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Why I Read Banned Books

Why I Read Banned Books

Isabella Clem November 16, 2023

Picking up a new book in the store is a wonderful feeling. For myself 2 years ago, picking up a banned book made my life more interesting. Not only was there the exciting feeling of having something I...

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The ‘A’ in LGBTQIAP+

Becca Hill, Staff Writer November 16, 2023

If you're not aware of what LGBTQIAP+ stands for, I'll lay it out. It's a lot of letters, but they all come out (get it?) to something quite simple. The L stands for lesbian, or someone who's attracted...

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What’s Ableism?

Becca Hill, Guest Writer September 28, 2023

If you're unfamiliar with the term, don't worry. You're not alone. Hopefully, this article will help to explain, whether you're new to the disability community or just wanted to see what's up. Last year...

Last Hillwood Rock Band Concert

Last Hillwood Rock Band Concert

Madysun Victory, Staff Writer May 9, 2023

The last Hillwood rock band concert took place on Thursday, April 20, highlighting the seniors and honoring rock band teacher, Mr. Schuman, who is moving away. “Rock Band is a creative way to...

Choir and Orchestra Invited to Perform at We Are Nashville Festival

Ashly Hernandez, Staff writer April 19, 2023

Hillwood’s Chamber choir and orchestra were invited to perform at the We Are Nashville festival hosted in the Schermerhorn Symphony Center on March 28, 2023. “The We Are Nashville festival is a...

Hillwood Yoga Club

Hillwood Yoga Club

Katherina Matute, Staff Writer March 7, 2023

Hillwood has a Yoga program. If you love to do yoga, or if you’ve never done yoga and you’re interested, you should join the yoga club.  The Yoga Club meets every Wednesday after school at 2:15pm...

A Super Bowl for the Ages

Zoya Blythe, Arts Editor February 27, 2023

Super Bowl LVII, or fifty-seven for those of us that can't count with letters, went off with a bang from start to finish. With singers Chris Stapleton, Sheryl Lee Ralph, and Kenneth "BabyFace" Edmonds...

Rock Band Winter Concert

Rock Band Winter Concert

Lilly Smith, Staff Writer February 14, 2023

The upcoming winter rock band concert, organized by the rock band students with the help of the rock band director, Dylan Schuman, will be on February 16th at 6pm. The concert will feature student-written...

Taylor Swift Makes History with Latest Album Midnights

Taylor Swift Makes History with Latest Album ‘Midnights’

Libby Young, Staff Writer February 8, 2023

On October 21, 2022, Taylor Swift released her new album “Midnights” after a quiet two years of only re-released music. After Folklore and Evermore's big success, this was her big return into the world...

March Activities

Happy Fri-Yay From The Library!

Zoya Blythe, Arts Editor February 8, 2023

Hillwood's own Library will be hosting Fri-Yay, every Friday during lunch. What is Fri-Yay, you might be asking? According to librarian, Ms. Fallon, Fri-Yay is an "informal activity space to bring the...

Holiday Choir Production

Holiday Choir Production

Olivia Ray, Staff Writer December 7, 2022

This year Hillwood choir is preparing for the last year at Hillwood, next year will we be expecting the James Lawson Choir to up their game? Only time will tell. Although this is Hillwood's last year,...

Hillwoods Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA) Club

Hillwood’s Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA) Club

Chelsea Lucio, Staff Writer November 22, 2022

The Gender & Sexuality Alliance Club is a welcoming cozy environment. The Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA) is an association that is run by guidance counselor, Mrs. Sally Wilson-Harmening. Hillwood...

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