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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...

Posing for homecoming our senior year began our list of lasts with each other. The seven school dances we went to were always a fun way for us to introduce our friends to each other and dance the night away, with little worries. Photo courtesy of Anabel Gundersen

Relationship Redirection

Anabel Gundersen, Staff Reporter May 22, 2023

Blasting “I’m Full” by Wallows, driving on 94 with the windows down and my sunroof open with a warm breeze flowing through my car, I’m on my way to my boyfriend's house. It’s a good day. I couldn’t...

Freshman Claire Bisanz wearing a brace on her right arm.

The Perseverance Behind a Facade

Colin Nichols, Staff Reporter May 10, 2023

A calamitous downpour, a raging storm, a swirling cloud of dust. These phrases describe the thoughts swimming through my mind after my worst knee injury on the morning of June 29, 2022; I felt destroyed....

Two people stand in front of a house, the monochrome one from the past as the colored one lives in the present. The meaning behind the illustration shows that the past is just the past, and in the future it will end up okay. Illustration by Moth Payne.

“There’s No Place Like Home”

Moth Payne, Staff Reporter May 8, 2023

   I sat at a filled lunch table full of my friends, biting into my sandwich as I listened to them talk about their everyday stories that are shared with each individual. However, I immediately stop...

Amber Davis poses for a picture at Disney Worlds Magic Kingdom park during a vacation taken partly in celebration of her high school achievements. She is holding a banner for her school of choice, Illinois State University, where she will major in Interdisciplinary Creative Technologies. (Disney Photopass)

An Early Farewell

Amber Davis, Staff Reporter May 5, 2023

Call me a junior with senior-level privileges. From my seventh-grade year, I knew that I wanted to get out of school as fast as I went in. I’d constantly visualize myself in the shoes of the seniors,...

Ever studious, Alex focuses in on his class work. Seeing the effort he puts into his classes only feeds my pride.

Getting Older

Lorelai Finoch, Central Focus Editor-in-Chief April 24, 2023

My brother, born April 15, 2008, just five months before my third birthday, has remained one of the few constants in my life. From his constant annoyance to his constant support, he is always present,...

Emily Sirtak crouches down as she helps replant one of the trees near the FHC parking lot.

Keeping Up The Hope

Emily Sirtak, Web Editor-In-Chief April 21, 2023

After a long day of social interactions, school, work and everything in between, I go on to my phone to relax and take a step back from the stress of the world, but as soon as I click onto any platform,...

A Chronically Online Influence

A Chronically Online Influence

Sarah Schmidt, Web Assignments Editor April 18, 2023

  Influencers have existed well before the internet. Rock bands, actors and singers were all famous based on how much of an impact they made on the general population. Nowadays the term is used for fashion...

Cadence Rulo and her brother Caleb Rulo in their childhood home. Even as children the two were very close. Photo courtesy of Cadence Rulo

Building the Bond

Cadence Rulo, Staff Reporter March 16, 2023

As I sat in my childhood bedroom it was plain, empty. It used to be filled with butterfly stickers flying around the walls, bright pink curtains hiding the windows, and stuffed animals covering my tiny...

A girl surrounded by various vices as she debates her decision. Illustration by Analiesa Hollywood

Stereotypical Addiction

Cadence Rulo and Reilly Scobey, Staff Reporter and Assignments Editor March 14, 2023

Senior Matthew Rupp playing guitar in 5th hour Jazz Band.

My Musical Journey

Matt Rupp, Staff Reporter March 10, 2023

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been obsessed with music, I’ve always wanted to make music and perform music. It was a part of me from the very start. I grew up with a stay-at-home dad so instead of listening...

A Need For Change

A Need For Change

Reilly Scobey, Print Assignments Editor March 8, 2023

Waking up Saturday morning I wasn’t expecting my usual routine to differentiate. I woke up at nine, ate breakfast, and got ready for work. Everything played out as usual, until about noon when I sat...

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