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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

Emma Zawacki

Emma Zawacki, Editor in Chief

Emma is a senior and is starting her third and final year writing for The Central Trend. She spends most of her free time in the passenger seat of a friend's car or writing stories for this site. She strives for her stories to make people feel the way love songs and late summer nights do. She looks forward to spending her last year of high school on the brown couch that lives in room 139/140 with some of her closest friends.


Favorite stories to write: Her favorite types of stories to write are columns and poems because she enjoys expressing her emotions in eloquent ways.


Starbucks order: Iced Vanilla Latte or a Chai Tea Latte.


Favorite place: Her family's cottage up north on Big Star Lake. She has spent many summer days surrounded by cousins and making memories. She and her family make it a point every year to participate in the lake's annual boat parade.

All content by Emma Zawacki
Nat, Mr. George, Kelsey, and I at the Homecoming parade months ago

This is it

May 6, 2022

The brown couch in the TCT room envelopes your body like a hug when you fall upon it; the blue pillows that replace the back cushions cradle your head when you lean back far enough—regardless of whether...

Avery, Nat, and I sitting on the old, brown couch this week

My world may still be evolving, but this is the last update

May 5, 2022

It was always going to come to this. I always knew this was going to end, that’d I’d be writing my last editor’s column in the same spot I wrote my first one: under my comforter with tears in...

Here is a picture of the seniors on the first day of their senior year, a memory they will all hold as they enter the last day of school.

[Photo] The Senior Recognition Ceremony is an honorable way to honor the graduating seniors

May 4, 2022

Here is a picture of the seniors on the first day of their senior year, a memory they will all hold as they enter the last day of school.

A picture I took at the park a few nights ago

I always seem to come back to star metaphors

April 29, 2022

Shoot for the moon, they say. Suit up, chart your course, prepare for take-off—it’s ok to fail, but it’s not. At least you’ll be among the stars if you fail, they say. But, after seeing the...

Rylie and I in Orlando for spring break watching the sunset

From the backseat of my car, yet another goodbye

April 22, 2022

This column was suppose to be about how, for the last few weeks, I’ve felt comfortable. It was going to be about how I’ve been accepting the change that is happening in the present and processing...

Ella Fauson dreams of making air travel better for the environment

Ella Fauson dreams of making air travel better for the environment

April 18, 2022

Senior Ella Fauson and her family took a camping trip out west in June of 2021.  While most would expect to find themselves riddled with mosquito bites after a trip like this one, Ella found a passion...

Senior Emma Zawacki has been on the staff of The Central Trend since her sophomore year and became the Editor-in-Chief her senior year.

[Photo] Taking a leap sophomore year, Emma Zawacki not only found her biggest passion but also her home

May 6, 2022

Senior Emma Zawacki has been on the staff of The Central Trend since her sophomore year and became the Editor-in-Chief her senior year.

Learning to use the blue wings shes sewn herself

Learning to use the blue wings she’s sewn herself

April 1, 2022

The sky is an angry blue. And with it, she’s furious at herself. Livid at the things she’s let slip between her fingers and the things she pushed off until later because she’s slowly running...

The greenhouse in the Downtown Market as the sun was starting to set

I’m drowning in the endings, the finales, and the absolutes

March 30, 2022

We’re approaching a territory full of lasts, and everything in me is screaming to turn around, to run from the absoluteness of it all.  To lock myself away so I don’t have to face any of these...

A sun-kissed photo of the book Bella is reading and a hill

My heart has always been a catch-all

March 25, 2022

My heart’s always been a catch-all for all of those around me. A receptacle for the bad, the worse, the horrendous. Soaking up others’ emotions, people-pleasing until I can’t anymore, until I...

a picture of downtown Indianapolis, Indiana


a picture of downtown Indianapolis, Indiana

Jack Vanderveen posing for one of his senior photos

Jack VanderVeen hopes to continue with his love of band at GVSU next fall

March 21, 2022

Senior Jack VanderVeen decided to learn how to play the trumpet in the sixth grade. However, the instrument didn’t stick, and he quit the class the following year. Instead, he took guitar lessons...

A picture I took from the backseat of Averys car in downtown Ada

A season wrapped in lilac

March 18, 2022

The radio’s static is a distant hum compared to the woosh of cars on the street outside her bedroom window. They seemingly race each other down the dimly-lit street, racing towards an unknown destination.  The...

A photo I took on the ride home from Missouri a few weeks ago

I’m clinging to the things that will always hold true

March 9, 2022

Things are hectic right now—housing plans, The Senior Edition planning, and being pulled in every direction by everyone around me—but I’m holding out for the end of the year, holding out to be able...

