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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

Jessie Warren

Jessie Warren, Print Managing Editor

Jessie Warren is a senior, and this will be her second and final year as a staff member of The Central Trend. Ever eager to write, she finds a sort of solace in sharing her words with others, a passion that has bonded her to the other visionaries of Rooms 139 and 140. Besides a desire to keep pumping out work she can be proud of, Jessie is keen to finally resurrect the print edition alongside fellow Print Managing Editor Lauren Batterbee, a horizon that is seemingly getting closer and closer with each day that passes.

Favorite Shows: Fleabag, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Normal People

If she were a type of building, she would be: A planetarium or a tea shop

Favorite stories to write: She enjoys writing columns most, but the feeling of putting together a great feature is something she has slowly learned to fall in love with.

A few of her favorite things: Cliche coming-of-age films, the feeling in the passenger's seat of a Subaru, and her community—whether that be her kindred spirits, her family, or her dog, Levi.

All content by Jessie Warren
Strawberry Guys two newest singles on a playlist I created solely for the cover of this article.

Strawberry Guy’s newest singles chime with comfort and color

October 25, 2021

I was searching rather unsuccessfully for an item to review when my fellow-TCT staff member and long-time musical cohort, Kelsey Dantuma, asked if I'd ever heard of Strawberry Guy. Upon my curious no,...

Savannah soaking up the sunshine at an outdoor picnic with friends.

Savannah Blue finds comfort in all things flora and fauna

October 21, 2021

Some of junior Savannah Blue's fondest childhood memories center around one obscure location: Chow Hound. Harkening back to her younger years, Savannah can recollect regularly running errands with her...

The stairway at my dads house cloaked in mid-day sunshine.

She flickers like the sunshine, the wind, and her words

October 18, 2021

At this moment, the sun has disappeared along with the wind, and the capering illusions that dash across the hardwood have fancifully flickered away. The paintings upon the gallery wall are shielded...

The cover for Mitskis newest single, Working for the Knife.

“Working for the Knife” is an ode to the vulnerability of creation

October 11, 2021

Above all things, I take pride in my myriad of Spotify playlists—for each mood or moment, I have a melody to accompany. Yet, a single strand runs throughout each collection: a scarlet and cerulean string...

The collection of projects that greets students and staff as they enter the Art Department.

With a touch of creation and a tinge of vibrancy, AP Art serves as a hub for ingenuity and togetherness

October 8, 2021

For as long as they can remember, junior Michael Boughton has been encircled in beauty. Michael can recollect their mother urging them, from an early age, to love themselves and the world around them....

The painting on my bedroom walls cast in the glow of my stained glass light bulb.

Nevertheless, he does

October 4, 2021

She wishes she could write like Hozier lyrics, and when she thinks this, she feels green. Green not in a queasy, nauseous way, but rather like wading within the shallow pools of her mother's Earth....

The fall-themed endcap that meets customers the second they enter Trader Joes.

Trader Joe’s offers up a cornucopia of tasty fall treats in preparation for the coming season

September 27, 2021

Out of all the seasons, it is no secret that I harbor an unabashed, brazen adoration for autumn. Similar to every other girl my age, there is something about the leaves changing each year that brings...

Homecoming Court Q&As: Abby Drueke

Homecoming Court Q&As: Abby Drueke

September 21, 2021

What was your reaction to hearing your name called? "Hearing my name honestly just surprised me, mostly because they said Abigail and no one calls me that, so it took me a second to realize it was me....

A photo taken outside the 2021 Met Gala, were a group of BLM protesters staged a peaceful demonstration.

Outside the 2021 Met Gala: The Black Lives Matter protest that is being swiftly overlooked

September 16, 2021

For 78 years—with a few exceptions—the annual Met Gala has served as a staple of universal pop culture. Since the late 1940s, the event has attracted celebrities from distinct realms of fame, joined...

Good Trouble finished airing its third season on Hulu as of September 8th, 2021.

