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The Student Voice of Forest Hills Central

The Central Trend

The Student Voice of Forest Hills Central

The Central Trend

The Student Voice of Forest Hills Central

The Central Trend

Alex Smith

Alex Smith, Staff Writer

Alex is a sophomore entering her second year on staff. She is on stage crew for the FHC Theater program, and loves to do hair and makeup on the cast. Since she was in fifth grade, Alex has wanted to write for The Central Trend, and she is very excited to be back. If she's not backstage or writing in her room, Alex is usually hanging out with her friends or family. She loves to go to the mall with her friends and watch TV with her family. She is very excited for this year, especially since she's not a freshman anymore, and she can't wait to see who she becomes this year.

Her favorite book: The Deal by Elle Kennedy

Her favorite artist: Taylor Swift

Her favorite food: Annies Mac n' Cheese white cheddar shells

Homes away from home: Her best friends car, Holland beach at sunset, and the FHC auditorium

All content by Alex Smith
Megan has made many connections and learned many lessons through soccer

Through her love of soccer, Megan Boersema has learned how important team work is

December 5, 2022

Years ago, at Ada Christian Elementary, there were children running around kicking soccer balls. Among them was junior Megan Boersema. The playground at her school was where her love for soccer sparked,...

The Wooden Owl has some of the cutest home decor I have ever laid eyes on

The Wooden Owl has some of the cutest home decor I have ever laid eyes on

December 5, 2022

Last week, my friend and I were out at lunch, and we had two hours to kill before she had to work, so we decided to go to a shop that we have both been dying to go to. Let me tell you, that was a great...

The logo for The Central Scoop

The Central Scoop provides an opportunity for eye-opening conversations

December 1, 2022

In the podcast room at FHC, loud shrieking could be heard: senior Lauren Brace and junior Addy Cousins had just posted the first episode of The Central Scoop to Spotify—the official podcast of The Central...

The sun rising over a lake. This moment made me unbelievably happy.

The little moments mean the most to me

November 28, 2022

Life is full of big moments that everyone notices. But there are also countless little moments that rarely anyone notices. For me, those little moments are where my happiness lives. The moments when next...

TCTs The Countless Thanks 2022: Alex Smith

TCT’s The Countless Thanks 2022: Alex Smith

November 23, 2022

My purple- Purple seems like a very free spirit color to me. That’s why you’re purple. You have such a free spirit. You do what you want. You don’t care what people say about you. You focus on yourself,...

A few pictures from Papa Chops, an all gluten free restaurant

Papa Chops provided me with food that I would never have guessed was gluten free

November 21, 2022

One of my best friends has Celiac Disease, which means she can’t eat gluten. Gluten is a general name for the proteins found in wheat, rye, barley, and triticale. This means that she can’t eat any...

Examples of mens and womens clothing that violates the Forest Hills dress code

The Forest Hills dress code is something that all genders are capable of violating

November 7, 2022

A lot of people start conversations about the Forest Hills Public Schools district-wide dress code with “it’s totally targeted toward girls.” Here’s an unpopular opinion: I don’t think the dress...

A few of my favorite nights under the blinding lights

Her Friday nights will forever exist under those lights

November 7, 2022

It’s an almost surreal feeling. Like she’s in another person’s body. Like she’s seeing things through someone else’s eyes. Because she hasn’t seen things that bright in a long time. She hasn’t...

Norah Vanderweide showing how confident she feels in her own clothes

The FHPS dress code puts out a negative message, especially to females

November 3, 2022

Sophomore Norah Vanderweide was sitting in her French class when she was called out into the hallway. She had no idea what she had done wrong, but she was about to find out. “It turns out that [a...

Kyle Thomas has been a baseball fan since the 2008 World Series

Kyle Thomas has built many relationships through his love for baseball

November 2, 2022

Senior Kyle Thomas doesn’t like to follow everyone else's lead; he prefers to create drama by straying from the ordinary. So, when everyone he knew was rooting for the Phillies in the 2008 World Series,...

