Skip To Main Content

Weekly Announcements

HHS Principal's Weekly, September 22, 2023

From the Principal

Forty-one people from 24 different countries became US citizens at HHS during our Annual Naturalization Ceremony. Our 11th and 12th graders were lucky enough to attend. Landya Marie Boyer McCafferty, chief judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire, and Gordon J. MacDonald, 37th Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court and HHS graduate, hosted a court session in our auditorium. This is a perfect ceremony to be held in a democratic school as it reminds of many American ideals we should not take for granted. Thank you to Pam Custer and her Constitutional Law class for shepherding the ceremony. Even though it was hard for me to keep a dry eye during the ceremony, I got to welcome our guests and this is what I said.

“It is my pleasure to welcome you to Hanover High School this morning. The naturalization ceremony holds a special place in my heart as I have watched my own family members go through the process to become United States citizens. My family members are some of the best citizens this country could have hoped for. I know I am biased, but they are loving, hard working, intelligent, interesting and compassionate and this country is lucky to have them, and I believe we will be just as lucky to have you. Thank you for choosing to be citizens. I am sure you are, and will continue to, make this country a better place!

Most people in this room were born into their citizenship. You are choosing to be citizens of the United States. I hope this country lives up to the ideals you are hoping for and deserve as new citizens. How lucky we are that you chose the American family. Welcome!”

I also want to remind you that we have an Open House on October 5th at 5:30pm. 


See you soon!

Julie Stevenson


School News and Information

Vermont Law and Graduate School President Rodney Smolla at HHS! 

Vermont Law and Graduate School President Rodney Smolla will come to Hanover High School next week to speak to students about the First Amendment and Constitutional Law. 

The event, sponsored by the Social Studies department, will be on Tuesday, September 26th from 11am to 1230pm in rooms 128-130 in the Social Studies wing of the high school. 

Rodney Smolla (BA Yale, JD Duke) is a nationally recognized legal scholar and practitioner. Prior to being President of VLGS, Smolla served in numerous roles including as the 11th President of Furman University, Dean of the Law School at Washington and Lee University Law School, and as the Director of the Institute of Bill of Rights Law at the College of William and Mary. Smolla is a nationally-known scholar on matters relating to constitutional law, civil rights, freedom of speech, defamation, and mass media. Smolla has published over 10 books and over 100 articles in law reviews and other publications. Smolla remains an active litigator, appearing as counsel/co-counsel in numerous cases before state and federal courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States.


Counseling Department Updates


Upcoming Counseling Department Dates & Events

  • Last day to drop a semester 1 or yearlong course: Wednesday, September 27

  • School Day PSAT (no school for 9th, 10th, and 12 graders): Wednesday, October 11

Seniors & families only:

  • Senior Family College Application Night: Wednesday, September 27 6-7 PM on Zoom

    • School counselors will review the college application process. Topics include: student, caregiver, and counselor roles, the components of the college application, navigating the SCOIR and CommonApp platforms, and important dates and deadlines.  

Here is the overview of the College Application Process for the class of 2024.

  • Paying for College: Wednesday, October 4  6pm on Zoom

    • Join your school counselors and a financial aid expert from NHHEAF to learn essential how-tos for the financial aid process! 

  • Deadlines to add/move your colleges into the “Applying” column in SCOIR: 

    • Applications due November 1: Weds, October 11
    • Applications due November 15: Weds, October 25
    • Applications due December 1: Fri, November 10
    • Applications due December 15: Mon, November 20
    • Applications due January 1-5: Fri, December 8

Upcoming College Visits - Check SCOIR for times

Monday September 25

  • St. Olaf College
  • Vassar College
  • Bowdoin College
  • Providence College
  • Southern New Hampshire University
  • Carleton College
  • Bucknell University (virtual visit)

Tuesday September 26

  • Pitzer College
  • Smith College
  • University of New Hampshire (Main Campus)
  • University of Chicago

Wednesday September 27

  • Sarah Lawrence College
  • Dean College
  • Bryn Mawr College (virtual visit)
  • St. Lawrence University
  • Colorado College

Thursday September 28

  • Endicott College
  • Bentley University (virtual visit)
  • Purdue University (virtual visit)
  • University of Rhode Island

Friday September 29

  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Rhode Island School of Design (virtual visit)
  • Emmanuel College
  • University of Rochester (virtual visit)

Pen of Iron 23-24

Our HHS art and literary magazine, is seeking poetry, creative essays, short stories, photos, and art work.  Please submit to


Announcing the 2024 Footlighters Spring musical: 

“Mean Girls the Musical, high school edition”!!!

Book by Tina Fey

 and music and lyrics by Jeff Richmond and Nell Benjamin.


The show will be directed by Eric Love with music director Kevin David Thomas and choreographed by Susan Lamontagne. 

Auditions are February 5th from 3:30 to 7:00 pm with callbacks on February 6th

Performances will be May 9-12.

Students, please email to sign up (don’t wait, sign up today!) to participate in the show. We welcome everyone whether you have experience in acting or in backstage work, etc. or not.

If you have any questions email Footlighters Advisor Yuliya Ballou at the email above.

Music director Kevin David Thomas will be holding a few audition workshops throughout the year for students who are interested in auditioning but may desire extra guidance/preparation before auditions. 

Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the wild and vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. How will this naïve newbie rise to the top of the popularity pecking order? By taking on The Plastics, a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But when Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, she learns the hard way that you can’t cross a queen bee without getting stung.