Hulu’s Good Trouble effortlessly combines familiar characters with modern circumstances

September 15, 2021

From an early fascination with shows like Pretty Little Liars to my more recent consumption of newer programs, including Ginny and Georgia and Elite, I've never kept quiet about my adoration for "so...

Improv Team Q&As: Gavin OMeara

Improv Team Q&As: Gavin O’Meara

September 15, 2021

What made you decide to join Improv? "My freshman year, Mrs. [Robin] Demeester saw me walking in the hallways the day of auditions and told me to come back after school, so I said okay, and I auditioned....

A peak inside the greenhouse, where students are currently growing kale.

The greenhouse is flourishing into a new school year, one with fresh meaning and purpose

September 9, 2021

Senior Rachel Marco would be the first to admit that, out of all her interests, she is first and foremost a big plant lover.  From her early education at Goodwillie Environmental School to her many...

A photograph taken within the sunlit side room of an antique store in Traverse City.

She finds her purpose in them

September 6, 2021

That night, she dreamt she was in the elderly woman’s house. Opening her tightly shut eyelids, she aspired to once again be perched upon her cupboard shelf, watching in maternal felicity as the family...

The cover for Mae Powells debut album, Both Ways Brighter.

Mae Powell’s debut album is the newest tonic for my inspiration

August 30, 2021

Recently, likely due to a three-month hiatus from my web of words, the letters on my keyboard are starting to look less and less like the friends I've come to know. I can hardly write, and when I do, it...

A frog statue that has rested on my back patio for as long as I can remember.

The view from the edge of seventeen

June 17, 2021

When I was still a child, My backyard was the noise that I could introduce to it.   It was the trampoline with leg-sized holes and a two-person capacity limit that we nearly always broke.   It...

A photo I took around this time last year, when I was still overwhelmingly ecstatic for summertime.

I cannot seem to leave her here

June 1, 2021

For three circles around the sun, the sapphire glades and willow waters of summer have never given her reason to doubt. As treasures always do, they have welcomed her and let her use them for her silly...

FHC Inspires Q&As: Katelynn Heilman

FHC Inspires Q&As: Katelynn Heilman

May 27, 2021

Speaker: Katelynn Heilman How do you feel about your TED Talk being picked for FHC Inspires? “I was really excited when I found out I was a part of FHC Inspires, although I was a little nervous...

FHC Inspires Q&As: Rasraj Mann

FHC Inspires Q&As: Rasraj Mann

May 26, 2021

Speaker: Rasraj Mann How do you feel about your TED Talk being picked for FHC Inspires? "I feel great about my TED Talk as it brings awareness to an issue in American society." What is a quick...

The main poster for HBOs newest alt-teen drama, Generation.

HBO Max’s new series, Generation, expertly displays the capstone of being a teenager

May 25, 2021

Up until quite recently, I struggled greatly with my teenage identity. While my sophomore self enjoyed time spent wasting away in music-filled rooms and turning all her work in on time, the person I've...

FHC Inspires Q&As: Kate Hotaling

FHC Inspires Q&As: Kate Hotaling

May 25, 2021

Speaker: Kate Hotaling How do you feel about your TED Talk being picked for FHC Inspires? “I am so happy and partially surprised that my TED Talk was chosen for FHC Inspires. I never would have...

The album photo for Billie Martens newest release, Flora Fauna.

From meadows to mountainsides, Billie Marten’s newest album promises perfection

May 25, 2021

With an adoration for fresh melodies also comes a loss of memory when asked about my musical journey. Within the tumbleweeds and winds of the past four years, hundreds of gorgeous tracks have been completely...

FHC Inspires Q&As: Kamdyn Hawkins

FHC Inspires Q&As: Kamdyn Hawkins

May 21, 2021

Speaker: Kamdyn Hawkins How do you feel about your TED Talk being picked for FHC Inspires? “I am very happy about my TED Talk being picked for FHC Inspires; it will be a great opportunity to experience.” What...

