and theatre, which is a good way to make us known. Travis Spell, a senior at Hermon High is a student that lives in Milford, and for his last two years of high school chose to come to Hermon. His parents “thought it was a better school for him academically and sports wise, Hermon had the most opportunity.” As our school continues to grow, everything about it continues to better itself; the sports, the clubs, the academics, the opportunity.
The Thirst Project Continues to Make Stride at HHS
By Kylie Hall, Staff Writer / 10/21/2019
It was the summer of 2008 when 7 young friends would learn about the global water crisis and set forth on a mission to change the world. This became the Thirst Project.
As of today, 663 million people across the globe lack access to safe, clean drinking water. Every 21 seconds a child dies due to waterborne disease which kill more children every single year than HIV, malaria, and all world violence combined. The task of finding and collecting water is placed on women and children, stripping them of their ability to attend work or school, and ultimately contributing to the economic development of their community. Without clean water, a community loses so much more than just a safe water source. It loses its people, its agriculture, and its economy. This is why Hermon High School has decided to raise money for the Thirst Project to build a well in a country lacking clean water.
While the Thirst Project started its journey 11 years ago, Hermon High School has only just begun. Thirsty Thirty was the jumping off point last year, where students brought in donations based on the amount written on an envelope they were given, amounting to almost $1,000 of combined donations.
With a current balance of $2,292 in raised funds and a goal of $12,000, there’s still much work to be done. However, the leaders of this project, Key Club, have many ideas to raise more money, with the main goal being that every student needs to get involved. Whether it be through Key Club, the recurring Thirsty 30, or Thirst Project committee (which you don’t need to be a member of Key Club to join), participation from everyone is not only crucial, but it makes the experience more fun.
Although a sizeable amount of money was raised last year, that was greatly due to Mr. Coleman and his efforts to put together a steel pans concert at Ecotat to benefit the Thirst Project. This act was greatly appreciated, especially since he did it of his own volition, but it does make one wonder why there was little student participation otherwise, as the funds raised at this concert surmounted those raised in the school wide fundraiser.
Key Club President, Kelsey Bridges, says students are hesitant to contribute because, “they don’t want to commit to something and they feel like it’ll be hard to raise the full $12,000, so they don’t want to put in the effort now to get the end result later.” She hopes that as students learn more of what the Thirst Project is that they’ll be more enticed to participate.
Weekly Thirst Project Committee meetings will begin on Wednesday, October 9, and continue through the rest of the year. Membership in Key Club is not required to be a part of this committee.
Raising $12,000 to build a well in a foreign country may seem like a difficult feat, but it can and has been done. Together, we can bring clean, safe drinking water to hundreds of people. Together, we can bring life.
HHS Writing Center is Back in Action
By Halie Jackson, Staff Writer / 10/15/2019
Hermon High School recently introduced a new way to help students improve their own writing, get feedback, and relieve stress. We call this the Writing Center.
The writing center was organized and started this previous school year in Fall of 2018. Hermon High chose to open the writing center because it gives students the chance to hone their writing skills and feel happy with their work. Last year, the writing center hosted an impressive 450 session for our students.
Coaches and advisors work their hardest to make sure each and every student leaves satisfied with their own writing. Advisors take around 3 weeks to train new coaches each year. This even gives the coaches community service hours as well.
Current sophomore student, Nathaniel Wood, says “the writing center was very helpful and made it much easier for me to finish my essay.” He claimed the writing center helped him work through different ideas and perspectives as well as better his grammar.
The writing center is back in business for the year of 2019 and still brainstorming new ways to help every student that comes their way. They have not only opened up the opportunity to get help for essays, but also any school projects given to Hermon students like presentations, letters, speeches, and more. The writing center serves students from any class or content area. They continue to encourage students to visit for any writing needs.
Current writing center advisor, Kathryn Bjorklund, English teacher at Hermon High, states this year the writing center has “far more decor, and excellent motivated coaches.”
The Hermon Writing Center has also made an alternative solution for their busier students to be able to send their work to the writing center through email on gmail (email@example.com). They will make sure to budget out time specifically for you. They will also be sure to leave comments, questions, or suggestions to ensure you have the best version of your work.
The writing center is open blocks B2, B3, B4 as of right now.
Kathryn Bjorklund is “absolutely excited” to work with students to keep them motivated and bond with coaches as well. Each year the writing center continues to grow, we can only hope their impact continues.