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The Student Voice of Forest Hills Central

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The Student Voice of Forest Hills Central

The Central Trend

The Student Voice of Forest Hills Central

The Central Trend

Alysse Calabio

Alysse Calabio, Staff Writer

Alysse Calabio is going on to her second and final year on The Central Trend. If there's anything she loves more than the world, it would be experiencing new adventures and hobbies; everything from taekwondo to horseback riding to, evidently, writing has caught her attention at some point. Whether or not she was able to stick with it is up for debate but to say she didn't try would be a lie. In her free time you'll find her attempting to learn how to cook, something she has failed miserably in the past, and crocheting her heart out. This year will surely be a bittersweet one, but she's excited to be going through it.

Artist she is currently obsessing over: Laufey

Her favorite movie: Everything, Everywhere, All at Once

Most interesting food she's ever tried: Chicken feet


All content by Alysse Calabio
One of those romantic moments where I found myself lost in a store I love

Love letters to life — it’s the little romances of life

Alysse Calabio, Staff Writer September 19, 2023

To Life, I have found that it is within the most mundane of things that the world’s greatest romances lay hiding, waiting to be discovered. Some may lay in large, dazzling displays: the ones that...

A photo of Karina doing one of her long standing enjoyments: skiing.

Karina Rodriguez finds bliss in the mountain’s snow

Alysse Calabio, Staff Writer September 14, 2023

Snowy mountains, waking eyes with waking suns, laughs held onto by the crisp, cool air: a captivating scene now forever ingrained in the memory of senior Karina Rodriguez. There are some moments in...

This years statue that they had burned down at the end of their stay

Burning Man: the event crashed by climate change

Alysse Calabio, Staff Writer September 11, 2023

The transitory city that claims to “leave no trace” has left more than just a trace on the environment and the 70,000 people stranded there.  Every year, thousands upon thousands of people travel...

One of my favorite photos of the sunset that I have

Love letters to life — simply, I love you

Alysse Calabio, Staff Writer September 4, 2023

To Life, I love you. Just as the moon loves the sun. Just as the stars love the night. Just as the wind loves the trees. Love feels like such a potent word—one that, if I were to say it,...

Me and one of my amazing friends that I have met along the way

Love letters to life — forever, there was you

Alysse Calabio, Staff Writer August 30, 2023

To Life, We have never exchanged words, and yet, I hear all of your stories passed around. Our eyes have never met, and yet, I see bits and pieces of you scattered all around me. We have never...

One of those memories that I dont really remember anymore

I live through the stories of others

Alysse Calabio, Staff Writer June 1, 2023

I used to be afraid of trees. If I’m being honest, I don’t remember being scared of them at all; my memories of when I was younger are honestly all really hazy now. There are still slivers of...

A picture of the stars above us: the ones that may determine our destiny

It’s written in the stars

Alysse Calabio, Staff Writer May 25, 2023

I used to believe that astrology meant our destiny was prewritten in the sky. I thought that astrology meant that the moment we stepped foot into this world was the moment that our life’s story would...

The two characters that the music videos follow: d4vd and his lover

D4vd’s “Sleep Well” music video felt like an enchanting dream

Alysse Calabio, Staff Writer May 18, 2023

If the feeling of picnics in flower fields and quiet walks on the beach at sunset—all of the beautifully romantic clichés—had to be encapsulated into a single song, it would have to take the shape...

Tz and a few of her senior friends that she will miss

As seniors prepare for college, juniors look back on their bittersweet memories together

Alysse Calabio, Staff Writer May 16, 2023

At the beginning of the school year, the halls of FHC lay bustling with hopeful, vibrant students, each one preparing themselves for the exciting, new adventures the year had planned ahead of them. Now,...

Its as easy as pie

It’s as easy as pie

Alysse Calabio, Staff Writer May 12, 2023

Whoever came up with the phrase “It’s as easy as pie” has clearly never baked a pie before; pie, despite what the expression may claim, is incredibly complicated to make. I am not sure why, but...

A photo of Ellie McDowell

Ellie McDowell is trying to spread her love for writing one student at a time

Alysse Calabio, Staff Writer May 4, 2023

Senior Ellie McDowell realized her dream job at one of the most unlikely times: one of her sophomore-year presentations. Every year, English teacher Ken George instructs his Honors English 10 students...

Against the sky, it seems to be but a small spec of dust, yet it holds a world of love

For me, it holds the world

Alysse Calabio, Staff Writer April 27, 2023

Peacefully, it drifts through the breeze. It is a speck of dust in comparison to the vibrant, mosaic sky; a minuscule thing that, every day, goes unbeknownst to the people. It’s a small, trivial thing...