FHC Inspires Q&As: Veronica Vincent

FHC Inspires Q&As: Veronica Vincent

May 20, 2021

Speaker: Veronica Vincent How do you feel about your TED Talk being picked for FHC Inspires? "I was really honored when I found out I was picked for FHC Inspires because this whole experience has...

2021 FHC Inspires Q&As

2021 FHC Inspires Q&As

May 20, 2021

The 2021 FHC Inspires show consists of eighteen intelligent, star student speakers with a variety of fascinating and insightful TED Talks. Get to know these eighteen participants as they are asked perceptive...

My brothers friend, Cam, and I dancing and singing outside my Nana Ingrid and PopPop Kirbys beach house.

I am dancing within my winds of perfection

May 18, 2021

When I was still small enough to not worry about the length of my legs or the appearance of my hair, there was nothing I loved more than singing and dancing. Whether it be the feeling of my tiny feet...

Fun fact: Lynlee’s role models are Shakira and Michelle Bachelet. She admires Shakira because mentally, she’s Shakira’s and Pitbull’s love child, and Shakira has “great hair, great hips, and she’s Mrs. Worldwide.” She admires Michelle Bachelet because “she was the first female president of Chile, and she was the first female elected socialist president, and she did a lot for gay marriage and women’s rights.

[Photo] Lynlee Derrick is driving down the road of her own future—one where she is excited to wake up every day

May 17, 2021

Fun fact: Lynlee’s role models are Shakira and Michelle Bachelet. She admires Shakira because mentally, she’s Shakira’s and Pitbull’s love child, and Shakira has “great hair, great hips, and...

A photo of Ashe used to promote her newest album via her Instagram.

Ashe amplifies her authentic voice through her debut album Ashlyn

May 11, 2021

It is no secret that I love new music. However, there is a finely printed addendum to my adoration of acclimation. Past the search that I recount at the beginning of each opinion piece and the imagery...

Benji Zorn has been playing Disc golf for five years and is now leading the charge to create a Disc golf club here at FHC

Despite turbulent times, Benji Zorn is hoping the new Disc golf club will soon take flight

May 10, 2021

There is nothing more exhilarating for junior Benji Zorn than the sound of a frisbee zooming through the air. As these saucers duck under tree branches and into chainmail goals, there is a certain excitement...

Teacher Appreciation Week Notes: day four

Teacher Appreciation Week Notes: day four

May 6, 2021

“I appreciate Mrs. DeMeester for being inspiring, kind, and always making class fun and engaging.” “I appreciate Mr. Anderson and Mr. VonEhr. Not only do they dedicate every moment of the school...

Teacher Appreciation Week Notes

Teacher Appreciation Week Notes

May 5, 2021

Check in every day this week for more thank you notes from students at our school to teachers at our school!

Teacher Appreciation Week Notes: day three

Teacher Appreciation Week Notes: day three

May 5, 2021

“I appreciate Mr. Fisher because he was really nice and worked hard to make class interesting and make students feel included. I appreciate that he checks in with students and is very understanding.” “One...

Teacher Appreciation Week Notes: day two

Teacher Appreciation Week Notes: day two

May 4, 2021

“I appreciate Mrs. Lipke for how much she wants us all to succeed; she is always there for help and support and truly gives math her all every day.” “Mrs. Will, thank you for the limitless support...

The arms that encircle me, aka those friends Ive had forever and those that Ive newly learned to love.

There are fingers and fog and then the arms that encircle me

May 4, 2021

I've begun burning a Gemini candle my mother gave me nearly a year ago, and even though they have become my constant companions, the fingers and fog at the forefront of my brain are beginning to subside. For...

Teacher Appreciation Week Notes: day one

Teacher Appreciation Week Notes: day one

May 3, 2021

“I appreciate Mrs. Stone for making math really easy to learn this school year. I felt like her teaching style helped me to understand every unit we did. She also was really gracious [and] let me take...

