• Exams for freshmen through juniors will be Friday June 4th, Monday June 7th, and Tuesday June 8th
  • Tuesday June 8th is the last day of school for freshmen through juniors
  • FHC Graduation is the on evening of Monday, May 17

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...

FHC's 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 isn't 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 MLK's 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...

TCT's 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 Whitmer's 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 O'Meara

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 wouldn't 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...

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