The spirit of Adar is permeating the air at HANC High School.
A wonderful time was had by all at the Rosh Chodesh Adar II breakfast this past Friday, March 11. After a joyous Hallel during davening with spontaneous singing and dancing, the students dined on a breakfast. Everyone in attendance enjoyed the music by the amazing HANC Band. The highlight was the first-ever HANC High School Spelling Bee. “Disciplined” contestants spelled or misspelled the words as the “amateurs” were disqualified until two not-“insubstantial” contestants remained. Although the audience was a little “mischievous” as they acted as “proxy” to the finalists, the outcome was conclusive as ninth-graders Noam Douek and Adina Cohen shared the top honors.
On March 8, warm, balmy weather was not enough to stop the HANC High School boys and girls from the amazing annual end-of-winter ski and snow-tubing trip. Despite the high temperature of 71 degrees, there was plenty of snow on the mountains and all the trails at Mountain Creek were open and groomed. Over 80 students and faculty headed out early for what turned out to be an exciting, fun-filled day. Over 30 first-time skiers participated in an introductory group lesson before hitting the slopes, while the experienced HANC HS skiers were zooming down the three peaks from the moment of arrival until departure. At the lodge, students enjoyed the hot cocoa buffet set up by the rebbeim while taking the time to schmooze and bond. Famished students ended the day with a gourmet spread at Noah’s Ark restaurant in Teaneck, NJ.
The ninth-grade girls embarked on an awesome action-packed snow-tubing trip to Camelback Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania. Once at Camelback, the girls enjoyed the spring weather as they snow-tubed down the mountain. The girls also enjoyed making delicious s’mores around the fire pit at Camelback. The day culminated with a delicious dinner stop in Queens at Carlos and Gabby’s. In preparation for the day, each participant was responsible for some aspect of the trip, which included shopping for snacks, bus programming, and preparing divrei Torah and words of inspiration. The girls accomplished their tasks with tremendous leadership capability. The girls returned to school happy, albeit tired, and everyone felt the warmth and unity that the day bought among the ninth-grade girls at HANC High School.
The tenth-grade girls went to Chocolate Works on Long Island. The students participated in a fun workshop prepared just for them. Using pretzels, cookies, candies, sprinkles, and plenty of chocolate, they created their own chocolate “pizzas,” which they took home in mini pizza boxes. But the girls didn’t have to wait to get home to sample some tasty treats—they snacked on strawberries, marshmallows, and pretzels which they had dipped into a giant chocolate fountain. After enjoying a catered pizza lunch, the students had some free time to explore the mall with their friends before returning to school.
Students are waiting expectantly for the upcoming chagigat Purim which will take place on Shushan Purim.