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The Student Voice of Forest Hills Central

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The Student Voice of Forest Hills Central

The Central Trend

The Student Voice of Forest Hills Central

The Central Trend

Eva Harshman

Eva Harshman, Copy Editor

Eva Harshman is a junior and is loving her third year on staff. Apart from writing for The Central Trend, she enjoys riding horses, spending time with friends, and watching her favorite TV shows for hours on end. She likes to pretend she is good at Mario Kart but actually gets beat by the NPCs more often than not. Although she is exhausted for most of the day despite getting plenty of sleep, Eva is bouncing off of the walls for a select few hours, one being her sixth hour. Being a part of Room 139 has taught her so much; she has met so many people, thanks to The Central Trend.

Favorite type of story: Editorials and profiles.

Pets: A bunny and a dog.

Dream vacation: Tokyo, Japan

Favorite book: The Outsiders

All content by Eva Harshman
Tuv celebrating 100k followers on Instagram in his classic Earl T-shirt.

Earldoesntexist is a stand-out start-up

January 25, 2023

Every time a YouTuber promotes their own brand, I hold down the “5 second skip” button until I get to the actual content of the video. While I enjoy a variety of content creators, I have a hard time...

@dear_brandy on TikTok in the clip mentioned, which she has since taken down.

Millennial and Generation Z conflicts are utterly ridiculous but nonetheless entertaining

January 22, 2023

The more I see a 30-year-old and a 16-year-old have a heated feud on TikTok regarding which generation is lazier, or worse yet, which hair part is better, the less I want to ever interact with someone...

One of my favorite YouTubers sporting their spiky septum piercing.

The recent popular piercings are daring and flexible

January 10, 2023

I like to think of myself as unique, but in terms of body modifications, I’m essentially as basic as possible. I have my ears pierced (usually with very inconspicuous studs in) and my doubles, yet only...

Andrew Tate posing next to one of his quotes preaching masculinity.

Internet figure Andrew Tate has been arrested after years of accusations

January 8, 2023

A 19-year-old climate activist slammed a 36-year-old kickboxer on Twitter for gloating over his car emissions—verbally, of course. Only one of these two have been detained by Romanian authorities, and...

Second Amendment supports rally outside of the State House in Maine.

The phenomenon of gun culture in the U.S. is here to stay

December 12, 2022

The United States has more guns than people with a rate of 1.2 guns per capita. This puts it at the highest of any country—not just more-developed countries. Statistics alone don’t speak for this fact;...

Jacob, who is leading the pack of runners during a meet.

Jacob Sanford’s unusual traditions in cross country have brought unity to the team

December 5, 2022

Teamwork can come in many forms: in sophomore Jacob Sanford’s case, in the form of running with three shoes for two miles. When a fellow runner lost a shoe during one of the cross country team's meets,...

A gray steed who may have been her ride before he returned to Earth.

The end is not darkness, but rather a glowing warmth

December 1, 2022

The softest, lightest, ginger-brown hair gently undulates in the wind. His pale, bare feet are silent as they tiptoe across the stone and twirl onto the soft grass. In the night, it is coated with a thin...

Penny and I dressed up for the event, embracing the cringe together.

The 2022 Grand Rapids Comic-Con was bursting at the seams with entertainment for all ages

November 23, 2022

I was very nearly going to miss one of my favorite events in the entire world. For three days only during a single weekend in November, the Grand Rapids Comic-Con comes to DeVos Place. This year, from...

TCTs The Countless Thanks 2022: Eva Harshman

TCT’s The Countless Thanks 2022: Eva Harshman

November 23, 2022

Kiera and Addy, for just “getting it” When I say you “get it,” I mean that in more than one way. I can no longer imagine not having you two by my side at every milestone we’ve been through...

The two Georgia Senate runoff candidates, Democrat Warnock and Republican Walker.

The 2022 midterm elections flipped seats and turned tables

November 17, 2022

Since 2016, it seems that during each and every election, more and more is at stake. This is certainly true for presidential elections, but increasingly, midterm elections are rising in importance for...

Charlie reading his poem aloud to the gymnasium as veterans, students, and staff listen attentively.

The Veterans Day assembly unites students and alumni in honor and remembrance

November 15, 2022

The proud notes of a bagpipe reverberate through the halls of FHC on Nov. 11, 2022. This is certainly a special occurrence—as it should be. In order to properly honor those who have served, the FHC Veterans...

The long-awaited video in which Dream finally revealed his face.

