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The Student Voice of Forest Hills Central

The Central Trend

The Student Voice of Forest Hills Central

The Central Trend

The Student Voice of Forest Hills Central

The Central Trend

Coco Corey

Coco Corey, Social Media Manager/Lifestyle Writer

Coco Corey is a senior entering her second year writing for The Central Trend. Coco plays on the tennis team, and she is also one of the four student section leaders this year. She loves her class and all of the joy FHC has brought her, so taking on her final year of high school is bittersweet. She mostly writes opinion pieces, and her appeal to journalism derives from her creative side. She has dreamed of working in the magazine industry for years, and because of it, she created her own personal website last year called Charlotte’s Web. Coco is absolutely thrilled to share work she is passionate about on, not only one, but two platforms this school year.  

Favorite stories to write: Editorials and fashion/beauty reviews

Starbucks order: Cold Brew with oat milk

Favorite movie: The Devil Wears Prada



All content by Coco Corey
An ode to FHC 

An ode to FHC 

May 2, 2022

In honor of my final week of high school, I’d like to reflect on a plethora of moments and memories from freshman year to now. The Beginning I know the stigma around being a freshman is that it’s...

Social media driven purchases fuel fast fashion

Social media driven purchases fuel fast fashion

April 28, 2022

Generation Z has faced some unique buying decisions never seen before. On the one hand, Gen Z is one of the most socially connected and aware generations via social media platforms such as Instagram and...

A photograph of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on April 24, 2013.

The anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse and other events that changed the public view of fast fashion

April 25, 2022

Yesterday marked the nine-year anniversary of the collapse of the Rana Plaza in Bangladesh, which resulted in the deaths of over 1,100 workers. The underside of the fast fashion industry was exposed to...

A photograph of the beauty products mentioned.

A guide to my current favorite beauty products

April 19, 2022

While the beauty product platform continues to expand as more and more celebrities lend their names to lines, the go-to names in beauty still prevail. From Maybelline to Glossier, this spring's beauty...

Fashion in the metaverse

Fashion in the metaverse

March 31, 2022

Will you spend $3 for a Ralph Lauren shirt? Will your avatar mimic your real lifestyle? These questions may seem like they're for future pondering, but they are actually loaded for now. Ralph Lauren debuted...

An outfit incorporating a crochet dress and a plissé  button-down.

Spring 2022 fashion—what’s in?

March 28, 2022

As we hang our coats and pull out our sandals, the question of what will be trending this spring arises. With the new season growing near, here’s a list of spring 2022 fashion trends I think will bloom. Corset/bustier...

The Fashion Act is on track to curb the industry’s carbon footprint

The Fashion Act is on track to curb the industry’s carbon footprint

March 21, 2022

It’s no secret that the fashion industry's carbon footprint needs to be reduced. If public relations and the outcries of activists can’t do it, the legal system will. Introduced this past January...

DNA analysis could revolutionize criminal justice

DNA analysis could revolutionize criminal justice

February 17, 2022

Cameras. Recordings. Video. Audio. Spit in a tube. DNA. Free access to your genetic profile. Does that violate the Fourth Amendment? Do you care? How far would you go for a crime-free America?  When...

A street style look from New York Fashion Week.

Creativity inspires street-style food, fashion, and art

February 14, 2022

If you go to the Vogue website and click on the first tab which, of course, is “fashion,” before “designers” or “trends,” you’ll see “street-style.” Street-style has earned itself...

A photograph of Lil Nas X at BET Awards 2021 wearing a full-skirted gown designed by Andrea Grossi.

The fashion industry embraces gender-neutral styles

February 7, 2022

In Harajuku, Japan's epicenter of fashion, jendaresu-kei or “genderless style” is nothing new. Japanese teens embraced gender-fluid and gender-free fashion long before any of the major fashion...

A photograph of PIND Indian Cuisine in downtown Grand Rapids.

PIND Indian Cuisine is downtown’s newest gem

February 3, 2022

It all started with the wrong telephone number. I was in a hurry, and I was craving my favorite new restaurant, so I googled the number and placed the order. When I arrived downtown, I was met with a look...

