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The Central Trend

Courtney Collar

Courtney Collar, Editor in Chief

Courtney Collar is a senior and is entering her second year on staff for The Central Trend. In her spare time, you will find her dancing for FHC's varsity dance team or Imprint Dance Company. Courtney also loves to travel and dreams about taking a train to all the sights Europe has to offer.

Favorite thing about being on staff: Discovering new musicians and meeting new people

Favorite type of story- Reviews

Hobbies/interests- Dancing, reading, writing, and hiking

Favorite book- It's impossible to choose just one, but some series that are subject to constant re-reading include Harry Potter, Six of Crows, The Raven Cycle, and anything by Sarah J Maas

On a Friday night, you will probably find her -Either at the football game or curled up on the couch reading or watching Netflix

 

 

All content by Courtney Collar
My senior year confessional

My senior year confessional

April 12, 2020

Hi. My name is Courtney, and this is me taking a risk.  Let me back up a bit. I actually started writing this a long time ago— the night of senior retreat to be specific. At the bonfire, everyone...

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...

Katie Woods

Katie Woods

March 12, 2020

Name: Katie Woods Grade: 12 Character: Gypsy, part of Ensemble 1. Do you have a “ritual” for before rehearsals or shows? "Yes, I do. I always take around ten to minutes to stretch and...

Despite being cheesy, The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia brought a little joy into my universe

Despite being cheesy, The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia brought a little joy into my universe

March 10, 2020

She isn’t your average teenager, and that makes it hard for her to navigate her adolescent years. But more than that, she is stuck in a love triangle! She has a thing for the football star, but her goofy,...

Don't just be yourself—be authentic

Don’t just be yourself—be authentic

March 4, 2020

“Just be yourself!” Trash. This advice is an actual trashbag full of putrid and rancid self-justification that needs to be thrown in society’s garbage disposal. As we become a more environmentally-friendly...

Sarah Logan's nontraditional childhood has shaped her into the free-spirited person she is now

Sarah Logan’s nontraditional childhood has shaped her into the free-spirited person she is now

February 28, 2020

Junior Sarah Logan wants to see and do everything. Having lived in Nebraska, Belgium, Germany, and Texas, Sarah got a taste for travel that has placed “everywhere” firmly on her bucket list. These...

Please stop asking

Please stop asking

February 25, 2020

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” An adult’s go-to question when they run out of ways to get a child talking and engaging.  My mom likes to tell the story of my response.  Depending...

Quickly-produced and high-quality, Isak Danielson's last six singles have me impatient for his album

Quickly-produced and high-quality, Isak Danielson’s last six singles have me impatient for his album

February 18, 2020

There are two things you need to understand about me: I am not a patient person, and when I like something, I really, really like something. I really, really like Isak Danielson.   He is my splendid...

Elise Rapeyko

Elise Rapeyko

February 7, 2020

1. What was your reaction to finding out? "I was super surprised. I was excited, but also kind of nervous because we had to figure out that lip-sync." 2, What does it mean to you to be nominated? "I...

Jimmy Scholler

Jimmy Scholler

February 7, 2020

1. What was your reaction to finding out? "Kind of surprised. I mean, I was happy to know that some people voted for me, but I was kinda surprised." 2. What does it mean to you to be nominated? "It...

Ivana Webb

Ivana Webb

February 6, 2020

1. What was your reaction to finding out? "I was happy cause I'm excited to do the dance with all my friends, and I've been saying that, throughout the four years, I've always wanted to do [the dance]...

Duncan Clark

Duncan Clark

February 6, 2020

1. What was your reaction to finding out? "I was excited, but also I wasn't too thrilled about having to do the lip sync. Usually, I'm not very silly in front of people. So, it'll just put me out of...

Victor Jammal

Victor Jammal

February 5, 2020

1. What was your reaction to finding out? "I was definitely surprised. I had kind of been waiting for it because a lot of my friends said that they were going to get me on Court, but I didn't think...

Ella Guikema

Ella Guikema

February 4, 2020

1. What was your reaction to finding out? "I was very excited. I was very surprised but excited. I think it's going to be fun!" 2. What does it mean to you to be nominated? "It's exciting, and...