Senior Julia Brown posing for the camera in a field

Julia Brown looks forward to new team building opportunities at Hope College

March 7, 2022

Senior Julia Brown spent her first year playing lacrosse caked in mud. In the sixth grade, when Julia first started playing lacrosse seven years ago, her team had to practice on a field lovingly dubbed...

A picture of my Converse sitting in a tweed basket up north

To subconscious decisions

March 4, 2022

March 1st A Tuesday that started with a splitting headache and an urge to crawl back into my bed, refusing to start the day.  A Tuesday that ended in tears. Because while my family and I were...

On a hike, avoiding the slippery path, carrying the tote bag Jessie painted for me and the trail snacks we bought at the gas station. I was happy.

[Photo] This moment – paint me a rainbow

February 25, 2022

On a hike, avoiding the slippery path, carrying the tote bag Jessie painted for me and the trail snacks we bought at the gas station. I was happy.

Kat and I on the trail with our trail snacks

Leaning into the change and learning to breathe once more

February 23, 2022

We were fashionably late for our own endeavors.  A line spewed from the passenger seat of Natalie’s replacement car—a blue Chevy that has been dubbed Marina—by Katarina who shared in my hesitation...

Senior Conner Milton catching a pass from a teammate on the football field.

Conner Milton is looking forward to finding a family within the Ferris State football program

February 22, 2022

In the fourth grade, senior Conner Milton began playing tackle football; that same year, he got a concussion from senior Tyler Weaver while out on the field together. Conner started playing the beloved...

Me and my parents at an MSU game

Thank you for placing the stars within my reach

February 18, 2022

To my dad, 90s rock songs were made for late-night drives. More specifically, a late-night drive that was fueled by gas station caffeine and Kurt Cobain lyrics that we were playing so loud, we threatened...

A picture of a greenhouse Jessie and I visited last weekend

She’s beginning to trip over the steps she thought she had memorized

February 16, 2022

She’s beginning to stumble. Beginning to trip over the things she no longer finds meaningful. The weight of her past clings to her hands, pulling her in their direction as she struggles to flee. She...

A picture of the suckers that come attached to the Candy Grams

The FHC Varsity Dance Team is spreading messages of love this Valentine’s Day

February 8, 2022

Junior Kaylin Scheuneman is excited to participate in the longstanding dance team tradition of getting a spray tan before they travel down to Orlando, Florida for Nationals.  “The day before we leave,”...

A picture from Netflixs new comedy, Murderville

Netflix’s Murderville was a comedic masterpiece thanks to its guest stars

February 7, 2022

My father and I, much to my mother’s dismay, share an affinity for sitcoms and bad jokes.  We also both agree that there are currently not any good background TV shows that have been newly released...

the sunset from my car window last night

To dolphin keychains, freshman year Homecoming tickets, and possibly a Taylor Swift CD

February 4, 2022

In eighth grade, my best friend and I made a time capsule. It’s an old, blue shoe box that we decorated with construction paper and bright stickers with our handwriting scribbled across the top. “Do...

the cover photos for the three singles released by The Lumineers and the BRIGHTSIDE album

The Lumineers’ latest album, BRIGHTSIDE, is full of heart-breaking, soul-collapsing lyrics

January 28, 2022

Lately, I’ve been attempting to chase the highs of summertime. Attempting to ignore the bitter chill in the air that nips at my fingers and the fact that I can only seem to catch the tail-end of sunsets...

A picture I took while out to brunch at Nonnas with a few friends

A year full of small victories

January 26, 2022

She doesn’t have much to say this week. She doesn’t seem to have any outstanding emotions or unfinished business with this world, and maybe, her column from last week is to blame for that.  She...

Senior Tyler Stiles showing off some of his favorite rocks

Senior Tyler Stiles rocks

January 24, 2022

Senior Tyler Stiles, while still living in Kansas, had a room decorated like a miniature planetarium.  The walls of his childhood bedroom were complete with small planets and other space-themed decor...

A window overlooking downtown Chicago and the buildings that line Michigan Street

What she lacks in answers she makes up for in sad stanzas of poetry

January 21, 2022

She’s dug her own grave. And she’s filled it in with gravel, adjectives beginning with “a,” and the slight smell of salt that lingers in the seaside air. It burns her lungs. As if the...

a poster for Netflixs Queer Eye

Queer Eye’s sixth season is nothing short of inspirational and uplifting

January 14, 2022

I follow the entirety of the Fab Five on Twitter. This means that aside from getting my fair share of hilarious tweets from the hosts of Netflix’s original series Queer Eye, I also was very quickly...

the ASL 4 class on a field trip to Fredrick Meijer Gardens a few months ago

American Sign Language’s latest project aims to make our community more inclusive

January 11, 2022

American Sign Language teacher Kimberly Anderson wants her students to learn that the world isn’t as nice as it should be.  “I think deaf people are oppressed,” Anderson said, “and it's hard...

