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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

Autumn VanSolkema

Autumn VanSolkema, Junior Writer

Autumn is a junior entering her first year on The Central Trend. She loves a good romance novel, but loves her corgi more. If she is not belting out Taylor Swift songs, she is teaching herself new songs on the guitar or ukulele. You can find her cheering on the sidelines of football games or coaching her little fourth-grade cheer team. Autumn has grown up loving the theatre, being both on the stage and in the audience. She has performed in many shows and regularly begs her parents to take her to New York again to see more Broadway productions. Autumn is an avid photographer, with her camera roll being filled with 19k+ photos over the last two years.

Her least favorite things in the world: Balloons and Styrofoam.

Her favorite musicalsWaitress and Mamma Mia

Number of surgeries she's had: 7

Her favorite condiments: Mayo and Ranch

Favorite season: Just like her name, it's autumn

All content by Autumn VanSolkema
The lights and ornaments hanging on all the booths around the market

The Grand Rapids Christkindl Market is a spectacular way to celebrate the holiday season—if you don’t mind long lines and lots of people

Autumn VanSolkema, Junior Writer December 6, 2023

Walking through the glistening lights, hearing Christmas songs blaring over the loudspeaker, and smelling hot cocoa wafting through the air are the most festive of feelings. My senses captured these feelings...

Art done by (from left to right) Yasmin Tomaz, Alex Fletcher, Jake Barnes

FHC artists are breaking reality and painting their own paradise

Autumn VanSolkema, Junior Writer December 4, 2023

Throughout the halls of FHC, there are many talents and passions among the students. One interest that is constant in the lives of many students is something they have been doing since they were little:...

The water lily in my hair on my first trip up to the cottage

A water lily and a memory

Autumn VanSolkema, Junior Writer November 27, 2023

For as many years as I can remember, my family and I would head up to the cottage. It wasn’t our cottage but our neighbors. Then, one year, we stopped. I was told it was because we were getting too old...

TCTs The Countless Thanks 2023: Autumn VanSolkema

TCT’s The Countless Thanks 2023: Autumn VanSolkema

Autumn VanSolkema, Junior Writer November 20, 2023

To Elle Manning, for being the sister I never had I have known you for ten years at this point, and I am beyond thankful that little Elle moved across the street from little me way back in 2013. I have...

A collection of all the different versions of the story of Matilda

It’s time to stop making existing stories into musicals; I crave an original

Autumn VanSolkema, Junior Writer November 15, 2023

In recent years, there have been many storylines portrayed in different forms of media. Stories like Matilda, which went from a book to a movie to a musical to a movie musical. This is not the only plot...

A photo of Meredith and Christian in Costa Rica

Meredith Bethea’s brother is her built-in support system

Autumn VanSolkema, Junior Writer November 13, 2023

Sibling relationships are unique in each family. They can be the ties that bind people together or sibling rivalry can prevail. For Junior Meredith Bethea, having a sibling is a great thing in her life. Meredith...

Some of the photos I took this October.

A moment is worth capturing

Autumn VanSolkema, Junior Writer November 6, 2023

19,687. To this date, that is how many photos I have taken over the past two years. Ever since I was little, photos have been a constant aspect of my life. My parents have a file folder on our hard...

A collection of the items from the shows: playbills, posters, and confetti

“The Sparkling Diamond,” Mormons, and “Ex-Wives” of Broadway made my weekend magical

Autumn VanSolkema, Junior Writer November 1, 2023

I recently had the pleasure of visiting one of my favorite cities in the world: New York City. I have loved NYC all my life and was thrilled when I got to go back to the magical city on the East Coast.   I...

The members of the book club have a passion for reading that they love to share with others

FHC’s Book Club is expanding their personal libraries with every new book

Autumn VanSolkema, Junior Writer October 30, 2023

Diving through a world war in The Divine Rivials to a fictional college setting in The Secret History, the FHC Book Club is exploring different stories and worlds together. The book club meets every...

A collection of some of my favorite memories within this car

Dear Subi

Autumn VanSolkema, Junior Writer September 22, 2023

I spent 324 days of adventure with you, but now, I have to take that journey with someone else. I won’t see you and be filled with excitement anymore, but I’ll never forget you. I won’t be...

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