The Trailblazer

The In-Depth section is edited by Briana Keenan and Kate Zydor.

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

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

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.

Customers lined up outside Wegmans on Friday morning. Many wore masks and gloves. A sign on the right reads “Entrance only” as the store is controlling the number of shoppers who enter.

What ‘just doing my job’ now means

April 5, 2020

We must give a hand to those who are risking their well-being for everyone’s –– they include our friends, fellow students, and family members. 

The Great Gatsby as an exposè of the 1920s

The Great Gatsby as an exposè of the 1920s

February 28, 2020

The roaring 20s were a time of partying, passion, and excitement. This decade was filled with new music, fashionable style, and extravagant living. But was that all?  The Great Gatsby, written in 1925 by F. Scott F...

Cryptid Conversations: Chupacabra

Cryptid Conversations: Chupacabra

February 27, 2020

Cryptid Conversations is a monthly podcast, focused on a different cryptid each month.

Photo credit: The New York Post

The complicated legacy of Kobe Bryant

February 19, 2020

In 2003, right after Bryant’s first daughter, Natalia, was born, he was accused of the sexual assault and rape of a 19-year old woman who worked at the hotel he was staying at while traveling for a game. At the time, he was 24. Eventually, the charges were dropped, but remembering Bryant is still complicated for some...But despite the complexity of this situation, it should be said that Kobe Bryant should not be considered a bad person. He was certainly not a saint, but he used his fame and position to help others.

Ms. Gamgort, business and beyond

Ms. Gamgort, business and beyond

February 4, 2020

While many know her as their beloved business teacher and/or club advisor, there is more to Ms. Gamgort beyond room 126.

Bill Clinton’s Impeachment Began Two Decades Ago. Trump’s Is Much Different

Bill Clinton’s Impeachment Began Two Decades Ago. Trump’s Is Much Different

October 8, 2019

October 8, 1998, was much like today, with growing tones of autumn auburn and fading hints of summer green. Pascack Hills was in session, and restless students were looking forward to Halloween. It was th...

Nudes and Notifications

Nudes and Notifications

April 18, 2019

It starts innocently, with a “Streaks and Recents!” on Snapchat. Then it turns to subtle flirting. “You look pretty today,” he says and she blushes. She’s an underclassmen and now a senior is taking inte...

Dee Goldman pictured at her desk in the library.
Photo by author

Beyond the Books: Getting to Know Librarian Dee Goldman

March 25, 2019

Walking in to the Pascack Hills library, you are always greeted by a smile from librarian Dee Goldman. But beyond the books, Mrs. Goldman lives an exciting life of pop culture, puzzles, and of course, her con...

Above is Senior Abby Gordon and her 2nd grade class on Halloween

Tomorrow’s Teachers, Today’s TAs

March 7, 2019

Abby shifts the gear, putting the car into park and takes a deep sigh. From 1:30 to 2:30pm, she’s no longer senior Abby Gordon but Miss Abby, and in charge of eighteen  rowdy second graders at Memor...

Three vaping devices confiscated by Pascack Hills administrators.

Pascack Hills finds itself in mist of vaping explosion

December 21, 2018

“There’s still more kids doing it than I would like to have doing it,” Vice Principal Tim Wieland admitted. In the past few years, Pascack Hills has found itself in the midst of a vaping explosion...