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“A Huge Target has been put on our Backs”

“A Huge Target has been put on our Backs”

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

FCCLA plans Homecoming, scheduled for September 21

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’s Shining Star

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

Students and staff of Johnson relocate to Highlands campus

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

Rebecca Eaton traveling to Germany

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

Blue Ice Cream for Lilliana Schalck

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...

Jaguars moving into “Johnson Valley”

Jaguars moving into “Johnson Valley”

Sydney Cooper, Editor-in-Chief

March 18, 2019

In March of 2018, Fort Thomas Independent Schools received the needed funding from the state to start the reconstruction project on Johnson Elementary School. The Kentucky legislature awarded $7.6 million for the project but also granted an extension that would allow the district to borrow an additi...

Juli Russ Speaks Out: “We are the generation that will be affected most”

Juli Russ Speaks Out: “We are the generation that will be affected most”

Tessa Killen, Head Graphic Design Editor

March 15, 2019

Today, March 15th, thousands of kids worldwide are skipping school in order to protest climate change. One of those students happens to be sophomore Julianna Russ, a student at Highlands High School. Climate change has been an ongoing problem for the past decades. Fox News wrote that “Every yea...

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