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The faceted ball sits peacefully atop the tee. Maintaining a focused composure is essential to good golfing.

Developing the Drive

Faith Jacoby & Essy Ingram, Staff Reporter April 16, 2021

Last Tuesday, April 13, the boys golf team faced Howell at Whitmoor Country Club in Weldon Springs. In reflection of his performance, junior Sam Emrick explains golf as more of an individual sport than...

The variants of Overwatch characters stand at attention. For the first time ever, FHC Esports was able to compete with other Overwatch teams on a national level.

Defeated At Nationals

Essy Ingram, Copy Editor March 1, 2021

A month before Francis Howell Central’s Overwatch team was to compete in the North American Scholastic Esports Federation’s (NASEF) double-elimination tournament the weekend of Feb. 20, news came that...

A school bus braves an icy terrain in spite of the dangerous nature of the cold. This buss school made the risky decision to conduct school as usual.

Snow Day Intervention

Essy Ingram, Copy Editor February 15, 2021

This afternoon, the Francis Howell School District announced that school is cancelled tomorrow, February 16, due to inclement weather. Beginning last Tuesday, the district initiated a rapid flurry of snow...

The players pose with the evidence of their championship hanging around their necks. 
Left to right stands Ethan Montgomery, Mr. Kris Miller, Cooper Raubach, Austin King, Zach Buchholz and Tyler Belina. Players not pictured are Ethan Mitchell, Josh Green, Alex Keagy, Gideon Masters, and Caelen Hellmann.

FHC Overwatch Secures State Title

Essy Ingram, Copy Editor February 2, 2021

On January 14, Central’s Overwatch team versed the CBC eCadets for the second time this season in a battle for the first ever Overwatch State Championship, hosted by the Missouri Scholastic Esports Federation...

Garlands, lights, and baubles occupy the ceiling of science teacher Mr. Scott Thorpes room.

Lighting Up the Laboratory

Essy Ingram, Copy Editor January 26, 2021

This is senior Halei Anderson’s second year as a teacher’s aide for biology teacher Mr. Brian Bitney. When Mr. Bitney was quarantined immediately following Thanksgiving break, he asked Anderson and...

Octopi have rectangular pupils, a fact many are quick to forget.

What Will We Remember?

Essy Ingram, Staff Reporter November 24, 2020

Many a student has found themself pondering the relevance of what they learn in school: “In my adult life, will I be relieved to know that an octopus has rectangular pupils?” The odds aren’t good....

Junior Lexi Arnel crouches in ready position, eyes set on the arcing ball.

Quaran-team Waits Out Quarantine

Essy Ingram, Staff Reporter October 8, 2020

Since the cancellation of the last game in Jackson, Missouri, the girls varsity volleyball team has come to a temporary halt as the majority of players are in quarantine. Junior Phoebe Kemper is one of...

Face masks hang from lockers in the hallways. Masks are the primary way to stop the spread of COVID-19, but when there are positives, its the job of building COVID Coordinator Andy Downs to trace possible contacts.

The Path to Patient Zero

Essy Ingram, Staff Reporter September 14, 2020

In the second week of students returning to FHC, a positive COVID-19 case was confirmed. As the COVID-19 Coordinator at Central, Dr. Andrew Downs is the main implementer of the protocol surrounding a case...

President Harry S. Truman triumphantly displays the front page of the Chicago Daily Tribune after his presidential victory. Clearly, even seemingly credible sources of information have their faults.

Facts & Frauds

Essy Ingram, Staff Reporter May 14, 2020

“The era of fake writing is upon us.” Vox Media uploaded a video with this title to YouTube March 4 of this year, discussing the modern development of computers who now can create fluid, coherent sentences...

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Essy Ingram

Essy Ingram, Staff Reporter April 22, 2020

Pearce was having fun with the cherry blossoms, and I decided to stick one behind his ear. I’ve been spending a load more time with him and with nature — a blessing in disguise. School keeps us cooped...

These FHC staffers show unrelenting devotion to the Spartan Nation; their affections appear to be more resilient than the circumstances at hand.

Update: Crisis Spreads Love Instead of Germs

Essy Ingram, Staff Reporter April 10, 2020

Any outlying hope of returning to a non-virtual school year has been stamped out as of yesterday for students across the state--a surreal moment for many. This tragedy has sparked many sentiments, namely...

Joshua Hezel, Zach Daubert, Margaret Wilkerson, and the rest of their band music-make in harmony on the night of their Red Cross fundraiser.

Banding Together

Essy Ingram, Staff Reporter April 9, 2020

The night dims its sound and light to make way for a new flavor of ambiance. Metallic strings and dense speakers buzz freely in the basement air like static energy. Closer to the source of soft lavender...

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