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The Central Trend

Emma Zawacki

Emma Zawacki, Editor in Chief

Emma is a junior, and this is her second year writing for The Central Trend. She enjoys binge-watching the newest seasons of her favorite shows and watching crime documentaries at midnight. She spends nearly all her free time with her three younger siblings or out with friends.

Favorite part about being on staff: All the amazing people that she gets to work beside on a daily basis while getting a chance to be creative

Favorite type of story: Columns

Favorite ice cream flavor: Cookies and cream

Show she most recently binge-watched: New Girl

 

 

 

All content by Emma Zawacki
a picture of myself I took before writing this column.

My world as it evolves

July 14, 2021

I’ve spent weeks trying to find a theme for my Editor’s Column.  I searched for a short, catchy sentence to title this tri-weekly story I’ll be writing, yet I always seemed to fall short.  But...

This Is Ranger Country: Episode 15

This Is Ranger Country: Episode 15

June 16, 2021

John, Brad, and his cat sign-on from the Streamside Hall to talk sports, summer activities, and the future of Cascade as we know it. They also discuss some hot spots to take the family this summer around...

This Is Ranger Country: Episode 14

This Is Ranger Country: Episode 14

June 4, 2021

John and Brad discuss the summer sendoffs that are happening around the districts. At around the 32-minute mark, they transition into a conversational interview with author, teacher, coach, and legend,...

To Avery and Nat

To Avery and Nat

June 4, 2021

To Avery and Nat, Everything is coming to an end—this school year specifically.  And while endings are typically comparable to large, cavernous places plagued in darkness, I think of this ending...

Student Council Q&As: Sean Stone

Student Council Q&As: Sean Stone

May 28, 2021

Name: Sean Stone Class: 2022 1. What position are you running for? "Treasurer." 2. Why did you decide to run? "I enjoy Student Council and serving the class." 3. What are the main promises...

Student Council Q&As: Caroline Logan

Student Council Q&As: Caroline Logan

May 28, 2021

Name: Caroline Logan Class: 2023 1. What position are you running for? "I am running for Secretary of the Executive Board." 2. Why did you decide to run? "I decided to run because I really...

A picture, that is not of a Dogwood tree, but a dainty, flowering plant nonetheless that I found on one of my many adventures.

The motherly Dogwood tree does little to protect the concrete below

May 28, 2021

I have a flowering tree at the top of my driveway, and when the flower petals fall, they blanket the cement like some all-natural confetti or a snowfall. Snowfall that isn’t plausible in this heat-stroke...

Student Council Q&As: Emily Albaitis

Student Council Q&As: Emily Albaitis

May 27, 2021

Name: Emily Albaitis Class: 2022 What position are you running for? "I am running for Secretary." Why did you decide to run? "I decided to run because I’ve always wanted to do Student...

This Is Ranger Country: Episode 13

This Is Ranger Country: Episode 13

May 27, 2021

John and Brad briefly discuss a few news items happening here in FHPS, as well as some intriguing occurrences and rumors about Ada, Cascade, and a look back to some bygone Hometown heroes.   https://open.spotify.com/episode/5sZYkbu8KyrvWMUQ5AeEZO

Student Council Q&As: Logan Verlinde

Student Council Q&As: Logan Verlinde

May 27, 2021

Name: Logan Verlinde Class: 2022 1. What position are you running for? "I'm running for Vice President." 2. Why did you decide to run? "I decided to run because I love working with the people...

Student Council Q&As: Sofie Brown

Student Council Q&As: Sofie Brown

May 26, 2021

Name: Sofie Brown Class: 2023 1.  What position are you running for? "I am currently running for treasurer of the executive board!" 2. Why did you decide to run? "I have always had...

Student Council Q&As: Roman Kalaczinski

Student Council Q&As: Roman Kalaczinski

May 26, 2021

Name: Roman Kalaczinski Class: 2022 1. What position are you running for? "I am running for executive board president." 2) Why did you decide to run? "I am running because I have been...