Film Festival Q&As: Dog or Dawg

Film Festival Q&As: Dog or Dawg

April 30, 2021

Film title: Dog or Dawg Genre: Action/adventure Interviewee: Sydney Kushak Group members: Leila Gonzalez and Olivia Hooper https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqcjlgeFc1w Can you give a five-minute...

Film Festival Q&As: Delilah

Film Festival Q&As: Delilah

April 30, 2021

Film title: Delilah  Genre: Comedy  Interviewee: Jack McNamara Group members: Sam Musgraves and Jonah Spates Can you give a five-minute elevator pitch for your film?  “Do you like to...

Media Comm. teacher, Jeff Manders, seated at his desk, circa 2018

Film Festival Q&As: Jeff Manders

April 30, 2021

Name: Mr. Jeff Manders Position: Media Communications Teacher What is Film Fest?  “The FHC Film Festival is the annual opportunity for the FX students to showcase their creativity, production...

Film Festival Q&As: Le Casse

Film Festival Q&As: Le Casse

April 30, 2021

Film title: Le Casse  Genre: Thriller  Interviewee: Anna Freihofer Group members: Joe Clancy, Bela Gonzalez, and Maddie Knoor https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqYti5GHYzY   Can...

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,...

An image less reminiscent of the meaning of these words and more of the way they feel.

It’s about time I stop romanticizing her

April 27, 2021

The hours between dusk and dawn are blending, sunrise encroaching itself upon her as she sits sprawled across her bedroom floor. Beside her lay technicolor and dried-out paint supplies, a canvas half-covered...

The card you receive after getting your vaccine as well as one of the free stickers offered by Spectrum Health.

There is light on the horizon as the COVID-19 vaccine enters its third stage of rollout

April 22, 2021

On March 12th, 2021, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services officially announced that all Michiganders 16 and up would be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine....

A still from the film The Wind Rises, one of the largest inspirations behind this story.

The wind is rising again

April 20, 2021

There were times deep within her childhood that she felt she could talk to the wind. They came on summer mornings and weekend days when the world was whipped with gusts of air, pushing the fairies out...

The cover photo of Adam Melchors new album, Melchor Lullaby Hotline Vol. 1.

Adam Melchor’s newest album personifies love through a lens of little moments

April 13, 2021

It is no secret that I love the idiosyncrasies in life. Moments when company is minimal and talking is optional feed my soul—and these times often come at night.  Yesterday evening, my computer had...

An illustration depicting how we alone are sometimes just enough.

She has become enough

March 30, 2021

There was this world deep within her—a world where morning strolls with one’s walking buddy were enough to soothe the spirits. A world where she was the only one getting old, one where the quickening...

Musician Maja Lena posing in a mystic setting perfectly synchronous with her music.

Maja Lena weaves tapestries of daytime and dusk within her two debut singles

March 23, 2021

Just like we are so often bound to do, my taste in music travels alongside me through the many phases of my life. The bubbly and selectively charismatic parts of me would not exist if it were not for my...

A picture of the cotton candy sunsets of fall, our imaginations running wild.

These are the seasons that raised us

March 16, 2021

We were once but flower buds—the kind that peak out shyly during the spring equinox and bring with them an assurance of sunshine. You were ungrown lavender—I a simple sunflower—and together our growing-up...

The cover of Sun Junes newest album, Somewhere.

Somewhere by Sun June is springtime personified

March 9, 2021

I’ve never treasured springtime the way I ought to—never valued the rainbows the early March sunshine can cast or the sudden aroma of warmth and brightness. Whether as a result of its many melancholy...

An embodiment of those clouds that dare to challenge nightfall.

The spontaneity of falling in love with clouds

March 2, 2021

This time a year ago, I would have never considered buying a two-dollar vase from Goodwill, certainly not one painted with daisies and sage green brushstrokes. To be honest, I don’t even know if this...

The poster for Zendaya and John David Washingtons newest film, Malcolm & Marie.

