Hug High School Hawkeye The Student News Site of Procter R. Hug High School Tue, 16 Mar 2021 19:52:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 WCSD Board Meeting: COVID Restrictions and End of Year Planning Tue, 16 Mar 2021 19:52:26 +0000 On the ninth of March, the Washoe County School District Board of Trustees held their regular meeting at Hug High School. On their agenda were items including gifted education, graduation plans, and the easing of covid restrictions.

The decline of new Daily COVID-19 Cases from winter to present

The number of new COVID-19 cases has steadily declined since it peaked in the Second wave in mid-December. As a result, Governor Sisolak has allowed for the de-escalation of COVID-19 restrictions, including the increase from 25 percent occupancy in buildings back to 50 percent and the greater population of WCSD schools. Per the governor’s recommendations, the school board discussed plans for allowing the greater return of students to classrooms. Middle and High School classrooms can expect to grow by about 7-8 students each. Elementary schools by about 2 or 3. To accommodate for the larger number of students within classrooms, students will have to lessen their social distance from one another to 3 feet from the previous 6. Students will still be expected to distance themselves 6 feet from their teachers, whose health may be more affected by COVID-19.

Change to the COVID-19 classroom model

Classrooms cannot fully return however, it is still recommended that classrooms be left at 75 percent occupancy. Priority for return to in-person learning after spring break will thus be given to seniors, who may need help to graduate, and students failing at home. Students who feel like they would benefit from a return to in-person learning can submit their requests to their schools for a return in the last quarter.


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This is our last chance to experience a traditional senior event as prior memorable events have been taken”

— Ariana Medina

The easing of COVID-19 restrictions also means that we can expect to see larger events and celebrations nearing the end of the school year. As of now, schools can plan to develop their own plans for graduation ceremonies with student input taken into account. Students on campus have expressed their support for a plan to graduate on-campus, outdoors, while remaining socially-distant. Ariana Medina, the senior class president at Hug High School expressed to the board the significance of a traditional graduation experience after a year of hard work.

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So for those who have a lot of ideas that they would like to do, those can only occur if they fit within the guidelines of the governor’s mandates”

— Board President, Dr. Angie Taylor

In the case that this form of celebration is not possible, the school will proceed with the drive-thru graduation model used last year. Nothing is set in stone, but if COVID-19 numbers decrease and more teachers receive their vaccinations, then we can hopefully celebrate more traditionally. All plans are dependent on the restrictions placed by the governor’s office.

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Hug students’ success in Scholastic Art Award competition Tue, 02 Mar 2021 07:05:56 +0000 Every year, the Nevada Art Museum invites students to submit their artwork to the Scholastic Art Award Competition. They give several awards and designations to the works students submit. Many artists from Hug submitted their work for their competition and received recognition and awards for their stellar work. These students were: Gabriella Ransome, a sophomore; Emma Lee Snyder, a sophomore; Kate Hughs-Baird, a senior; Augustine Porras, a senior; Val Weinzweig, a senior; and Daphne Arreola, a senior who received a special distinction.

“Burbujas”-Daphne Arreola’s American Visions-nominated piece


Though all of Hug’s awards received commendation for work, Daphne was among five of the applicants nominated for the American Visions award. The selection committee for the competition was asked to choose five of the Gold Key Award winners to c. Her submission Burbujas, or bubbles in her native Spanish, is a hanging sculpture that depicts a bubble wand surrounded by bubbles that are sinking to the ground. Daphne said in an interview that she drew inspiration from the summers of her childhood when she would have bubble-blowing competitions with her family. She wanted to capture the nostalgia and vibrance of that time through the colors and creation of the piece. To hear Daphne speak, go to minute 26:16 in the video.

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“Just like childhood, bubbles don’t last forever””

— Daphne Arreola







Along with Daphne, Kate Hughs Baird interviewed to discuss her photo portfolio, Faces, and her second portfolio, Prints. Her portfolios were given the Gold Key Designation for which she earned two scholarships. Kate plans to continue pursuing art in the future, though that may not be her only career choice. All of These artists did an amazing job representing our school and these accomplishments are a clear sign of their hard work and talent in the area of Art. They were all helped by Mrs. Kocian who has been helping students submit their work for several years now. To hear Kate speak, go to 22:54 in the video.

