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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

Jordan George

Jordan George, Editor in Chief

Jordan is entering his third year on staff, and is one of the three Editors in Chief. This past year, Jordan was the Sports Editor and primarily wrote sports columns and sports features, winning the MIPA award as the number one sports columnist in the state of Michigan. He is the captain of the varsity basketball team and also participates in Student Council, Diversity Club, and National Honors Society. He participated in an internship this past winter with the Grand Rapids Drive, Grand Rapids' NBA D-League team, where he worked in public relations. Jordan's love of writing sports columns and sports features comes from his passion for both sports and writing.

Favorite thing about being on staff: Writing columns about things that I am passionate about and getting the chance to see the school read them. Also, going to sporting events and reporting on them. I really like everyone on staff too and the relationships that I have built through being in class with everyone.

  • Favorite type of story to write: Sports columns and features.
  • Extracurriculars/Sports: Basketball, Student Council, Diversity Club, National Honors Society, CONNECT.
  • Hobbies/Interests: Watching sports, especially college basketball. Reading, writing, playing basketball, and buying shoes.
  • Favorite book and why: To Kill a Mockingbird. Teaches valuable lessons that can be applicable to almost every situation, and is a really fun book to read with an interesting plot.
  • If it is Friday night, you will most likely find Jordan...: In the gym, playing for the basketball team! Or if it is Fall, cheering on the football team in the student section.
All content by Jordan George
Jvrangergolf: JV Golf Shines on the Course and on Instagram

Jvrangergolf: JV Golf Shines on the Course and on Instagram

May 10, 2016

  One of the most notable Spring sports sensations has been the JV Golf team. Yes, you read that right. The JV golf team has made quite an impression on the course with their undefeated record,...

Day Trip Destinations for the Restless Teen

Day Trip Destinations for the Restless Teen

May 9, 2016

If you are anything like me, you really enjoy getting out of GR for a day. I love Grand Rapids, but sometimes I feel a strange desire to hop in my car and drive 45 minutes to places that feel a little...

A Prom Monologue

A Prom Monologue

April 15, 2016

(The speaker is a 16-year old boy who looks like any average high school student, with dark hair and a youthful face. He is wearing jeans and a sweatshirt. He is relaxed and has a half grin on his face).   So…...

A Few Calculations And What They Mean For Seniors

A Few Calculations And What They Mean For Seniors

March 24, 2016

I was doing some math the other day, and when I do math, it is usually for a purpose. I am into into doing math for pleasure, and let’s just say that it is not my strong suit. I was doing some counting,...

Young Baseball Team Looks to Improve on Last Years Successful Season

Young Baseball Team Looks to Improve on Last Year’s Successful Season

March 17, 2016

When you first look at the baseball roster for this year, one thing jumps out at you: youth. As arguably the youngest varsity sports team at FHC, this year’s baseball team is filled with numerous sophomores,...

JTs Pizza Provides Comfortable Atmosphere and Excellent Pizza

JT’s Pizza Provides Comfortable Atmosphere and Excellent Pizza

March 10, 2016

Tucked away on Old 28th Street is a hidden gem that provides locals with some of the most underrated Italian food in Grand Rapids. This past Wednesday, my teammates and I headed to JT’s Pizza after our...

Matt Mills Not settling for anything less than a title

Matt Mills “Not settling for anything less than a title”

March 4, 2016

Matt Mills has the possibility to add his name to the prestigious Central wrestling record books. After winning his first two matches at the state finals tournament on Thursday and Friday at the Palace...

Judes Barbershop Provides a Clean-Cut Experience

Jude’s Barbershop Provides a Clean-Cut Experience

March 3, 2016

It was getting towards that time again. The time when my hair reaches close to my eyes and becomes an uncontrollable mess that sticks up in the back and is impossible to tame. When I realize that my hair...

Remembering that we are Human Beings, not Human Doings

February 25, 2016

I often struggle to fall asleep quickly at night during the month of January. I constantly ask myself needless questions: “did I remember to pack my basketball shoes for practice tomorrow?” “Will...

