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The Central Trend

Ashlyn Korpak

Ashlyn Korpak, Editor in Chief

Ashlyn Korpak is a senior and entering her fourth and final year on The Central Trend. You can almost always find Ashlyn in The Central Trend room. But, if for some reason she isn't there, you'll find her reading, riding horses, or spending time in her garden.

  • Favorite part of being on staff: Getting to spend time with some of FHC's most talented writers.
  • Favorite type of story: Editorials and columns.
  • Hobbies/interests: Track, horseback riding, and reading.
  • Favorite books: The Book Theif, The Great Gatsby, The Chosen, anything by Sarah J. Maas, and a bunch more.
  • Its Friday night, you will usually find Ashlyn: Hanging out with friends or reading.
All content by Ashlyn Korpak
COVID-19's effects on stores and how they are handling the changes

COVID-19’s effects on stores and how they are handling the changes

March 25, 2020

During the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Central Trend urges its viewers to be cautious when visiting stores and to limit the number of highly sought after times they are buying. This is a time not...

When we knew that we wanted to be editors

When we knew that we wanted to be editors

March 12, 2020

Abby -  I always looked at the plaques lining the walls of George’s room—the ones with all the editors proudly displayed in forest green font—and wondered if maybe, just maybe, I could be up...

Aaron Jachim

Aaron Jachim

March 12, 2020

Name: Aaron Jachim Grade: 12 Character: Clopin 1. Do you have a ritual for before rehearsals or shows? "For sure! Before shows, I usually like to calm myself and settle my brain the best I can....

the un-colors

the un-colors

March 12, 2020

In a green grass field, along a dull blue river, she picked a bouquet of flowers.   First, she took a little white daisy in her grasp, plucking it from its flimsy stem. Then, some soft purple...

Surfaces new album, Horizons, is a beautifully hopeful masterpiece

Surfaces new album, Horizons, is a beautifully hopeful masterpiece

March 9, 2020

A golden orb rises into the soft coral sky, spilling out over the lightening purple mountains and filling the little sliver of the world with warmth. You can almost see the boats bobbing in the bay as...

My backpack is holding me back

My backpack is holding me back

March 4, 2020

From a very young age, I was taught to stand tall. A chin turned up means confidence. Shoulders pulled back means determination. A straight back means that not even the weight of the world can hold...

A cacophonic group of misfit blankets

A cacophonic group of misfit blankets

February 26, 2020

A little brown basket  is the home  to a cacophonic group of misfits.   One is little and blue, with a parade of colorful llamas, not unlike the ones at the zoo.   One...

College has taught Emma Beck about how much is truly out there

College has taught Emma Beck about how much is truly out there

February 26, 2020

Although the human population was, in the mid-twentieth century, divided into five main groups, there exists in our world thousands of different ethnic groups, religions, and cultures. No two people are...

Alec Benjamin connects people from every walk of life with the unifying stories in his music

Alec Benjamin connects people from every walk of life with the unifying stories in his music

February 21, 2020

Alec Benjamin is a storyteller. It’s always been the number one reason I listen to his music. His voice is melodic. His tunes are catchy. His composition is incomparable.  But it’s his stories—his...

little green broken typewriter

little green broken typewriter

February 19, 2020

For three years now, a little broken green typewriter has sat on the table in the middle of The Central Trend room.  The top half of the case is missing.  A few of the keys are cracked. A layer...

Little clay creations

Little clay creations

February 12, 2020

Once upon a time, there was a little girl who loved to create.   She would sit and wait for an idea to come. And then her little hands would turn her big chunk of clay into...

2020 Music Videos

2020 Music Videos

February 8, 2020

Freshman Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83oGH15BgCs&feature=youtu.be Sophomore Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMWJVPE5MsQ&feature=youtu.be Junior Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFfRr22n5Ok&feature=youtu.be Senior...

If the sofa could speak

If the sofa could speak

February 5, 2020

If this sofa could speak, it would tell you of a group of girls, and a guy or two, who has shared its room. It would spin for you fantastical stories of heartbreak and loss, friendship and family. This...

With the stroke of a pen

January 29, 2020

With the stroke of a pen,  and a dot of ink, a chapter ends.   A page flips, and a new chapter begins. The pen’s work is not done yet.   With a swish and a swirl the...

