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Uhl learned of the award from Superintendent Erik Gundersen, who was joined by several teachers in congratulating him before the Teacher of the Year was announced over the loudspeaker.
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Jay Uhl, Hills mathematics teacher, is awarded Teacher of the Year
Briana Keenan, In-Depth Editor • November 20, 2020
The teacher of the year enjoys his job because of his colleagues and his passion for mathematics and computer science.
Until an effective solution can be found for the virus, students will most likely be unable to accomplish their experiments in school.
Research in Genetics class mutates to unusual school year
Sabrina Moe, Staff Writer • November 19, 2020
This year, musical director Allison Andresini decided to put on a virtual variety musical, a compilation of various songs different students will sing that have no correlation with one another.  
Hills musical director forms writers’ room for virtual fall musical
Darcy Bergstein, Staff Writer • November 19, 2020
Less than an hour before class, an individual at Hills reported a positive Covid-19 test to the district.
Pascack Hills reports positive Covid-19 test
Jared Mitovich, Editor-in-Chief • November 18, 2020
Introducing Hills’ new Culinary Arts teacher: Mrs. Downes
Introducing Hills’ new Culinary Arts teacher: Mrs. Downes
Justine Marinkovic, Arts and Entertainment Editor • November 11, 2020
With the pandemic comes the cancellation and delay of new shows airing or streaming, as well as the cancellation of a lot of famous shows for which its audience was anticipating a new season.
Despite limitations and cancellations, the film industry will get back on track
Darcy Bergstein, Staff Writer • October 26, 2020
In an unsafe setting, one asymptomatic, infected individual can cause a chain of Covid-19 infections –– known as a superspreading event.
Limit large gatherings to fight Covid-19
Anabelle Joukhadarian, Staff Writer • October 19, 2020
Here is an analysis of the 2020 NBA Draft through the first 30 picks.
Analyzing the NBA 2020 Draft
Shaan Dalal, Staff Writer • November 19, 2020
Even though there will be no crowds supporting the performance in person, several theatrical performers will make their appearance for viewers who watch from their television screens. 
What the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will look like this year
Justine Marinkovic, Arts and Entertainment Editor • November 18, 2020
Scorpios are the resourceful, brave, stubborn, and true friend.
November horoscopes: Scorpio
Madison Saks, Staff Writer • November 3, 2020
There are thousands of new and surprising treats that have been flavored to match the fall season.
The tricks and trends of fall 2020
Kaitlyn Verde, Staff Writer • November 2, 2020

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Setting aside a time for you to fully apply yourself to your work is most beneficial if you value good quality work. One of the greatest tools to do so? Music.
Music's benefits on studying and how to find your ideal playlist
Julia Bang, Staff Member • November 2, 2020
Setting aside a time for you to fully apply yourself to your work is most beneficial if you value good quality work. One of the greatest tools to do so? Music.
There is still time to bundle up on the couch, lights turned off, popcorn and cider in hand, and watch a few scary movies that will make you check under your bed at night.
'Tis the season: spooky movies over the decades
Ben Hoffman, Staff Writer • November 2, 2020
This reporter is here to tell you that spooky season is not over just yet.
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No, this mask is not a part of my costume
Saya Ross, Staff Writer • October 30, 2020
Residents of New Jersey are unfortunately familiar with the cancellation of Halloween. Many of them remember Halloween 2012, when Hurricane Sandy made the streets too dangerous for Trick-or-Treaters. This year, however, there is a different monster looming over them.
Mr. Scerbo posing with Kgin Q’uttajkol (Image has been cropped to preserve sanity)
Mr. Scerbo summons Astral being through handwriting again
Olli Djedji and Raymond Rosales October 29, 2020
When asking his sophomore U.S. History class about the Revolutionary War, Mr. Scerbo accidentally misspelled King George III as Kgin Q’uttajkol (Chthonic for “It That Weeps”). Bergen County’s leading scientists theorize that chemicals in the dry-erase ink possibly created a natural summoning circle that immediately called out into the Void. 
Each year, the National YoungArts’ Foundation holds a competition known as the YoungArts’ National Competition, where students ages 15 to 18 years old submit performances and artwork for a chance to win awards and experiences with professionals in their selected fields.
Hills senior Yemie Woo wins YoungArts’ National Competition
Mackenzie Blowers, Editor-in-Chief • October 28, 2020
Yemie Woo, a Pascack Hills senior, won an honorable mention award in the Voice/Popular category, beating out thousands of applicants. 
“I just want to acknowledge the work of all the staff… it has just been a daily rollercoaster,” Board President Tammy Molinelli said of the Covid-19 situation.
District reveals 'student-led' plan to select new mascots for Hills and Valley
Briana Keenan, In-Depth Editor • October 26, 2020
The Board of Education and members of the public discussed and debated the selection process of new mascots for Hills and Valley and the original decision.
Social justice in sports: A brief history
Social justice in sports: A brief history
Joshua Gura, Staff Writer • October 26, 2020
Improvements have been made –– and still are being made –– in professional sports so that they can treat players of all types as equally as possible.
A bubble is a contained environment, where players live while they play, similar to a college campus, except they cannot leave. The players are completely isolated from the outside world and can play without worrying about spreading or catching Covid-19.
Do bubbles work in the sports world?
Shaan Dalal, Staff Writer • October 13, 2020
A bubble is a contained environment for athletes to live in while they play, and they cannot leave. Players are completely isolated from the outside world and can play without worrying about spreading or catching Covid-19.
The Hills cheerleading team practices on Aug. 24. Pre-season practice recently resumed for many Hills student-athletes.
Hills athletes, coaches prepare for a sports season like no other
Izzy Frangiosa, Sports Editor • August 24, 2020