Jannis Jacobs

Jannis Jacobs

February 4, 2020

1. What was your reaction to finding out? "Oh geez, I was not expecting it at all; I was just sitting there. I was really hoping that [Victor] would make it, and I'm listening for Vic's name, and all...

Alec Wigdahl’s enigmatically titled EP Strawberry was emotional and groovy, not fruity

Alec Wigdahl’s enigmatically titled EP Strawberry was emotional and groovy, not fruity

February 4, 2020

Smooth and easygoing. Despite the bounciness of the beats and heaviness of the lyrics, the songs on Alec Wigdahl’s enigmatically titled EP Strawberry are the embodiment of these two words.  With...

Cole Kaminski

Cole Kaminski

February 3, 2020

1. What was your reaction to finding out? "I was very excited. I felt very honored, but I didn't know it was happening that day, and I was not at school. I was at Forest Hills Foods, and I got a lot of...

Meredith VanSkiver

Meredith VanSkiver

February 3, 2020

1. What was your reaction to finding out? "I was definitely surprised. I had heard some of my friends say they were voting for me, but I also heard so many other girls being mentioned, so I didn't actually...

Announcement: 2020 Winterfest Court!

Announcement: 2020 Winterfest Court!

January 31, 2020

Boys: Jannis Jacobs Cole Kaminski Victor Jammal Duncan Clark Jimmy Scholler Girls: Laura Salas Elise Rapeyko Ivana Webb Ella Guikema Meredith VanSkiver

Let me out of the corner

Let me out of the corner

January 28, 2020

The stark white street light illuminated the dingy outdoor basketball court. Seventeen pairs of matching tennis shoes shuffled around, but they weren’t playing basketball. Rather, the matching tennis...

Dustin Lynch’s new album sets expectations low for the country music industry this year

Dustin Lynch’s new album sets expectations low for the country music industry this year

January 22, 2020

Sometimes, I think country music gets a bad reputation.  I tend to think people judge it too brutally, especially those who can’t relate to the lyrics of the songs. I may not be a country girl, but...

People-watching ponderings

People-watching ponderings

January 14, 2020

A girl in a royal blue sweatshirt whose lettering I couldn’t see with wild blonde hair— natural, I think— hunches over her notebook, determined. Her mouth is pressed into a firm line of confusion,...

The Hunchback of Notre Dame musical cast list

The Hunchback of Notre Dame musical cast list

January 11, 2020

Quasimodo: Ben Lowen Esmeralda: Grace Hudkins Dom Claude Frollo: Linus Kaechele Jehan Frollo: TBD Florika: Susan Toppen Father Dupin: Pranav Nalam Gargoyles: Laura Salas, Ali Azeem, Ella...

Staff Q&As: Natalie Mix

Staff Q&As: Natalie Mix

January 10, 2020

Name: Natalie Mix Grade: 10 Position: Marketing Manager Semesters spent on TCT: 3 1. Why did you decide to join TCT? "I remember the moment I decided to take Writing for Publication,...

Staff Q&As: Dana Kistler

Staff Q&As: Dana Kistler

January 10, 2020

Name: Dana Kistler Grade: 12 Position: Staff writer Semesters spent on TCT: 3 1. Why did you decide to join TCT? "My initial interest in TCT [came from] just knowing about interesting...

Staff Q&As: Meredith VanSkiver

Staff Q&As: Meredith VanSkiver

January 9, 2020

Name: Meredith VanSkiver Grade: 12 Position: Public Relations Manager Semesters spent on TCT: 3 1. Why did you decide to join TCT? "I had always been intrigued by the idea of writing for...

Staff Q&As: Emma Hansen

Staff Q&As: Emma Hansen

January 9, 2020

Name: Emma Hansen Grade: 11 Position: Staff writer Semesters spent on TCT: 3 1. Why did you decide to join TCT? "I decided to join TCT because I have always loved to write, and I thought it...

