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The Central Trend

Avery Jordan

Avery Jordan, Editor in Chief

Avery Jordan is a junior entering her second year on staff for The Central Trend. She dances on the FHC Varsity Dance Team and for Imprint Dance Company.

Favorite part about being on staff: Having the privilege and freedom to write a variety of story types that she's never before explored until becoming a staff writer for TCT.

Favorite type of story: Profiles

Hobbies/interests: Dancing, traveling, spending time with friends, and of course, writing

Favorite Movie: Clueless

 

All content by Avery Jordan
Academic Boosters Club and Mr. George offer college essay writing classes for seniors this fall

Academic Boosters Club and Mr. George offer college essay writing classes for seniors this fall

June 10, 2021

For the past 15 years, English teacher Ken George–in cooperation with the Academic Boosters Club–has taught a college essay writing class to seniors who are beginning the college application process....

a picture of all the Tony Award winners

2021 Tony Award Winners

June 4, 2021

Improv OS Improv Performer - Benji Zorn Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon OS Actor - Russell Baird & Zach Guikema OS Supporting Actress - Desiree Tuohy OS Supporting Actor - Mason Yarnell RAT OS...

I was sitting at the Airport Viewing Area when the sunset caught my eye, and I just had to capture this beautiful array of colors for safe keeping.

My beautiful prospects and me

June 3, 2021

As my third year of student sections, pep rallies, and Ranger Rumbles—or lack thereof—nears retirement, I can only remember when I first stepped foot in what was the most terrifying place known in...

Student Council Q&As: Sam Logan

Student Council Q&As: Sam Logan

May 28, 2021

Name: Sam Logan Class: 2023 1. What position are you running for? "I am running for the position of Trustee." 2. Why did you decide to run? "I wanted to run because I wanted to make this upcoming...

Student Council Q&As: Crandall Quinn

Student Council Q&As: Crandall Quinn

May 28, 2021

Name: Crandall Quinn Class: 2023 1. What position are you running for?  "Trustee." 2. Why did you decide to run? "I decided to run this year because I want to make our high school experience the...

Student Council Q&As: Lucy Mclean

Student Council Q&As: Lucy Mclean

May 28, 2021

Name: Lucy Mclean Class: 2023 1. What position are you running for? "I am running for Student Council Secretary this year for the junior class of 2023." 2. Why did you decide to run? "I decided...

Student Council Q&As: Christopher Shang

Student Council Q&As: Christopher Shang

May 28, 2021

Name: Christopher Shang Class: 2023 1. What position are you running for? "I am running for Vice President." 2. Why did you decide to run? "I decided to run because I think that although we did...

Student Council Q&As: Gabby Hendricks

Student Council Q&As: Gabby Hendricks

May 28, 2021

Name: Gabby Hendricks Class: 2023 1. What position are you running for? "I am running for class President." 2. Why did you decide to run? "I decided to run because I have been involved in Student...

Student Council Q&As: Andrew Weiskopf

Student Council Q&As: Andrew Weiskopf

May 27, 2021

Name: Andrew Weiskopf Class: 2023 1. What position are you running for? "I am running for Treasurer, and I was the last year's Treasurer as well." 2. Why did you decide to run? "I decided to run...

Student Council Q&As: Gavin Cai

Student Council Q&As: Gavin Cai

May 27, 2021

Name: Gavin Cai Class: 2023 1. What position are you running for? "President." 2. Why did you decide to run? "I decided to run because I’ve had some experiences in the past with Student Council,...

Student Council Q&As: Allie Beaumont

Student Council Q&As: Allie Beaumont

May 27, 2021

Name: Allie Beaumont Class: 2023 1. What position are you running for? "I am running for the position of Secretary." 2. Why did you decide to run? "Last year, I made the conscious decision...

Student Council Q&As: Lauren Brace

Student Council Q&As: Lauren Brace

May 26, 2021

Name: Lauren Brace Class: 2023 1. What position are you running for? "I'm running for the position of Trustee." 2. Why did you decide to run? "I decided to run because I enjoyed working with...

