Spotlight on the University of Maine: Hannelore Sanokklis, Yarmouth


Hannelore Sanokklis is shown on the Yarmouth High tennis courts ahead of a match last week. Junior, Sanokklis started playing tennis at the age of 10 and now plays second single for the Clippers. Brianna Soukup / Staff Photographer

At the start of May, the Yarmouth women’s tennis team were in trouble with a 3-3 record. Since then, the Clippers have won seven straight wins, including a Saturday against two-time defending Class B champions Lincoln Academy.

Junior Hannelore Sanokklis will play the No.2 single for second-seeded Yarmouth (11-3), who will face Cape Elizabeth (12-1) on Wednesday afternoon in the B South regional final at Lewiston High School.

Sanokklis has a variety of interests outside of the tennis court including cybersecurity, robotics and photography which can be seen on his Instagram account, @ 2lenne_photography.

Question: How long have you been playing tennis?

A: Since I was 10 years old. I hated tennis when I first started playing. It’s so hard to learn.

Question: What has changed your outlook?

A: My brother (Milo, a freshman in the Yarmouth boys’ team) also played with me so playing with him was fun. Then I did a few camps and the drills we did were fun games like King of the Court and stuff like that. I stuck with it and ended up liking it a lot.

Question: You play No. 2 behind state singles champion rookie Sofia Mavor. How was your pre-season challenge match?

A: She is absolutely amazing. She beat me 8-0.

Question: Did you get any points on it?

A: I do not have. The amount of spin and slice she has on the ball is different than anyone else on the team. But it’s really fun to play with her in training.

Question: What made you addicted to tennis?

A: Running gives me an adrenaline rush and I like to be aggressive and hit the ball as hard as I can. It is also a kind of stress relief.

Question: What is the etymology of Sanokklis? Is that Greek?

A: No my dad’s last name is Sanok and my mom’s last name is Klis and they just combined the names.

Question: Many of your photos involve close-ups and interesting perspectives. How did you get into photography?

A: I got a new phone last year and it had a really good camera so I just started taking pictures. It’s fun to go into the woods and take pictures. I started doing themed sessions and more self-portraits. I made a flapper dress and did a photoshoot in 1920. It was fun.

Question: Do you practice other art forms?

A: I draw a lot and have done a few sewing projects. The walls of my room are covered with posters. There is no blank space. My favorite is an Elton John painting I did with a rainbow background.

Question: And you also participate in robotics, science bowl and quiz bowl competitions?

A: I would say I have a very logical and creative brain. It feels good to understand something that you (initially) cannot understand. You finally understand and you say to yourself: “Oh, it works! “

Question: What sparked interest in IT?

A: I’ve always loved shows with hackers and tech. So in grade two I took a computer class and that sort of thing sparked it more. I started subscribing to news articles and now I am taking an independent cybersecurity study course.

Question: And do you already have a career goal of being a penetration tester?

A: Yes, he’s a white hat hacker, a good hacker.

Question: What is your summer like?

A: The summer will also be two jobs and an internship. I work at a gas station (in Yarmouth) and the Old Navy store in Freeport. For the internship, I work with (two) professors at USM and I use the (Maker Innovation Studio) to create my own project.

Question: Have you started looking at colleges?

A: My top is Brandeis right now because there is a large Jewish community and I want to be in touch with that. Then RIT, WPI, RPI and a few smaller colleges.

Question: Anti-Semitic hate crimes have reached record levels in recent years. What effect does this have on a young, Jewish person?

A: Honestly, it’s a little scary. I went to a Jewish school and when I was in kindergarten someone wrote a swastika on our playhouse and wrote insults. My great-grandparents were Holocaust survivors, so it’s more of a deep connection. I want to share my identity and let people know that I am Jewish, but there is also this fear that people will not like me or that they will do something wrong. But you must continue.

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