The Hilltopper

Tessa Killen
Tessa Killen is a junior at Highlands High School and this is her second year in the Journalism department. 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 sophomore year, she became the Vice President for the creative writing club and joined the journalism staff for the first time. There, she found a love of graphic design within the yearbook. Now, she is the president for the creative writing club and isthe graphic design editor for the yearbook. She is extremely excited to have new responsibilities in the two extracurriculars that she adores! She would like to give a big thank you to past staff member Emrel Woody for encouraging her to take the journalism class and for passing down the Creative Writing Club presidency down to her. Thank you so much, Emrel!

Tessa Killen, Head Graphic Design Editor

Jan 12, 2021
Bowling team makes big move (Media)
Jan 09, 2021
Highlands boys basketball posts loss in second game of the season (Story/Media)
Jan 08, 2021
The unspoken rules of Highlands grade levels (Story/Media)
Dec 04, 2020
The unspoken rules of NTI at Highlands (Media)
Nov 06, 2020
The unspoken rules of Highlands student parking (Story/Media)
Oct 28, 2020
The return of Highlands wrestling (Story/Media)
Oct 21, 2020
2020 has gone too far: The end of “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” (Story)
Sep 29, 2020
Hail and lightning abruptly conclude freshman soccer game (Story/Media)
Sep 22, 2020
Highlands Volleyball dominates Newport High School 5-0 (Story/Media)
Sep 10, 2020
The Young Vote: How we can make an impact in the 2020 election (Story)
Sep 04, 2020
UPDATE: The Return of Fall Sporting Events (Story)
Apr 20, 2020
URGENT UPDATE: Governor Beshear extends NTI program to the end of the school year (Story)
Apr 02, 2020
URGENT UPDATE: Governor Beshear further extends NTI days in daily COVID-19 update (Story)
Mar 24, 2020
Voices from home: How are you preventing cabin fever? (Story)
Mar 20, 2020
Governor Beshear extends NTI days in COVID-19 update (Story)
Mar 18, 2020
The changes keep coming: Covid-19 rocks Prom and Prom to Dawn (Story)
Mar 16, 2020
Voices From Home: How is your first day of NTI going? (Story)
Mar 13, 2020
Q&A Recap about the Non-Traditional Instruction Days (Story)
Mar 05, 2020
ACT Preparations: What can you do to improve your score? (Story)
Jan 30, 2020
Highlands High School manages student badges for the first time (Story)
Dec 17, 2019
Voices in the Hall: What are your plans for winter break? (Story)
Oct 31, 2019
This Marks the End: HHS Volleyball Tournament Wrap Up (Story)
Oct 31, 2019
Trick or Treat! (Story/Media)
Oct 16, 2019
“A Huge Target has been put on our Backs” (Story)
Oct 14, 2019
The Blink Festival Lights Up Cincinnati (Story/Media)
Oct 10, 2019
HHS Triumphs against NCC in the District Championships Finals (Story)
Oct 09, 2019
Counterpoint – How the ACT Policy Change Could Affect College Scholarships (Story)
Oct 07, 2019
HHS Orchestra travels to Toronto (Story/Media)
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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Tessa Killen