THE HAMPTONIAN The Student News Site of Hampton High School Thu, 23 Jan 2020 14:29:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 2020 Leap Dance Fri, 17 Jan 2020 17:54:30 +0000 Sadie Hawkins–a classic school dance where the girls ask the guys to go with them. This year Hampton High School is going to be having a Sadies Hawkins styled dance called the Leap Dance. If you can’t tell by the name, this dance will be held on February 29th, Leap Day. 

The dance will be from 7:30 pm till 10:00 pm and will be held in the Aux Gym. Tickets will be for sale at all lunches from February 26th-28th for $12. There is no exact theme for the dance, however the aux gym will be full of string lights, so you could say it will be a night of lights. 

So Hampton, don’t forget to mark your calendars for February 29th. We can’t wait to see everyone dressed up nice dancing the night away with your friends.

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Annual Blood Drive Thu, 16 Jan 2020 16:58:26 +0000 On January 29th, Hampton High School will hold its annual blood drive. Many students at Hampton donate blood to help benefit kids and earn two hours of community service. For all students that are new to the high school and want to donate, there are a few requirements:

First, you need to be at least sixteen and get your parents to sign a form. These forms are in the Nurse’s office in F-hall. 

On the day of the blood drive, your first period teacher will give you a slip with your assigned slot for donating. You may use it as a hall pass to go down to the old gym (by the Busy Bean) to donate. 

This year Hampton is donating all the blood they receive to hospitals all around Pittsburgh. One of the hospitals selected is Children’s Hospital in Lawrenceville. Brooke Clougherty, a senior at Hampton and a former donor said, “I really enjoy knowing that my donation benefited kids around Pittsburgh”. 

If you are interested in where else the blood will benefit, you can look at You can also sign up online too. Hampton and many more hope for your donation this year and more to come.

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Pittsburgh’s Best Record Stores Thu, 16 Jan 2020 16:49:45 +0000 Visiting independent music stores has been a classic pastime as long as vinyl itself.  Pittsburgh is home to many fascinating record shops, but many of the greats are rarely acknowledged.

A new addition to the record stores in Pittsburgh is The Government Center. This shop on the North Side has an abundance of vinyl and CDs, along with cassette tapes. Its roomy back serves as a small stage for local music events. This store’s tranquil environment highlights its inclusivity of all genres. 

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When driving through Millvale, it’s hard to miss a widespread mural of musicians. That’s the home of The Attic. The Attic is home to old and current music alike, along with a wide collection of CDs. Limited-release vinyl can also be found at competitive prices.

A cozy spot to find good underground music is Mind Cure Records. It is located in the distant land of Polish Hill–but it’s worth the drive. Crowning the top of a cafe and comic book shop (featured in the film Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl), it’s also home to an adorable dog. 

Last, but assuredly not least, Jerry’s Records, located in Squirrel Hill, is a cultural touchstone of Pittsburgh, . It’s a huge store filled floor-to-ceiling with music up to through 20th century. Like a labyrinth of music, there are many narrow hallways of vinyl that one could easily lose themselves in. Record prices are usually low because they are all used, and you may be able to pick up a record owned by local legend Jerry Weber himself.


Music outlets are key in local culture. It is important to keep small businesses like these running so they can continue to influence our city. Be sure to check out these places when looking to update your vinyl collection. 

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Talbot Thon is Just Around the Corner Thu, 16 Jan 2020 16:41:00 +0000 The sixth annual Talbot Thon is just under two months away, and the students in charge are more than prepared. This year, Talbot Thon falls on March 23, and there are many exciting new aspects to get excited about. The fundraising goal this year is $60,000, while last year we were able to raise $55,000. The top fundraising team’s prize is a party bus ride and dinner downtown, and the top fundraising individual will win a Macbook. 