Dream’s face reveal revolutionized the future of his channel

November 8, 2022

From around the ages of eight to thirteen, I was always perpetually upset by the same thing: not being a Minecraft kid like all of my friends were. I didn’t have a laptop or PC to play it on, so I was...

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

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

November 4, 2022

Emalea Rooke went into an antique shop seeking out some necklaces and left with one of her favorite clothing items of all time. This unplanned experience is one of Emalea’s fondest memories of her passion...

Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson, former members of the band One Direction, who have had a strained friendship due to fans insisting that they were a couple.

Celebrities are not toys for entertainment, but living people

November 3, 2022

Several months ago, I was attempting to explain the Sanrio and Hello Kitty franchise to my mom, and her means of understanding it was by saying to herself, “oh, so she’s like a Kardashian.” She is...

The poster of the movie directed by Yelena Popovic, Man of God.

Man of God provoked an unexpected positive reaction

October 25, 2022

Despite the fact that my family is fairly religious—I grew up in the Eastern Orthodox Church all of my life—I haven’t been exposed to religious media as much as I have through traditional manners.  Since...

A brief comparison of gold and silver jewelry, each reflecting differently based on the wearer.

The traditional battle of the millenia: gold or silver?

October 20, 2022

I was a tomboy growing up, much to the chagrin of my grandmother who always wanted to put me in fancy clothes and accessories. My best friends were boys, I liked being outside all of the time, and most...

Misty uncomfortably moving away from a creepy old man in a situation that is supposed to be amusing.

The sexualizing of women in kids’ shows is inaccurate and unnecessary

October 12, 2022

I distinctly remember being about ten or eleven years old—about the same age as the protagonists—watching Pokémon: Indigo League in my living room during the long days of the summer when both of my...

Anderson enthusiastically refereeing a gladiator fight, which is one of the hands-on activities that he does.

FHC teachers create a positive learning environment through unique teaching styles

October 9, 2022

It’s not a typical sight to see leaders of several countries meeting in a high school classroom, but that’s exactly what can be found in history teacher Brad Anderson’s classroom during a certain...

The cover that perfectly portrays the uniqueness of Gemini Rights.

The wavering pool of Gemini Rights was crystalline creation

October 6, 2022

 In all honesty, it’s a bit embarrassing to explain how I fell in love with Steve Lacy. However, because of my dedication to both The Central Trend and Lacy, I’ll expose myself: I was listening to...

A stack of notes I found in the first three chapters alone from the previous owner of one of my textbooks.

The tablets have only my mindless scrawls

October 6, 2022

Day in, day out. Read the textbook, fill out a paper and turn it in for a completion grade. Get tested on these exact terms three days later without remembering a single word. Each time the words are written...

A cute, hands-on stacking lesson we had to do at home for my 8th grade science class while in quaratine.

At-home studying doesn’t have to be endless textbook pages

October 5, 2022

It’s all too easy to blame shortcomings in school on teachers and outside influences, such as instruction methods that aren’t preferred and clashing personalities. However, lots of learning takes place...

Beckett is the new AP Seminar, English 10, and English 9 teacher at FHC and brings her worldwide experience to the classroom.

Morgan Beckett brings foreign experience to the English department

October 4, 2022

It’s not uncommon for FHC teachers to be from Grand Rapids or surrounding areas, but very few have had the international teaching experience that English teacher Morgan Beckett has had. Although Beckett...

An example of hands-on learning in which my group mates and I created a poster based on our assigned book for a class contest.

Tried and untrue: traditional teaching methods desperately need a revamp

October 4, 2022

Most teachers in the current educational system in the United States teach in a manner that leads to about a 30% information retention rate for students. With several alterations, students could be retaining...

Investigative series: Eva Harshman - Hands-on over hands-out

Investigative series: Eva Harshman – Hands-on over hands-out

October 3, 2022

I used to be able to skim my textbook, call it studying, take the test, and scrape by. This worked for me for a long time, until it didn’t. School got harder, and I needed to up my game. Now that I have...

Tina Yongs review and close-up video of the pore vacuum she purchased.

Pore strips and vacuums strip away clear complexions

September 27, 2022

I’ve always had a weird obsession with some pretty stomach-turning content, but based on the number of views on each of the YouTube videos, I’m certainly not alone. It is one of the most satisfying...

Even the simple daisy charm on this pair emphasizes the springtime feel of the shoe.