A picture of my sister in front of a rainbow

Childlike curiosity is weighed down by crushing expectations

December 17, 2021

I’ve become codependent on my to-do lists. Clinging to the bullet points, pretending they offer some small form of order in the chaos that is to ensue.  Chaos that is a stack of letters threatening...

a picture I took on my way to target this past weekend

Scattered moments and memories that’ll be left behind

December 15, 2021

I scratched my name into the walls of a pizzeria last weekend in Chicago. We had taken refuge from the cold at a table just big enough for the six of us and talked about our shopping endeavors as the...

the album cover for Khalids new album, Scenic Drive (The Tapes)

Khalid’s latest album, Scenic Drive (The Tapes), falls short

December 10, 2021

I’m always on the search for music that is perfect for late-night drives, music that doesn’t distract from the sunset through my windshield but adds to the experience as a whole.  And lately, I’ve...

Junior Jenan Hammad finds fulfillment within her artistic endeavors

Junior Jenan Hammad finds fulfillment within her artistic endeavors

December 6, 2021

Junior Jenan Hammad makes the stickers that decorate her laptop in her free time. “I make my own stickers,” Jenan said. “I print out photos at the library, and I laminate them. Then, I put them...

A photo I took at the bottom of a friends driveway as it snowed

She’s always wished for days like today

December 3, 2021

She spent her childhood wishing on shooting stars and eyelashes brushed away by warm fingertips.  She used to wish for days like today.  Days where she is riding serotonin highs and no matter how...

TCTs The Countless Thanks 2021: Emma Zawacki

TCT’s The Countless Thanks 2021: Emma Zawacki

November 25, 2021

Staff - for brightening my day with your ability to go above and beyond  Jadelin, thank you for always being so dedicated. Masyn, thank you for your positive attitude. Kelsey, thank you for making...

a picture of my friends rooster painting reflected in the car windshield

Words and wishes for my future

November 19, 2021

My passion for words is no secret. I never stop talking about whatever book I’m reading or stories like these that are written in Times New Roman size 12. But with a future I’m excited about nearly...

Yet another selfie Emma took—when Nat was not ready—while we were waiting for our ice cream in the Culvers drive-thru over the summer—when we were tan and content.

[Photo] TCT’s The Countless Thanks 2021: Avery Jordan

November 25, 2021

Yet another selfie Emma took—when Nat was not ready—while we were waiting for our ice cream in the Culver's drive-thru over the summer—when we were tan and content.

A picture of me from several years ago when I went with my aunt and uncle to pick up their new dog

Third person narratives and where she stands now

November 17, 2021

My parents used to tell me “Sophie stories” every night before bed. They’d crawl into my bed on either side of my small frame and tell me stories about a girl named Sophie who always seemed to...

A picture of the album cover for Red (Taylors Version)

Red (Taylor’s Version) is an eloquent blend of nostalgia and revolutionary songs

November 12, 2021

The year is 2012. My childhood best friend and I are sprawled out in her room, me on the floor and her across the foot of her bed. In the background of our conversation about Taylor Swift’s current...

Play Q&As: Benji Zorn

Play Q&As: Benji Zorn

November 11, 2021

Name: Benji Zorn Grade: 12th 1. What is your role? "I play two roles. I play Roger—who is Judy's new husband after the breakup/divorce. I also play one of the two drunks on the train, along...

Play Q&As: Russell Baird

Play Q&As: Russell Baird

November 11, 2021

Name: Russell Baird Grade: 12th 1. What is your role? "I play Ed Boone, Christopher's father." 2. Why did you decide to try out for the play? "[I] decided to try out because I'd done the...

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time — Fall Play Q&As

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time — Fall Play Q&As

November 11, 2021

This year, FHC's theatre department, directed by John Donovan, is putting on The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.  The show will be running from Thursday, Nov. 11th until Saturday, Nov....

Play Q&As: Gia Monteruso

Play Q&As: Gia Monteruso

November 10, 2021

Name: Gia Monteruso Grade: 10th 1. What is your role? "My character's name is Siobhan. She's like the teacher/mentor to the main character, Christopher; she's also the narrator in the first act." 2....

