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The Central Trend

Abby Wright

Abby Wright, Editor in Chief

Abby Wright is a senior entering her fourth and final year on staff for The Central Trend, and second year as Editor in Chief. She values art, Spotify playlists, "Did you get home safe?" texts, Taylor Swift, the couch in the room, fruit, and any shade of green. Despite the changes that this year is bringing, Abby is thankful to be back in the place she grew up for her final year of high school, and is beyond excited to see where life takes her after this year.

Favorite part about being on staff: giving her a passion that she can pursue as a career, the four years of growth as a person and a writer, and the family that she has met through the class.

Favorite moment of her life thus far: being like twenty feet away from Hozier and scream-sobbing during his acoustic rendition of her favorite song, "From Eden"

Things she can kind of do, but isn't perfect at: skateboarding, painting, making scrambled eggs, and parallel parking.

Her strange addictions: mustard on pickles, açaí-blueberry-pomegranate vitamin water, and the pretzel bites from Culver's (will always be upset that they are seasonal).

 

All content by Abby Wright
Kelsey, Lynlee, and I on the couch that saw more of me than I would like to admit. I'm going to miss this couch, this room, and these people so much.

Thank you for allowing me to grow—to give

May 7, 2021

I am not a giver, at least not in the way that matters.  Birthday presents are purchased on the way to the party, pages of an old magazine I found in the back of my car as the tissue paper, the back...

Abby, with her mom, who she considers to be one of her strongest role models.

[Photo] Abby Wright finds home in the people and places that give her life color and vibrancy

May 3, 2021

Abby, with her mom, who she considers to be one of her strongest role models.

Katie Tellier found both a community and herself at FHC

Katie Tellier found both a community and herself at FHC

April 29, 2021

Reflecting on her four years in the building—the remaining days even shorter after the schedule adjustment—senior Katie Tellier remarked just how quickly everything has seemed to end, just how quickly...

I think I like where I am right now

I think I like where I am right now

February 24, 2021

I turn eighteen this weekend, and I honestly never envisioned myself at this age. Not in a bleak way, not at all, but I simply just thought I’d be sixteen forever—barely passing chemistry, overthinking...

Shoes that aren't muddy, but have witnessed half-hearted love

My valleys are mine, and I nurture them for me

February 19, 2021

You always admired my slow breaths in the morning, the way my heart was the first to wake, the way my lungs were never quite ready to face the sun.   I was green in the mornings, for moss filled...

There is far too much certainty in simplicity

February 10, 2021

It’s the mundane things, such as opening yet another Arnold Palmer or queuing Phoebe Bridgers’ entire discography, that make up my days. It’s all ordinary. Simple. There’s far too much certainty...

My head is home to the butterflies

My head is home to the butterflies

February 5, 2021

I am dreadfully hunched over, and my new-to-me flannel hangs limp,  the sleeves a closed curtain to the hand-drawn stars atop my hands.   My Arnold Palmer balances beside the 800-page book...

Alexa Fauson's passion for her violin cannot be measured

Alexa Fauson’s passion for her violin cannot be measured

February 3, 2021

At just five years old, after months of imploring, freshman Alexa Fauson finally convinced her parents to buy a violin. But she wasn’t even allowed to hold the bow until a year later, which, to a...

My broken headboard, my sad book, my water bottle, and my laptop.

My broken headboard is both the cause and the effect

January 27, 2021

Lately, I’ve been propping my pillows at the foot of my bed, opposite of the “actual” head, because I don’t like it over there. Mostly because the antique headboard is broken—it has been for...

The water droplets are as scarred as she is

The water droplets are as scarred as she is

January 22, 2021

Her frail fingers, flushed from the shame  of being a sculptor,  trace the water droplets on the shower floor as  she does her emaciated body.    She’s sculpted, shaped and contorted  and...

The inauguration proceedings depicted on a projector in one of FHC's classrooms

Inauguration Day and its place in the classroom: opinions from our teachers

January 21, 2021

Inauguration Day was a momentous occasion in the capitol—an event with significant precedent that was produced under a warped lens this year, remaining on par with the absurdity and unexpectedness that...

Matthew, Joe, and Pierson in the recording studio.

The FHC Sports Report Podcast is a representation of pure passion

January 19, 2021

With just the Voice Memos app and a combined passion for sports reporting, then sophomores Matthew Mahoney and Jacob Ervin sat themselves wherever there was space, particularly the cafeteria, and just...

