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A senior works on his college applications in his Common Application account. | by Dakota Antelman

by Bianca Chaves

Seniors simply have too much work and not enough time to do it.

For many students who are applying to over five schools, the multiple college essays to write and test scores to send require a great deal of time and effort. All this time working on school work and college applications adds up to a lot of stress for the seniors.

For seniors like Sam Pinto, this is hard to organize. “It’s a lot of whenever I find free time,” Pinto says. “I am always trying to not procrastinate and get it done.”

Pinto is applying to five colleges, varying from state schools to private universities. On top of that, Pinto is in all honors and AP classes, a member of the cross country team, and an employee at McDonald’s. “Per week,” Pinto explains, “I probably work on college stuff for like 3-4 hours.”

English teacher Amy Vessels thinks, however, that students need to start sooner on the revision of their college essay, since many students need to write 3 or 4 drafts before it is ready. She feels that most students are not used to spending that much time on revision, so they often do not leave enough time for that process.

Though students are given a month to work on college essays in class, it is often not enough. They have to find time to work on their essays outside of class, meeting with teachers after school and completing many drafts.

English teacher Elizabeth Albota said that the college application time should be a time where students should work harder and spend more time on school work.  

Albota also says that once college application time is over, the students will have less stress and more free time, so they should sacrifice a few months so they can have a promising future.

That sacrifice is biggest for those who apply to the most colleges. Senior Leah Bonner is applying to 13 colleges, mostly consisting of state schools. Stress can also come from sports and extracurricular activities, which makes college work and school work hard to get done.

Her application deadlines are spread out, but she still has sports, school work and clubs to keep up with. Bonner has two jobs, she plays golf, she is president of the ski club, and she’s in spirit committee and junior boosters.

Senior Clem Doucette is applying to 14 colleges. He finds time to work on college applications either on nights when he doesn’t have a lot of homework or on Sunday mornings.

Doucette is in Hud-TV. He spends around two hours a day at the studio after school, and sometimes Doucette finds time to work on college applications and essays there. “There’s a lot of down time and lots of computers, so it’s easy to get work done there.”

Doucette has written 14 college essays and had between three to four drafts for most essays. For the common app essay he wrote around eight or nine drafts.

Before Doucette received his ACT test scores in early November, he was worried how his scores compared to the students who were accepted to the Ivy League schools.

In addition to the essays and test scores, students also face the financial stress of applying. Doucette explains that application fees can be as much as $70, with most of his being $70.

Stress is affecting the seniors and their school work. “It’s basically constantly working,” Pinto explains, “like balancing it with sports and McDonald’s and school, so yeah I don’t have much down time basically.”  

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by Dakota Antelman

Marchers from across New England descended on the Boston Common earlier this month to protest President Donald Trump and support the various groups he insulted in his campaign or threatened with his policy proposals. 

Taking place the day after Trump’s inauguration, the march was one of hundreds across the world. It attracted, according to organizers and Boston Police, 175,000 people to the Boston Common and featured speeches from high-profile Massachusetts Democrats. Nearly a week later, more protests erupted across the country in opposition to a ban on immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

Several HHS students and staff members attended. After the march, the Big Red spoke to two of these students about their experiences, their beliefs, and their hopes for the future.


Eva Tipps

The Women’s March filled the Boston Common with more people than many onlookers can remember. Like many other protests across the country, it surpassed expectations of attendance.

Elizabeth Warren, a US Senator for Massachusetts and a popular voice among progressive Democrats, headlined the pre-march rally at the Boston Common, delivering a speech in which she committed to fighting Donald Trump even though her party represents the minority in both houses of Congress.

Warren was, however, just one of several liberal leaders who attended the rally. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh declared on behalf of the city of Boston that he would fight Trump. Days after that speech, his words were indeed put to the test when Trump announced he would put pressure on sanctuary cities like Boston to turn over undocumented immigrants to the federal government.