Staff Q&As: Hailee Sincerbeaux

Staff Q&As: Hailee Sincerbeaux

January 8, 2020

Name: Hailee Sincerbeaux Grade: 12 Position: Staff Writer Semesters spent on TCT: 1 1. Why did you decide to join TCT? "I decided to join TCT because I have always had a passion for writing...

Staff Q&As: Sophia Young

Staff Q&As: Sophia Young

January 8, 2020

Name: Sophia Young Grade: 11 Position: Staff Writer Semesters spent on TCT: 1 1. Why did you decide to join TCT? "I joined TCT because I wanted the chance to grow as a writer. Writing has...

Staff Q&As: Olivia Luplow

Staff Q&As: Olivia Luplow

January 8, 2020

Name: Olivia Luplow Grade: 12 Position: Public Relations Manager Semesters spent on TCT: 3 1. Why did you decide to join TCT? "I tell everyone that I decided to join TCT because I wanted...

Staff Q&As: Morgan Mittlestadt

Staff Q&As: Morgan Mittlestadt

January 7, 2020

Name: Morgan Mittlestadt Grade: 11 Position: Social Media Manager Semesters spent on TCT: 3 1. Why did you decide to join TCT?  "I decided to join TCT for a few reasons. First, I needed...

gnash's new EP if is a short and emotional listen worth your time

gnash’s new EP if is a short and emotional listen worth your time

January 7, 2020

Lasting only fourteen minutes, gnash’s new seven-song ep if is not memorable for its duration, though its shortest song is only 54 seconds long. Rather, it stands out a lighthouse of originality that...

Staff Q&As: Dylan Wilson

Staff Q&As: Dylan Wilson

January 6, 2020

Name: Dylan Wilson Grade: 12 Position: Staff Writer Semesters spent on TCT: 1 1. Why did you decide to join TCT? "I have wanted to join the TCT Staff since the end of my sophomore year after I had...

Staff Q&As: Linus Kaechele

Staff Q&As: Linus Kaechele

January 6, 2020

Name: Linus Kaechele Grade: 11 Position: Marketing Manager Semesters spent on TCT: 1 1. Why did you decide to join TCT? "I decided to join TCT after Mr. George recommended that I do so on one of...

Staff Q&As: Avery Jordan

Staff Q&As: Avery Jordan

January 6, 2020

Name: Avery Jordan Grade: 10 Position: Staff Writer Semesters spent on TCT: 1 1. Why did you decide to join TCT? "I decided to join TCT because the website caught my eye my freshman year, and I immediately...

The art of sound

The art of sound

December 17, 2019

Quiet. Quiet is a beautiful wisp of smoke floating far away, unbound and unfound. There’s always some mechanical hum buzzing, some music softly harmonizing, some conversation rolling. This mundane...

Is breakfast actually the most important meal of the day?

Is breakfast actually the most important meal of the day?

December 10, 2019

Breakfast is just not on my daily agenda.  It simply doesn’t fit in between my 6:15 wakeup and 7:00 departure for school. Even though most breakfast foods are pretty basic and quick to make, I can’t...

Elena Kelbley walks the halls of FHC just like everyone else, but she has a special passion: fencing.

The mental and physical challenge of fencing engenders senior Elena Kelbley’s devotion

December 3, 2019

According to senior Elena Kelbley, a big part of fencing is adapting to your opponent. So when her dad entered his first national fencing competition and failed to do just that, she couldn’t help...

Does retail therapy have real benefits?

Does retail therapy have real benefits?

December 3, 2019

For years, holiday dissidents have boldly expressed their disgust for the consumerism and materialism that is deeply rooted in American culture and celebrations. With Christmas approaching in the distance...

Call Down The Hawk proves that there is hope yet for spin-off series

Call Down The Hawk proves that there is hope yet for spin-off series

November 26, 2019

Euphoric. Intense. Lovely. Gruesome.  Call Down The Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater is the embodiment of these words in the best way. While I’ve always been skeptical of spin-off series, Stiefvater restored...

TCT's The Countless Thanks 2019: Courtney Collar

TCT’s The Countless Thanks 2019: Courtney Collar

November 22, 2019

Aunt Tracy- for always supporting me My first real memory of you is from all those times we got lost. I don’t remember where we were going — maybe it was one of the countless times we went to Jersey...