Malcolm & Marie is a simple yet intricate depiction of the trials of toxic love

February 23, 2021

In a universe often dulled by the dreary day-to-day, my primary source of color has always been film. Given a few hours to kill and a monumental movie, I find myself describing it not through the plot...

A family of Squishmallows holding a gathering of sorts.

Squishmallows: how the new stuffed animal craze has infiltrated the halls of FHC

February 18, 2021

Walking into her local Walgreens around this time last year, freshman Madi Evans was bombarded with Valentine’s Day decorations.  From the candy surrounding the register to the end caps that lined...

The absolute beauty that is Florence Pugh as Amy March.

A testament to Amy March

February 16, 2021

The backbone of who I am as a person was crafted by the 1994 adaption of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women.  From fallen and trodden upon trees to the back seat of my mother’s car, the lives of...

An extremely grainy photo—but nonetheless one of my favorites—from the day I started this list

[Photo] A tabulation of all that she romanticizes

February 15, 2021

An extremely grainy photo—but nonetheless one of my favorites—from the day I started this list

The cover art for the newest pack, The Sims 4 Paranormal Stuff.

Simmers get what they’ve been asking for within The Sims 4 Paranormal Stuff

February 9, 2021

The first time I was ever left alone with a Sim, I accidentally starved her to death. In a bout of curiosity harbored by my sister leaving the room, I can vividly recollect sliding the hunger bar all...

Maggie Jenkinss expressive personality pushes her to find community in everything she does

Maggie Jenkins’s expressive personality pushes her to find community in everything she does

February 5, 2021

Senior Maggie Jenkins would reach to call herself an uninteresting person. Whether it be juggling her many hobbies or lazing around with her canine companion, Maggie does not claim to be riveting in the...

Two individuals in floral blouses embracing, realizing that they are, in fact, enough.

Maybe that was enough

February 2, 2021

They had walked for entirely too long, talked about absolutely nothing, and done naught to better themselves besides be in one another’s presence. However, both held a solemn secret that maybe that was...

Some of my favorite and least favorite LaCroix flavors.

A beginners guide to the art of LaCroix

January 26, 2021

I have grappled at straws and rearranged every word in a million different variations in an attempt to make this seem more artistic than it is. Still, no combination of phrases could ever sum up my unique...

The horizon on a beach in Grand Haven, when it was too freezing cold

[Photo] I’ve never really gotten to know the lines

January 25, 2021

The horizon on a beach in Grand Haven, when it was too freezing cold

An island-wide celebration for the construction of a new bridge, all gameplay features in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

From catching bees to chopping trees, these students look to Animal Crossing for enjoyment and relaxation

January 21, 2021

Junior Lani Quach has a personal vendetta towards athletes, but not in the way that one may think.  Though she has nothing against the pursuits of fitness and recreation in the real world, it is in...

English teacher Dr. Keller, standing in her classroom, holding one of her pet lizards, Lamont

Inauguration Day in the classroom: a Q&A with Dr. Keller

January 21, 2021

Name: Dr. Anne Keller Classes: AP Language and Composition and Freshman English How many of your classes did you show the inauguration in, and what parts of the inauguration did you show?  “So...

The inauguration proceedings depicted on a projector in one of FHCs classrooms

Inauguration Day and its place in the classroom: opinions from our teachers

January 21, 2021

Inauguration Day was a momentous occasion in the capitol—an event with significant precedent that was produced under a warped lens this year, remaining on par with the absurdity and unexpectedness that...

The scene outside my window as depicted through a prism.

The violence of vermillion in the snow

January 19, 2021

It came just before the impenetrable snow, right at that time when the land becomes coated in a thin sheet of opaque, sepia-toned ice. However, in her mind’s eye, everything was scarlet.  Scarlet...

The cover of Lili Reinharts debut poetry collection titled Swimming Lessons.

We are never alone, and Swimming Lessons reassures that fact

January 12, 2021

Despite my little experience in the worlds of love and prose, I enjoy pretending that I’ve traversed these realms enough times to be acquainted with them. I consume period pieces in an attempt to...

