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This new partnership between Hills Review and The Thunderbird will foster complementary features and projects to provide enhanced coverage of all things Hills East.

Hills Review is produced by students in the Podcasting & Public Speaking class at High School East.  Each episode highlights school happenings, shares student perspectives, and provides a quick reminder of important upcoming events in the month ahead.  You will also find original podcast series created by members of the Film & Podcasting Club.

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New For 2020

The Good Doctor is a comedy with music written by Neil Simon. It consists of a series of short plays, based on short stories and other works of Russian writer Anton Chekhov, framed by a writer making comments on them. Half Hollow Hills students performed this play on December 13th and 14th. This show was directed by Ms. Tory Reres and was assisted by Mrs. Margo Blatt.  In this podcast, we hear from members of the stage crew, actors, and the show’s director about what it took to bring the play to life at Hills East.

Click here to listen to Abigail Clay’s interview with some members from the show.

High School East Student Podcasts Receive NY Times Honors

Hills Review, the HS East Student Podcast, is proud to announce that three podcasts submitted by HS East students were honored in the New York Times Student Podcast Contest.

The contest invited teenagers 19 and under to create an original audio program, five minutes or less, about anything they wanted. Of the nearly 900 submissions from students all over the world, three podcasts submitted by Half Hollow Hills HS East were recognized this year — one honorable mention and two finalists.

HONORABLE MENTION: The Impact of Autism 
By Katelyn Donoghue and Maddie Fryer (2018 grads who completed this podcast after last year’s competition)
FINALIST: Our Immigrant Roots and Our Shared Experience
By Sugeily Alvarez, Devin Kassebaum, Gianna Vessey, Elizabeth Park, and Clarien Nashed
FINALIST: The Film Club Podcast
By Aubrey Francis, RJ Marshall, Brandon Gassler, Matt Thomas, and Anthony Cohen

 Congratulations to all of the podcast finalists!

Have a listen to the February 2019 Edition of Hills Review:

In this edition, we feature highlights from the High School East lecture series. Produced by the Pegasus Literary Magazine, the series continued this month when Regina Calcaterra — the New York Times bestselling author of Etched in Sand — visited East to speak to 11th graders about her gripping and powerful memoir.

Below is the January 2019 Edition of Hills Review:

In this edition, we include excerpts from New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul’s comments during her visit to High School East on January 10th, where she came to propose legislation designed to keep schools safe.

We stop by the construction of the 2019 art history installation, entitled “The Divided States of America”, which is a commentary on the divisions in our country, as well as on school-related violence.

To conclude, we ask members of the High School East community whether or not they feel safe in school

Have a listen to the December 2018 Edition of Hills Review:

In this edition, we get special access to this year’s Fall Drama — 12 Angry Jurors — which is being performed in mid-December.

Next, several High School East students and Dr. Strong share their opinions on the schoolwide ID tag rule.

Finally, we stop by the recent blood drive that took place in the East Gym to talk with the organizer of the event and a few students who were donating to help those
in need.

Have a listen to the November 2018 Edition of Hills Review:

Although graduation is months away, many seniors are spending the fall trying to figure out what they’ll do after high school. In this edition, we will hear candid thoughts from students who are in the middle of the college application process. Next, we will listen in on this year’s mini-college day to hear advice from a few college recruiters.

We’ll also spend time with a former High School East student who recently joined the Marines.  He, and a few other servicemen, recently stopped by to talk to interested students. The November Community Calendar provides a list of important dates and upcoming events for the weeks ahead.

Concluding this month’s edition is a preview of a new Hills Review feature: the Film Club podcast.