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The Central Trend

Abby Scutch

Abby Scutch, Editor in Chief

Abby will be entering her second year on staff as a Senior, and will be leading The Central Trend staff as one of the two Editors in Chief.  In the near feature, Abby hopes to earn a degree in her strong passion of journalism, but also take place in a pre-medical program at the college she attends within the next year, as she does have a strong interest in pediatric care.  After overcoming a ligament injury during the summer, Abby hopes to be back in the saddle riding her horse, Rudy, and competitively showing him in the Lake Effect Horse Shows this upcoming year.  While attending college, she hopes to earn a spot on her college’s equestrian team to continue improving her riding skills and explore her passion in a more competitive environment.  Throughout the summer, Abby volunteers her time to work with preschoolers and kindergarteners at her church, where she participates in youth group year round.  Abby has had the opportunity to join many hiking trips with her church including to the Great Smoky Mountains and many areas in the Upper Peninsula. 

  • Favorite thing about being on staff: having the opportunity to meet new people through interviews as well as sharing her passion of journalism with close friends
  • Favorite type of story to write: features and columns
  • Hobbies/Interests: riding horses competitively, baking, shopping, traveling, hiking
  • Favorite book and why: The Martian by Andy Weir because of the incredible detail the story is written in.  The author created the story to feel so realistic, yet the situation of the main character being left behind on Mars is too out there for it to be happening in today’s world.  However, the story itself leaves the reader at the edge of their seat through every page.  
  • It’s Friday night, you will probably find Abby: watching reruns of Grey’s Anatomy with her cats Peggy and Lucy, or shopping with her best friends
All content by Abby Scutch
But now Im graduating high school...

But now I’m graduating high school…

May 16, 2017

I was born in a small town outside of Fort Lauderdale, Florida called, Plantation. It's odd now, knowing that I'm almost 18 years old, that some of my first memories are from before I could talk. I remember...

Is it over yet?

Is it over yet?

May 9, 2017

It's 6:15 a.m. and my alarm just went off for what seems like the millionth time this year. My constant early waking each day has turned into the agony every high school student could resent. The night...

FHC to implement greenhouse for both students and community

FHC to implement greenhouse for both students and community

April 25, 2017

FHC teacher Chad Scholten spent part of his junior high and high school days working on a produce farm. He spent time raising, cultivating, and harvesting plants in preparation to sell them at a farmer's...

Vitales Pizzas family meal is an easy Friday night takeout dinner

Vitale’s Pizza’s family meal is an easy Friday night takeout dinner

April 18, 2017

It's a tradition that has been going on within the Scutch family for awhile now-- Vitale's Pizza takeout on Friday night. It's the most asked-for meal in my house, and I imagine it will continue to be...

Beginning to say Goodbye to the first chapter

Beginning to say “Goodbye” to the first chapter

April 11, 2017

It's odd, and it still hasn't totally "sunk in" yet that I will only spend roughly one more month as an enrolled student at FHC. The final push, the home stretch, the last little bit of what I have known...

New bakery Nothing Bundt Cakes on 28th Street puts signature cream cheese frosting on every cake

New bakery Nothing Bundt Cakes on 28th Street puts signature cream cheese frosting on every cake

March 28, 2017

I received a brochure in the mail with a coupon for a "bundtlet," or small pastry-cake, from Grand Rapids' newest bakery, Nothing Bundt Cakes, located on 28th Street. I was obviously intrigued, as it was...

American Red Cross introduces blood typing to Human Anatomy and Physiology students

American Red Cross introduces blood typing to Human Anatomy and Physiology students

March 21, 2017

Among several other Human Anatomy and Physiology (HAP) students on March 19th, junior Megan Johnson had blood pricked from her finger by a nurse from the American Red Cross. Megan's blood was then used...

Recent renovations to JTs Pizza and Spirits creates a more enjoyable experience

Recent renovations to JT’s Pizza and Spirits creates a more enjoyable experience

March 14, 2017

Beforehand, I used to walk into JT's Pizza hearing rumors of future renovations to create a large dining space, specifically toward the South side of the restaurant. The next time I walked into the restaurant,...