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“Artistic and non-creative pursuits don’t have to be separated””

— Kate Hughs-Baird


“Prints”- The second Gold Key winning Portfolio by Kate Hughs-Baird
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Mock Trial Zooms to State Competition Sun, 28 Feb 2021 21:14:44 +0000 On the 25th and 26th of February, the Hug Mock Trial team competed at the state High School State competition after placing second in the Regional Competition two weeks earlier. In a normal year, teams from across the state would travel to either Reno or Las Vegas to compete for a chance to participate in the National Competition. This year, however, COVID-19 prevented this from happening, at least in the traditional sense. To comply with pandemic restrictions, students had to adapt to virtual Mock Trials. Because students couldn’t meet in person, they met online using Zoom to practice and compete with one another. Aside from some issues with internet connection, there wasn’t much difficulty in using this platform. One of Hug’s Senior Attorneys, Val Weinzweig, said that one of the only downsides to this competition is that you can’t stand up in the courtroom to make your objections like you see in the movies. Regardless of that fact, the virtual courtroom was enough for the teams to work and have fun.

Hug’s team didn’t place at the state level but still did our school proud. They practiced several times a week from home through zoom rehearsing their roles as witnesses and attorneys with the help of Mary Kandaras, a fantastic district attorney who has coached the team for years, and Mr. Kocian who stepped in as a teacher/coach when needed. A majority of the team’s members are seniors and one sophomore, who will hopefully carry on the team’s legacy in the next few years. Another of Hug’s senior members, Kate Hughs-Baird, said that despite not being in a courtroom this was still a great ending to all her years competing on the team. Kate was named one of the best lawyers by the scoring judges in the competition.

The image featured above shows the teams at the virtual award ceremony.

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New Semester = New Opportunities Tue, 23 Feb 2021 20:32:06 +0000 This school year has been one of the most difficult that Hug High School has had to face. Students have struggled with the use of both hybrid and distance learning models for many reasons. For one, it is challenging to stay concentrated for hours at a time looking at a computer screen. On top of that, it is hard for distance learning students to be apart from the community of support they would have on a normal school year. COVID-19 restrictions have prevented students from participating in all the extracurriculars that make them love coming to school.  But the school year is not yet done, and the activities that students love to do, are making their return.

In the next few weeks, several sports teams will start their practices after school. Boy’s & Girl’s Soccer, Football, volleyball, tennis, and Cross Country have already started their preseason training. Any Hug student can come to these practices after school regardless if they are on the Hybrid or Full-Distance Learning. There are of course guidelines in place for both practices and competition in place for protection against the transmission of COVID-19. Masks must be worn at all times when not doing strenuous exercise. Students must maintain social distance when applicable during practices.

Aside from sports, clubs are also beginning their practices again. Most of these clubs however are meeting through zoom, so if students are on full distance learning, then they can also attend. For example, the Mock Trial and Science Bowl Teams have both practiced and competed using the zoom format. Students in JROTC can participate in Raider Challenge, Drill Team, and the Rifle Team if they would like. These practices are also following their own COVID-19 Guidelines.

This year can still produce good memories. There is no reason to give up. COVID-19 will not define this year, we will.

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It’s Spooky Season!- Celebrating Halloween Responsibly Fri, 02 Oct 2020 04:19:59 +0000 It’s officially the spooky season and it’s time to plan celebrations. However, we have to address the elephant in the room; we are still in a pandemic. This means that Halloween will look a bit differently this year. We are expected to practice social distancing, wear face coverings, and avoid large gatherings. In some places, like Los Angeles, trick-or-treating and Halloween parties have already been prohibited. Although Nevada’s government hasn’t placed such a ban on Halloween celebration, we still have to follow COVID-19 guidelines.

This year, attending a big Halloween party might not be the best decision. Large parties will undoubtedly be sources of COVID-19 transmission if rules are violated. If you do decide to attend/plan a Halloween party you should do what you can to avoid transmission. Transmission be can be more easily avoided if the party is held outside, masks are worn, and the number of attendees is limited. Governor Sisolak recently lifted the 50 person limit on gatherings, but other preventative measures should still be taken to minimize the risk of transmission.

Trick-or-treating is a similarly risky activity. Children probably shouldn’t go door-to-door interacting with strangers, but there are ways to do so safely. Personal protective equipment like gloves and masks should be worn when collecting and giving candy/treats of any kind. It might be interesting to try and incorporate a mask into these costumes. Some people think that their children will contract COVID-19 from collecting candy at strangers’ houses, but this shouldn’t be that much of a concern. There is a higher chance of contracting COVID-19 by proximity to an infected individual than touching from the candy they give out. However, it wouldn’t hurt to take the time to sanitize your wrapped candy before opening and eating it.

