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The Student Voice of Forest Hills Central

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The Student Voice of Forest Hills Central

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Ella Peirce

Ella Peirce, Copy Editor

Ella is a sophomore who is delighted to be returning to The Central Trend for a second year. Ella has been a competitive figure skater for as long as she can remember, and she also plays volleyball. Her other interests include hanging out with her friends, listening to music, rewatching her favorite sitcoms, reorganizing her Pinterest boards, and spending time with her pet bunny. She is endlessly excited for this year on staff and cannot wait to continue growing her love for writing.

Favorite musical artist: Taylor Swift

Favorite sitcom: Community

Current Starbucks order: A venti Iced Hazelnut Oatmilk Shaken Espresso

All content by Ella Peirce
A photo of Swift announcing the version of The Tortured Poets Department that contains the bonus track The Bolter.

Taylor Swift: marketing genius or greedy billionaire?

Ella Peirce, Copy Editor February 21, 2024

From the moment I first listened to folklore amid the pandemic to the scream I let out when she announced The Tortured Poets Department, I have found myself a fan of Taylor Swift.  I have, however,...

A photo of me and Elle holding roses on Winterfest.

My writing garden — rose

Ella Peirce, Copy Editor February 21, 2024

“I am not even faintly like a rose. She was only extemporizing, but a stirring warmth flowed from her, as if her heart was trying to come out to you concealed in one of those breathless, thrilling words”...

Once again, a screenshot of my lock screen at 2:13 p.m., on Feb. 13, my birthday.

My writing garden — violet

Ella Peirce, Copy Editor February 18, 2024

In one hour and twenty minutes, I’ll be sixteen. Maybe when I’m sixteen, I’ll stop picking at my nails. Maybe when I’m sixteen, I’ll stop procrastinating. Maybe when I’m sixteen, I’ll...

A photo of senior Mahta Poostizadeh and friends at Winterfest last year, sporting trendy dresses.

With Winterfest just around the corner, FHC’s students are prepared to dress their best

Ella Peirce, Copy Editor February 12, 2024

A wild jungle of sparkles and frills sits on the horizon of the mall. Sophomore Katie Scanlon opens her eyes to the sight, bewildered and bemused as the chaos unfolds in front of her. The jungle that she’s...

A picture of the snowy trees through my living room window; the sight no longer evokes the feeling it did in November.

My writing garden — evergreen tree: part two

Ella Peirce, Copy Editor January 19, 2024

"Check the pulse and come back swearing it’s the same, after three months in the grave." The snow-coated trees are no longer my muse.  The skift of snow that lay atop them has become all too familiar;...

An assortment of some of the pillows mentioned in this article, as well as other Valentines Day items from Target.

This year’s Valentine’s Day decorations from Target are an enamoring assortment of heart-covered commodities

Ella Peirce, Copy Editor January 17, 2024

As a lover of all things pink and all things heart-shaped, a store around Valentine’s Day is a sight very dear to me. ‘Tis the season of love in the air and desolation in the hearts of many.  Target—as...

A collage of recent moments that reflect my full heart.

My writing garden — dicentra

Ella Peirce, Copy Editor January 12, 2024

I wonder what my heart tastes like. I’ve poured it out more than I should, yet I still have not a clue what I’ve given away. I’ve let go of glasses full of speeches that were thought out and...

A collage of various projects created by AP Literature students.

Creative freedom within the AP Lit project enhances its impact on students

Ella Peirce, Copy Editor December 15, 2023

Senior Paige Harsevoort has made book lovers everywhere tremble at the sight of her AP Literature project. “My favorite part [of making my project] was painting the violin and taking the top of it...

Juniors Ellison Durkin and Bryn Sapp after the first West Michigan United Figure Skating practice.

The figure skaters of Forest Hills are combining their passion with their school pride by joining West Michigan United FS

Ella Peirce, Copy Editor December 8, 2023

Although she has spent her life on the ice, Forest Hills Eastern junior Ellison Durkin only recently came to the realization that her academic life could coincide with her athletic life in a new way. “I...