A photograph of professional tennis player Naomi Osaka.

Brands might finally award female athletes deals based on performance—not appearance

January 31, 2022

It all started with Louisville Sluggers baseball bats. The first athlete to make himself a brand was Honus Wagner, who, in 1905, signed a deal that allowed his signature on baseball bats; and after Wagner...

The sand sculptures at Tiscornia Park in St. Joseph, Michigan.

Global warming and the increase in naturally occurring phenomenon

January 25, 2022

If this wasn’t so widely reported, I would not have even believed it. The frigid temps and blowing winds have created ski conditions that are more than good; a natural phenomenon known as sand hoodoos...

A photograph of Anna Winter and André Leon Talley (credit: Eugene Gologursky).

Creativity: the difference between intelligent and iconic

January 20, 2022

André Leon Talley, the former Vogue creative director and editor at large, died on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022 at age 73. He was considered a trailblazer in fashion journalism and the Black and LGBTQ+ communities;...

The cover of Taylor Jenkins Reids novel, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: an alluring depiction of the sparkling ugliness of the golden Hollywood era

January 17, 2022

Several scandals, a series of cinematic productions, seven husbands, one Evelyn Hugo. The New York Times bestselling novel The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid is gaining attention...

A photo I took inside the Van Gogh Immersive Exhibit.

The Van Gogh Immersive Experience is a brilliant mix of traditional art and technology

January 10, 2022

Vincent Van Gogh sold only one painting while he was alive: The Red Vineyard. It went for 400 francs in Belgium just seven months before his death. 400 francs is the equivalent of a little over $11 today,...

a snapshot of an avid Harry Potter fan

The lessons I learned from Harry Potter

December 16, 2021

At age eight, I met my first truly remarkable teacher in my elementary school library. He didn’t teach spelling or give reading logs. He didn’t even have a bachelor’s degree. His hair was dark. His...

Instagram user @gracefoley

A forecast for winter fashion

December 13, 2021

In light of finals week, I feel like it’s time to leave behind the winter doldrums and talk about winter fashion trends. Which trends are here to last, and which should melt away with the final snowfall?...

Tik Tok user @shwifty766

The spread of information on TikTok: is it harmful or helpful?

December 8, 2021

Opinions expressed in editorials on The Central Trend are the view of the individual writer and are not the opinion of the entire staff of The Central Trend or the Forest Hills Central staff or administration.  This...

A photo of female protagonist, Amy Elliot-Dunne, in the movie Gone Girl.

Anti-heroines combat the idealized female image; here’s why

December 2, 2021

She’s a narcissist. She’s crazy. She’s a rule breaker. She’s power-hungry—and I can’t help rooting for her. You’ll find her testing limits, thinking only of her pure ambition, and exacting...


Orthorexia nervosa: when healthy eating becomes obsessive

November 29, 2021

We have just finished Thanksgiving, and I am already hearing about people starting detoxes. It's time to juice, all liquid, protein shakes, and so on. For many, holiday feasts are to “get through,”...

TCT’s The Countless Thanks 2021: Coco Corey

TCT’s The Countless Thanks 2021: Coco Corey

November 22, 2021

Sloane Corey - for being my built-in best friend Thank you for banging on my door, for stealing all my clothes, and for making me grilled cheese sandwiches in the middle of the night. I love you, brat....

Erika Goldring/WireImage

No more conspiracy theories; humans caused the deaths at Astrofest

November 19, 2021

I remember my cousin Michael coming over, and he and my brother would watch countless hours of Conspiracy Theory. From secret societies to the quest to control water, you can find conspiracy theories throughout...

Jamaal Ellis

The detrimental impacts of the bystander effect at Astrofest

November 19, 2021

There were three types of people in the crowd the night of Astroworld: the ones who added to the chaos, the ones who witnessed the chaos, and the ones who tried to stop it. Sadly, those that tried to stop...

Photo Credits: Marcus Loke

Problems in the supply chain may just solve fast fashion

November 8, 2021

When it comes to the world of fashion, I think a lot about fads versus trends. Fads come and go, seemingly out of thin air, and once the perception of novelty wears off, gone is the fad itself. Trends,...