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2021-2022 Student Council Q&As

May 26, 2021

With the voting opening at the end of the week, we decided to do Q&As with the current high schoolers running for office. We hope to provide students here at FHC with a deeper look into the candidates...

Freshman Gigi Sinicrope kicking the ball down the varsity field in hopes of another point for the Rangers.

Gigi Sinicrope shoots and scores, making the varsity soccer team as the only freshman

May 25, 2021

Freshman Gigi Sinicrope has scored an uncountable amount of soccer goals within her five years of competitive play, but no ball hurled into the net—despite how agile or vigorous—could beat this new...

Thank you, former TCT photographer Lydia VandeRiet, for capturing this beautiful scenery, reminding me of what normalcy used to be like.

With midsummer comes a taste of normalcy

May 20, 2021

A wisp of summer is in the air—a wisp of normalcy, rather.  With our beloved seniors throwing their caps above the horizon and the temperatures slowly, but surely, rising, normalcy is whispering.  A...

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Does a gua sha—a tool known for lifting, sculpting, and defining the face—truly work?

May 17, 2021

If you’re a frequent user of any social media platform, whether it’s Instagram, TikTok, or YouTube, you’ve probably heard of a gua sha tool.  If not, let me deliver a bit of an explanation to...

Josie Crosse

Josie Crosse acquires her morals from harmonizing three different sports

May 11, 2021

For freshman Josie Crosse, her source of motivation sparks from being the best version of herself she can be. Whether that’s within her favorite sports or life itself, she seeks improvement twenty-four...

For now, I will paint over the bruise until it comes black and blue

For now, I will paint over the bruise until it comes black and blue

May 6, 2021

Five-year-old me had bruises up and down my little, fragile chicken legs from simply being a klutz and catching my foot on anything objective. Eleven years later, sixteen-year-old me has a replica of those...

Doja Cat and SZA looking stunning as ever on their cover photo for their new hit single

Doja Cat and SZA’s new single supplies me with all the summer serotonin I’ve ever asked for

April 29, 2021

Doja Cat and SZA: two very different artists with two very different styles, voices, and lyrical complexities.  Doja Cat—who had been widely discovered over quarantine—has a more girly, rap-based...

Senior prom court nominee Clay Udell

Prom Court Q&A: Clay Udell

April 29, 2021

What’s one word to describe how you feel about being on prom court?  "Awesome. I like being on prom court because my cousin, Zoe, was on prom court last year." Why do you think you were nominated?  "It's...

Senior prom court nominee Kennedy Rudolph

Prom Court Q&A: Kennedy Rudolph

April 29, 2021

What’s one word to describe how you feel about being on prom court? "I am so happy. I'm so, so excited for it. I'm really proud of myself; I'm really happy." Why do you think you were nominated?...

Senior prom court nominee Lillian VanSkiver

Prom Court Q&As: Lillian VanSkiver

April 28, 2021

What’s one word to describe how you feel about being on prom court?   "It would probably be grateful." Why do you think you were nominated?   "[It's] maybe because I'm involved in things...

Senior prom court nominee Mason Yarnell

Prom Court Q&As: Mason Yarnell

April 28, 2021

What’s one word to describe how you feel about being on prom court?  "I’m thrilled to be on court because I’ve always looked up to the people on court as an underclassman, so the fact that I...

Senior prom court nominee Dallas Hopson

Prom Court Q&As: Dallas Hopson

April 27, 2021

What’s one word to describe how you feel about being on prom court?  "Surprised. I didn't know that many people liked me and would vote for me, to be honest." Why do you think you were nominated? "After...

Prom Court Q&As: Emily Johnson

Prom Court Q&As: Emily Johnson

April 27, 2021

What’s one word to describe how you feel about being on prom court?  "I would say I feel very honored. I am in such an amazing class, and the fact that people thought to vote for me means so much....

Senior prom court nominee Julia Bouma

Prom Court Q&As: Julia Bouma

April 27, 2021

What’s one word to describe how you feel about being on prom court? "Very grateful." Why do you think you were nominated? "To be honest, I wasn't expecting to be on court, so this came as a...

