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The Central Trend

Amanda Bartolovic

Amanda Bartolovic, Social Media Manager

Amanda Bartolovic is a senior and is entering her second year on The Central Trend. She is excited to continue being on the staff and to write. Outside of school, she enjoys walking her dog, eating ice cream, painting, and reading.

Favorite types of stories: Columns, editorials, and short stories

On a Friday night, you will most likely find Amanda: Laughing with friends, listening to tunes, or taking a nap

Favorite artists: Oh Wonder, Vance Joy, Summer Salt, and The Lumineers

All content by Amanda Bartolovic
Q&A with anonymous Registered Nurse regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Q&A with anonymous Registered Nurse regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

April 1, 2020

*For the purpose of this interview, the interviewee preferred to remain anonymous. What is your profession? "I am a registered nurse with my BSN and CMSRN." What is COVID-19 and why is it a public...

In the wake of a world crisis, we must be reminded of our humanity

In the wake of a world crisis, we must be reminded of our humanity

March 30, 2020

What does it mean to be human? After pondering this question for several hours, filling 33 sticky notes with seemingly aimless questions, and exploring more tangents than I can count—I’ve produced...

How to pour a cup of coffee

How to pour a cup of coffee

March 12, 2020

Accidentally stubbing your pinky toe on the corner where two walls meet. A gust of wind so heavy that it blows your car door shut.  Stepping onto something wet while wearing socks.  A subtle...

I am a human before I am a student

I am a human before I am a student

March 5, 2020

I’ve been alive for 6,559 days. I’ve been a student for 4,564 of those days.  Thus, forgive me for combining the two notions. Forgive me for blurring the lines between “student” and “human”...

French students share crepes with middle school students to encourage taking the class

French students share crepes with middle school students to encourage taking the class

March 3, 2020

French is the only language spoken on five continents. It’s an official language of the United Nations.  It’s the third most common language used on the internet. It’s the second most common...

The hole in my shoe is loved: a narrative of why the imperfect should nevertheless be admired

The hole in my shoe is loved: a narrative of why the imperfect should nevertheless be admired

February 28, 2020

If I’m being honest, I think there are more toothbrushes sitting on my bathroom sink than there are shoes sitting in my closet.  I own few shoes, but the few shoes that wrap my feet have gone everywhere...

My neighborhood street on an unusually sunny winter day.

My happy places

February 20, 2020

Sometimes it feels as if each day is a copy of the next, unable to be distinguished from one another. Especially in the middle of winter—when the clouds are opaque and prosaic, masking any light—each...

From gaining resilience to acquiring new languages, ballet has significantly shaped Abby Zhang's life

From gaining resilience to acquiring new languages, ballet has significantly shaped Abby Zhang’s life

February 18, 2020

Resilience. Since she was six years old, freshman Abby Zhang has learned numerous skills from ballet—balance, grace, posture—in an attempt to perfect her artistry within the studio. However,...

A different kind of heartbreak

A different kind of heartbreak

February 13, 2020

I admit, I’ve seen its effects as I’ve carelessly scrolled through Instagram, passing by a quote or two that I brushed off, thinking I could not relate to the despondent descriptions. I also admit,...

An explanation of the musings of an introvert

An explanation of the musings of an introvert

February 6, 2020

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been in my head.  I’m not necessarily sure why, or even when, I embodied this introvert archetype. There was never a clear decision made or distinct point...

Model UN’s performance at the University of Michigan conference affirms students’ passion and desire to learn

Model UN’s performance at the University of Michigan conference affirms students’ passion and desire to learn

February 5, 2020

Sitting in a conference room at the University of Michigan, junior Rebecca Dooley slipped into her role of Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton in a simulation of the U.S. House of Representatives. While embodying...

If the trees are aware

If the trees are aware

January 30, 2020

Do you think the trees feel? As the clouds permanently part and the sun’s light hugs each trunk, do you think they feel the days that are as radiant as an undying candle  and as warm as the...

Joel Penton, former Ohio State football player, strives to send a positive message as a motivational speaker

Joel Penton, former Ohio State football player, strives to send a positive message as a motivational speaker

January 27, 2020

On January 22, students and staff gathered into the gym, huddling together in the bleachers, awaiting the arrival of guest motivational speaker Joel Penton.  Soon after the chatter of the students...

The significance of insignificant moments

The significance of insignificant moments

January 23, 2020

That day began like a faint, sweet melody.  Simple, but not hollow. Quiet, but not indistinct.  It followed exam week, a week that heedlessly escalated like an unwarranted yet persistent crescendo....

Q&A with Steve Passinault: guest motivational speaker Joel Penton

Q&A with Steve Passinault: guest motivational speaker Joel Penton

January 21, 2020

Who is the guest speaker? "His name is Joel Penton, and he is a former football player in the Ohio State [University]. He won the Danny Wuerffel award, which is given out to one college football player...

