The Hilltopper

Melinda Reed '21, Contributing Writer | November 1, 2019

On October 19th, while the Hills students of 2019 prepared for Homecoming, the Hills graduates of 1969 were celebrating their 50th high school reunion.  Saturday’s event was preceded by a more informal get together that Friday, where the Class of ‘69 met in Rockaway to chat and reminisce. The event had no official program; instead, people walked around the room, searching for familiar faces...

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Halloween Happenings: Why Jack’O Lanterns?

Kasuni Wickramasinghe '22, Contributing Writer | October 30, 2019

Candy, costumes, the cries of “trick-or-treat!” are all accompanying factors to the nightmare before Christmas: Halloween. An ancient Celtic holiday known as All Hallow’s Eve, Halloween is celebrated on October 31st. Pumpkin picking and jack-o-lanterns are staples of the holiday, and many don’t think twice before carving into their pumpkins. However, the history behind jack-o-lanterns is a...

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Adithya Vinod, Contributing Writer
October 23, 2019

With the new school year comes the arrival of several exciting additions to the Morris Hills community. Some of the most important of these additions are the new Morris Hills faculty members! These four new members of the Morris Hills community were interviewed so that we could all get to know them a little better.    Question 1: How long have you been teaching?  Ms. Nicole Occhipinti - This is now my 3rd year teaching.  Mrs. Stacey Feiss - I initially taught for 5 years, and...

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April 10, 2019

Check out old editions of the Hilltopper! https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1srxBVgKutfrvyfc1dV7Bi8DEftrGmja2?usp=sharing  

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Jessica Tang, Contributing Writer
March 26, 2019

From March 7th to March 9th, the Morris Hills stage captured the essence of ancient Rome as the Morris Hills Thespians presented the spring musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Full of deception, hilarity, and love, A Funny Thing Happened tells the story of a slave named Pseudolus, played by Michael Colasurdo, as he attempts to win his freedom by helping his master’s son Hero, played by Danny Dollase, win over Philia - the girl of his dreams. Though Pseudolus thought it would...

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Nadia Cameron, Contributing Writer
March 26, 2019

After leaving last year’s Speech and Theatre Association of New Jersey (STANJ) Competition with no trophies, Morris Hills teacher and theater fanatic Renee Lavin wanted to ensure the success of her students this year. She entered her students in both the STANJ Competition and International Thespian Society (ITS) Festival. She devoted many afternoons to aiding students with selecting and perfecting various pieces, which included monologues, scenes, and songs. Both STANJ and ITS added musical...

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Kithmy Wickramasinghe and Julia D'Alessio
March 26, 2019

Hundreds of spectators flocked to the Morris Hills gymnasium to watch the annual Hills-Knolls varsity basketball game this past season.  It followed a close junior varsity game that built large amounts of excitement and hype for the upcoming match. The game started with an announcement by Mrs. Rome, introducing the starting players for both teams, welcoming Nadia Cameron to sing the national anthem, and announcing coaches and referees. Andre Moreno, Steven Matthews, Garret Ciccia, Brian Reynoso,...

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Jerry Hao, Contributing Writer
March 26, 2019

Going to the bathroom does not require second thoughts; we flush the toilet, wash our hands, and continue on our merry ways. But what we do not always realize is that during this process, germs are spread by a key element of our school’s hall monitoring system: bathroom passes. For years, the bathroom passes here at Morris Hills provided a practical means of ensuring that students have a legitimate reason for leaving class. One look at the distinct, bright red, rectangle-shaped block, and no...

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