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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

Allie Beaumont

Allie Beaumont, Publicity Managing Editor

Allie Beaumont is a junior on The Central Trend. She is entering her third year on staff and could not be more excited. Alongside writing, she is very passionate about cheerleading. She is a part of the FHC Varsity Sideline and Competitive Cheer Team. This year on staff, she hopes to grow her writing skills even more and touch the lives of people who read her work. Overall, she will cherish every moment she has in the TCT classroom with some of her closest friends.

Favorite color: Light pink

Favorite season: Winter

Favorite sport: Cheer

All content by Allie Beaumont
A picture on the beach of a sunset that I took over spring break

The consistency of a wave and the promise of the sun

May 18, 2022

A silky memory, so slippery you might lose it, so soft you feel comforted by it, and yet, so cold to the touch that you fear it. It’s a faint vision, a piece of paper that fell between the files of my...

Prom look book 2022

May 16, 2022

Jack McNamara: "Going into Prom, a few friends and I had the idea of wearing something fun to our last dance. Personally, I thought this sounded like a great idea. So, I looked on the web for a...

Along for the ride Netflix movie poster

Along For The Ride was the first step in many more Sarah Desson movie adaptations

May 11, 2022

If you have ever browsed the middle school or high school library and found yourself wandering into the romance section, then chances are you saw an overwhelming amount of one author: Sarah Desson. My...

Avery, Nat, and I sitting on the old, brown couch this week

[Photo] My world may still be evolving, but this is the last update

May 5, 2022

Avery, Nat, and I sitting on the old, brown couch this week

What my brain looks like when I am trying to plan every little detail of prom

My picture perfect prom

May 4, 2022

I had just started middle school, and like any sane thirteen-year-old girl who was ridden with anxiety and a slight control problem, I opened a Pinterest account. This might not seem like the most rash...

One of Natalies senior photos at Sparrows Coffee in GR Michigan

Natalie Mix visualizes the world through her story telling

April 29, 2022

Only senior Natalie Mix has a strong enough passion for the art of words that she would find herself stepping on, over, and through furniture for a good story. “I have been writing my whole life,”...

season five of Netflixs Selling Sunsets reality TV show poster

Season five of Selling Sunsets was a mixture of empowering and entertaining

April 27, 2022

I don’t know what it is about watching hot, thirty-year-old women sell multi-million-dollar houses to young couples with too much money, but the amount of serotonin that the Netflix TV series Selling...

An image of the hypothetical track that I feel as though I am constantly running on

There is no finish line when you run in circles

April 20, 2022

I’ve never really liked running. For some reason, I tried to make it a hobby of mine when I was younger. I did more years of Girls on the Run than I can count, and in middle school, I even ran track...

A picture taken from the first pickleball club meeting at Ada Park

The Pickleball Club is quickly working its way to being one of FHC’s best clubs

April 1, 2022

What started out as a joke, a common interest among friends, and a playful yet competitive sport, has now turned into an event that many students participate in, according to junior Annie Douma.  The...

Bridgerton season 2 netflix poster featuring three of the main characters

The unmatched chemistry in Bridgerton season two makes it a must watch show

March 30, 2022

As an avid watcher of Bridgerton season one, I had my doubts about how season two could possibly live up to the intense, romantic, and beautiful prospects that season one had to offer. Similar to season...

a couple of many photos Mia and I have taken together

My life is a cliché I can’t help but appreciate

March 23, 2022

There are a few consistent sayings or rules for The Central Trend, and when I hear them, no matter who's speaking, I hear Mr. Georges's booming voice clanging around my brain.  Some of those rules...

Will Stevens

Will Stevens’ favorite place to be is working out alongside his sister

March 21, 2022

Freshman Will Stevens found himself in a flexing competition with his older sister—junior Caroline Stevens—to see who has the biggest muscles.  Will and Caroline have been going to the gym together...

Amazon dupe against the original Lululemon to see which product is worth more hype

Battle of the brands: Lululemon vs. Amazon

March 16, 2022

As a high school student that only works a few days a week, I will do almost anything to find deals in order to get the best price for something: coupons, sale sections, and even dupes for some of my favorite,...

