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Evan McDermott bowls against Carbondale Jan. 12.

McDermott plans to bowl through college

Ellie Rann, Staff Writer January 17, 2023

Senior Evan McDermott has been a great part of the Bulldog’s bowling team for the past four years. He has accomplished much in his high school years and hopes to continue bowling in college.  McDermott...

Senior Allison Dennison practices the tenor saxophone at an orchestra rehearsal at Downers Grove South High School Oct. 9 2022.

Dennison makes school history in statewide theater event

Francesca Messerschmidt, Staff Writer January 7, 2023

Senior Allison Dennison and drama teacher Hannah Drake are making history with their involvement in the Illinois Theatre Association’s Illinois High School Theatre Festival (IHSTF). According to the...

Sophomore Jocelyn Dismuke stands with senior Grant Dooley at speech competition

First year speech member exceeds in competitions

Sarah Girtman, Staff Writer December 15, 2022

Many members on the speech team are experienced, but they welcome freshmen each year. Less common are newcomers who are sophomores or even upperclassmen.  Sophomore Jocelyn Dismuke is a first year...

Teen fights war with body image

Teen fights war with body image

Guest Writer November 30, 2022

I have never thought of myself as someone who has a mental illness, or really, any illness at all. I have always believed I am a person with few struggles and that there is nothing “wrong” with me....

The Nutcracker will be performed this weekend. Tickets are on sale for $18 for the Nov. 17. 18. and 20. It will be performed at the Benton Civics Center.

Touch of Class performs “Nutcracker” ballet

Francesca Messerschmidt, Staff Writer November 18, 2022

Touch of Class dance studio will be performing the ballet “The Nutcracker” for the upcoming holiday season.  The ballet will feature fifth grader Jade Adams as Clara, senior Ellie Rann as the Sugarplum...

Band holds variety show to fund DisneyWorld appearance

Band holds variety show to fund DisneyWorld appearance

Ellie Rann, Staff Writer November 10, 2022

The variety show is returning this year to help the band raise money for their trip to perform at Walt Disney World.  The variety show features all of the band members and their instruments. “The...

Banned book week celebrates freedom of reading

Banned book week celebrates freedom of reading

Francesca Messerschmidt, Staff Writer September 23, 2022

Schools across the country are celebrating Banned Book Week this week. Banned Book Week is typically celebrated in late September to early October every year. According to the American Library Association...

Junior Aidan Seiner does a set of curls to build his biceps

Students lift weights for improved mental health

Triton Kielhorn, Staff Writer September 15, 2022

“One more set.” This is the phrase weightlifters say when they are tempted to give up. Those who go to the gym relate to this quote almost every time.  For some, the gym is a form of therapy, a...

An artist’s rendering shows what
the new turf and track, done by
ATG Sports Industries, will look
like when finished.

Construction continues at Taylor Field

Drew Hawkins, Staff Writer June 1, 2022

Taylor Field is getting some of the biggest renovations of an HHS sports facility since the installation of artificial turf on Jay Thompson Field.  Artificial turf is a synthetic grass that was made...

Senior Kendall Vallette  walk in graduation

Valedictorian encourages commitment

Kelee Mills, Staff Writer May 17, 2022

The valedictorian this year is Kendall Vallette. The top student at HHS is referred to as an honors speaker rather than a valedictorian, but the meaning is the same. Vallette is the senior with the highest...

Smithpeters, his wife, Carrie, and their children will be relocating closer to Mizzou.

Local coach accepts position at Mizzou

Drew Hawkins, Staff Writer May 13, 2022

Harrisburg’s very own Kyle Smithpeters recently accepted a job as an assistant coach at Mizzou.  Smithpeters played basketball at Harrisburg under his father Randy Smithpeters, also a decorated coach.  Smithpeters...

April set aside to educate about sexual assault

April set aside to educate about sexual assault

Sarah Girtman May 3, 2022

April is known for many things. Not only does the month contain holidays such as April Fool’s  Day and Easter, but it is also the beginning of spring.  April is also recognized as “Sexual Assault...

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