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Stories from Francis Howell Central High School
Former Student Experiences Life in Coronavirus Hotspot
Coronavirus

Kayla Reyes | April 6, 2020

At 7 a.m. on a Monday morning, former student Lindsay Schallon’s alarm clock goes off. For the next three or so hours, Schallon, Glamour magazine senior beauty editor, answers phone calls, responds to…

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Missing School or Missing School?
Coronavirus

Kierigan McEvoy | March 30, 2020

No more waking up at, roughly, 5 a.m. No more lesson plans. No more grading homework. No more school; period. Well, at least not until Monday, April 6. You would think that some would jump for joy at the…

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Martial Arts Madness
Sports

Kana Chung | March 18, 2020

A bead of sweat rolls down freshman Sophia Miller’s temple. Her breathing is sporadic and heavy. She and her opponent have passed the upper hand back and forth for nearly six grueling minutes. Before…

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COVID-19 Concerning Cottleville
Coronavirus

Megan Percy | March 17, 2020

A hack or a cough heard by any passerby can evoke a flinch. Hand sanitizer, surgical masks, and even toilet paper has flown off the shelves at supermarkets everywhere. Everyone is tense, waiting for the…

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FHSD Cancels School Amid COVID-19 Concerns
Coronavirus

Kayla Reyes | March 17, 2020

Amid COVID-19 concerns, the Francis Howell School District has suspended all classes and activities for an extended two-week period after spring break. School is scheduled to resume on Monday, April 6….

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Welcome to the Mat
Sports

Natalie Walsh | January 6, 2020

Eye to eye. Silence settles over the gymnasium as the referee places his arm between the two opponents. Hearts are racing as anticipation and anxiety settles in for the match. Knees bent, arms in position,…

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Relentless. Impassioned. Immortal.
Sports

Kayla Reyes | January 6, 2020

The first snow of the year falls to the ground, a thick flurry of white, fluffy flakes blowing through the air. The hallways clear out and fall silent as hundreds of teenagers quickly rush to their transportation,…

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A Welcome Presence
Features

Sam Chen | January 6, 2020

He enters the patient’s room. He’s the only other person in the room, besides the patient. He sits down by the patient, and listens intently as the patient talks, keeping the patient company where they…

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Cut the Gut to Make the Cut
Sports

Anna Carroll | January 6, 2020

145, 152, 160, 170, 182, 195, 220, 285…See the pattern? The difference from number to number, from weight class to weight class is the hard-earned product of hundreds of calories, countless workouts…

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Meeting Their Needs
Features

Ruthann Kimbrel | December 3, 2019

The multi-purpose room lights are dimmed and the sounds of laughter and words of encouragement from mentors and TA’s echo through the hallways. The students in the class are playing their designated…

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Bound In A Body
Features

Megan Percy | November 18, 2019

Forced To Fit (In)

The ideal body is plastered all over social media, ruining the self esteem of young individuals

Faith Jacoby, Staff Reporter
She pushes through the group of students…

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Competing For a Cause
Features

Rachel Vrazel | November 15, 2019

On a crisp September afternoon, siblings Payton Matz and Lucas Matz walk into their seventh hour Pre-Calculus class and take their seats, anxiously waiting for the bell to ring so their teacher, Mrs. Trisha…

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Burned Out
Opinions

Avery Olson | November 6, 2019

My favorite type of mail to receive as a kid was when the school district sent out my MAP test scores every June. With my advanced scores in English language arts, math, and science, my parents hailed…

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More Tricks Than Treats
Opinions

Essy Ingram | October 31, 2019

In an age where purchasing pumpkin-spiced dog treats is normalized, it is necessary to ask the question: Why? It’s understandable that a certain medley of fall-themed spices may be to your liking, but…

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The Retard
Opinions

Natalie Walsh | October 16, 2019

“Who do you think you are?” I said to the boy, bristling with pure anger. It had only been our first time speaking, but I already knew everything I needed to know about him.
“What do you mean?”…

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It’s tricky
Sports

Aidan Allen | October 9, 2019

Kaleb Foster takes the floor. All of his friends around him, phones out ready to record. He takes a deep breath, gets in his stance and runs forward. He throws his hands to the ground pushing off as if…

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Extra points
Showcase

Kierigan McEvoy | October 9, 2019

“WE WANT SAM! WE WANT SAM! WE WANT SAM!” the student section roars. A second left on the clock, he lines up for the kick. He takes a deep breath through the wind and rain, beating against his face….

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Driven by ambition
Features

Kayla Reyes | November 20, 2018

It’s 10 o’clock on a Tuesday night and senior Callie Bratsch is finally returning home, longing to retire to her bed. Exhausted after school, Sensations practice, and her shift at Title Boxing Club,…

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Imagination and inspiration
Arts & Entertainment

Lanie Sanders | October 4, 2018

10:07 on Tuesday morning, in the Learning Commons. Plastic chairs were set up in perfect rows, all pointed towards a stage. It was silent except for the buzz of the overhead lights, and in the corner,…

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