The Trailblazer

The July 23 Board meeting addressed pressing issues facing the district, including the reopening of Hills, the mascot removal, and racial equity efforts.
School News
School reopening, mascot removal, Black Lives Matter discussed at July 23 Board meeting
Jared Mitovich, Editor-in-Chief • July 23, 2020
Hills is preparing for a new school year unlike any other, but the community remains divided on recent decisions made by the Board and district administration.
Over 200 protesters for racial equity from around the region marched from the Woodcliff Lake borough hall to the Woodcliff Lake train station.
Police reform, mascot removal underscored at racial equity rally in Woodcliff Lake
Jared Mitovich, Editor-in-Chief • June 27, 2020
A protester holds a sign at the racial equity rally in Woodcliff Lake.
Media: Racial equity march held in Woodcliff Lake on Saturday
Jared Mitovich, Stephen Schmidt, and Aria Chalileh • June 27, 2020
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Pascack Hills and every school in New Jersey were closed from March 13 through the end of the 2019-20 school year.
What New Jersey's school reopening guidelines may mean for Hills
Jared Mitovich, Editor-in-Chief • June 26, 2020
The Pascack Valley Regional High School District Board of Education, which held a meeting Thursday on Zoom focusing on the removal of the Cowboy and Indian mascots at Hills and Valley.
Amid vocal praise and criticism, Board says Cowboy and Indian mascot removal is final
Lauren Eusebio and Briana Keenan June 25, 2020
Roughly one third of responses so far were among rising juniors, while nearly one fifth were among rising seniors. Roughly 13% of those who responded were rising sophomores; around 5% were among this year’s graduating class. The remaining responses were alumni, community members, or anonymous.
Community responds to Trailblazer form on Cowboy removal
Jared Mitovich, Editor-in-Chief • June 24, 2020
Pascack Hills
Board of Education votes to remove Cowboy and Indian mascots at Hills and Valley
Jared Mitovich, Editor-in-Chief • June 22, 2020
Protests against the removal of the Cowboy as Pascack Hills
Media: Community members protest against removal of Cowboy as Hills' mascot
Stephen Schmidt, Maeve Rossig, and Jared Mitovich June 23, 2020
Students write the names of African Americans killed by police brutality in parking lot spaces on Hills
In photos: Students and faculty write names of police brutality victims in Hills parking lot
Stephen Schmidt, Staff Photographer • June 8, 2020
From left to right: Valedictorian Hallie Wikfors and Salutatorian Miranda Luo.
Getting to know the 2020 valedictorian and salutatorian
Jared Mitovich and Mackenzie Blowers June 16, 2020
How valedictorian Hallie Wikfors and salutatorian Miranda Luo reacted to being chosen, what their friends and teachers say about them, and how they are celebrating their accomplishment amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
On Monday, students and faculty wrote the names of African Americans killed by police in Hills
Hills community plans and partakes in Black Lives Matter protests
Jared Mitovich, Editor-in-Chief • June 8, 2020
Since the killing of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis two weeks ago, Black Lives Matter protests have erupted across the country –– including on Monday at Hills.
This year, both Hills and Valley joined forces to create an equity team within the district. After the killing of George Floyd, they believe tough conversations are even more vital.
'It's not just George Floyd': Hills-Valley equity team plans protest
Jared Mitovich and Mackenzie Blowers June 4, 2020
In an interview with the Trailblazer, members of the equity team outlined their response to George Floyd's killing and how they believe the district can educate students about racial equity.
The Pascack Hills baseball team after capturing their second consecutive state championship in 2019.
What comes next for spring sports at Hills?
Jacob Charnow, Sports Editor • May 12, 2020
The Hills baseball team will miss out on a chance for a three-peat state championship this year. Beloved trips for spring sports, including for baseball and softball to Myrtle Beach, have been canceled.
It is important to support yourself physically while at home. Although it might not have the same equipment as a gym, improvising and doing something is better than nothing.
How to stay active during quarantine
Izzy Frangiosa, Sports Editor • May 4, 2020
As we enter the umpteenth month of quarantine, it’s important to find a way to keep our bodies healthy despite the craziness of the world around us. 
The National Football League
A different type of draft
Jacob Charnow, Sports Editor • April 28, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic forced the NFL draft to take place virtually, with all teams communicating via services such as Zoom, instead of the typical draft war room.