An example of the flip phones that people were beginning to switch over to

Our trends reflect our progression into an era of simplicity

Alysse Calabio, Staff Writer April 21, 2023

Overwhelmed, unproductive, and drained. Every time I closed social media, I found myself drowning in these emotions. Even so, those small moments of entertainment and gratification that I received each...

This is poster for the bittersweet Italian movie Still Time

Still Time is a bittersweet reminder to savor life

Alysse Calabio, Staff Writer April 14, 2023

In all honesty, I have never been a huge fan of romance movies. I always find myself frustrated and disappointed by the love interest that the main character chooses—especially when it comes to love...

One of those friendships I hope to maintain forever

Platonic love shouldn’t be secondary to romance

Alysse Calabio, Staff Writer March 27, 2023

I have never been one to be enamored by the world of Greek mythology; I never read the Percy Jackson series, and I've never opened The Song of Achilles. Even so, there’s one myth that has always fascinated...

A photo of Mahima

Mahima Daniel-Poulose expresses herself through her various instruments

Alysse Calabio, Staff Writer March 22, 2023

It took junior Mahima Daniel-Poulose seven years to earn student of the month at her music academy. Although this treacherously long wait would leave many discouraged, it didn’t diminish any of the...

A photo of the poster for this mediocre movie

We Have a Ghost is a mediocre mess

Alysse Calabio, Staff Writer March 16, 2023

Do you believe in the boogeyman? How about the demons that lurk within the shadows of the night? How about ghosts? Ghosts are one of the many horrors of the night, possessing and scaring any and all...

A photo of someone using TikTok: the app possibly soon to be banned

Is Congress banning TikTok?

Alysse Calabio, Staff Writer March 9, 2023

To say that TikTok is omnipresent seems almost like an understatement. If you go to essentially any place, it wouldn’t be hard to find someone who has the social media platform on their phone. However,...

A photo of the progress made to the mural so far

The Art Club brings a sense of community to FHC one mural at a time

Alysse Calabio, Staff Writer March 7, 2023

Each year, as school begins to dawn upon each student, the age-old debate arises once again: what folder color should be assigned to each subject?  Although it is the middle of the year, the debate...

A moment that I know I will remember and cherish forever

I hate coconut water

Alysse Calabio, Staff Writer March 2, 2023

I hate coconut water with a burning passion. This may come off as a wildly random and minute item to hate, especially when considering that there is an ocean the size of Texas full of harrowing events...

A photo taken by someone who lives in East Palestine, Ohio on the night of the incident

The derailment in East Palestine, Ohio has left residents with hazardous chemicals and health problems

Alysse Calabio, Staff Writer February 24, 2023

On Feb. 3, a 50-car train derailed in East Palestine, Ohio—at least five of the cars held hazardous materials. All over social media, there has been a slew of speculations and misinformation going around...

A picture of Milo

Milo Rodriguez finds solace through the music they listen to

Alysse Calabio, Staff Writer February 21, 2023

You are in the car singing the songs of your favorite artist: it is a scene that many have become more than familiar with. However, for junior Milo Rodriguez, it was that moment that ignited their lifelong...

The poster for You People where all the main characters sit together

You People is a failed attempt at both a social commentary and a romantic comedy

Alysse Calabio, Staff Writer February 16, 2023

Racism is, undeniably, a sensitive topic. Even so, it is still an issue that filmmakers continually attempt to touch upon—whether it be the focus of their movie or a mere moment of acknowledgment. To...

An aerial view of the scenery at Great Salt Lake

What remains of the Great Salt Lake has the potential to kill thousands

Alysse Calabio, Staff Writer February 8, 2023

The water ripples as the wind gracefully grazes over top of it. In the far distance sits the mountains, defining where the sky starts and the lake ends. The Great Salt Lake provides a more than picture-perfect...

Dr. Lambach sitting at his desk inside the testing center

FHC’s testing center helps support students and teachers alike

Alysse Calabio, Staff Writer February 8, 2023

Down the hall from the band room is room 106, filled with students. However, there is neither a class occupying it, nor a club; instead, the room is occupied by FHC’s new testing center—led by the...

A simple, serene moment that I get to experience just once

Life’s ever so fluctuating changes

Alysse Calabio, Staff Writer February 3, 2023

Some things feel as if they should be simple facts of life: how night skies bring the most serene moments, how spring seems to trudge along leaving the most enchanting bouquet of flowers in its every step,...

Age 5, My years of princess-filled aspirations.

The media’s demonization of femininity does nothing more than pit people against each other

Alysse Calabio, Staff Writer January 26, 2023

I was five years old when I figured out exactly what I wanted to be in life. I, more than anything in the world, wanted to become a princess. Although I wasn’t exactly certain as to how one became...