Shoe charms shine bright on an important outfit element

September 22, 2022

Even the best of outfits is incomplete without two key elements: a matching, stylish pair of shoes and accessories to bring out the best in the rest of the clothing. Whether these aspects are flashy or...

The announcement for the fall play on the theater programs Instagram account, fhc_theatre.

The auditions for Clue showcase the talent within the FHC theater

September 22, 2022

This fall, a family-favorite board game will fall off of closet shelves and onto the stage of the FHC auditorium. It is no mystery that Clue will be the next big hit of the theater program, but the unknowns...

The combined album cover of both Mercury acts 1 and 2.

Mercury — Act 2 was precisely what I expected in a contrasting manner

September 14, 2022

It’s safe to say that I was enthusiastic about the release of Mercury — Act 1 based on my prior review, but when I realized there was an entire second act being released, I was the best kind of startled....

YouTube shorts are recommended on the homepage of YouTube as well as having their own tab.

YouTube Shorts counters its purpose by being frustrating rather than relaxing

September 8, 2022

From awkward tweens lip-syncing on musical.ly to the Hype House celebrities of TikTok to the most intelligent dogs of Instagram Reels, brief, 15-second to 1-minute videos are not strangers to the internet....

The poster of the Finch movie featuring Jeff, Weinberg, and Goodyear.

The apocolyptic Finch was a scorching success

June 2, 2022

Tom Hanks movies never fail to make me laugh, cry, and everything in between. From Forrest Gump and its timeless tales, to Castaway’s stressful and lonesome intensity, to the tear-jerking innocence of...

Lexi, aka Athena, who is my inspiration for this column and my partner for this show season.

Athena’s blessed endeavors

May 27, 2022

Ephemeral, warm summer winds, constant for only the blink of an eye, somersault and cartwheel through the otherwise rigid air, being the sweet exhale of the oxygen so long held in for the winter.  It...

Addisons style has changed since I last reviewed their music, and I am a huge fan.

Addison Grace’s debut EP was an excellent opening to their future

May 20, 2022

I nearly dropped my phone when I viewed my favorite indie-pop artist’s Instagram story; Addison Grace announced that they were going to release their debut EP on May 6th, 2022. I could hardly believe...

Prom Court Q&As: Sunny Xu

Prom Court Q&As: Sunny Xu

May 13, 2022

What was your reaction to getting on prom court? "I wasn't really expecting to get on court and ended up really surprised when they announced my name." What are your short-term future plans? "My...

Prom Court Q&As: Sophie Hartl

Prom Court Q&As: Sophie Hartl

May 13, 2022

What was your reaction to getting on prom court? "I was really surprised when I got on court; I was [not expecting it], but I was happy." What are your short-term future plans? "My short-term...

Some of the best cruelty-free brands, including The Inkey List and The Ordinary.

Some of the best skincare brands harm animals, but there are similar, kinder substitutes

May 12, 2022

CeraVe has a longstanding award in many skincare drawers; it’s gentle yet effective, and despite not being especially cheap, it isn’t overly expensive either. It is dermatologist tested, and loved...

The poster for the live-action version of Cowboy Bebop, unfortunately without the appearance of Ed.

The live-action Cowboy Bebop did not sync with the rythm of its anime counterpart

May 9, 2022

I didn’t expect to become obsessed with a single-season animated Japanese show that was released eight years before I was born, but before knew it, Cowboy Bebop became one of my all-time favorite anime.  From...

Meggie plans to pursue art at the University of Michigan and broaden her horizons.

Meggie Kennedy opens a new sketchbook for her next journey as an artist

May 4, 2022

Stemming from a young child who snatched printer paper to scrawl her amateur doodles, senior Meggie Kennedy has let her sketches develop into a fully-rendered version of herself and her skills. From her...

A photo of my older sister and me on Orthodox Easter many years ago

The debate about which phrase should be used around holidays should be over

April 29, 2022

With Easter in the rearview mirror, I have finally escaped the awkward greetings that come alongside religious holidays. Each time I heard “Happy Easter!” on Apr. 17th, I smiled awkwardly and nodded,...

Parker and his twin sister Peyton, who has run with him since elementary school.

Parker Ludwig forges bonds between family and friends as he sprints across the finish line

April 20, 2022

Sophomore Parker Ludwig has a memory sticking with him for ages of doing donuts on a golf cart alongside some of his best friends while at a meet with his cross country team. Although this particular memory...

One of the many images AT&T has created showing their work with the Trevor Project.