A few of my favorite outfits, that make me feel confident, that dont follow the dress code

Confidence is key, even when it comes to dress code

November 2, 2022

It’s really hard for me to feel good about myself. I’m always questioning myself. The way I feel, the way I think, and especially the way I look. I was blessed with parents that don’t care too...

Investigative Series: Alex Smith - Confidence is more important than dress code

Investigative Series: Alex Smith – Confidence is more important than dress code

November 2, 2022

Since we have gotten back into some semblance of normalcy this school year, our administrators are really cracking down on the rules. One of those rules is the dress code. The dress code was updated this...

The four fall blizzards I reviewed from Dairy Queen; two of them are new, two of them are returning

Dairy Queen’s fall blizzard menu did give me an air of fall, but not as much as I would like

October 31, 2022

I clearly love Dairy Queen. This is my third review of Dairy Queen products, and I don’t see myself deciding not to review more in the future. The issue with loving Dairy Queen, however, is that I am...

The picture that made me think about what colors inspire my life

The colors of my sky never fail to distract me from the gray

October 24, 2022

The sky is blue. The clouds are pink. Together, it’s purple. Somehow, there’s orange and there’s yellow as well. It’s two things: the sky and the clouds, but there are so many colors. I’m...

Bandtasia 2022 is on October 25, at 7:00 at the Fine Arts Center

Bandtasia is a much anticipated show that brings the community together

October 19, 2022

Senior Ellie McDowell can not sing the song "Hey Baby" without energy. She feels like a force will punish her for not performing the song to its full potential all because of an experience she had during...

A few pictures of the girl I wrote this for. She deserves the world.

She’s my best friend

October 17, 2022

She’s my best friend. I’ve only known you for about three months. I trust her, and I trust you too—to a certain extent. But I can never fully trust the man that holds the heart of my best friend....

Homecoming Court Q&As: Travis Bolt

Homecoming Court Q&As: Travis Bolt

October 13, 2022

What was your reaction when you heard your name called? “[I was] kind of shocked and surprised. [I’m] pretty excited.” Why do you think you were nominated? “I think I was nominated because...

Homecoming Court Q&As: Lucy Mclean

Homecoming Court Q&As: Lucy Mclean

October 13, 2022

What was your reaction when you heard your name called? “I was so happy! I’ve always loved Homecoming Week, and I think being on court will make it even more fun.” Why do you think you were...

The three smoothies I got from Jamba Juice

Two out of the three new smoothies from Jamba Juice didn’t give me what I wanted

October 11, 2022

I probably go to the mall too much mainly because I love the mall. To be fair I don’t usually spend much money there; I just love to window shop and walk around with my best friend. So, when I saw that...

A few of the many photos I have with my spunky, sassy cousin

Dear Evie

October 5, 2022

Dear Evie, You have such a spark. You have a fire inside of you—a wild, beautiful fire—that makes you so spectacularly perfect. You have so much spunk and sass. You are going to go many places....

The Walking Dead, a show that has been on for a while that portrays a lot of violence

The amount of violence in the mass media being released recently is concerning

October 3, 2022

Every night, I wind down my evening on the couch with my family watching TV. It’s something we’ve done for as long as I can remember, and I always look forward to it. Last week, we finished the show...

Improv Central 2022 Q&As: Katelynn Heilmann

Improv Central 2022 Q&As: Katelynn Heilmann

September 29, 2022

Grade: 12 What excites you most about Improv Central?  “I think what excites me the most is that it’s a unique opportunity at our school because not a lot of other schools have Improv teams....

Improv Central 2022 Q&As: Charlie Molitor

Improv Central 2022 Q&As: Charlie Molitor

September 29, 2022

Grade: 10 What excites you most about Improv Central?  “Probably getting to show myself in front of a ton of people. I think that I have a lot of funny things that could be said on stage, and...