A collage of the Christmas decorations in my room that make it feel like home.

My writing garden — the garden’s door

Ella Peirce, Copy Editor December 8, 2023

I used to sleep with the door cracked open. I let my mom adjust it as she left me in the dark room. My bed was across from the door back then, and I could see her through the small window of space.  I...

Senior Sophie Erickson loves to cheer.

Cheer has given Sophie Erickson ever-lasting memories and close bonds with her teammates

Ella Peirce, Copy Editor December 8, 2023

Over her years of cheerleading, Senior Sophie Erickson has spent many hours at cheer practice. Throughout them all, some moments stick out more than others. While stunting, tumbling, and cheering itself...

The cover art for Youre Losing Me (From The Vault)

“You’re Losing Me (From The Vault)” has masterful production and wistful lyrics that combine into one melancholic melody

Ella Peirce, Copy Editor December 5, 2023

Taylor Swift bears many titles. She’s a singer, songwriter, actress, director, producer, and businesswoman. Some of these are more associated with her than others. Although she’s had minor parts...

TCT’s The Countless Thanks 2023: Ella Peirce

TCT’s The Countless Thanks 2023: Ella Peirce

Ella Peirce, Copy Editor November 22, 2023

To Elle: I don't consider you my childhood best friend. It’s such a common phrase, but I have no relation to it. Because, while you did define my childhood, you still define my life every single day....

One of the slides from the first seminar period showcasing the One hat ideas that they focus on.

Seminar periods work to have meaningful discussions within FHC’s community about its culture

Ella Peirce, Copy Editor November 16, 2023

Unfortunately, the format and structure of education as we know it does not include much time for debating over whether a hot dog is a sandwich or not. Luckily, FHC has set aside a tiny yet effective...

Miscellaneous moments that I wish I could write about well.

My writing garden — lavender

Ella Peirce, Copy Editor November 16, 2023

I try so desperately to stray from my comfort zone, but I end up in the same, self-aware corner each and every time.  Paragraphs upon paragraphs of poetic phrases and metaphors taunt me in my sleep....

Pictures of each holiday item I tried, except the Peppermint Mocha, which I forgot to photograph.

‘Tis the season at Starbucks—this year’s holiday menu is merrier than ever

Ella Peirce, Copy Editor November 7, 2023

I’m currently living life with an extreme case of tunnel vision. Every warm-toned leaf on the ground, I cannot see. Every sign advertising pumpkin spice, I avoid. Every mention of Thanksgiving, I...

A collage of the first fall of snow, and a picture of me and Evelyn as I was writing this.

My writing garden — evergreen tree

Ella Peirce, Copy Editor November 2, 2023

‘Cause in this city's barren cold, I still remember the first fall of snow, and how it glistened as it fell. There is nothing like the first fall of snow. It’s like coming home.  It’s like...

A collage of the inspirations I mention in this article.

A collection of relevant Halloween costumes to embrace 2023’s pop culture moments

Ella Peirce, Copy Editor October 31, 2023

It's spooky season, and Halloween’s rapid approach has jump-scared me once again. Every year, there are many classic costumes to be found: witches, black cats, and ghosts are all seen year after year....

The album cover for Good Riddance and Good Riddance (Deluxe)

Gracie Abrams has made her already flawless album even better with the release of “Good Riddance (Deluxe)”

Ella Peirce, Copy Editor October 27, 2023

When Good Riddance came out in March, I didn’t think I could be any more obsessed with the album than I was after I listened to it for the first time. It was constantly on repeat, the lyrics engraving...

A collage of my favorite skies, people, rabbit, and coffee.

My writing garden — hyacinth

Ella Peirce, Copy Editor October 24, 2023

I used to hate the smell of flowers. My nose was sensitive, and their enchanting yet strong scent overwhelmed me whenever I went near them. Just a few years ago, I hated pink; for many girls, it’s...

A messy collage of times where Ive healed, little by little.