Despite its efforts, Santa Girl still toes the line of basic and mediocre

Despite its efforts, Santa Girl still toes the line of basic and mediocre

November 19, 2019

Unless you watch a classic Christmas movie, the cliche plot is almost a given. For that reason, I wasn’t at all surprised when Santa Girl was cheesy and predictable.  Cassandra Claus is to take over...

Fadi Muallem

Fadi Muallem

November 13, 2019

Name: Fadi Muallem Grade:  12 Role: Giles Corey 1. What family member is traveling the farthest to see you in the play? How far? Why are they coming? "I'd say my brothers. They're coming...

History teachers Brad Anderson and Steve Labenz will not let veterans be forgotten

History teachers Brad Anderson and Steve Labenz will not let veterans be forgotten

November 8, 2019

Senior Jacob Wolfgang is going to be a third-generation service member in the Marine Corps. Ever since eighth grade, he has known that this is his calling. Because of his father and grandfather, Jacob...

Anna Breaugh

Anna Breaugh

November 8, 2019

Name: Anna Breaugh Grade: 12 Role: Rebecca Nurse 1.  What part of being in the play makes you the most nervous? "The things that make everyone nervous: forgetting a line, missing a move,...

Does extensive homework really help students learn?

Does extensive homework really help students learn?

November 5, 2019

"Quality over quantity.” This saying is applied to almost anything requiring some degree of effort: sports, jobs, building relationships. Why not apply it to homework as well? The biggest complaint...

Are AP classes worth it?

Are AP classes worth it?

October 30, 2019

Our wonderful counselors at FHC are asked time and time again “is it better to have an A in a regular course or a B in an AP course?” To this, they always reply “an A in an AP class.” While...

“Cheaters never prosper”

October 29, 2019

95% of high school students cheat. A 2012 study by the Josephson Institute’s Center for Youth Ethics found that an astounding number of students have cheated in some capacity, whether it was on a...

Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent was heavenly emotional and devilishly good

Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent was heavenly emotional and devilishly good

October 23, 2019

I suppose I have a thing for foreign singers, specifically Europeans.  And Lewis Capaldi’s album Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent is enough to add to his name to the extensive list. I was...

Homecoming Assembly 2019 Performances and Lip Syncs

Homecoming Assembly 2019 Performances and Lip Syncs

October 21, 2019

Drumline Performance- Cheerleading Performance- Dance Team Performance- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iZ_kz_-s3k Class of 2022 Sophomore Lip Sync- Class of 2021 Junior Lip...

Where the Shadow Ends brought a little light into my life

Where the Shadow Ends brought a little light into my life

October 15, 2019

Starting with a forty-eight second crescendo that crashes effortlessly into the second song, Where the Shadow Ends by BANNERS crashed effortlessly into me. The album as a whole was atmospheric and uplifting....

If you walk straight into the Media Center, this is the table that greets you. The Academic Success tutors meet and work here.

The Student Academic Success Center is an addition that is beneficial to everyone

October 11, 2019

The library is silent.  Four National Honor Society members lounge in the comfortable elevated chairs at a tall brown table that is impossible to miss as you walk into the library. In front of them,...

Dermot Kennedy's new album Without Fear was worth the wait

Dermot Kennedy’s new album Without Fear was worth the wait

October 8, 2019

Did you know some people voluntarily stay up until midnight on a school night waiting for their favorite artist to drop a new album? It’s me. I’m “some people.” And I was crying approximately...

Rebecca Dooley's passion for politics has driven her involvement in many activities

Rebecca Dooley’s passion for politics has driven her involvement in many activities

October 2, 2019

A misconception that junior Rebecca Dooley was happy to squash about debate is that it is always very formal— standing behind podiums, one-on-one.  Instead, the Political And Current Events club,...

Jamie Lawson's new album was so uplifting it should be against the law

Jamie Lawson’s new album was so uplifting it should be against the law

October 1, 2019

“Where have all the good vibrations gone?’ Asked by Jamie Lawson in a song titled just that, I found the good vibrations in his indie-pop album The Years In Between.  While “Where Have All...