RAT Q&A: Gavin O'Meara

RAT Q&A: Gavin O’Meara

January 17, 2020

Name: Gavin O'Meara Grade: 10 1. What is your act?  "I am singing and playing 'Say You Won’t Let Go' with my older brother, [Aidan]." 2. How did you prepare? "In December, about a week...

Contigent

Contigent

January 16, 2020

Before, fear was as present as a light drizzle on a cloudy day,  subtly dousing anything that was undefended— the pavement and the trees and the yellowed blades of grass. You told me threat...

RAT Q&A: Aidan O'Meara

RAT Q&A: Aidan O’Meara

January 14, 2020

Name: Aidan O'Meara Grade: 11 1. What is your act? "I will be singing 'Say You Won't Let Go' with my brother." 2. How did you prepare?  "We practiced the song many times until we perfected...

RAT Q&A: Tommy Hendricks

RAT Q&A: Tommy Hendricks

January 14, 2020

Name: Tommy Hendricks Grade: 12 1. What is your act?  "I am in five acts: drumline, House Band, the Senior Boys Acapella, Senior Boys Skit, and a marimba solo." 2. How did you prepare? "Well,...

Palpable loss, followed by unending courage: how my mom’s strength never ceases to inspire me

Palpable loss, followed by unending courage: how my mom’s strength never ceases to inspire me

January 9, 2020

I’ve never broken a bone or experienced a catastrophic injury to this day, and whether it was due to luck or my own calculating steps, I’m thankful. As the saying “go where the wind blows” says,...

The greenhouse is a positive way to educate students and spark interest, according to science teacher Chad Scholten.

Students shed light on the significance of individual change when considering the environmental impacts of the food industry

December 25, 2019

Approximately one year ago, senior Olivia Throop sat amid her peers in AP Environmental Science (APES), learning about ecological processes and interrelationships in the natural world. As a part of these...

Can the light of the holidays be diminished?

Can the light of the holidays be diminished?

December 19, 2019

Amid the often-frozen, chilled months of winter, comes the warmth of the holidays, which welcomes bliss into the lives of the many families who celebrate during this time. The core of winter often...

The girl beneath my skin

The girl beneath my skin

December 16, 2019

As the sun faces its habitual cycle, a neverending motion of rising and falling, my skin ages, starkly stiffening with each passing year. Each glance in the mirror is almost indistinguishable.  However,...

Puppets to the Walls

Puppets to the Walls

December 9, 2019

Young, eager feet surged towards the edge of the emerald grass, But the young boy’s finite adventure came to a halt. The familiar fence towered above his wide-eyed glare, And his steps led him...

Among her horses and animals, Dani Ohlman feels joyful

Among her horses and animals, Dani Ohlman feels joyful

December 5, 2019

Each Friday, as the week winds to a close and freshman Dani Ohlman departs from school, she finds herself in the backwoods of Grand Rapids. Here, she is surrounded by fresh air, trees, and an open sky,...

Flowering on the frozen floor

Flowering on the frozen floor

December 2, 2019

As the winter months grow nearer, the air becomes too frigid to breathe, and the snow coats all that is left exposed like my mother’s voice blankets my deserted mind.   All of the...

The solitary pebble amid lapping waves

The solitary pebble amid lapping waves

November 25, 2019

Hesitantly, I walked into my brother’s room and unwillingly sat down on the cheap, plastic fold-out chair next to his bed. At an age young enough to still need my mom’s hands to detangle my hair, I...

The National Honor Society induction ceremony celebrates and recognizes new members

The National Honor Society induction ceremony celebrates and recognizes new members

November 19, 2019

Amid the darkened auditorium, the nascent members of the National Honor Society (NHS) will walk across the illuminated stage as their names are individually called on Nov. 19. Rows of candles lined on...

TCT's The Countless Thanks 2019: Amanda Bartolovic

TCT’s The Countless Thanks 2019: Amanda Bartolovic

November 19, 2019

AP Art- for being the best third hour The amount of talent and dedication that every one of you has amazes me, and I’m grateful to be able to witness it this entire year. However, I’m even more...

Beguiled by the cage

Beguiled by the cage

November 18, 2019

The woman took the bird with the charcoal feathers and stuck it behind the brass bars like a bold, beautiful garnish used to embellish the vacant corner.   With a handful of wood chips and...

Pranav Nalam

Pranav Nalam

November 13, 2019

Name: Pranav Nalam Grade: 12 Role: Thomas Putman 1. What part of being in the play makes you the most nervous? "Just being in the play in itself is a big thing. I mean, I get to be a rich,...

Your sacrosanct scent

Your sacrosanct scent

November 11, 2019

The drudgery of life’s concerns tugged me forward Poised and placid, I moved into your prosaic room Softly, I sat down, allowing the world to tower above me A lackadaisical sigh escaped, and...