Student Council Q&As: Maurielle Hayes

Student Council Q&As: Maurielle Hayes

May 26, 2021

Name: Maurielle Hayes Class: 2022 1. What position are you running for? "I am running for Executive Board Vice President." 2. Why did you decide to run? "I decided to run because I have...

Student Council Q&As: Benji Zorn

Student Council Q&As: Benji Zorn

May 26, 2021

Name: Benji Zorn Class: 2022 1. What position are you running for? "2022 Class President." 2. Why did you decide to run? "I decided to run to continue the great legacy that this class has...

Student Council Q&As: Natalie Mix

Student Council Q&As: Natalie Mix

May 26, 2021

Name: Natalie Mix Class: 2022 1. What position are you running for? “I am running for Public Relations on the Executive Board.” 2. Why did you decide to run? “Well, when I first got...

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2021-2022 Student Council Q&As

May 26, 2021

With the voting opening at the end of the week, we decided to do Q&As with the current high schoolers running for office. We hope to provide students here at FHC with a deeper look into the candidates...

one of the many pictures I took during my trip to Heidi's

She craves control

May 21, 2021

Scribbled letters sprawled across tan skin in large, loopy handwriting depict her busy evening. There is no disconnect—the letters work together to form words that she can comprehend and read later as...

This Is Ranger Country: Episode 12

This Is Ranger Country: Episode 12

May 20, 2021

John and Brad discuss FHC's graduation, news from our local schools, and have an EXCLUSIVE interview with Cascade Township supervisor Grace Lesperance (@ around the 40 min mark).   https://open.spotify.com/episode/5aHxEVURml80vmbWKikM29

FHC Inspires Announcement

FHC Inspires Announcement

May 17, 2021

After a year of relegation to the digital world, FHC Inspires is back in person, redefining the entire show. This year's FHC Inspires team, headed up by student directors Lydia Bolger and Sarah Bethel,...

Freshman Sloane Corey finds a sport she loves in tennis

Freshman Sloane Corey finds a sport she loves in tennis

May 14, 2021

Recently, freshman Sloane Corey has picked up a new hobby—a hobby that involves comfortable shoes, a racket, and a neon yellow ball. This being her first year of high school, she decided to try out...

This Is Ranger Country: Episode 11

This Is Ranger Country: Episode 11

May 13, 2021

Another Special Senior Edition!!! In this episode, we again discuss the "Top 10 Events in Ranger Country's History," and we highlight some of our seniors who might not crave the spotlight but deserve...

This Is Ranger Country: Episode 10

This Is Ranger Country: Episode 10

May 13, 2021

Special Senior Edition!!! In this episode, we discuss our upcoming "Top 10 Events in Ranger Country's History," and we highlight some of our seniors who might not crave the spotlight but deserve...

This Is Ranger Country: Episode 9

This Is Ranger Country: Episode 9

May 13, 2021

John and Brad record their "sunrise special" this week as they discuss the new senior schedule, our Hometown Heroes—Hunter Robinson and Rebecca Dooley—Staff Spotlights, Nancy Townsend and Erin Narducci,...

This Is Ranger Country: Episode 8

This Is Ranger Country: Episode 8

May 13, 2021

Brad and John had some tech issues with this episode, so this is almost an Episode 8.5. In this edition, we discuss our Hometown Heroes, Abby McAlindon and Jonah Spates, along with our Staff Spotlight—Carey...

This Is Ranger Country: Episode 7

This Is Ranger Country: Episode 7

May 13, 2021

Brad and John are back from spring break with a new Staff Spotlight, some Hometown Heroes, and a face in the crow that you might recognize! Don't forget about the Ranger Recommendation (Schnitz Deli),...

This Is Ranger Country: Episode 6

This Is Ranger Country: Episode 6

May 13, 2021

Brad Anderson and John Fisher discuss our Ranger community through our Hometown Heroes, Avery LeTourneau and Whitney Currie, our Staff Spotlight on Lisa Marco and Kathy Marvin, and offering a few new Ranger...