Improv team Q&A: Cole Kaminski

Improv team Q&A: Cole Kaminski

September 27, 2019

1. What bug are you?  "Cricket. We all went on the Chicago trip, and the girls kind of gave them to us one day, not one day—when we were there. The girls came to us, and they were like 'boys, while...

Improv team 2019 Q&A

Improv team 2019 Q&A

September 25, 2019

The second part of Mark Diamond's two piece EP shines brighter than the first

The second part of Mark Diamond’s two piece EP shines brighter than the first

September 24, 2019

I’m a sucker for music with a deeper meaning, lyrics that are a giant metaphor.  Mark Diamond said on Instagram that “[h]ummingbirds are referred to as glittering fragments of the rainbow.” Naturally,...

Q&A with Brad Anderson- Assemblies during third hour

Q&A with Brad Anderson- Assemblies during third hour

September 19, 2019

Why have assemblies, including the one this Friday, been moved to third hour? "We found that, although we have this engaging, fun school spirit oriented activity that we put together called the Ranger...

Noah Kahan's debut album Busyhead will help you clear your busy head

Noah Kahan’s debut album Busyhead will help you clear your busy head

September 17, 2019

To most people, the alternative genre is taboo. Images of punk rock and emo grunge bands emerge in your mind. However, Noah Kahan’s debut album Busyhead will change how you view alternative music through...

The four leaders at the first meeting presenting the first book: Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.

Under new leadership, Book club provides an opportunity to develop a passion for reading

September 13, 2019

Junior Lindsay Larson adores books.  She loves the escape from reality they provide. She loves a good romance or historical fiction read. She loves the old-school style and language of classic literature....

Why do we write?

Why do we write?

September 11, 2019

Abby - As I clicked on the document for our editor’s column, the third different article I’ve worked on for TCT tonight alone, a thought danced across my mind. A quick little waltz of a thought,...

Isak Danielson's new EP Run to You has me chasing after more of his music

Isak Danielson’s new EP Run to You has me chasing after more of his music

September 10, 2019

I always discover all my favorite artists by coincidence.  A couple of months ago, I heard a song called “Ending.” The man’s voice was enchanting; somehow, he managed to tell a story without...

Soul Searching by Bazzi left me searching for something more

Soul Searching by Bazzi left me searching for something more

September 3, 2019

There is no better way to describe Bazzi’s new album Soul Searching than to take the words straight out of his mouth, or Twitter in this case: “a journey of love, pain, and growth.” While I love...

Harsaajan Dhillon loves foreign languages and the cultures they teach

Harsaajan Dhillon loves foreign languages and the cultures they teach

August 30, 2019

Over the course of his life, freshman Harsaajan Dhillon has visited Punjab in India four times. “The culture is really amazing,” said Harsaajan. “There's the food [and] the architecture; it's...

A collection of singles: my August favorites

A collection of singles: my August favorites

August 27, 2019

Summer has a reputation for an explosion of new music. Yet, I wasn’t impressed with this year's selection of songs that played on a constant loop on the radio. While I have an extremely diverse and mixed...

Hawaii Five-O is a show that is more than worthy of my obsession

Hawaii Five-O is a show that is more than worthy of my obsession

June 4, 2019

Being a mere seventeen years old, I didn’t have the luxury of catching the past eight seasons of my favorite show on tv right when it aired. Frankly, it was too morbid and violent for my young brain....

Student Council Q&A: Ella Guikema

Student Council Q&A: Ella Guikema

May 29, 2019

Name: Ella Guikema Grade: Junior Running for: Trustee 1. Why are you running? "I am running because I have enjoyed helping with the activities in years past and wanted to take a bigger...

Student Council Q&A: Daniel Burns

Student Council Q&A: Daniel Burns

May 29, 2019

Name: Daniel Burns Grade: Freshman Running for: Treasurer 1. Why are you running? "I'm running mostly to get my ideas out there and to create a fresh voice for the sophomore class. I would...

