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International Women’s Day 2019: Our country’s true feminists

International Women’s Day 2019: Our country’s true feminists

Emeline Kuether, Managing Editor - Hilltopper

March 8, 2019


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

I grew up listening to the School House Rock song, “Suffering till’ Suffrage,” on repeat. I was inspired by the bravery and courage of women in the 1900s; the ones who continued to protest, fight, and give up everything they had for the right of women to vote. They were given this privilege with ...

Time for Tray Trash to Disappear

Time for Tray Trash to Disappear

Emrel Woody, Staff

March 5, 2019


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

Throughout the school year, a lot of new changes have come to the cafeteria. For example, students are no longer allowed to sit in the hallways. The school has gotten rid of the first lunch line to get more tables for groups to sit at to accompany those who used to sit in the halls. Now, for their...

The Young People Will Win

The Young People Will Win

Sydney Cooper, Editor-in-Chief

February 25, 2019


Filed under Opinion

As many students at Highlands High School know, I was one of the main organizers of the Walkout against school gun violence last year- one of the hundreds that were held across the country. On President’s Day, I was fortunate enough to attend the third part in the Miami University lecture series with ...

Political Correctness: America’s Disease

Political Correctness: America’s Disease

Ella Exterkamp, Staff

February 20, 2019


Filed under Opinion

We are growing up in an age where free speech is being traded for political correctness. Everything you post, every word you speak, even your own thoughts have to align with what is socially acceptable for all groups of people. I argue this idea of political correctness has gotten extremely out of han...

One Year Ago, Tragedy Struck: Why We Need Stronger Gun Laws

One Year Ago, Tragedy Struck: Why We Need Stronger Gun Laws

Kaitlyn Kittle, Staff

February 14, 2019


Filed under Opinion

One year ago, on February 14th, 2018, the Parkland Shooting shook the nation. 17 people died in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida, and an additional 17 were injured. 34 students and staff members. 34 friends, siblings, parents, and children. And yet, very little has...

The biggest problems with Western media

The biggest problems with Western media

Sydney Cooper, Editor-in-Chief

February 7, 2019


Filed under Opinion

In western culture, people have cultivated an obsession with youth and beauty. On some levels, this can be viewed as a positive thing. The better you eat, exercise, or care for yourself will not only make you feel better on the inside but be more socially acceptable to others in how you look and act....

Perfectionism: Why it is stunting development in adolescence

Perfectionism: Why it is stunting development in adolescence

Ella Exterkamp, Staff

February 1, 2019


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

“I don’t feel like an adult.” This phrase said by many 18-year-olds as a joke may be more of a reality than ever. The number of adult skills that teens have by 18 has been drastically decreasing in recent decades. Today’s teens are on a slow road to adulthood. Data shows teens are putting off d...

Should Students Be Allowed to Grade Their Teachers?

Should Students Be Allowed to Grade Their Teachers?

Gwen Culyer, Staff

January 25, 2019


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

As many of us know and have realized over the year, both middle school and high school students can be the most objective people out there. Not necessarily in a bad way, but we don’t have a filter that catches us just yet. Highlands has something put in place in which the students evaluate their tea...

Not everything is black and white: Covington Catholic Edition

Not everything is black and white: Covington Catholic Edition

Sydney Cooper, Editor-in-Chief

January 24, 2019


Filed under Opinion

On Saturday, January 19th, Covington Catholic High School officially got their 15 seconds of fame for all the wrong reasons. As the majority of the country has seen, the video of the Covington Catholic students and Nathan Phillips, a Native American War Veteran, has caused some serious controversy with m...

Getting Behind That Wheel

Getting Behind That Wheel

Emrel Woody, Staff

January 17, 2019


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

There’s a reason why turning sixteen is called Sweet 16. For most, it’s all about getting behind that wheel. Driving is seen as a dream for most, but also a nightmare for some. For me personally, driving was a scary step forward, and I didn’t fully start to drive by myself until my senior year ...

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