The Trailblazer

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

Indepth: How school clubs are formed

Indepth: How school clubs are formed

February 14, 2018

School clubs are an important part of the high school experience.  They give students the chance to explore their interests and spend time with others who share those interests.  But what about students who f...

Model UN In-Depth

Model UN In-Depth

February 8, 2018

While Model UN is a popular club at Hills, the activities that go on at the meetings and during the trips are somewhat of a mystery to many students who aren’t involved in the club. To offer some clar...

The Naked Reality of Sexting

The Naked Reality of Sexting

February 1, 2018

It’s hard to believe one picture can ruin a life. Simply put, a picture is merely a snapshot of a person’s life in that moment, whether it be a conscious or subconscious decision, whether that decision...

NFL teams across the league like the Dolphins took a knee during the National Anthem.

Take a Knee

October 6, 2017

Standing up for what you believe in has been a staple in the American culture since the birth of this country. Some of the most iconic moments in American history have stemmed from a group of people getting ...

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ObamaCare: How the Repealment of the Affordable Care Act Will Affect New Jersey Citizens

April 4, 2017

In 2010, the advent of affordable health insurance was announced during Barack Obama’s first presidential term under the name Obamacare. After President Donald Trump was elected into office, he sought...

Wikileaks released a series of documents in a release named “Vault 7” that describes the vast cyber capabilities of the CIA. Photo by Kyle Hammalian.

How to protect your mobile devices and online privacy

March 22, 2017

Wikileaks, an online nonprofit that publishes secret and classified materials, leaked thousands of documents associated with the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) hacking program and its far-reachi...

New Bill May Block the PARCC Graduation Requirement

New Bill May Block the PARCC Graduation Requirement

February 27, 2017

A new bill that would remove PARCC from the list of graduation requirement has been advanced through the New Jersey Assembly Education Committee. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Ca...

Jack Farrell of Pascack Valley.

In the wake of Valley tragedy, Hills students and staff discuss organ donation

February 13, 2017

Seventeen-year-old Jack Farrell of Pascack Valley saved five lives and restored the vision of another all because he was an organ donor. Farrell committed suicide on November 29, 2016. According to his...

The Controversy on Hills’ School Colors

November 17, 2016

Correction: There have been no formal requests or motions presented to Phil Paspalas or the Board of Education with regard to changing the school colors; therefore there have been no requests or mot...

Pictured: Matt Miller, a PHHS Security officer. Photo by  Sophie Miller

Guns at School?

October 7, 2016

Editor's Note: The following is an opinion-editorial.   Security officers at both Pascack Hills and Pascack Valley will be armed, hopefully by the end of October. This is a controversial deci...

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On the Transgender Policy

April 19, 2016

Editor’s Note: The following is an opinion-editorial. For information on our unsigned editorial policy, see our Policies page.   The recent Pascack Valley Regional High School District Board of Education me...

Jamie Spelling's #acceptdenial Tweet. Photo Courtesy of Jamie Spelling


December 21, 2015

*Editor's Note: The following is an op-ed piece. Human nature can sometimes be hypocritical: If we get deferred or denied from a school, we treat it like it has no right being the mark of all our acco...