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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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The Student Voice of Forest Hills Central

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Ellie McDowell

Ellie McDowell, Staff Writer

Ellie is a senior entering her final semester on staff. She is on stage crew for FHC Theater, but when she's not doing that she works at Meijer. She loves to read and write in her free time. Ellie plays clarinet in band, and she's going to miss marching band a lot once she graduates. Ellie loves to go on road trips, whether that's a longer road trip to somewhere like South Dakota, or just an hour-long drive to Grand Haven with her friends. She is very excited to see what the last semester of her senior year brings, and she can't wait to share that through her writing.

Favorite genre: Romance and Dystopian

Favorite experience so far: Smith Walbridge Drum Major camp over the summer

On a Friday night you can find Ellie: sitting on her bed watching true crime. Not sleeping because she watches too many serial killer documentaries, but definitely in her bed.

Home(s) away from home: The school parking lot after dark in her trunk, Meijer, South Dakota, Grand Haven beaches

All content by Ellie McDowell
One of my favorite pictures from our marching band kickoff show.

I blinked, it’s gone

Ellie McDowell, Staff Writer May 5, 2023

Nearly every time I open The Central Trend I cry. This time was no different. It inspired me to write one more, so thank you, Ella. Freshman year was a blur. All I really remember is a lot of anxiety,...

I dont think I have ever posted a picture of me crying anywhere, so here we go

I wish I could just stop crying

Ellie McDowell, Staff Writer May 2, 2023

I don’t even know why I’m crying at this point. Sometimes I’m just sitting in fourth-hour Architectural Rendering and Design and I have to resist the urge to let the tears pooling up spill over. Occasionally,...

Approximately 15 days until this cap and gown, and the dress underneath, marks my final outfit as a student at FHC.

This isn’t goodbye

Ellie McDowell, Staff Writer May 2, 2023

44 stories later and this is the one that I have been both awaiting and dreading. This one is the one where I officially say goodbye. Goodbye to the girl I’ve always been. The one who has found safety...

These three people are my best friends. I love all of them, and Im going to miss them so much.

To the three of you

Ellie McDowell, Staff Writer May 2, 2023

They say home is where the heart is, and in a matter of months, mine will be scattered. Pieces of mine will be back home in Grand Rapids, up in Marquette, down in Florida. I will be in Pennsylvania. This...

Top: Me and Avery Moore when we were younger

Bottom: One of my senior pictures taken just outside of Castlewood, South Dakota - my home away from home

It takes a village

Ellie McDowell, Staff Writer April 19, 2023

Senior year is almost over. As it comes to a close, I have been doing a lot of reflecting on the teachers that have played a role in my growing up and in my school career. There are so many teachers I...

The album cover of When Im Older by Chloe Ament

Chloe Ament, once again, changed my playlists for the better

Ellie McDowell, Staff Writer April 10, 2023

Last year I found a small artist named Chloe Ament. I wrote a review on her most recent EP at the time Broken Bodies, Broken Hearts. Since then, I’ve been following her closely, watching for new releases....

My ugly green car and all of the things that make it unique (aka the dents and broken door handles).

This car is the end of an era

Ellie McDowell, Staff Writer March 9, 2023

When I was driving down Cascade Road on the way to a band concert at CMS, my car started to try to drift off of the road. I thought it was because of a flat tire. Then, there was a thud and a grinding...

Each column less than 100 words. I cant write.

[Photo] I can’t write

March 2, 2023

Each column less than 100 words. I can't write.

One of the earliest pictures I have from back when the scariest thing was the monster under my bed.

I’ve always been afraid of the dark

Ellie McDowell, Staff Writer February 27, 2023

I have always been afraid of the dark. I thought I would grow out of it, but since I was three in my upstairs bedroom with the slanted ceiling, the darkness has housed the unknown. The only thing that...

Intro to Business Q&As: Maya Fitzgerald – Why Not?

Ellie McDowell, Staff Writer February 27, 2023

Members: Maya Fitzgerald, Mackenzie Mayo, Raegan Price, Nolan Bateson, Addison Zint, Ella Sanford, Joaquin Dorado Product: Cards Grade: 11 Why should somebody buy from your business?  "It...

