It’s no joke that “Joker” is a box office sensation with more than $900 million in receipts, making it the highest-grossing R-rated film ever.


So that means Joaquin Phoenix is the undisputed king of the Jokers, right?


Not so fast.


An informal Ville News poll of 17 students found that Heath Ledger’s Joker in the 2008 movie “The Dark Knight” tops Phoenix’s creepy portrayal.


Nine students chose Ledger as the best Joker compared to just four for Phoenix.


Jared Leto received two votes for his dark turn as the villain in the 2016 movie “Suicide Squad,” while Cesar Romero – yes, we’re dead serious, Cesar Romero – also earned two picks for his take on the Joker from the campy 1960s Batman TV show.


“Cesar Romero – he just plays it well,” said freshman Danielle McEwen.


Perhaps, but it seems the real crime in all this talk of crime capers is the absence of Jack Nicholson (1989's "Batman") from the list.


Oh well.


Story by D’emon Baggett


Thanksgiving has come early to HHS. The school’s traditional holiday feast is Thursday (Nov. 7) in the cafeteria.


Students and teachers will have plenty to fill their plates. The lunch consists of ham, turkey and dressing, spice cake, sweet potatoes and mashed potatoes, green beans and fruit Jell-O. 


Cafeteria Manager Lola Garret said it takes about two weeks to get all the food together.


“I had to order enough for at least 750 people,” she said.


The cafeteria staff has to arrive at 6 in the morning and start cooking by 7 to have everything ready on time.


Perhaps the best part for teachers is that the lunch is free, compliments of Principal Bob Cotter.


“The teachers work really hard,” Cotter said when asked why he picks up the tab each year. “They put so much time in, so much effort in, and some days they don’t even eat lunch. So, I figured on this day when we are giving thanks to everyone, the best way I can thank the teachers is giving them a great lunch.”


Happy Thanksgiving everyone and enjoy the special lunch!


Story by Alorah Fridley and Hannah Mailander


HHS students will perform “The Wind in the Willows” on Nov. 21, 23 and 24 in the auditorium.


An in-school show for students will be Nov. 20 during first and second blocks.


“The Wind in the Willows” is a favorite of both children and adults. The story by Kenneth Grahame is often listed among the 100 best novels.


HHS has performed the play before, but the last time was 20 years ago.


“It’s one of my husband’s favorite shows,” said theater arts teacher Laurie Kerhoulas-Brown, who will co-direct with senior Charlotte Cirves.


Tickets are $8 at the door for the public shows (7 p.m. on Nov. 21 and 23, and 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 24), and $5 for the in-school one.


Tickets for the in-school show go on sale next week and continue through the week of the performance.


The story’s themes involve loyalty and friendship. The main character, Mr. Toad, keeps landing in trouble for his “fabulous” adventures. Eventually, he finds his way back home, and his friends help him change the way he views life.


Mr. Toad is played by Mackenzie Perger, Mr. Badger by Payton Lucas, Ratty by Sara Amis and Mr. Mole by Carly Martin. All four lead actors are seniors.


Story by Kenzie Gregory, Bayley Lennord and Eva Plummer




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