Reporting with Hills Pride

The Trailblazer

Reporting with Hills Pride

The Trailblazer

Reporting with Hills Pride

The Trailblazer

Members of the Class of 2021 have had many accomplishments in a school year like no other.
Class of 2021 senior spotlights
June 8, 2021
As the 2020-21 school year comes to a close, read about four members of the Class of 2021 and their accomplishments despite the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. 
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For the first time since the pandemic began, the Board of Education held their meeting in the auditorium.
BOE approves interim superintendent for district
June 7, 2021
Dr. Daniel Fishbein is an alum of Pascack Valley and served as superintendent in Ridgewood before retiring last September.
Gundersen said that the District Equity Team is “totally voluntary,” meaning students do not have to join if they do not want to.
BOE approves district equity statement, club
May 24, 2021
In an extension of the equity debate, the BOE addressed a request from a school-based organization to hang a LGBTQ+ flag under the American flag.
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Trailblazer announces 2021-22 editorial staff
May 17, 2021
The 2021-22 school year will see the formal creation of a new section of the Trailblazer: Hills Life.
“We believe the benefits of having students all back seeing each other face to face... don’t outweigh the potential risks,” Gundersen explained.
District to keep cohorts separate – with a catch for vaccinated seniors
May 13, 2021
Superintendent Erik Gundersen said that the district is able to give fully vaccinated seniors the option of attending school five days a week in person.
The team defeated the River Dell softball team.
Broncos softball wins first league title since 1975
June 2, 2021
The team believes that hard work and high spirits have helped them work well together on the field.
“My next goal is 16 feet. I’m going to try to get this at my meet tomorrow,” Zuckerman said. 
Max Zuckerman breaks county pole vaulting record
May 26, 2021
Zuckerman, a junior at Hills, is not getting complacent, as he already has his next goal in mind. 
Analyzing the NFL 2021 draft
Analyzing the NFL 2021 draft
April 30, 2021
The draft is an event that can help teams fill in the one piece that they need to compete for a Super Bowl, and this year was no exception.
The first game of the season at Morris Catholic High School. Junior Ally Green and sophomore Emily Sailer are pictured; Green is in possession of the ball. Hills players are dressed in brown.
Hills girls' lacrosse: Week one overview
April 29, 2021
The first game of the Pascack Hills girls' lacrosse season was on Tuesday, April 20 against Morris Catholic High School.
“When I got the email that I had won second place, I was really shocked. It was really nice to see that my hard work had paid off,” said Mednard.
Hills sophomore places second in statewide writing contest
June 6, 2021
In her writing, Allanah Mednard sought to demonstrate how the issue of social injustice towards people of color goes further back than 2020.
The PH Cares club recently organized a handprint activity to support people struggling with their mental health.
PH Cares promotes Mental Health Awareness Month
May 20, 2021
The main message that Gaeta, Sachs-Serfess, and members of the PH Cares club hope to have made clear is that students and staff are not alone. 
Hills band members perform Monday at their first concert in 17 months.
Hills band, choir hold first concert in 17 months
May 19, 2021
On Monday, Pascack Hills' musicians held their spring concert out on the field.
Ms. Harmon, left, after being named 2005-06 Hills Teacher of the Year. She is pictured with former Superintendent Benedict Tantillo, center, and 2005-06 Valley Teacher of the Year Karen Kosch.
'Deeds not words': Remembering Ms. Harmon
May 25, 2021
Ms. Harmon leaves behind a permanent impact on Pascack Hills and all the teachers, students, and parents who knew her. 
According to guidelines, both football and cheerleading hold the same risk when it comes to exposure to the coronavirus. But according to state regulations for winter sports, cheer teams are deemed non-essential at basketball games.
Cowboys mascot removed, but gender inequity remains at Hills
May 7, 2021
While the mascot change may be seen as a step towards making Hills sports inclusive of everyone, the work does not stop there. 
Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month is honored each year during the month of May.
Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month begins
May 4, 2021
The Asian Culture Club at Pascack Hills is using posters, display cases, and social media to educate the community about AAPI countries and figures.
Pascack Recap
Is it time to travel again?
May 4, 2021
Hills students voice thoughts on AP testing
May 4, 2021
Holding Derek Chauvin accountable is only a first step towards racial justice
April 29, 2021
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Meet the Staff
Christina Kim
Christina Kim
Life and Style Editor
Now a senior at Hills, this will be Christina Kim's fourth year as a member of the Trailblazer. She is now the Life and Style Editor and is looking forward
Charlie Goertz
Charlie Goertz
Life and Style Editor
“When I got the email that I had won second place, I was really shocked. It was really nice to see that my hard work had paid off,” said Mednard.
Hills sophomore places second in statewide writing contest
June 6, 2021
In her writing, Allanah Mednard sought to demonstrate how the issue of social injustice towards people of color goes further back than 2020.
Broncos softball wins first league title since 1975
June 2, 2021
The team believes that hard work and high spirits have helped them work well together on the field.
Pascack Recap Episode 4: May 31, 2021
May 31, 2021
With a special guest appearance, watch the latest episode of the Pascack Recap for what happened at Hills in May.
Hills reacts: Ellen DeGeneres to end daytime show
May 27, 2021
“I am very upset that Ellen's show is ending,” said Hills junior Katy Zeidwig, while senior Raymond Rosales described Ellen's departure as "for the good of us all."
Max Zuckerman breaks county pole vaulting record
May 26, 2021
Zuckerman, a junior at Hills, is not getting complacent, as he already has his next goal in mind. 
How I got here: Alex Dranovsky
May 26, 2021
Alex Dranovsky, M.D., Ph.D. is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center.
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