All the pages from my childhood I wish I still had to read and look back on

The pages that I’ll never read

March 9, 2022

There have been times in my life when writing has been a viable outlet for me. Every so often, I write a column that truly encapsulates my feelings and doesn’t feel like an assignment, but rather a piece...

The Odyssey of the Mind team hanging out at one of FHCs dances

Odyssey of the Mind is providing students with a creative and academic outlet

March 4, 2022

In the span of one day, junior Aden Pomeroy found himself meeting people from Switzerland, China, Korea, Germany, Mexico, Turkey, and beyond.  Aden has been a part of Odyssey of the Mind for four years...

Tall Girl Two Netflix poster showing many of the movies main characters

Tall Girl 2 continues to lower my standards for Netflix rom-coms

March 2, 2022

“You think your life is hard, I am a high school junior wearing size thirteen Nikes—men's size thirteen Nikes” This quote from Tall Girl—a Netflix original movie—went viral as a commonly used,...

Black History Month Q&As

Black History Month Q&As

February 25, 2022

In honor of Black History Month, The Central Trend is doing Q&As to discuss the importance of Black History Month and the best ways to amplify Black voices.

Black History Month Q&As: Cle Jackson

Black History Month Q&As: Cle Jackson

February 25, 2022

1. Can you describe your journey with the NAACP of Grand Rapids? "I will say I'm an NAACP baby. I grew up in the organization. My parents had us involved at a very, very young age—involved meaning...

Callum Blackburn and Russel Baird having a lightsaber battle at Homecoming

Callum Blackburn would prefer to live in a galaxy far far away

February 22, 2022

This profile contains spoilers for the Star Wars movies and affiliated TV shows. Standing on stage, sword in hand, anxiously anticipating his partner's next move, senior Callum Blackburn found a purpose...

Season two Sweet Magnolias Netflix poster showing three of the main characters

Season two of Sweet Magnolias provides a new perspective on romanticizing small town life

February 16, 2022

When scouring Netflix for my next comfort TV series to add to the long list—Gilmore Girls, The Office, New Girl, etc.—I am in search of a show that meets certain criteria. With the recent popularization...

My small but well loved poetry collection

If she could see me, my words, and my pure love for English class

February 9, 2022

No humiliation compares to sitting idly still in Mrs. Smith’s fifth-grade classroom anxiously anticipating the subject shift from science to language arts.  If you spoke to me now, my petite poetry...

Black History Month Q&As: Mrs. Whitley Morse

Black History Month Q&As: Mrs. Whitley Morse

February 7, 2022

1. How do teachers incorporate talking about Black History Month and its importance in their classes? "I think there's a variety of things that teachers do to incorporate Black History Month into lessons....

Black History Month Q&As: Mr. Steve Labenz

Black History Month Q&As: Mr. Steve Labenz

February 4, 2022

1. How do you incorporate talking about Black History Month and its importance in your class? "I've said before [that] American history is Black history and vice versa. We'll spend a little more time...

My personal favorite guided meditation app a poster for Headspace

Meditation apps are your new at home therapy

February 2, 2022

The term “depression” was first used in the 1930s, under the umbrella term mental health. Since then, many other facets of mental health issues have been identified, diagnosed, and helped. A common...

A picture of a drop tower to represent the one I went on when I was a child

Up and down on the drop tower of my life

January 26, 2022

Specific experiences from my childhood were done so frequently and on such an annual basis that I learned to predict their appearance in my life each June, July, or August like clockwork.  Eventually,...

Claire Marvin snowboarding on one of her many adventures in the united states

Claire Marvin learns life lessons through extensive travel and new experiences

January 21, 2022

Sophomore Claire Marvin’s life has been one adventure after the next. From road trips across America to a variety of different countries, Claire has found a home on the road.  Her admiration for travel...

Netflix documentary and TV show named Cheer season two poster

Season two of Cheer single-handedly combats outdated stereotypes regarding the sport

January 19, 2022

Over the course of my sixteen years on this earth, I have grown to learn that more often than not, when someone disagrees with you, there is little you can do to change their mind. It is for that reason...