This Is Ranger Country: Episode 5

This Is Ranger Country: Episode 5

May 13, 2021

Brad Anderson and John Fisher discuss our Ranger community through our Staff Spotlight of Mark Maneiro, our Hometown Heroes, Matt Mahoney and Katie Tellier, and offering a few new Ranger Recommendations...

This Is Ranger Country: Episode 4

This Is Ranger Country: Episode 4

May 13, 2021

Brad Anderson and John Fisher discuss our Ranger community through our Staff Spotlight of Jeff Tolar, our Hometown Heroes, Robby Frazer and Audrey Sidebotham, and offering a few new Ranger Recommendations...

This Is Ranger Country: Episode 3

This Is Ranger Country: Episode 3

May 13, 2021

Brad Anderson and John Fisher discuss our Ranger community by spotlighting our Educator of the Week—Beth Stevens—our Hometown Heroes—Isaac Gurley and Theryn Hallock—and offering a few new Ranger...

This is Ranger Country: Episode 2

This is Ranger Country: Episode 2

May 13, 2021

Brad Anderson and John Fisher discuss our Ranger school community and news followed by an in-depth look at some hometown heroes, special staff members, and a few local recommendations.   https://open.spotify.com/episode/5FJEsYAYMrUbzPM9bXA5EH

This Is Ranger Country: Episode 1

This Is Ranger Country: Episode 1

May 13, 2021

History teacher Brad Anderson and English teacher John Fisher discuss everything from what's happening in the Ranger Community to highlighting a few amazing people! https://open.spotify.com/episode/6Ic6w4G0a67qpZvaVIiyHh  

A picture of the plant I bought the other day with another person that makes up who I am

The pieces of myself I stole

May 12, 2021

Whenever I hold someone’s hand, I always squeeze it three times because my dad taught me that it means "I love you."  He’d always encase my tiny, painted hand in his and squeeze it gently thrice....

This Is Ranger Country Podcast

This Is Ranger Country Podcast

May 12, 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...

morning dew left over from a night of tears against my car window

She comes alive as the world cries

May 7, 2021

She is wide awake listening to the soft pitter-patter of the drops up above. They gently pelt the roof that keeps her dry, Yet something about it calls out to her like a simplistic siren’s call.   She...

a picture from yesterday that I'll forever treasure and hold close to my heart

It’s nothing but the end of an era

May 4, 2021

It feels like the end of a chapter I don’t want to be done writing. And I’m trying so hard to grasp the pages as they’re ripped from my clenched hands, but they’ll tear if I don’t let go of...

Me and Allie, sitting with Abby and Lynlee on their last day in the room

[Photo] Your walking boots, the sun, and the stars

May 4, 2021

Me and Allie, sitting with Abby and Lynlee on their last day in the room

the 2021 Film Fest poster

2021 Film Festival Q&As

April 30, 2021

Check out the Q&As below with the participants of the 2021 Film Fest. We interviewed a member of each team to learn more about their movie. Along with interviewing a member from each of the teams,...

the tallest tree outside her window, the only one visible after dark

She feels anything but free

April 23, 2021

She feels as if the world’s sorrows rest on her dainty shoulders, Hence why she slouches when she stands.   You always hated the way her body seemed to curl in on itself, The way she...

High School Musical Jr. Q&As: Ben Lowen

High School Musical Jr. Q&As: Ben Lowen

April 22, 2021

Name: Ben Lowen Grade: 12 Position: Ryan Evans What’s your pre-show warm-up routine? "Before a show or a shoot, I usually drink tea and meditate to calm myself and help get myself into...

High School Musical Jr. Q&As: Megan Fox

High School Musical Jr. Q&As: Megan Fox

April 22, 2021

Name: Megan Fox Grade: 10 Position: Gabriella Montez What’s your pre-show warm-up routine? "My pre-show warm-up is praying for a good hair day and running through my lines." Why...

High School Musical Jr. Q&As: Emily Johnson

High School Musical Jr. Q&As: Emily Johnson

April 22, 2021

Name: Emily Johnson Grade: 12 Position: Sharpay Evans What’s your pre-show warm-up routine? "[Senior] Ben Lowen and I do some typical Ryan and Sharpay warm-ups to get us in character." Why...

