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Junior class officers present COVID-19-friendly prom, the first dance of the year

Junior class officers present COVID-19-friendly prom, the first dance of the year

Julianna Russ, Staff April 15, 2021

     Earlier this week, it was announced that tickets to Prom 2021 were finally available for purchase, after more than a year of no school dances or gatherings of this manner. There have been changes...

The Highlands boys varsity basketball team holds up their championship trophy, celebrating their win.

Birds ride wave of victory to the end, win program’s first State Championship

Lexie Crawford, Editor-in-Chief April 14, 2021

With 30 seconds left on the clock, the Birds had possession of the ball. From Highlands' side of the arena, cheers rang out. Senior Sam Vinson walked the ball down the court, a smile plastered on both...

Former Highlands High School principal, Brian Robinson, was announced as the next FTIS superintendent.

“Our goal is to continuously work to be better versions of ourselves:” Former principal Brian Robinson announced as next superintendent

Tessa Killen, Graphic Design Editor April 6, 2021

Every Monday morning, a friendly, familiar voice would greet the students of Highlands High School (HHS) with a simple phrase: “Good morning, Highlands. These are your morning announcements.” After...

Principal Matt Bertasso at the watch party for the varsity boys basketball game on Monday, March 22.

Honoring Bertasso: Thanks for the memories

Julianna Russ, Staff March 31, 2021

   Last week, Principal Matt Bertasso announced his departure from Highlands High School effective at the end of the 2020-2021 school year.       A Highlands alumnus himself, Bertasso arrived...

Emily Haffey poses with her 2020-21 Teacher of the Year banner.

Fort Thomas Education Foundation announces Teacher of the Year and five grants

Chelsie Cooley, Staff March 30, 2021

     On March 30, 2021, Spanish teacher Emily Haffey was announced as the 2020-21 Teacher of the Year in a surprise ceremony.       Haffey has been a teacher at Highlands for eleven years, teaching...

This image depicts the teams in the Sweet Sixteen  this weekend.

The craziness of March Madness continues as upsets filled the headlines

Will Todd March 26, 2021

     They don’t call it “March Madness” for nothing. This weekend was full of upsets and the start of some Cinderella runs. The first upset we saw was when Oral Roberts University (15 seed) took...

The capital building in Washington D.C. with the two bodies that compose the legislative branch of the American government.

D.C. looks for statehood

Treiston Collins, Staff March 25, 2021

     On Friday, March 26, 2021, the United States House will hold a vote on an act known as the Washington D.C. Admission Act. If approved, this will grant D.C. the title as the United States’ 51st...

Senior Abby Bach throws for a strike during the KHSAA State Team Tournament.

#AskAbby: Bowling birds represent in state tournament

Tessa Killen, Graphic Design Editor March 24, 2021

On Monday, March 22, the Highlands girls’ bowling team travelled down to Louisville, Kentucky to compete in the KHSAA 2021 Bowling State Tournament that took place on Tuesday, March 23.  The Birds...

A students desk, covered in scholarship applications.

Scholarship Season: Seniors work on daunting task of searching for and applying to scholarships, peers and counselors offer advice

Lexie Crawford, Editor-in-Chief March 22, 2021

     Since the Common Application opened on August 1, seniors around the nation have felt the pressure of college applications. Desperately choosing between including Green Club and Art Club, deciding...

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