An unbearable watch, Pieces of a Woman was a heartbreaking depiction of love and loss

An unbearable watch, Pieces of a Woman was a heartbreaking depiction of love and loss

January 15, 2021

A gut-wrenching depiction of love and loss, of grief and gratitude, of life and death, Pieces of a Woman is an intense yet slow-moving Netflix film that, for two hours, explores a grieving woman’s harrowing...

A pretty low quality picture of me and former Editors, Ash and Court, on our last day in the building, on the couch, together. And we had no idea.

While my time in the room may be quickly fading, I am ending where I began

January 13, 2021

It seems that at least every other week our editor’s columns focus on how different this year is, how any semblance of our senior year is crumbling, how our sanctuary of Room 139 just isn’t the same—whether...

A photo taken by Abby Wright that displays the beauty of nature and the contrast between man and nature.

[Photo] Cement is entrapping, and nature is enrapturing

January 13, 2021

A photo taken by Abby Wright that displays the beauty of nature and the contrast between man and nature.

The poisoned waters beneath the sailboat I wish I was

The poisoned waters beneath the sailboat I wish I was

January 8, 2021

Poisoned by empty promises and the tears of the willow who hasn’t stopped weeping, the water is uninhabitable, yet the sailboat is untouched.    I worry the loneliness guts her,  makes...

Abby Wright's year in review

Abby Wright’s year in review

December 30, 2020

The “Congratulations” next to my name in my letter of acceptance to Syracuse University—my dream school. My art made into something permanent. Every early morning and mid-afternoon on Rosy...

Four silent releases that are too loud to ignore

Four silent releases that are too loud to ignore

December 18, 2020

It has been a big week for music. Between my all-time favorite artist Taylor Swift dropping a surprise sister album to Folklore, and recently reviewed all-time favorite comfort band, The Neighbourhood,...

I'll always hate winter, but I'm thankful for the traditions it's given me

I’ll always hate winter, but I’m thankful for the traditions it’s given me

December 16, 2020

Despite a sun lamp illuminating my hunched figure stooped over my laptop at all hours of the afternoon, despite the bite of the air and the wind personally painting my cheeks and nose shades of red that...

Crying! Thumbs up!

I got deferred from my safety school, and it cracked all of my eggshells

December 16, 2020

I’m not quite sure where to start this one—perhaps the beginning would be best. But, I very frequently write on profile rubrics “don’t be afraid to start in the middle of the story,” and this—this...

The

The Unbeliever cannot put her faith into silhouettes

December 11, 2020

The Unbeliever never fully latched onto  the Being that everyone else seems  to follow, believe in, love.    There’s always been distance,  a road less traveled,  between...

A rocky start to piano lessons transformed Lauren Wolffis' perspective on music

A rocky start to piano lessons transformed Lauren Wolffis’ perspective on music

December 9, 2020

Sophomore Lauren Wolffis continued playing the piano all these years not because she enjoyed going to lessons but rather because she hated them.  Feeling confined by the strictness of the sheet music...

The Neighbourhood's latest concept album is exploding with shimmering sounds

The Neighbourhood’s latest concept album is exploding with shimmering sounds

December 4, 2020

I never had a go-to blanket or stuffed animal as a child—there wasn’t anything of that nature that my younger self clung to. It was plastic princess heels, Junie B. Jones books, and whatever song was...

Please don't ever become a stranger

Please don’t ever become a stranger

December 2, 2020

Nearing the final semester of my high school career, I’ve been spending a lot of time listening to Taylor Swift, looking through old photos, and traveling down roads that have led me to my motley of...

To our readers, thank you for a record 30,000 views this month

To our readers, thank you for a record 30,000 views this month

November 30, 2020

From all of us at here at The Central Trend, we wanted to inform our readers—you—that we reached record-breaking heights this past month. We surpassed 30,000 site views, which averages to over 1,000...

TCT's The Countless Thanks: Abby Wright

TCT’s The Countless Thanks: Abby Wright

November 24, 2020

My women - for being the village that raised me into who I am today To the seven women who have touched my heart so personally, I owe everything to you guys. Most of you are not even blood-related,...

Cancelling Charli D'Amelio is counterproductive and rooted in misogyny

Cancelling Charli D’Amelio is counterproductive and rooted in misogyny

November 20, 2020

Nearing 100 million followers on Tik Tok, 16-year-old Charli D’Amelio is currently further away from the never-before-seen number than where she was a few days ago.  In other words, the teenager...