Celia Kaechele's time in Model UN propelled her into the world of law

Celia Kaechele’s time in Model UN propelled her into the world of law

January 24, 2020

When Celia Kaechele signed up for Mr. McClees Model UN class as a high schooler, she had no idea it would lead her to Croatia.  Celia traveled to Croatia during the summer of 2017 to spend a month...

When you walk by

When you walk by

January 22, 2020

I tilt my head, sway my hips, lengthen my stride: Look at me.   I am secret seduction wrapped in a bantam bow. I am seen, not heard. Posed for you to look at. Look at...

Rat Q&A: Maddie Weaver

Rat Q&A: Maddie Weaver

January 15, 2020

Name: Maddie Weaver Grade: 10 1. What is your act?  "I am dancing a ballet variation from Sleeping Beauty."  2. How did you prepare? "I rehearse my dance several times a week." 3. What...

The Chair

The Chair

January 14, 2020

Plump and portly, the weathered old chair was a favorite of ours. As children, rough and rowdy, we’d climb that chair like it was Mount Everest. All the way to the top—until we reached the stars.   Gigantic...

the golden drop

the golden drop

January 8, 2020

a decadent drop of golden liquid sun slid restlessly down the flickering surface, past drops of translucence, more than one.   fighting a battle; yet to be won. the drop, with light...

The worlds of words from my childhood

The worlds of words from my childhood

December 18, 2019

Ever since I was a young child, worlds have materialized—unbidden—around me. In the early hours of the morning, in the folds of dense fog, in the crook of a tree, or the scent of freshly chopped...

My childhood crafted Christmas into a time of peace

My childhood crafted Christmas into a time of peace

December 17, 2019

Commercialized Christmas has never been a big deal in my house. For my family, Christmas wasn’t Santa and reindeer, it was Jesus and the wise men.  We had Christmas traditions just like every...

Ashley Kooistra returns to FHC, friends, and an old passion

Ashley Kooistra returns to FHC, friends, and an old passion

December 16, 2019

A young Ashley Kooistra sat in nervous excitement among her fellow fifth graders. It was a day almost every fifth grader looks forward too, the day the music teachers from the high school come to Central...

By supporting thrifting instead of fast fashion, we begin to build a sense of sustainability within our community

By supporting thrifting instead of fast fashion, we begin to build a sense of sustainability within our community

December 11, 2019

When environmentalists talk about climate change and our increasing impact on the environment, the conversation consistently surrounds topics such as greenhouse gasses, CO2 emissions, and our carbon footprint....

the wild place

the wild place

December 4, 2019

the wild place never sleeps the place of god’s mountains, the angel’s caverns, the sun’s fields, and the moon’s rivers the place of the single-celled — and the complex the place where...

TCT's The Countless Thanks: Ashlyn Korpak

TCT’s The Countless Thanks: Ashlyn Korpak

November 25, 2019

Aspen Strauss - for waiting We’ve known each other for a while. I’m so upset this is the first year I’ve really realized how insanely amazing you are. As I spent the first part of the year so...

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. It isn't just for elementary kids.

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. It isn’t just for elementary kids.

November 20, 2019

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Our society is really talented at teaching these three words to our elementary-aged kids. We’re not so good at following these principles as adults with the power to make a...

FHC United Prayer 2019-2020 logo

United Prayer: prayer in action, love at the center of it all

November 19, 2019

When seniors Ella Guikema and Susan Toppen walk the halls of FHC, waves, greetings, and smiles are far from uncommon. Both girls are heavily involved at FHC and, as such, are familiar faces to many.  Both...

Andrew Weiskopf

Andrew Weiskopf

November 14, 2019

Name: Andrew Weiskopf Grade: 9 Role: Willard 1. How are you like or unlike your character? "My character is a drunk and does not like his life very much while I am [a] fun and happy person." 2....

“Will we have enough usable water?”

November 13, 2019

“Will we have enough usable water?”  The question that titles chapter 13 of the AP Environmental Science textbook seems like it has an obvious answer. Of course. Of course, we will have enough...

Israell King

Israell King

November 12, 2019

Name: Israell King Grade: 10 Role: Tituba 1. What part of being in the play makes you the most nervous? "I feel the most nervous from being around such talented actors that seem to always...

