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Junior Kailey Pallares sets down her hat to get back to writing stories in her newspaper class.

Overextended Occupations

Amity Ianiri, Staff Reporter March 16, 2023

Junior Skye Hayden is just entering her room as she suddenly remembers, Wait? Am I scheduled to work tonight? This dilemma is commonplace among students who have an occupation outside of school. They often...

Liam Nachrtab and Noah Layman play at the last band concert. Nachtram is very passionate about his trombone playing.

Band-ing Together

Analiesa Hollowood, Staff Reporter March 7, 2023

Band is picking up the tempo as they enter their spring season. State competitions, recruitment opportunities, and the Fine Arts Festival are just a few of the many events the band is participating in...

The A-Band plays a familiar song during a break in the action during the girls basketball game on Dec. 19 in order to pump up the crowd. I show up for the connections and moments that we make together, Izzy Hoffeditz said.

In The Stands With A-Band

Matt Rupp, Staff Reporter March 1, 2023

On January 12. 2023 the girl’s basketball team was at halftime during a close game with St. Dominic,  Mr. Nathan Griffin standing in front of the Spartan A-Band. He holds up a number 31 and the students...

The A Band members play a song to get the spectators, players, and cheerleaders moving. Their motivation was high as they promoted the school spirit their director was looking for.

Bring Out the Band

Amber Davis, Staff Reporter January 27, 2023

This season, A-Band at FHC is back and stronger than ever, with nearly 100 members joining together to unleash loads of fun and school spirit to the basketball games.  A-Band, a pep band specifically...

Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief Poster.

The Percy Jackson Production

Alyssa Wittig, Staff Reporter January 24, 2023

Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief: A musical about friends, family, and self-truth and FHC’s 2022-23 spring production. Audition forms are located outside the theater and will be held after school...

Friends Blooming Within A Page

Friends Blooming Within A Page

Moth Payne, Staff Reporter January 20, 2023

Excited chatter fills the library as friends and club members alike make kind “thank you” cards for the staff, the thoughts of brightening a staff member’s day brings smiles to the club member’s...

Spartan Spotlight Players during a song. This photo was shot during the technical rehearsal, which helps the department make sure things are running smoothly before opening night.

How Putnam Came to “Bee”

Alyssa Wittig, Staff Reporter January 19, 2023

It is the time of year that we take a step back and recognize the amazing talent living, breathing, and learning within these walls. The Francis Howell Central drama club has just closed the door on their...

Tony Valera, a junior, plays the electric guitar for the Spartans Regiment Pink Out game performance in October. In addition to playing in the marching band, Valera is a member of the Jazz Ensemble and the Wind Ensemble.

Facing the Music

Kailey Pallares, Staff Reporter January 18, 2023

At age five, junior Tony Valera picked up his first of many instruments, a drum set. Inspired by his father and uncle, he would create his own music without realizing the impact it would soon make on his...

A printmaking design called Consumption. This piece was entered into the Lindenwood art show, and won 1st place! Illustration by Molly McGraw.

Breaking The Barrier

Moth Payne, Staff Reporter December 21, 2022

Even though art blocks are more negative rather than positive, they’re very similar to how artists develop the passion to continue drawing. Artists have multiple ways to become an artist, but there’s...

Environmental club members gather around the board in the learning commons classroom to discus how they can improve their carbon footprint.

Growing Their Own Way

Emma Schultheis, Staff Reporter December 16, 2022

Using their skills of research and creativity, every two weeks, the Environmental Club gathers to discuss environmental issues and ways to help reduce them. While it's hard to get others to follow, it...

Brynn Bollinger and Aster Johnson, both freshmen, react to something Kaden Bollinger said during the Games Club meeting on Dec. 12 in Mrs. Kim Okais room after school. The club usually plays Dungeons & Dragons but also plays other role-playing games.

Creative, chaotic stories set the tone in Games Club

Colin Nichols, Staff Reporter December 15, 2022

The suspense in the air is eerie as the DM rolls the dice. The characters gasp as the DM takes a breath and slams a mini-figure on the table. Games Club, run by Mrs. Kimberly Okai, a communication arts...

Seniors Aubrey Hunter and Kailee Wright bond over their audition experiences.

More Than Just a Class

Emma Schultheis, Staff Reporter December 15, 2022

With many class course options to choose from at FHC, choir is often one that is most forgotten about. Chamber Choir is a class for students who are accepted based on their audition. From a cappella to...

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