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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

Emalea Rooke

Emalea Rooke, Staff Writer

Emalea Rooke is a senior entering her first year on The Central Trend. Since she was little, Emalea has always had a passion for bringing her imagination to life with creative writing, and she is excited to expand her writing skills this year. Other than writing, Emalea enjoys reading, drawing, and spending time with friends. She is the head of costumes for FHC Theatre this year and hopes to use the knowledge she gains in college for Fashion Design.

Favorite Song: "Banana Pancakes" by Jack Johnson

Favorite Video Game: Red Dead Redemption

Favorite Flower: Carnations

Favorite Accessory: Her sun-shaped nazar necklace

All content by Emalea Rooke
About 12 years ago, my first day of school began with a commemorative photo. Soon, I will celebrate my final day of school with the same.

This is my not-so ambiguous goodbye

Emalea Rooke, Staff Writer April 30, 2024

The average student attends only three schools before college. I have attended 13. In kindergarten, I attended Village Leadership Academy in Boise, Idaho. There, I learned how to cross the street without...

The piles of letters in my room remind me of Easton, my lifelong friend, and how our friendship persists.

Here are three ideas for staying in touch with friends as summer approaches

Emalea Rooke, Staff Writer April 26, 2024

For over ten years, I have maintained a close friendship with my best friend forever (aka, BFF), Easton.  It hasn’t been perfect—we live almost 2000 miles apart, and Easton doesn’t have the most...

The basket fills up with many fruits, and each one reminds me of my past and future.

Ambiguity and a basket of fruit

Emalea Rooke, Staff Writer April 23, 2024

I watch as the basket fills up. First, heaping lemons line the bottom of the weaved wicker, smiling up at me. Their presence is comforting and joyful—despite their occasional sour taste. I know that...

Emalinabotecifis was named after a dog, Zoey Botecifis, and her best friend, Emalea Emalina.

Ambiguity and Emalinabotecifis

Emalea Rooke, Staff Writer April 16, 2024

I read once that, should a star explode, its electromagnetic radiation could take 600 years to reach Earth. A star could explode—gone from the Universe—and we would have no idea for six centuries. That’s...

How To Date Billy Walsh is Amazon Primes newest quirky and spirited romantic comedy.

How To Date Billy Walsh is the newest goofy, angsty teen rom-com

Emalea Rooke, Staff Writer April 11, 2024

“If you think too loudly, you’ll never hear the answer you’re looking for.” One of Amazon Prime’s newest rom-coms, How To Date Billy Walsh, carries this message throughout the film with a...

Crispy chicken seems like a safe option, but grilled chicken seems better to me.

Ambiguity and an order of chicken

Emalea Rooke, Junior Writer April 9, 2024

“Crispy chicken or grilled?” Crispy or grilled? Do I want strips battered with panko crumbs and egg wash, or would I enjoy a seared slice plated fresh from a pan? It’s a circling question. The...

Dorm rooms can feel compact, messy, and hard to manage, but with these dorm essentials, that can be minimized.

These top five college dorm essentials will maximize your college experience

Emalea Rooke, Staff Writer March 25, 2024

Over the summer, I had the privilege of attending a two-week class at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). During this time, I got a taste of dorm life and gathered an idea of what is essential...

I thought the sun would never rise again, but it surprised me today.

Ambiguity and a rising sun

Emalea Rooke, Staff Writer March 19, 2024

The sun came out today. 1,935 miles away, I can imagine how its rays brushed the tips of white pines, scattering light across mountains that stretch to the sky. 992 miles from here, I can predict how...

One broken spine harbored a letter that, to this day, soothes my mentality.

Ambiguity and broken spines

Emalea Rooke, Staff Writer March 5, 2024

Broken spines mitigate the soul. I’m not talking about the kind that sends pain shooting through your back or paralyzes you from the waist down. I’m not speaking of the broken spines that doctors...

Molly has been skiing since she was young, and she still holds immense love for the sport.

Molly O’Meara finds a lifelong love for snow skiing in its beauty and community

Emalea Rooke, Staff Writer February 27, 2024

When she was younger, senior Molly O’Meara was enrolled in Cannonburg’s ski school; this unique experience jump-started a love for something Molly would have never expected: skiing. Molly still...