My writing garden — sage

Ella Peirce, Copy Editor October 11, 2023

Healing. It means different things to different people and different things at different times. For me, it’s something I believe I can't do. Yet, I've never tried. When I'm upset, I wait for...

Even the sky is reminiscent of fall with its orange and yellow hues.

Anthems of autumn to experience the season in its entirety

Ella Peirce, Copy Editor October 3, 2023

For as long as I care to remember, I’ve found that my music taste changes with the leaves.  Summer is defined by Solar Power by Lorde and Norman F****** Rockwell by Lana Del Rey, as well as a variety...

A younger me and my sister on a visit to see our Nana and Poppy.

My writing garden — poppy

Ella Peirce, Copy Editor September 26, 2023

I look down to find two poppies in my weary hands. One has been resting in my grasp for two years; its imprint shallow yet enduring.  It’s an odd feeling, holding onto this flower that I’ve...

A photo of FHCs new security officer: Lisa Stukkie

Lisa Stukkie is looking forward to engaging with FHC’s community in a new way through her job as a security officer

Ella Peirce, Copy Editor September 19, 2023

Giving your boss a parking ticket may not be a common approach to take when starting a new job, but FHC’s new security officer Lisa Stukkie unintentionally seized this opportunity. “I gave [principal]...

Life lately; early mornings with picturesque skies and coffee and leaves.

My writing garden – cyclamen

Ella Peirce, Copy Editor September 12, 2023

I’m afraid it’ll be eternal; this feeling. It lingers in my bloodstream, whispers in my ear, and settles within my bones. And I believe it. New levels of persuasion are reached through its brevity. I’m...

A collage of my fall so far, including various pumpkin spice lattes and fall scents.

An all-encompassing guide to achieving the cozy autumn aesthetic

Ella Peirce, Copy Editor September 7, 2023

It’s time. Fall is sneaking out from under summer’s shadow, changing the leaves and changing the weather with every step she takes. A breeze accompanies her movements, floating through the air,...

One of the promo pics for the returning pumpkin-flavored drinks.

Starbucks has been unimpressive in their recent seasonal menus

Ella Peirce, Copy Editor September 5, 2023

I consume a lot of Starbucks. Yes, it’s overpriced and arguably overrated, but I still get a minor dopamine rush when I’m handed a fresh drink from the drive-thru window. Upon writing that, I realize...

A picture of me from the third day of this school year.

My writing garden – daffodil

Ella Peirce, Copy Editor August 29, 2023

I’m envisioning a wildflower field. Each plant took time to grow, and we’re left with a vibrant explosion of vivacious flowers. Within my own mind, I memorialize stretches of time by associating...

Photos of me, Addie, Ellerie, and Evelyn in sixth hour, the best part of my day.

A mess, just like it should be

Ella Peirce, Staff Writer June 1, 2023

“It’s your freshman year, and you’re gonna be here for the next four years.” A quote from a Taylor Swift song that I can no longer relate to. A bittersweet endeavor, as most endings are. Fun...

A hint of optimism to illuminate the most pessimistic days

A hint of optimism to illuminate the most pessimistic days

Ella Peirce, Staff Writer May 31, 2023

This morning, I buttered my toasted bagel and decided life might be okay after all. I wore my favorite necklace and took the time to curl my eyelashes. I played music from the car speakers and felt nostalgia...

A group of AP seminar students standing in the class.

AP classes are a difficult endeavor but ultimately benefit students’ academic careers

Ella Peirce, Staff Writer May 25, 2023

When you think of an AP class, you’re probably overwhelmed with imagery of insurmountable stress and studying. However, for senior Aden Pomeroy, a certain AP class brings fond memories of working and...

My breaking point was reached, but I emerged a little brighter than before.

A tragedy, with a bright ending

Ella Peirce, Staff Writer May 23, 2023

Act I I’m a mess. There’s no denying it, not that anybody would try to. I’m simply falling apart; the only things that are even attempting the laborious task of holding me together are countdowns...

A photo of Swift during Karma at the end of the concert, surrounded by confetti.

