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The Gray Area: Snow Days are Melting Away

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

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 the popular traditions and events of its preceding season, whether it be the end of a semester,...

The Gray Area: A Crazy Election for an Even Crazier Year

THE GRAY AREA: A CRAZY ELECTION FOR AN EVEN CRAZIER YEAR -- Senior Columnist Grayson Catlett turning away from watching the presidential debate of September 29, 2020.

Grayson Catlett, Columnist

October 1, 2020

This year has been unhinged for multiple reasons, but one national event is throwing things into even more chaos: the presidential election. Day in and day out, the news is now swarmed with one election story, poll, or advertisement after the next. At the time of publication, many people across the States...

The Gray Area: Touchdowns or Breakouts?

THE GRAY AREA: TOUCHDOWNS OR BREAKOUTS? --  Columnist Grayson Catlett looking out over the Pounders' football field.

Grayson Catlett, Columnist

September 17, 2020

As the school year geared up for large structural changes regarding COVID-19, many students and parents had a burning question: what is happening to sports? Sports have been a hot topic following the lock-downs, with no concrete answer on the right way to handle them. While some sports, like the National...

The Gray Area: What Does Everyone Think About Phase Three?

THE GRAY AREA: WHAT DOES EVERYONE THINK ABOUT PHASE THREE? -- Columnist Grayson Catlett poses with one of the many safety posters around Central.

Grayson Catlett, Columnist

September 3, 2020

The first two weeks of the 2020-2021 year have come to an unceremonious end, and with them have come a new understanding of how school is going to function in a time like ours. Zoom calls have become a staple for every student, good when you realize you can stay at home, bad when you figure out that...

Welcome to the Gray Area

WELCOME TO THE GRAY AREA -- Welcome to the Gray Area, the Central Digest's new column written by Senior Grayson Catlett.

Grayson Catlett, Columnist

August 20, 2020

"The gray area, the place between black and white - that's the place where life happens." - Justin Timberlake It goes without saying that 2020 has been a very tumultuous year. With crises ranging from the looming threat of the coronavirus to the intensity of the current U.S. election cycle to the c...

Goodbye, Central High

GOODBYE, CENTRAL HIGH -- Senior Columnist Morgan Snyder reminisces on her final year at Central.

Morgan Snyder, Columnist

May 4, 2020

The 2019-20 school year was definitely one to remember. As this spring draws to an end, I realize that I will likely never see most of my classmates again, people that I have grown alongside since kindergarten. As my time in school draws to a close, I search for more and more things to remember school...

Seniors Face New Obstacles as They Complete Senior Projects

SENIORS FACE NEW OBSTACLES TO SENIOR PROJECTS -- This is a  view from Columnist Morgan Snyder's job shadow at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Morgan Snyder, Columnist

March 26, 2020

Senior year is jam-packed with important dates, events, and projects. The infamous Senior Project, dreaded by many, is due soon. The cumulative project consists of a portfolio filled with various assignments due throughout the year. Among these assignments are: a volunteer hour log sheet, a resume, and...

How to Get Your Tax Refund This Season

HOW TO GET YOUR TAX REFUND THIS SEASON -- Pictured above is a W2 form supplied by employers and necessary to file for a tax refund.

Morgan Snyder, Columnist

March 12, 2020

After speaking with students at Central, it has come to my attention that, while many students have part-time jobs, not many of those students know how to file their own taxes. Most students that I have talked to are either procrastinating until April 15 or are depending on their parents to file their...

First Ever ‘Empower Your Future’ Women’s Forum at UTC Proves to be a Success


Morgan Snyder, Columnist

February 19, 2020

On February 12, Business Academy Teacher Mark Cuttle and Counselor Chelsea Thornhill took a handful of female students to an "Empower Your Future" forum for women; the forum consisted of a panel of four empowering women who found success in their respectful careers in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The eve...

Central Seniors Discuss the Independence that Comes with ‘Adulting’

CENTRAL SENIORS DISCUSS THE INDEPENDENCE THAT COMES WITH ‘ADULTING’ -- A particularly inspiring and motivating dishtowel shows a girl wrestling a gator to (assumingly) scare her parents.

Morgan Snyder, Columnist

January 24, 2020

You might have seen the somewhat-viral photo of this dishtowel floating around Instagram, Twitter and other social media sites. I found it in The Westerner, one of my favorite stores, during my vacation in New York over winter break. Yes, I know this column will be published far after winter break (...

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