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HHS Club Insight: STAND

posted Dec 26, 2015, 4:40 PM by Jason Suter   [ updated Dec 28, 2015, 5:56 PM ]

By Henry Smith

This year, STAND, an anti-genocide club, has surfaced in the HHS community. It has been led by the HHS vocal music teacher, Mrs. Smith, who said she was motivated to start the club for the goal of “giving the students an active place in making the world a better place.” Mrs. Smith continued to mention the hard work that students of STAND have done in “collecting school supplies for Syrian refugees,” “selling t-shirts and decals to help raise money for the supplies,” “bringing a holocaust speaker into HHS this year,” and “hosting a holocaust symposium.” Sophomore Makensey Krieger recalled that “taking Mrs. Smith’s holocaust class last year really motivated me to learn more about genocides and join STAND.” Sophomore Brook Bynaker also added that “it's a fun way to learn about new things and a way to help out and get involved.” The organization’s mission is to educate the Hanover community about genocides throughout the world. Mrs. Smith clarified that she hopes for the organization “to continue with the mission of educating our community, not just the high school students, but our community as a whole.” She also discussed her future plans for STAND and revealed that she would like the organization to travel to Washington, DC and put the organization’s anti-genocide activism into practice. STAND is important to sophomore Makensey Krieger because “we all need to understand what’s really going on in the world!” Mrs. Smith extends an invitation to get involved in STAND to any HHS student and encourages anyone interested to see her. In the bigger picture, it’s important to “understand the past and know the mistakes people have made,” according to Sophomore Brook Bynaker. 


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