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Scott Otey snaps a picture of the $21,000 check he donated to alleviate student lunch debt.

A Generous and Inspiring Donation

Kailey Pallares, Staff Reporter September 26, 2023

On August 22nd, the Francis Howell School district received an enthralling $21,000 donation put-towards student lunch debt from Scott Otey, a parent in the district. Otey first got the idea due to seeing...

A photo of Francis Howell Central High School.

Policy set to remove anti-racism resolution after vote by Board of Education

Colin Nichols, Web Editor-in-Chief July 25, 2023

“We hear you, we are listening, and we are learning.” This was the stance the Francis Howell Board of Education took in August 2020 to “confront racism.” However, by a 5-2 majority, the 2023...

One of many cracked chairs in the school remain available for student use.  Complaints regarding the damaged chairs have begun to make their way into the daily conversations among students. (Bella Smith)

Student Satisfaction?

Amber Davis, Staff Reporter May 23, 2023

In one classroom, students stare at the large cracks in their chairs that run from one corner to the center of them. In another classroom, an insufficient supply of materials for their classes require...

Questionable Proposals

Questionable Proposals

Reilly Scobey, Print Assignments Editor May 23, 2023

Across America more than a dozen states have introduced legislation to limit discussions of sexual orientation in classrooms. Among these restrictive bills is Missouri HB 634. The bill, which was introduced...

Caden Scott plays his feature on the saxophone.

A Final Fermata

Kyly Jacobs and Caroline Tarleton May 19, 2023

On Tuesday, May 9th, the jazz band held one of their last concerts in the auditorium. The night consisted of celebrating the seniors as well as presenting medals and awards. With emotions high and...

Grand Marshal, Ms. Fay, address the senior class on April 14th at graduation practice. While this isnt her first time being grand marshal, Ms. Fay was honored to be chosen again, [to] any teacher chosen, [this] means more to us than Teacher of the Year, because its by our students that were chosen. Photo by Matthew Schott

Generating Graduation

Anabel Gundersen, Staff Reporter May 18, 2023

As the end of the school year approaches, murmurs and whispers begin to fill the hallways and classrooms about graduation nearing closer. For the class of 2023, graduation will be held at 8:30am, June...

FHC students walk into school before the bell rings at 7:20 every morning. They know that they have a long school day ahead of them.

The Start Time Struggle

Matt Rupp, Staff Reporter May 17, 2023

Waking up early for school is nobody's favorite part of their high school experience. Senior Santino Cirami usually goes to bed around 11 every night, by six the next morning Cirami alarms blare to tell...

All of the items for sale the Spartan market is showcasing in room 96 at FHC.

Pride and Improvement

Colin Nichols, Staff Reporter May 11, 2023

Junior Clinton Payne, a student in special education, starts off the second hour of the day practicing retail management in the Spartan Market in room 96. His job consists of counting money, sorting used...

Students walking off of a bus in the morning at FHC.

Does it Stop Here?

Colin Nichols, Staff Reporter May 9, 2023

Three different policies including the implementation of a one-mile walk boundary, the consolidation of bus stops, and the changing of school bell times will take effect in the upcoming 2023-24 school...

Ryhan Pierce smiling and talking to her friends on the dance floor.

Last Chance to Dance

Samantha Castille, Photo Assignment Editor May 1, 2023

The night was filled with dancing and was decorated to the theme “Dripping in Diamonds”. Juniors and seniors filled Old Hickory Golf Club on Fri. April 14 for this year's prom. Seniors Maria Trupiano...

Milo Nichols as Percy Jackson cradles a conch shell to their chest as they sing.

Stealing the Show

Kyly Jacobs, Staff Photographer April 28, 2023

Approximately 6:55 pm on Thursday, April 20th, families and students alike flood into the auditorium seats. A white sheet drapes across the stage curtains with a lightning bolt projected across the...

Joey Seevers and Jerry Forno stand and rock center stage.

They Had the Time of Their Life

Aniya Sparrow , Photo Editor-In-Chief April 27, 2023

The annual Mr. FHC competition had a packed crowd to watch 16 boys showcase their different talents, competing to win the title of Mr. FHC. On Fri. March 10, the boys prepared their entrances, answered...

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