One of the many images posted by MSU and in support.

When will enough be enough

Ellie McDowell, Staff Writer February 22, 2023

This story contains discussions of school shootings and violence. I am scared and angry. I am tired both physically and emotionally. I don’t know what to do anymore. Those are the exact words I...

Two of my best friends and I before homecoming. Im going to miss these two.

Ada isn’t a tourist town, but for me it will be

Ellie McDowell, Staff Writer February 9, 2023

Someday soon I’m going to be a tourist in my own town. For years I have done little but talk about wanting to get out of Michigan. I have known—for as long as I can remember—that Michigan will...

From the first day of kindergarten to the first day of senior year, I owe a lot of who I am to the things that made my life what it was.

A letter to the little things that played a huge role in the girl I am today

Ellie McDowell, Staff Writer February 2, 2023

My earliest memories consist of a few objects that have made me into the person I am today. My earliest memories are full of laughter and tears, and a few things have been there for me through all of my...

One of the smaller moments that make my life what it is. One of the smaller moments that becomes encapsulated by the lyrics of these songs.

The lyrics that write my life

Ellie McDowell, Staff Writer January 19, 2023

The beauty of lyrics is the emotion that is conveyed through a few words strung together. I listen to so many different genres of music I can’t even begin to explain my taste. From Broadway soundtracks...

Some of my hardest goodbyes

Life as I know it is coming to an end

Ellie McDowell, Staff Writer January 12, 2023

A month ago, things were so different. There weren’t approximately 1,000 miles between me and one of the people I consider to be one of my best friends. I saw Kyle every day. I wasn’t quite so worried...

My favorite pictures from my last marching band performance at Ford Field.

Here’s to the second half of Chapter 12

Ellie McDowell, Staff Writer January 8, 2023

Chapter 1 didn’t go as planned. I thought I would be able to start over completely after the last story ended, but it’s clear to me now that I was wrong. There is no starting over. Not when the...

A few picture taken on the way to get the Dairy Queen treats

[Photo] Dairy Queen’s summer menu pt. 2

June 1, 2022

A few picture taken on the way to get the Dairy Queen treats

The cover photos of some of my favorite stories from this year. That girl has grown, and changed. The next story is starting.

This story is over, but the series is not

Ellie McDowell, Staff Writer May 30, 2022

This story opened with an anxious girl who didn’t know how to express her feelings, and definitely didn’t think she could write. Now, that same girl is writing her last story. I have written words...

FHC Inspires Q&As: Maggie Schimeck

FHC Inspires Q&As: Maggie Schimeck

Ellie McDowell, Staff Writer May 24, 2022

Name: Maggie Schimeck Position: Speaker TED Talk title: Anyone Can Be an Artist Why did you apply to be a speaker?  "I applied to become a speaker because I've been really excited to do...

FHC Inspires Q&As: Olivia Oorbeck

FHC Inspires Q&As: Olivia Oorbeck

Ellie McDowell, Staff Writer May 24, 2022

Name: Olivia Oorbeck Position: Speaker TED Talk title: Find An Escape Why did you apply to be a speaker?  "I applied to be a speaker because I wanted to try something new and get experience...

FHC Inspires Q&As: Penelope OMeara

FHC Inspires Q&As: Penelope O’Meara

Ellie McDowell, Staff Writer May 24, 2022

Name: Penelope O'Meara Position: Speaker TED Talk title: Love Expectations in Teenagers Why did you apply to be a speaker?  "I applied to be a speaker because I really like talking about...

FHC Inspires: Fine Arts Center, 7 pm, May 31st.

FHC Inspires continues to change lives

Ellie McDowell, Staff Writer May 19, 2022

It has been almost five years since sophomore Olivia Oorbeck lost her sister. She will never be the same and is still working through the emotions and difficulties. Olivia is honored and excited to share...

Love is something that makes the world go around. It makes life worth living.

My love for love

Ellie McDowell, Staff Writer May 16, 2022

I want flowers and love notes. I want chocolate and teddy bears for Valentine’s Day. I want to curl up on the couch and watch hours of cheesy rom-coms without a care in the world. At first glance,...