Student Council Q&A: Zoe Lipke

Student Council Q&A: Zoe Lipke

May 29, 2019

Name: Zoe Lipke Grade: Sophomore Running for: President 1. Why are you running? "I decided to run for President because I was VP last year, and I loved it. Also, I really wanted to head into...

Student Council Q&A: Laura Salas

Student Council Q&A: Laura Salas

May 29, 2019

Name: Laura Salas Grade: Junior Running for: Secretary 1. Why are you running? "I was on Student Council last year, and it's really great to be able to make a difference and be involved in...

Student Council Q&A: Maggie Zorn

Student Council Q&A: Maggie Zorn

May 29, 2019

Name: Maggie Zorn Grade: Junior Running for: Vice President 1. Why are you running? "I'm running because I care about the school and our community, and I want to have a leading role in 2020's improvement." 2....

Grade inflation is deflating our chances at college

Grade inflation is deflating our chances at college

May 28, 2019

Every kid has heard and giggled at a parent’s or a grandparent’s “When I was your age…” story. My favorite is the timeless classic where one of my elders was forced to walk a mile through three...

The elementary school walkthrough allowed seniors a chance to reflect and reminisce

The elementary school walkthrough allowed seniors a chance to reflect and reminisce

May 28, 2019

Senior Gabby Hernandez was overcome by bittersweet nostalgia as she walked through the halls of Pine Ridge, the elementary school she grew and learned in, one last time. It sparked one memory in particular. “I...

FHC Inspires was absolutely inspiring

FHC Inspires was absolutely inspiring

May 24, 2019

Last night at FHC Inspires, I learned three main things. Your mental health is very important, and there are many ways to improve it. Look around your life, discover who is important to you, and...

Danny Dykstra finds inspiration at the Ronald McDonald House

Danny Dykstra finds inspiration at the Ronald McDonald House

May 24, 2019

As part of an Honor English 10 assignment, sophomore Danny Dykstra gave a TED Talk about the Ronald McDonald Houses and his involvement with them. “When I was giving my TED Talk, nobody knew what...

The Sun is Also a Star, while a good movie, should have stayed true to the book

The Sun is Also a Star, while a good movie, should have stayed true to the book

May 21, 2019

Driving home from a movie, the world shrouded by night, one of my favorite throwback songs “Drops of Jupiter” by Train came on the radio. Had I not just watched The Sun is Also a Star, I would have...

I wish you would cry

I wish you would cry

May 14, 2019

Why are tears and crying always related back to the ocean? A wave of tears. An ocean of tears. Are you the ocean? Or are you crying the ocean? Oceans are slumbering, somber. The slowly turning...

Derek Hough: Live! The Tour was a celebration of art and expression

Derek Hough: Live! The Tour was a celebration of art and expression

May 10, 2019

Snuggled up on the old brown couch that has since been moved downstairs, my mom and I piled the blankets on as we contentedly awaited our weekly tradition. Soon, our show came on, and we were met by...

Street Legal - Filmfest Preview Q&A

Street Legal – Filmfest Preview Q&A

May 3, 2019

Film: Street Legal Producers: Ella Byam, Alex Bunting,  and Advith Reddy Interviewee: Advith Reddy 1. What’s your film about? "After a failed heist, two outlaws plan their biggest one yet. They...

Four things books have taught me

Four things books have taught me

April 30, 2019

Forever my teacher and constant companion, a book is never far from my hands, and it has been like that for years. Ever since I could read, I’ve inhaled the words off pages. Devouring those words is...

The senior video, yearbook, and Senior Edition help commemorate the Class of 2019's final year

The senior video, yearbook, and Senior Edition help commemorate the Class of 2019’s final year

April 26, 2019

At a football game earlier this year, senior Will Cammell and his camera focused on senior Dylan Tucker as intensely as Dylan concentrated on the task at hand. Channeling all the seriousness he could with...

Tom Walker's debut album

Tom Walker’s debut album “What A Time To Be Alive” isn’t anything special

April 23, 2019

Apparently, I live under a rock—a rock that prevents me from discovering unique artists and their musical expressions until the ocean of mediocre music swells, crashes, and sweeps them away in a frothy...