There are other things you can do now to get into the spirit of Halloween. All month long several fall activities are available that are still safe for a pandemic. A haunted house might not be the safest place to be because it is a closed space, but there is a fun alternative available outdoors. Starting on the eighth of October, the Andelin Family Farm will hold its annual Corn Creepers Maze. Like a typical haunted house, you make your way through the maze and interact with both animatronics and scare actors. To reduce capacity, they are only selling their tickets online rather than in person. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased at

If you are looking for less of a scary option, then you can look there and elsewhere for activities like a pumpkin patch. Ferrari farms are offering free admission to their movie nights, pumpkin patch, corn maze, and more at their annual Fall Festival. You can visit their website at for more info.

You don’t even need to leave home to get in the spirit. It’s never to early to start carving pumpkins with friends and family. Decorating your home for Halloween may also be a fun activity. You can also make use of old sheets and try the ghost photoshoot challenge. The trend originated on Tik-Tok but can be fun for anyone to do. You simply wear a white sheet, some sunglasses, and grab your camera for your own photoshoot.

Whatever you decide to do this year, make sure you stay safe, wear your masks, and have fun!

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WCSD Goes to Distance Learning Mon, 30 Mar 2020 17:59:47 +0000 You can access the Washoe County Distance Learning materials here:

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Prom Cancelled, All Other Events Suspended Until Further Notice Sat, 14 Mar 2020 02:54:29 +0000 Amid the concern of the novel coronavirus, the Nevada Association of School Superintendents has released a statement, available here, that all school events are cancelled for the time being. This includes athletics, after-school practices, assemblies, and more. Currently, only essential programs, such as after-school programs at elementary schools, and Spring Break Intersession will continue as normal.

Hitting closer home to the Hawks, this also means that our prom will be cancelled, as well as any Prom King and Queen nominations. Any students who have bought tickets will be refunded.

With this news being released just as spring break starts, many students are concerned about the rest of the school year. Events later in the year, such as the class graduation, will be evaluated as the situation progresses, according to the NASS. For events such as the Hug High Harlequins’ production of Little Shop of Horrors, “the future seems iffy,” remarks Emma George, one of the cast members. “We put a lot of hard work into the show and it would just suck for it to cancel.”

Washoe County schools aren’t the only ones feeling the impact of these pandemic precautions; the University of Nevada, Reno is calling students studying abroad back home, and Truckee Meadows Community College is planning to completely transition to online classes by March 30th. As of March 13th, when this news broke, approximately 20 people in Nevada tested positive for the coronavirus, with a majority being in Clark County.

For the latest updates about Washoe County School District’s response to COVID-19, you can visit their information page at As with any cold or virus, techniques such as practicing good hand-washing methods, avoiding touching your face, and self-isolating when sick are always good precautions to take. If you feel sick returning from spring break, the WCSD recommends that you stay home until you feel better.





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Interested in Joining Journalism? Thu, 12 Mar 2020 16:30:41 +0000 Do you like writing? Do you want to help the HHS Hawkeye next year? Would you like to go to events for free?

If you said yes to any of the previous questions, join the HHS Hawkeye next year!

We are currently looking to recruit anybody interested in joining the journalism class next year. We offer several different positions, including writers, photographers, editors, and proofreaders. In this class you’d be allowed to write about whatever you’d like. Whether you would like to write about sports, campus news, student life, opinion, etc.

If you’re interested in joining tell your counselor to put you into the journalism class.

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Stockpiling Toilet Paper Only Helps the Coronavirus Thu, 12 Mar 2020 15:39:51 +0000 Currently, Nevada has 7 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus from Wuhan. Of those cases, only two are in Washoe County. Despite this, hand sanitizer is flying off the shelves and bulk toilet paper is a luxury to find. It’s as if Pestilence, the Horseman of the Apocalypse, has descended upon the world.

Although COVID-19 has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, 80% of the confirmed cases are in China, S. Korea, Italy and Iran; America only has 1% of all confirmed cases. Likewise, out of the 127,000 confirmed cases, 53% of everyone infected has already recovered. Yet, people are reselling hand sanitizer online for $300 and medical items such as masks, over-the-counter cough medicines, and even toilet paper are constantly out of stock as people prepare for the pandemic. Even if it’s a little over the top, this preventative care harms no one, right?