Taylor Swift’s “Style” during her Eras Tour will “Forever & Always” be iconic

Ella Peirce, Staff Writer May 16, 2023

On June 9, in Detroit, I will have the honor of seeing Taylor Alison Swift in person.  When Taylor began her Eras Tour in mid-March, I took very little time considering the idea of avoiding Eras tour...

Sophomore Abby Schnelker finds joy and delight in playing the violin.

The classical melodies of her violin guide Abby Schnelker through life

Ella Peirce, Staff Writer May 10, 2023

Practice makes perfect, right? For sophomore Abby Schnelker, every so often, practicing will, in fact, do the opposite of that. “There are some days where I'll practice [my violin], and I [feel...

The version of me listening to these songs now, and the versions of me that I become every listen.

I’ve found my time machine

Ella Peirce, Staff Writer May 10, 2023

Time travel may not be possible, but the next best thing is quite easily accessible. A small triangle. So minuscule, so tiny, yet it holds the power to transport me from wherever I am to wherever I’ve...

Film Festival Q&As 2023: Haley Ward

Film Festival Q&As 2023: Haley Ward

Ella Peirce, Staff Writer May 4, 2023

Film: Vengeance Grade: 11th What is the premise of your film? A long-standing high school friend group deals with drama, as high schoolers can be careless with their comments. During this quarrel,...

Film Festival Q&As 2023: Ryan Sutherlund

Film Festival Q&As 2023: Ryan Sutherlund

Ella Peirce, Staff Writer May 4, 2023

Film: Skip Day Grade: 11th What is the premise of your film? "Our movie is about three guys skipping school and what they do while out of school." Without spoiling, what should the audience...

A collage of moments and memories mentioned in this column that made up my year.

I shouldn’t have blinked

Ella Peirce, Staff Writer May 2, 2023

It was a genuine mistake. It was late August, and all that my sweet innocent eyes could focus on was the future. I was anxious while also feeling dumb for feeling anxious because that’s so cliché. Being...

Film Festival Q&As 2023: Vivian Wheland

Film Festival Q&As 2023: Vivian Wheland

Ella Peirce, Staff Writer May 1, 2023

Film: The Game Grade: 11th What is the premise of your film? "Lily finds herself in need of a large sum of money and turns to an old friend for help. When things do not go as planned, she is...

A photo of me and Mema, presumably on Halloween.

It’s just a house

Ella Peirce, Staff Writer April 26, 2023

It’s just a house. It's a house purchased in February of 2008, which also happens to be the month I was born. I’ve never known anything more than that house; going to Mema and Papa’s meant going...

A collage of some times the night wasnt too bad.

The line between insomnia and insanity is thinning

Ella Peirce, Staff Writer April 26, 2023

Nothing feels real when I’m frozen in the infinity that is time, eyes locked onto a random spot on the ceiling. My head is simultaneously pounding and clear. The pitch-black sky outside my window should...

The cover art for emails i can’t send fwd:.

“Emails i can’t send fwd:” by Sabrina Carpenter comes with four flawless new tracks

Ella Peirce, Staff Writer April 16, 2023

I hate Sabrina Carpenter. Rather, I hate her decision-making skills. On March 17, 2023, Carpenter released the deluxe edition of her album emails i can’t send, and titled it emails i can’t send...

A collage of moments where I felt like myself, and the Taylor Swift lyrics that helped inspire this column.

The moments I’m made of

Ella Peirce, Staff Writer March 20, 2023

I want to be defined by the things that I love, not the things I hate. I don’t know who I am. I don’t think anybody knows who they are; we just go through life searching and deciding and changing...

A collage of moments and objects that remind me of spring, and make me happier because of it.

The hopeful rays of spring sunshine are thawing the barren cold

Ella Peirce, Staff Writer March 14, 2023

An accordant blend of pastels and florals overtake my thoughts until all I can see is a picturesque blue sky, so vivid that it escapes my mind and spills into my life. I find the cloudless clear sky...

I dont have any recollection of this.

