The Path to Patient Zero

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, it's the job of building COVID Coordinator Andy Downs to trace possible contacts.

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 such as this, having been trained through an online program at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Downs...

Facts & Frauds

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.

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 by scanning instances of real writing and replicating it. As the software became more sophis...

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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 up inside mostly, so it was a literal breath of fresh air to run around in our backyard....

Update: Crisis Spreads Love Instead of Germs

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

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 among the Francis Howell Central staff, who responded in a remarkable manner. On Thursday April 9, 20...

Banding Together

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

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 beams, senior Margaret Wilkerson stands among her band mates, a guitar slung about her middle, micropho...

Introducing Cafe Heroes

Cafe staff members Ron and Catrina laugh in the cafeteria. They aim to bring joy to students each day.

Essy Ingram, Staff Reporter

March 12, 2020

A typical day at school will consist of courses, friends, teachers, coaches, and extracurriculars. It is jammed-packed so full that it is easy to forget that there are people who wake up early to serve around 1900 students breakfast and lunch with a smile. Catrina Shipley and Ron Daleo are a few of these...

A New Spotlight

Zoe Michals, Krystal Arias, and Rachel Vrazel gaze at a distant point in awe. Theatre is the common denominator of each of these bright individuals.

Essy Ingram, Staff Reporter

February 10, 2020

Francis Howell Central High offers 53 clubs and 24 sports over the course of one school year. The sheer magnitude of available extracurriculars can be overwhelming to any student who wants to find their “thing”. With limited time, it’s impossible to try each club and gauge how right it may be. ...

Bunk Beds Are Bedder

Behold, the bunk: a bed to tower above all beds.

Essy Ingram, Staff Reporter

January 27, 2020

You wake up in a cold sweat, chest heaving like the breath is leaving you at 80 miles an hour. Was it a dream? No, you decide. You realize that in the fragile state of your subconscious that a pressing matter was weighing on your psyche that made itself known in the form of a rather sudden awakening. ...

Greatest. Gifts. Ever.

Kobe Thambyrajah rejoices after receiving his Wii console, a gift he had anticipated up until that very morning.

Essy Ingram, Staff Reporter

December 20, 2019

Behind every good gift is a thoughtful gift-giver, one that selected an earthly possession that they believed would best communicate the sentiments felt for their recipient. The receiving end of such a gift is an agreeably good place to be; one is able to appreciate the intentionality of the giver and...

Renaissance Cupcakes: A Review

The finished product is sliced open, making the raspberry center visible.

Essy Ingram, Staff Reporter

November 15, 2019

Caramel-coated light danced across the linoleum flooring, highlighting the dried up flakes of egg white, residue from the egg that got away. Just five minutes into gathering our raw ingredients, disaster ensues. The fallen embryo served as almost an omen of what our evening had in store for us.  The we...

Bennett Ascends A Slippery Slope

Bennett makes sure to pace herself mid-race. Creating a steady rhythm and knowing her limits, she demonstrates the best way to go about pacing herself.

Essy Ingram, Staff Reporter

November 1, 2019

Chunks of cold mud dribble down the calves of the oncoming herd. The slimy substance is sprayed out from behind them, a spectacle not unlike that of a lawn mower spewing grass clippings. Just beyond the reach of the spray is another group, but one of them loses a shoe as the others try desperately t...

More Tricks Than Treats

Leaves on the trees change color as Autumn sets in. Every dead tree means a million dead leaves people must pick up, a tiresome chore, resulting from the change in season.

Essy Ingram, Staff Reporter

October 31, 2019

In an age where purchasing pumpkin-spiced dog treats is normalized, it is necessary to ask the question: Why? It’s understandable that a certain medley of fall-themed spices may be to your liking, but your dog couldn’t care less. In fact, chances are he or she will be inconvenienced by the excess...

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