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A necklace that bears the religious image of a cross is dangling, ready to drop. Letting go of something that was once so personal is very difficult no matter the circumstances; however, with religion there's a little more. The massive stigma around this act only accentuates these feelings.

Trapped in Religion

The unseen reality of coping with religious trauma and leaving an organized religion
Faith Beckmann, Staff Reporter April 7, 2021

Religion is something that is very personal to a lot of people. It starts as a seed implemented into the minds of infants by their loving family. Then it blossoms into the core of human existence. From...

The Averno universe is set in a small Virginian town settled in the early 1700s by a highly religious family hoping to turn the town away from its supernatural past. The universe was created by Morgan Smith and has since expanded to include the works of many other young artists.

Into the Forest

Group of young creators construct a thrilling new world full of witchcraft and secrets
Faith Beckmann, Staff Reporter February 23, 2021

“Have you ever felt homesick for places unknown? Or forgotten the friends only you can see, now that you’re grown? What if I told you that they never left?” are the opening lines to the song "Welcome...

Untying Myself

Untying Myself

First jobs help build confidence, shed introversion
Faith Beckmann, Staff Reporter January 29, 2021

My mom made one thing very clear to me when I reached high school: the moment I turned 16 I would go and get a job. It was the same plan she had used and perfected for my two older sisters before me and...

After the change of plans for her original schedule for 2020, singer and songwriter Taylor Swift worked to find a way to still connect with her fans amidst the COVID-19 pandemic since she was unable to tour. One solution was to produce a concert film for Disney+, which was released on Nov. 24.

“Take Me to the Lakes…”

Taylor Swift captivates her audience with a new concert film on Disney+.
Faith Beckmann, Staff Reporter December 21, 2020

Since I was around three years old, Taylor Swift’s music has been a significant source of comfort for me as I grow up and go through life. Her latest album, “folklore”, came out at a time when I...

Thurgood Marshall (pictured left) made history as the first African American U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice. During his time in the court, he played a part in many cases that included topics like civil rights, the death penalty, and other controversial or important issues. Margaret Sanger (pictured right) was a women’s reproductive health activist who advocated for the use of contraceptives and family planning to help women control the size of their families. She opened the first birth control clinic in the United States and created the  organization now known as  Planned  Parenthood.

A Circle in Motion

How events from the past in September and October have influenced the present
Faith Beckmann, Staff Reporter November 19, 2020

Perhaps one of the most beautiful things about history is its ability to connect itself to present day events. It could be said that the saying “history repeats itself” has never been as relevant as...

The Francis Howell Central Spartan Regiment performs at the Howell Preview, one of their few performance opportunities this season. The preview also saw some performances from the other Francis Howell high school marching bands as they performed their shows for each other.

Marching to the Finish Line

The Spartan Regiment wraps up their 2020 season amidst the COVID-19 pandemic
Faith Beckmann, Staff Reporter November 13, 2020

As the fall sports season draws to a close, so does the end of the Spartan Regiment’s fall 2020 season. This year’s season has been one of many unknowns and challenges, but the group was able to pull...

Headlines from newsources Deadline, CBC, Entertainment Weekly, and The Hollywood Reporter show a small portion of the amount of diverse shows Netflix has canceled.

Up Next, Underrepresentation

Netflix continues to cancel their shows with diversity and representation, but at what cost?
Faith Beckmann, Staff Reporter November 10, 2020

As someone who has a sister who is a member of the LGBTQ+ community, nothing makes me happier than seeing her smile as she animatedly describes a new TV show or movie she’s found with characters she...

Ending as a Team

Ending as a Team

At the end of the season, members of the JV girl's tennis team reflect on how the team's attitude towards each other impacted their performance on the courts
Faith Beckmann, Staff Reporter September 28, 2020

Even with an odd start to the school year, the girls JV tennis team has worked hard this past season both during matches and at practices. On Saturday, Sept. 19, the team’s top double pairs played in...

A volunteer is pictured packing food into grocery bags to go to a

Volunteering During a Pandemic

Personal insight on what it is like volunteering to pack food during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Faith Beckmann, Staff Reporter May 12, 2020

To be honest, when my mom first asked me if I would be interested in helping out with packing food bags with Calvary Church (the church I’ve been going to since birth), I was kind of confused. Weren’t...

Faith Beckmann

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Faith Beckmann, Staff Reporter May 5, 2020

Desperate for the sunshine and some exercise, my mom, my sister Hannah, and I went for a walk along the trail at Rabbit Run Park. While we were walking, we made sure to practice social distancing with...

During the rise in the popularity of aesthetics, so called

Aesthetics Confine Creativity

In a culture where self-worth is based on appearance, teens may be giving up their individuality to fit in
Faith Beckmann, Staff Reporter April 20, 2020

With just one quick search for the word “aesthetic” on YouTube, Instagram, or Pinterest, millions of posts and images pop up of nicely decorated rooms, stylish outfits, and photoshoots done by young...

Some people use bucket lists to keep track of the goals they want to accomplish before they die. This is can help make sure they live a life they will be proud of in the end.

A Life Worth Living

People tend to put a lot of emphasis on the end of their lives, but is it distracting them from living their lives to the fullest?
Faith Beckmann, Staff Reporter April 18, 2020

I’m just going to be very blunt about this: I have a fear of death. There’s no need to make it all flowery and profound because death itself is a very plain and straightforward concept. Like many people,...

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