The Triple “AAA” Awards

Applause, Applause, Applause


The stars came out for the Triple AAA Awards and for many it was their last time to share the big stage.  Shown are:  Top Row (l to r) - Anna Zurisk, Noah McWilliams, Brianna Dingey, Alex Gesiakowski, Lela Verduin, Emma Frey, Lynda Hinojosa, Jose Capetillo, Lauren Buchanan, Hope Johansen, Leslie Lewis, Nerissa Fezler, Payton Sawaska, and Ariana Arce.  Bottom Row (l to r)  -  Rachel Mace, Courtney Gray, Lexi Gremp, Chris Zurisk, Ryland Babusiak, Jared Kortokrax, Robert Chavez,  and Allison Graves. 
Triple AAA no. 2  
 Winning for Best Supporting Actress in 'Happy Days,' was Rachel Mace, photographed on the red carpet with Alex Gesiakowski
Triple AAA no. 3  
 All Award Winners,  Ryland Babusiak (Best Actor - Rest Assured), Allison Graves (Best Actress - Yearbook) and, Chris Zurisk (Best Actor - Happy Days).

The Triple ‘AAA’ Awards have nothing to do with servicing disabled automobiles and everything to do with recognizing the exceptional talent shown by members of the Hanover Central Thespian Society.  The awards are Hanover’s version of a Tony given for outstanding Broadway productions and performances.  Thespian Society Sponsor Stephan Gustas looks forward to the awards every year, but doesn’t enjoy saying goodbye to his seasoned, Senior Stars.

“I’m already crying and it gets harder every year,” said Mr. Gustas.  It was especially hard this year with the Society enjoying the talents of a plethora of seniors. 

The talent during the 2015-2016 school year was something very special.  “What this group did is equal to a small community theater production, and I am very proud of them and don’t want them to leave,” he said.  He is extremely pleased that Senior, Lexi Gremp will continue to grow her theater skills in college as her chosen field.

If Mr. Gustas has a single aspiration for the Thespian Society next school term, it’s to grow membership.  “I would really love to see more students get involved, not just on stage, but on the technical side as well,” he added.  He is equally excited about the Building Trades students becoming involved and looks forward to their contribution to future productions. 

“There are so many things students can do and ways to get involved that they may not even know about,” explained Mr. Gustas and he’s  hoping that students will take the time to investigate the opportunities available.

As for the Triple ‘AAA’ awards, they are a night of celebration and silliness, a night of tributes and tears and a time to say goodbye and job well done.



Best Actor: Noah McWilliams

Best Actress: Allison Graves

Best Supporting Actor:  Ryan Seniw

Best Supporting Actress: Lauren Buchanan


Best Actor: Ryland Babusiak

Best Actress: Lexi Gremp

Best Supporting Actor: Jared Kortokrax

Best Supporting Actress:  Courtney Gray


 Best Actor: Chris Zurisk

Best Actress: Hannah Buckner

Best Supporting Actor: Jose Capetillo

Best Supporting Actress: Rachel Mace

Funniest Character: Jose Capetillo

Best Dancer: Leslie Lewis

Additional Awards Presented:

 Best Techie:  Kyle Wilson

Worst Costume: Lauren Buchanan as Mrs. Frink (Rest Assured)

Best Costume: Lauren Buchanan as Mrs. Frink (Rest Assured)





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 Preparatory 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 Education and Education Administration from Governor’s State University.  Ms. West is certified in both Indiana and Illinois and has served as a Teacher, Dean of Students, Assistant Principal and Middle School Principal.  Her experience includes serving the Archdiocese of Chicago, Harvey School District 152, Crete-Monee School District 201-U, Lansing, Matteson and the Cristo Rey Network in Chicago. 

As the parent of a college age 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 to the school is her greatest accomplishment.  “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.  

The most important message a child can hear from an educator says West; “We are concerned bout 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: Miss Monica Kazda - mkazda@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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