Now that Im older

Now that I’m older

March 7, 2017

When I was two years old, the first memory that I recall occurred. I cannot explain its moral detail or why this particular memory is my first, but I ran outside naked, bare, and in the flesh. We lived...

FHC Theatres Student Director Emily Toppens childhood love for theatre prompts her to continue her passion at Michigan State University

FHC Theatre’s Student Director Emily Toppen’s childhood love for theatre prompts her to continue her passion at Michigan State University

March 1, 2017

"My favorite part is the people," she said, as her pupils grew with passion. "It's my fellow peers and students who I've seen grow throughout the shows or the people who we bring in and leave here as contacts,...

My phone cant take pictures of stars

My phone can’t take pictures of stars

February 21, 2017

My camera can't take pictures of stars. It was a perfectly clear night, making it very significant, considering the month of February is rather cloudy. I could count every star if I wanted to, all...

Why ABCs The Bachelor is perfect for Valentines Day

Why ABC’s The Bachelor is perfect for Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2017

ABC's The Bachelor is currently airing their 21st season. That's 21 love stories that have been publicized on national television and all over the media, and that doesn't count any seasons or grown relationships...

My 94 days of searching for light at the end of the tunnel

My 94 days of searching for light at the end of the tunnel

February 7, 2017

The time span between November 1st, 2016 and February 3rd, 2017 is 94 days. This is the amount of time I spent in a state of grey, gloom, and wretchedness. It was just an average day - nothing was expected...

Little Shop of Horrors Musical Questionnaire with Robbin DeMeester

Little Shop of Horrors Musical Questionnaire with Robbin DeMeester

January 31, 2017

How would you describe the enthusiasm for the upcoming musical? I think the students are very excited because it is a show that many of them have not heard of, so they're apprehensive as to how things...

I know myself best through silence

I know myself best through silence

January 24, 2017

Today we live in a constantly rotating world of constant doing. We’re always sitting at a desk at school, going to work, running errands, and spending our time anywhere else but with our physical selves....

Nonnas Pantry satisfies those with a sweet tooth

Nonna’s Pantry satisfies those with a sweet tooth

January 17, 2017

On a dreary, cold rainy afternoon, I was looking for something or somewhere to brighten my spirits, which led me to the idea of going to Nonna’s Pantry for pastries and treats with a friend. Though the...

Bon Voyage - Im not going to play it safe

Bon Voyage – I’m not going to play it safe

January 10, 2017

I don’t intend to play it safe.  I don’t intend to wait for opportunities to come to me. I don’t intend to sit in my dorm room for the next four years of my life.  I don’t intend to spend the...

Slush

Slush

January 3, 2017

We’re brought into this world pure, new, angelic, wholesome, and beautiful, like snow. Our first breath is our first exposure to a world in which we are innocent, guiltless, blameless, and virtuous. As...

FHC Environmental Club encourages the practice of bettering lifestyles

FHC Environmental Club encourages the practice of bettering lifestyles

December 20, 2016

Fascinated by the rate in which the human species is harming our fragile ecosystem, senior Carly Anderson has gained motivation to take initiative on a sustainable lifestyle and participate in projects...

How I Live My Life Through Greys Anatomy Quotes

How I Live My Life Through Grey’s Anatomy Quotes

December 7, 2016

Behind the stethoscopes, surgeries, drama, and infamous love stories between the characters, messages and life lessons are spoken through the dialogue of the characters on Grey’s Anatomy. As a seventeen...

Gone Boarding: Catching Waves, Shredding Snow, and Getting Gnarly

Gone Boarding: Catching Waves, Shredding Snow, and Getting Gnarly

November 22, 2016

Longboarding. Wakeboarding. Surfing. Paddle boarding. Snowboarding. Skiing. These are all activities that senior students have the opportunity to be a part of in FHC’s two-hour block class Gone Boarding...

Designated Survivor provides a thrilling DC drama

Designated Survivor provides a thrilling DC drama

November 15, 2016

It all began with a promotional video, which led to watching the first episode, which led to binge watching all of the episodes that were available to me. My new obsession is also my new favorite television...

Its Now or Never: Your Vote Matters

It’s Now or Never: Your Vote Matters

November 7, 2016

We would not be human without an opinion; our values and beliefs are what characterize us as people and what allow us to be individually unique. So when it comes to the time when our values, beliefs, and...