Play Q&As: Abby Berlin

Play Q&As: Abby Berlin

November 10, 2021

Name: Abby Berlin Grade: 12th 1. What is your role? "I play Mrs. Shears and Punk Girl." 2. Why did you decide to try out for the play? "I decided to try out for the play because a lot...

Play Q&As: Logan Verlinde

Play Q&As: Logan Verlinde

November 10, 2021

Name: Logan Verlinde Grade: 12th 1. What is your role? "I play a policeman, as well as Mr. Thompson's brother and other various roles in the play." 2. Why did you decide to try out for the...

The cover art for FINNEAS latest album this is titled Optimist

Optimist by FINNEAS is the perfect background noise for any occasion

November 5, 2021

I do my best writing when I listen to music.  There’s something about the endless noise that triggers metaphors in my brain and helps me string together eloquent sentences. And because I write...

A picture of American Sign Language teacher Kimberly Anderson smiling for the camera

Kimberly Anderson strives to combine ASL with all of her passions

November 1, 2021

Around Central Michigan University’s campus, American Sign Language teacher Kimberly Anderson is known as “the bike girl.” “We have Deaf Awareness week,” Anderson said, “[and my junior year,]...

A picture of one of my notebooks filled with lines of words that I wrote earlier this year

The importance of giving students a place for self-expression in classrooms

October 29, 2021

I tore apart a children’s poetry book this summer. I cut out stanzas and pictures and rearranged them to make new poems on the fronts of my notebooks. I ripped them apart and glued them together in...

Spooky Humans: Anne Keller

Spooky Humans: Anne Keller

October 28, 2021

"I never wore costumes until I had to teach young, young children. And one year, I remember I dressed up as a disco ball and that was a lot of fun. [It] was one of those inflatable costumes, and then I...

Nat and I being cute.

[Photo] I’m only here because of the little things

October 28, 2021

Nat and I being cute.

One of my many senior photos taken in the middle of a field right before it rained.

A beautiful mess of sunsets and a blur of individually wrapped mints

October 27, 2021

Senior year has been a blur—a blur of pastels and convoluted greys and thinking that it’s still September. A blur of brown couches, individually wrapped mints, Avery, Nat, and blue walls. Preparations...

The three logos of the schools the Honors English 10 students will be visiting.

The Honors English 10 college visits are allowing students to learn about possible options for their futures

October 25, 2021

Counselor Kyle Perkins is looking forward to the Honors English 10 field trip planned by teacher Ken George for a variety of reasons—the main one being that Hope College has an awesome cafeteria. On...

The album cover for Chelsea Cutlers album When I Close My Eyes.

Chelsea Cutler’s latest album is the perfect collection of songs for long car rides

October 22, 2021

I made my second trip down to Bloomington, Indiana this past weekend.  I toured the red and white halls of the Hogwarts-esque buildings and the landscaped lawns of Indiana University in an attempt...

A picture of my friend Kat and I in front of a sunset

Lilac skies brush hands with fate as fall winds dance across the world

October 15, 2021

Lilac skies brush hands with fate in tenderly cruel exchanges of passion.  They flirt with change and possibility while breathing new life into a loveless atmosphere. The aura of the earth is shifting,...

Intro to Business Q&As

Intro to Business Q&As

October 13, 2021

As part of Jared Lowe's Intro to Business classes, ten groups of students have developed their own companies to learn first-hand how to run a business and sell their products for maximum profit. Our staff...

This Is Ranger Country Podcast

This Is Ranger Country Podcast

October 11, 2021

This is Ranger Country is a community-wide podcast for families, students, staff, & alumni. Keep up on school events, sports, community projects, and segments highlighting the amazing people and businesses...

A picture of my Spotify as I listened to Jeremy Zuckers latest album

Jeremy Zucker’s sophomore album was the perfect soundtrack for a relaxing evening

October 8, 2021

For the first time in weeks, I turned on my oil diffuser.  I was feeling particularly stressed last night and the bottle of essential oils labeled “Stress Relief” seemed like nothing more than...

A picture I took at an art gallery in Charlevoix this summer

This story has a definite beginning but no foreseeable ending

October 6, 2021

In the eighth grade, we wrote books.  It was a freedom granted to the Challenge Language Arts students as an opportunity to give our overworked brains a break as we picked at the storytelling instincts...

