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Equity at Hills
Hills Principal Glenn deMarrais, in a photo taken upon the announcement of his retirement in January. deMarrais has since been approved to step in as Valley
From 'Hills Pride' to 'Wagon Wheel': deMarrais' impact on Hills
Briana Keenan, In-Depth Editor • June 16, 2020
Instead of simply being in a position of authority, Hills Principal Glenn deMarrais puts in the effort to connect with as many people in the school as possible, formulating bonds that will remain long after he leaves Hills.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
A graphic of cases throughout the tri-state region, which has been devastated by Covid-19. Circles represent relative size of outbreak but may not be to scale.
'They did not have any tests': how Covid-19 tore through the tri-state area
Jared Mitovich, Editor-in-Chief • May 22, 2020
Why has Covid-19 so thoroughly devastated the tri-state area in particular? With insight from a Woodcliff Lake resident who tested positive, the larger picture can help us combat future pandemics and get through this one safely.
On Monday, Hills students and faculty protested in support of the Black Lives Matter movement by writing slogans and the names of police brutality victims throughout Hills
The injustice within the justice system
Nikki Spinak • June 13, 2020
Letter to the Editor: No one is claiming that all lives don’t matter; it’s solely the fact that Black lives require the most attention and help since they are constantly under attack. 
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The Pascack Hills GSA stands in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement. With more attention being called to Black Lives Matter and other related causes, it’s important to be aware of the facts: This isn’t a new issue.
Hills Gay-Straight Alliance 'stands in support of the Black Lives Matter movement'
Gay-Straight Alliance • June 10, 2020
Letter to the Editor: Just because it was on our collective radar less doesn’t detract from the fact that that’s due to a lack of documentation, not lack of activity. Even last year, at least 18 transgender women, mostly women of color were murdered solely for existing.
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 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
Hills is home to several fans of the show that are left with their hopes of what is to come for the Pogues in the future until the next season premiere.  
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 • June 12, 2020
During the Covid-19 quarantine, I've been trying to explore new, healthy recipes. Today, I made a healthy version of crepes. These crepes are very delicious, and I don't think you'll regret making them.
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 • June 11, 2020
In response to the recent events, college students have been protesting on college campuses, and high school students have been awaiting the responses of their hopeful schools’ deans, administrators, and coaches.