Artwork by Dani Rodriguez

AP Art Studio: The Fine Art of Creativity

November 2, 2016

12 concentration pieces. 12 breadth pieces. 5 best pieces of artwork. This is the list of works that AP Art Studio students submit to the College Board after a year of a rigorous, college-level art class....

The Haunt: A Dual Review

The Haunt: A Dual Review

October 25, 2016

The Haunt: Scary or Not by Abby Scutch For several years, I have been avoiding Grand Rapids’ most famous Halloween attraction: the Haunt.  I was always afraid of the clowns, goblins, zombies, and...

I Took A Walk...

I Took A Walk…

October 18, 2016

There’s a certain mood that arouses the air in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids’ nightlife.  Perhaps it’s the blocks of light produced from buildings or the polished luster of the black pavement...

FX: Producing, Filming, Broadcasting

FX: Producing, Filming, Broadcasting

October 11, 2016

Room 116 is a special place at FHC.  In this room, a special class is offered to only a select few who have the film mastery, creativity, and artistic vision to be a member of FHC's communication program:...

Nonnas Trattoria Adds European Charm in a Small Town Setting

Nonna’s Trattoria Adds European Charm in a Small Town Setting

October 4, 2016

There is a simple, elegant cafe located in the heart of downtown Ada.  This special place is set in neutral tones of white, black, and brown. Happy smiles and a generous service are what stand out amongst...

A Case of Bad Timing

A Case of Bad Timing

September 27, 2016

I would like to personally thank my little sister, Kristen Suzanne Scutch, for getting me sick.  There is no better gift than a persistent cough, a fever, never ending chills, a low, squeaky voice, the...

Graduate Amani Allen contributes to Parkinsons disease research

Graduate Amani Allen contributes to Parkinson’s disease research

September 20, 2016

It’s odd and peculiar to think of cutting into an animal’s brain, particularly that of a rat. It may seem inhumane or unethical.  However, that is not the case at Michigan State University’s College...

Big O Cafe: GRs Finest Pizza

Big O’ Cafe: GR’s Finest Pizza

September 20, 2016

It’s family pizza night on Friday. You and your family have have tried  JT’s, Vitales, Jet’s, and anything else there is to offer on 28th Street.  However, near Rosa Parks Circle on Ottawa Avenue...

Erin Neely: Anticipating the Dive

Erin Neely: Anticipating the Dive

September 14, 2016

Two time State Champion with plans to become a third. Suddenly, it was all taken away... Beginning in March of 2016, senior Erin Neely began experiencing frequent subluxations while diving. Erin...

A Thank You Note to Matt

A Thank You Note to Matt

September 13, 2016

Dear Matt, At noon on June 17, 2016, you became my hero.  Perhaps you remember me?  I was wearing a red rain jacket with two dutch braids in my hair and you were less than a quarter mile hiking behind...

Legendary teacher and coach Pat Hartsoe announces her retirement

Legendary teacher and coach Pat Hartsoe announces her retirement

June 6, 2016

36 years. 432 months. 13,140 days. 315,360 hours. 18,921,600 minutes. That is the amount of time that Patrice Hartsoe spent teaching in the Forest Hills School District.  From a physical education teacher,...

Katelyn Elian: Healing Others Through God & Horses

Katelyn Elian: Healing Others Through God & Horses

June 1, 2016

Tucked away in Lowell stands a special, safe ranch where kids who have been abused, neglected, or have had difficult times of oppression and hardships in the past can go.  Here, kids can explore to find...

Paityn Wedder-- Senior Class President

Paityn Wedder– Senior Class President

May 23, 2016

Name: Paityn Wedder Current Grade: 11th Running for Senior Class President Q: Why are you running for Senior Class President? A: This is our grade's last chance to come together as one. Even...

Marc Rabideau- Senior Class Treasurer

Marc Rabideau- Senior Class Treasurer

May 23, 2016

Name: Marc Rabideau Current Grade: 11th Running for Senior Class Treasurer Q: Why are you running for Senior Class Treasurer?  A: Since I really enjoyed Student Council last year, I wanted...

