——————-The Graduation Issue————–
This issue is conceived, developed, researched, written, edited, and produced by Ashley Sloan, Loren Friedman, Alanis Martinez, Angelina Rosado, Melissa Minchala, Kamani Dupree, Erick Espinoza, Josue Cortorreal, Amaya Tiozon, Xavier Cherry, and Jonathan Becker.
HHS Graduate Destinations
The Comet sent out a survey to the senior class. A total of 109 students answered the poll, which accounts for approximately 24% of the graduating class. Here is a breakdown of destinations the Hackensack senior class is going to next year:
65.1% of students are going to a four year college.
The top four year school being attended is Montclair State University.
Why some of us chose a four year school:
- Job dependability
- Bachelor’s degree
- “College experience”
- Time to decide what kind of career is desired
- Ability to attend a program such as EOF – chance to get into a 4 year school at no cost
- A sense of responsibility/independence
25.7% of students are going to a two year college.
The top two year school being attended is Bergen Community College.
Why some of us chose a two year school:
- Associate’s degree
- Job right after school
- Ability to get a degree undecided
- Less expensive than a 4 year school
2.8% of students are going to tech/trade school.
The top tech/trade school being attended is Lincoln Tech.
Why some of us chose a tech/trade school:
- Prepares you for one specific job
- Inexpensive versus a four year school
- Job security
2.8% of students are going into the military
Why some of us chose to go into the military:
- Ability to attend a four year school after serving at little to no cost
- Gives a chance for undecided students to decide what they want to do
- Feel like college isn’t for them
- Benefits after service
- Guaranteed job after service
2.8% of students are going into the workforce
*One student answered that they are attending a nine month school.
Here is a wrap-up of Hackensack athletics for the 2017-2018 seasons.
- Women’s Cross Country
- The Women’s Cross Country team had a successful season filled with ups and downs but ultimately was successful.
- Men’s Cross Country
- The Men’s Cross Country team reached many highpoints in their season and found themselves winning championships.
- The Football team had a subpar year finishing 5-6, but it finished their season as they completed a miraculous comeback against rival Teaneck Highwaymen, winning 19-18 on Thanksgiving Day.
- Women’s Soccer
- Even with a 6-10 record this season the Women’s Soccer team played hard and to the best of their abilities this season.
- Field Hockey
- The Field Hockey team has spent the past two seasons rebuilding their team and gaining strength. With an 0-16-1 final record they are improving.
- Women’s Volleyball
- With a 20-11 record, the Women’s Volleyball team had a successful season overall.
- Men’s Soccer
- The Soccer team this year did not play up to its potential this year, finishing with 7 wins and 10 losses.
- Women’s Tennis
- The Women’s Tennis team finished their season 11-11-1, a solid record.
- Men’s Basketball
- The Men’s Basketball team had a great year finishing with a 23-7 record and winning the Sectional Championship for the 2nd time in 3 years.
- Women’s Basketball
- The Women’s Basketball team finished 10-16, but they ended the season strong winning their final 3 games before losing in the Sectional Championship. This year had a very underrated roster.
- Indoor Track
- The Indoor Track team competed in several meets this winter and was a strong team overall.
- The Cheerleading team took home many championships this winter including a first place win in a Florida Championship.
- The Women’s Bowling team had a successful season with the Men’s team trying to follow in their footsteps.
- Women’s Swimming
- The Women’s Swim team had a great season, finishing 8-4. They had five girls make it to the State Meet of Champions, the first time in many years. Three school records were broken this year as well.
- Men’s Swimming
- An ever building team, the Men’s Swim team finished the season 4-8. One swimmer also made it into the State Meet of Champions. Nonetheless, a school record was still broken.
- Ice Hockey
- Hackensack merges with Paramus and Lyndhurst to form a Hockey team and finished with a 7-9-5 record this season.
- The Wrestling team finished with a mediocre record of 9-8, and collapsed in the District 6 regionals, placing 8th.
- The Men’s Baseball team started their season on a high note but ended struggling with a record of 6-7. Even with a losing record, there had been some bright moments throughout the season.
- With a 2-4 record, the Softball team is playing hard and doing their best.
- Outdoor Track
- The Track teams are off to a great start this season, including a strong showing at Penn Relays by both the men’s and women’s 4×100 and 4×400 teams. Many athletes moved on to the Sectional championship as well as the State championship.
- With an 0-6 record, the golf team may not be on top but fought to do well.
- Men’s Volleyball
- The Men’s Volleyball Team had a great year with a record of 18-8-1.
- Men’s Tennis
- The Men’s Tennis team is struggling this season and has only won one game thus far.
- Ashley Sloan and Xavier Cherry
Advice to Underclassmen from Graduating Seniors
High school goes by quickly. It will be easy for you if you just do these few things: Work hard because you won’t want to try to cram in those few extra credit points at the end of the marking periods. Do all your work on time so that you get good grades and don’t fall behind. If you don’t understand something, ask for help. Skipping class isn’t cool, it is dumb and yes you will get in trouble so don’t do it. Lastly, stay positive and have fun. You only have four quick years in high school which fly past you in no time. Cherish the moments that you remember and be yourself.
If I could leave any piece of advice to the freshmen, it’d be simply, if you’re going to join a club or sport do it now. I spent my high school career hesitating and doubting myself. In my senior year, I decided that since it was my last year as a student at HHS I would join the school play. I have to admit, it was one of the most if not the most fun I have had in my years in Hackensack High School. And after all was said and done and goodbyes were given, I regretted that I could not return next year. If there is an activity you wish to join it is best to do it now; you’ll make some new friends to take on this high school journey with you and to help you grow.
