The Hilltopper

2018-2019 Staff

Sydney Cooper

Editor-in-Chief

Sydney Cooper is the Editor-in-Chief for the Hilltopper Newspaper at Highlands High School. Sydney is very excited to be a fourth-year journalism student and cannot wait to see what politically motivated and enticing stories ...

Emeline Kuether

Managing Editor - Hilltopper

Emeline Kuether is the managing editor of the Hilltopper online newspaper. She has been a contributing writer for the newspaper for the past 2 years. Her life revolves around words, whether they are in the hundreds of books on...

Steve Lang

Managing Editor - Yearbook

Stephen is a senior at Highlands High School and is in his fourth year in the Journalism department. Steve’s previous roles in the department was: Staff in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years and Design Editor in the 2017-1...

Kayla Wilson

Feature Editor

Writing has always been a part of Kayla Wilson’s life. While most kids were coloring with crayons in coloring books, she was scribbling lines in a spiral notebook with a number 2 pencil. Squiggly lines morphed into childish sen...

Maggie Schroeder

Sports Editor

This is Maggie’s second year in journalism.  Her favorite parts of the class are designing yearbook spreads, attempting to take photos, and writing.  Outside of school, one of her favorite things to do is run! She has run track...

Lexie Crawford

Photo Editor

Lexie is the photo editor for The Hilltopper newspaper and The Highlander yearbook. She has taken journalism since eighth grade, and is very excited to be in an editor position at such an early point in her career! She is hop...

John Whitlatch

Design Editor

John Whitlatch is a senior at Highlands High School this year. This is his fourth year of journalism and is the design editor for The Hilltopper online newspaper and Highlander yearbook this year. He first started writing short ...

Caitlyn Morgan

Editor

Caitlyn Morgan is currently a sophomore this year. This is her third year of Journalism and she is very excited to be an editor! Caitlyn enjoy doing most things high schoolers like constantly watching Netflix and hanging out with fr...

Jenna Brady

Editor

Jenna Brady is a junior at Highlands. She has always had a love of writing, even though some of her earlier pieces were very cringy and undeveloped. At a young age, she could be found writing short stories, but evidently giving u...

Gwen Culyer

Staff

Gwendolyn Culyer is a senior here at Highlands High School and has been in the district since Elementary School. Her passion for writing has continued to sprout over the years. She has gained appreciation for writing as it ...

Ella Exterkamp

Staff

Ella Exterkamp participates in not very many things at HHS because she thinks she is above Highschool which may be true. She used to do gymnastics for 15 years but has recently quit but now is teaching gymnastics classes because her ...

Emrel Woody

Staff

If Emrel had to pick one word to define her, that word would be creativity. Her mind is always racing with ideas. She always remembers her life being this way, with having ideas for characters for stories dancing in her head. Sh...

Kenzie Poynter

Staff

Kenzie is a Freshman at Highlands and she is very excited to be in Journalism this year. She is taking all advanced classes this year and is a part of a Start with 17, which is a developing high school club. She went to St. Ca...

McKenna Miller

Staff

McKenna Miller is a senior at Highlands High School. This is her first year in Journalism and has had a blast so far. She has taken graphic design/photography for the last 2 years at Highlands, so she is enjoying helping with...

Nick Caldwell

Staff

Nicholas Caldwell is a sophomore this year at Highlands High School. This being his first year in journalism he is eager to work on this year’s yearbook. He takes part in many events around the school mainly sticking to behin...

Tessa Killen

Staff

Tessa Killen is a sophomore on the Highlands High School journalism staff. She began writing in the 7th grade when introduced to the art of playwriting and directing. She took off with writing several adaptations of classic fairy ta...

Tristin Brubaker

Staff

Writing is something that Tristin, who is a junior, just started doing. She has tried hard this year to work on her writing skills with it being her first year in journalism. She has also started to understand how to write good...

Maddy Lyvers

Staff

Madison Lyvers is a senior at Highlands High school, she has been in journalism for three years now and really enjoys working in the yearbook and being able to connect with people in a fun and creative setting. Maddy Lyvers is 17 yea...

Sydney Fessler

Staff

Sydney Fessler is a 9th grade student who attends Highlands High School. When it comes to academics, she is always up for a challenge. As a freshman, she is taking all of the advanced courses which include Algebra II Adv, Pr...

Kaitlyn Kittle

Staff

Kaitlyn Kittle is a senior this year. This is her first year on the Journalism staff and is very excited to be a part of the program. Kaitlyn first got started writing outside of school essays when she was ten. She wrote poetry i...

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