Improv Central 2022 Q&As: Paige Harsevoort

Improv Central 2022 Q&As: Paige Harsevoort

September 29, 2022

Grade: 11 What excites you most about Improv Central?  “One thing that really excites me is the fact that everything is basically a game, and I don’t have to be stressed about making people...

The new Forest Hills location of Uncle Cheetahs Soup Shop should definitely go on your list of restaurants to try

The new Forest Hills location of Uncle Cheetah’s Soup Shop should definitely go on your list of restaurants to try

September 28, 2022

A fresh grilled cheese and a hot bowl of soup embodies my idea of fall—cozy, warm, and yummy food. So, naturally, when a new grilled cheese and soup shop opened up ten minutes away from my house, I had...

My current favorite song

Don’t let the breeze carry you away like it has with the others

September 26, 2022

They’re like a song that I used to sing. I knew every word. I loved that song for a long time. But then a new one came, and the old song flitted away into a distant memory. Right now, you’re my...

Students in the Academic Success Center work hard to improve their skills

The Academic Success Center provides a space for minds and relationships to grow

September 21, 2022

Senior Ian Mahoney went Christmas shopping in downtown Grand Rapids for a project for the National Honors Society (NHS). He helped buy presents for families in need and will never forget this experience. “My...

The pretty drinks and donut I got at Starbucks in Italy

The Starbucks drinks sold in Europe should be sold in the US as well

September 19, 2022

If you know me, you know my love for Starbucks. An iced chai tea latte with pumpkin cold foam is my guilty pleasure. Imagine how I felt when I went to Italy and Greece for a month, only to realize that...

A few of my favorite mirror selfies that I have taken

[Photo] The healing power of a mirror selfie

September 12, 2022

A few of my favorite mirror selfies that I have taken

A collection of some favorite memories from my freshman year that Im going to miss

This goodbye is just a hello

June 1, 2022

I recently wrote a story saying goodbye. I said goodbye to my favorite seniors that have graduated. It made me really sad and really happy at the same time. I am so happy for them, because I know that...

A few picture taken on the way to get the Dairy Queen treats

Dairy Queen’s summer menu pt. 2

June 1, 2022

My family goes to Dairy Queen often in the summer; it’s one of our favorite places to get ice cream. In my last review, I talked about DQ’s new summer blizzards. I then found out that they have more...

Various pictures with seniors that have changed me and my life

It’s simply see you later

May 11, 2022

I’ve never had to say goodbye to any seniors. I've never been close to anyone who's graduating before. But this year I’ve made a lot of meaningful relationships with a lot of seniors, and it’s almost...

Various favorite memories of the seniors I talked to.

As seniors reflect on their senior year, they celebrate

May 2, 2022

In a hotel in Chicago, senior Logan Verlinde spent several nights sleeping under a desk covered by a single sheet. This is one of his fondest memories from his senior year. “[For] improv, we went...

The two blizzards in their signature Dairy Queen cups

Dairy Queen’s new summer blizzards didn’t feel like summer

April 27, 2022

I love going to Dairy Queen in the summer. My family goes relatively often, and we all have something we order every time. Last week, I decided to stray from my usual and try Dairy Queen’s new summer...

My whole crew team from fall season after a regatta-I had just won my first race

It’s a love-hate relationship

April 20, 2022

I have a love-hate relationship with crew. I hate it when I’m not there. If I’m not at practice, I will complain until I have no voice about how awful it is, how sore I am, and so on. I hate the...

The GLI logo

Global Learners Initiative helps open students’ eyes to what is going on in the world

April 19, 2022

Senior Lani Quach has a lot going on in her life. She is very busy and has little free time, yet she has still taken part in the Global Learners Initiative (GLI). “[GLI] is a club that’s purpose...