Expect the unexpected. High school truly has its positives and negatives, and you will experience new and scary things. This is the time you are developing into a teenager, so you should be ready and prepare for your independence. Be expected to change and experience change, it will happen. Whether it is emotional, physical, or your group of friends, things will change. These changes can come from either traumatic experiences or learning from your mistakes, but don’t be discouraged when it happens. It is important to be on top of your school game, however, having time to yourself is also very important, time to cool down from success.
Even through all the advice given, no one could possibly understand high school more than one who has been through it all. Gathered from a senior herself, Sophia Valenzuela had wished to tell her freshman self, “I wish I could tell my freshman self that not everyone is going to be nice and sometimes it’s okay to be mean. I would also say that I need to leave the habit of procrastinating everything because of the other three years will be hard. Grades aren’t everything it’s okay to let loose and have fun. Also not every friend you go into high school with is going to stay your friends, people come and go all the time and it’s just how life is. The last thing would be to stay true to yourself, there is no need to impress anyone or a reason to try to fit in, being you goes a long way.”
By taking her advice into consideration, anyone could have a successful high school experience. School will be challenging, but success will come from it.
These four years are going to be quick; it might not seem like it right now. You might be counting down the days until you become a senior. But you should enjoy everyday here, join clubs, play sports, go support the Comets at games. Try to be a part of the school, it’s going to make high school more enjoyable. You’ll make new friends and grow as a person. Strive to be the best and always keep your head up. Also be yourself, don’t try to be someone you’re not, you’ll just end up hurting yourself and the people around you. High school gets better if you stay positive, trust me.
When I was a freshman, I told myself I couldn’t wait to graduate and I hoped my high school years went by fast. Well, they did go by fast, but too fast. After high school, you enter the real world, and that is a little scary to me. My point is, do not take these four years of high school for granted because it’s the time to only focus on school work and having fun. You’re still young, so don’t take these precious years lightly, because we’re all growing up way too fast.
If someone told me freshman year that each course counted, and every single grade matters for your future, I would’ve paid more attention to my classes and worked harder. Instead, I did not take my grades or classes seriously, and I regret it extremely. Your GPA (grade point average) is a grade based on all your grades so far, and the college you apply to checks that grade, and if it’s too low, you will not get in. Therefore, you should pay attention to your classes from the beginning, work hard, and still have fun because it’s high school, and you’re not going to have another chance.
This is my last year of attending Hackensack High School. Being in this school for four years has taught me a lot throughout my time here. I learned that if you do not push yourself to do your work to the best of your ability then it can affect your grade a lot. The teachers here are helpful and want to see everyone succeed and graduate. Senior year is when the teachers start to teach you like you are an adult, so you will be ready for college when the time comes. You have to reach out to them and make sure you go for extra help after school when needed.
However, there will be drama throughout your years of high school. The best thing to do is ignore the negativity and the slick remarks. All drama does is get you off track of your focus and in a lot of trouble especially if you are a senior. Your privileges get taken away if you fight, such as prom and even walking for graduation and it looks bad on your record to see you got suspended for fighting. There are many sports and afterschool activities to keep students occupied.
Farewell Letters to Hackensack High School
Dear Hackensack High School,
It is the beginning of May in which I am writing this letter. Prom is right around the corner, and my fellow classmates have decided what they are doing after high school. It still boggles me that it will be June next month and how June 25th is coming faster than expected. These four years have formed me into the person that I am today.
Hackensack High School made my high school years unforgettable, wild, stressful, eye opening and challenging. Going into HHS as a freshman, I was extremely shy. I never really wanted to talk in front of class, I just talked to small group of people, and tried my best to fit in and blend with the crowd. It wasn’t until my sophomore year and the following years when everything took a turn for the better. I interacted more, I made myself noticeable, and looked more as to how I envisioned myself being in high school.
This school has taught me so much about myself and has made me into the man that I am today. Next month is graduation, we the graduating class of 2018 are going to embark on a journey that will last us a lifetime. HHS will always be my home and now is the time to shoot like a comet and fly to bigger and better opportunities in the world. I will never forget this place and all the great memories that will be left here, now it is time to move on and start a new chapter.
Dear Hackensack High School,
The time has finally come where I begin my journey and build the pathway to my desired life. You’ve taught me many life lessons and introduced me to obstacles that I needed to overcome in order to not only strengthen my own character, but prepare myself for the future. I’ve suffered countless, restless nights, high levels of anxiety, and stress overload. Yet, that’s the catch when you work hard and truly devote yourself to a higher education, which Hackensack was able to offer me. With people of my financial background, in other states, AP courses, SAT testing, and other courses and exams don’t come by as easy as Hackensack made it out to be.
Hard work is never the cost of a dime and Hackensack has provided me with the assistance I needed to not only pass these courses, but create a satisfactory, and stable path for myself. You’ve helped me overcome my own insecurities and introduced me to people that I hold very dear to my heart. As a wise Japanese poet once said, “Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.” Goodbyes are so bittersweet, but till next time.
Dear Hackensack High School,
High school is almost over. The journey has been difficult but the rewards? Great. When I entered high school my mind swirled with overwhelming thoughts and concerns. How would high school treat me? How am I supposed to survive the next four years?
The biggest lesson I’ve learned at HHS is there will be many more questions than there will be answers, and that’s okay. It’s okay to not know the answers to the overwhelming questions. It’s okay to be confused. You’re young, you have time to figure things out, and Hackensack High School will help you with that.
I’ve struggled here, had battles with myself, struggled with school, with family life, but here I found help, with my teachers, my friends, my guidance counselors. At HHS I learned asking for help is not weakness but a sign of strength.
High school has given me opportunities to meet friends, create relationships, and begin to understand myself. Because of my journey here I feel fully prepared to continue finding myself, knowing I have been given the proper tools to move on. So farewell HHS, thank you for the memories.