The Hilltopper

Highlands High School manages student badges for the first time

A student's identification badge.

Lexie Crawford and Tessa Killen

January 30, 2020

After returning from winter break, all Highlands High School students were given an identification badge, with the main purpose being to grant access to school doors during the day and for after school activities. Now, after having these badges for a few weeks, students and staff alike have had time t...

Highlands community reflects on Advisory following first semester

Mr. Poff's Advisory class plays a game of Mario Kart to relax during a stressful week.

Libby Spiess and Lexie Crawford

December 18, 2019

As winter break approaches, students reflect upon their experiences over the first semester. Many changes have been seen in the halls of Highlands High School, such as Advisory — a 13 minute period at the beginning of each school day. The motive behind Advisory is to make sure every student has at ...

“A Huge Target has been put on our Backs”

Junior Jason Noe gets into position before the start of a play.

Tessa Killen, Head Graphic Design Editor

October 16, 2019

Bright lights shine down on the turf-speckled field. The crowd is holding their breath as the clock ticks down. Sweat glistens off the foreheads of the exhausted players as they heave in and out. In the back of their mind lies a thread of pressure to make all of past athletes and Highlands Alumni proud...

Students jump into Fall Break

Lexie Crawford, Editor in Chief

October 2, 2019

FCCLA plans Homecoming, scheduled for September 21

The theme of Homecoming will be

Megan Benzing, Staff

September 16, 2019

Formals, friends, and dancing all have one common thread: Homecoming. This remarkable event sets the stage for the rest of the year. Dances such as this one can easily lift the spirits of a stressed teenager, as grades, jobs, and internal changes all cause tension. With over 1,000  high school studen...

Prom’s Shining Star

Prom Queen Junior Annalee Barrett and Prom King Junior Davis Recht

Ella Exterkamp, Staff

April 17, 2019

It is almost the end of Prom 2019; The last few notes of Bohemian Rhapsody have everyone breathing heavy and smiles are plastered across every face. The DJ comes on the mic announcing the much-anticipated arrival of the prom court. The next few minutes fill with excited chatter as the nominees walk do...

Students and staff of Johnson relocate to Highlands campus

Multiple trailers were moved into the new “Johnson Valley” before spring break.

Kenzie Poynter and Sydney Fessler

April 17, 2019

When students got back from spring break, there was a new addition to the Highlands Campus. The well-known “Death Valley”, became “Johnson Valley.” With the new name came trailers, 405 students, and 56 faculty members. Robert D. Johnson Elementary holds many memories but needed to be rebuilt. Th...

Rebecca Eaton traveling to Germany

Senior Rebecca Eaton

Emrel Woody, Staff

April 16, 2019

Senior Rebecca Eaton will be traveling to Germany over the summer for a foreign exchange program, something that not a lot of high schoolers say that they get to do. Eaton is going to be in Germany through August of 2019 to around the end of June in 2020. She will be completing a fifth year of high s...

Blue Ice Cream for Lilliana Schalck

Dari Bar on opening day for the sale.

Emrel Woody, Staff

March 25, 2019

On Saturday 23rd the Dari Bar in Silver Grove had its grand opening. The owners of the ice cream store decided to sell blue cones for Lilliana and all proceeds went to the Lilliana Schalck Memorial, a scholarship fund for outcoming seniors. With each small and medium blue cone sold, the money went for th...

Creative Writing Club sells Chocolate

Creative Writing Club sells Chocolate

Kayla Wilson, Feature Editor

March 19, 2019

This Tuesday-Friday, the 19th through the 22nd, the Writing Club will be selling small bags of assorted candies in the lobby after school. They will be $2 each and all money raised will be going to the club so they can enter various contests and do fun things together. So far, the club has made 1...

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