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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 freshman entering The Central Trend as a staff writer. Alex is really passionate about music and writing. She has wanted to write for The Central Trend since she heard about it in fifth grade. Writing makes her extremely happy since she is able to show how she is feeling without having to talk about itsomething she struggles with. Alex spends most of her time practicing music—guitar and voice—or at the Forest Hills boathouse for crew practice. She hopes to make people feel heard and moved with her writing. 

Favorite place to be: In her bed or at the boathouse

Favorite Bath and Body Works scent: "Honey Wildflower"

Where Alex would be on a Saturday night: On her couch reading or watching TikTok

Starbucks order: Iced Chai Tea Latte with Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam

All content by Alex Smith
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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