Rainbow-washing during the month of June is turning a celebration into monetary gain

April 1, 2022

With pride month on the horizon, it gives allies and members of the LGBTQ+ community alike a summer month dedicated to the celebration of their identities to look forward to. In addition to parades, festivals,...

Some of my favorite checkerboard-patterned pairs of vans in all different styles.

Vans shoes are beginning to fade, but are still vibrantly versatile

March 25, 2022

Although my skateboarding skills are subpar, my love for skate shoes and brands far surpasses my physical abilities. Santa Cruz, Thrasher, and Vans products are among the most populous in my drawers as...

A variety of classics, which may be included in the book swap.

The book swap provides students and staff the opportunity to step into new books

March 24, 2022

Most readers treasure their favorite books and plan to never part with such works. However, AP Literature and AP Language teacher Lisa Penninga thinks that allowing someone else to have the opportunity...

A cartoon that perfectly illustrates the situation for many new fans.

Fake-claiming fans of popular interests is only destroying fanbases

March 18, 2022

We’ve all heard of the “fake fan” in different fanbases; from TV shows to music groups to aesthetics, there are always a select few who will be accused of being a poser because they are not overly...

The various haircuts of 2022 that are currently rising in popularity

The popular haircuts of 2022 are emerging with elegance and professionalism

March 11, 2022

Due to my curse of indecision, I haven’t gotten a haircut other than a trim in years. As the years pass by, I am left reminiscing on the different types of impactful statements such topical haircuts...

Claire and her horse, Frank, showing off some of their dressage moves.

Claire Richardson’s determination in training her horse has led her to victories in dressage

March 9, 2022

Most girls have a phase from toddlerhood to young childhood in which they are completely enthralled with horses, ponies, and everything equine. However, senior Claire Richardson took her childhood dreams...

Some of the more original styles of leggings, but still are not my preference.

Leggings’ relevancy in everyday styles is fading, but should disappear more quickly

March 4, 2022

For a solid three years, my outfits were almost exactly the same: some sweatshirt with a cheesy phrase and pitch-black leggings that I wished were Lululemon instead of Gap. I’d like to say that I have...

Brave Ukrainian citizens stand up to the Russian threats prior to the invasion.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine is raising serious international concerns

February 25, 2022

Throughout the history of the United States, there have always been strenuous tensions between Russia and countries that are a part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). These tensions aren’t...

This years inductees will be celebrated at the dinner and golf outing.

The Hall of Fame golf outing and induction dinner bring recognition to the most influential in FHC athletics

February 23, 2022

The FHC Athletic Hall of Fame has been on hold for a couple of years--thanks to COVID-19. Now, however, the FHC Athletic Boosters Club is excited to announce that on May 6, the inductions will get rolling...

Gen Z, along with their influence and unity due to social media, can find humor in the simplest of things.

The origins of Generation Z’s sense of humor are cloudy but deeper than expected

February 18, 2022

Some amusing anecdotes and one-liners that elicit a laugh can travel through the generations, carrying chuckles with them. However, most jokes are trapped in the era they originated in, leaving both the...

A scene from the music video of Black Summer by the Red Hot Chili Peppers

“Black Summer” was a natural anthem that breathed July winds

February 11, 2022

Having a mom who cringes at “Can’t Stop” and a dad who sings “Give it Away” every time he selects it, it was pretty up in the air about what my opinion of the Red Hot Chili Peppers would be....

Kayleigh Ford has found that her ASL experience has been very useful in communicating with others

Kayleigh Ford connects to those in her community through her ASL knowledge

February 9, 2022

Senior Kayleigh Ford was taken by surprise when the customer at the Starbucks drive-through where she worked was not answering any of her questions. When the customer finally pulled up to the window after...

One of the most popular strong female characters, Captain Marvel.

Strong female characters should not be copy and pasted stereotypes

February 4, 2022

I love the typical “strong” female character in any type of media—her no-nonsense approach to encounters, her lack of need for a man in her life, and her rough and tumble or dignified and professional...

Official art of the generation four remakes featuring Dawn and her partner Piplup

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond is a peaceful and adorable game for Pokémon fans of all ages

January 28, 2022

Sadly, most series, including widely beloved ones, lose their spark over time and either stop releasing original content or stray so far from the classics that the first fans are beyond disgusted. Thankfully,...

The images in the boards are Cryptopunks, which some of the more widely-known NFTs.

NFTs and cryptocurrency aren’t just for massive, distant investors

January 26, 2022

During the height of the pandemic in June of 2020, English and Theater teacher Robbin DeMeester found herself investing in the newest trend despite the reservations of many. Although many see cryptocurrency...

