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Eva Harshman

Eva Harshman, Staff Writer

Eva Harshman is a freshman entering her first year on The Central Trend. When she isn't at home talking to her online friends, she likes to spend time with her other friends and ride horses. Additionally, she is has done Odyssey of the Mind for seven years. She can also be found holed up in her room writing stories and listening to music.

Favorite foods: Qdoba burritos and half of the First Wok menu.

Pets: A bunny, a fish, and a dog.

Pet peeves: When people are less than 6 feet away, with or without COVID-19.

Favorite Book: The Outsiders

All content by Eva Harshman
A piece of artwork featuring Scaled and Icy, as well as Twenty One Pilots' new symbol.

Scaled and Icy far surpassed its disappointing single

June 4, 2021

After listening to the single “Shy Away” by Twenty One Pilots, I was extremely concerned about their new album, Scaled and Icy, that was soon to be released. I was so nervous that all of the risky,...

At last, I can enjoy the wind—most of the time.

Oh, how I hated the wind

May 28, 2021

I hated the wind. Not the wind that softly lifts my hair and cools my face, but the kind that shoves in my ear. The kind of wind that feels like it is flapping against my eardrum, shuffling in and blocking...

Ellie (center) with her two friends in her band class.

Ellie McDowell lets her creativity flow through a variety of outlets

May 25, 2021

In a world sophomore Ellie McDowell has created, a woman must fight her tyrannical brother for the inheritance of the royal throne. However, before she can take hold of the throne, she must end a life. This...

The new EP by Jeremy Zucker and Chelsea Cutler

Brent ii is not my typical tune choice but is nonetheless full of grace

May 21, 2021

Banging drums, belting guitar riffs, originality, and a lack of structure are all things that I typically look for in my music choices. Despite not meeting any of these criteria, brent ii was not as bad...

Leia Se showing off her painted on mask in the grocery store

Disregard this YouTube prank—COVID-19 is a very real problem

May 14, 2021

Laws are laws, and they are there for a reason. No matter what people’s social statuses are, they are not exempt from following these laws. This was solidified when two YouTubers, Leia Se and Josh...

Emily Smith looks forward to her education at MSU where she intends to study Packaging Engineering

Emily Smith plans to pursue her interest in math and science through a unique occupation

May 11, 2021

Junior Emily Smith doesn’t believe that it’s only what's inside that counts. As an aspiring packaging engineer, Emily knows the importance of not only the product, but of the container it is in...

The cover of Twenty-one Pilots album that is soon to be released, Scaled and Icy

“Shy Away” could barely be labeled as a Twenty One Pilots song

May 7, 2021

Flashing lights, a dramatic performance, blasting speakers, and a crowd hopping to the beat while screaming the lyrics to each song at the top of their lungs. This is what I experienced at the most exhilarating...

I can't achieve everything now; I'm hopeful for the future.

I yearn for the excellence I do not bear

April 30, 2021

I am not the person who has profiles written on them. I lack a voice for singing, legs for running, a hand for writing, a face for beauty, fingers for painting, a brain for academics, and a soul for...

Students on the Galapagos trip in 2015.

The 2022 Galapagos trip opens a beautiful door of opportunity for science students

April 27, 2021

Just two photographs were all biology teacher Kristy Butler needed to see to know the positive impact the trip to Iceland had on her students.  In the photograph taken shortly after their arrival to...

A poster for the German movie, Into the Beat, recently released on Netflix

Into the Beat kept me on my toes and dancing with excitement

April 23, 2021

While watching Into the Beat, I had to switch my TV on and off multiple times before I realized why none of the words matched up with the mouth movements. The film, released on Netflix on July 16, 2020,...

It is easy for one to get angry with attention-seeking behaviors, but looking into the topic can help one to understand.

The “attention-seeking” label is harmful and uneducated

April 16, 2021

“She just wants attention.”  “He’s not really depressed.”  “I hate attention-seeking people like that.” These phrases have been spoken many a time by people around me, myself included....