High School Musical Jr. Q&As

High School Musical Jr. Q&As

April 22, 2021

Check out these Q&As with a few of the main cast members and the three crew heads of FHC's production of High School Musical Jr! Go to fhfineartscenter.com to purchase an in-person ticket or live stream...

Ella Hunnewell thrives off of the family environment in her extracurricular activities

Ella Hunnewell thrives off of the family environment in her extracurricular activities

April 16, 2021

If sophomore Ella Hunnewell had to give her past self one piece of advice, she wouldn’t have to struggle to identify what that advice would be. “I'd tell my younger self to try to connect and talk...

a wide array of flowers at a local farmer's market

She has grown to new heights without your presence

April 16, 2021

Like a vine of ivy, she is growing towards the sunlight. Growing towards dreams of happiness and ‘maybe somedays,’ Reaching higher and higher until her sweet leaves brush a new altitude.    Some...

Peace has come

Peace has come

April 2, 2021

Like a wave curling in on itself, She is starting to cave in.   At this very moment, Life seems to be going well.   She can’t help but feel like this is the eye of the hurricane; Life...

a picture of the sun setting across the crest of my hill

Dandelion love poems

March 26, 2021

We were naïve dandelions that felt as if we could conquer the world around us, Not yet mature enough to fly away and gain our freedom And stupid enough to think we could stay here forever and live...

A picture of our beautiful counseling office here at FHC

FHC’s counseling office not only works to prepare students for their futures, but to support them every step of the way

March 24, 2021

Before learning just how long psychologists have to go to school, counselor Jodi Arsulowicz thought that’s what she wanted to be when she grew up. After deciding against a career as a psychologist, Arsulowicz...

a seemingly trifle act that I find great solace in

I find great solace in the fact that the sun continues to rise

March 19, 2021

In the end, the sun continues to rise.   Like clockwork, her tendrils of warmth stretch across the globe. She wraps us all in her unwavering, mother-like companionship, A reminder of her...

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[Photo] Emma Zawacki

March 15, 2021

She’s no longer envious of the sun, but grateful she is like the moon

She’s no longer envious of the sun, but grateful she is like the moon

March 12, 2021

I once was envious of the girl in my class with the freckles splattered across her nose. I was jealous of the adventures she went on, The days spent in the sun to procure them-- I desired to radiate...

Whether it's on the football field or the basketball court, athletic trainer Dani Brodberg patches up all of FHC's athletes

Whether it’s on the football field or the basketball court, athletic trainer Dani Brodberg patches up all of FHC’s athletes

March 10, 2021

The worst injury athletic trainer Dani Brodberg ever had to deal with was nowhere close to a sport-related injury: some kid got his hand stuck in a gate. It also was somehow one of the weirder injuries...

a picture of my dashboard this morning as I appreciate my old air fresheners

I wish to live in a John Hughes movie

March 5, 2021

I’m determined to view my life as a John Hughes movie.   I will spend my free time crafting playlists fit for the main character, And I will drive with my windows down when it’s so bright...

She's still waiting on her wings as she basks in the same sun that grows the milkweed plants

She’s still waiting on her wings

February 26, 2021

A struggling caterpillar perched on top of a leaf— it sways with the slight summertime breeze. It fulfills the careful insect in its need for impulse. But, in the end, impulse is her downfall.   The...

A picture of last year's window paintings during Winterfest week

Michigan’s largest high school virtual live remote Winterfest assembly is occurring on Friday

February 25, 2021

Most mornings, history teacher Laura Stiles can be found sitting in Principal Steve Passinault’s office trying to find a new way to make Winterfest COVID-19 friendly. Some of her most recent ideas...

a singular moment in time that I'll forever treasure with one of my favorite people

Shamrock shakes and old Taylor Swift music

February 19, 2021

The boy at the drive-thru window called us “pretty ladies” as he passed our straws through the window with a sly smile on his face. We looked at each other and giggled before continuing to listen...

