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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 Helmbrecht

Jordan Helmbrecht, Staff Writer

Jordan Helmbrecht is a senior and is entering her second year on staff for The Central Trend. She plays soccer for Midwest United FC and FHC.  Although she spends most of her time playing sports, Jordan also enjoys traveling and spending time with her friends and family. Her favorite places to visit are Utah, California, Colorado, and Traverse City. Jordan is super excited for senior year and another year as a member of The Central Trend family.

On a Friday night you will typically find Jordan: On an adventure with her friends

Favorite type of story to write: Editorials

Favorite book: Nemesis

All content by Jordan Helmbrecht
I regret taking normal for granted

I regret taking normal for granted

March 20, 2020

Normal. What an average thing. Something we are all accustomed to—something we take for granted. For some people, the whole point of life is to become something other than normal, to become something...

Coronavirus: an update and a test of validity of the outbreaking pandemic

Coronavirus: an update and a test of validity of the outbreaking pandemic

March 11, 2020

As the new year came rolling in, so did the first news of a new disease: coronavirus. At first, the disease was said to have only taken a single-digit number of lives; however, since then, the number of...

FHCs hour delays hold more importance than just an extra hour of sleep for students

FHC’s hour delays hold more importance than just an extra hour of sleep for students

February 27, 2020

For the last few years, students have been granted the gift of an extra hour of sleep every other Wednesday. However, students aren’t the only ones who benefit from the hour delays—teachers, like English...

Holidays have turned into a series of high expectations

Holidays have turned into a series of high expectations

February 20, 2020

Since I was young, I have always loved the holidays. No matter what celebration it was—Valentine's Day, Christmas, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, birthdays—I loved getting in the...

When do we reach the wicks end?

When do we reach the wicks end?

February 12, 2020

Twelve years. In three months, I will have passed through twelve years of school. Through all of these years, I will have taken hundreds of tests, hundreds of quizzes, filled out thousands of notebook...

Why so judgy?

Why so judgy?

February 6, 2020

On Sunday night, the majority of America sat hunkered in front of their TVs; we all waited with a shared ambition for the notorious Super Bowl Halftime show.  This year, Shakira and Jennifer Lopez...

John Courcy explores life through the outdoors world

John Courcy explores life through the outdoors world

January 30, 2020

About two-and-a-half years ago, senior John Courcy was introduced to the sport of rock climbing. His brother had just returned from a three-month-long backpacking trip to the Rocky Mountains at the time,...

Several differences between girls and boys sports lies in the matter of attention

Several differences between girls and boys sports lies in the matter of attention

January 29, 2020

For years, even decades, there has been constant debate over the matter of boys and girls sports. Controversy over the line that draws the distinction between the two has been a fire that ceases to burn...

The deaths of Kobe and Gianna Bryant stand as an important reminder

The deaths of Kobe and Gianna Bryant stand as an important reminder

January 28, 2020

On Sunday, January 26th, 2020, breaking news erupted into the ears of people around the country. Kobe Bryant, basketball legend, father of four, husband of twenty years, and an inspiration to many, was...

Does music today lack the emotion that it used to have?

Does music today lack the emotion that it used to have?

January 23, 2020

Music. A powerful thing, a thing of many names, many genres, many people. It has the power to motivate us, to move us, to bring tears to our eyes—it has the power to sway our emotions this way and that.  With...

RAT Q&A: Ali Azeem

RAT Q&A: Ali Azeem

January 16, 2020

Name: Ali Azeem Grade: 12 1. What is your act?  "Pitch Imperfect. Basically, it’s a bunch of senior guys. We get up on stage and sing a cappella. I don’t want to spoil it, but it’s basically...

RAT Q&A: Jannis Jacobs

RAT Q&A: Jannis Jacobs

January 16, 2020

Name: Jannis Jacobs Grade: 12 1. What is your act?  "Pitch Imperfect; it's random!" 2. How did you prepare? "Acting random." 3. What made you audition with your act?  "We didn't,...

The fight isnt over

The fight isn’t over

January 16, 2020

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” - MLK It was this quote I came across while, ironically, writing a feature. It was a quote that made me stop for a second...