TikTok and Universal Music Groups dispute over their contract renewal terms have led to a plethora of undesirable consequences.

The TikTok UMG Music Ban is harming more than just the audios on TikTok

Emalea Rooke, Staff Writer February 23, 2024

Recently, a huge upset in the world of social media arose as TikTok and Universal Music Group (UMG) failed to renew a contract that affected over one billion users.  For those who aren’t familiar...

When I think of a still room, I conjure a place where quiet is prominent and endlessness is inevitable.

Ambiguity and a quiet room

Emalea Rooke, Staff Writer February 21, 2024

What makes a space still? Perhaps the color—a glassy white sweeping across every wall, so someone standing in the center sees everything and nothing all at once. It is that which would make it still:...

TZ and her friends in the Bahamas---a location shes visiting again this February.

FHC’s upcoming mid-winter break is a gift for students looking to unwind, catch up, or have fun

Emalea Rooke, Staff Writer February 13, 2024

From Florida to Frankenmuth, senior TZ Cumbo-Nacheli and her family adventure to an array of places every break. Each time, she cherishes the memories, the relaxation, and the fun that embody each experience.  This...

There are many alternate movie posters for Argylle; one of them featuring Alfie, the Scottish Fold.

Argylle is a hilarious tale of surprise, spies, and lots of lies

Emalea Rooke, Staff Writer February 9, 2024

Adorned in shades of yellow and the face of a Scottish Fold tucked into a backpack, I couldn’t help but notice the newest movie poster in the theatre’s display case: Argylle. Immediately, I rushed...

The butterfly is as radiant in my memory as it was that day on the lake.

Ambiguity and the promise of a butterfly

Emalea Rooke, Staff Writer February 6, 2024

When I was young, I found a butterfly. Immediately, it was mine. In my tiny boat with a family friend, I scooped it up from the murky water where it fluttered, and then, I sat perched on the edge of...

Lauren has been strengthening friendships, both new and old, all year.

Senior Lauren Roth is strengthening her circle of friends one moment at a time

Emalea Rooke, Staff Writer January 30, 2024

When senior Lauren Roth invites others to her home, she always shows them the records that ornament her walls.  Ranging from Metallica to Billie Eilish, each one acts as more than just riveting decor;...

The Aladdin musical offers a family-friendly experience thats interactive, hilarious, and downright fun.

Disney’s Broadway’s Aladdin offers a captivating experience full of whimsy and wit

Emalea Rooke, Staff Writer January 26, 2024

Last week, at DeVos Performance Hall, my love for theatre was reborn. In seat A25 of the Balcony, with a perfect view of a colorful stage and all of the antics that occurred upon it, I sat beaming as...

The teacup rests on the floor, unmoving and patiently waiting to be noticed.

Ambiguity and the last sip of a teacup

Emalea Rooke, Staff Writer January 25, 2024

Floating along the rim of a gold-brushed cup, my favorite tea leaves swirl in lukewarm water. This lonesome drink, forgone from my mind, remains quiet and cumbersome on a silent white floor. Its presence...

New Years resolutions are often accompanied with the pressure of completing them, only to, ironically, rarely be finished.

Society is becoming increasingly anti-New Year’s resolutions

Emalea Rooke, Staff Writer January 16, 2024

All over social media, New Year’s resolutions are being criticized with titles like Everyone is Over New Year’s Resolutions, The Reasons Your New Year’s Resolutions Will FAIL, and New Year’s Resolutions...

The strawberry bushes never failed to produce beautiful fruit.

Ambiguity and strawberry bushes

Emalea Rooke, Staff Writer January 11, 2024

Strawberry bushes are perennial plants. With good care, their return is promised for years—unless they contract a disease. Once, strawberry bushes graced my home. Their sun-soaked leaves decorated...

My late cats soft fur was comforting to me.

Wilde’s words are not so wild

Emalea Rooke, Junior Writer December 15, 2023

“Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.” This philosophical thought, curiously written by Oscar Wilde, has sat in my mind since I read it.  He’s...