Sitting in front of the mirror that has always hung on my wall telling me how to feel about my appearance

If the mirror on my wall could speak

January 12, 2022

You know those moments when you look in the mirror and you can count about a million flaws on one-half inch of your face? You scramble to fix your under-eye bags and your discolored complexion before someone...

Home Sweet Home Alone movie poster for Disney Plus film

Home Sweet Home Alone isn’t comparable to the original Home Alone

December 15, 2021

In 1990, classic Christmas comedy, Home Alone, became a blockbuster hit, warming the hearts of viewers everywhere. To this day, Home Alone is an annually watched movie in my household, alongside other...

An example of how beautiful Eco-friendly wrapping paper can look

Eco-friendly Christmas swaps for an environmentally conscious season

December 8, 2021

Each year, when glistening specks of ice coat my home as if I was in a snow globe and the pleasant aroma of evergreen wafts through the air, I am reminded of the extent to which I fully enthrall myself...

Mrs. Stiles standing with her Christmas hat in front of the hallway lights

Ranger Holiday Week will lift the moods of students at FHC

December 3, 2021

Student council adviser Laura Stiles attempted to bring some holiday spirit to FHC with her festive Christmas hat and lining the halls with glistening lights over the past few weeks. Now, she is hoping...

Bryson Tillers new Christmas Album entitled A different Christmas  featuring other artist

Bryson Tiller’s new Christmas album is a festive surprise

December 1, 2021

Controversial or not, I start listening to my Christmas music a few days after Halloween. I ease my way in with the Christmas classics, but after listening to the same songs on repeat for over a month,...

TCTs The Countless Thanks 2021: Allie Beaumont

TCT’s The Countless Thanks 2021: Allie Beaumont

November 25, 2021

To my sister -  I miss you now more than ever since you’ve left for college. Sometimes, it is really really hard not having you around all the time, but I know that no matter how far away you are,...

Pictures of Saturday when I went to go visit Julia at college

Even average weeks have good moments

November 17, 2021

Lately, my weeks have felt bland. I kept saying, “Next week will be better,” knowing full well it would be the exact same as the week prior and the week before that. Then I thought to myself, “What...

A picture of Paige Johnson competing on the beam at one of her many competitions

Paige Johnson became the gymnastics floor state champion after recovering from an injury

November 12, 2021

Sophomore Paige Johnson found herself flying through the air right before she abruptly hit the low bar and face-planted dramatically.  Paige has been doing gymnastics for eight years, and she has grown...

Netflix rom-com entitled Love Hard Movie Poster starring Nina Dobrev

Love Hard was a predictable, yet enjoyable movie

November 10, 2021

The Oxford dictionary defines guilty pleasure as, “something, such as a movie, television program, or piece of music, that one enjoys despite feeling that it is not generally held in high regard.”...

The insane amount of papers and pressure that come with college

I cannot answer your questions for I do not know who I want to be

November 3, 2021

I feel as though I am still young. I still have childish problems. I still need help from my parents more often than I would like to admit. Although I like to pretend I am always the responsible one, deep...

A picture of one of Brynns many costumes from when she was little

FHC celebrates Halloween in a variety of fun, spooky ways

October 29, 2021

Senior Brynn Schanski has dressed up in a variety of different costumes over the years, ranging from a pea pod when she was a baby to Bucky Barnes—her most recent attire. Although everyone who celebrates...

Riverdale season five poster, Betty Cooper, Archie Andrews, Jughead  Jones, Veronica Lodge.

Riverdale strikes again with another failed season

October 27, 2021

An utter waste of time is the only phrase that comes to mind when attempting to describe the confusing, exhausting, and overall brutal experience that is watching season five of Riverdale. Riverdale...

Val Garza tells scary story for spooky humans of FHC

Spooky Humans: Valerie Garza

October 25, 2021

"It was about a year ago when my family went on a trip to New Mexico. It was a family outing; we went to this really big church that a lot of people visit. We were sitting there, and these murals that...

women have been forced to alter how they look for as long as time.

The economy preys on women’s insecurities by teaching them to buy cosmetics

October 20, 2021

The cosmetic industry is one that I have devoted hours of time to understanding and perfecting its many rules. I have given money in order to stay afloat in its latest standards and trends, and most...