Senior prom court nominee Cam David (left)

Prom Court Q&As: Cam David

April 26, 2021

What’s one word to describe how you feel about being on prom court?  "Honored. [I'm honored] to be able to have the opportunity in my last year of school." Why do you think you were nominated?  "That's...

Senior prom court nominee Molly Vonk

Prom Court Q&As: Molly Vonk

April 26, 2021

What’s one word to describe how you feel about being on prom court?  "Awestruck. I was truly not expecting it, and it is such an honor to be on court knowing that so many of my friends and classmates...

2021 Prom Court Q&As

2021 Prom Court Q&As

April 24, 2021

Q&As with the commendable nominees on this year's 2021 Prom Court! Get to know these ten seniors as they reflect on their last year at FHC and acknowledge their nomination.

2021 Prom Court Announcement

2021 Prom Court Announcement

April 23, 2021

Girls:  Julia Bouma Emily Johnson  Kennedy Rudolph Lily Vanskiver Molly Vonk  Boys:  Cam David Joey Wise Dallas Hopson Mason Yarnell Clay Udell 

My lifelong collection of dance costumes that I keep solely for the memories.

It was all too nostalgic

April 22, 2021

I felt fourteen again. It was such a norm, such a given—nothing and no one could take it away.  But then it was. What I portrayed as such a pledge, such warranty, had been captured. 'Three...

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Addison Rae’s song is yet another reason why she should stick to TikTok

April 15, 2021

As someone who repeatedly ingrains into her audience’s minds that she’d ‘never make music’ and ‘has a terrible voice’, TikTok star Addison Rae’s debut of her music career caught me by surprise.  TikTok—the...

Good days are indeed on my mind

Good days are indeed on my mind

April 1, 2021

A thin, white slip of paper with my name imprinted on it is the only thing keeping my incentives afloat as we inch towards spring break.  A simple plane ticket is so much more than just boarding access...

Ginny & Georgia is a Netflix series of melodrama and skepticism

Ginny & Georgia is a Netflix series of melodrama and skepticism

March 25, 2021

It’s always hard being ‘the new girl,’ and for sophomore Ginny Miller, (Antonia Gentry) in Ginny & Georgia, this phrase is nothing out of the ordinary.  Ginny has cycled through tons of high...

The newly founded eSports club functions without a glitch

The newly founded eSports club functions without a glitch

March 23, 2021

When long-time eSports lover—science teacher Joey Spadafore—was approached by a few eager freshmen students earlier this semester, he never thought a club dedicated to virtual gaming could form so...

My dull, unfinished DeltaMath home page.

I have an internal battle with equations, and that’s okay

March 18, 2021

The Oxford Dictionary defines mathematics as “the abstract science of numbers, quantity, and space.” My definition, however, is a little different. I strongly refer to math as a brawl with numbers...

Grace VanderWaal promo pics
credit  Courtesy Columbia Records

Grace VanderWaal’s “Don’t Assume What You Don’t Know” debuts her unforeseen ego change

March 11, 2021

Grace VanderWaal is obscurely known as the ukulele girl from America’s Got Talent. Thereafter, being off the grid for a year, she is merely unrecognizable; her iconic bob with bangs has been buzzed,...

A picture of Irene Yi, a Forest Hills Central alumna, who once wrote for The Central Trend as well.

Alumna Irene Yi has explored her own passions and those of others through linguistics

March 9, 2021

When 2018 graduate Irene Yi wrote her first books on sociolinguistics as just a high schooler at FHC, she never envisioned how far this passion would take her. Trading in the snowy winters and treacherous...

Good Morning America

Scotland is one step ahead in abolishing gender-based pricing disparities

March 4, 2021

First and foremost, I want to shoutout AP Seminar for inspiring me to write this editorial. This AP course requires multiple argumentative-based College Board projects—PT1 (Performance Task) and PT2—in...

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She’s drowning in the life she’s always feared to live

February 25, 2021

Waking up to the same ear-piercing, screechy alarm for the third time this week. She turns to her clock: 6:00 A.M. She rolls over, hoping for a “good morning” from her husband, but is utterly...