A physical representation of how I feel lately

I struggle to knit my own sweater when I’m always untangling yours

February 12, 2021

I feel a bit like an old sweater. An old sweater who has spent far too long in a stuffy attic, only to be brought down to the main floor when I can be of use. I’ve been over-used and over-worn...

Sophomore Liam Manders loves expressing his creativity through many different outlets

Sophomore Liam Manders loves expressing his creativity through many different outlets

February 10, 2021

Sophomore Liam Manders was dead set on playing the drums until his parents said no that is. After getting over the fact that him being a drummer was a no-go as his parents refused to budge on their...

a picture taken in the second location my heart resides

I feel most at home where my heart is

February 5, 2021

I’ve grown accustomed to watching the sun rise through my math classroom windows. The lilac clouds swirl together in the wind outside the pane of glass, depicting outlines of mystery I wish I could...

a picture of my dim flame flickering in the darkness

My flickering flame is fundamentally gone

January 29, 2021

Her affinity for flame was never set in stone. She always was flighty like the flickering light emitted from a match, born from brute force and extortion only to provide warmth regardless of her hard...

a picture of my Canvas dashboard

The switch to Canvas is a gateway for new opportunities

January 25, 2021

Since last spring, a few things have been made clear to the Technology Department, principal Steve Passinault, and counselor Kyle Perkins: we need a district-wide system that is more comprehensive and...

my wilted flower that rests on my bed frame complete with worry lines

A collective story about things that I think about a lot

January 22, 2021

I’m proud of you. I don’t know who needs to hear it, but I know I do; I’ve always been in the business of providing for others what I need for myself. Exasperated sighs seem to be the only...

leftover morning dew on a car window on one of my few mornings that will never be replicated

Tomorrow is a new day of repeating the same cycle

January 15, 2021

The first thing my dreary eyes are greeted with is an obnoxious beeping noise and flashes of blue light that seem to occupy even the darkest corners of my bedroom. I drag myself from a cocoon of blankets...

Freshman Addy Richards (right) and her friend Mia Young (left) posing on the Ada Covered Bridge

Freshman Addy Richards found a family in her favorite sport

January 14, 2021

If life came with a remote and was able to be rewinded into the past, you’d see a smaller version of freshman Addy Richards walking across the balance beam in a colorful leotard and a smile on her face.  Addy...

A lifetime of vacancies

A lifetime of vacancies

January 8, 2021

Golden numbers sit perched above the peephole. Not real gold but Cheap, metallic spray paint that is violently chipping on the edges. One-zero-nine.   The key takes a little jiggling...

Emma Zawacki's year in review

Emma Zawacki’s year in review

December 20, 2020

1. Bear dog—Over quarantine we somehow, someway, convinced my parents we needed another puppy. Winston—or bear dog, or Wini, or Winifer—is an interesting addition to our family. While supposedly...

a picture of my favorite candle sitting dangerously close to my curtains and my bowl of rocks.

Forgotten stories in my Google Drive I fear I’ll never finish

December 18, 2020

I’m sick of starting stories and never finishing them.  They seem to taunt me.   My Google Drive is full of half-started projects from 3 a.m. Stories that were started as tears slowly...

A lifelong tradition I'm now tall enough to complete on my own

A lifelong tradition I’m now tall enough to complete on my own

December 17, 2020

The twinkling Christmas lights on the tree seem to glow to the beat of my favorite Christmas tune.  The only sound in the room is the soft hum of the timer plugged into the wall—it keeps the lights...

FHC's stage crew sitting on stage, wearing their masks, and posing for the camera after their most recent show

FHC’s stage crew is just one giant family

December 16, 2020

Senior Brendan Wilson’s favorite part of being on stage crew is the meals. “Me, personally, at least, I don’t get to see the cast because I’m not backstage,” Brendan said. “I’m in the...

an image of the never ending ocean showcased under a bright blue sky

Puddles aren’t oceans; they don’t even compare

December 11, 2020

My rickety rowboat was never equipped for sailing the ocean blue. It was meant for childish adventures in small ponds and the occasional river, but it was mercilessly thrown into the raging ocean with...

