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Unstoppable Students at ISSMA

Not only did Jessica Walters (left) and Olivia Gutierrez earn gold medals, but high praise as well from Director Christine Santaguida.  "They literally stayed at Munster High School all day in order to assist me with whatever I needed.  They are truly gold!" 


 Gold winning Middle School ensemble:  Jessica Walters, Olivia Gutierrez, Marissa Metcalfe, Gracie Hanlon, Brianna Nirtaut, and Emily Ortiz
 Hanover was well represented by family and friends; here's Caitlin Plitt with her Mom.
And Sara Yardley and her family
Even our youngest performers earned GOLD!  6th graders: Yumi Baer, Alaina Giglio, Julia Schuldes, Maria Davenport and Ashlyn White 
Our young men were well represented, including these great Hanover Central High School performers; (Back row) James Devine, Blake Schmitt, Joe Jackson, and Ryan Bourrell, (Front row) Mike Haskell and Mike Russell 

Eighty-one students from Hanover Central High and Middle schools participated in the 35 different ISSMA (Indiana State School Music Association) events last Saturday.  “We earned gold in 23 events and silver in 12 events," said Hanover Choir Teacher and Director, Christine Santaguida.  . “It was beautiful to see what these students accomplished through their preparation for this event. I'm proud of each of them.”

The students themselves expressed the emotions they felt before competing and the elation at the level of their success.  8th grader, Katrina True summed it up by saying; “I went in there thinking I’m going to fail, but I won.  Thank you Hanover for letting me have this chance.  Now, I know I can do anything I want to, as long as I put my heart out.”  6th grader Yumi Baer was equally enthusiastic about her ensemble performance;  “When I saw the building of Munster High School I got butterflies in my stomach and I was so excited and a little scared too, but I knew that I had to do it…When the judge came out we were excited and scared but quickly Julia (Schuldes) grabbed it (the score sheet) and the letter was ‘G’ for gold!  We were all so excited.”  7th grader Joy Gliwahrl succinctly summed up her experience.  “I was very nervous when it was my turn, but I believed I could do it.  All you need is some effort and inspiration and you’ll succeed.” 

Hanover Central High School participants were excited as well. “This experience pushed me to try something completely new, and I’m really thankful for everything I learned from it.  Competing at ISSMA was one of the most rewarding and fun parts of my senior year,” said Lexi Gremp.  Rebekah DeLange described her day at the competition; “ISSMA was a great experience.  With my solo I grew a lot as an individual in my vocal qualities and technique.  As an ensemble, the group of girls and I learned how to blend and work tougher in order to sound as one.”

Helping to earn their successes was the encouragement of family and friends, many of whom attended the performances.  “Hanover was well represented and I’d like to thank all of the parents, grandparents, family and friends who came out to support our performers,” said Mrs. Santaguida. 

The choir ensembles and solo performers put in many long hours and while Mrs. Santaguida is quick to give them praise; “To see them stand confidently and face their fears was priceless. There were many victories made at ISSMA that a simple medal cannot capture.” The students were even quicker to express their gratitude to her.  Hanover Central Middle School student, Anthony Klobucar shared the sentiments of the performers.  “Mrs. Santaguida works so hard to help us grow in Choir.”  Hanover Central High School choir member agreed; "Everyone worked so hard to get to this point in choir.  That wouldn’t be possible without our amazing teacher, Mrs. Santaguida!  Thank You!  We can’t wait to do ISSMA again.”8th grader Jessica Walters summarized ISSMA; “It was an unforgettable experience.  The thrill of being able to accomplish something you didn’t know you could do makes you feel unstoppable.”  This year, Hanover Central was indeed unstoppable and we can’t wait to see it all unfold again next year!     

The following Middle School students earned Gold Medals:  Vocal Soloists;Carina Bolanos, Charity Anselmo, Gracie Hanlon, Isabel Sitkowski,Jessica Walters, Joy Gliwa, Katrina True, Madison Kegley, Mya Ondack, Olivia Sroka, Ruthie Rakowski, Simone Wydra, Yumi Baer, Anthony Klobucar, and David Lollis. Ensemble Members;  Ruthie Rakowski, Charity Anselmo, Olivia Sroka, Faith Farrell, Anthony Klobucar, Josh Ondack, Hannah Schneider, Gracie Hanlon, Brianna Nirtaut, Jessica Walters, Marissa Metcalfe, Emily Ortiz, Olivia Gutierrez, Ashlyn White, Maria Davenport, Alaina Giglio, Julia Schuldes, Yumi Baer. Gold Medal Piano Soloists: Brianna Nirtaut and Anna Wilk.

Special Congratulations to Hanover Central High School Students Shariden Varner and Sydney Reinbold who earned gold in the Group I Division, which qualifies them to compete at the State competition in Indianapolis on February 20.  

Mission Statement:


 At Hanover Community School Corporation, we are:  Making a difference…realizing potential.


Vision Statement:


The 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.

Board approved April 17, 2012



  • Please be advised that the Board of School Trustees of the Hanover Community School Corporation will meet in an Executive Session, closed to the public, on Wednesday, February 17, 2016, at 7:00 P.M. in the Hanover Administration Building Board Room, 9520 W. 133rd Ave., Cedar Lake, IN.

    Please see the attached agenda.

     Executive Session Agenda

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  • hd

    Hanover Central Thespian Society Presents Happy Days.  Three great shows on Friday, February 19, Saturday, February 20, and Sunday, February 21.  Evening performances on Friday and Saturday begin at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday matinee begins at 2:00 p.m.  Join us for this great musical performed for the first time in NWI at the Hanover Central High School Auditorium, 10120 W. 133rd.  Tickets are $5.00 and pre-orders are preferred, please call (219) 374-3800 (ext.3817) to place your order.  Tickets will also be available at the door.   

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  • Substitute Teachers Wanted


    Want to work with the most amazing students in NWI? Want to work with a school corporation that respects and admires great teaching skills? HANOVER COMMUNITY SCHOOL CORPORATION NEEDS SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS! Please contact Human Resources Specialist, Lori Cordera at humanresources@hanover.k12.in.us

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  • Employment Opportunities


    Hanover Community Schools have employment opportunities for substitute bus drivers and school nurses.  Positions are available immediately.  Please contact Human Resources Specialist Lori Cordera @ humanresources@hanover.k12.in.us

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  • The Board approved 2015-2016 calendar is posted to the Calendar drop down menu above. 


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  • Hanover Community Families:
    Hanover Community Schools are in need of substitute bus drivers and substitute teachers. Both of these positions are needed for both half-days and full-days, Hanover Community School Corporation offers training for those individuals interested in driving a school bus. Those of you interested in becoming a substitute teacher, you will need a current substitute teacher's permit, or can apply for a permit though the Indiana Department of Education. If you or someone you know would be interested in either position, applications are available online at www.hanover.k12.in.us. Then, follow the Human Resource/Employment link to the employment opportunities page, or you can contact the Human Resource Department at 219-374-3507.

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