Jonah Spates

Winterfest Court Q&A: Jonah Spates

February 24, 2021

1. What was your reaction when finding out about your nomination? "I was really excited, especially to be with [senior] Audrey [Sidebotham]." 2.  What is your favorite Winterfest activity and why?...

Winterfest Court Q&A: Autumn Burns

Winterfest Court Q&A: Autumn Burns

February 24, 2021

1.What was your reaction when finding out about your nomination?  "I was shocked, and then when I finally realized, I was almost shaking, and I ran down to tell my parents; I was super excited." 2....

Winterfest Court Q&A: Audrey Sidebotham

Winterfest Court Q&A: Audrey Sidebotham

February 24, 2021

1. What was your reaction when finding out about your nomination? "I was surprised but super excited. The group of people that are on court are amazing; every single one of them deserves to win. I’m...

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Winterfest Court Q&A: Lynlee Derrick

February 23, 2021

1. What was your reaction when finding out about your nomination? “Honestly, I was really shocked—I know everyone says that—because I wouldn’t say I’m the most social or popular person. I really...

Sam Musgraves

Winterfest Court Q&A: Sam Musgraves

February 23, 2021

1. What was your reaction when finding out about your nomination?  "I was ecstatic about it. [I am] blessed to receive such an honor." 2. What is your favorite Winterfest activity and why? "Window...

Sawyer Bosch

Winterfest Court Q&A: Sawyer Bosch

February 23, 2021

1. What was your reaction when finding out about your nomination? "I was really surprised that I got picked, but it was such a cool moment." 2. What is your favorite Winterfest activity and why?  "I...

Whitney Currie

Winterfest Court Q&A: Whitney Currie

February 23, 2021

1. What was your reaction when finding out about your nomination?  "I was super excited because I did not expect it at all, and since this year has been so crazy, and it really hasn't felt like senior...

Sam Touri and his dog, Millie

Winterfest Court Q&A: Sam Tuori

February 23, 2021

1. What was your reaction when finding out about your nomination?  ”I was very honored and surprised just to know that my classmates think highly of me like that, and to vote me onto Winterfest court...

Luke Matelic (right) and his sister

Winterfest Court Q&A: Luke Matelic

February 23, 2021

1. What was your reaction when finding out about your nomination?  ”When I found out I was nominated, I was very surprised, but I was grateful that my classmates thought of me." 2. What is your...

Audrey Svoboda

Winterfest Court Q&A: Audrey Svoboda

February 23, 2021

1. What was your reaction when finding out about your nomination?  "I was very surprised; I didn't expect to be nominated because there are so many other deserving kids in grade. I am very excited." 2....

A rare sighting of Lucy and Luna cuddling

I have puppy dog eyes for my puppies

February 18, 2021

Whether I’ve had the best or worst possible day, I can always rely on my dogs to give me a warm welcome home. They’re my constant of every day; I can always depend on my Bernedoodle, Luna, and my...

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Ariana Grande’s documentary “Excuse Me, I Love You” gave me a backstage pass to the Sweetener world tour

February 10, 2021

"Excuse me, um, I love you" is an iconic lyric stolen from one of Ariana Grande's songs from Sweetener (R.E.M.) to be the title of the hottest new documentary out there. Netflix's Excuse Me, I Love...

Katy Stevenson skiing in Breckenridge, Colorado

All Katy Stevenson needs is a pair of skis and a Colorado mountain to make her the happiest

February 9, 2021

Weaving through a winter wonderland of trees down an icy slope is at the top of sophomore Katy Stevenson’s to-do list when skiing in Breckenridge, Colorado. Not for the speed and racing aspect but rather...

Your lingering mint leaves bring me back to the abyss

Your lingering mint leaves bring me back to the abyss

February 4, 2021

In my book of colors, green is a default.  When asked what my favorite color is, I’ve always responded with a sound and affirmative “green.”  I have never had any reasoning behind why green...

Sabrina Carpenter's cover photo for

Sabrina Carpenter’s song “Skin” is an unnecessary, petty clap back

January 28, 2021

Lately, the social media drama has been off the charts between three singers caught up in a love triangle. Two of which were in a relationship, two of which are currently in a relationship—leaving one...