Lauren Speicher flying a plane as a student pilot in the cockpit

Lauren Speicher’s unique hobby of flying planes has helped teach her to believe in herself

October 15, 2021

Senior Lauren Speicher started learning to fly planes two years before she got her driver’s license.  Lauren became a student pilot at the age of 14. Since her dad is a private pilot, he introduced...

Intro to Business Q&As: Ryan Sutherlund - Tee Off

Intro to Business Q&As: Ryan Sutherlund – Tee Off

October 13, 2021

Product: Tee Off Instagram: @teeoff_shirts Group Members: Ryan Sutherlund (manager), Sam Yeager (finance), Evan Lubben (sales), Owen Barber (supply manager), and Ryan Messner (marketing). What...

The most magical story on earth: 50 years of Walt Disney World poster

The Most Magical Story on Earth: 50 years of Walt Disney World was a magical but mediocre experience

October 13, 2021

I have never been a documentary-type person. I often will put them on in the background to make me feel smarter or even with the intention of learning something new, but more often than not, I click them...

A couple photos from the endless supply of pictures we take together

To my beautiful sister, I miss you

October 6, 2021

It feels like I am just counting down the columns until I work up the courage to write about you—the gap missing from my life, the light that’s never on: my sister.  I know there are probably a...

FHCs color guard posing for a team photo with their coach

The Color Guard is a community full of girls with a beautiful bond and amazing talent

October 1, 2021

'Live, laugh, lightning.' To the average person, that phrase means nothing, but if you are a member of the FHC Color Guard, you know exactly what it is referring to.  Junior Megan Wilson, captain of...

Halseys new album and movie cover: If I Cant Have Love, I Want Power

If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power, touches on controversial topics in a beautiful way

September 29, 2021

Power in the music industry is hard to come by; unless you are a best-selling artist or have a number one hit, your career is a constant battle of deciding what walls are there to be broken down and which...

Me standing afloat on top of my bases at the Friday night football game.

My childish views of what high school is supposed to be like are finally being answered

September 22, 2021

High school is something I have dreamt about. I wanted to be the cheerleader floating atop her bases. I wanted to wear sparkly dresses to Homecoming. I wanted to have a bunch of friends, but most importantly,...

Skyler has learned to love change through her move

Whether it be surfing the waves of Long Island or sliding down the slopes of Michigan, Skyler Tierney’s move taught her to love adventure

September 20, 2021

Five years ago, sophomore Skyler Tierney went from riding the salty waves of Long Island, New York, to abruptly living in Grand Rapids, Michigan, surrounded by fresh water and a new life.  Skyler grew...

Improv Central 2021 Q&As

Improv Central 2021 Q&As

September 16, 2021

The Improv show is an anticipated and beloved FHC tradition. Students, parents, and staff alike come together to watch our school’s improv team show off their best work. This tradition has been going...

Afterlife of the Party Netflix poster

Afterlife of the Party is another cringey Netflix original movie not worth your time

September 15, 2021

Netflix has a long history of putting out original movies that, for lack of a better word, are cringey: The Kissing Booth, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, and more recently, He’s All That and Afterlife...

My future is a to-do list I cannot complete

My future is a to-do list I cannot complete

September 8, 2021

My to-do lists are my sanity, and the future is something I cannot cross off or put a checkmark next to. I can’t label it a completed task because the capacity of brain space it takes up is too large...

Outer Banks season two poster

Outer Banks season two tugged on its viewer hearts while keeping its mysterious appeal

September 1, 2021

For many people, myself included, the memory of watching Outer Banks, season one, is engraved in our brains as the perfect escape from the harsh realities of 2020. Tucked away in our rooms, binge-watching...

Falling Toward the Moon was a beautiful read with an equally beautiful cover

Falling Toward the Moon took my breath away with each new poem it held within its beautiful cover

June 1, 2021

Have you ever bought a book because the cover matches your aesthetic? Maybe you look at the many hues that make up the title and think that would make a great coffee-table book. Well, that was exactly...