Joy Song finds happiness in helping others.

Joy Song intertwines her passions into her future

April 16, 2021

Junior Joy Song's lifelong dream blossomed from the digestive system. Joy first discovered her interest in the medical field during the fifth grade human body unit in her science class. Once she had...

The cover of AJR's newest album, OK Orchestra

OK Orchestra by AJR came out with a “Bang!”

April 2, 2021

When my friend aggressively suggested that I should listen to AJR’s newest album OK Orchestra, which she had awaited since the previous album’s release, I knew I had no other choice but to check it...

The fire is always there, they just keep it contained

They are stuck in the fiery vortex of resentment

March 26, 2021

They are on fire. The fumes of resentment taint the air around them—but the fire is solely internal for now. It flickers in their stomach, waiting for the moment to consume them entirely. Waiting. Waiting....

The FHC music program has overcome many difficulties this year.

The “Hallelujah” chorus gives light to new opportunities during the pandemic

March 24, 2021

Senior Molly Vonk loves the ability to be an individual while being part of something bigger than herself. As she sings in her choir classes, she can paint her own voice in bold strokes while softly blending...

Nick Jonas’s newest album was crammed full of droning disappointment

Nick Jonas’s newest album was crammed full of droning disappointment

March 19, 2021

As a fan of the Jonas Brothers, I was intrigued when I heard that the man who had decided to create some of his music solo, Nick Jonas, was releasing a new album. Unfortunately, not one of the songs in...

A puppy mill

Nobody likes a puppy mill, but ignorance is bliss

March 12, 2021

Ten puppies are crammed into a rusty cage along with their mother who can barely even turn around. They’ve been sitting in their own mess for days, and they haven’t been eating nearly enough. Their...

Emma Lobbezoo

Emma Lobbezoo finds joy in helping the world

March 9, 2021

Senior Emma Lobbezoo spends her days digging through culture, but not the way you might expect. The bins filled with clothing are both an instant teleportation all over the globe and a time machine to...

The G.A.T.E.Ways program as advertised on the Forest Hills website

Whether it be positive or negative, the elementary school gifted program left a lasting impact on students

March 8, 2021

Being pulled from a class and taken to a classroom to play brain games while being labeled as “gifted” seems like a dream for most students. However, for senior Lindsay Larson, this experience wasn’t...

The new TV show, Mr. Mayor

Mr. Mayor was a daring blend of typical storylines

March 7, 2021

Many films strive to be original, but it is getting increasingly more difficult to come up with a storyline that doesn’t already have a similar counterpart or one that would be actually intriguing for...

The popular app, TikTok.

Self-diagnosing TikTok trends are dragging people away from reason

March 1, 2021

Ever since my early days of being enthralled with the many clips on the popular app TikTok, I have consistently found one particularly irritating type of video on my For You Page. Over and over, time...

A few of the many flavors of popcorn that Mosby's has to offer.

Mosby’s Popcorn brought a pop of pleasure

February 19, 2021

The sky was the exact color of my mood: gray, cloudy, and downright unpleasant. However, after being escorted into the small building recently relocated onto Ionia Avenue downtown, my mental clouds quickly...

It's not only fire that burns

It’s not only fire that burns

February 12, 2021

The fingers of chilling frost wrap around me. I am pulled into the polar vortex of snow crystals. As I fight to pull away, the icy grip tightens. I cannot struggle anymore; I let myself be ripped into...

Lily Campbell

Lily Campbell finds confidence through her past experiences

February 9, 2021

Senior Lily Campbell is unaffected by the socialization nightmares many face. At one time or another, most people get into a social situation that they’d rather not be in. Whether that be nervous to...

The cover of Addison's newest single

“Honeysuckle” brings a refreshing splash to the music industry

February 5, 2021

Since quarantine began, I have listened—and over-listened—to a large number of new songs. From rap to pop, I have listened to big-time artists who made their debut from all different decades.  However,...

