Hillmen Messenger

Spring Break

Story by Tasha Mcgown, Writer

May 6, 2014

  Spring Break, the warm ten days Placer gets off. Everyone looks forward to Spring Break. A time where teenagers have time to see family, relax, catch up or go on vacation. The Placer students embark on some crazy journeys and sometimes see things they'd rather not. Madison Nunez was one of...

Drugs at School Functions

Story by Aimee Sexton, Writer

April 25, 2014

In California the drinking age is 21. For kids at a lot of High Schools, that doesn’t mean very much. At Placer High School, students drink at events like Prom, and Senior Ball. Or, they will drink beforehand so they aren’t caught with bottles. But, even if they don’t have the bottles there in...

College Preparations

Story by Max Schultz, Writer

April 25, 2014

It’s that time of year again all seniors are making their choices for colleges. A lot of kids have waited and worked hard for this moment. This moment marks the time for teens to finally enter the real world and live like an adult it also marks the moment where the kids are let free and chase their...

Is Social Media Taking Over Our Lives?

Story by Lilly Moore-Buckingham

March 7, 2014

Social media plays a big role in most people’s everyday life. Social media has changed so much over the years.  Before Facebook, many people were more familiar with sites such a MySpace.  Social media sites are always improving.  Social media is a simple act of connecting with friends and family...

Modern major conflicts of 2013

Story by Devlin Burton, Messenger Staff Writer

December 20, 2013

The new year is fast approaching and with it a vast variety of possibilities for the future of the globe, some for better and some for worse. Though our species has managed triumph in cognitive thinking and population dominance, at least as far as our known world goes, we still squabble in petty conflict...

Why have the treats turned into tricks?

Story by Haley McKee, Messenger Staff Writer

November 12, 2013

At some point in everybody’s Trick-or-Treating career they have been sadly disappointed. With every great candy bar, there comes an amusing but not so appealing treat. Whether you're out on Halloween night to get a chance to get some candy, or just hanging out with friends, Halloween is by far the most ...

Shull Patrol

Story by Alex Garcia, Messenger Staff Writer

November 12, 2013

All students have seen Leonard Schull at some point or another around campus. Shull is a veteran campus monitor who has been at placer for 20+ years. He previously had worked for the 49ers during the summer in administration and ran a dormitory. Whether he’s checking in on a class or driving around...

Placer teachers have had embarrassing moments too

Story by Sophia Juarez, Messenger Staff Writer

October 28, 2013

We have all been in a situation that has caused our faces to turn bright, tomato, red. We have all been the center of attention, at least once, for all the wrong reasons. We have all had embarrassing stories and believe it or not, so have our teachers. While it is hard to imagine our teachers being...

“Taco Park” earning unfavorable reputation in community

Students from Placer enjoy the School Park Reserve where many students feel like they are being judged when they are seen at the park.  Some feel drug deals take place in this area.

Story by Haley McKee, Messenger staff writer

October 16, 2013

  The purpose of a public park is for people to feel safe and enjoy nature.  Unfortunately, the School Park Reserve located behind Taco Tree and the Auburn Police Station has gained a reputation that is anything but that. “Taco Park” as many Placer High School students refer to it,...

Special Ed. students treated well at Placer but there is still work to be done

Story by Summer Gartrell, Messenger Staff Writer

October 16, 2013

An estimated 13-20% or one in five children under the age of 18 suffer from a mental illness so it is easy to see why public schools have to accommodate special education students. A mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a person's thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others a...

Placer offers clubs for all types of students interests

Story by Haley McKee, Messenger Staff Writer

October 7, 2013

Students that are interested in getting involved and making a difference in their community, may not know of the many service clubs at Placer High School. The Key Club, Leo’s Club, and Interactive Club are great clubs to get involved in while you are still at Placer. “I think service helps teens fee...

Support team gives financial help to foster students

Story by Avery Engelstad, Staff Writer

October 7, 2013

Sierra college care packages Most newly graduated High School students have their parents to lean on financially when they head off to college, but what about foster students?  Who do they have to lean on if they don’t have parents?  That is exactly what the College Transition Support Team or CTST ...

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