I’m tired of being more tired than you

I’m tired of being more tired than you

April 16, 2019

“I am so tired. I only got five hours of sleep last night.” “No, I am tired. I got two hours, and I’m sick.” This is one of the many conversations I overheard in the hallway yesterday....

Dermot Kennedy's self-titled debut album was a gorgeous exploration of vulnerability and power

Dermot Kennedy’s self-titled debut album was a gorgeous exploration of vulnerability and power

April 12, 2019

The first time I heard Dermot Kennedy sing, I was dumbstruck. Never had I heard such an infectious song. Of course, at the time, I had no idea who the singer was or what the song was titled. Nevertheless,...

Janae Van Dyk works to check an item off her bucket list by teaching herself Italian

Janae Van Dyk works to check an item off her bucket list by teaching herself Italian

April 9, 2019

Every day, sophomore Janae Van Dyk carves out thirty to fifty minutes to work towards her dreams and towards fulfilling her life. Janae teaches herself Italian. “It's on my bucket list to visit Italy...

I've always liked the rain

I’ve always liked the rain

March 26, 2019

The scents of knowledge and adventure float up from the new book I just opened. In the dim lamplight, my fingers briefly trail along the title pages and table of contents before my insatiable hunger for...

The dreamcoat wasn't the only thing amazing about Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

The dreamcoat wasn’t the only thing amazing about Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

March 19, 2019

Last Thursday, I found my AP Lang class on a slight detour from the lesson plan we hardly ever deviate from to a particularly exhausting after-school activity: the musical. Bedraggled and fatigued, the...

I'm stuck in slush

I’m stuck in slush

March 12, 2019

As the nails of the chilly, almost-spring air tore at my skin, clawing at my coat, my feet pulled me outside the haven of warmth inside the school where they met the sidewalk with a squelch. The leftovers...

From Michigan With Love was a meaningful exploration into a new side of Quinn XCII

From Michigan With Love was a meaningful exploration into a new side of Quinn XCII

March 8, 2019

Full. I feel full in the most inexplicable, melancholy, contented way. I feel some anxious, continuously-craving-more part of my being finally being sated. I feel the currents of the sweet, mellifluous...

Allie Mairn travels far and wide for soccer

Allie Mairn travels far and wide for soccer

March 5, 2019

Freshman Allie Mairn spends eight to ten hours in the car during a typical school week. Nothing about this schedule is typical for someone her grade, but she does it for the sport of her past, present,...

Humans of FHC: Enya Burrow

Humans of FHC: Enya Burrow

February 28, 2019

"I do cheer. I just started this year--my sophomore year. It was a little terrifying because everyone knew what they were doing, and I didn't really. I was kind of in the back, but it was really, really...

Life is a dance

Life is a dance

February 26, 2019

Life begins at the first practice; it’s like your childhood. No matter what routine you learn, the first practice is always the most difficult. You are learning the dynamics of the team, the way of...

Humans of FHC: Emmalyn Holmquist

Humans of FHC: Emmalyn Holmquist

February 26, 2019

"[My mom is] always just really good at giving advice and saying to get out of your comfort zone. I think honestly high school has just taught me to get out of my box and do fun things. [My favorite saying...

Isn't It Romantic was everything I love and hate about romantic comedies

Isn’t It Romantic was everything I love and hate about romantic comedies

February 19, 2019

I classify myself as a cynical hopeless romantic; I have an ongoing love/hate relationship with romantic comedies. The film Isn’t It Romantic was made for people like me who can’t help but be drawn...

In the dead of night, I come alive

In the dead of night, I come alive

February 12, 2019

At 4:00 pm, I sat down to write my paper. My finger tapped away lethargically on the keyboard, slowly stringing together sentences of banal quality at best. At 5:00 pm, I was distracted from my paper...

On the Basis of Sex was the perfect mix of accuracy and entertainment

On the Basis of Sex was the perfect mix of accuracy and entertainment

February 8, 2019

Every middle school graduate has some basic knowledge of women’s fight for equal rights. Most of the time, this knowledge includes the Seneca Falls Conventions and some important figures from the 1800's...

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