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

Headshot - Senior Head Graphic Design Editor Tessa Killen

Tessa Killen, Head Graphic Design Editor

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 Vegas, and vote. Imagine walking into a private voting booth and filling out your ballot, marki...

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.

Hiren Lemma, Guest Writer

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 shifted from a meme to a distant threat to a global pandemic permeating every aspect of daily life. As ...

“Out of sight, NOT out of mind”

An empty Sprite can resides amongst the new plant growth.

Maggie Schroeder, Yearbook Head Editor

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. The woods and creek behind the bleachers had turned into a full on dump. Once an area allocated to...

Why “Neutral” Journalism is a Problem

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Sydney Cooper, Editor-in-Chief

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, they changed their slogan to “We Report, You Decide.” This slogan perfectly captures the problem ...

Everything You Know About Immigration is Wrong

Everything You Know About Immigration is Wrong

Sydney Cooper, Editor-in-Chief

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. This message has expanded diversity, thus allowing a wider array of talents and skills tha...

It’s time to end the disrespect

Emeline Kuether, Managing Editor - Hilltopper

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 the football field, this building has stood the test of time. After undergoing extensive renovation...

Knock out your AP anxiety: How to prepare for the dreaded exams

Knock out your AP anxiety: How to prepare for the dreaded exams

Emeline Kuether, Managing Editor - Hilltopper

April 23, 2019

It’s that time of year again. Warm weather, annoying allergies, and stress in the air. If you’re like me, then you might not have realized how quickly May is approaching; in less than 2 weeks we’ll have finally reached the last month of the school year. But before you start daydreaming about day...

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

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

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...

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