E-Achieve Leaves Staff with Unique Problem: What to do With Lab Space?

E-Achieve Leaves Staff with Unique Problem: What to do With Lab Space?

February 19, 2016

As the school year progresses into the second semester, the e-achieve initiative is in full swing, and has received generally positive reception from both the student body and staff. Laptops in classes...

Coldstone Brings a Unique, Tasty Experience

Coldstone Brings a Unique, Tasty Experience

February 4, 2016

It seems like all of the buzz lately has been all about frozen yogurt places like Spoonlickers and Pump House, but sometimes just plain old ice cream can be tastier, and more exciting, than that cliche...

Conference Realignment Shakes Up the OK White for Fall 2016

Conference Realignment Shakes Up the OK White for Fall 2016

January 25, 2016

There will be some new faces, and new teams, on Central athletic fields next fall. With the OK Conference approving a realignment plan this fall, Central will have a revamped OK White Conference, which...

The Central Trends Guide to Snow Days (Senior Column by Jordan George)

The Central Trend’s Guide to Snow Days (Senior Column by Jordan George)

January 12, 2016

The proverbial pajamas have been turned inside out, the spoon has been placed under the pillow, and the ice cube has been flushed down the toilet. I may or may not have sprayed Cascade Road with a hose...

Culvers: Not Your Regular Fast Food

Culver’s: Not Your Regular Fast Food

December 18, 2015

I have not eaten since 11:30, just had two hours of basketball, and am extremely hungry. Where can I go to curb this hunger before a night of homework? Culver’s on 28th street is the place. From the...

History Teacher Steve Labenz Trades Whiteboards with Switchboards.

History Teacher Steve Labenz Trades Whiteboards with Switchboards.

December 11, 2015

History teacher Steve Labenz leans back in his seat, preparing his thoughts. Ready to address his audience, he clears his throat and says, “Good afternoon West Michigan, this is Steve Labenz on 98.7...

Adas Intrinsic, Unrecognized Beauty

Ada’s Intrinsic, Unrecognized Beauty

December 4, 2015

I’m picturing a place. Here, Speedway is the main attraction, Vitale’s is this place’s version of fine dining, the Covered Bridge is the historic monument, and Godwin’s Hardware Store is the place...

Why I Love Sprints at 3:15 PM on a Monday

Why I Love Sprints at 3:15 PM on a Monday

November 2, 2015

Forty faces, dripping with sweat, toe the line for the first time of the day. Anxiously awaiting the whistle, we stand poised with energy, ready to take off. No, this is not FHC Cross Country or track....

Senior Anthony Bowie Named to All-American Soccer Team

Senior Anthony Bowie Named to All-American Soccer Team

October 29, 2015

Senior soccer player Anthony Bowie has had a truly historic senior season, and the culmination of his incredible performances and dedicated effort has earned him one of the highest honors a high school...

Five Guys: Simple Goodness

Five Guys: Simple Goodness

October 26, 2015

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”- Leonardo da Vinci   Sometimes, the simplest things have the greatest effect, and that was the exact thought that ran through my head as I entered...

White Brick Walls to New Residence Halls

White Brick Walls to New Residence Halls

October 19, 2015

“Sorry, I forgot that you had a class right now.” Our lives are based on perspective, and sometimes a change in perspective can be really weird. I missed school one day last week and ventured out...

Boys Soccer Team Off to a Perfect Start, Ranked #1 in the State

Boys Soccer Team Off to a Perfect Start, Ranked #1 in the State

October 11, 2015

The Forest Hills Central boys soccer team has taken the field 16 times this year. They have not lost. Currently ranked number 1 in the state in Class A, the Rangers have utterly dominated opponents...

Dedication Through the Changes

Dedication Through the Changes

October 5, 2015

They looked like us, lived in the same area as us, played the same sports as us, and walked the same halls as us. For 57 years, students just like us have attended Forest Hills Central. Of course, for...

Senior Jessica Fuller Verbally Commits to Division One Vermont University

Senior Jessica Fuller Verbally Commits to Division One Vermont University

September 28, 2015

After hundreds of practices, thousands of shots taken, and almost four years as a Lady Ranger, senior Jessica Fuller has decided her next move, and has verbally committed to Division One Vermont University...

