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Navigating Quarantine

Zoe Michals, Staff Reporter May 13, 2020

The conditions people are facing under COVID-19 are wildly unprecedented and scary, and none of us are completely confident on how to deal with it. Everyone is under a stay-at-home order, which means to...

Every brain is different. This causes us to receive and process events and emotions differently than others.

Don’t Equate Emotions

Zoe Michals, Staff Reporter May 4, 2020

Everybody has their own personal struggles and flaws; that’s the human condition. Not everybody feels as though they can express the emotions associated with those struggles and flaws; that’s human...

Zoe Michals mailing off a letter to her pen pal.

Keeping In Touch Timelessly

Zoe Michals, Staff Reporter April 28, 2020

There’s only so many TikTok’s I can watch, posts I can like and messages I can read. In my pre-quarantine life, everything was always go-go-go. It was rare to be home before 7 p.m. at the absolute...

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Zoe Michals, Staff Reporter April 24, 2020

With so much new free time and the order to stay home, my dad has found the final solution to all of our boredom: yard work, yard work, yard work! Thankfully my allergies have spared me from the thick...

Many harmful interactions are had online via text messages and social media. People on the other side of the screen have feelings too.

The Fallacy of the Friendzone

Zoe Michals, Staff Reporter April 10, 2020

Receiving a text message has the effect on people of a euphoric release of dopamine. Which makes it even more disheartening to open a message and have “Ur such a b****, I thought u cared about me. Why...

Pacifiers and Poop Jokes

Zoe Michals, Staff Reporter April 3, 2020

We’re all trapped in our houses. For the greater good, but nonetheless, it is boring. There’s not much to do or see, and there even becomes a point where it’s hard to find something to watch. Staring...

Staying At Home and In Shape

Zoe Michals, Staff Reporter March 30, 2020

Self-isolation is one of the most important factors in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and ensuring a speedy recovery back to our “normal” lives. However, there are negative consequences that can be...

Jenna Woelfel, Abbie Kohler, Kylie Christensen, and Sam Cole walk the streets of Kansas City between workshops. They participated in fun theatre-based activities with fellow thespians across the state.

Taking on Thescon

Zoe Michals, Staff Reporter February 18, 2020

Nothing compares to the sound of 2,000 excited “theatre kids” in the same room. Comparatively, nothing compares to the amount of passion, love and support shared by a room of 2,000 inspired young thespians.  The...

Two boys wrestle on the mats in a recent dual. Francis Howell Centrals wrestling team won with a 39-36 lead.

Tear Down with Timberland

Zoe Michals, Staff Reporter January 31, 2020

Tuesday January 28, the varsity boy’s wrestling team competed in a home dual against Timberland. The score was close up to the very end, but the Spartans pulled ahead in the final matches to defeat the...

A gingerbread man cookie, you can find a recipe for your own in this story!

How To Feast Festively

Zoe Michals, Staff Reporter December 22, 2019

We are quickly approaching the time of year infamous for festivities and fattening. To  successfully accomplish the latter, try out these tasty holiday treats! Whether you are in need of a dessert for...

Smoke blows, similar to the smoke that comes from dab pens.

Dabbing with Death

Zoe Michals, Staff Reporter November 19, 2019

Addiction. We are addicted. Addicted to convenience. To people. To feelings. In a country where mental illness, reckless substance abuse, and a “need to please” attitude are all growing exponentially,...

From Sectionals to State

From Sectionals to State

Zoe Michals, Staff reporter November 6, 2019

This weekend, for the first time in program history, our girls volleyball team will be heading to the all-state competition at Southeast Missouri State. As a part of the final four teams in the state,...

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