A showjumper from a local barn, Meadowview Farm

Despite its reputation, horse riding is not a fraudulent sporting activity

January 29, 2021

Whenever somebody asks me what sport I do, I answer with the sole extracurricular I take part in: horseback riding. Their response about fifty percent of the time is the uneducated “horse riding isn’t...

Naruto, one of the most popular animes of all time

Anime fans prove that the genre has more depth than what meets the eye

January 26, 2021

Sophomore Mrrudhula Perumal looks up to a young girl named Emma. While most people’s heroes are a celebrity or a family member, Mrrudhula is in awe with an anime character. “[I look up to] Emma...

The second season of The Mandalorian brought new adventures at every turn

The second season of The Mandalorian brought new adventures at every turn

January 22, 2021

If there were Star Wars fans who weren’t drawn in by season one of Disney+’s The Mandalorian, they certainly have been by season two. Season two of The Mandalorian started out much like season one...

Me, looking crusty as usual in the hoodie I refuse to leave.

I am exactly the person I once was

January 15, 2021

The person across the room is undoubtedly me. It’s me because of my long hair, which is either in a ponytail or hanging down. It barely conceals the short, choppy, fuzzy hair coating the nape of my neck—the...

Hadeel Ayesh

Hadeel Ayesh expresses her gratitude for her opportunities by pursuing her dreams

January 12, 2021

Senior Hadeel Ayesh’s parents left their home country of Palestine to start a new life for themselves and their children in the United States. In doing this, Hadeel’s mother also left behind her dream...

Super Fake Love Song
Image credit: Goodreads

Super Fake Love Song was super real

January 8, 2021

I was not exactly looking forward to reading a book given to me by my mother, much less a romance book given to me by my mother. However, I was hooked after my eyes met the first sentence. David Yoon’s...

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Disney+’s Black Beauty was bitterly basic

December 17, 2020

Movies are intended to be dramatic and over the top--it’s what people I like to watch. Disney+’s new 2020 Black Beauty movie took it ten steps too far. In the reboot of Black Beauty, I was eager...

Jonathan throws a pie at a fellow actor.
Credit: 2019 Forest Hills Central Middle School Yearbook

Freshman Jonathan Mossner discovered a spice of life in his theatre experiences

December 15, 2020

Freshman Jonathan Mossner doesn’t like to be in the spotlight, but the character he’s playing does. Attention isn’t what Jonathan is looking for in theatre. Instead, he wants to assume a different...

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Jonathan Scott’s Power Trip was unexpectedly influential

December 3, 2020

When I heard that my favorite HGTV star was coming out with a documentary, I was skeptical. As much as I loved watching Jonathan Scott and his brother Drew flip houses on their well-known show Property...

Students at FHC experience new cultures through their world language class

Students at FHC experience new cultures through their world language class

December 3, 2020

Sophomore Ella Weichalt’s uncle recently went deaf. Since then, Ella has been determined to find a way to communicate with him and understand that part of his world. From middle school and beyond,...

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“Overthink” is greatly underappreciated

November 19, 2020

The seemingly eerie pitch threw me completely off my guard when I first put on my earbuds.  I knew immediately that “Overthink” by Addison Grace was not going to be a typical jingle. Contrary...

Maddy Bachert finds her home in two different families

Maddy Bachert finds her home in two different families

November 17, 2020

The hot, blazing sun beat down on sophomore Maddy Bachert as she marched. She was nearly out of breath as she blew into her flute. Her stuffy band uniform was certainly not cooling her down either. Then,...

An open letter to an intimate stranger

An open letter to an intimate stranger

November 10, 2020

Dear friend that I do not know, I find myself in speculation about you often.  How could I love you so much when I cannot see you?  I cannot see the radiance in your eyes when you see your favorite...

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