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Highlands Volleyball dominates Newport High School 5-0

Junior Laura Winkler bumps the ball to her teammate.

Tessa Killen, Head Graphic Design Editor

September 22, 2020

On September 22, the Highlands High School junior varsity (JV) and varsity volleyball teams went up against the Newport High School Wildcats.  Newport started strong during the first match of the JV game. After battling a four-point lead, the JV team knew they had to switch gears. The team began cheeri...

Bluebirds succeed at Kentucky All-State Golf Championship, with prep for regional tournament underway

Senior Ellie Rowland takes a swing.

Julianna Russ

September 21, 2020

     Select members of the Highlands golf program spent this past weekend competing at the All-State Golf Championship, held at the University Club of Kentucky in Lexington.       The boys’ team qualified for the tournament following a season of triumph. The five players chosen to compete were...

Girls’ varsity volleyball team defeats Campbell County in senior night game

Senior Maria Little prepares to serve the ball.

Maggie Schroeder, Yearbook Head Editor

September 18, 2020

Yesterday night, the girls’ varsity volleyball team beat the Campbell County Camels three matches to zero during the senior night game.  To kick off the game, the two HHS volleyball seniors, Maria Little and Laura Winkler, were recognized in front of the fans and given a senior gift. Their te...

Highlands football moves forward following Simon Kenton loss, ready to tackle Ryle Raiders

Highlands Football (Photo from File)

Julianna Russ

September 18, 2020

     After an opening loss to Simon Kenton High School last Friday, September 11, the Highlands varsity football team hopes to gain a more equal footing with Ryle High School tonight.       Based on last week’s game, head varsity football coach Brian Weinrich was excited by how they played, ...

Sam Vinson verbally commits to play basketball at NKU

Sam Vinson verbally commits to play basketball at NKU

Lexie Crawford and Megan Benzing

September 17, 2020

     On Tuesday, September 15, Senior Sam Vinson verbally committed to play Division I basketball for Northern Kentucky University (NKU).      According to the NCAA, a verbal commitment happens when a college-bound student-athlete verbally agrees to play a sport for a college before they are eligible...

FTIS Healthy at School Guidelines for in-person return

FTIS Healthy at School logo

Maggie Schroeder, Yearbook Head Editor

September 16, 2020

After seven months of nearly empty hallways at Highlands, students are finally returning for in-person learning on  September 17 or 18. Students with last names A-Kim will return to school on the 17, while last names Kin-Z will return on the 18. All students will be learning in the building on the 21 ...

Bluebirds tie Holy Cross Indians 2-2 during Senior Night season opener

Senior Austin Frazier dribbles the ball down the field.

Maggie Schroeder, Yearbook Head Editor

September 9, 2020

Yesterday night, the Highlands Boys’ Varsity soccer team had their season opener versus Holy Cross at Tower Park Soccer Complex. The boys put on a competitive show and ended up tying the game 2-2 after an early lead in the first half.  The game also doubled as Senior Night, in which all of the senio...

UPDATE: The Return of Fall Sporting Events


Tessa Killen, Head Graphic Design Editor

September 4, 2020

On September 4th, Fort Thomas Independent Schools (FTIS) sent out a message that detailed the return of fall sporting events. The information included additional precautions and procedures to warrant the protection of spectators and athletes. This protocol will be in effect from September 7th through ...

BREAKING NEWS: FTIS School Board votes to return to in-person instruction September 17

The Fort Thomas Independent Schools Special Board Meeting on September 2, 2020. Image courtesy of HHSFilmAndBroadcast.

Lexie Crawford, Editor in Chief

September 2, 2020

At the Special Board Meeting on September 2, the Fort Thomas Independent Schools (FTIS) School Board voted unanimously to return to in-person instruction on Thursday, September 17. They believe it is important to bring students back for their mental health, social-emotional development, student safely,...

Highlands Seniors socially distance for the First Day of School

Students are thrilled to come back to school this early.

Tamra Armstrong, Staff

September 2, 2020

This morning at 8:30, on August 31st, the Senior class of 2021 kicked off the year by coming and being the live audience to broadcast. Students and faculty showed Matt Bertasso, principal, their bluebird spirit while also managing social distancing. Trinity Walsh, the counselor, gave an idea of what...

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