The Trailblazer

The Opinion section is edited by Lauren Eusebio and Claudia Kim.

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' parking lot and near its entrance. The protest was planned by the Hills-Valley equity team.

The injustice within the justice system

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. 

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’

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's death through their Instagram stories.

Say his name: George Floyd

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 fall Pascack Hills pep rally, the first where the Class of 2020 were seniors.

From a senior during the coronavirus pandemic

May 9, 2020

These are the small things, often overlooked, that we are all upset about, as they are the last moments we have together.

A silhouette in front of a common virtual background offered by Zoom, a video conferencing service. Some students choose to turn off their camera or mute their microphone during virtual classes.

How virtual learning is obfuscating self-image

April 29, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has restricted learning to the personal realm of one’s home. The 21st century’s technological mastery has allowed for a relatively seamless transition mainly by replacing face-to-fac...

Artist Sam Smith and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres have been criticized for their social media posts while in quarantine.

Privilege during a pandemic: how cancel culture continues in quarantine

April 16, 2020

The function of sharing photos on social media has always been to display the best parts of yourself –– the parts that, although may be fabricated, pitch your lifestyle as being ideal. This social sys...

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. 


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

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 follo...

The football scoreboard on Pascack Hills' field. The top of the board reads

The right moment to reconsider our mascots

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.

The logo for TikTok, a popular video sharing platform. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

TikTok security

February 4, 2020

Kids around the app of TikTok are posting their phone numbers on their videos and asking people to contact them. The app of TikTok is a very popular app at the moment. But the dangers in your phone num...

Parasite against Hollywood xenophobia

Parasite against Hollywood xenophobia

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 awar...

Cross-contamination and AirPods: The dirty truth

Cross-contamination and AirPods: The dirty truth

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 ot...