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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, Editor in Chief

Allie Beaumont is a Senior on The Central Trend. She is entering her fourth and final year on staff and could not be more excited. This year she received the position of Editor and Chief alongside her fellow Editor Sofia. Aside from writing, she is very passionate about cheerleading. She is a part of the FHC Varsity Sideline team and has been for the past four years. She is now cheer captain and loves everything about football season. 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 of her senior year and the time she has left with her class and on The Central Trend.

Favorite color: Light pink

Favorite season: Winter

Starbucks order: Strawberry Acai Lemonade with light ice and no inclusions

Comfort movie: 50 First Dates

All content by Allie Beaumont
the famous Stanley cup

The history of the “it girl’ water bottle

January 25, 2023

I was in eighth grade when the rise of the VSCO girl trend first started to appear. Looking back, many of my peers and I—now seniors in high school—cringe at the thought of the classic shell necklace...

Happy to know whatever desk I work at next year will look very different.

Life isn’t about waiting for the weekend

January 23, 2023

I have always been a relatively independent person. From the outside, it may not always seem like it, like how I cling to my sister when she's home from college or ache for social interaction every weekend,...

Thomas Carannos passion lies within the slopes

Thomas Caranno’s passion lies within the slopes

January 17, 2023

 For most four-year-olds, falling into an endless mound of frigid snow is a cause for tears, but for senior Thomas Caranno, it was just one of many skiing memories.  “When I was four years old,...

Season 2 of Ginny and Georgia was consistent with its entertainment level

Season 2 of Ginny and Georgia was consistent with its entertainment level

January 10, 2023

Murder, mother-daughter relationship, marriage. These are the core concepts woven throughout the plot of the youthful, yet complex, Netflix series Ginny and Georgia.  Season two of Ginny and Georgia...

The whisper of success

The whisper of success

January 8, 2023

Like waves finally settling after a storm, the light at the end of the tunnel, the quiet whisper of happiness and triumph. Most people assume that success is loud, that success is something that needs...

what I see when I go into the back end of the website and press on all of my stories.

200 stories later

December 7, 2022

Dear reader,  Every once in a while, I venture deep into the back-end of this website. I scroll past the add new story tab; I don’t even bother to flash a glance at pending. In fact, I avoid the...

Myles Shoham showing off his blood drive certificate after donating

FHC’s blood drive allows students to help save lives

December 5, 2022

There are very few opportunities—especially in high school—where one has the ability to save a life; however, this past week, multiple students have made the conscious decision to donate blood at FHC’s...

These drinks will spice up any average lunch

These drinks will spice up any average lunch

November 30, 2022

I’ve always had a packed lunch. Growing up, my sister and I were appalled by the idea of hot lunch. I am not exactly sure what originally fueled our hatred for such a common thing, but nonetheless, our...

TCTs The Countless Thanks 2022: Allie Beaumont

TCT’s The Countless Thanks 2022: Allie Beaumont

November 24, 2022

Mom- Your support and unconditional love have been the most dependable things in my life for as long as I can remember, and sometimes, it feels like it’s the only dependable thing. I know for a fact...

Many picture of Allie cheering from her junior and senior year

In one minute it was almost over

November 23, 2022

I crossed my fingers with one minute left, and I didn’t uncross them until I was jumping up and down, aggressively hugging my teammates with glistening eyes that were looking at the excitement ahead.  About...

Racheal Yeager diving at one of her many meets

Rachael Yeager is looking forward to becoming a leader on the swim and dive team

November 20, 2022

Junior Rachael Yeager found herself jumping into the ice-cold water, confident of the vision she had for the season ahead of her; however, what she didn’t see coming was the rat that had her and her...

What Christmas aesthetic fits you best?

What Christmas aesthetic fits you best?

November 16, 2022

I tend to disregard the fact that money is an essential aspect of life. I throw out comments about future purchases that I hope to follow through on with ease, and when it comes to my future home, it’s...

Caffeine Q&As: Payton Dailey

Caffeine Q&As: Payton Dailey

November 11, 2022

Name: Payton Dailey Grade: 12 1. What is your reason for not drinking strong forms of caffeine? "I just don’t like the taste of coffee or anything carbonated, so to find a source of caffeine...

