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Hoco Queen Barks for Bulldog Pride

Hoco Queen Barks for Bulldog Pride

Bryleigh Lewis, Staff Writer September 28, 2023

Every year during the time of Homecoming, HHS students  vote  on who they want to be Homecoming Queen and Mr. Bulldog. Senior Ali Hankins was chosen as this year’s Homecoming Queen. "I was not expecting...

Erin Thompson teaches girls PE. She married math teacher Cooper Thompson over the summer.

HHS welcomes a Brit to the Bulldog round table

Gavinn Swann, Staff Writer September 7, 2023

Every year at HHS the school gets a few new faces, and this year is no exception to the occurrence. On the first day of school, Principal Scott Dewar introduced us to physical education aide Erin Thompson...

Photographer Hilary Ford takes a Barbie themed photo shoot with her Senior Ambassadors. The Senior Ambassadors are a group of seniors chosen to model for her company.

America living in The Dreamhouse

Avery Woolard, Staff Writer September 5, 2023

  The effects that the Barbie movie has had since its release July 21 have changed the world. According to, Barbie” has surpassed every other Warner Bros production, becoming the...

History teacher Marjorie DeNeal travels the United States. 
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History teacher travels the world

Kelee Mills, Staff Writer March 20, 2023

History teacher Marjorie DeNeal has traveled all over the United States. She has seen many different historical monuments as part of her travels.  “I have been to 44 of the 50 states. I am missing...

Allen stands at the counter  where his father, Kenneth Allen, once stood.

Allen invites students to take a last walk down Sloan Street

Ellie Rann, Staff Writer March 14, 2023

Ask anyone at HHS and a majority of students will say they have walked to Sloan Street Market at least once during their high school years. With the impending closing of the store, many are reminiscing...

Senior Bella Hankins works in the light booth.

Things are poppin’ behind the scenes of ‘Mary Poppins’

Ayden Price , Staff Writer March 10, 2023

When people go to an HHS musical they see the main characters, costumes, singing, scene changes, and the lights, but few know how all of those things manage to happen in one show. Many students participate...

Eating Disorder Awareness Week draws attention to serious issue

Eating Disorder Awareness Week draws attention to serious issue

Sarah Girtman, Staff Writer February 27, 2023

The month of February is associated with Valentine’s Day and Black History Month, but it also puts a special week aside to bring awareness to people struggling with eating disorders and to give them...

Senior Anna Stanelle works on her current project Feb. 16.

Students participate in annual Scholastic Art and Writing awards

Bailee Clifton, Staff Writer February 21, 2023

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is one of the most prestigious programs that student artists can enter. Accepting entries from grades 7-12, regional winners move on with the possibility of their...

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 excels 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....

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