Brooke Palmer

Scare me—a little

November 1, 2021

I've heard it said that there are two types of people around Halloween: those who enjoy being scared and those who don't. I’d say it’s accurate to think of the scare spectrum in terms of hot sauce....

Photo from @erinoffduty on Instagram.

Teen fashion around the world: a series—eighth stop, France

October 28, 2021

With this series continuation, I feel it’s time to talk about the world’s capital of fashion: Paris, France. When you think of France, you most likely immediately think of Paris, but some may say...

Spooky Humans: Ivan Wheland

Spooky Humans: Ivan Wheland

October 26, 2021

“On Halloween of my freshman year, I got invited to go to [senior] Hunter Robinson’s house for a party. I don’t know if it was just me being a naive freshman, or if I just didn’t get the memo,...

(Chinese Streetwear is Taking Over Social Media, n.d.)

Teen fashion around the world: a series—seventh stop, China

October 26, 2021

TikTok doesn’t exist in China, so how is it that some of the most popular depictions of China’s streetwear are from TikTok videos? ByteDance, the company that owns TikTok, also owns Douyin, China’s...

Image credit: Style du Monde

Teen fashion around the world: a series—sixth stop, Australia

October 19, 2021

When Vogue Australia’s editors picked the nine items they were “ditching” in 2022, they were careful to consider the fashion norms of their fellow Aussies. Three items they listed that they plan...

Photographed by Kristin-Lee Moolman, Vogue, May 2020

Teen fashion around the world: a series—fifth stop, South Africa

October 14, 2021

Lilac is one of the top five colors trending in fashion this fall, and I have no doubt that Thebe Magugu has something to do with this. The 27-year-old South African designer’s homepage is a nod to this...

Intro to Business Q&As: Crandall Quinn - Lavish Lads

Intro to Business Q&As: Crandall Quinn – Lavish Lads

October 14, 2021

Product: Lavish Lads Instagram: @lavish_lads Group members: Crandall Quinn (leadership), Raymond Cargill (finance manager), Vaughn Cheslek (sales department), and Erik Hansen (marketing). What...

The Football Frenzy Food Drive provides an opportunity to feed thousands of West Michigan residents

The Football Frenzy Food Drive provides an opportunity to feed thousands of West Michigan residents

October 12, 2021

This week, FHC takes on Football Frenzy, which is a state-wide food drive designed to imitate College GameDay. Hosted at the Ranger Country stadium, students will file in for WOOD TV Daybreak’s Football...

Instagram photo of Annabel Rosendahl, Norwegian social media influencer.

Teen fashion around the world: a series—fourth stop, Norway

October 4, 2021

Upon the beginning of my admiration for the oversized blazer coming back into style, I wondered whom do I have to thank? Who gets the credit? How do I style it? Do I pair it with the classic jeans, bodysuit,...


Teen fashion around the world: a series—third stop, North Korea

September 30, 2021

Nobody wants a dress code. I remember being called down to the office in middle school to do the “fingertip test.” My shorts were at the same length as my fingertips; I passed. A friend of mine, however,...

(“Tokyo Is Having Way More Fun than Us at Fashion”)

Teen fashion around the world: a series—second stop, Japan 

September 20, 2021

Not only is fashion a form of self-expression and art, but it also challenges us in many ways. What do we think about a government mandate forcing items of clothing on people? How far are we willing to...

Billie Eilish rocking a Marilyn Monroe inspired look at The Met Gala 2021.

The female looks at the 2021 Met Gala encompassed American fashion and extravagance

September 16, 2021

As the 2021 Met Gala took place this past Monday, I feel it’s time to address the mass media surrounding celebrities' red carpet looks. The Met Gala was held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New...

Street style from Saudi Arabia: beneath their abayas, women from oil-rich areas, such as Saudi Arabia, are among the best dressed in the world.

Teen fashion around the world: a series—first stop, Saudi Arabia

September 14, 2021

Disclaimer: Nobody has the right to judge the fashion of any group of people anywhere. Fashion is complex; it's a collection of artifacts that lends us a lens into different societies and cultures. Fashion...