FHC students to attend GVSU on their day off in order to honor MLKs legacy

FHC students to attend GVSU on their day off in order to honor MLK’s legacy

January 15, 2020

On Monday, the 20th of January, students at FHC will be granted a day off in honor of remembering Martin Luther King Jr. and all he did. While most students will be in their beds, relaxing on their day...

RAT Q&A: Sam Werkema

RAT Q&A: Sam Werkema

January 15, 2020

Name: Sam Werkema Grade: 12 1. What is your act?  "I am in two acts, Pitch Imperfect, and the senior guys synchronized swimming act." 2. How did you prepare? "We all just kinda met up...

RAT Q&A: Suchir Gupta

RAT Q&A: Suchir Gupta

January 15, 2020

Name: Suchir Gupta Grade: 12 1. What is your act?  "Senior guys synchronized swimming." 2. How did you prepare? "We watched a Youtube video of 5th graders doing it and then practiced it...

War: do we really know what it means?

War: do we really know what it means?

January 9, 2020

War. We all know what it is; we’ve heard about it, learned about it, and have seen pictures of it. However, most of us haven’t actually experienced the terror and reality of war. We haven’t had a...

Are we censored?

Are we censored?

December 27, 2019

In several other countries, such as China, the government uses its power to censor the Internet. Censoring the Internet in their context means getting rid of anything they do not want the people of their...

The FHC community celebrates all different kinds of holidays this time of year

The FHC community celebrates all different kinds of holidays this time of year

December 18, 2019

At this time of year, there are all different types of holidays being celebrated, even holidays that some people don’t even know are occurring. Within FHC,  there are miscellaneous holidays that students,...

A new wave of fame has hit

A new wave of fame has hit

December 6, 2019

As we all know, and as I’ve said many times before, this generation revolves around technology. More specifically, this generation relies heavily on social media. We all have it, we all use it each and...

Caden Jacobs explores life through different styles of fighting

Caden Jacobs explores life through different styles of fighting

December 3, 2019

Junior Caden Jacobs has been immersed in a world of wrestling for over nine years. Motivated to take things to the next level, he began to experiment with MMA fighting and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Now, four...

We live in a society that is constantly becoming more and more competitive

We live in a society that is constantly becoming more and more competitive

November 22, 2019

I would say that I have always had a strong competitive personality, even when I was a little kid. Whether it was playing AYSO as a two-year-old, getting the first spot at the lunch table in elementary...

Phase one is beginning on the two-year stadium renovation project

Phase one is beginning on the two-year stadium renovation project

November 21, 2019

As the former boys and girls soccer coach and current athletic director, Clark Udell has seen a lot in his days working at FHC. Now, he is assisting in one of the largest construction makeovers on campus...

TCTs The Countless Thanks 2019: Jordan Helmbrecht

TCT’s The Countless Thanks 2019: Jordan Helmbrecht

November 19, 2019

My four best friends - for sticking by my side forever and always Since day one of high school, and even before then, you guys have been there to make me smile, laugh, and just make my days—and...

The more streaming services there are, the more we have to pay

The more streaming services there are, the more we have to pay

November 15, 2019

On November 12, 2019, Disney released their very own streaming service—Disney Plus. For 7 dollars a month, you can watch practically any Disney film or TV show that you can think of. The hundreds of...

Zach Guikema

Zach Guikema

November 14, 2019

Name: Zach Guikema Grade: 10 Role: Ezekiel Cheever 1. What part of being in the play makes you the most nervous? “I’d say just dropping a line is one of the most nerve-racking things....

Sarah Tiggleman

Sarah Tiggleman

November 14, 2019

Name: Sarah Tiggleman Grade: 12 Role: Mercy Lewis 1. What part of being in the play makes you the most nervous? "I’ve never been in a play before, so I have excited nerves! I’ve been...

If you constantly treat your kid like a winner, they are going to lose

If you constantly treat your kid like a winner, they are going to lose

November 12, 2019

When I was a kid, I was surrounded by kids who got nearly everything they wanted. They wanted the new Barbie jeep, they got it. A new American Girl doll? All theirs. They would ask and receive, and that’s...

