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Junior Rebecca Turner playing Clarisse surrounded by cast on opening night. They stand holding staffs to battle Annabeth, played by Abby Money, and her team.

Striking the Stage

Cadence Rulo, Staff Reporter May 18, 2023

As senior Aubrey Hunter walks around Francis Howell Central her head is filled with sign up posters for the spring musical ‘Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief.’ After being in choir her whole life,...

Cadence Rulo and her brother Caleb Rulo in their childhood home. Even as children the two were very close. Photo courtesy of Cadence Rulo

Building the Bond

Cadence Rulo, Staff Reporter March 16, 2023

As I sat in my childhood bedroom it was plain, empty. It used to be filled with butterfly stickers flying around the walls, bright pink curtains hiding the windows, and stuffed animals covering my tiny...

Senior Jack Patton smiles with his mom. They stand together to capture the moment at a family dinner.Photo courtesy of Jack Patton

Functioning Family

Cadence Rulo, Staff Reporter March 10, 2023

The ringing 5:45 morning alarm wakes senior Jack Patton up for school. He meets with his girlfriend in the parking lot, walks to class, and goes about his school day. He heads to Salvatore's Italian Restaurant...

Sierra Brummes first tattoo captured days after getting it. She wanted to dedicate her first tattoo to her father. Photo curtesy of Sierra Brumme

Permanently Painted

Cadence Rulo, Staff Reporter March 6, 2023

The buzzing sound of needles rings through the shop while the smell of antiseptic fills your nostrils. The dream of getting a tattoo becomes a reality. Senior Sierra Brumme is a canvas for not one, but...

Zachary Castelli smiling on the outside while fighting on the inside. Castelli  is showing the internal and external conflict of struggling with body image.

Looking in the Mirror

Cadence Rulo, Staff Reporter February 8, 2023

I walked into my dance studio with my Chewy granola bar in hand. “It’s measurement day,” the lady behind the front desk said. I looked down at the 100 calorie snack in my hand and tossed it into...

FHCs boys and girls basketball has a shoot-off. Girls basketball cheers with cheerleaders for their team.

Winter Blast 2022

Cadence Rulo, Staff Reporter November 22, 2022

FHC’s winter sports, boys and girls wrestling, boys and girls basketball, and girls swim and dive, were welcomed as their seasons began. On Friday, Nov. 11 Francis Howell Central held their Winter Blast. As...

Cordelia Kraft clutches book while crying after hearing about SB 775. She duct tapes her mouth to represent the silencing that is occurring.

Back to Banning

Cadence Rulo, Staff Reporter October 19, 2022

“Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury is categorized as a dystopian novel where books are outlawed and burned. I always felt this book was frightening fiction with the control the authoritative figures...

Dr. Suzanne Leake serves as interim head principal for the 2022-2023 school year.  “Im excited for the opportunity to be able to stay” Dr. Leake said.

Bringing Her Own Style

Cadence Rulo, Staff Reporter October 17, 2022

 After the wave of grief students succumbed to upon hearing Dr. Arnel had retired as principal of FHC, they were informed of the identity of the school's new leader, Dr. Suzanne Leake, on March 18. As...

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