Motel Rocks Loria Fur Cardigan in Ivory

The recirculation of past fall fashion trends marks a new era of sustainability

September 6, 2021

Is it a mere coincidence that our Student Council picked a “decades” themed Homecoming week or have they been eyeing the fall fashion trends? Many pieces inspire a back to the future trend this fall....

Four of the organic beauty products I tested.

With all the PFAS in beauty products, is it time to go organic?

September 5, 2021

A recent study by a scientist at the University of Notre Dame has led to the inevitable. It's time to see if organic beauty products can stack up against the more well-known, non-organic brands. Graham...

(“Look Sharp Taupe Brown Studded Sandals”)

The trends to leave behind with summer ’21

August 30, 2021

With fall sweeping in, it’s time for a summer 2021 fashion recap. While several chic statements were made, there’s a long list of mishaps that I hope the tide washes away. This summer, I saw many...

Karsen Kimball (photo from her Instagram)

My forecast for summer 2021 fashion trends prepares for a hot, colorful season

June 3, 2021

Summertime rids the school year and brings in new trends. What’s hot this season from a fashion standpoint? Let’s find out the ins and outs of what’s to come. Open back/backless tops: Open...

(Nat, 2020)

The beauty industry presents blatant, unneccesary discrimination to the BIPOC community

May 28, 2021

Imagine you're strolling through Ulta Beauty or Sephora, excitedly traversing the rows of products. Your favorite brand just released a new formula of foundation—you rush to take it off the shelf first....

Dailey Tucker (#24)

With the advice of her siblings, Dailey Tucker takes on high school and year-round soccer

May 24, 2021

Year round, sophomore Dailey Tucker uses her legs, torso, and head to score goals and pass soccer balls. “With club soccer being in the fall and high school soccer being in the spring," Dailey said,...

(Nature’s Way, Chlorofresh, Liquid Chlorophyll, Mint, 132 mg, 16 fl oz (473.2 ml), n.d.)

The truth behind the viral green liquid—does chlorophyll live up to its hype?

May 20, 2021

Recently on TikTok, a mysterious green pigment has spiraled: chlorophyll. Not to be confused with chloroform, chlorophyll is a substance added to beverages that allegedly benefits the consumer in different...

(Murray & Maccabee, 2020)

The pandemic induced a fashion fallout—will this industry make a comeback?

May 13, 2021

The fashion industry is down in revenue by a third, losing billions of dollars since the onset of COVID-19. Millions of consumers have put away their heels to embrace sweats, leading to top fashion trend...

Number 7, Haley Ward, kicks the soccer ball.

Haley Ward’s high school experience follows that of her two siblings

May 10, 2021

Freshman Haley Ward, or the “little Ward,'' entered her inaugural year of high school unobtrusively and in the middle of a pandemic. She kept a low profile, even thought she knew many upperclassmen,...

Pinks, yellows, oranges, and a range of greens with nude as a neutral backdrop, of course, are this season’s palette.

The full swing on spring fashion: here’s what’s in

May 6, 2021

April showers bring May flowers—but let’s not forget the new fashion trends brought in this spring. Spring fashion is a key determinant in what summer wear will look like. Put the puffers and booties...

A Lululemon Athletica store in Atlanta (photo by John Greim).

Lululemon Athletica joins the resale movement of the fashion industry

April 29, 2021

It’s time to say a quick goodbye to fast fashion as major retail names are embracing a newfound quest—sustainability. Following the unprecedented fashion industry’s move of Levi Strauss &...

Senior Maguire Mahacek and junior Hunter Robinson doing what Maguire calls their famous, buttery handshake.

Maguire Mahacek reflects on his treasured high school memories and looks forward to the future

April 26, 2021

Senior Maguire Mahacek has grown up walking through the halls of FHC. He looks back fondly at goofy, immature memories from middle school all the way through his time spent in high school, imparting some...