The haze surrounding the past is clouding my senses

Ella Peirce, Staff Writer March 7, 2023

I go on and on, waiting for that ‘aha’ look to appear on their faces, but no bells are ringing in their minds. Their confused looks have stayed consistent through my monologue and regret is ever present...

Intro to Business Q&As: Estella Yaw - No Flo

Intro to Business Q&As: Estella Yaw – No Flo

Ella Peirce, Staff Writer March 3, 2023

Members: Estella Yaw (Management and Leadership), Addison Reuter - (Marketing), Jack Monterusso, Kamal Berjawi (Sales), Jomaire Rios (Sales), Gianna Davidson (Supply Chain), Cameron Segebarth...

Sophomore Reagan Larson, sitting with a cake.

From crashing into her dance studio to soaring through the air, Reagan Larson finds joy in all aspects of dance

Ella Peirce, Staff Writer March 2, 2023

One morning, sophomore Reagan Larson was so excited to arrive at her dance studio that she drove straight into it. “I actually crashed my car into the studio,” Reagan said. “It was a Saturday...

My course selection form from eighth grade, with Writing for Publication in the final elective.

My future is currently unwritten, but I’m content

Ella Peirce, Staff Writer February 28, 2023

I like writing. That should be obvious, due to the fact that I write story after story for this website, but I didn’t realize it right away.  I’ve never considered myself a writer. Not only...

It still feels like late 2021, which is when this photo was taken.

The 24 hours of a day

Ella Peirce, Staff Writer February 21, 2023

As I’m writing this, the clock on the mantel is audibly ticking behind me. Each click is another second of my life I’ll never get back. I can’t rewind the clock’s golden hand, no matter how much...

A photo of Abby Sutter on the beam

Competition is in the air for all the gymnasts at FHC

Ella Peirce, Staff Writer February 16, 2023

While tumbling and flipping through the air may be the most prominent features of gymnastics, there’s far more to it than that. Senior Abby Sutter admires not only the athleticism of gymnastics, but...

A screenshot of my lockscreen, at 2:13 pm, on February 13th.

The candle smoke is suffocating me

Ella Peirce, Staff Writer February 16, 2023

As my eyes wander across the classroom, they lock onto the digital clock on the counter. The red digits come into focus. 2:13. I smile on the inside, mentally capturing the moment. It’s just another...

The womens podium at the 2023 US Figure Skating Championships in San Jose.

The best-dressed at this year’s US Figure Skating Championships

Ella Peirce, Staff Writer February 7, 2023

This year’s US Figure Skating Championships were, honestly, pretty uneventful; the favorites for each event won, Ilia Malinin didn’t land his quadruple axel, Isabeau Levito had a clean skate, and Amber...

A collage of bullet journaling images that came up when I searched through Pinterest.

When bullet journaling, perfection is not always something to strive for

Ella Peirce, Staff Writer January 31, 2023

Torn out pages. Emptied bottles of whiteout. Used up erasers. For perfectionists, bullet journaling sometimes feels like a form of torture. However, after learning to release any preconceived notions...

A photo of the sun setting over the lake.

The blissful memories of my past are slowly fading

Ella Peirce, Staff Writer January 24, 2023

Every summer growing up, I had one thing to look forward to, until I didn’t; until my fondest memories gradually turned into a distant dream that I can only look back upon with a loving gaze. Up until...

Sophomore Abbie Glass pictured in front of some trees

Abbie Glass looks forward to the possibilities of her future

Ella Peirce, Staff Writer January 17, 2023

Sophomore Abbie Glass doesn’t find herself afraid while flying in an airplane through vast clouds, over the country. Rather, she feels excited, as each takeoff means she’s about to be accustomed to...

We should de-romanticize Valentine’s Day

We should de-romanticize Valentine’s Day

Ella Peirce, Staff Writer January 17, 2023

My favorite color has always fluctuated and shifted depending on just about nothing at all. But as of right now, I’ve decided on pink. As I grow older, I seem to fall more and more in love with the rosy...

A photo I took at the 2019 US Nationals, which were held in Detroit.