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Scoreboards and Guitar Chords

September 21, 2015

In high school, identity is everything. What sports you play, clothes you wear, groups you’re involved in, and friends you have determine everyone’s perception of you. For me, I am probably looked...

Homecoming Spirit Days Announced

Homecoming Spirit Days Announced

September 17, 2015

The student council commenced their much-anticipated annual Homecoming spirit day vote on Wednesday, and the results were almost unanimous. The representatives focused on creating days that would be unique,...

Firehouse and Potbelly look to Claim their Spot at the GR Sandwich Table

September 15, 2015

“Sandwiches are boring”- a common statement heard around American homes, usually said by disgruntled ten year olds that yearn for bagel bites or hamburgers. As much as sandwiches have gained a bad...

Football loses to Grand Ledge, but still looks towards playoffs

August 31, 2015

Junior Jack Uecker caught the Grand Ledge kick off at the one yard line and made a break for free space. Lumbering down the sideline, Uecker made multiple Grand Ledge defenders miss before finally being...

Ranger Tennis Team Falls in First Match, Remains Confident that it will Defend State Championship

August 21, 2015

Sophomore Jacob Wiltjer found himself in a heated, lengthy battle on Thursday morning at Riverview Athletic Center in Northview. The returning state champion at 4 singles eventually prevailed over his...

Improv Team Members Make it up as they Go

June 5, 2015

A group of random high school students on a stage with no script, no lines, and no direction. Sounds like chaos, right? Or maybe a recipe for disaster? Well for the members of the FHC Improv team, this...

2015 Homecoming Themes Announced

2015 Homecoming Themes Announced

June 3, 2015

In a student council meeting after school today, representatives from each class voted and decided on the Homecoming theme for the 2015 school year. After much deliberation, the student council decided...

Underclassmen Honors 2015

June 2, 2015

On the morning of June 2, FHC held its annual Underclassmen Awards Ceremony in the main gymnasium.  After honoring students in all grades with 3.3 or higher grade point averages, individual honors were...

Vote Mackenzie Currie for the Best Defender in Grand Rapids

June 1, 2015

Mackenzie Currie is up for the best defender in Grand Rapids girls soccer award, you can vote for her using the link below! http://highschoolsports.mlive.com/news/article/3977927785852247973/vote-now-which-grand-rapids-area-girls-soccer-standout-plays-the-toughest-defense/Jo

Bryce Clay Playing Beyond His Years in Outstanding Freshman Season

Bryce Clay Playing Beyond His Years in Outstanding Freshman Season

May 30, 2015

Bryce Clay leads the FHC lacrosse team in scoring. He leads the team in points and is one of the top scorers in the state, on a team that has a legitimate chance to win yet another state championship....

Dont Burst my Bubble

Don’t Burst my Bubble

May 28, 2015

Ever since I can remember, I have been provided exceptional opportunities by my community, family, teachers, and peers. Of course, everywhere you go there are usually exceptional opportunities, but Forest...

Class of 2018 Student Council Roundtable

May 27, 2015

  Q: What motivated you to run for student council? Sarah Obermeyer: I think it was because this year was pretty crazy and we were all over the place. I knew that I could contribute. Ellie...

Gameday: A Day in the Life of Ranger Football

Gameday: A Day in the Life of Ranger Football

May 21, 2015

FHC beat Caledonia in an exciting upset on the night of September 12th. You saw the players battle it out on the field, but do you ever wonder what goes down before the game in preparation for battle?...

For Fans, it’s More than a Game

May 21, 2015

I sprinted around my house like a madman, my brother screamed like a little girl, and my dad practically cried. So, what had happened to make my family feel this incredible surge of energy and emotion?...

Restoring our Ranger Pride

Restoring our Ranger Pride

May 21, 2015

I know, football is over covered. Countless newspaper articles, TV shows, and movies talk about Friday night football games. Heck, there is even a show called “Friday Night Lights.” What I want to...

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