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Post-Secondary Spotlights: Week Three

Post-Secondary Spotlights: Week Three

Julianna Russ, Staff May 14, 2021

     The senior students here at Highlands are only two weeks away from leaving the nest, and they will soon be forging their own paths. While some of them are off to college in the fall, others...

John Darnell, the current principal at Bellevue High School, was recently announced as Highlands High School's new principal.

BREAKING: Highlands announces Darnell as new principal

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

There is officially a new leader at the helm of Highlands High School. On the night of Thursday, May 13, John Darnell was announced as the new principal in an email to High School (HHS) faculty and...

One option for a graduation party could be an outdoor celebration in your very own backyard. (Image courtesy of

Graduation party planning ideas to outshine COVID-19

Mikalah Morgan, Staff May 13, 2021

     COVID-19 has impacted the class of 2020 last year, but another group of seniors will be graduating soon. What was supposed to be a magical time for our now graduated seniors has now been cut down....

Junior Anna Greenwell waits to hit the ball during the match against Dayton.

HHS softball team defeats Dayton on Senior Night

Emma Healey, Staff May 12, 2021

     On May 10, the Highlands High School girl’s softball team defeated the Dayton High School Green Devils 8-0. The night also included senior night, honoring seniors Caroline Class, Jules Shonkwiler,...

The boys’ tennis team gather together for a pregame huddle to discuss strategy.

Boys tennis wins against Ryle

Chelsie Cooley, Staff May 12, 2021

     On May 10, the boy’s tennis Birds defeated Ryle High School 5-0. The Birds were very excited about this outstanding victory. They are looking forward to the continuation of this amazing season.   ...

Post Secondary Spotlights: Week 2

Post Secondary Spotlights: Week 2

Juli Russ May 7, 2021

     With the first week of AP testing coming to an end, the Highlands High School 2021 Commencement Ceremony is only three weeks away. Soon, senior students will leave the nest for the very last...

Brandi Levy, a former cheerleader at Mahanoy Area High School in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania and a key figure in a major U.S. case about free speech, poses in an undated photograph provided by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Supreme Court takes on their first free-speech case in over fifty years

Natalie Shearman, Staff May 5, 2021

     Recently, the Supreme Court took on a free speech case, where the parents of now college freshman, Brandi Levy, sued the Mahanoy School District after she was kicked off the junior varsity cheerleading...

The logo for the 2021 Mortal Kombat movie release.

Mortal Kombat 2021 – Movie Review

Treiston Collins, Staff May 4, 2021

     Since August of 1992, Mortal Kombat has been one of the top franchises in the video game community. It has made 18 differently named games, eight of which are original fighting games, three of...

Senior Evan Rom prepares himself for pitching against a Moeller player.

Highlands Baseball Birds fall short a win against Moeller during stomach-churning game

Treiston Collins, Staff May 4, 2021

     On Friday, April 30, the Highlands High School baseball team played against Moeller and lost 17-8. The birds had played hard throughout all eight innings.      In the first inning, Moeller...

Rylie Weber will attend Mitchell's School of Hair Design in the fall. She is one of our first post-secondary spotlights.

Post-Secondary Spotlights: Week 1

Julianna Russ, Staff April 30, 2021

Leading up to the graduation ceremony for the Highlands High School class of 2021, The Hilltopper Online and HHS Film and Broadcast will feature three seniors and highlight their post-secondary plans.   As...

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