Declan Erhardt during one of his fencing practices

Declan Erhardt finds friendship through fencing

Alysse Calabio, Staff Writer January 23, 2023

In our lives, there are some moments that feel so ethereal it's almost illusory; they are moments that seem to stick with us forever. They are simply unforgettable. For sophomore Declan Erhardt, that moment...

The cover of the movie with most of the characters on it

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish exceptionality shown through in every way

Alysse Calabio, Staff Writer January 19, 2023

Puss in Boots is a name that most people have come to instantly recognize. He is a fearless fighter with a knack for smooth-talking—whether that be for getting him into or out of a sticky situation....

The movie poster for Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope puts an innovative twist on watching shows

Alysse Calabio, Staff Writer January 12, 2023

There are 40,320 ways to watch Kaleidoscope. The sheer size of the number makes it seem as if I had simply chosen the first number that popped into my head and wrote it down—especially seeing as the...

A photo of a few students auditioning in a previous audition

Musical auditions give way for endless opportunities

Alysse Calabio, Staff Writer January 10, 2023

Plastered outside of room 103 hangs two white sheets of paper adorned with the names of 51 students—each one of them fervently waiting for a single day: The Wizard of Oz auditions. Junior Gia Monterusso,...

Some goods at a little gift shop I had found

The little treasures I cherish

Alysse Calabio, Junior Writer January 8, 2023

Upon the windowsill sat a portrait staring at all those that walked on by. In front of it stood a table adorned by varying goods: bare journals, tea kettles, cutting boards, and intricate vases. On the...

A photo of DeLaina Billingsley

DeLaina Billingsley’s flute has enabled an array of fantastical experiences

Alysse Calabio, Junior Writer December 7, 2022

Inspiration comes in a diverse range of forms. It can come from the objects we see to the people in our lives. For senior DeLaina Billingsley, it came in the form of a charming woman she had known for...

The cover for the movie with Lib at the bottom and Anna at the top

The Wonder is a sad attempt at showing the struggle between religion and science

Alysse Calabio, Junior Writer December 5, 2022

The world is full of inexplicable phenomena, characterized by uncertainty and the unknown. For many, uncertainty is scary: it leaves everything out in the open. That is why many choose to turn to religion....

A photo of the Chicago River and the lights at night time

Serenity within the stars

Alysse Calabio, Junior Writer November 28, 2022

A sea of darkness paints the sky; it seems to engulf everything it touches. All that is left to see are remnants of light bestrewn across the murky sky. It is a recurring spectacle—a moment that I...

Sophomore Natalie Moore at the ice rink holding her test score

Natalie Moore has learned so much more than how to land jumps through figure skating

Alysse Calabio, Junior Writer November 23, 2022

Sophomore Natalie Moore found herself in the presence of princesses. Except, rather than being from a royal lineage, they were the ones from our fairy tales: Disney princesses. It was one of the many...

The poster for the movie with Kyra in the center above the marsh

Where the Crawdads Sing marvelously weaves love and murder together

Alysse Calabio, Junior Writer November 21, 2022

Love and murder are topics that don’t feel as if they should go together, but at the same time, they do. Romance is full of beautifully cheesy cliches. Murder is dark and hateful. Even with these differences,...

A picture of Mady and her dad at the college she will soon be attending: Grand Valley State University

As college draws near, FHC seniors are filled with feelings of hope and heartache

Alysse Calabio, Junior Writer November 9, 2022

If senior Caroline Logan could take one thing to college, it would be an elephant. However, hers will not be a nine-foot-tall elephant, but a two-foot-tall one she holds near and dear to her heart. “I...

The cover of the board game box which has a mini preview of the game

MicroMacro Crime City puts a thrilling twist on a classic childhood game

Alysse Calabio, Junior Writer November 7, 2022

I have never been the person with the best memory of things. Suppose you asked me what I had for dinner the night before. It would take me a moment to recollect; that, in part, probably plays a role in...

This is the poster for the movie with Kat in the center and Wendell and Wild on either sides of her

Any excitement I had for Wendell & Wild was greatly misplaced

Alysse Calabio, Junior Writer November 7, 2022

Some movies, no matter when they were released, will be perpetually watched: they are timeless. Coraline and The Nightmare Before Christmas are two movies I have found myself watching every year, almost...

A small bunny that I made for my friends birthday

Chasing after a smile

Alysse Calabio, Junior Writer October 31, 2022

In a sea of monotonous homogeneity, a romantic hue of red next to me catches my eye—a charming, quaint jewel illuminates her neck. In most instances, I won’t say a thing, but this is an exception....

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