My Nana Ingrid and I on the dock, me desperate to be as flawlessly cool as her.

The pictures that make up this puzzle

January 5, 2021

Anyone in my extensive family can attest to the fact that, as a child, I was completely unhinged. From a young age, I found that song and dance were the best coping mechanisms for my budding anxiety, and...

Me getting overly excited about my new toy on Christmas morning.

Traditions cannot and will not last forever

December 27, 2020

Being the baby in my family has always meant that I am the center of attention, especially on Christmas. I always get a few more presents than my older siblings, and even if I have less, the ones I do...

I greatly enjoy taking photos of the shadows on my walls.

She is so very tired

December 18, 2020

Her hair used to be so golden, bobbling down and over her shoulders and defying the summertime heat. I wished I could be her, and then I realized that maybe I had been all along.  Now it has been cut...

Three very different book genres piled on top of one another.

Reading continues to provide an escape to students during this rough patch

December 15, 2020

Within the pages of a book, sophomore Kyra Thomas has always found more than words. From reading rendezvous spent in the corner of her childhood dance studio to her fourth-grade classroom filled with the...

Th cover photo for Normal People that portrays the relationship between the main characters.

If crying were a show, that show would be Normal People

December 11, 2020

If the song "Fine Line" by Harry Styles and "i was all over her" by Salvia Palth had a child, their sweeping yet simplistic tones would combine to create Hulu’s Normal People. Through these songs,...

https://www.pexels.com/photo/books-file-on-shelf-2128249/

My long-winded and often unrequited relationship with the English language

December 4, 2020

As the paling moon slips out from underneath its daylit bed covers, words bumble through meadows from under rocks and behind wildflower stalks. Or, plainly put, at night I become exponentially inspired....

Clare Sherman pursues her passions through her love for charity work

Clare Sherman pursues her passions through her love for charity work

December 1, 2020

Starting in the seventh grade with her initiation into the National Charity League (NCL), freshman Clare Sherman had no idea about all the ways she would fall in love with showing others kindness.  She...

TCTs The Countless Thanks: Jessie Warren

TCT’s The Countless Thanks: Jessie Warren

November 23, 2020

Meggie—my sky blue: I could fill this entire thank you with just the inside jokes we’ve shared, but I will try to craft something more eloquent for creativity’s sake. I am so eternally grateful for...

Original Vogue photos shot by Tyler Mitchell.

Dear Candace Owens, this is not about you

November 20, 2020

The first solo male cover in the 108-year history of Vogue magazine. Just last Friday, with the announcement of the December issue, Harry Styles was devoted the above title, taking his place front and...

Students continue looking to music as an escape from stress

Students continue looking to music as an escape from stress

November 18, 2020

While scrolling through her family’s shared Apple Music account, senior Delaney Niswonger discovered for the first time the unique sound of what would become her favorite band.  On a mutually curated...

The Queens Gambit brought to the table a spectrum of fresh colors and outlooks

The Queen’s Gambit brought to the table a spectrum of fresh colors and outlooks

November 13, 2020

Two facts about me that no one knows are that I cannot play chess and that I have vengeance towards limited series.  However, both these arbitrary pieces of knowledge were thrown out the door when...

A graphic of this man creating a vegan force field.

Extreme vegans are slowly killing their own cause

October 26, 2020

A few weeks ago, I queued up a Youtube video from two of my favorite creators in preparation for a captivating watch. When the video began, they jumped right into a commentary on a certain TikToker who...

The cover art of Conners podcast.

The “Very Really Good” podcast brings humorous light to current events

October 22, 2020

For a long time, I’ve heard people’s stories about creators that saved their lives and passed this off as a grave exaggeration. I thought, how on Earth could someone you’ve never met have such a...

Nana and I circa 2009.

A plate of cookies awaits me

October 5, 2020

She came here because of me. Sure, the constant drinking and drama that circumscribed her in New Jersey became unbearable, and the home her daughter had made in Michigan seemed like the place to escape...

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