Your Best Self

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(L to R) 2017 Distinguished Young Women participants are: Audrey Garcia, Tatyanna Locchetta, Samantha Fischer, Alyssa Garcia, Brittany Forty, and 2016 Distinquished Young woman Olivia Umlauf  


Distinguished Young Women is a national scholarship program that inspires high school girls to further their education and prepare for a successful future.  The program is alive and well at Hanover Central High School and even inclement weather couldn’t prevent these young women from sharing their own unique talents in five categories: scholastics, interview skills, talent, fitness and self-expression. 

Five young women competed for a total of $850 in scholarships and the right to represent Hanover at the state level competition in February.

This year’s program was co-chaired by the mother/daughter team of Debra Sikma, and Marciadene Ballas who was the Distinguished Young Women winner in 1982.  “I love seeing the girls grow over the course of practices through the completed program,” said Mrs. Sikma.  The girls practice for several weeks before the program is held.  “They learn their routines and go over what it means to be your best self,” she added. 

Competing this year, in alphabetical order, was: Brittany Forty, Samantha Fischer, Alyssa Garcia, Audrey Garcia, and Tatyana Loccette. In addition to written essays, interviews, fitness and scholarship, the participants had the opportunity to display their individual talent skills.   Brittany Forty offered an exhibition of her archery skills, Samantha Fischer performed a self-penned monologue, Alyssa Garcia showed her talent through a dance and cheer routine, Audrey Garcia offered a stunning vocal performance and Tatyana Locchette presented a pom routine. 

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Winner of the 2017 Distinguished Young Woman of Cedar Lake title, Audrey Garcia and 2016 winner Olivia Umlauf.   

Judges for the competition came from all walks of life representing the law enforcement community, dance business, education, the airline industry, and the pharmaceutical industry.  All of the judges have experience and/or a personal connection to the Distinguished Young Women program. They faced tough choices and ultimately named Audrey Garcia the 2017 Distinguished Young Woman of Cedar Lake.  Audrey received the overall winner scholarship of $400,  as well as the talent award, spirit award, and scholastic award for an additional $150.  Alyssa Garcia was awarded the 1st Runner Up prize of $100 and the fitness award for $50.  Brittany Forty, Samantha Fischer and Tatyana Locchettta all received $50 scholarships respectively for their essay, interview and self expression efforts.  

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The Garcia Sisters (Audrey and Alyssa) had an outstanding day at the Distinquished Young Women program taking home the title and first runner up.

Audrey Garcia will move on to the state competition in Kokomo, Indiana February 16-18 where she will compete with 21 other Distinguished Young Women from across the state.  Congratulations Audrey and we all wish you the best!

Getting To Know Principal Westmaw

Just prior to coming to Hanover Central High School as Assistant Principal in 2013, Mary Ann West served as the Assistant Principal at Christ The King College Preparatory High School on the west side of Chicago.  In 2014, Ms. West began serving as Principal of HCHS.  She is a graduate of Crete-Monee High School, earned a B.A. in History from Northern Illinois University as well as Master’s degrees in Secondary Education and Education Administration from Governor’s State University.  Ms. West is currently working on her doctorate in Executive Organizational Leadership & Policy at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.   Ms. West, an educator since 1995, is certified in both Indiana and Illinois, and has served as a Teacher, Dean of Students, Assistant Principal and Middle School Principal in both parochial and public schools. 

As the parent of a college graduate daughter, Principal West is well aware of the challenges faced by students today that didn’t even exist a generation ago.  “The influence of social media takes the innocence of childhood away too soon.  Kids are bombarded by so many issues and topics they shouldn’t have to deal with or be exposed to.  It makes it very challenging at times for them to even concentrate in school,” she said. 

Ms. West believes bringing structure, school pride, and expanding school programs are some her greatest accomplishments.  “I’m clear about expectations for students.  I look at each student as an individual.  I’ve always been consistent in issuing discipline.  Whether it’s the homecoming queen or the class clown, students know the same consequence is given.  I let them find their way, within parameters, and in a secure environment I build relationships.  I believe it’s important for our students to know and continue school traditions—this builds school pride and a love for their high school.  Lastly, I believe in our school mission of “striving to create a positive environment where all are challenged to achieve their potential”.  Annually, we strive to expand our class programming to meet all student needs—the college-bound to the career-ready graduate”.

The most important message a child can hear from an educator says West is, “We are concerned about their total well-being and success, not just academically.  Everything that goes into making them who they are-- we care about.” 

 Hanover Community School Corporation Mission, Vision, and Beliefs 


Making a difference…realizing potential


 Hanover Community School Corporation realizes the individuality of each student and is committed to providing a safe and positive atmosphere for learning. The collaboration of dedicated staff and the community allows Hanover Community School Corporation to create a literacy-rich environment and facilitate high quality instruction for all students. A challenging curriculum, well-equipped facilities and relevant technology optimize achievement, empowering all students to realize their potential for success in a global society.


1.       Every student has the capacity to learn and grow academically with involvement and support from the school system, the community, and parents/guardians. 

2.       Students are best served by creating multiple pathways leading to a successful transition to postsecondary education or employment opportunities. 

3.       Consistent parent/teacher communication and involvement creates a collaborative relationship that supports the child’s social and academic growth. 

4.       Teaching should have clear goals focused on learning. 

5.      Learning is enhanced by the development of life skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, and peer collaboration. 

6.       A strong school staff is reflective and honest, holding each other accountable and supporting one another. 

7.       Staff members, as valuable contributors to the school community, must model ethical behavior, exhibit a strong work ethic, and perform at high levels. 

8.       The community is a core component of a successful school system and respects the dignity, worth, and opinions of every individual in the community. 

9.       Financial expenditures are aligned with the goals of this district. 

10.   Fiscal responsibility is essential to meet and sustain the educational needs of students. 

11.   Students and staff benefit from a safe, orderly and well-maintained learning environment. 

12.   Future facility needs are based on the corporation’s long-range plan. 

13.   Appropriate integration of technology into the curriculum is essential in preparing students to be competitive in a global society. 

14.   Extra-curricular activities are important in providing opportunities for social growth and personal achievement beyond the classroom.  


If you need assistance in other areas,below are some names of staff members that are here and ready to help you:


Principal: Ms. Mary Ann West, mwest@hanover.k12.in.us

Principal's Secretary/Main Office Manager: Pam Gentz - pgentz@hanover.k12.in.us
Assistant Principal/Athletic Director: Kevin Bachinski - kbachinski@hanover.k12.in.us 

Dean of Students: Lori Bathurst - lbathurst@hanover.k12.in.us

School Resource Officer: Lane Linder - llinder@hanover.k12.in.us

Bookkeeper: Diane Kickert - dkickert@hanover.k12.in.us 

Guidance Counselor (Grade 11-12) : Miss Monica Kazda - mkazda@hanover.k12.in.us
Guidance Counselor (Grade 9-10):   Mr. Ryan Adamski - radamski@hanover.k12.in.us

Health Services Coordinator: Stephanie Owen - sowen@hanover.k12.in.us 
Attendance Clerk: Mrs. Lynn Almaguer - lalmaguer@hanover.k12.in.us 

Guidance Assistant:  Mrs. Diana Furman - dfurman@hanover.k12.in.us




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