The Hilltopper

What Thanksgiving means to me

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November 25, 2020

     For my entire life, I have spent Thanksgiving with my mom, dad, older brother, and other members of my family. I forget when this happened at first, but for quite a few years, I have helped make...

NFL Report Card

This report card ranks the National Football League (NFL) teams into five categories.
November 24, 2020

The Anatomy of Passion

Literature is Julianna Russ' passion but she challenges others to follow theirs.
November 9, 2020

     Passion is a word often thrown around, but not usually discussed in depth.       I always suspected I would love reading literature, but for the longest time, my head got in the way.  ...

The Young Vote: How we can make an impact in the 2020 election

Headshot of author - Senior Head Graphic Design Editor Tessa Killen
September 10, 2020

Turning 18 is an immense, upcoming– or reached– milestone that many students will be achieving this year. This milestone unlocks the ability to buy a house, get married, gamble your tuition away in...

To a lost senior year

Hiren Lemma is a guest writer for the Hilltopper and serves as Vice President for the Highlands High School Senior Class.
March 25, 2020

This is not how it was supposed to be. Spring semester of senior year - this is just not how it was supposed to be. The past two weeks have been an absolute whirlwind. Our perception of COVID-19 has...

“Out of sight, NOT out of mind”

An empty Sprite can resides amongst the new plant growth.
Mass garbage pile up pollutes wooded area behind football stadium
October 14, 2019

Just two short weeks ago, Mrs. Colleen Epperson, the AP Environmental Science (APES) teacher made a shocking and terrible discovery when scouting the campus to find a location for an outdoor classroom....

Why “Neutral” Journalism is a Problem

May 20, 2019

"When Fox News first launched in 1996, their slogan was “Fair and Balanced.” Seeing this now would probably make a lot of people snicker given the reputation they have gained over the years. In 2008,...

Everything You Know About Immigration is Wrong

Everything You Know About Immigration is Wrong
May 13, 2019

Emma Lazarus’s “The New Colossus,” inscribed at the base of the Statue of Liberty, reads “Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost, to me,” representing the American promise of openness to immigration....

It’s time to end the disrespect

May 6, 2019

For 141 years this building has represented the traditions of Highlands. From the thousands of students who have walked across the stage to receive their diplomas, to the multitude of games won out on...

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