Your dollar makes a difference when it comes to the future of food and the environment

Your dollar makes a difference when it comes to the future of food and the environment

November 6, 2019

Here’s the thing. It’s going to sound really cliche. When it comes to helping the environment, you can make a difference.  Cliche, right? Let me make it worse. Every little bit helps. When...

Cheating Q&A: Brad Anderson

Cheating Q&A: Brad Anderson

November 1, 2019

Do you have a lot of students that cheat?  “I say that I trust everyone until I have reason not to. I am sure I have students who, under the cloak of darkness perhaps, cheat. Maybe they don’t think...

Cheating Q&A: Andrew Belsito

Cheating Q&A: Andrew Belsito

November 1, 2019

Do you have students that cheat in Online? “I’m going to say probably. The trouble for me is that there is no easy way for me to catch them. With online courses, the only way I am going to catch...

Cheating Q&A: Faith Monaghan

Cheating Q&A: Faith Monaghan

November 1, 2019

Do you know a lot of people who cheat? “No.” What do you think is the most common form of cheating? “Online, definitely.” How would you define academic cheating? “I guess, plagiarizing...

Gabriela Saldivia's time in The Forest Edge propelled her into a world of journalism

Gabriela Saldivia’s time in The Forest Edge propelled her into a world of journalism

October 22, 2019

A young Gabriela Saldivia sits in the passenger's seat of her father's car. Soccer practice has finished for the night, and the two of them are driving home in the coming twilight. Playing over the radio...

Bandtasia announcement and information

Bandtasia announcement and information

October 22, 2019

The Forest Hills Central Marching Band would like to invite all the families at Central High School to their Bandtasia 2019: Ranger Rock performance at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center on Tuesday,...

Kevin and Jodi Dean stand beside one of the carts they use when they go out to speak to people in the community.

Kevin and Jodi Dean – Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses

October 12, 2019

Kevin and Jodi Dean met me at the front doors of the Cascade Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. Behind them, wearing their Sunday best, stood two young children.  When I first contacted members at...

The Graduate Profile defines who a student should be when they leave high school, not just what they should know

The Graduate Profile defines who a student should be when they leave high school, not just what they should know

October 7, 2019

Every year, millions of young adults walk out of their high schools gripping a slip of paper that informs the everyone that they are now ready to succeed in the “real world.” That paper announces...

Improv Q&A: Megan Raisch

Improv Q&A: Megan Raisch

September 26, 2019

1. What bug are you? "Beetle. I don't know why. I wasn't there for the bug discussion, and when I asked what bug I was, the unexplained response was 'beetle.'" 2. What is your favorite improv game? "Favorite...

FHC alumni Kit Lang has combined her passions for art and travel.

Kit Lang transforms a road block into starting block

September 20, 2019

To know what you want to spend your life doing at a young age is a gift. To have a childhood—a schooling—which fosters that passion and that calling is a miracle. To find yourself fresh out of college...

Father Ron Hutchinson - Basilica of Saint Adalbert

Father Ron Hutchinson – Basilica of Saint Adalbert

September 17, 2019

As I walked past the glintering glass-studded towers of the Basilica of Saint Adalbert, I felt my soul bow in respect to the ancient tradition which radiated from the complex puzzle of glass and stone....

Q&A with Governor Whitmer

Q&A with Governor Whitmer

September 16, 2019

Two out of the three Editor in Chiefs had the privilege and pleasure of meeting Governor--and FHC alumni--Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday. They, along with Hawk Herald editors and various news anchors, gathered...

Q&A with Brad Anderson - Funding for the Veteran's Wall of Honor

Q&A with Brad Anderson – Funding for the Veteran’s Wall of Honor

September 4, 2019

Q - What is the Veteran's Wall of Honor? A - “[The Veteran's Wall of Honor] is designed to honor Forest Hills Central graduates that go on to serve in the armed forces. It is a collaboration between...

Forest Hills Public Schools District becomes the first district in the area to go cell-phone free.

The story of the first week of Forest Hills new cell phone policy has many sides

August 30, 2019

The first week of the year has come to a close at Forest Hills Public Schools and the question everyone is asking is “did the phone policy work?” Well, it seems that all depends on who you ask. The...

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