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Highlands students in overnight car wreck; two killed, two injured

Highlands students in overnight car wreck; two killed, two injured

April 28, 2020

The following is an update from Principal Matthew Bertasso:  "Dear Highlands Community, We are devastated to pass along the news that two Highlands High School students died in a car accident shortly after 1:20 a.m. on April 28, 2020 in Northern Kentucky. A third Highlands High School student ...

UPDATE: Principal Matthew Bertasso breaks down the end of the NTI school year plans and confirms information regarding the Class of 2020

Mr. Bertasso presents his 8/21/20 update to HHS

Megan Benzing and Maggie Schroeder

April 22, 2020

The hope of ending the school year on a normal note by returning to Highlands High School just reached an official end. Just yesterday, (April 21) Principal Matthew Bertasso announced that Governor Andy Beshear advised that NTI days be continued for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. Mixed o...

Voices from home: Reactions to the extension of NTI

Megan Benzing, Staff

April 22, 2020

Freshman Isabelle Brooker “I was kind of expecting it to happen. It doesn’t really affect me too much; I just like that I have more time to get work done. But I feel really bad that the seniors don’t get to graduate with their class and don’t get a prom.” Freshman Erin Paolucci “Honestly, I am sad t...

URGENT UPDATE: Governor Beshear extends NTI program to the end of the school year

Governor Andy Beshear during his 4/20 COVID-19 update.

Tessa Killen, Head Graphic Design Editor

April 20, 2020

The anticipation of returning to Highlands High School has affected students and faculty for six weeks now. However, the end to NTI is not as close as it seemed. 18 days ago, Governor Andy Beshear extended the NTI program to May 4, 2020 with the plan to extend further if needed in the coming weeks. After...

Highlands students accepted to Governor’s Scholars Programs

Highlands students accepted to Governor's Scholars Programs

Lexie Crawford, Editor in Chief

April 20, 2020

Over the weekend, anxious Highlands students awaited notifications announcing if they would be attending one of the three Governor's programs this summer. All programs are free of charge to those accepted and are held at several different Kentucky university campuses. Throughout the course of the programs,...

College Board releases remainder of information on how COVID-19 will affect AP Exams

College Board releases remainder of information on how COVID-19 will affect AP Exams

Lexie Crawford, Editor in Chief

April 3, 2020

On March 20, College Board put out an announcement that Advanced Placement (AP) Exams will change as a result of COVID-19 (LINK to an article on that information). On that date, they supplied information regarding the time limit of all tests and the specifics of a few courses (AP Art, AP Computer Science Pri...

Fort Thomas trails highlight

An alien holding a rabbit!

Maggie Schroeder, Yearbook Head Editor

April 2, 2020

With Spring Break beginning tomorrow, the middle of a pandemic is the last place most students want to be. With plans being cancelled left and right due to travel restrictions and courteous decisions to "social distance," most students will be chilling in the Fort instead of having a fiesta in Siesta....

URGENT UPDATE: Governor Beshear further extends NTI days in daily COVID-19 update

Governor Andy Beshear at his 4/2 live Covid-19 update.

Tessa Killen, Head Graphic Design Editor

April 2, 2020

The whirlwind of changes at Highlands High School has not ended. With the hope of going back to school a week after spring break, students anticipated the return of normal high school life. Unfortunately, another extension has been added to the Non-Traditional Instructional (NTI) days. Earlier...

Spring sports suspended indefinitely by KHSAA due to COVID-19

Spring sports athletes in uniform on the last day before NTI.
Courtesy of Athletic Director Kevin Nieporte.

Lexie Crawford, Editor in Chief

April 1, 2020

On Tuesday, March 31, the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) announced that the dead period, instituted on March 13 and expected to end on April 13, was extended indefinitely. With this announcement, several spring and winter sports at Highlands High School will be affected, as well...

Curing quarantine boredom: What’s up with Netflix?

Netflix Logo
Courtesy of Netflix

Megan Benzing, Staff

April 1, 2020

When it comes to downtime, there is always one place you can always go to defeat boredom: Netflix. The history of Netflix starts back in the year of 1997 when it was co-founded by Marc Randolph and Reed Hastings. Originally, Netflix opened purely as a website-based movie rental service and allowed people...

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