STEM classes provide an opportunity for high school students to creatively solve real-world issues with science, technology, engineering, and math.

STEM classes are a thrilling alternative to a traditional core curriculum

Emalea Rooke, Junior Writer December 13, 2023

Four years ago, in her freshman year, senior Penny O’Meara cooked marshmallows with a solar cell during Biology class. If this activity doesn’t sound familiar, it’s because it shouldn’t. Penny...

UCAS is an online resource and application service that connects prospective students to universities across the UK.

UCAS is easy to navigate for American applicants

Emalea Rooke, Junior Writer December 7, 2023

Since I was young, one dream has remained stagnant at the top of my bucket list: studying abroad. I grew up with simultaneous comments of encouragement and disgust towards leaving my country, but my...

Mel Trotter Thrift has a wide array of clothing to choose from, as do most other resale shops.

Second-hand shops will always be my first choice

Emalea Rooke, Junior Writer December 1, 2023

The other day, I was considering the oddities of society’s standards. One such standard is that, in the US, we are required by law to wear clothes.  The oddity isn’t in the law itself—I surely...

Alex Ophoffs welcoming spirit is apparent in everything she does.

For Alex Ophoff, a welcoming attitude is the best policy

Emalea Rooke, Junior Writer November 30, 2023

Two years ago, FHC’s daily news program, FX, advertised that the water polo team needed new players, catching the ear of current senior Alex Ophoff.  Despite the daunting prospect of joining a sport...

TCTs The Countless Thanks 2023: Emalea Rooke

TCT’s The Countless Thanks 2023: Emalea Rooke

Emalea Rooke, Junior Writer November 21, 2023

I would like to start off my Countless Thanks with a thank you to the world. Earth is my home, and I rarely appreciate it as much as I should. I am so grateful for all of the experiences I have had in...

Jenga is one of many board games that fills the shelves in my homes family room.

My life is a game of Jenga

Emalea Rooke, Junior Writer November 17, 2023

Jenga has always had me on my toes. Joyful faces would surround me in my first games. The amateurs and the experienced players alike found a brilliant delight in waiting for the tower to fall.  Over...

Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) swings from the buildings of New York as Spider-Man.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is more than just a movie

Emalea Rooke, Junior Writer November 10, 2023

The faint aroma of well-made popcorn and artificial butter filled my senses as I sat down, prepared to watch Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse for a second time. While many movie franchises often...

The Personal Finance room is easily recognizable by OBriens nametag.

Personal Finance is about to be a requisite, and that’s a good thing

Emalea Rooke, Junior Writer November 8, 2023

For many high school students, independence is rapidly approaching—alongside it, the financial obligations that come with leaving home.  FHC’s Personal Finance teacher Kristen O’Brien believes...

A recent doodle which adorns my notes for math class.

Mrs. Okay is my role model

Emalea Rooke, Junior Writer November 3, 2023

Page after page, I wrote. Swirl after scribble, I drew. Day after day, my essays became littered with nonsensical doodles. Messy margins quickly overshadowed my whimsical tales and sensational stories;...

BJs, located near Krispy Kreme at the mall, is the newest restaurant in the area.

The newly opened BJ’s is certain to be a favorite

Emalea Rooke, Junior Writer October 11, 2023

Over the past few months, a new building has arisen beside Chick-fil-A on the corner of 28th Street and the Beltline. This new building, flooded with windows and a warm color palette, belongs to BJ’s–the...

One of the best grilled cheese sandwiches I have ever had.

How to make the perfect grilled cheese

Emalea Rooke, Junior Writer September 22, 2023

The following includes the tedious steps to making the perfect grilled cheese sandwich: First, find some bread. Sequestered in the store near sweet treats and flowers, numerous choices await. From modest...

Emalea combining her two favorite aspects of fashion, layers and popping colors, into one stylish look.

[Photo] With Emalea Rooke’s fashion, creativity has never looked so good

Eva Harshman, Copy Editor November 4, 2022

Emalea combining her two favorite aspects of fashion, layers and popping colors, into one stylish look.

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