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Grace Crook

Grace Crook, Staff Writer

Grace is a sophomore starting her first year of TCT. In her free time, you can find her playing field hockey or lacrosse. She loves re-reading and watching the Harry Potter series, and spends her time working on her film journals. Grace loves watching sunsets while eating Chick-Fil-A with her friends.

Hobbies and interests: Film journaling, skateboarding, thrift shopping, snowboarding, and listening to true crime podcasts

Favorite artist: Dayglow

Favorite place she's traveled: Santorini, Greece

What she wants to do before she dies: Run a marathon

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Zack Snyder's directed Justice League's official movie poster

Zack Snyder’s Justice League brought me intense action through all four hours

May 31, 2021

This review may contain spoilers for Zack Snyder's Justice League. I didn’t expect my weekend to consist of me sitting through an entire four-hour movie of pure action. Well, four hours and two minutes...

The sun's rays can be effortlessly captured, but the moon's glimmer is saturated with failure

The invisible ties that connect the sun and moon are withering in between

May 24, 2021

How does the moon compare to the sun? It is surely not seen as an equal to the bright, white bulb emitting light to guide you through your day.  With the blinding orbs to the eerie fog of the night,...

Kenzie Davis smiling as she looks down and cuddles her cat

Kenzie Davis’s environmental passion has grown from her ability to find new hobbies

May 19, 2021

Junior Kenzie Davis’s passion for nature comes with a green thumb and fresh cilantro. Though this is a fairly new hobby to her, Kenzie is already prepping for the summer when she will be growing tomatoes,...

Dayglow's newest album Harmony House to be released the 21st of May

Dayglow’s teaser songs for his new album are just what I need for the start of summer

May 17, 2021

Dayglow has been on a popular streak with songs that seem to be picked up on the media for everyone to enjoy. These songs include: “Can I Call You Tonight?” and “Hot Rod” and “Listerine,” and...

Performance activism should not be a trend to show you care about serious social issues

Why performance activism isn’t enough to spark change

May 10, 2021

Post the black square on your Instagram.  Put an info card on your story to show that you care. With copious social issues coming to light, social media is the place to learn, hear, and spread awareness...

Alec Stewart allows himself growth and development through playing hockey

Alec Stewart’s dedication to hockey has set him on the path of success

May 7, 2021

If you Googled senior Alec Stewart, it is guaranteed that his name would show up with articles showcasing his elite ice hockey status. Alec learned to skate at the early age of three, and from there,...

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, Universal Studios's new ride

Universal Studios’s new addition to their park had me relive my childhood memories and make new ones

May 3, 2021

Not only did Universal Studios—a famous amusement park in Orlando, Florida—reopen their parks not shy of a year ago, but with this, came new attractions.  Though the typical Mardi Gras celebration...

Save Ralph, the animated documentary released by the Humane Society to spread awareness about animal testing

Ensuring product safety should not be at the expense of animal lives

April 26, 2021

A popular animated video called "Save Ralph" has been circling around social media, and it follows the routine of a testing bunny, shedding light on unethical animal testing practices. While it's a very...

This Is Ranger Country, a podcast featuring Brad Anderson and John Fisher

The “This Is Ranger Country” podcast has benefitted the community from episode one

April 22, 2021

With 700 listeners less than a month after its creation, the This is Ranger County podcast has taken off better than anyone could have expected. The kickstart of the This is Ranger County podcast...

cancel culture is defining modern society as the only way to call someone out, and it needs to stop

Canceling and educating should not be a pick and choose situation

April 12, 2021

Recently, cancel culture has taken some heat, specifically, on platforms such as Tik Tok and Twitter. But what some have brought to light is the phrase “educate don’t cancel.”  As the act of...

Eva Labeau is finding more ways to become in control of herself through passions she loves best

Eva Labeau uses her excellent memory to create masterpieces

March 31, 2021

Freshman Eva Labeau remembers details about a toy duck from when she was two.  This partly is because of HSAM or Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory; the ability to recall experiences and associate...

Burger King UK's tweet to

Burger King’s International Women’s Day tweet has sparked controversy

March 22, 2021

Burger King UK’s recent tweet has brought controversy that has spread from platform to platform. Their approach to celebrating International Women’s Day started with a tweet stating: “Women belong...

Cover art for Mother Mother's double release for I Got Love and Stay Behind

Mother Mother’s new double release left me reminiscing about their songs in the past

March 15, 2021

Recently, the band Mother Mother has been stealing the spotlight on their songs from the past. Songs like Burning Pile, Verbatim, and Hayloft have been gracing TikTok’s audios for the past few months.  Lead...

Freshman Sheldon Thomas posing for a picture in the snow

Sheldon Thomas’s ability for trying new things has given him a sense of community in his life

March 12, 2021

Developing a love for a school activity from watching a television show isn’t something you would hear about often, but for freshman Sheldon Thomas, it’s a pursuit he would call fate.  Entering...

the dead flowers that had me holding on to the past

I’m watering my dead flowers

March 8, 2021

I’ve kept these flowers stored in my fridge though they have been expired for three weeks. I should have known from the rotten smell that was slowly emitting. The stems are leaking a dark purple just...

The Metropolitan Opera in New York City, a trip FHC's orchestra participates in

School trips may be cancelled, but that doesn’t stop these teachers from continuing to connect with their students in class

March 8, 2021

Taking her students to Strasbourg was an annual tradition that French teacher Laurie Van Houten wasn’t able to partake in for 2020. Some classes get the privilege of traveling to different states...