Alex Bunting discovers film could be more than just a hobby for him.

Alex Bunting follows his passion in film

November 6, 2019

After sophomore year Media Comm, a passion for filming was sparked into the daily life of senior Alex Bunting. Now, you can find Alex pretty much anywhere with a camera by his side, filming the lives of...

Your standards are too high

Your standards are too high

November 1, 2019

Standards—the different qualities people hold themselves accountable to. We all have them, we all follow them, but have they evolved over time to become unrealistic? One-hundred percent. But, the question...

The debate over school start time drifts into the FHC halls

The debate over school start time drifts into the FHC halls

October 25, 2019

Recently, California became the first state in the nation to demand a later school start time. The new legislation was designed so that students can get more sleep and furthermore improve their educational...

Judge Stephens blocks Governor Whitmers vaping ban

Judge Stephens blocks Governor Whitmer’s vaping ban

October 19, 2019

Just fourteen days after Michigan's flavored vape ban had fully gone into effect—meaning stores could no longer sell their flavored products—it was shut down. Governor Whitmer’s steps towards the...

Should college athletes get paid?

Should college athletes get paid?

October 15, 2019

An old controversial flame has caught fire in these recent months—should college athletes get paid? The spark that really ignited this question was a statement by the state of California that claimed...

Josh Guthrie looking towards his bright future.

Josh Guthrie lives a working lifestyle

October 8, 2019

Needing to pay for a trip to New York City himself, senior Josh Guthrie was urged to find a way to make money. However, after finding a job to achieve this goal, Josh discovered that maybe he liked this...

Can we even discuss politics anymore?

Can we even discuss politics anymore?

October 5, 2019

In this day and age, politics have become quite the rage. Everyone has many opinions, and everyone is very defensive when it comes to their opinions. If we’re lucky, sometimes we can agree with one another...

Q&A with ITS CEO Fritz Byam

Q&A with ITS CEO Fritz Byam

September 27, 2019

Growing up in Hickory Corners, Michigan, ITS CEO Fritz Byam had no idea where he would be today. It was only after traveling several places around the world and experimenting with many jobs that Fritz...

The FHC debate team embarks on a new season

The FHC debate team embarks on a new season

September 24, 2019

For nearly twenty years, students of FHC have been yelling at each other. Yes, yelling at each other, but not in the way you are probably thinking. The FHC Debate team goes back in school history, and...

Improv Team Q&A: Gavin OMeara

Improv Team Q&A: Gavin O’Meara

September 23, 2019

1. What bug are you? "I am an ant because I'm the only sophomore so I'm strong and mighty, or something like that." 2. What is your favorite improv game? "I love the rap battle. It's always super...

Against the Phone Policy: Don’t ban it—learn to embrace it

Against the Phone Policy: Don’t ban it—learn to embrace it

September 18, 2019

Phones. All the rage of our current society basically encircles the topic of the one and only phenomenon of phones. Whether you love the evolution or hate it, it’s happening. However, that is just a...

Q&A with Stovetop Roasters owner Jared DeMeester

Q&A with Stovetop Roasters owner Jared DeMeester

September 13, 2019

We all have the goal to make something of ourselves in this world, but not all of us end up reaching that point of success. However, the aspiration to become something became a reality for twenty-seven-year-old...

Kelsey Toole discovers the positive side to an unfortunate injury

Kelsey Toole discovers the positive side to an unfortunate injury

September 11, 2019

Up until the spring of this year, sports had basically filled each season of senior Kelsey Toole’s life. It wasn’t until she was faced with a detrimental injury that she was forced to rethink the way...

Governor Whitmer makes Michigan the first state ever to ban the sales of flavored e-cigarettes

Governor Whitmer makes Michigan the first state ever to ban the sales of flavored e-cigarettes

September 4, 2019

The epidemic that has picked up fire over the past few years has encountered the biggest obstacle ever thrown its way—as of today, the state of Michigan has officially placed a ban on the sales of flavored...

