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A couple of energy drinks are spread across the table dominated by a sprawl of folders, notebooks, and worksheets. This scene is not shocking as many students have caffeine addictions.

Caffeination Abomination

Amity Ianiri, Staff Reporter May 19, 2024

My screeching alarm blares violently, as I scramble to get out of bed in the morning. I clamber downstairs, with a subtle headache clouding my morning thoughts. Though my body feels heavy, the clock keeps...

The ease and convenience of ordering food from restaurants and having it delivered is something that blossomed during the Covid-19 pandemic and, for many students, is still a service they enjoy taking advantage of. Despite expensive fees that come on top of the price of food.

Delivery Dilemma

Amity Ianiri, Staff Reporter May 19, 2024

Senior Alexis Fuller musters her way onto the couch after an incredibly long and stressful day. Waking up in the early hours, scrambling to make it to school on time, and surviving a late night shift as...

Amity Ianiri sits in the Missouri Senate chamber. She was a part of Youth and Government for four years.

Decadence Through Difference

Amity Ianiri, Staff Reporter May 16, 2024

With hesitance, I set foot in the Senate chamber. My eyes dart across the room, as I frantically search for my desk. I place down the few items I had brought along with me. My blazer tightens as I begin...

A collage containing the logos of various news networks is delayed including Fox news, CNN, MSNBC, and Sky News.

Where Do You Get Your News?

Amity Ianiri, Staff Reporter May 15, 2024

Whether you’re actively searching for it or not, the pervasiveness of modern news will find its way of reaching you one way or another. It’ll pop up as you scroll Instagram, it’ll bother you while...

The folders in attendance overflow with the plethora of new documents the office is required to fill out.

Flexible Changes

Amity Ianiri and Kailey Pallares March 8, 2024

The very foundation of our day to day lives at school has been rattled by the variety of unprecedented changes being made in response to the new found lack of internet connectivity. Returning to school...

After they defeated Fort Zumwalt North in the district semifinals on Oct. 13, seniors Sydney Webb and Ashley Leible head toward their dugout to celebrate with the rest of their teammates. The team posted a 14-20 record this season and advanced to the district championship.

Taking Life’s Throws

Amity Ianiri, Staff Reporter February 15, 2024

As Spartan athletes ease their way into the winter season, softball has reached its bittersweet end. For seniors, this can be a time of intense retrospection, recollecting upon the diverse experiences...

Lisa Niswonger introduces Americas industrialization to her Honors United States History students.

Battle of the Subjects

Amity Ianiri, Staff Reporter January 24, 2024

Staff reporter Amity Ianiri argues on behalf of history in a discussion of core subjects with seniors Skye Hayden and Jordan Sexton. Hayden represents the sciences, whereas Sexton promotes English courses....

Illustration by Birdie Brereton

Running To The Fishing Line

Amity Ianiri, Staff Reporter January 17, 2024

As the initial weeks of school pass us by, the intensity of it all begins to accumulate. Those unit tests, extracurricular activities, and potential college applications can make the year seem unworkable....

Senior Tony Valera looks down at his guitar.

Melodic Mastery

Amity Ianiri, Staff Reporter December 18, 2023

The lights dim as shifting bodies settle within their respective seats, all eyes converge upon the players lining the stage. Melodic sound permeates throughout the room, with exceptional instrumentation...

Students are hard at work, collaborating on their most recent assignment

Front of The Room

Amity Ianiri, Staff Reporter October 10, 2023

Walking into room 117 my senior year, brought me right back to the August afternoon in which I’d first crossed paths with Ms. Lisa Niswonger. I recalled the pit in my stomach that day, the sporadic rhythm...

Fort Zumwalt West bumps the ball over the net, with FHCs girls working to send it back

Serving FHC Proud

Amity Ianiri, Staff Reporter October 3, 2023

The girls volleyball team has been serving up an impressive start to their season. With an inspiring record of (15-8) bringing excitement throughout the halls of FHC. Student engagement has proven to be...

Distorted Reflection

Amity Ianiri, Staff Reporter May 23, 2023

A tense feeling makes its way up my neck, my palms begin to sweat profusely, and my eyes squint as I attempt to hold back tears. I quietly enter my first period as I slowly unzip my bag, and take out...

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