The official Disney+ movie poster for original Flora and Ulysses

Flora and Ulysses has allowed me to accept that my memories are in the past

March 2, 2021

During third grade, I would spend hours in the library trying to decide which books to check out and which to read over again. Flora and Ulysses was a comfortable go-to book that let me escape and dive...

The derealization effects from video games cause a detachment to reality

The video games in your daily routine can be a cause of derealization disorder

February 22, 2021

A new video game came out with an average rating of 5/5 stars. It sounds interesting, right? From the looks of it, the game is harmless and non-violent. With problems like brutality out of the picture,...

Wear a mask to keep you and your community safe

From working out to lounging around, these masks are ready to be worn for any occasion

February 15, 2021

Enforced rules about wearing masks are still ever-present. To slow the spread of COVID-19, a mask is expected to be worn in all public spaces. With the virus being almost a year in, masks have evolved...

Maggie Sneider playing lacrosse, one of the three sports she participates in

Maggie Sneider lives for the competition in the numerous sports she plays

February 8, 2021

For some, competition may be seen as overwhelming, but for freshman Maggie Sneider, it is anything but formidable. Hitting a good block in volleyball is something she will always find exhilarating. Since...

The stairs of familiarity displayed through pure imagination

I am somewhere at the end of time

February 8, 2021

Trigger warning: mentions of derealization I am a stranger to myself. I am a three-dimensional being, swinging in a reality that doesn’t fit my piece of the puzzle.  The sun will glare at me,...

This is the One Question a Day Journal, a 5 year committment in knowing what you want

The questions in my journal will never be able to express how I feel

January 25, 2021

I’m not one for writing in journals.  Though I love the intention and purpose, I can never seem to hold myself accountable enough to write in it every day. Empty pages have consumed my journals more...

The album cover of Zayn Malik's new album Nobody is Listening

Zayn Malik’s new album Nobody Is Listening was a whirlwind of unrelatable emotions

January 18, 2021

I do not consider myself a big Zayn Malik fan. So, I never considered listening to his new album that was recently released. Seeing his Twitter timeline being an exciting mood of retweets from positive...

This is the ocean. A mysterious expansion that has yet to be discovered

The ocean is a mindless apparatus

January 11, 2021

The ocean is a mindless apparatus. It does what it pleases and flows continuously. It does not wait for a convenient time.  An ocean doesn’t go out of its way to let a boat get safely to shore without...

This is the official movie poster for Wonder Woman 1984

Wonder Woman 1984 was a confusing cliche that left me disappointed

January 5, 2021

Three years ago, I fell in love with the 2017 version of Wonder Woman featuring Gal Gadot. With the action-packed shots and heroic storyline, it was no surprise I had taken a liking to it so quickly. Naturally,...

This is the flag for the transgender community, waved at the San Diego pride parade

Misgendering can affect the health of people from the trans community

December 14, 2020

Misgendering is when someone deliberately or unintentionally refers to a person using pronouns the incorrect form. This doesn’t usually echo the gender they would identify as, and many people who oppose...

Gigi Hadid's spicy vodka pasta recipe has shone a new light on my non-existent cooking career

Gigi Hadid’s spicy vodka pasta recipe has shone a new light on my non-existent cooking career

December 7, 2020

The buzz all over the internet was enough to make me curious about this wildly popular pasta dish, but as soon as it entered my mouth, I understood why everyone raved about it. The trending spicy vodka...

A gift from his grandma led to Aidan Guikema's musical life

A gift from his grandma led to Aidan Guikema’s musical life

December 3, 2020

Music is an essential part of life for almost everyone, but for junior Aidan Guikema, it’s so much more than a beat and rhythm.  At just six years old, Aidan knew he wanted music to be a crucial...

The books in my bookshelf hold the words in my heart

The books in my bookshelf hold the words in my heart

November 30, 2020

I categorize my books alphabetically and by color. Why? It gives me a sense of peace and exuberance.  The books I’ve had for the last four years are slowly collecting dust yet I read them almost...

TCT's The Countless Thanks: Grace Crook

TCT’s The Countless Thanks: Grace Crook

November 25, 2020

Lilly Crook: You annoy me so much, but I kind of love you for it. Thank you for being there when I’m bored or fighting with me over who has better handwriting (it’s me)--even when we scream at...

Students learn to find a happy medium between school and work

Students learn to find a happy medium between school and work

November 20, 2020

With the hectic activities of school and ever-changing COVID-19 restrictions, keeping a job amidst the world’s current climate seems like it would be incredibly difficult.  But sophomore Jackson...

Life behind the curtain

Life behind the curtain

November 16, 2020

Behind the curtain, the lights are off. The stage crew is running around trying to ensure everything seems perfect.  Behind the curtain, they’re rehearsing their scripts—reviewing the exact moment...

This is a movie poster of Hubie Halloween

Hubie Halloween was a Different Type of Horror Movie

November 9, 2020

Halloween isn’t an ordinary day for people in Salem, Massachusetts, and the movie Hubie Halloween portrayed this in the worst way possible.  With Adam Sandler as the main character, along with other...

The downtown setting was my first experience of seeing Michigan

I’ve been holding a grudge for 3 years

October 5, 2020

I hate jambalaya.  Three years ago, I sat at the dinner table, oblivious to why I had just received a brand new phone or why my parents were doing everything they could to make me happy at that moment....

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