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Editors Emme Bernard and Birdie Brereton dress up in their ideal Met Gala outfits. Graphic by Birdie Brereton

Garden Gala

Emme Bernard and Birdie Brereton May 21, 2024

EMME BERNARD   The Met Gala is known for its designer outfits worn by the biggest A-list celebrities, and with this event comes criticism on if the outfits match the theme or were just trying...

A pair of jeans that are too long for the girls legs. Graphic by Birdie Brereton

One Size Doesn’t Fit All

Emme Bernard, Print Editor-in-Chief May 20, 2024

Similar to many other girls, junior Lillieann Hodges walks through a store to try on clothes. Her mom always told her to try them on in store in case they didn’t fit. And while the idea of going to the...

Marko Vhrovac, Luke Paulus, Natalee Shipley, and Addie Law stand during a Speech and Debate tournament. The photo was taken after Natalee and Addie placed second in public forum debate. Photo courtesy of Addie Law

It’s More Than A Speech

Emme Bernard, Print Editor-in-Chief May 2, 2024

Sophomore Addie Law starts her 2v2 debate her freshman year. This was her first year debating, and she didn’t feel too confident until the judge told her she was already speaking at a varsity level....

Sam Dobbins poses fora media day photo. Dobbins has been playing lacrosse since their freshman year. They were very supported when they came out as non-binary. A lot of people take the time to get to know me and make the simple change, Dobbins said.

Coming Out on the Court

Emme Bernard, Print Editor-in-Chief February 2, 2024

During lacrosse practice, senior Sam Dobbins walked up to their head coach. They anxiously thought about the conversation at hand. They were going to tell them what pronouns they go by. “Okay sounds...

On My Own Pedestal

On My Own Pedestal

Emme Bernard, Print Editor-in-Chief January 31, 2024

I was sitting at my friend’s dining room table for her birthday dinner. We were all talking about college and she said she was going to Mizzou. For months she had been talking about other schools, but...

At My Snapping Point

At My Snapping Point

Emme Bernard, Editor-in-Chief of Central Focus November 8, 2023

I sat in my fifth grade class. We were in an island of desks. All of us were using our free time to take silly photos of each other on Snapchat. I scrolled through every silly filter available in the hopes...

Illustration by Moth Payne

Coping with Violence

Emme Bernard, Staff Reporter April 17, 2023

February 3rd. Hundreds of students came to watch the Central v North basketball game. It was a game day to raise awareness for cancer and raise money, but it turned into a night that will be remembered...

Players gather around Head Coach Leake as she discusses the next plays for the game. Through losing runs in the game, Leake tries to keep the team positive and determined to win.

Shooting their Shot

Emme Bernard, Staff Reporter December 21, 2022

At MOD, the girls basketball team gathered to prepare for their first game of the season at Nerinx. But after an outing of fun and laughter, the girls had to give it their all on the court for their first...

Reese McDevitt puts on her spikes to prepare for her race.

Knocking on Wood

Emme Bernard, Staff Reporter December 8, 2022

Silence can be the key to a successful game. Junior Jackson Campbell walks around trapped in his thoughts. He is one of many on the varsity football team that has their own ritual before a game. He walks...

Nick Ortinau prepares to throw the football.

Dipping Into the End Zone

Emme Bernard, Staff Reporter November 14, 2022

It was senior night. The last regular season game. The last game for twenty-one seniors. But they were down four with only two minutes left. Their season has started off strong and they hoped they would...

In Ms. Kristen Walerowicz’s third hour class, students pull out their phones for the first three minutes of class. Ms. Walerowicz allows each of her classes three minutes  of screen time before the lesson starts each day. The 3 minutes is helpful because “we barely have any time to get on our phones during the day” said Freshman, Aymen Mohammad.

Regulation Refresh

Emme Bernard, Staff Reporter October 17, 2022

Junior, Ally Brower, walks into class each day surrounded by students who share the same kind of attachment to their phones as she does, but there is one difference. Her peers fall into temptation each...

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