The Trailblazer

How “just doing my job” became courageous and crucial to the entire community

How “just doing my job” became courageous and crucial to the entire community

Jared Mitovich, Opinion Editor

April 5, 2020

“I am just doing my job,” Pascack Hills sophomore Kailani Perez explained when asked if she considered herself an essential worker. “I knew going into it that I could potentially be exposed to viruses like these.” Perez is referring to the coronavirus, a respiratory illness that has infec...

What “My Year of Rest and Relaxation” teaches us about capitalism in isolation

What “My Year of Rest and Relaxation” teaches us about capitalism in isolation

Claudia Kim, Staff Writer

March 30, 2020

Isolated in quarantine due to coronavirus precautions, I recently found the time to indulge in Otessa Moshfegh’s critically acclaimed 2018 psychological disturber, My Year of Rest and Relaxation. The story follows Moshfegh’s nameless 25-year-old protagonist, a woman muddling through the grossly mispla...

The right moment to reconsider our mascots

The right moment to reconsider our mascots

Jared Mitovich, Opinion Editor

February 24, 2020

The Cowboy goes against inclusivity not because that’s what the Hills student body goes against, but because the name itself is an inherent reference to male, horse-riding and gun-slinging Wild Westerners of decades past.

Tik Tok security

Tik Tok security

Keira Ferrentino, Staff Writer

February 4, 2020

 Kids around the app of Tik Tok are posting their phone numbers on their videos and asking people to contact them. The app of Tik Tok is a very popular app at the moment. But the dangers in your phone number is what you don’t know. Your phone number contains so much of your personal informati...

Parasite against Hollywood xenophobia

Parasite against Hollywood xenophobia

Claudia Kim, Staff Writer

January 13, 2020

The Golden Globes welcomed Bong Joon Ho’s comedic thriller, Parasite, as the winner of the Best Foreign Film title last Sunday, marking an astonishing achievement for the first Korean film in the award show’s history.    This addition to the South Korean film’s massive list of succes...

Cross-contamination and AirPods: The dirty truth

Cross-contamination and AirPods: The dirty truth

Michael Bease, Staff Writer

January 2, 2020

Many students at hills wear AirPods through the hall and in classes. AirPods get dirty really fast especially the case.  Some students share their AirPods with other students and cross-contaminate each other’s ears with ear wax which is completely disgusting. “I just got the new AirPods Pro and the...

Winter recognition

Winter recognition

Izzy Frangiosa, Staff Writer

January 2, 2020

Winter is in full swing, and the cold is a sensation we’ve all grown used to. To some, this might seem like a bad thing; shortened days, colder weather, and being unable to go outside are all downsides that the colder season does have. Despite all of this, however, winter is still the best of the four s...

Affirmative action is our only hope

Affirmative action is our only hope

Claudia Kim, Staff Writer

October 24, 2019

Affirmative action in college admissions is a program that helps those who are discriminated against for their race, gender, or class, along with a multitude of other factors. Though the concept seems only beneficial, its presence has always been controversial.  Recent Supreme Court cases discussing ...

Netflix’s “Tall Girl” Falls Short in Tackling Height Discrimination

Netflix’s “Tall Girl” Falls Short in Tackling Height Discrimination

Lauren Eusebio, Staff Writer

October 15, 2019

Pioneered by movies such as “The Kissing Booth” and “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” the coming-of-age genre has become greatly popularized within the collection of Netflix originals. Although some find joy in these easy-to-watch, feel-good romantic comedies, these movies have also received...

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

Jared Mitovich, Opinion Editor

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 the last year of Seinfeld; the birth year of Google. There was probably a football game the next day, s...

A Word About The Gilroy Shooting

A Word About The Gilroy Shooting

Jared Mitovich, Opinion Editor

July 30, 2019

I can’t imagine what it’s like to be the parents of Stephen Romero right now. A 6-year-old who just graduated kindergarten and had his entire life ahead of him. I can’t imagine what it’s like to be the parents of Keyla Salazar right now. A 13-year-old eagerly awaiting her birthday, when s...

The Case Against Joe Biden for President

The Case Against Joe Biden for President

Jared Mitovich, Opinion Editor

April 30, 2019

Joe Biden may be the most viable candidate to defeat President Trump in November 2020, but that doesn’t mean he’s the most viable candidate to better America. At the crack of dawn on April 25, Biden officially launched his campaign for president of the United States, ending months of his own ...