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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
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...

A photo of me sitting in the passenger seat of my best friends car in the D&W parking lot

The comfort I find in the noise

August 4, 2021

I have the crossfade on my Spotify set at 12 seconds because there are few things that I hate more than awkward transition periods from one ballad to the next; yet, these past and upcoming few weeks seem...

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 Heidis

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....

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 Ill 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...

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