This isnt goodbye, this is simply see you later. These memories will never leave. I will be forever grateful. Thank you, Class of 2022.

This isn’t goodbye

Ellie McDowell, Staff Writer May 9, 2022

Next Tuesday is officially the end of what high school has always been. The image that the seniors have created and maintained will be over, and I don’t know what’s going to happen next. The seniors...

A picture of my best friend, Ella, and I. We were waiting for the cars to clear out of the parking lot so we could head home.

A letter to my seasons

Ellie McDowell, Staff Writer April 18, 2022

The seasons in Michigan are unpredictable. One day it could be sunny, and the next there is hail pelting you. Friendships are like that too, unpredictable. They can be beautiful one day, and the next...

The album cover as seen on Apple Music

Chloe Ament unlocked some core memories with her newest EP

Ellie McDowell, Staff Writer March 30, 2022

The part of me that is still stuck in middle school found herself excitedly jumping up and down last Friday. I found a small artist on Instagram who just released a new EP. The name of it confused me a...

Various pictures from the nights of the shows. I will never forget these memories.

A table, a royal ball, and a new love for theatre

Ellie McDowell, Staff Writer March 22, 2022

One of the best decisions I have ever made was joining the stage crew for Cinderella. There were multiple moments where I thought maybe I had made a mistake, but now I know that every piece of the show...

Various pictures of the girl I used to know and the girl I know now

There is a girl I used to know

Ellie McDowell, Staff Writer March 7, 2022

There is this girl I used to know. She was confident and happy. When she was ten, she could smile, and her whole face would light up. Her happiness was the only thing that mattered, and anyone else’s...

Pit Stop Barbecues store front at 6479 28th Street.

Pit Stop Barbecue hits the tables of FHC

Ellie McDowell, Staff Writer February 22, 2022

Lunch time has been the same for the students at FHC for far too long. Principal Steve Passinault believes that it might be time for a break from the same food students have been eating since kindergarten. In...

My Google Drive storage is full of words I will never let the world see.

I find my escape in words no one will see

Ellie McDowell, Staff Writer February 22, 2022

I tend to lose myself in the worlds I create. I have a whole universe built in my mind that the world will likely never see. I make up stories to tell truths I wish I could say out loud, but I never...

My copy of Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover

Kenna’s life and my facade

Ellie McDowell, Staff Writer January 31, 2022

My friend Anna hooked me on Colleen Hoover with one of her most popular books: It Ends with Us. On January 18th, I caught news of a new release from Hoover. I knew I had to get my hands on the book. So...

Travis (back middle) and some of his friends with their football playoff cuts

Team sports don’t stop at football for Travis Bolt

Ellie McDowell, Staff Writer January 24, 2022

As the stadium lights beat down on the field, junior Travis Bolt said goodbye to the seniors on the team that he had been playing football with since he started high school, but maybe, it was less of a...

A picture of the farm my mom grew up on through one of the side mirrors of our car.

I long to be a small town girl

Ellie McDowell, Staff Writer January 20, 2022

“I want to live in New York City or Washington D.C.” That is what I would have told you when I was six years old. I never would have expected that to change like it did. By the time I turned 16,...

The cover of Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

The lessons I learned from Aristotle Mendoza and ‘his people’

Ellie McDowell, Staff Writer January 17, 2022

“You will have to make choices—and those choices will map out the shape and course of your life. We are all cartographers—all of us. We all want to write our names on the map of the world." I...

Here is Julian Hayes pictured in the band room.

[Photo] Junior Julian Hayes inhales musical media and exhales art of all kinds

January 17, 2022

Here is Julian Hayes pictured in the band room.

Me and two of my friends since childhood at Abbies (middle) graduation party.

Today, I realized I’m growing up

Ellie McDowell, Staff Writer January 10, 2022

I’m not ready to grow up. Growing up is like climbing through a window, but it gets closed behind you, leaving no way back inside. You get to see what made you into the person you are, but you can’t...

The six holiday themed candies I tried.