Likewise, the two were joined by Senator Ed Markey who touched on similar themes in his speech.

Eva Tipps

As many marches were still taking place on January 21, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer falsely claimed that Donald Trump’s inauguration drew the largest audience in history in an aggressive briefing of reporters in Washington, D.C.

The next day, in an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd, Kellyanne Conway, a counselor to President Trump, defended Spicer’s comments by saying that he had not lied. Instead, she said, “he used alternative facts.”

The events came after Trump had spent much of his campaign insulting the press and threatening to change libel laws in his administration. During the Boston Women’s March, some participants could be heard chanting in support of a free press.

Clement Doucette

Trump’s first week in office began with women’s marches around the world. It ended with protestors flocking to airports across the US to oppose an executive order by the president that banned immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries for 120 days while the government developed “extreme vetting” programs for refugees.

Those protests were sparked when 12 refugees were detained at JFK Airport in New York City by officials citing Trump’s order and began to thin when a federal judge ruled that refugees in transit to the US should be admitted and as the White House announced that all foreigners holding Green Cards would still be able to enter the US.

For students and progressive leaders alike, the early protests against President Trump are and will continue to be a favored tactic in resisting a government over which their party has little control.


Eva Tipps

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Clement Doucette calls a voter after school. | by Dakota Antelman

by Dakota Antelman

Though he cannot vote for Bernie Sanders in the upcoming presidential election, sophomore Clement Doucette is working to persuade others to do so. 

Doucette recently used a tool on the Sanders campaign website to become a registered volunteer phone banker for the Vermont senator. He created an account with the campaign and read required training packets on how to campaign over the phone. In the weeks since he signed up, Doucette has made an estimated 15 phone calls to Iowa and New Hampshire homes on behalf of Sanders. He uses printed scripts, specific to the home state of the person he is calling, to speak with voters.

Doucette devotes time after school to calling voters, trying to ensure that his support for Sanders has an effect on voting day, even though he cannot cast a ballot himself.

“I wanted to sign up and be able to make a difference in some way,” Doucette says. “I wanted to spread the word about Bernie Sanders and get some more support out there for him.”

He has, however, struggled to get voters to answer his calls. Due to time differences between Massachusetts and Iowa, and a busy schedule, Doucette has been unable to call during optimal hours for voters. Furthermore, he understands how people on the other end of his call may be annoyed by continued campaigning.

Especially in the states where there’s an upcoming caucus or primary, the people are probably getting sick of seeing all the ads and hearing all the callers,” he says.

Nevertheless, Doucette has long supported Bernie Sanders, who kicked off his presidential campaign in April, but only this fall began challenging Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton for votes in the upcoming primary elections.

“He’s the first presidential candidate who aligns with what I believe,” Doucette explains of Sanders. “He has a really strong economic policy that’s much better than the ones any of the other candidates have. He really advocates for common people. He’s not an advocate for big banks in Wall Street.”

His unabashed support has, however, drawn criticism from within Hudson High School.

“A lot of people I know are big Bernie supporters, but not a lot of them have actually decided to call. Also, I’ve gotten some backlash for my views from some of the kids who think that Bernie is too liberal. I’ve even heard people accuse him and me of being a communist. We are not,” Doucette says.

Doucette does not back down from his political beliefs, keeping with a love of politics that started young for him.

“I probably started [liking politics] around age 10,” he says. “My parents started showing me the Daily Show and the Colbert Report around that time. I really liked that. I thought they were great shows. It got me into watching the news a lot, too. That sort of fueled my interest in politics.”

For Doucette, being involved with politics as a citizen does not start when a citizen is first eligible to cast a ballot. He encourages ineligible voters to make their beliefs heard by being involved with the campaigns they support.

“Being a phone banker is a really good way to help out and support your favorite candidate,” he says. “Other than that, you can go door to door or spread flyers. Just go and talk about your candidate and why they’re a good person.”