Maurielle Hayes loves all things Batman, especially The Lego Batman Movie

Maurielle Hayes finds parts of herself in The Lego Batman Movie

April 18, 2022

Senior Maurielle Hayes has seen just as many movies as the next person; however, one of them will always stand out in her mind as the best. “I think [The Lego Batman Movie is] a cinematic masterpiece,”...

The Starbucks energy drink cans-one appealing, one not so much

Starbucks’ new Baya Energy drinks were not what I wanted from an energy drink

March 30, 2022

I have never had an energy drink. I have had sugary drinks and sodas, but never an energy drink. Starbucks recently came out with two new flavors of their Baya Energy drinks. Given my love for Starbucks...

A collection of my favorite photos from musical season

Dear Cinderella, thank you

March 23, 2022

I never realized how close a group of people could become in such a short time. I spent a total of two weeks with the cast and crew of Cinderella, and I made so many new friends. It has been three days...

The travel-sized products I picked up from Target for spring break.

Target has a plethora of travel-sized personal care items, but not all of them are helpful

March 16, 2022

I love miniature things. They are so cute, and they make me so happy. For spring break, I need new hygiene products that can travel with me, so I decided to try out some new ones. I went to Target,...

Not all face masks possess the same qualities

Not all face masks possess the same qualities

March 2, 2022

Prior to COVID-19, the term face mask usually meant a mask that you put on for beauty purposes, whether that be a paper mask or a mud mask. Now when people say face mask, people usually think of the medical...

Winterfest Court Q&As: Remmie Ingraham

Winterfest Court Q&As: Remmie Ingraham

February 25, 2022

1. What was your reaction to getting nominated on court? “I was pretty surprised and excited. The people on court are really sweet.” 2. What does it mean to you to be nominated? “It’s...

Winterfest Court Q&As: Meribell Varghese

Winterfest Court Q&As: Meribell Varghese

February 24, 2022

1. What was your reaction to getting nominated on court? “It was very weird, especially because I got voted on with my best friend, Alex. So, I [thought that] there was no way we both got on at the...

A time when I felt like I knew who I was

She’s trying to figure it out

February 23, 2022

She’s always different. It’s hard to be the same person with everyone. With one group, she’s talkative and funny. With one group, she’s quiet, rarely talking, just listening. With another, she’s...

Winterfest Court Q&As: Lauren Speicher

Winterfest Court Q&As: Lauren Speicher

February 23, 2022

1. What was your reaction to getting nominated on court? “I was super excited and honestly, a little surprised, but I was so excited, and I love the court, so I knew it was going to be a lot of fun.” 2....

One of the many fun light up signs at Social Misfits

Social Misfits provided a friendly environment and delicious waffles

February 16, 2022

A couple weeks ago, my family was eating dinner, and my parents were telling my brother and I about a waffle place that they had gone to that also served cocktails. I thought that sounded interesting,...

Influencer Chiara Ferrgani with perfect hair and makeup despite the weather

It’s hard to feel good about yourself when people are pretending their lives are perfect on social media

February 10, 2022

TikTok is very addictive. It’s so easy to hop on, only planning on scrolling for five minutes, but it can end up being hours. Through my endless scrolling on TikTok, I have seen many beautiful and popular...

Quinn Hane has many hobbies including crew, music, and art.

Quinn Hane has made a life for herself through crew and guitar

February 7, 2022

Sophomore Quinn Hane was rowing across the finish line at a regatta for crew with her team, and they were coming in first. As they crossed the finish line, they were all laughing and singing "Row, Row,...

Totally Teas logo and menu

Totally Tea provided me with aesthetically pleasing and delicious drinks

February 2, 2022

Totally Tea, located in Woodland Mall, has been receiving a lot of hype recently. They sell fruit teas, milk teas, and boba teas. I passed by once and noticed the obnoxiously long line. Instantly intrigued,...

A collection of pictures of Ashley and I through the past two years

Dear Ashley, you are my best friend

January 26, 2022

Dear Ashley, You are my best friend, and you have been for ten years. It seems like so much time—and also none at all—has passed since I met you. You offer me so much happiness. I know that there...

