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The online home of the Central Focus

The online home of the Central Focus

As business slows, an empty shop at Dobbs becomes a more frequent sight.

COVID-19 affects students’ jobs

Sam Chen, Staff Reporter April 30, 2020

As social distancing measures were put in place, and recommendations to avoid contact were being implemented, suddenly, students’ jobs were put at risk. One such student, junior Spencer Rodecap, works...

Update: State Stay-at-Home Order Ends May 4

Sam Chen April 22, 2020

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, on April 22, Mo. Gov. Mike Parson announced that the statewide stay-at-home order will end May 4. Missouri’s stay-at-home order limited gatherings to ten people,...

Sam Chen

Sam Chen

Sam Chen, Staff Reporter April 21, 2020

Since classes are now online and from home, I can find time between classes to brew a pot of tea. Performing a seemingly dull, simple, and brainless task gives me a welcome break from schoolwork and thinking.

Do standardized tests serve as the measure of college preparedness theyre supposed to?

Standardized stress

Sam Chen, Staff reporter April 2, 2020

Validity: the extent to which a test’s measures or predicts what it is supposed to. Standardized tests determine how most of our life will go: whether we get into college, how much money we can get...

Preparing For The Primaries

Preparing For The Primaries

Sam Chen, Staff Reporter February 27, 2020

What is a primary election? A primary election is “a preliminary election to appoint delegates to a party conference or to select the candidates for a principal, especially presidential, election.”...

Freshman Xime Avila dives at the senior night meet on Monday, January 27. Senior Night celebrates the teams seniors and their time on the team.

Senior Swimmers

Sam Chen, Staff Reporter January 31, 2020

On Monday, Jan. 27, the girls swim team held their senior night. The girls swim team celebrated its graduating members, and went on to win the meet. Senior captain Jane Eilers reflected over her performance...

Carl Swanson sits beside a patient and comforts her during her stay at the hospital. He keeps patients company during their hospital stays, and makes sure their needs are met.

A Welcome Presence

Sam Chen, Staff Reporter December 30, 2019

He enters the patient’s room. He's the only other person in the room, besides the patient. He sits down by the patient, and listens intently as the patient talks, keeping the patient company where they...

This is a picture of the fish market. It evokes many of my childhood memories.

Fishing for Memories

Sam Chen, Staff Reporter November 21, 2019

“This one okay?” “Yes, that one.” The sounds of people buying fish fill my ears as I enter the fish market. The lights flicker, illuminating a row of fish and seafood tanks, and the dead...

A student uses a library computer to complete an assignment. Library computers are a vital resource to students.

More than just books

Sam Chen, Staff Reporter November 21, 2019

Visiting the library is always a fun experience for me. Whenever I walk in, I’m greeted by a friendly librarian. I return the greeting, and go to find the book I’m looking for, and maybe grab another...

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