Good Sam is a kindhearted movie that anyone can enjoy

Good Sam is a kindhearted movie that anyone can enjoy

June 4, 2019

Basic, corny, and bland. These are the things I thought of when I first came across the movie Good Sam. After reading the description, I believed I was in for yet another unoriginal storyline that...

The story that began my journey here

The story that began my journey here

June 3, 2019

Well, here it is: my final column of the year. I thought about making this an article packed full of entangling descriptions, enthralling figurative language, and beautiful words. However, I then reconsidered...

Rim of the World stood as an overall mediocre film that I probably wouldnt watch again

Rim of the World stood as an overall mediocre film that I probably wouldn’t watch again

May 30, 2019

During my time on The Central Trend, I have clearly found an interest in reviewing all the newest and latest Netflix releases. So, as Memorial Day Monday rolled around, I sparked my computer to life and...

Ali Azeem finds himself in a wonderful world of extracurriculars

Ali Azeem finds himself in a wonderful world of extracurriculars

May 28, 2019

The suggestion to get out and do new things is a line that swarms about high school. While many kids find themselves letting this idea in one ear and out the other, junior Ali Azeem held onto it. He didn’t...

It is finally our year

It is finally our year

May 21, 2019

It’s finally here. The year the class of 2020 has been waiting for since we stepped foot in the high school: senior year. One day, we were all anxious freshmen making our way up to the back of the...

Wine Country is everything you want in a light-hearted, easy watch comedy

Wine Country is everything you want in a light-hearted, easy watch comedy

May 14, 2019

Unsurprisingly, I found myself browsing through Netflix yet again on another Sunday evening. Lucky for me, Netflix has been on a roll of releasing new title after new title, persistently giving me something...

FHC alumni successfully finish off college in the top 1% of MSU grads

FHC alumni successfully finish off college in the top 1% of MSU grads

May 13, 2019

Michigan State University (MSU) has a graduating class of approximately 11,000-12,000 students each year. Out of those thousands of students, only the top one-percent earn a 4.0 GPA, and this year, three...

Humans of FHC: Kristen Giles

Humans of FHC: Kristen Giles

May 9, 2019

“I’ve had chickens since I was about six years old. Normally, we get twenty chickens at a time, and they usually come a week after they hatch and are still small and super cute. Most times, they live...

Humans of FHC: Sammy Postlewait

Humans of FHC: Sammy Postlewait

May 8, 2019

“I was homeschooled until my freshmen year of high school, so growing up for me was a lot different than most kids. Starting with my older brothers, my mom decided to homeschool us up until high school...

We live in a world that is constantly in motion

We live in a world that is constantly in motion

May 8, 2019

Every day I find myself learning something new about this vast world we live in. After approximately six thousand one hundred and ninety-six days of being in existence, you would think I would have...

Bucket of Stones - Filmfest Preview Q&A

Bucket of Stones – Filmfest Preview Q&A

May 3, 2019

Film: Bucket of Stones Producers: Vaughn Rodriguez, Jack Nolan, Maya Cassetta, and Ella Growney Interviewee: Vaughn Rodriguez 1. What’s your film about? "My film is about two high school...

Season two of Good Girls takes the show to a whole new level

Season two of Good Girls takes the show to a whole new level

May 1, 2019

A few months ago, I began to search for a new captivating TV series as I was fresh out of Netflix shows. After looking through what seemed like millions of options, I finally decided to try out one particular...

Travel hockey has brought TJ Dlugos all around the world

Travel hockey has brought TJ Dlugos all around the world

April 26, 2019

For the past thirteen years, junior TJ Dlugos has had the opportunity to travel to miscellaneous places around the country and the world through travel hockey. Starting at a very young age, TJ would...

Is there a reason behind why I write?

Is there a reason behind why I write?

April 23, 2019

Why do I write? Why do I find myself pouring letters onto a blank slate and coating it in the words that I feel exist to fill that emptiness? Maybe it is because I have so much to say. I am constantly...

The Highwaymen offers a new perspective on the story of Bonnie and Clyde

The Highwaymen offers a new perspective on the story of Bonnie and Clyde

April 16, 2019

Many people are familiar with the story of Bonnie and Clyde, the story of two American criminals who traveled around the United States killing, robbing, and constantly escaping the consequences. However,...