Ever since March, education has been redefined again and again. As the coronavirus swept across the globe and left a terrifying trail in its wake, students were regulated to online...

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No, this mask is not a part of my costume
Saya Ross, Staff Writer • October 30, 2020
Residents of New Jersey are unfortunately familiar with the cancellation of Halloween. Many of them remember Halloween 2012, when Hurricane Sandy made the streets too dangerous for Trick-or-Treaters. This year, however, there is a different monster looming over them.
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'It was a whirlwind': students, staff tackle unusual school year
Briana Keenan, In-Depth Editor • September 18, 2020
Hills students, administrators, and teachers have had many different challenges with the “new norm” of school. It has consisted of many changes, but it is slowly becoming a routine.
Cowboy and Indian history contributes to broader mascot debate
Cowboy and Indian history contributes to broader mascot debate
Briana Keenan and Kate Zydor July 15, 2020
There is a lengthy –– and recent –– history between cowboys and Native Americans; accurate or not, they are one of the most well-known rivalries in American culture.
Using a public Instagram poll, students were asked the overall question: “Would you say the hybrid schedule is good or bad?”
The hybrid schedule: Effective or difficult?
Julia Bang, Staff Member • October 14, 2020
Using a public Instagram poll, students were asked the overall question: “Would you say the hybrid schedule is good or bad?”
Specific guidelines and new, creative activities should be constructed in order to keep American citizens safe while also preserving the Halloween spirit.
A new halloween
Dylan Cochin, Staff Writer • October 13, 2020
Specific guidelines and new, creative activities should be constructed in order to keep American citizens safe while also preserving the Halloween spirit.
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.
What colleges are doing to motivate young people to vote is hugely important in determining what this election could look like.
How young people are being motivated to vote in record numbers
Riley Solomon, College Corner Editor
Macaluso, fourth from the left, pictured with her peers and former senator Lesniak at last year’s opioid crisis teach-in.
Hills graduate studying social work at Monmouth University
Briana Keenan, In-Depth Editor
When deciding what colleges to apply for and what school you eventually want to attend, a huge factor is the size of the enrollment at the college.
Liberty League or SEC Conference: The college size debate
Charlie Goertz, Staff Writer
Setting aside a time for you to fully apply yourself to your work is most beneficial if you value good quality work. One of the greatest tools to do so? Music.
Music's benefits on studying and how to find your ideal playlist
Julia Bang, Staff Member
Everybody has been bored at some point during quarantine, and making a mask is the perfect way to cure the monotony of the day.
Everything you need to know about making your own mask
Charlie Goertz, Staff Writer
Staying organized with traditional or online folders can aid in reducing unnecessary stress. By keeping track of one’s papers and documents, the stress of finding vital school materials will not be difficult in the slightest.
Have success with Hills' hybrid schedule
Sabrina Moe, Staff Writer
There is still time to bundle up on the couch, lights turned off, popcorn and cider in hand, and watch a few scary movies that will make you check under your bed at night.
'Tis the season: spooky movies over the decades
Ben Hoffman, Staff Writer • November 2, 2020
Artist Demi Lovato at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards.
Highlights of the 2020 Billboard Music Awards
Justine Marinkovic, Arts and Entertainment Editor • October 26, 2020
The Trailblazer received a large variety of responses to its poll, and there are TV shows for everyone: sci-fi, mystery, historical, romance, and drama.
Hills' most-watched shows in quarantine
Joshua Gura, Staff Writer • October 13, 2020