Along with the prizes for top fundraisers, there are a lot of exciting raffle prizes such as and a new iPhone 11 and a set of Airpod Pros. Additionally, Thon this year features six different food trucks, including South Side BBQ, BRGR, Franctuary, Las Chicas, Gyros N’at, and the Pittsburgh Pierogi Truck. Before the event, there will be multiple fundraising opportunities for the school, such as a 3 on 3 basketball game and a pajama day with donations.

Registration opens February 3rd, and it costs $15 per person to register; more info about registration will be announced at a later date. For now, follow the HHS Student Council Twitter account for periodic updates. 

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Every Star Wars Movie Ranked Worst To Best Thu, 16 Jan 2020 16:28:00 +0000 With Rise of Skywalker now released, and the fate of the rest of the Star Wars Saga uncertain, I feel it’s best to find a proper ranking for these movies from worst to best, keep in mind, this is all completely my own opinion,and your opinions may differ greatly from mine. If you have your own rankings in mind, good for you. Leave your rankings and scores for each based on a 1 to 10 scale and we can discuss, just don’t be a jerk about it. 


  1. The Phantom Menace (3/10)

I gain no enjoyment from Phantom Menace at all. None of the characters have character traits, dialogue is terrible, the plot isn’t conveyed properly to the audience, and it’s just a completely dry, boring, and lifeless movie. Podracing is only fun the first time and the final battle is emotionally empty.


  1. The Last Jedi (3/10)

This one might be a little controversial. I actually appreciate that this movie was trying to say something fresh and new, but it kinda loses almost all of that appreciation due to the fact that it insults and craps all over its own universe just to convey its messages in the most clumsy way possible, all because of the bad writing.


  1. Attack of the Clones (3/10)

This one suffers from many of the same problems as the previous two, but the only two differences are that the characters all have character traits and it’s hilarious to watch. How can I be in a coma like with Phantom Menace or angry with it like The Last Jedi if I’m laughing the whole time?


  1. Revenge of the Sith (5/10)

I’ll be honest with you, I’m not a huge fan of this movie, but it has some genuine good moments scattered throughout, but other than that, it’s still pretty flawed, with the biggest bad apple being the pacing. However, with this movie, we are officially out of the nightmare zone and have now reached the “meh” category, expect us to stay in this area for some time.


  1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (6/10)

This movie is similar to Phantom Menace in the sense that none of the characters have character traits, pretty lame acting,and can be a bit of an abysmal narratively. But that 3rd act is pretty exciting, almost as if they saved everything for the end. 


  1. The Rise of Skywalker (6/10)

This movie might be the one I have the least to say about in the entire franchise. Rise of Skywalker is quite a mess, but a crowd-pleasing one at that. It provides a fitting end to the Skywalker Saga that you can never truly love, but never truly hate. 


  1. Return of the Jedi (6/10) 

Here we have the last of the “meh” Star Wars Movies. The reason I put this over the others is because while it suffers from a terribly boring second act, it’s not quite enough to ruin this movie for me, and the stuff involving Luke and Vader is pretty strong and emotionally moving. 


  1. Solo: A Star Wars Story (8/10)

We have officially reached the good stuff now. I love this movie a lot to the point that it’s unhealthy. Sure there are some notable issues like the lighting and Donald Glover kinda not giving a crap about his performance, but this is what Star Wars is all about, a fun action-adventure story. 


  1. The Force Awakens (8/10) 

Some of my friends may disagree with this placement, but this is just such an easy movie to like, with great performances, decent writing, filled with nostalgia, and introduces Ben Solo aka Kylo Ren, one of the most interesting characters in the Star Wars Saga. 


  1. The Empire Strikes Back (9/10) 

Oh the look on your face that I didn’t put this movie at number 1, but in all honesty, in some ways it is the best. This also happens to be the one movie in the saga that every other one is trying to recapture, whether for better or for worse. The movie is shot beautifully, the stakes are high, the final battle serves the characters very well, and the acting is on point.