The holiday versions of some of my favorites pleasantly surprised me

Ellie McDowell, Junior Writer December 13, 2021

The holidays are upon us, and you may be wondering what some of your favorite candy companies are doing. Well, I’m here to tell you. Cherry Cordial Hershey Kisses The first thing I noticed about...

The spirit rock outside FHC, featuring Oxford High Schools school colors.

I am at a loss

Ellie McDowell, Junior Writer December 8, 2021

This story contains discussion of school shootings and violence.  I am scared and angry. I am tired both physically and emotionally. I don’t know what to do anymore. Columbine High School, April...

Rebecca and Eli Lipke on the first day of school

Having a parent teaching in the building is an opportunity only a few students get to experience

Ellie McDowell, Junior Writer December 2, 2021

For a few students, going to school isn’t an escape from their parents. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing; it’s just not something all students get the chance to experience. A lot of these students...

The cover of The Last Legacy by Adrienne Young

The Last Legacy has challenged me to make my mark

Ellie McDowell, Junior Writer November 29, 2021

Curled up in blankets, my Christmas tree glowing in the corner of my room, I listened as the spine of the brand new book in front of me cracked open for the first time. Little did I know that this moment...

TCTs The Countless Thanks 2021: Ellie McDowell

TCT’s The Countless Thanks 2021: Ellie McDowell

Ellie McDowell, Junior Writer November 23, 2021

Jadelin Hinkel - for going on adventures with me I don’t have the words to thank you. I never thought that the sophomore that I met weeks before my freshman year even started would become my best friend,...

Typical Thanksgiving dinner

Chicken is the way to go for Thanksgiving dinner

Ellie McDowell, Junior Writer November 15, 2021

Thanksgiving is almost here, and it’s time to start figuring out what is going on your table for this feast. Most people have a set group of things for Thanksgiving dinner: cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes,...

Jason Majerle and his dog, Jojo.

Jason Majerle has found his love for teaching high school at FHC

Ellie McDowell, Junior Writer November 11, 2021

When he started college, student teacher Jason Majerle was not planning to be a teacher. Now, Majerle has almost finished education at Alma College for secondary education, but it didn’t start that...

From left to right: Cal Anderson, Kimberly Anderson, Brad Anderson. Not pictured: Jon Anderson

[Photo] The Andersons of FHC balance comradery and chaos upon their last name

November 9, 2021

From left to right: Cal Anderson, Kimberly Anderson, Brad Anderson. Not pictured: Jon Anderson

The different items on the IHOP holiday menu

IHOP’s holiday menu could use some revamping

Ellie McDowell, Junior Writer November 8, 2021

Sitting at a table with four plates of food and a holiday drink in front of you is daunting. When these plates of food in front of you are a variety of colors such as blue or orange, some of which are...

The ASC work center after school.

The Academic Success Center is changing lives

Ellie McDowell, Junior Writer November 4, 2021

Jack Woods, a senior on the National Honors Society (NHS) Executive Board, has known what he wants to do after high school since his sophomore year.  He wants to go to the University of Michigan or...

A picture of me and my best friend, Jadelin, doing something that makes me who I am, even if I dont understand who that is yet.

I still don’t know who I’m going to be

Ellie McDowell, Junior Writer November 1, 2021

I’m not fifteen anymore. I have been sixteen for one month, sixteen days, ten hours, and thirty-six minutes. Now that I am sixteen, I no longer sit on my bed with Taylor Swift’s lyrics floating...

Madi and her brother, Nate, posing next to a car.

Madi Evans’ relationship with her brother is unparalleled

Ellie McDowell, Junior Writer October 26, 2021

Taylor Swift’s voice floats through the car while sophomore Madi Evans waits in the gas line at Costco. Sitting in the driver’s seat is Madi’s brother, senior Nate Evans. Together, they scream...

The things I wish I could say

The things I wish I could say

Ellie McDowell, Junior Writer September 30, 2021

I wish I could go back and talk to myself when I was eight. There is so much I would like to say that could have solved so many problems if I had known. I could have avoided heartbreak and anxiety. I could...

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