Promise: wooden utensils

Promise: wooden utensils

November 13, 2020

With a unified group mindset of striving to drastically reduce plastic pollution, Promise, freshman Gianna Sinicrope’s wooden utensil company, promises exactly that.  “We were just kind of looking...

For the better

For the better

November 13, 2020

With no one to call for help,  she simply sat,  swallowed by the  infinite snow globe.    Not trapped but stuck,  because there is a difference,  she was alone in the foothills,  in...

Better Bags

Better Bags

November 12, 2020

Picture this: you lug your heavy backpack on your shoulders, every pocket stuffed full with notebooks, folders, and textbooks. You don’t have enough room for your water bottle, so you just carry it....

Taken on a day where we all felt the love.

The people that pick up the pieces

November 11, 2020

I’ve bitten off more than I can chew this week, to be honest, and it seems as if everyone around me has had to pick up the pieces that my arms are too small to carry.  My plate is always overflowing...

Pocket Plutus

Pocket Plutus

November 11, 2020

As someone who has always despised carrying bulky wallets or purses and was never quite comfortable with her ID photos and cash being displayed on the rubber wallets attached to the back of phones, sophomore...

Desiree Touhy

Desiree Touhy

November 11, 2020

Name: Desiree Touhy Grade: 11 Roles: Snow White and Rapunzel 1. What are the advantages and disadvantages of having a smaller cast compared to other years? "Well some advantages, I’ll...

Masks-On-Da-Go

Masks-On-Da-Go

November 10, 2020

As Student Council representatives visit each classroom throughout these next two weeks collecting donations for the annual Family Promise fundraising week, freshman Hayden Bolter and his business partners...

Breakout artist Holly Humberstone makes her mark in the Indie-pop genre

Breakout artist Holly Humberstone makes her mark in the Indie-pop genre

November 6, 2020

Comparable to seemingly all of my top artists—most notably Maggie Rogers and Phoebe Bridgers—Holly Humberstone’s sound is an eclectic blend of foggy undertones and brooding lyrics and abstract beats.  Seemingly...

A picture of lakeside scenery that was taken by Abby Wright.

[Photo] Words are surely real

November 4, 2020

A picture of lakeside scenery that was taken by Abby Wright.

Emma Chamberlain's podcast is her most authentic endeavor

Emma Chamberlain’s podcast is her most authentic endeavor

October 30, 2020

It seems that every few months I have the “worst week of my life.”  Every time this infamous week occurs, I think to myself, it cannot possibly get worse than this. I thought the same thing this...

Me and my papa in front of the house I grew up in.

The town that doesn’t know my name

October 28, 2020

I’m in my hometown for the week, a small town in Indiana with one grocery store and a few stoplights, a town that I was born and raised in. Surrounded by the love of my grandparents, my Nina and Papa,...

Sorry for the close up

I miss the purple in my hair even though I resented it

October 23, 2020

I miss my long hair, how it was red and purple and pink all at once.   I don’t even like those colors, really. I’ve always liked cooler tones, especially green and blue, but I guess I just...

Homecoming Court Q&As: Taylor Baumgardner

Homecoming Court Q&As: Taylor Baumgardner

October 20, 2020

1. What was your reaction when you heard your name called? "I was very surprised to hear Stiles say my name. I can't say I was expecting to be nominated, but it really is such an honor to know that...

Jeff Manders' Voter Guide Project offers essential information for any voter in the community

Jeff Manders’ Voter Guide Project offers essential information for any voter in the community

October 19, 2020

With voter turnout in the 18 to 25-year-old age range rising faster than any other age group, FX advisor and Civics teacher Jeff Manders noted this trend and was curious as to whether voter turnout would...

Doctor's orders

Doctor’s orders

October 16, 2020

swallow the bitter pill, taste the medicine on the way down.   bathe in the grey, but don’t cry when you drown.   one last breath, it’s not an ultimatum.   dance with death, hum...

A photo not from sophomore year, but junior year. It's close enough.

The voice that poisons my pride

October 14, 2020

May of sophomore year, my name, along with Ashlyn and Courtney’s, was displayed on the whiteboard as 2019-2020’s Editor-in-Chiefs. I was 16, and at that moment, it seemed like everything I had ever...

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