Wrong. Ironically, the mad dash for people to buy supplies protect themselves harms the group at people most at risk of dying from COVID-19: people who are immunocompromised, with disabilities, and the elderly.

Masks are commonly used by people with respiratory issues and people who are immunocompromised, having weaker immune systems. With healthy, abled people buying masks in bulk (despite the CDC cautioning that masks have little benefit on healthy people), the people who depend on masks daily for their safety are now at greater risk. Similarly, people with chronic pain issues who frequently take OTC medications such as Tylenol or Aleeve may now have to overpay for the basic medicines that help them get through the day. Hand sanitizers are a necessity for people with weak immune systems who need to stay hygienic, since something as simple as the flu could be a prolonged hospital visit. Items that previously weren’t considered in high demand are now starting to disappear, putting the people who regularly depend on them in harms way.

What about toilet paper? Although it’s not a daily medical necessity like masks or hygiene products, the “panic buying” has resulted in price gouging by stores, where stores drastically raise prices in response to the high demand of people buying toilet paper. While the middle- and upper-class families can spare these few extra dollars, low-income families who have to accommodate higher medical costs are put into a dire situation. The people who need the least to combat COVID-19 are stockpiling excessively, leaving the people who need the most with the least.

Ultimately, COVID-19 is a serious world issue, but buying out all the toilet paper from Costco will do no good. The people at high risk are the elderly and immunocompromised; for every other healthy person, it’s just a nasty coughing bug that they can bounce back from in a few days. Currently, the fatality rate for people under 30 is 0.02%; the fatality rate for people over 80 is 14%. Take good hygiene measures to protect yourself and the people around you, but consider that some actions that seem to protect yourself and your family may actually be harming others at greater risk.

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A Brief History of the Iconic Crying Jordan Meme Thu, 12 Mar 2020 15:06:05 +0000 Considered by many sports and basketball fans to be one of the greatest to ever lace up and play basketball. Called the G.O.A.T or Greatest Of All Time, many players have strive to replicate or come close to the level of success he’s had. Six time NBA champion, five time regular season MVP, six time Finals MVP and fourteen time NBA Allstar. It’s Michael Jordan, now also well known for being a legendary meme.

If you are an avid Twitter user or use social media on a daily basis, you most likely have come across the infamous “crying Jordan” meme a couple times. In the sports world, it is often used to show great defeat of a team or a player. The image will also be one of the most iconic faces that the sports world has ever seen, but most don’t really know the origin of the meme and the context behind it.

The crying Jordan meme first started out in 2009, when Michael Jordan was giving a very emotional speech during his Hall of Fame induction. During the basketball legends speech, he cried frequently when talking about his best moments and what the sport of basketball has taught him over the years. In doing so, a photographer by the name of Stephan Savoia took the infamous picture of Michael Jordan crying and the rest is history.
As the picture then blew up on social media sites, notably Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, used to show defeat or disappointment. Notable examples include when the Golden State Warriors blowing a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016, or when the Giants blew a 5-2 lead to the Cubs in the MLB playoffs in 2016, when San Francisco in 2016 was “taking many L’s” sports-wise.
It doesn’t even have to be the players themselves or the coaches; it could also happen to the fans. One such example is Jean Dolores, better known as Sister Jean by many of the players of the Loyola Ramblers men’s basketball team of Loyola University Chicago. During her 99th birthday she stood courtside at one of the games at the final four college basketball games for her favorite team, Loyola Chicago University, in 2018. There were high hopes that Loyola would win it all that year, but sadly bounced out of the final four in a loss against Creighton. Social media took the opportunity to superimpose crying Jordan memes on sister Jean, as she was mostly seen as the figurehead for the Loyola Chicago team.
Another example of the ruthless use of the crying Michael Jordan meme is when it was used against star basketball player Manu Ginobli when his team the San Antonio Spurs played against the Warriors in the playoffs, which didn’t turn out too well for his team, prompting social media to roast the team and Ginobli in their loss against the Warriors.
The crying Michael Jordan has now become an immortalized meme in the sports world. Usually the shelf life of a meme is about 3 months at the most, but there are rare memes such as this one, that withstand the test of time. Now, the crying Michael Jordan meme has become one of the greatest icons to the sports world and to show disappointment or great defeat. It shows the ruthlessness in victory, shows the bummer of defeat, and is one for the history books as it is a great meme for an even greater player behind a truly emotional story.

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