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The presence of a weapon at the Feb. 3 basketball game - annually one of the most well-attended games - left the district facing issues about school safety.

Howell. It Could Happen Here

April 30, 2023

As gun laws become less restricted, we hear more cases about students bringing guns to school. A young kid with a gun sounds contradictory but is a common occurrence, even though they represent very different...

Konnor Eslinger, a three-time state finalist, awaits the return of the ball during his match on April 12 against Fort Zumwalt West. Eslinger, a senior, is hoping to make it four for four in trips to the state tournament.

Eslinger Hoping to Lead Tennis Team to State Tournament

Lauren Waganer, Staff Reporter April 14, 2023

Senior Konnor Eslinger has been playing on the boys tennis team since his freshman year and has improved tremendously. He is the only player in school history to compete in state three years in a row,...

Members of the Treble Choir gather around Choir Director Donna Solverud in early fall.

Choir Members Excel at State Competition

April 13, 2023

Eight singers quietly step into a small classroom, judges waiting patiently to listen to their song. Several of them have already sung this morning, but all of them have been anticipating this performance....

April 2023: The Photo Issue

Aniya Sparrow, Photo Editor-in-Chief April 13, 2023

Central Photo's photographers present their annual issue of photo stories and photography from the 2022-23 school year.

February 2023: Family First

Emme Bernard, Staff Reporter April 12, 2023

The Central Focus explores the role family plays for students in the social lives, classrooms and in their clubs.

A poster hangs on Mrs. Stacey Dennigmanns door in the weeks leading up to ticket sales for the 2023 prom.

New Dance Moves

Mikayla Jacobs, Staff Reporter April 10, 2023

For many years,  prom has been held at the St. Charles Convention Center, but this year teens will be whisked away by golf carts to The Old Hickory Country Club on Friday, April 14. Doors will open at...

Conferring with his team on the mound, Coach Nick Beckmann discusses strategy during the baseball teams 13-9 loss to Vianney on March 27.

Knowing Your Role

Sydney Hoernschemeyer, Staff Reporter April 5, 2023

The varsity baseball team is back in action and preparing for its 2023 season with varsity Coach Nick Beckmann at the wheel.  The team started its preparations for the season at the end of February....

Science teacher Kim Maxwell peeks out at the stage as her Silver Shield winner, Yzabella Wilson listens to Mrs. Maxwells written statement.

A Night to Shine

Staff, Staff Photographer March 31, 2023

After a delay of several weeks, the faculty and staff of the school honored 82 students on March 30 as part of the annual Silver Shield ceremony. Students could be selected for any reason by a faculty...

December 22: Looking to the Future

Emily Sirtak, Web Editor-in-Chief December 21, 2022

Students consider the impact of moving on, the challenges of a new environment and the difficulty of staying put.

A New Spin on Learning and Teaching

Xime Avila-Camarena, Staff Reporter December 20, 2022

Blended learning has become increasingly popular at FHC after Covid in March of 2020, where teachers were forced to teach their students online. Since then, many teachers have adapted to having a lot of...

Brynn Bollinger and Aster Johnson, both freshmen, react to something Kaden Bollinger said during the Games Club meeting on Dec. 12 in Mrs. Kim Okais room after school. The club usually plays Dungeons & Dragons but also plays other role-playing games.

Creative, chaotic stories set the tone in Games Club

Colin Nichols, Staff Reporter December 15, 2022

The suspense in the air is eerie as the DM rolls the dice. The characters gasp as the DM takes a breath and slams a mini-figure on the table. Games Club, run by Mrs. Kimberly Okai, a communication arts...

Coach Michael Bunton speaks to students during his sixth hour Advanced Weight Training class. While Coach Bunton gives his students respect from the start, he expects them to return it to him with hard work and good behavior.

Differing views on respect

Ian Rashleigh, Staff Reporter December 8, 2022

For several teachers, respect is a huge thing. They value respect in the classroom and expect the same from their students. Yet for several of them, such as Mrs. Brittany Williams, a math teacher that...

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