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"What Even is a Hilltopper?" Students on Science Hill's New Mascot
Lillian Ellis, Staff Writer • October 11, 2023

"Toppy the Top Hat" made his debut at Science Hill's first pep rally of the season this month, taking his first public steps guided by two cheerleaders directing his path. It's the first time in years...

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So You're Burnt Out. Now What?
Lara Waldrop, Staff Writer

Burnout is something that affects many students, especially those who are driven and academically motivated. It can be overwhelming and stressful...

Science Hill Students Reflect on Tennessee Governors School
Science Hill Students Reflect on Tennessee Governor's School
Sophia Stone, Editor In Chief

This summer, 12 Science Hill students attended one of eleven Tennessee Governor's Schools, often abbreviated as “Gov School” by students...

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Distance, Dedication, & Direction: Track & Field at SHHS
Britten Dugan, Staff Writer

Take a moment to consider the last time you saw track and field athletes at Science Hill in their element. You may have seen a pack of distance...

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Is Artificial Intelligence Taking Over?
Erick Trejo, Staff Writer

Buzz! Ding! Ring! The vibrating buzz of a received message, the tone of a notification, and the resounding ringing of an incoming call are sounds...

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Science Hill Dominates Dobyns-Bennett
Mariah Howell, Staff Writer • November 26, 2023

Science Hill and Dobyns-Bennett have been rivals for decades. When the teams meet for any competition, there is an intense sense of competitiveness from...

Science Hill Standouts Talk Community Service, Leadership
Science Hill Standouts Talk Community Service, Leadership
Erick Trejo, Staff Writer

Cleaning up hiking trails, building a food pantry, public speaking, and raising nearly 100 thousand dollars for charity are only some of the...

Is Affirmative Action Ethical?
Is Affirmative Action Ethical?
Astha Patel, Staff Writer

Since the beginning of minority-favoring policies in the late 1960s, a new way of viewing affirmative action has emerged. The forgotten history...

Supporting Symphonies: Orchestra Feature
Supporting Symphonies: Orchestra Feature
Aylin Aguilar-Rodriguez, Staff Writer

It's well-known that Science Hill has its own orchestra. Students gather daily in the auditorium to rehearse their music, forming close bonds...

Traditional dishes and cultural activity booths were featured at the Langston Centre.
Tri-Cities Chinese Association celebrates Moon Festival, honors heritage
Sophia Stone, Editor In Chief • September 29, 2023

Though the full moon is still days away, Johnson City’s Langston Centre filled with Chinese lanterns, traditional dishes, and cultural activity...

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Tri-Cities Chinese Association Celebrates Dragon Boat Festival with Food, Family
Sophia Stone, Editor In Chief

Amid the smells of spit-roasting meat and steaming rice dumplings, the Tri-Cities Chinese Association (TCCA) hosted its annual celebration of...

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Hillside Cafe Expands Business, Trains Students
Gianna Mancini, Staff Writer and Photographer

The Hillside Cafe: Science Hill’s own mini starbucks. Started in 2016, the cafe has provided many students with opportunities to learn how...

The Model U.N. team poses at a November conference
Join Model U.N. (Or Else)
Shiven Jain, Staff Writer
A strangely fiery op-ed by junior Shiven Jain on a seemingly dry topic. With the midterms approaching and the appearance of peaceful relations completely in ruins, community, at home and all over the globe, has never been more important...
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Teens Talk About Mental Health
Sophia Stone, Editor In Chief • March 12, 2023

Mental health. To John, it’s the way someone perceives the world. It reminds him of colors tied to emotions; sadness as gray and anger as blue.  Noah...

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Mental Health Resources at Science Hill

Let’s face it: we're all a little stressed out right now. We need to balance our grades, social lives, extracurriculars, and jobs all at once....

Rehearsal goes smoothly with Ms. Belt as the orchestra prepares for their winter concert in less than a month
Orchestra Winter Spotlight

At Science Hill, the music department consists of three programs: Orchestra, Chorus, and Band. Orchestra, while not as known well by all students,...

Science Hill students pose in band-themed T-shirts
Science Hill Students Express Their Love of Music

When you look down the halls of Science Hill during a lunch break or in between classes, you will almost always see one or more students wearing...

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Quick Football Recap: 2022 Season
Alexandra Carlson, Staff Writer • November 7, 2022

What a season for the Toppers! Not only did the Science Hill football team win eight of their thirteen games, but the Toppers made it to the...

School Spirit at Football Games
School Spirit at Football Games
Alexandra Carlson, Staff Writer

Let’s go Toppers! As we continue through our fall sports season it’s important to remember to support our Toppers. Being in the stands, yelling...

September in Review: Football Recap
Molly Wilgus, Staff Writer
Seniors Molly Wilgus and Tatyanna Beatty catch us up on SHHS football season with final scores. player interviews, and strategy breakdowns.
Poetry: SPEAK
Kate Carter, Student Contributer • February 28, 2023
Prompt: Write About Freedom: Enjoy the Life You've Been Given
Samuel Moody, Student Contributor • February 28, 2023
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A Mystery Series You’ll Want to Read
A Mystery Series You’ll Want to Read
Emma Marie Oliver October 11, 2023

If you're looking for an engaging teen mystery series, then "The Good Girl's Guide to Murder" by Holly Jackson is a must-read. This series had...

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Movie Review: Glass Onion, A Knives Out Mystery
Shiven Jain, Staff Writer • March 10, 2023

Mysteries have become worn out after the likes of Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, and Nancy Drew have dominated the genre for over a century....

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Album Review: Midnights by Taylor Swift
Amanda Noe, Staff Writer • January 14, 2023

Since 2006, when Taylor Swift released her first single, "Tim McGraw," she has been an undeniable presence in the music industry, winning 11...

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