The Hilltopper

Tessa Killen
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 tales including Peter Pan and The Little Mermaid. Her form of writing shifted from scripts to short stories during her freshman year. She joined the creative writing club to learn new techniques in storytelling. During her Pre-AP English I class, she found herself writing poetry and more short stories.

Throughout her freshman year, Tessa fought for a creative writing class and was hoping it will follow through. Unfortunately, the class did not happen. However, she was still able to fit a writing class into her schedule: journalism.

It’s hard for her to transfer her writing style from fictional storytelling to news coverage, but she is learning fast and really enjoys the challenge. She is the vice president of the creative writing club this year and really enjoys letting loose and going back to her roots with fun, fairytale-like stories.

Despite it being a challenge, Tessa is very excited to start her journalism career at HHS.

Tessa Killen, Staff

Sep 09, 2019
Highlands Volleyball dominates Dixie Heights with school spirit (Story/Media)
Aug 25, 2019
Dresses on a dime (Story)
Aug 15, 2019
Students Head Back to School (Story)
Apr 29, 2019
Senior Week – Pajama Day (Story)
Apr 19, 2019
The History of Earth Day (Story)
Mar 15, 2019
Juli Russ Speaks Out: “We are the generation that will be affected most” (Story)
Mar 04, 2019
Birds Get Cutoff by Colonels in the Regional Tournament Semi-Final (Story)
Feb 28, 2019
Highlands Sweeps Holy Cross at Regional Tournament Quarter-Finals (Story)
Feb 26, 2019
Cooper Cages the Birds in the Regional Quarter-Final (Story)
Feb 14, 2019
One year ago, tragedy struck: The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting (Story)
Feb 08, 2019
Counselor Appreciation Month (Story)
Dec 12, 2018
Dayton Devils Dominated by Highlands (Story)
Nov 09, 2018
Should Your BMI be TMI? (Story)
Oct 26, 2018
Teachers’ interests in music (Story)
Oct 23, 2018
‘We ain’t done yet’ – Bluebirds advance to state semi-finals (Story/Media)
Oct 17, 2018
Birds blow out St. Henry 9-0 in first region game (Story)
Oct 15, 2018
Winkler hits with hard work (Media)
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