FHC completes a successful week of testing

FHC completes a successful week of testing

April 15, 2019

While FHC students were relaxing on the beach or laying in bed, assistant principal Whitley Morse was diligently working to organize the week after spring break: testing week. The week consists of four...

Why do I feel like I am drowning?

Why do I feel like I am drowning?

April 11, 2019

Sometimes I feel like I’m drowning. I can feel the current pull me under as the world swarms me, tying my arms back, rejecting me from the possibility of escape. The currents of politics and social...

Ally Francisco embraced her tragic injury as a positive, life-changing experience

Ally Francisco embraced her tragic injury as a positive, life-changing experience

April 2, 2019

On February 2, 2017, junior Ally Francisco’s life changed immensely. When she stepped onto the soccer field that day, she had no idea what was about to happen. “I was at ODP during my freshman...

Triple Frontier was an intriguing thriller full of suspense

Triple Frontier was an intriguing thriller full of suspense

March 26, 2019

“All basic human instincts move towards one goal: the completion of my mission.” These were the words that captured my attention as a trailer for yet another new Netflix release popped up on my...

A name is more than just a title

A name is more than just a title

March 19, 2019

When we are born into the world, each of us is gifted our own name, our own title; however, what does our name really mean? More importantly, what does our name develop to mean to our own unique selves? When...

Humans of FHC: Ethan Matry

Humans of FHC: Ethan Matry

March 18, 2019

“This year, I decided to go out and get my first job. My older brother had worked at Home Goods, and he really liked it, so I decided to apply there. It’s a different place than where most high schoolers...

The benefits of an early scheduling week end up outweighing the inconveniences

The benefits of an early scheduling week end up outweighing the inconveniences

March 15, 2019

Notoriously known as one of the most stressful weeks during the school year, scheduling week is rapidly coming to a close as students submit their future class requests. Seniors are busy figuring out...

Downtown Grand Rapids Wheelhouse consists of everything desirable in a restaurant

Downtown Grand Rapid’s Wheelhouse consists of everything desirable in a restaurant

March 12, 2019

As most people know, I am a big food person. I love trying new things and eating, well, practically anything. With that said, it was no surprise when the alluring pictures of Wheelhouse and its meals spread...

Humans of FHC: Hannah Walters

Humans of FHC: Hannah Walters

March 6, 2019

“Since I was born, my family and I have been sailing. It started when my dad got a small boat and fixed it up, then took us sailing. It became a common thing after that, and eventually, we got a new,...

High school truly does fly by

High school truly does fly by

March 5, 2019

We are constantly fed this cliche that high school flies by and that it’s important we grasp hold of each moment. Being a cliche, the comment is often passed over, absorbed in one ear and shoved out...

Paddleton provides an interesting perspective on a unique friendship

Paddleton provides an interesting perspective on a unique friendship

February 26, 2019

On yet another snow day morning, I encompassed myself in a blanket and curled up on the couch where I would remain for the rest of the day. Per usual, I looked to Netflix for something new to captivate...

Ally and Lauren Ringler embrace life as twins

Ally and Lauren Ringler embrace life as twins

February 21, 2019

While most people come into the world by themselves, juniors Ally and Lauren Ringler got to begin life together. As identical twins, Ally and Lauren have spent a full seventeen years of life with each...

A thank you to my four best friends

A thank you to my four best friends

February 19, 2019

There are only so many ways you can thank someone, and often times there isn’t nearly enough words to transcribe thankfulness. Yet, there is always an opportunity to try; so, here is my attempt to express...

Green Book shares a true story worth knowing

Green Book shares a true story worth knowing

February 12, 2019

I had no idea what I was about to watch as my family and I stumbled into the car and headed toward the theater. It was my mom's birthday, so the movie choice was up to her, and all I knew was that we were...

Why are we feeling old in a relatively young world?

Why are we feeling old in a relatively young world?

February 5, 2019

The United States has been its own independent nation for 242 years. The first car accessible to the American masses, the Model T, was released 110 years ago. The first in-color televisions have...