Caffeine Q&As: Keyla Acevedo-Hargis

November 11, 2022

Name: Keyla Hargis-Acevedo 1. How many cups of coffee do you have each day and does it vary from day to day, depending on what you have going on? “On a weekday, about three to four [cups of coffee,]...

Caffeine Q&As: Lara Butlevics

Caffeine Q&As: Lara Butlevics

November 11, 2022

Name: Lara Butlevics Grade: 12 1. At what age did you start drinking caffeine, and what was your reason for starting the habit? "I started drinking caffeine pretty early; I would say I was 13....

Coffee growing in its natural environment

Your cup of coffee or the world?

November 10, 2022

When you wake up in the morning, and you hear the satisfying ripple sound your coffee makes as it hits the bottom of your mug, I can almost guarantee your first thought isn’t “hmm, I wonder what environmental...

Is the extra energy worth the negative side effects?

Is the caffeine boost really worth it?

November 9, 2022

As I was sitting in AP World History, my leg was vigorously shaking up and down while simultaneously matching the rhythm of my uncontrollable pencil tapping.  We had a presentation that day, and I...

Purple Hearts Netflix Movie poster with the two main characters

Purple Hearts was a good rom-com with a bad plot

November 9, 2022

Most people my age are very aware of politics. Although I am not exactly sure when the shift from being somewhat ignorant to being painfully aware occurred, it happened nonetheless. Given the sensitivity...

a coffee date with my friends and I at Nonnas

My morning cup of coffee

November 8, 2022

“Ew, this is gross.” “I definitely don’t think I am going to be a coffee drinker.” “I’ll stick to my tea.” These are the words my sister quickly stated after she had her first...

Investigative series: Allie Beaumont - Caffeine, helpful or harmful?

Investigative series: Allie Beaumont – Caffeine, helpful or harmful?

November 7, 2022

Caffeine, helpful or harmful? With 62% of the population consuming coffee on a daily basis, it raises the question, what are the effects of caffeine? Through this investigative series, topics such as the...

Allie Beaumont, Mia Martin, and Kami Koetsier together in Ada.

When the advice comes spilling out

November 2, 2022

“That was really good advice.”  “Have you ever thought of becoming a therapist?” “Allie, I need your help.” These are all comments that are directed at me on a weekly basis. My closest...

Torn out pages and unfinished thoughts

Torn out pages and unfinished thoughts

October 26, 2022

A torn-up piece of paper, a mere scrap I deemed unworthy. In the trash, it went to join the graveyard of old journal entries, doodles, and to-do lists that didn’t make the cut.  I am a writer.  I...

Senior Carter Lyons standing in front of an ASL project signing his name sign.

Carter Lyons shares his passion for story telling through signing

October 23, 2022

There he was, frivolously pedaling up a mountain on his bike, when all of a sudden, a cliff came out of nowhere. He's falling and falling until a pegasus swoops him up and brings him safely to the ground.  Senior...

My personal Netflix account where I watch my favorite comfort tv shows

Comfort shows are my preferred method of relaxation

October 19, 2022

Comfort: to soothe, console, and reassure. In the chaotic mayhem of our day-to-day lives, finding little glimmers of comfort becomes a necessity in order to remain grounded.  Some people may find their...

The moments that turn into memories

The moments that turn into memories

October 12, 2022

Delta math assignment  Empty pending  Write column  Make up math quiz  Write ASL script  This is my school to-do list for this week. As the days progress, I will check off...

a photo of this years student section at tailgate.

The 2023 student section leaders make the sacred football stands their own

October 7, 2022

Friday night football games are one of the most iconic and beloved traditions at FHC. Whether you're a football player tirelessly playing for the win, a cheerleader on the sideline entertaining the crowd,...

My most prized possession: my ring.

My ring

October 5, 2022

Delicately looped around my ring finger, snug yet not uncomfortable, lays my most valuable possession.  Worn on the fingers of my loved ones, passed down. Now, this significant object has found a home...

Improv Central 2022 Q&As: Lauren Brace

Improv Central 2022 Q&As: Lauren Brace

October 1, 2022

Grade: 12 What excites you most about Improv Central?  "What excites me the most about Improv Central is simply getting to work with everyone on stage. It wasn't something many of my friends expected...