Arnies Bakery & Restaurant: The Heart of Rockford

Arnie’s Bakery & Restaurant: The Heart of Rockford

May 19, 2016

On a Sunday afternoon with not much to do, the Scutch Family decided to take a drive to the small town of Rockford.  Among the cute, small shops that the town has to offer, Arnie’s Bakery & Restaurant...

Brad Anderson To Be Inducted Into FHC Athletic Hall of Fame

Brad Anderson To Be Inducted Into FHC Athletic Hall of Fame

May 10, 2016

When students walk the halls of FHC, they may look at World History teacher Brad Anderson as just a typical, average teacher.  However, many students do not know that Anderson once walked the halls of...

Olgas Kitchen: An All-Time Favorite

Olga’s Kitchen: An All-Time Favorite

May 3, 2016

Every since I was a little girl, Olga’s Kitchen was almost always the answer to the question of where I would like to eat.  There’s something special about the smell of freshly cooked bread and curly...

Star Light, Star Bright

Star Light, Star Bright

April 19, 2016

Star light, star bright, First star I see tonight, I wish I may, I wish I might Have the wish I wish tonight… As of right now, it is 10:13 p.m. with partly cloudy skies, yet I am still able...

Maura Gill: The Voice of Ariel

Maura Gill: The Voice of Ariel

March 25, 2016

If you were one of the many people who attended FHC’s musical production of The Little Mermaid, you may have been one who began whispering to the person sitting next you about a very special, theatrical...

Bagger Daves: Are Hand-Cut Fries Worth The Wait?

Bagger Dave’s: Are Hand-Cut Fries Worth The Wait?

March 22, 2016

My dad and I share something in common: a glorious, fanatic love for burgers.  However, not just any burger can pass the “Scutch” test; it takes something special to make a burger worth coming back...

Miko Rodriguez: Swinging for the Fences

Miko Rodriguez: Swinging for the Fences

March 15, 2016

It takes a special kind of baseball player to show more than a win and high-level performance.  Someone must not only prove themselves on the field, but also demonstrate the love and passion for this...

Lessons From My Heart Monitor

Lessons From My Heart Monitor

March 1, 2016

On an early Sunday morning, while eating Special K cereal accompanied by strawberry Greek yogurt and watching Keeping Up With The Kardashians, something didn’t feel right.  Something felt tight and...

Same Genes, Polar Opposites

Same Genes, Polar Opposites

February 24, 2016

Every flipping morning, I am awakened at exactly 6:00 a.m. by the same person: my little sister, Kristen Suzanne Scutch.  I have developed an absolute hatred for the urgent turning of door knobs, the...

Reaching for The Ivy League

Reaching for The Ivy League

February 16, 2016

We have all heard of those prestigious colleges that are set along the East coast and are incredibly difficult to get into because of their ridiculously low acceptance rates.  Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard,...

Panera Bread: Cozy Studying & Snacking

Panera Bread: Cozy Studying & Snacking

February 9, 2016

Studying at home has just become boring.  The dull lighting that brings gray skies to APES homework, the rattling of dishes being washed in the kitchen, and fighting siblings for that decent spot in the...

Postcards From the U.P.

Postcards From the U.P.

February 2, 2016

Mid-July of 2015, my youth group from Ada Congregational Church and I took the chance of exploring the other side of Michigan.  Many of us have spent days in the U.P., but it was a first for me.  I’ve...

Eruj Abidi- Eruj or Jrue?

Eruj Abidi- Eruj or Jrue?

February 1, 2016

If you were to add @eruja35 on Snapchat, you would not see that many of his stories involve staying up late to finish homework, comical videos of his friends and family, or an artsy picture of the sunset...

Stellas Lounge

Stella’s Lounge

December 3, 2015

When I first walked into Stella’s Lounge, all I knew is that I was yearning for a cheeseburger and a big plate of fries. I did not know what to expect when walking into this retro, funk hanghouse. The...

Karsen Diepholz: Aiming High

Karsen Diepholz: Aiming High

November 18, 2015

The sun is just beginning to rise over the city of Colorado Springs at the United States Air Force Academy.  A young man puts on his uniform of navy blue and prepares for a day of rigorous academics and...

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