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Senior Jordyn Bailey prepares to kick the ball. As the girls soccer team heads into the quarterfinals they are hopeful for the future and proud of what lay behind them. [This game means] a lot because we didnt think we would make it this far in the beggining of the season, Bailey said.

Kick Starting their Journey to State

Clara Kilen, Staff Reporter May 31, 2022

With each game, the looming idea “Could this game be my last?” grows more prominent in the mind of every senior athlete.  Girls soccer has progressed to the state quarterfinals and are scheduled...

Starting the Day Off Wright

Clara Kilen, Staff Reporter April 21, 2022

“Good morning FHC please rise for the pledge of allegiance.” The beginning of each day at Francis Howell Central is marked by the morning announcements that feature the accomplishments of various...

Students walking in the hall with their masks on during the latest mask mandate. Due to rise in COVID cases, FHSD has mandated masks until Feb. 4 to keep staff and students safe.

Updated Mask Mandate

Clara Kilen, Staff Reporter February 6, 2022

The alarm bells signal within FHSD: On Jan. 19 the yellow chart on the district COVID dashboard displays 331 active cases. The rise of COVID following the holiday season has caused the district to reevaluate...

Señora Millers Spanish class surrounds the supplies bought with the money                  collected during the 2021 Adopt-a-Family event. This year the language department collected $4,200 in the month of December for families at FHC. Its nice to be able to help some students feel a little bit more like they have a place and that someone cares and we all know times are hard, Miller said.

Adopt-A-Family 2021

Clara Kilen, Staff Reporter January 25, 2022

The ideal holiday season is jam-packed with fun festivities, family gatherings, and filling meals, but this is not true for all families. For those struggling with finances the holiday season can be overwhelming...

Overwhelmed by the Opposition: A concerned member of the community expresses her view on current issues in FHSD at the school board meeting.

Controversial Classes

Clara Kilen, Staff Reporter December 11, 2021

A look into a typical English class will feature texts written by J.D Salinger or F. Scott Fitzgerald and history classes will often look through the lens of a white explorer. Traditional classes often...

Reporter Clara Kilen as an infant being held by her mother, Julie Kilen, in 2004.

The Value of a Stay-At-Home Mom

Clara Kilen, Staff Reporter November 11, 2021

“A couple of weeks ago, I crashed my car … I almost started crying right away,” said Avery Ott. “The first thing that popped into my head was, oh, I should call my mom.”   Avery Ott,...

SKETCH IT OUT: Morgan Corbitt sketches in her design using a piece of yellow chalk as she  prepares to paint her spot on the parking lot.“It was super fun, but also really really stressful,” Corbitt said.

Leaving Their Mark

Clara Kilen, Staff Reporter October 31, 2021

Seniors swarmed the parking lot, paintbrushes in hand, ready to make their mark on the campus. Paint cans littered the lot, as brushes were dipped, and the blacktop was coated. Bright colors and Pinterest...

New Athletic Trainer: Cody Hutson smiles for picture at a softball game. Hutson was hired mid-October and hopes to help athletes at FHC.

FHC’s New Athletic Trainer

Clara Kilen, Staff Reporter October 25, 2021

It's a Friday night football game. The crowd roars with excitement to cheer on the team, but a hush comes over the crowd as a player is injured. The team drops to one knee and the game comes to a standstill....

Leading a Team: Speaking to his team after its Aug. 20 jamboree, new head coach Malach Radigan drives home a point to his kneeling players. Coach Radigan’s team has gotten off to a 2-4 season as he tries to install his values into the program

Radigan’s New Role

Clara Kilen, Staff Reporter October 22, 2021

The football team has undergone a major transition in the leadership of the team. Malach Radigan has become the head coach and has initiated change from within.  Although Radigan has been coaching...

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