Delaney Michalski

Student Q&A: Delaney Michalski

January 26, 2021

Name: Delaney Michalski Grade: 12 1. How are you acclimating to the switch to Canvas? “I’ve adjusted [to Canvas] pretty well, but I would definitely say it’s a lot more confusing than Google...

Photo of Reid Davidson captured by Sawyer Bosch

Student Q&A: Reid Davison

January 26, 2021

Name: Reid Davison Grade: 12 1. How are you acclimating to the switch to Canvas? “[Canvas] hasn't really affected me very much, so I haven't really noticed [the change]." 2. Do you feel...

Abby Berlin

Student Q&A: Abby Berlin

January 26, 2021

Name: Abby Berlin Grade: 11 1. How are you acclimating to the switch to Canvas? “[The transition to Canvas] has been okay so far. I'm still having issues with certain parts [of] it." 2....

Quentin Rudolph

Student Q&A: Quentin Rudolph

January 26, 2021

Name: Quentin Rudolph Grade: 11 1. How are you acclimating to the switch to Canvas? “It's been kind of tough, because not all my teachers have been using [Canvas], and there isn't much transparency...

Katelyn Cousins

The Girls Varsity Basketball team’s competitiveness derives from their unity and unwavering love

January 26, 2021

For girls varsity basketball coaches Katelyn and Kristina Cousins, family is everything and more. Whether it’s the familial feel of their team or their biological families, to them, there’s no difference....

Me, giving off main character energy, at Hilton Head Island biking on the beach last month.

Oh, to be spontaneous

January 21, 2021

Oh, to be spontaneous. To unapologetically take a leap of faith, to entirely disregard outside opinions. I’ve never been able to quite grasp these internal actions; rather, I’ve always been one...

“Good Days” by SZA is an absolute masterpiece

January 14, 2021

I truly believe my car stereo is minutes from exploding, and SZA is the one to blame. To be more specific, “Good Days,” her new single, is the true culprit.  However, do not be mistaken, I could...

Will Pointer's serotonin derives from writing poems and basking in nature's beauty

Will Pointer’s serotonin derives from writing poems and basking in nature’s beauty

January 12, 2021

Nature is a boy’s best friend—that’s the phrase sophomore Will Pointer lives by.  Will adores adventure. More specifically, the adventure hidden behind a pencil and paper with his favorite inspiration...

Despite adversity, Forest Hills Central's Varsity Dance Team continues to showcase consistency, virtue, and character

[Photo] Forest Hills Central’s Varsity Dance Team finds potential in times of uncertainty

January 12, 2021

Despite adversity, Forest Hills Central's Varsity Dance Team continues to showcase consistency, virtue, and character

Courtesy of Lydia VanDeRiet

My reflection on the momentous year of 2020

January 5, 2021

Kissing 2020 goodbye holds remedy and optimism for the new year but also remembrance as I reflect on this past year’s significance—it's a whirlwind of emotions. There were many positives that outweighed...

Tate McRae's new song

Tate McRae’s new song “r u ok” is the equivalent of a breakup

December 17, 2020

Generally, people can either sing or dance.  It’s not a both kind-of-thing; it’s pretty difficult to find someone whose talent lies within both singing and dancing. As a dancer myself, I’ve...

These FHC teachers might just show up on your FYP

These FHC teachers might just show up on your FYP

December 15, 2020

With a limited audience of just three followers, band director Laura Zilhaver finds fondness within posting on the skyrocketing app: TikTok. Her drive to post stems from acting as her aunt and two sisters’...

Leo astrology

The validity of astrological signs is mighty

December 10, 2020

Leos are defined as creative. And passionate. And generous. And humorous. But they’re also defined as arrogant, stubborn, self-centered, inflexible. The zodiac sign Leo—known as people born from...

If Anything Happens I Love You is twelve minutes of pure heartache

If Anything Happens I Love You is twelve minutes of pure heartache

December 3, 2020

Trigger warning: school shooting, grief, and death. Colorless. Silent. Brief. In 2020, that's all that is needed to make an impactful movie.  The Netflix short film If Anything Happens I Love You...