The 16personalities.com avatar for ENTP; I think it looks quite hilarious.

Debating my personality only led to my definition

January 21, 2022

ENFJ, or the Protagonist. The extroverted, intuitive, feeling, judging person who is represented by a long-haired, wizard-looking man cloaked in emerald with a large sword. That odd warlock figure is what...

Amant is moving towards her activism dreams through a variety of activities.

Amant Grewal stands up for others through her passion for advocacy

January 19, 2022

When reading an article on the local news last year, junior Amant Grewal was shocked to find out that even within her own community, there are many instances of racial injustice. While national headlines...

The new Bobcat Bonnies, which has opened in Grand Rapids.

Bobcat Bonnie’s was an extravaganza of unique flavors and style

January 14, 2022

Over a Sunday breakfast several days prior, a new restaurant by the name of Bobcat Bonnie’s was pasted all over beneath a fold of the Grand Rapids Press. Since I hadn’t eaten at a new restaurant in...

Grande and her legendary ponytail, which even she admits brings her pain

Certain hair styles are bringing strain to not only the fashion industry, but also hair health

December 17, 2021

I have never been one to wear my hair up—whether it be because I have a massive forehead or my ears get cold without my hair to insulate them, I almost always have my hair down if I’m not doing highly...

The cover of the first album by the newly formed band Silk Sonic

An Evening With Silk Sonic was a smooth and sparkling album that I couldn’t get enough of

December 10, 2021

I had a longtime grudge against Bruno Mars throughout my childhood—I deemed him obnoxious, full of himself, a complete pick-me boy, and as my sister once put it, a “simp.” I could only see his music...

Bella Beckering enjoys spending time with her lop-eared bunny named Beckham

Bella Beckering’s love of animals is shown through her care of her unique pets

December 9, 2021

Reposted all over Snapchat during the height of quarantine was a picture of senior Bella Beckering’s duck on Zoom, captioned 'duck on zoom.' Mr. Duck may have experienced a rise to fame on social media,...

Favoritism in the classroom can cause many issues; some are more obvious than others.

Favoritism shown by teachers can lead to an imbalanced and divided classroom

December 3, 2021

Opinions expressed in editorials on The Central Trend are the view of the individual writer and are not the opinion of the entire staff of The Central Trend or the Forest Hills Central staff or administration. Many...

A sign that shows the benefits of having a bathroom that isnt gender-assigned

The restroom situation in many schools discludes transgender students

December 1, 2021

Opinions expressed in editorials on The Central Trend are the view of the individual writer and are not the opinion of the entire staff of The Central Trend or the Forest Hills Central staff or administration.  Usually,...

TCTs The Countless Thanks 2021: Eva Harshman

TCT’s The Countless Thanks 2021: Eva Harshman

November 22, 2021

Penny O’Meara, for being the one I can always count on to read my mind I know I’ve let you down a few times, but you’ve never left me hanging. I feel like I can tell you anything—your ability...

The poster for the best Netflix Original I have seen yet

Red Notice was the most original Netflix Original

November 19, 2021

Dwayne Johnson and Ryan Reynolds are polar opposites: one has muscles that many viewers envy, and the other has a sense of humor that draws many in and boasts gaining popularity among teenagers on the...

A project from a past year that shows the creative potential in the assignment

The AP Lit project helps students deepen their understanding while expressing their creativity

November 17, 2021

When students walk into English teacher Lisa Penninga’s classroom, they don’t usually imagine reading a cold, gothic, and creepy book in such a warm and inviting classroom. However, this is precisely...

The cover of the incredible new album by Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran’s new album, =, was the perfect result of his musical equation

November 5, 2021

Before it dissipated, my love for Ed Sheeran was rekindled by all of the spectacularly ridiculous TikToks about the artist. When I discovered that another operation was being added to his series of albums...

Freshman Dia Sriram has had many unique experiences with the help of her parents

Dia Sriram fulfills her dreams by taking in many unique experiences

November 3, 2021

Many people's ideal time in Florida would be spent basking in the sun, exploring one of the many theme parks, or enjoying nature in the Everglades. However, freshman Dia Sriram spent her time in the Southern...

Me and Leon the day I brought him home; I look a little rough.

Your paws left prints on my concrete life

October 29, 2021

Since I had been waiting fifteen years to meet you, I certainly considered the chance that I would be mildly emotional and that I could possibly shed a tear of joy when you finally were in my arms. However,...