Student Council Q&As: Vivian Wheland

Student Council Q&As: Vivian Wheland

May 28, 2021

Name: Vivian Wheland Class: 2024 1.What position are you running for? “I am running for class President.” 2.Why did you decide to run? “I wanted to be more of a figure in the school,...

Student Council Q&As: Hayden Bolter

Student Council Q&As: Hayden Bolter

May 28, 2021

Name: Hayden Bolter Class: 2024 1.What position are you running for? “I am running for one of the Trustee positions.” 2.Why did you decide to run? “I decided to run again because...

Student Council Q&As: Bella Grounin

Student Council Q&As: Bella Grounin

May 28, 2021

Name: Bella Grounin Class: 2024 1.What position are you running for? "I am running for class President." 2.Why did you decide to run? "I decided to run because I think that taking action...

Student Council Q&As: Ayla Ahmetovic

Student Council Q&As: Ayla Ahmetovic

May 27, 2021

Name: Ayla Ahmetovic Class: 2024 1.What position are you running for? “I am running for Vice President.” 2.Why did you decide to run? “I decided to run because I want to make the best...

Student Council Q&As: Saniya Mishra

Student Council Q&As: Saniya Mishra

May 27, 2021

Name: Saniya Mishra Class: 2024 1.What position are you running for?  "I'm running for sophomore class Treasurer for this upcoming year." 2.Why did you decide to run?  "I decided to run...

Student Council Q&As: Emalea Rooke

Student Council Q&As: Emalea Rooke

May 27, 2021

Name: Emalea Rooke Class: 2024 1.What position are you running for? “I am running for Secretary.” 2.Why did you decide to run? “I decided to run because I love being involved in Student...

Student Council Q&As: Letizia Cumbo-Nacheli

Student Council Q&As: Letizia Cumbo-Nacheli

May 27, 2021

Name: Letizia Cumbo-Nacheli Class: 2024 1. What position are you running for?  “President.” 2. Why did you decide to run?  “I love being involved in the school and overall being...

Student Council Q&As: Lucy Wu

Student Council Q&As: Lucy Wu

May 27, 2021

Name: Lucy Wu Class: 2024 1.What position are you running for? "I'm running for the position of class President." 2. Why did you decide to run? "I decided to run because I wanted to give...

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2021-2022 Student Council Q&As

May 26, 2021

With the voting opening at the end of the week, we decided to do Q&As with the current high schoolers running for office. We hope to provide students here at FHC with a deeper look into the candidates...

Anson Seabra’s single named “Magazines” was a breath of fresh air

Anson Seabra’s single “Magazines” gave a refreshing perspective of the girl on our magazine covers

May 25, 2021

The photoshopped pages of a glossy magazine cover taunt onlookers with its unrealistic depiction of women in the media. Wondering what these women do to be so beautiful, pain sets in knowing it’s not...

My many unfinished journals that haunt me with there blank pages

The circles in my brain are leading me down a path I can’t follow

May 18, 2021

I used to write many stories much like this one every time I was upset about something. It was never that I was consistently angry, sad, or overwhelmed, it was just that when I was feeling that way,...

Letizia posing for a photo outside in her driveway as the sun sets

One conversation at a time, Letizia Cumbo-Nacheli is breaking down language barriers

May 14, 2021

Freshman Letizia Cumbo-Nacheli didn't know how to ask her first-grade teacher for art supplies in English.  Letizia grew up in a household where Spanish was her first language. At home, this didn't...

My friend and I dancing our problems away

I want to stand in the stillness without slipping away

May 11, 2021

I have typed word after word and yet managed to press the delete button more times than the spacebar. This is not my first time running out of ideas, nor will it be my last, but when you have written over...

I will forever miss you, but when you come back, I hope you are proud.

The future you gave me, thank you

May 4, 2021

My future here is clear. Unlike my perspective on every other aspect of my life, at least here is still my home.  I doubted its ability to comfort me after a year away, but those fears slowly vanished...

Zack Race has raised over a hundred dollars for St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital through Twitch streaming

Zack Race has raised over a hundred dollars for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital through Twitch streaming

April 30, 2021

Freshman Zack Race took something that he loves and turned it into something other people would benefit from.  After gathering a respectable amount of followers on YouTube and Twitch, Zack decided...