Cora Kelly

Cora Kelly fulfills her dream of attending cosmetology school and modeling

December 1, 2020

Senior Cora Kelly is naturally blessed with what a lot of women pay good money for: eyelashes.  Many women spend loads of money just to have the illusion of long, thick eyelashes. Whether it’s hundreds...

TCT's The Countless Thanks: Avery Jordan

TCT’s The Countless Thanks: Avery Jordan

November 23, 2020

Grace Pennington - for being my constant You are a constant ray of sunshine, Gracey P. Whenever I’m put in a poor mood, I resort to you to drag me out of it. Your smile lights up a whole room with...

Tori Kelly's first ever Christmas album is bound to become a classic

Tori Kelly’s first ever Christmas album is bound to become a classic

November 19, 2020

In my perspective, it’s never too early for Christmas music. Considering Tori Kelly's release of A Tori Kelly Christmas, as early as October 30th, she seems to believe the same. 2020 is in need of...

High school vs. college teaching: teachers reveal the fundamental differences behind both

High school vs. college teaching: teachers reveal the fundamental differences behind both

November 18, 2020

Chemistry teacher Russell Chudy has taught a variety of different students throughout his teaching career; whether they’re over-achievers, slackers, or simply the average student. He’s seen everything. "Everything"...

Security guard Steve Yonker abides under one goal: to keep everyone safe

Security guard Steve Yonker abides under one goal: to keep everyone safe

November 16, 2020

Security guard [Steve] Yonker has been a part of the high school staff for just a brief two years. Yet within those two years, he believes he’s experienced a lifetime supply of cherishable memories that...

Blue light glasses: a benefit or trend?

Blue light glasses: a benefit or trend?

November 12, 2020

Ever since our world has virtually turned upside down, I’ve come to notice that many online students have abruptly acquired glasses.  However, they’re not just any pair of glasses. Blue light...

Alex Putney

Alex Putney

November 10, 2020

Name: Alex Putney Grade: Senior Role: Cinderella 1. What are the advantages and disadvantages of having a smaller cast compared to other years?  "We are all a lot closer than I feel we've...

Ariana Grande's album Positions conveys feminism while still being raw

Ariana Grande’s album Positions conveys feminism while still being raw

November 5, 2020

To this day, I can still vividly picture one of the best nights of my life. Strobe lights beaming everywhere, unnoticed costume changes, screaming fans that yelled until their voice boxes broke—it...

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How to stay focused during this transition from in-person learning to fully virtual

October 29, 2020

The abrupt transition from in-person school to fully virtual was hard. There’s no other word to describe it. Receiving the announcement mid-day that we were transitioning to online learning—for...

The Helping Hands Club embodies solicitude, assistance and indulgence in all ways capable

The Helping Hands Club embodies solicitude, assistance and indulgence in all ways capable

October 26, 2020

For Senior Taylor Baumgardner, kindness is everything. She often recalls some of the best moments where kindness outshines all; one prominent memory is from over the summer when her favorite club had...

They're dirty, but they're mine

They’re dirty, but they’re mine

October 22, 2020

Since middle school, I’ve had a pair of shoes that have acted as my constant.  Despite the used-to-be white cloth laces that have now dimmed to a dirty, brownish tint and the white soles that have...

Homecoming Court Q&A's: Eden Growney

Homecoming Court Q&A’s: Eden Growney

October 22, 2020

1. What was your reaction when you heard your name called? "I was flattered but very surprised. There are so many deserving people at our school for the opportunity, so I didn't think it was likely...

Ten songs that spice up my fall playlist

Ten songs that spice up my fall playlist

October 15, 2020

As the seasons change, so does my music taste. Now that I have a car of my own, I can blast whatever music I please without anybody telling me otherwise. In regards to that, I’ve ditched my summer...

The reality of Ranger traditions during this fall season

The reality of Ranger traditions during this fall season

October 15, 2020

Attending high school during a pandemic is something most people will never experience. Living in these unprecedented times is absurd—there’s no other way to put it; it’s disappointing to see your...