He loves me not

He loves me not

December 4, 2020

He loves me.  The yellow colored petal drifts to the wooden floor. He loves me not. At the same pace as the tears dripping from my eyes. He loves me. The golden sun shone through the cheery...

Senior Eden Growney and her nonprofit are taking on single-use plastics

Senior Eden Growney and her nonprofit are taking on single-use plastics

December 2, 2020

Ever since taking Environmental Science last year, senior Eden Growney has been determined to solve the problem of single-use plastics. As a junior, Eden fulfilled her science credit by taking the AP...

TCT's The Countless Thanks: Emma Zawacki

TCT’s The Countless Thanks: Emma Zawacki

November 25, 2020

Nathan Decker- for making me unbelievably happy Thank you for filling my summer months with memories that I’ll remember until the universe, as we know it, explodes. I appreciate you endlessly, for...

Half my life, yet I feel you slipping from my grasp

Half my life, yet I feel you slipping from my grasp

November 20, 2020

When I was approximately six—although it’s quite possible I was seven, my balding father and uncle purchased my ecstatic cousin and I an inflatable water slide, an early birthday present. The...

Former Student Required Reading Q&A: Sarah Chesner

Former Student Required Reading Q&A: Sarah Chesner

November 19, 2020

Name: Sarah Chesner Grade: 12 Former English Class: Middle Eastern Lit 1. How do you feel about being required to read books for school? “I think it’s a good requirement because I wouldn’t...

Former Student Required Reading Q&A: Alex Schenck

Former Student Required Reading Q&A: Alex Schenck

November 19, 2020

Name: Alex Schenck Grade: 11 Former English Class: Honors English 10 1. How do you feel about being required to read books for school? “I think reading is important; it’s definitely...

Former Student Required Reading Q&A: Serena Thiede

Former Student Required Reading Q&A: Serena Thiede

November 19, 2020

Name: Serena Thiede Grade: 10 Former English Class: Honors English 9 1. How do you feel about being required to read books for school? “I think it’s really good to be required to read...

Former Student Required Reading Q&A: Maggie Jenkins

Former Student Required Reading Q&A: Maggie Jenkins

November 19, 2020

Name: Maggie Jenkins Grade: 12 Former English Class: Lit of the Americas 1. How do you feel about being required to read books for school? “I feel like it’s just a part of school, and...

The Student Advisory Board aims to give students a place for their voices to be heard

The Student Advisory Board aims to give students a place for their voices to be heard

November 18, 2020

Sophomore Amant Grewal fell in love with the idea of her voice being heard, a primary factor in why she decided to apply for the Student Advisory Board—run by Superintendent Dan Behm and board president...

Dear adolescence, please forgive me

Dear adolescence, please forgive me

November 13, 2020

Please forgive me,  for you were always enough for this floating ball of gas.   Even when you thought you weren’t, You were more than enough to be worthy, You were deserving of all...

Israell King

Israell King

November 10, 2020

Name: Israell King Grade: 11 Role: Witch 2 and Girl 1. What are the advantages and disadvantages to having a smaller cast compared to other years? "We can get to know each other a lot better...

Child of the stars

Child of the stars

November 6, 2020

Her freckles thrown across her tan skin depict constellations Telling thousand year old stories of gods and goddesses The ones that once ruled the earth  Their strength passed down through rays...

Senior Enya Burrow finds herself extremely busy being a dual sport athlete

Senior Enya Burrow finds herself extremely busy being a dual sport athlete

November 4, 2020

Most days after school, if you venture down to the old gym through the white painted hallways and heavy double doors, you will see the FHC cheerleaders practicing their cheers and tumbling across the blue,...

For you, I'd bleed myself dry

For you, I’d bleed myself dry

October 30, 2020

How do you describe the essence of beauty? The kindred souls you surround yourself with, the kind that fills your heart with happiness, are the kind I crave to get down on paper. Begging to fulfill...

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