The simple act of a summer breath

The simple act of a summer breath

April 27, 2021

I want the late nights, and early sunrises, and the beautiful cotton candy pastels of the early morning sky to seep into whatever bedroom I stayed in the night prior. I want the cliche driving around with...

its Impossible to climb out of Wonderland with out you

Down the rabbit hole we fell

April 20, 2021

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over but expecting different results. I fear we are all going insane. Down the rabbit hole, I have fallen. Into wonderland, I wander desperately...

One our first senior staffer profiles, for Linus Kaechele, Managing Editor of Online Assignments

Linus Kaechele’s high school journey led him down a path of growth and friendship

April 16, 2021

Senior Linus Kaechele has been told he bears the subtle scent of cucumbers, but, to him, that smell resembles happiness.  “I have a vivid memory of someone telling me, ‘Linus, I don’t even have...

The lessons loneliness taught me

The lessons loneliness taught me

April 13, 2021

The little things we will do in order to entertain our minds. Distracting myself from the impending days ahead, hiding what's to come from the innocent little girl that sits in the center of my psyche,...

Students believe the effects of not having social media outweigh the benefits of having it

Students believe the effects of not having social media outweigh the benefits of having it

March 26, 2021

Junior Vinod Rajakrishna found himself sitting alone on the upper field while the rest of his soccer team was practicing for thirty minutes all because of a social media mishap.  “I ended up being...

Speak as loud as your other half tells you to

Speak as loud as your other half tells you to

March 23, 2021

I am living life at 50%.   I ache to acknowledge my other half.    The girl who has the confidence to do all the things I can not.    She finishes the hundreds of half...

My thoughts are still enchanting all these years later

My thoughts are still enchanting all these years later

March 16, 2021

The significance of what I remember. There were times of darkness—like splotches of stars amongst the otherwise unilluminated sky and times of true triumph that reminded me of why I am who I am. But...

Through playing his oboe, Ian Mahoney has learned that perfection isnt everything

Through playing his oboe, Ian Mahoney has learned that perfection isn’t everything

March 12, 2021

At the middle school band concert, sophomore Ian Mahoney tricked everyone into thinking he was playing his oboe; when, in reality, he was pretending the whole time despite knowing the songs extremely well.  “When...

I am tired of finding a purpose in a place I dont belong

I am tired of finding a purpose in a place I don’t belong

March 9, 2021

Move with a purpose they say. Know where you want to go, who you want to be when you get there; don't give up until you arrive, but don't you dare lose yourself along the way.  Move with a purpose they...

We wish on the flowers decay. We wish for better days.

I would fall asleep always if only dreams could be promised

March 2, 2021

Living in an endless summer dream, I awake to the soft, angelic glow of the sun cascading in through my window and draping my muted white comforter with golden brilliance. My eyelashes flutter like a butterfly...

AP English students share what they would fight for through a social justice project

AP English students share what they would fight for through a social justice project

March 1, 2021

AP English Language teacher Lisa Penninga believes everyone has a mountain they want to climb. Her students recently completed a social justice project where they could pick any topic of their choice...

a spiraling stair case to  spiral down

Circumstance made you special

February 23, 2021

We are spiraling down the staircase of self depreciation, critiquing who we are because we don't know who we want to be. We are willing to do anything to stand out just enough to get noticed, all while...

Look at me like the sunset I want to be

Look at me like the sunset I want to be

February 16, 2021

I want to be looked at.  I want to be looked at like others look at the sunset.  Standing back breathless.  Admiring my colors.  The brown and strawberry blonde tinted hues of my hair.  The...

Amelia Pointer finds comfort in the simplest of things: films

Amelia Pointer finds comfort in the simplest of things: films

February 12, 2021

Senior Amelia Pointer hyperventilated because of a Bill Nye The Science Guy video in the second grade.  Ever since she was very little, Amelia's dad instilled a strong passion for films in her. This...

we are all just seeds trying to be flowers so we can fit in

My feelings are still permanent even though life never was

February 9, 2021

I once was a seed, Writing about how I grew up too fast before I was even fully grown. Grasping at the air, Aching for more water. Begging mother earth to let me live. All so I could feel...

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