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SPRING...BREAK? STAY? -- Grayson Catlett sits and enjoys the sun at home (not a crowded Florida beach).

The Gray Area: Spring…Break? Stay?

Grayson Catlett, Columnist April 1, 2021

One of the most anticipated moments of the school year is here. Spring break, when students use vacations, parties, or other means to refresh themselves for the home stretch of the school year, will begin...

FIFTEEN DAYS? -- Grayson Catlett points to March 13 on the calendar, marking the one-year anniversary of Hamilton County schools shutting down due to COVID-19.

The Gray Area: “Fifteen” Days to Slow the Spread

Grayson Catlett, Columnist March 18, 2021

Just recently, one full year has passed since the official beginning of the States' COVID-19 pandemic. For students, what seemed to be an extended spring break evolved into a devastating lockdown that...

THE FINAL STRETCH -- Senior Grayson Catlett points to the graduation countdown clock.

The Gray Area: Eyes on the End

Grayson Catlett, Columnist March 4, 2021

At the time of writing, Central just released a proposed schedule of senior spring events, including military ball, senior day, exams, and graduation (prom is still in limbo). It is comforting to see that...

CURING A LACK OF MOTIVATION -- Senior Grayson Catlett falls asleep at his desk, tired of his schoolwork.

The Gray Area: How to Cure a Lack of Motivation

Grayson Catlett, Columnist February 18, 2021

In the age of COVID-19, avolition has almost become the norm for students. Virtual classes have led to a sense of detachment from productivity, as students are left in their own environment and their own...

FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF 2021 -- Senior Columnist Grayson Catlett celebrating the start of a new year.

The Gray Area: First Impressions on the New Year

Grayson Catlett, Columnist February 4, 2021

At the time of writing, the first month of 2021 has somehow already passed. January always seemed to be the most polarizing month of the year, and this January carried that tradition: the storming of the...

TOPPING 2020 OFF WITH THE CORONAVIRUS -- Senior Columnist Grayson Catlett sits in his bed with a face covering on.

The Gray Area: Ending 2020 With a Quarantine

Grayson Catlett, Columnist January 21, 2021

The holiday season has arrived, giving everyone happiness and gifts to finish an unorthodox year. My family was making plans to visit relatives in Georgia for our Christmas, and everything seemed to be...

THE HOLI-GRAY SPECIAL-- Columnist Grayson Catlett decorates his family's Christmas tree.

The Gray Area: The Holi-Gray Special

Grayson Catlett, Columnist December 16, 2020

We have reached the final month of the year, and with that comes the holiday season. Elf, cookies and milk, "secret Santa" parties, the second episode of political family arguments, that one Hershey's...

THE GRAY AREA: THANKS-KEEPING AND GRAY FRIDAY -- Columnist Grayson Catlett browses the aisles of Wal-Mart in preparation of Black Friday.

The Gray Area: Thanks-Keeping and Gray Friday

Grayson Catlett, Columnist November 19, 2020

The last hurdles before the annual reign of Santa Claus and Mariah Carey are quickly approaching: Thanksgiving, the day of usually arguing with family, and Black Friday, the day of usually arguing with...

THE APPLICATION GRIND -- Senior Columnist Grayson Catlett gesturing to his CommonApp, which is used to simplify the college application process.

The Gray Area: Applying to Colleges in 2020

Grayson Catlett, Columnist November 5, 2020

With the buildup to Halloween ending, students are about to face something scarier than any movie they have watched or haunted house they have experienced on that night: the college application process. At...

SAY GOODBYE TO SNOW DAYS -- Senior Columnist Grayson Catlett preparing for the cold weather that is yet to come.

The Gray Area: Snow Days are Melting Away

Grayson Catlett, Columnist October 22, 2020

Fall has just begun, but many have already turned their eyes and hearts to what may happen in the winter. While fall is still usually a great time -- it is always my favorite season -- it is hard to ignore...

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