IO is definitely not the next Bird Box

IO is definitely not the next Bird Box

January 31, 2019

After popping a fresh bag of popcorn and settling into my bed on the much-needed snow day, I began to scroll through the Netflix new releases. Eventually, I came across the trailer to the movie IO, and...

Tommy Anderson learns about the world through traveling

Tommy Anderson learns about the world through traveling

January 29, 2019

While most kids were learning to walk and talk, junior Tommy Anderson was breaking boundaries, country boundaries in specific. For as long as he can remember, Tommy has been traveling the world, experiencing...

I miss my endless childhood dreams

I miss my endless childhood dreams

January 23, 2019

I was cleaning my room when I dragged a dust-covered box out from under my bed. As I brushed off the dust of years, I recalled what the box resembled: a vault protecting all my miscellaneous childhood...

The Last Laugh lacked the ability to hold my attention

The Last Laugh lacked the ability to hold my attention

January 15, 2019

As I scrolled through the endless options that Netflix offers, a certain title piqued my attention: The Last Laugh. Going against my usual instincts of watching the trailer, I decided to just cozy...

FHCs Environmental Club is striving to make a positive change in our community

FHC’s Environmental Club is striving to make a positive change in our community

January 10, 2019

Every Tuesday, after most of the bustling students leave the school, a small group gathers in science teacher Chad Scholten’s classroom: the Environmental Club. When the school year first began,...

Dynasty season two surpasses all expectations set by season one

Dynasty season two surpasses all expectations set by season one

December 18, 2018

There’s one thing we all hate and love at the same time: drama. It's a pain if you’re involved in it but addicting when you are watching it, and Dynasty on the CW takes complete advantage of this addiction. Revolving...

Logan Vanlente is on an endless journey with cars

Logan Vanlente is on an endless journey with cars

December 13, 2018

The minute the two-year-old eyes of sophomore Logan Vanlente caught sight of a 1967 Firebird, he became completely hypnotized by the car world. “My dad was always messing around with the Firebird...

Where am I going?

Where am I going?

December 11, 2018

We are constantly being fed the idea that life is taking us all on this exotic journey and that we all have some special path we are meant to follow, yet I often find myself questioning the reality of...

Riverdale season three dives below all expectations

Riverdale season three dives below all expectations

December 4, 2018

After two completely captivating seasons and the last scene of season two leaving me with the arrest of Archie Andrews, a worldwide heartache for viewers, I was beyond anxious for the return of Riverdale. Yet,...

Intro to Business 2018: Drip

Intro to Business 2018: Drip

December 3, 2018

Leadership, entrepreneurship, creativity, and integrity. There is only one class that ties all of these qualities together: Intro to Business. Taught by civics teacher Jared Lowe, the class allows students...

Cygnus27 provides a taste and a view of Downtown Grand Rapids

Cygnus27 provides a taste and a view of Downtown Grand Rapids

November 20, 2018

As my friends and I crammed into the car in the midst of a November blizzard, I knew the ride downtown to Cygnus27 was going to be something else. Due to the unexpected icy roads, the usual twenty-minute...

Tate Hallock is living his best life through his journey with sports

Tate Hallock is living his best life through his journey with sports

November 15, 2018

Once senior Tate Hallock gets talking about sports, it’s hard to get him to stop. Ask him about football, and the memories of playing youth football come easily to him.  Bring up basketball, and...

A loss for words

A loss for words

November 13, 2018

I can feel all of the words in my head crawling around; each one is looking for a family, a sentence. They move through my maze of a mind, continuing to hit barriers and walls that stop them from coming...

Oceans 8 was more than your average crime movie

Ocean’s 8 was more than your average crime movie

November 6, 2018

I love Sandra Bullock. The very first time I saw her in a movie, I knew I liked her. She was always some powerful, independent character I would idolize. Although I am definitely not someone who could...

An enthralling story of a fostered family

An enthralling story of a fostered family

October 22, 2018

I am not one to tear up while watching a show, but the first season of The Fosters sent me on a journey of emotions. The Fosters is a relatively new show that is stationed in California. It focuses...

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