Hillmen Messenger

New license law stirs contention in the student body

Story by Tarrah Creencia, Staff Writer

December 22, 2010

Rumors of a change in the driving age from 16 to 18 have been brought up, which has caused mixed feelings from students and parents alike.  Other changes have also been made to the drivers’ licenses for drivers under the age of 21. “If I had to wait until I was 18 to get my license, I would be...

Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

Story by Hannah Harlacher, Staff Writer

December 22, 2010

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell or do ask, do tell? There is a big controversy between gay, lesbian, and bisexual service members being allowed to be openly gay in the military. The “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy was recently repealed and many people are being affected.  The “Don’t Ask, Don’t...

GSA

Story by Hannah Harlacher, Staff Writer

December 22, 2010

Gay Straight Alliance Many kids struggle through high school. Students are constantly striving to find a place where they can belong, where they can be themselves. It’s especially hard to be openly gay in high school. Today, people are becoming more supportive of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and others,...

Low STAR scores may lead to Program Improvement

Story by Olivia Holmes, Staff Writer

December 22, 2010

There could be possible elective cuts due to poor STAR test scores. Placer High School has always had decent to great STAR test scores, but last year the scores fell a great deal. “We didn’t score as high on the Star Test as we are capable of scoring. Probably for a couple of reasons,” our...

Teacher’s privacy lost in the form of school email accounts

Story by Olivia Holmes, Staff Writer

December 22, 2010

Rumors of the students school e-mails being archived by the administration are FALSE.             There has been some talk about the student school e-mails being saved, kept, and read in the district office. The fact of the matter is that the students’ school e-mails are just like having...

Mysteries in the Canal

Story by Kyler Ransom, Staff Writer

December 22, 2010

Recently, Richard Hill, a 50 year old transient was found dead in the Auburn Wise canal, the sixth death in the canal since January 2009.  Many people are wondering about the canal deaths considering all people who died were drunk or on drugs.             Officer Neher, Placer High’s...

Julian Falkner saves a life

Story by Olivia Holmes, Staff Writer

December 22, 2010

While building Placer’s notoriously spooky haunted house on Friday October 22, junior Daniel Rea had an unfortunate mishap with a pair of scissors.             Being in the Leo Club, Rea and his junior friend Julian Faulkner were part of the construction crew for the school’s haunted...

Black Friday and Cyber Monday huge for shoppers

Story by Claire McCoy, Staff Writer

December 22, 2010

            Thanksgiving is one of the most anticipated holidays of the year. Between the immense amount of delectable food and collection of family traditions, Thanksgiving is a well-rounded holiday that most Americans look forward to. Along with love for turkey, gravy and stuffing, there...

Digital Death campaign to support Keep a Child Alive

Story by Claire McCoy, Staff Writer

December 22, 2010

There is an extreme and distinctive difference between living and life. Living may extend time for only another day. But life is far more than sleeping, waking and an everyday routine. Life is much more than just merely existing. Even though it would be easier, life cannot be bought in a pill or any...

A user guide to playing and watching muggle Quidditch

Story by Amy Classon, Staff Writer

December 6, 2010

Quidditch is a fictional sport from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. Quidditch has been played by witches and wizards for centuries, and now even muggles can play “muggle quidditch”.             In the wizarding sport of quidditch, witches and wizards fly on broom stick on and...

A big box store soon to come to Auburn

Story by Zach Hersh, Staff Writer

October 22, 2010

On September 28, 2010, the Placer County Board of Supervisors with a 5-0 vote approved the “Bohemia” center that can accommodate a Costco, WalMart or other similar large box retailer. Following a trend with other recent large scale developments in Auburn the project does not come without some controversy.  The...

Terrorism in Europe

Story by Jack Hatherly, Staff Writer

October 22, 2010

The Eiffel Tower was evacuated September 28th after a terrorist bomb threat; but no explosive device was found. Police tapped into a short wave radio conversation between two men discussing attacking the Eiffel tower with a bomb. The day before the Eiffel Tower incident, French police closed and secured...

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