  1. A New Hope (10/10)

I speak no hyperbole when I say this, but A New Hope is perfection. With its timeless setting, perfect pacing, fantastic acting from everyone in the movie, amazing characters, outstanding story and screenplay, and its effects are so timeless that I actually still don’t know how they did some of that stuff. Any criticisms I have with this movie come from the most recent releases, which added lots of pointless CGI everywhere and added in unnecessary scenes that really kill the pacing. If you watch this movie with the mindset of someone from 1977 who has never heard of Star Wars, you will love this movie as much as I. 


I call myself a Star Wars fan, but looking back on my rankings and scores and it turns out that I only like the Original Trilogy, one and a half movies from the sequel trilogy, and some moments from one of the movies in the prequels. Now many of you would yell at me for not liking the prequels nor all that much of the new ones, and so I say to them that they need to be more like Star Trek fans, praising the good while still acknowledging the bad. Thank you so much for reading my articles over the year, yours truly, Gavin Van Voorhis, signing off. 


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Uncut Gems: An adrenaline-fueled Nightmare Wed, 15 Jan 2020 16:44:24 +0000 Josh and Benny Safdie are only 35 and 33 respectively, and they have already created two of the best films of the past decade. In 2017, they released Good Time, an adrenaline-fueled story about a lowlife who goes on an odyssey across Long Island to find money to bail out his mentally disabled brother from Rikers Island Prison. It was a masterpiece to say the least. Your heart never beats at a steady pace while watching that film. You’re always on the edge of your seat, as they brilliantly execute scenes rife with tension and fear. Twists and turns pull the story in a direction you could never imagine.

Uncut Gems, the new film by the Safdie Brothers, does more of this. It takes place in 2012 and tells the story of Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler), a Jewish jeweler in Manhattan’s Diamond District who racks up a large amount of debt. He plans to pay off these debts by making incredibly high-risk gambles on basketball games. One in particular revolves around the now-retired Celtics forward Kevin Garnett (played by himself) in a playoff series. The film revolves around Ratner being chased around town trying to solve all of his debt and also trying to patch issues with his family along the way.

I love the style the Safdie Brothers use in their films, a style they maintain in Uncut Gems. The pace of the story is like a Lamborghini driving at top speed down an empty highway. It’s exhilarating. The characters are constantly yelling and fighting one another, and though the film is cut so fast, it lingers on the feelings that result from these altercations. When Ratner gets punched by a thug working for a collector, it’s not a textbook movie sound. You FEEL the punch. The sound design in this film is great. The cinematography is a combination of wide shots of cars cruising through the city of New York, bright neons painting a vibrant picture, and uncomfortable close-ups that keep the viewer constantly on-edge and uncomfortable. The vibrant synth score by Daniel Lopatin, also known as Oneohtrix Point Never who composed the Good Time  score, is phenomenal as well. It establishes the wide range of pace that exists throughout the film.

Sandler gives one of the best performances of his career. Photo from Junkee.

I am going to say something I don’t say often about films. Adam Sandler is amazing. He gives a brutal and real performance of a man trying to patch his life together but doing so through the worst ways possible. He is a desperate man. A man trying to keep his family together while constantly being chased around by collectors. Many often make fun of Sandler because of the low-class and trashy comedies he stars in. However, he crushes that stereotype in this film.

Overall, Uncut Gems is one of the best of 2019 and the past decade. The Safdie Brothers once again create a masterpiece for the screen. I cannot recommend this film enough.



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“We Want Snow” by Tommy Voinchet Wed, 15 Jan 2020 16:44:23 +0000 0 Two Thumbs Upper Crust Tue, 14 Jan 2020 16:48:15 +0000 A short drive out of Hampton will take you to Fox Chapel’s new Upper Crust, a treasure in our own backyard. Previously located on Dorseyville Road, the restaurant moved to the Hartwood Towne Center in October of 2018, a decision that has brought even more traffic to the local gem.

When you arrive, you are greeted by the welcoming faces of the employees and the warm aroma of rising dough from their ovens. Upper Crust offers delicious food at an equally delicious price point. During their lunch special, you can get two slices of pizza and a beverage for less than five dollars.

