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Hackley Collage concert takes Broadway

Senior Amanda Mooney and Junior Hadassah Henderson act out a scene from the renowned Broadway musical

By Sydney Stoller, Online Editor in Chief

January 5, 2020

For their combined Winter concert, the Hackley orchestra, band, chorus, and acting classes implemented a Broadway theme. Taking place during Community Time, the annual concert featured a mix of renowned musicals. In addition to those mentioned above (Wizard of Oz, Wicked, Into the Woods, Hamilton, and Rent), the concert covered "Thorough...

AP photography students capture nature’s beauty

AP photography students capture nature's beauty

By Jordan Miller, Editor in Chief

April 3, 2019

Although oftentimes AP Studio Art pieces garner the most attention, AP Studio Art with a concentration in photography has become more popular recently. For these students, their portfolios will consist of photos showing their breadth and quality along photos of their concentration as well as two black ...

Coffee House band reflects on strenuous preparation and the experience of performance

Junior Maggie Broaddus plays guitar in the house band.

By James Sexton-Holtmeier, Opinion Editor

March 21, 2019

Coffee House would not be possible without the hard work and dedication the house band provides each year. This year, the band is made up of seniors Richie Nuzum and Benjamin Monroe, along with Junior Maggie Broaddus. Their musical chemistry was evident in the most recent Coffee House, where they dressed u...

Junior Adam Tannenbaum showcases unique singing talent at NYSSMA

Adam Tannenbaum practices for his singing audition at the New York State School Music Association. Adam takes vocal lessons and practices singing daily.

By Tommy Larson, Opinion Editor

February 7, 2019

Junior Adam Tannenbaum has a deep passion for the art of singing and is an active and involved member of the singing community on the hilltop. He has partaken in several selective NYSSMA conferences and solos in Hackley concerts. He grew up playing the piano and enjoyed playing pop songs. Soon, he learned a...

Student performances wowed audience during winter coffee house

Coffee House hosts Zaya Gooding and Rahat Mahbub held the attention of the audience with jokes. Audience participation was another key component of Gooding and Mahbub's hosting strategy.

By Sofia Graziano and Jordan Miller

January 29, 2019

Volunteers emerge from the crowd and each grabs a drum. The sound fills the room and kindling a spirit of inclusivity. At this Winter’s coffeehouse, a drum circle started the night, with members from the audience beating bongos onstage. “I really enjoyed the song selection and the general atmospher...

What We are Reading

What We are Reading

By Jordan Miller, Print Managing Editor

January 11, 2019

Killers of the Flower Moon Upper School head Andy King is currently reading David Grann’s Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the Flower Moon. King said, “[The book is] a wonderful example of narrative nonfiction, which I think is a genre that many students wou...

Coach Kuba brings coaching experience and insight to the hilltop to revitalize boys basketball

Coach Kuba explains a drill to the team. He emphasizes quick ball movement to the team in practice. This is Coach Kuba’s first season coaching the boys’ varsity basketball team.

By Tyler O'Brien, Arts Editor

December 20, 2018

After a few tumultuous years that did not meet the standards in terms of record and culture for the Hackley basketball program, new head coach Zachary Kuba strives to turn things around for the team. Coach Kuba spent the previous five years coaching at Poly Prep, a job that gave him familiarity with ...

Senior Jordan Wade finds her passion and success in “Simple Strings”

Jordan Wade makes all of the bracelets, necklaces, and earrings sold by

By Hannah Ostfield, Staff Writer

December 18, 2018

It all started the summer before freshman year, when Jordan Wade and her mom were looking for an art project to fill the day. They decided to head to Michaels, and after circling the store for a little bit, they found themselves in an aisle filled with small rounded beads. They decided to make necklaces ...

Louisa Thompson uses her Photoshop skills to start an online business

One of Louisa's style of edits includes collages made from cut out magazine photos. She recently made a collage focussed on model Bella Hadid using her recent Vogue cover shoot paired with inspirational words to create this piece.

By Hannah Ostfield, Staff Writer

December 17, 2018

Louisa’s passion for collaging started in middle school when she would look through piles of magazines finding cool pictures. She began to cut out photos of celebrities, models, or even interesting quotes and glue them onto paper making collages. During her freshman year, Louisa rediscovered her k...

Hactors Perform “Electra”

The cast of Electra rehersing on set.

By Quinn O'Halloran, Guest Writer

November 1, 2018

Filled with treachery, murder and blood, “Electra” is a perfect Halloween story. Nine students, under the direction of Mr. Teacher, with help from stage manager Paola Garcia, will bring Sophocles’ Greek tragedy to life in the PAC this Thursday 11/1, at 4:30 p.m.. The sirens’ call of a singing...

A Personal Perspective: “hope and light” on Broadway

Dear Evan Hansen, a broadway play that discusses such contemporary issues as mental health, is one of junior Sophia Masotti’s favorite plays. An avid consumer of theater, Sophia has seen numerous plays on Broadway like Angels in America and the Lion King as well. Sophia feels that she serves as a part of something bigger than herself while she sees theatrical productions.

By Sophia Masotti, Guest Writer

October 18, 2018

If there is one thing that I can say I have been passionate about since I was a young, it is theater. When I was five years old, I saw the Lion King on Broadway. I still remember the beautiful costumes and animals walking up to the stage as the lights and the first song came on. That was the first tim...

AP artists begin work on their concentrations over the summer

Senior Fiona Boettner constructed a self portrait over the summer. She is focussing on constructing portraits for AP art this year. Other AP artists are concentrating on such things as tattoos and water throughout the year.

By Julia Thomson, Sports Editor

October 10, 2018

Similar to the summer work of academic related AP courses, each student enrolled in AP art must choose a central theme or technique to focus on for the year. This then becomes the basis for their portfolios which will optimally include 12 different pieces reflecting the concentration they have picked....

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