Dear morning cup of coffee

Dear morning cup of coffee

October 8, 2020

Dear morning cup of coffee, I look forward to you. I look forward to you when I drift off to sleep at night, dreaming of coffee beans and sweet creamer, and when I awaken in the morning, knowing you’re...

Sophia Erbentraut brings her A game while balancing four different dance teams and studios

Sophia Erbentraut brings her A game while balancing four different dance teams and studios

October 6, 2020

The deed of commitment comes single-handedly with being a dancer. The countless hours solely dedicated to rehearsals soak up the majority of a dancer’s lifestyle. Most commonly, dancers commit to a single...

Joji's angelic voice stuns me within his new album Nectar

Joji’s angelic voice stuns me within his new album Nectar

October 1, 2020

The song “Sanctuary” by Joji has been in the midst of my Spotify playlist for quite a while now. I had never heard of any further songs composed by him—I thought maybe he was just a one-hit-wonder...

Online students adapt to their new lifestyles while remaining safe during the pandemic

Online students adapt to their new lifestyles while remaining safe during the pandemic

September 25, 2020

The 2020-2021 school year looks different for everyone. With the choice of either the hybrid schedule—consisting of both A and B cohorts—or remaining fully remote, learning is delivered within two...

Ava Max's Heaven & Hell serves no originality nor spirit to satisfy 2020's pop industry

Ava Max’s Heaven & Hell serves no originality nor spirit to satisfy 2020’s pop industry

September 24, 2020

I last reviewed Katy Perry’s recently released album Smile. To sum it up, the track sounded like it was stuck within her glorious moments of fame ten years ago when she released some of her most iconic...

Improv Q&A: Grace Hudkins

Improv Q&A: Grace Hudkins

September 22, 2020

Name: Grace Hudkins Grade: 11th 1. How did you get into improv? "I got into improv by the old student director, Sarah Buchanan, calling me in the middle of auditions, asking why I wasn't there....

Katy Perry leaves me unimpressed after listening to her newest album Smile

Katy Perry leaves me unimpressed after listening to her newest album Smile

September 17, 2020

I’ve always been a sucker for pop music. The buoyancy and optimism the pop genre generates never fails to up my mood. Whether it’s the catchy tune or my bias towards the specific artist, I love...

Taylor Swift's new album folklore casts a bittersweet shadow over me

Taylor Swift’s new album folklore casts a bittersweet shadow over me

September 10, 2020

Taylor Swift has bounced from genre to genre within the music industry.  She started off as a country girl with a guitar in hand, but then she made a switch to strictly pop. Then, in 2017, she had...

Roman Kalaczinski relies on art to keep him on his toes

Roman Kalaczinski relies on art to keep him on his toes

September 8, 2020

Everyone copes with stress in different ways. Especially with the start of the new school year and the new adaptations COVID-19 has forced upon us, stress levels are abruptly rising after the six month...

Dua Lipa's Future Nostalgia is a must listen during quarantine

Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia is a must listen during quarantine

May 5, 2020

Boredom comes singlehandedly with quarantine. Within boredom, I personally find myself in search of new and sanguine music that could potentially cure my apathy.  With her top-charted prior release...

My Chloe Ting 2 Weeks Shred Challenge experience

My Chloe Ting 2 Weeks Shred Challenge experience

April 28, 2020

Quarantine is an opportunity to better yourself. Whether it's mastering a new skill, cooking a meal, or picking up a good book, the possibilities are endless.  Personally, without dance in my life,...

The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez intensifies my likings of documentaries

The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez intensifies my likings of documentaries

April 21, 2020

I am not usually one to be interested in documentaries; I find more appeal within fictional shows on Netflix that are spun around dramatic plots and modern timelines.  However, when a heart-wrenching...

Addison Whitten

Addison Whitten

April 16, 2020

Name: Addison Whitten Grade: 11 What AP classes are you currently taking? “I am currently taking AP Chemistry and AP Language and Composition.” How have these AP courses benefited you...

A blessing within a curse

A blessing within a curse

April 14, 2020

History class has never been my forte.  I’ve always labeled the class as unimportant because of my doubts in regard to the way it seems to withhold information that is necessary. I’ve always questioned...

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