Eva NYC Tone It Down Blonde Shampoo & Conditioner

For a good hair day every day, Eva NYC Hair Care is my new go-to

April 22, 2021

As a brunette with color-treated hair, I can speak for all of us—toning is a never-ending maintenance issue. Whether our stylists work upon requests of “cool toned highlights,” the “bronde baby...

Eisley Sandefur with Hit Force Competitive Cheerleading

Eisley Sandefur is a cheerleading legacy following a family line of cheerers

April 16, 2021

Freshman Eisley Sandefur began her cheerleading career at the age of six. “I started cheer when I was very young,” Eisley said, “but we moved states, so I had to adjust and get back [in] to it...

(False Memories and Children)

Did that actually happen?

April 15, 2021

My sister often recalls stories from our childhood that prompt my mother and I to say, “that never happened.” Some of them are so outrageously hilarious that we can’t believe she even believed they...

(Paris, n.d.)

Avani Gregg’s range of affordable and luxurious daily beauty products are put to the test

April 1, 2021

American social media personality and makeup artist Avani Gregg just released her first daily makeup routine video via YouTube. Just last week, Vogue posted a video featuring this TikToker titled “Avani...

Wealth, authority, and fame accept a victim-blaming attitude that promotes sexual assault

Wealth, authority, and fame accept a victim-blaming attitude that promotes sexual assault

March 26, 2021

He’s Deshaun Watson, an NFL quarterback. He’s Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, brother to Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne. He’s countless actors, musicians, CEOs, and he is lawyered...

(Staycation Suggestions for a Spring Break Escapade, 2018)

At-home spring breaks, or “staycations,” are on the rise this year

March 22, 2021

AP U.S. History and AP Seminar teacher Steve Labenz has seemingly mastered the art of “going with the flow." Come rain or shine, he will make the most of a free day.  Labenz has had to alter his...

(Nast, 2021)

Madison Beer’s Vogue Beauty Secrets leave my skin radiant and illuminated

March 18, 2021

Just three weeks ago, American singer Madison Beer created a YouTube video with Vogue titled, “Madison Beer’s Guide to Soap Brows and Easy Blush.” Since the uploading date, Beer’s routine has spiraled...

(October 9 & Reply, 2016)

Extending human life comes at the cost of ethics and sustainability

March 11, 2021

Every novel I've ever read in the eyes of a dystopian society has certain commonalities: resources are low, ethics are low, class distinctions are high, the control of the upper class and government is...

Clara James-Heer is one of the best runners FHC has seen

Clara James-Heer is one of the best runners FHC has seen

March 8, 2021

Freshman Clara James-Heer started running when she was five years old; she took the USA triathlon title eight years later. It’s safe to say running runs in the James-Heer genes. With many families,...

(Global, n.d.)

Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops are overrated 

March 4, 2021

The Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops have had a large media presence recently, starting with the drops trending on TikTok. Plenty of positivity surrounds these products; the truth, however, starts here:...

(Mehta, 2021)

Sienna Mae Gomez’s merch line is the right idea with the wrong execution

February 25, 2021

TikTok star Sienna Mae Gomez recently released a line of merchandise several fans have deemed insensitive. While this young girl preaches body positivity and healthy eating, viewers have accused her of...

(Janeiro, n.d.)

Sol de Janeiro’s products are my skin’s ultimate paradise

February 18, 2021

With spring break and the warmer seasons nearing, a perfect spring and summer scent is vital. Sol de Janeiro has changed my body care routine; no product line comes close to this level of moisture and...

(Inc, n.d.)

Society promotes a beauty standard that goes against human biology

February 11, 2021

One of my grandmas had an eyelift, and the other had a facelift.  “Don’t expose your skin to sunlight.” “Don’t smile, you’re creating creases.”  “Never sleep on your sides.” “Don’t...

Brooke Bowers aspires to fulfill her pole vaulting dreams

Brooke Bowers aspires to fulfill her pole vaulting dreams

February 8, 2021

Freshman Brooke Bowers can jump as high as two refrigerators stacked on top of each other. She can jump two feet higher than a basketball hoop, and she jumps over twelve feet on pole vault.  “My...

(GLOAT: Greatest Lips Of All Time, n.d.)