A picture of the menu bar that displays the Student Life Page tab

The goal of TCT’s new Student Life Page is to increase participation among students

October 4, 2021

Senior Roman Kalaczinski wanted to apply for an internship this past summer.  He tried to look through resources provided by the school to help him gain some work experience, but quickly grew frustrated...

a picture of some fabric I took in an art museum in Charlevoix

The AP Lit poetry unit, my dying plant, and the odd joy custom license plates bring me

October 1, 2021

I spend my fourth hour in AP Lit everyday.  Recently, we’ve been dissecting pieces of poets’ souls as we discuss the figurative language sprinkled throughout these masterpieces that are life personified.  And...

the class of 2022

Class of 2022 Lip Sync

September 27, 2021

Here is the link to the class of 2022's Lip Sync at this year's Homecoming assembly. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMx31gAwsgE

A picture of the album cover for Luke Hemmings first album and also the trackless

When Facing the Things We Turn Away From made me envious of Luke Hemmings’ writing abilities

September 24, 2021

I’ve always adored the way that raindrops and music notes weave together to form harmonies that satisfy my longing for peace.  And I’ve always envied artists that can write lyrics so powerful that...

This Is Ranger Country: Episode 22

This Is Ranger Country: Episode 22

September 23, 2021

Brad and John discuss the upcoming Homecoming festivities as well as all the fun to come in the community! https://open.spotify.com/episode/7Erl7LcOOc2e9O5IzpIWQ0

a picture from the 2019 Ranger Rumble that showcases all of Ranger Country

The Ranger Rumble assembly is the perfect event to kick off Homecoming week

September 20, 2021

This event has been postponed until further notice because of a thunderstorm warning on Monday morning.  When history teacher Brad Anderson was a student at Pine Ridge Elementary School, he thought...

A picture of the night sky as day bleeds into night

The colors of change are bleeding together

September 17, 2021

I have 11 months until adulthood, and while I crave the independence that will come with July 22nd, I also can’t help but feel as though my childhood is ending at a rate quicker than I can cope with,...

One of my senior pictures that I have fallen in love with

She has nothing on her mind but the comfort of her bed, the rain outside, and the gravity of her words

September 15, 2021

The rain gurgles as the drops chase each other through my gutters. That and the thunder are the only decipherable noises over the sound of my fingers typing away at my lavender-colored keyboard—the same...

This Is Ranger Country: Episode 21

This Is Ranger Country: Episode 21

September 14, 2021

John and Brad discuss the start of the school year, the upcoming Homecoming activities, and of course, the Cascade Heritage Day, along with a little sideline into the football season. https://open.spotify.com/episode/6m2vTfUVgDp82twDGNNZVT

You Signed Up For This is the perfect soundtrack to chase sunsets to

You Signed Up For This is the perfect soundtrack to chase sunsets to

September 10, 2021

I found out about this album the same way I do with most of my music—an app that I spend too much of my time on, scrolling through pointless videos about books I should read and artists that write songs...

Kyle Carhart finds his passion in basketball whether hes playing or coaching

Kyle Carhart finds his passion in basketball whether he’s playing or coaching

September 7, 2021

The top of one side of history teacher Kyle Carhart’s room is decorated with colorful flags from the different countries he’s had the honor of visiting, and among all the bright flags, one stands out...

This Is Ranger Country: Episode 20

This Is Ranger Country: Episode 20

September 6, 2021

This week the guys thank our local bus drivers, give a fairly in-depth preview of Ranger football this season, and recommend that everyone head out to Ranger Stadium to enjoy the atmosphere, camaraderie,...

a photo of my sister and I this summer before we took family photos

Summer’s sweet song is how she finds her voice

September 3, 2021

She uses summer as an excuse to grow into her own skin. For she thinks she is prettier when cast in a bronze hue and adorned with freckles; they paint her face in constellations that reflect the night...

This is Ranger Country: Episode 18

This is Ranger Country: Episode 18

August 20, 2021

Brad and John are back together after a week-long hiatus. They discuss the imminent beginning of school, the glory of summer vacation, and offer a few tips on where to go before the season passes you by.   https://open.spotify.com/episode/61b7cz0vA64GDzvEuxBwpr

This is Ranger Country: Episode 17

This is Ranger Country: Episode 17

August 20, 2021

The BIG Announcement!!!   https://open.spotify.com/episode/2Z1peExIxF8S4CthjtgSvG

This Is Ranger Country: Episode 16

This Is Ranger Country: Episode 16

August 20, 2021

In this episode, Brad and John discuss summer, lake time, a brief chat at Cascade Firefighters (more to come soon), and our top five (family-friendly) small breweries in Ranger Country.   https://open.spotify.com/episode/1PngkL95pQPWa94RDZBgzJ

a picture of me in my dads old shirt reaching for books at the top of the shelf

My words and how they ground me

August 17, 2021

I’ve missed writing poetry. I’ve spent the past three months collecting stanzas to poems I won’t publish and titles to stories I won’t write—I’m trying not to live for the past, but to write...

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