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A numb state of mind

A numb state of mind

Emily Mann, Co Editor-in-chief

May 4, 2018

I wake up. Not in tears over the excruciating school day that lies ahead, not chipper and making my green smoothie ready to #TackleThisTuesday, not happy to see my friends; I just wake up. I wake up most mornings in a numb, catatonic state. I don't feel happy, I don't feel sad, I'm not angry, and wh...

Not “bad” enough

Not “bad” enough

Skylar Laird, Co Editor-in-Chief

May 4, 2018

My thoughts spiral. It's like I'm drowning but the air is still in my lungs. Shaking, sweating, hyperventilating, nauseous - “You're overreacting,” I tell myself. “It's not even that bad. Everyone does this.” I start shaking, bouncing my leg as quickly as my thoughts as they move faster and ...

What’s stopping me

What’s stopping me

Whitney Klein, Voice Editor

May 4, 2018

My eyes are open, but I can’t see anything. My hands are laying flat on something, I can’t place the feeling. I can’t place any feeling. I can’t move. Water hits my feet. It’s rushing over me. Faster, it’s bringing me under. My legs have gone under, my body, my head sinks under. I try to h...

My breaking point

My breaking point

Liz Baker, Web Editor-in-Chief

May 4, 2018

Walk faster. Burn more. Eat less. Weigh less. These thoughts flew through my head faster than I could understand. I didn’t understand what I was dealing with. I could only understand one thing; I only had one goal: lose weight. It consumed me; I would lay in bed for hours thinking of nothing but h...

Dear “Prop Learn” voters

Dear “Prop Learn” voters

Skylar Laird, Co-editor in chief

April 9, 2018

Dear everyone who voted “no” on Prop Learn,   I don’t think you’re all horrible people. I’m sure, when you walked into that voting booth, you didn’t think, “how can I make life a little more difficult for every high school in the area?” There are lots of valid reasons to v...

Becoming normal

Becoming normal

Skylar Laird, Co-editor in chief

March 16, 2018

My friends’ laughter began to fade with the dimming of the lights around us. We all settled back into our seats in anticipation for our movie as the previews began. They were the same as they always were: trailer after trailer for superhero movies (in which the leading man falls in love with the ...

Addressing the issue

Addressing the issue

February 27, 2018

The Central Focus staff feels the need speak up about the incidents that have wracked our country. While many of the pieces contain the same viewpoints or principle idea, please feel free to comment your own view under the story or submit an editorial to Mr. Schott in room 139 or to his email at mdschott@g.fhsdschools.org

Suffering in silence

Megan Percy, Staff Reporter

December 7, 2017

  Like most animal-loving five-year-olds, I wanted a four legged friend more than anything in the world. I cried, stomped, whined, and threatened to run away from the house to get one. But where I saw a fluffy best friend that would love me until the end of time, my parents saw vet bills and a ...

Sibling stressors

Sibling stressors

Kana Chung, Staff reporter

December 1, 2017

Brothers and Sisters are great, but sometimes they aren't so great. Having a sibling can be both a negative and a positive thing that affects students in their academic and home life. Siblings often come with pressure to perform well, which can be both a source of both eustress and destress. Accor...

Only 10 years old

Only 10 years old

Juliet Fuhrmann, Move Editor

October 10, 2017

According to Mental Health America, one in five Americans suffer from a mental illness in a year, that adds up to 43 million people that have something like an anxiety, bipolar or depression disorder. Suicide is the second leading cause of death with people between the ages 15-24. This is devastatin...

Equality is punk rock

Equality is punk rock

Kana Chung, Staff reporter

September 26, 2017

On Monday, August 14th, Green Day held a concert in St. Louis’ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre. They shared their views on several issues that affect our society today, rallying the crowd as a roaring unit of equality. This concert marks Green Day’s second visit to the St. Louis area since the rel...

Embracing perspective

Embracing perspective

Lukas Mendel, Copy editor

March 3, 2017

No two people will have the same exact take on every single issue or idea. Sure people will share some similarities in beliefs, but ultimately, everyone has their own individual perspective on life. People will scream and fight simply because two individuals have their own perspective and their own i...

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