My personal favorite figure skating programs of 2022

Ella Peirce, Staff Writer January 10, 2023

2022 was a year full of drama, scandals, and new records for the figure skating community. The winter Olympics occurred, Illia Malinin became the first person ever to land a quadruple axel, Yuzuru Hanyu...

My New Years journal page from 2022, using lyrics from Taylor Swifts 22.

Empty resolutions

Ella Peirce, Staff Writer January 9, 2023

For each year in my existing memory, I’ve spent New Year’s Eve at my grandparent’s house watching the ball drop. And every time it does, it feels like something is supposed to change, like an invisible...

A screenshot of my winter/Christmas board, that I created because thinking about Christmas makes me happy.

Pinterest’s organizational and aesthetic qualities make it the superior social media platform

Ella Peirce, Junior Writer December 12, 2022

Social media has two main components. There's media, and there’s the social aspect of said media. Some apps are more of one than the other; Snapchat is primarily social and Instagram is somewhat of a...

Kaden (far right) standing with his teammates.

Kaden LaJoie has discovered a welcoming community within the FHC crew team

Ella Peirce, Junior Writer December 7, 2022

To sophomore Kaden LaJoie, the feeling of being on the water, in a boat, with his crew team is simply unsurpassed by all the other joys the sport has to offer.  “I just love being outside and being...

My friend Elle and I, recreating a photo taken on Halloween.

Photos provide a glimpse into who I used to be

Ella Peirce, Junior Writer December 4, 2022

I love reminiscing about the past. I love it a little too much, even, to the point where it consumes my present. I think about who I was then, who I am now, all the things I should’ve done differently,...

The media center where the workshop took place

Workshops about the school environment are making a student-driven positive impact on FHC

Ella Peirce, Junior Writer November 30, 2022

Throughout a full day of discussing the culture of FHC and more, the staff found an entertaining midday activity to give the students a quick break from thinking and problem-solving. Resource room teacher...

TCTs The Countless Thanks 2022: Ella Peirce

TCT’s The Countless Thanks 2022: Ella Peirce

Ella Peirce, Junior Writer November 21, 2022

To my friends- Thank you, Elle Manning. You’ve been there for me since kindergarten, and I hope that never changes. You’re always the first person I tell things to, and the last person to forget...

A snowy view from my bedroom window

Each season as I see it

Ella Peirce, Junior Writer November 20, 2022

As the first snowfall of the year delicately drifts to the ground, the fiery leaves stop dancing in the wind and transition to their snow-covered graves. Winter. Snowflakes, fireplaces, and blankets....

A small Christmas tree sitting next to a record player, the perfect setup to listen to these songs if you have them on vinyl

The holiday season has begun—here’s a list of Christmas songs that sleigh

Ella Peirce, Junior Writer November 11, 2022

I used to be one of the people shouting over the early-November merry holiday tunes, "What about Thanksgiving!" However, as I’ve matured, I’ve decided that Thanksgiving isn’t really that interesting....

Junior Lucy Yoder stands in the rain with an umbrella.

Lucy Yoder values the friendships formed through track

Ella Peirce, Junior Writer November 9, 2022

Junior Lucy Yoder fills her days with track practice and off-season training. Weirdly enough, she doesn’t actually like running. “[I] definitely don't [like] running itself,” Lucy said. “I like...

The cover art for Ella Janes sophomore project.

Ella Jane’s new album “Marginalia” was the perfect second step in her music career

Ella Peirce, Junior Writer November 7, 2022

Whilst browsing Spotify’s multitude of pre-designed playlists, I came across a song called “nothing else i could do” by an artist named Ella Jane. To be honest, I only listened to the song because...

The cover art for Sabrina Carpenters fifth album, emails i cant send.

“Emails i can’t send” by Sabrina Carpenter isn’t appreciated enough

Ella Peirce, Junior Writer November 3, 2022

During the short summer days, I was consistently looking for new things to keep me entertained. Alongside other various activities, my main entertainment was music. With lead singles that drew me in and...

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