Improv Central 2022 Q&As: Jake Barnes

Improv Central 2022 Q&As: Jake Barnes

October 1, 2022

Grade: 10 What excites you most about Improv Central?  "I'm excited that the public is going to pay to experience the team speaking the first or second thing to cross our mind for more than an hour....

Improv Central 2022 Q&As: Ella Hunnewell

Improv Central 2022 Q&As: Ella Hunnewell

October 1, 2022

Grade: 12 What excites you most about Improv Central?  "Improv is exciting because you never know what's going to happen even in the next minute; one word and the entire scene changes." Why...

Season two poster of Fate The Winx Saga

Fate The Winx Saga has a promising future despite straying from its original show

September 28, 2022

A common rule in life is that a majority of the time, a remake of a television series or movie is almost never as good as the original. As hard as producers and writers may try, it always comes out feeling...

Senior Gavin Cai posing with his chef hat

Gavin Cai makes memories while learning important life skills

September 23, 2022

In life, there are few hobbies that would end with your friend eating cold chicken fried rice out of a plastic bag; however, senior Gavin Cai may have found the only one.  Gavin recently started his...

Max Meadow, Chris Shang, Addy Scholtens, Ali Grendel, and Allie Beaumont at senior retreat

Still a child at heart

September 22, 2022

Despite the few retellings and small tidbits of information from past seniors I've gotten about the ongoings of senior retreats, it is more or less a myth. No one ever knows exactly what happens there...

A few of my many columns I have shared over these past three years.

An endless string of tired emotions

September 21, 2022

There was a time in my life when writing columns was my favorite thing to do. It was my personal coping mechanism to let the words exude out of me in a well-constructed yet slightly overused metaphor.  My...

TikTok trend robe culture vs. that girl aesthetic

Robe culture builds a lifestyle not an aesthetic

September 14, 2022

I don’t wake up at 5:00 am.  In fact, I've never been able to rise any earlier than 6:15. I much prefer to consume my avocado in guacamole form rather than on toast.  And, first-hour yoga...

The Summer I Turned Pretty Amazon Prime poster showing the three main characters

The Summer I Turned Pretty lightheartedly displayed various relationships in an entertaining way

September 7, 2022

I am not a reader. The last book I read was for school, and the last series I finished all the way through was Harry Potter in the 6th grade. Needless to say, I much prefer to spend my time watching TV;...

N ew assistant principal Mrs. Loughin-Vance standing outside FHC

New assistant principal Kristy Loughin-Vance looks to find the spark within her students

August 29, 2022

Although many people long for the hustle and bustle of city life, FHC’s new assistant principal Kristy Loughin-Vance finds the adventurous outdoors and majestic winters that Michigan is so fond of to...

The memories that linger and the accomplishments that last

The memories that linger and the accomplishments that last

June 1, 2022

It’s hard for me to even fathom my junior year being over. It's been this ominous cloud hanging over my head for as long as I can recall. In fact, I remember the day I found out about the SAT. I was...

Summer 2022 hair trends

Summer 2022 hair trends

May 25, 2022

As summer weather has already started approaching and school is coming to an end, a variety of new and unique hair trends have started to emerge. However, this being said, some hairstyles have become...

FHC Inspires Q&As 2022: Emalea Rooke

FHC Inspires Q&As 2022: Emalea Rooke

May 25, 2022

Name: Emalea Rooke Position: Speaker TED Talk Title: Embracing Balance Why did you apply to be a speaker? "I applied to be a speaker because I wanted to be able to experience everything FHC...

FHC Inspires Q&As 2022: Emmy Willemin

FHC Inspires Q&As 2022: Emmy Willemin

May 25, 2022

Name: Emmy Willemin Position: Student Director Why did you apply to be a student director?  "I applied to be student director because I wanted to be involved in FHC Inspires in some way. I thought...

FHC Inspires Q&As 2022: Nathaniel Hahn

FHC Inspires Q&As 2022: Nathaniel Hahn

May 25, 2022

Name: Nathaniel Hahn Position: Speaker TED Talk Title: How To Make A Good Joke Why did you apply to be a speaker?  "I wanted to help others learn how to spread joy and laughter." How are...

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...

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