As the name implies, the pizza has a thick, fluffy crust — unlike other pizza joints, Upper Crust handmakes their dough and sauce themselves every morning.  

Long time employee Tony, or ‘Big T’, prides himself on the fact that all of his pizzas are made completely from scratch and with fresh vegetables. From the dough to the tomato sauce on top, everything is made in house, even the meatballs.  

John English, the owner, bought Upper Crust in 2007. He uses the shop to give back to the local community through sponsoring sports teams in Hampton and Fox Chapel.

If you find yourself in the area wishing for a new pizza experience, Upper Crust is definitely the right place to try. While you’re there, English recommends that you try the award-winning buffalo-chicken pizza or the jumbo chicken wings. Whatever you choose, you won’t be disappointed. I give the upper crust two thumbs up.

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Senior Internship Program Mon, 13 Jan 2020 17:01:21 +0000 This piece is co-edited by Anthony Howard.

Attention rising seniors, you have an amazing opportunity this upcoming year to take a senior internship class that is only a semester long. It counts as 1 full credit. However, upcoming seniors must be 17 to take the class. 

This program is an elective course designed to provide differentiated opportunities to select a number of senior students to participate in a career exploration and build college and career readiness through meaningful experiences and hands-on learning in a professional setting. Upon successful completion of the program students receive 1 credit towards graduation and a grade based on accordance with the Hampton grading scale. Students typically select two areas of interest as potential internship placements. Students are placed with an adult mentor at the internship placement site and expected to work between 5 to 15 hours a week for the semester. 

At the internship, students are required to complete and submit weekly modules and weekly logs of their hours. During the semester, students are expected to attend informational meetings and sessions at the High School with the program supervisor. Students will receive informal evaluation from their onsite mentors. With this class students will need to be able to demonstrate an ability to reflect on their experiences and learn from their mistakes. 

Coming from a current senior who had an internship this past summer, I wish I had the experience to take this class. It will give students new opportunities and an experience on what day-to-day work is like.


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Distinguished Alumni Thu, 02 Jan 2020 19:26:55 +0000 Every since Taylor Chess was 15 she had planned to be a salon owner in her 20s. She is a co-owner of the Hair Salon “Trend Pittsburgh Salon” located on Butler Street. Taylor is a Hampton graduate from the class of 2013. She started going to beauty school when she was 15, before she could even drive she was working as an assistant. She knew if she worked hard and built a clientele early in life she could be her own boss before most people her age graduated college. Chess attended Beattie her sophomore to senior year. Going into Trend, Taylor and her employees strive to make sure everyone come in feels comfortable and relaxed. There is no judgment, and everyone is welcome. Their are beverages and treats for clients to enjoy. Trend listens to exactly what you want and they spend their time giving undivided attention to you. Her clients always say how they feel so refreshed when they are there, it’s like you’re hanging out with your friends while getting pampered. Her favorite part in doing hair is the variety, having someone new and something new everyday excites her! 


At Trend, they do everything you would want for your hair including, mens and womens haircuts, extensions, and color. Taylor’s favorite part about being a salon owner is helping teach and lead new stylists. One of the reasons why she always wanted to open her own salon was because she hated the way stylists were treated at other salons. Chess states, “I like being able to help my employees and never make them feel badly about themselves when they are learning. We have fun and we all teach each other new things. Being able to create our own environment with good vibes is amazing!” I asked Taylor what advice she would give young entrepreneurs like herself, “My best advice is, do it even if you think you can’t!” There has been many moments in Chess’s career where she thought she should just give up because it was just too stressful, but she pushed through and didn’t give up on her dreams. Many students in Hampton think they are not able to achieve these “big” dreams they have in their mind just because we live in a small town. But as we see now if you really want something and you try your hardest and don’t give up, you can strive and succeed. Taylor said it best, “You truly can do anything that you work for. It’s such a scary move to step out of your comfort zone and do something risky. But when you succeed you are so thankful for everyday, there is nothing like working for yourself!

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