Truly Beauty’s lip products are truly a cure for winter dryness

February 4, 2021

Waking up in bed, I scroll through a stream of curated, flashy products ubiquitous on TikTok; sorting through a multitude of advertisements that don't live up to their packaging has become quite the struggle....

Student bakers view their art as not only a hobby but an act of endearment

Student bakers view their art as not only a hobby but an act of endearment

February 3, 2021

Freshman Molly O’Meara has a common childhood memory with many grandchildren around the world: baking with grandma. “I think [the first thing I baked] was my grandma's chocolate chip cookies,”...

(Toxic Positivity: Why Positive Vibes are Ruining You, 2020)

Toxic positivity is the silent corruption of happiness

January 28, 2021

I’m tired. I got a bad grade on a test. My sister is mad at me. I lost that game. I tripped walking in the snow. I lost five dollars. I didn’t get into that school. I don’t feel good—my body hurts....

(love, n.d.)

New year, new hair trends: updos and up-don’ts

January 21, 2021

As a new year creeps in with virtually no activities available, I’ve begun to take my boredom out on my hair. From hardly brushing my hair with online school to mastering the perfect blowout with my...

(7 Facts You Didn’t Know about Human Trafficking, 2000)

Human trafficking: the business of selling freedom

January 15, 2021

Thousands of men, thousands of women, and thousands of children are taken year after year and coerced into the hands of those who exchange freedom for profit: this is the dire nature of human trafficking....

Mila Kavara travels worldwide seeking out her European roots 

Mila Kavara travels worldwide seeking out her European roots 

January 11, 2021

It's wheels up for freshman Mila Kavara who has traveled to various European countries: Croatia, Bosnia, Germany, England, the Netherlands, and Belgium.  Scattered throughout Europe, Mila travels every...

Beauty dupes: are expensive products worth their price tags?

Beauty dupes: are expensive products worth their price tags?

January 7, 2021

In many cases, beauty brands are selling expensive packaging or profiting off the name of a celebrity rather than selling true quality products. Brands tend to make such similar products—in similar shades—so,...

This years’ winter fashion trends have my stamp of approval

This years’ winter fashion trends have my stamp of approval

December 17, 2020

In spite of the very few places we have the opportunity to attend this winter, fashion trends have not been minimized. With the change in weather, there has been a shift in style reflective of people's...

The risks with disregarding males in the body positivity movement

The risks with disregarding males in the body positivity movement

December 10, 2020

It must be nice to be a guy. Boys can eat whatever they want, whenever they want, and boys can eat a lot. That’s the stereotype, and in many cases, that’s also a true statement. However, overlooking...

Current beauty products tested: stash it or trash it

Current beauty products tested: stash it or trash it

December 3, 2020

Staying home all day with hardly anywhere to go is exhaustingly boring. For better or for worse, I've begun to fill my empty hours with endless online shopping and a self-care regimen.  Wash hair,...

Peyton Bush works the business field with his love for shoes

Peyton Bush works the business field with his love for shoes

December 1, 2020

Senior Peyton Bush owns nearly fifty pairs of shoes. Peyton grasped his love for shoes and brought it to life in January of 2019, birthing a shoe-buying and selling business called Kicks Aligned. As...

Fall fashion trends: into it or over it

Fall fashion trends: into it or over it

November 19, 2020

With fall coming to a close in a few short weeks, it’s seemingly time to address both the mishaps and fabulous trends fashion influencers have brought to life this season. Style is a form of expression,...

Students face a rise in difficulties with the college selection process

Students face a rise in difficulties with the college selection process

November 19, 2020

It’s that time of year for senior Whitney Currie: cranking out the common app, taking the SAT or ACT, and crossing fingers in hope of a dream school extending an invitation. Unfortunately, for many students--Whitney...

The sad truths behind internalized misogyny

The sad truths behind internalized misogyny

November 12, 2020

Throughout my entire seventeen year-long existence on this planet, I have been told I'm controlling or bossy. Bossy—I’ve yet to hear that word used to delineate a male.  “I think I’m decisive,...

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