Senior Claire Richardson poses for a senior photo with a horse

Seniors are excited and apprehensive for the things ahead

January 25, 2022

Senior Callum Blackburn was standing on stage at The Fine Arts Center in a wetsuit in front of boys wearing towels wrapped around their waists and swim caps over their hair. He raised his hands similar...

The front window of sticky fingers, which just adds to the overall aesthetic of the place.

Sticky Fingers has a magical environment and unique options

January 19, 2022

Just around the corner from a store that I enjoy very much—Rebel—is a new store that just opened in Eastown: Sticky Fingers. When I heard the name Sticky Fingers, I was so confused. I thought it...

Daulton Meyer has learned from softball and high school

Daulton Meyer has learned from softball and high school

January 14, 2022

Freshman Daulton Meyer was on the softball field when she stepped back and fell over, ending up with a broken wrist. “I broke my wrist,” Daulton said. “The loops on my cleats were too loose, and...

A time during 2021 that I was happy and at peace.

My 2022 word: happiness

January 12, 2022

Happiness: n. The quality or state of being happy. Happy: adj. Delighted, pleased, or glad as over a particular thing. Happiness—something I want to feel more. In theory, I am happy. I have a roof...

The movie poster for A Boy Called Christmas

A Boy Called Christmas surprised me with a non-cliche plot

December 15, 2021

I find that most Christmas movies are very cliche. They usually start with a sad main character who goes through a crisis and comes out happy in the end. They always end happily because no producer wants...

My best friend and I on the first day of second grade, excited for the new year.

When she was young

December 8, 2021

Wandering through fields of corn, brushing her hands against the textured edges of the stems, the feelings she got from the deep yellow of the corn and the breeze blowing her dress up slightly were the...

Students studying for exams diligently, making sure to be completely prepared.

The students and teachers at FHC are doing their best to ensure success on upcoming exams

December 7, 2021

Freshmen this year are experiencing extra stress caused by exams due to their lack of experience. Freshman Logan Tiggleman remembers all of the exams that he took in middle school, and he realizes that...

The beautiful drinks that I ordered.They make me feel aesthetic.

Rebel Nutrition made me feel healthy, but not completely in a good way

December 1, 2021

Sitting in Economics, I was searching for the right place to write this review on. As I was scrolling endlessly through new restaurants, my best friend told me about Rebel Nutrition. My mom had mentioned...

TCTs The Countless Thanks 2021: Alex Smith

TCT’s The Countless Thanks 2021: Alex Smith

November 22, 2021

Eve Marbot and Chloe Flowers-Stiles - for being my rowing besties When I decided I was going to join the crew team, I was terrified. I didn’t know the people, and I didn’t know the sport, but you...

A snowman I built last year around Christmas that is taller than me.

The endless debate over Christmas music

November 17, 2021

It’s that time of year again. The weather is cold, the snow is falling—unfortunately—and Christmas music is reintroduced. There are many arguments about when Christmas music should begin playing....

Toby Cameron plays the saxophone in the marching band as a freshman.

Through marching band, Toby Cameron has made many relationships and memories

November 15, 2021

Freshman Toby Cameron was at the marching band talent show doing a lip-sync with the saxophone section, and he was not enjoying it. “At the end of marching band, every instrument has to go with their...

Long Way Down, though seemingly uninteresting at first, made me rethink how I look at life

Long Way Down, though seemingly uninteresting at first, made me rethink how I look at life

November 10, 2021

Nobody likes being forced to read books, especially books that have every component they hate. However, in English classes, being forced to read books that you don’t want to is part of the deal. In this...

When she was at her lowest, rowing lifted her up

When she was at her lowest, rowing lifted her up

November 3, 2021

She sat in Algebra feeling dejected. She focused on math, solving every problem correctly to keep her mind off her thoughts. She didn’t let anybody in. Nobody knew how she felt. She wished they did. She...

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