Russell Baird

Russell Baird

November 8, 2019

Name: Russell Baird Grade: 1o Role: Judge Hathorne 1. What part of being in the play makes you the most nervous? "I think [I'm most nervous about] not remembering something, especially if I...

With flour, sugar, and salt by her side, Kate Sherman finds bliss in baking

With flour, sugar, and salt by her side, Kate Sherman finds bliss in baking

November 7, 2019

Gathered in the kitchen with her siblings, sophomore Kate Sherman took on the feat of creating a fresh, homemade batch of cupcakes for her mom as a representation of her appreciation. However, as she and...

Awaiting a distorted dream  — a Free Verse

Awaiting a distorted dream  — a Free Verse

November 4, 2019

I look up to the boundless, blue blanket above me, knowing that somewhere you’re looking at the same vault. The wind that brushes past the limpid expanse politely whispers your name, but I cry...

Is academic integrity valued among students and teachers?

Is academic integrity valued among students and teachers?

October 31, 2019

Pride. Tradition. Excellence. These three characteristics are core values that permeate the halls and classrooms of FHC. Pride ascends the bleachers during Friday night football games and student...

The Lumineers’ album III is a haunting, poignant masterpiece

The Lumineers’ album III is a haunting, poignant masterpiece

October 28, 2019

“Loving an addict is like standing among the crashing waves, trying to bend the will of the sea.” Wesley Shultz, The Lumineers’ lead vocalist, expressed the statement above, describing a personal...

Books harbor an impassioned importance within the walls of FHC

Books harbor an impassioned importance within the walls of FHC

October 23, 2019

With one step into English teacher Lisa Penninga’s classroom, one characteristic distinctly stands out: the plethora of knowledge stacked along her walls. Bordering two sides of her room, a myriad of...

They'll freeze if you leave them there

They’ll freeze if you leave them there

October 22, 2019

I felt tempted to go outside and allow my body to become enveloped by the snow. The way it fell from the sky looked so elegant, so placid, and I wanted to simply become a part of its divinity. I wanted...

Slowly, we will burn out

Slowly, we will burn out

October 14, 2019

Everyone sat around the dining room table, surrounding Luca like planets orbiting the sun. Few voices bounced off the wall as the room filled with subtle conversation and strained laughter. I smiled, genuinely...

Francesco Roveri’s ephemeral time in the United States is enlivened by the people around him

Francesco Roveri’s ephemeral time in the United States is enlivened by the people around him

October 9, 2019

Underneath the beaming white lights that illuminated the student body, senior Francesco Roveri—a speck among a vivacious sea of predominantly strangers—cheerfully joined the bright, lively roar of...

Dollops of courage

Dollops of courage

October 8, 2019

“You haven’t aged a day since he left.”

October 8, 2019

“Sandra, you look like a flower—so beautiful.” Although I stood in a crowded room, I whipped my head around toward the direction of the voice, slightly startled by the sound of my name. Quicky,...

A look towards my bitter reflection

A look towards my bitter reflection

September 30, 2019

From where I laid—on the floor of my room, adjacent to my window—not even a glimpse of what raged outside my window interfered with my vision. However, what my sight lacked, my hearing compensated...

Through the creation of life-size silhouettes, students in Art Survey voice their concerns

Through the creation of life-size silhouettes, students in Art Survey voice their concerns

September 25, 2019

One out of four teens is bullied. 5.4 million students stay home on any given day because they’re afraid of being bullied. Every seven minutes a child is bullied. Adult intervention = 4%. Peer...

I'm sorry, but I hate you

I’m sorry, but I hate you

September 23, 2019

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a woman more beautiful than Mama. That’s all that I could think about as I stood in the heart of the local market downtown. I was surrounded by a rainbow of food stacked...

The beautiful, terrible crow

The beautiful, terrible crow

September 16, 2019

Dear Damir, There’s been a crow outside my window for days. He won’t leave. I’ve tried everything; I even threw my pencil at it, and he barely flinched! What a silly bird, isn’t it? So dark...

Taking AP Studio Art has pushed Jack Walls to venture into unhabitual realms of photography

Taking AP Studio Art has pushed Jack Walls to venture into unhabitual realms of photography

September 12, 2019

As the clock strikes 10 a.m. in the budding hours of the morning, senior Jack Walls can be found cloistered in a remote room in the art department, solely surrounded by a few computers, an array of images,...

The sun will rise again

The sun will rise again

September 9, 2019

“Happy birthday Ivan! Make a wish.” My mother beamed, smiling from ear to ear. Circled around the graceless, worn table, delighted faces all stared towards me, waiting for the flames of the two...

The beginning of the end

The beginning of the end

September 2, 2019

I placed my hand over my chest to remind myself I was still alive, despite the fact that every thought racing through my head reeked of my demise, my death, and the end of anything I’ve ever loved. But,...

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