Spooky Humans: Reese Le

Spooky Humans: Reese Le

October 26, 2021

"A couple of weeks back, around one [or] two months ago, the fellas and I went on an expedition to a supposedly 'haunted' spot up in Rockford. I think the area was called Friske's Creek, and basically,...

The Music of the Spheres tour schedule, which will begin in March 2022

Music of the Spheres was full of ups and downs, but overall held beautiful music

October 22, 2021

Coldplay’s name has been floating around for decades, but I had yet to sit down and listen to an album by the band prior to the release of their newest album Music of the Spheres. Similara to the song...

A group of physics students during one of the exciting experiments.

The new science curriculum for sophomores is helping students experiment with different classes

October 20, 2021

If not for her high school physics class, physics teacher Amy Stone would never have fallen in love with the subject and found her career at FHC. To make sure all students could experience an array...

Intro to Business Q&As: Michael Campbell - Snacks 2 Go

Intro to Business Q&As: Michael Campbell – Snacks 2 Go

October 19, 2021

Product: Snacks 2 Go Instagram: snacks2go_fhc Group Members: Michael Campbell (management/leadership), Chris Dongmo (sales), Bennett Nieuwkoop (supply chain), Tyler Nass (marketing), and John...

Smokey, a friendly barn cat who is enjoying the sun outside.

Outdoor cats are a risky option for both wild and domestic animals

October 15, 2021

While some countries have dogs, chickens, or even goats wandering around outside of a shelter, the most commonly seen outdoor animal in the United States is cats. Though many are feral, a large number...

The cover art of Addisons remake, which bears a slight resemblance to the cover of Overthink

“Why I Overthink” perfectly inked the sketch of its precursor

October 8, 2021

I was thoroughly confused when I heard the solely major key kick off Addison Grace’s remake of “Overthink,” which was called “Why I Overthink.” Rather than starting off on a twisting minor tune,...

Jake, four years old, happily wearing the costume his mother made for him at FHCs Bandtasia

Jake Barnes began his music career as a toddler in a Halloween costume

October 8, 2021

Most Halloween costumes are either frights or fantasies. For freshman Jake Barnes, however, it was his future. When Jake was four years old, his mom hand-made him an FHC band uniform—this was a burst...

A day where I felt the sunlight burst through my barrier

I cannot cry, so my keystrokes fall as my tears

October 1, 2021

I can laugh and I can yell, but I cannot cry. When I am in public, I subdue any sensitive emotions with my sarcastic smirk and horrible humor. Even most of my closest friends have yet to see tears trickle...

The movie poster for In the Heights, which was released in June of 2021.

In The Heights is yet another perfect medley by Miranda

September 24, 2021

As soon as I hit play on the musical In The Heights, I knew the six dollars I had paid for the rental of the movie were well spent. I couldn’t sit still in my seat—I had to pause the movie for a moment...

Each grade level proudly holds their hand-made banner

With some alterations, the 2021 Homecoming dance returns

September 22, 2021

Sophomore Class President Lucy Wu has never had the opportunity to go to a Homecoming dance, even though she's in her second year of high school. Due to the COVID-19 virus, many events, including school...

Homecoming Court Q&As: Coco Corey

Homecoming Court Q&As: Coco Corey

September 20, 2021

What was your reaction to hearing your name called? "I was so surprised—my hands flew over my mouth. When I was walking down with [senior] Ian [Goodman], I was still processing the whole thing—it...

The album cover art for Imagine Dragons newest album, Mercury – Act 1

Mercury – Act 1 encompassed an incredible number of styles

September 10, 2021

Very rarely is it that I find a song that I will listen to on repeat; I can probably count the number of songs that get this honor on one hand. But “Follow You,” one of the singles in Imagine Dragons'...

Ava Malinowski lets their spirituality guide them and form stronger bonds.

Ava Malinowski lets their spirit guide them to original experiences

September 8, 2021

While in their room one day, freshman Ava Malinowski was visited by the presence of one of their ancestors. This marked a new chapter in their spiritual journey—ancestry communication. Spirituality...

My family on our trip to the Dominican Republic, where my first memory of regret stems from

The regretful retrospective glances have been recycled into confidence

September 3, 2021

For the past eight years, the same memory has haunted me.  I was almost seven years old—my birthday was that week. I had just arrived in the Dominican Republic, eager to begin exploring a country...

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 cant achieve everything now; Im 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...

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