The closest comparison to the week of March 9 is when the school is expecting a snowstorm to hit. This time, the forecast met the agitation that preceded it.
Capturing the week of March 9, when our world changed
Jared Mitovich, Editor-in-Chief • June 16, 2020
The closest comparison to the week of March 9 is when the school is expecting a snowstorm to hit. This time, the forecast met the agitation that preceded it.
Dance company Alvin Ailey’s post about speaking up in support of Black Lives Matter.
Dance community fights for Black lives, racial justice
Briana Keenan, In-Depth Editor • June 5, 2020
The dance and arts communities have taken a noticeable stance on the current events. Choreographers, teachers, and students from all across the United States have come together to stand up for the Black community. 
The Trailblazer has chosen its editors for the 2020-21 school year. By row from left to right: Briana Keenan, Vani Apanosian (advisor), Simmie Brisman, Kate Zydor; Jared Mitovich, Riley Solomon, Maeve Rossig, Christina Kim; Daniel Albert, Justine Marinkovic, Mackenzie Blowers, Lauren Eusebio; Izzy Frangiosa, Claudia Kim, Jacob Charnow, and Siera Boffa.
Trailblazer chooses editors for 2020-21 school year
Briana Keenan, In-Depth Editor • May 27, 2020
After interviews on Google Meet, the Trailblazer has filled its editor positions for the next school year.
Dozens of Hills students of all races have vocalized their concern over issues raised by George Floyd
Say his name: George Floyd
Lauren Eusebio, Opinion Editor • June 1, 2020
Opinion: Those with the privilege of not being racially profiled by police should make it their duty to stand by the Black community in this pursuit by signing petitions, calling numbers, and donating at the least. This should not be political, as murder is simply not a controversial issue.
The fall Pascack Hills pep rally, the first where the Class of 2020 were seniors.
From a senior during the coronavirus pandemic
Sofia Papadopoulos, Editor-in-Chief • May 9, 2020
These are the small things, often overlooked, that we are all upset about, as they are the last moments we have together.
A silhouette in front of a common virtual background offered by Zoom, a video conferencing service. Some students choose to turn off their camera or mute their microphone during virtual classes.
How virtual learning is obfuscating self-image
Claudia Kim, Opinion Editor • April 29, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has restricted learning to the personal realm of one’s home. The 21st century’s technological mastery has allowed for...

While many say acknowledging the situation and contacting the students is good, many students have been urging their schools to take further action. 
'Now is the time for action': colleges respond to protests
Riley Solomon, College Corner Editor
Dear Class of 2020 | National Commitment Day
Dear Class of 2020 | National Commitment Day
Sofia Papadopoulos, Editor-in-Chief
Study materials for the SAT, including the Barron
Covid-19 disrupts standardized testing, forcing colleges to accommodate
Lauren Eusebio, Opinion Editor
This recipe for healthy crepes tastes delicious with banana on top and fresh strawberries inside.
Simmie's Healthy Recipes: How to make delicious crepes
Simmie Brisman, School News Editor
A chalk creation in Woodcliff Lake reminding residents to stay home. During quarantine, families have adjusted to the increased time spent together.
Families adjust to new normal in quarantine
Aidan Berson, Staff Writer
For Taurus, during this quarantine, you should also take time to get to know yourself all while letting your creativity flow because this will bring you a newly found clarity of your life.
May horoscopes
Nicole Ensmann, Staff Writer
The new Netflix show Outer Banks is ranked highly among most viewers, and even though the show isn’t confirmed for a second season, writers are preparing a script due to the show’s clear success. 
What Outer Banks fans want in a second season
Justine Marinkovic, Arts and Entertainment Editor • May 18, 2020
If students feel like watching a show or movie with friends, since they can’t be together, Netflix Party can be a helpful tool.
What to watch on Netflix while in social isolation
Caity Parkes, Staff Writer • May 7, 2020
The Richard Rodgers Theatre on West 46th Street in July 2019. The Broadway theatre, which is closed because of the coronavirus, has hosted productions such as In The Heights, Romeo and Juliet, and Hamilton.
The fall of Broadway
Justine Marinkovic, Arts and Entertainment Editor • April 28, 2020