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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

Katelynn Heilman

Katelynn Heilman, Social Media and Analytics Manager

Katelynn is a senior entering her second and final year on The Central Trend. Besides writing, she loves singing, painting, and late-night bonfire chats with her friends. Katelynn is beyond grateful for the opportunities this class has given her to express herself and explore her thoughts. When she's not in room 139, you'll probably find her redoing her bedroom over and over again, or trying new coffee shops. To her, the beginning of the end is bittersweet, but she can't wait to take on this final year surrounded by, who she thinks, are some of the most incredible humans in the world.

Current number of house plants: 13 and counting

Her unhealthy obsession: The color green, she often has to ask herself if something is actually cute or if it's just green.

A few of her favorite things: A rainy day spent at the Ada Library, iced lattes, people-watching, sharing her deepest thoughts at Starbucks, her best friend's Honda CR-V, and listening to the same song over and over again.

 

 

All content by Katelynn Heilman
A few of my favorite accessible vegetarian options on the market right now

A few of my favorite accessible vegetarian options on the market right now

December 7, 2022

I became a vegetarian almost exactly one year ago after watching the documentary Food, Inc. in my AP Environmental Science class. This documentary, one I recommend everyone watch, exposes the meat production...

My favorite photo of our planet lately--a reminder what were working for.

Making changes isn’t an option anymore, there are things we can do right now

December 6, 2022

In recent years, as the rapidly declining rate of Earth becomes a more intensely looming threat, the gloom of the planet’s future has become incredibly disheartening and seemingly unavoidable.  It’s...

Investigative Series: Katelynn Heilman - FHCs impact on the environment: how can we all do better?

Investigative Series: Katelynn Heilman – FHC’s impact on the environment: how can we all do better?

December 5, 2022

The looming threat of a deteriorating world feels like a much bigger problem than one person could solve. This is only partially true. The impact of an individual making small changes can truly alter the...

The cover for Netflixs and Tim Burtons latest series, Wednesday, featuring Jenna Ortega.

Tim Burton’s, Wednesday, was everything it needed to be and more

December 5, 2022

I have always had a nostalgic infatuation with Wednesday Addams. When I was younger, I found her dark humor hilarious, and as I’ve grown older I’ve paid ode to her in my 2022 Halloween costume, and...

A perfect sunset, that came on a perfect day at a perfect place.

It is another winter painted in your skies

November 28, 2022

I’m still stubborn like you are. In the way that I spell gray like ‘gray’ and not ‘grey.’ And how I refuse to spell theatre like theater. I’m stubborn in the way that it’s been a long...

A photo of the inside of FHCs greenhouse, displaying the bent hoops that make the structure.

Greenhouses in the community spark togetherness and influence positive change

November 23, 2022

FHC’s Greenhouse was built through the perseverance of students, the generosity of the community, and a competition between the ‘Army’ and ‘Marines’. Of course, Environmental Science teacher,...

TCTs The Countless Thanks 2022: Katelynn Heilman

TCT’s The Countless Thanks 2022: Katelynn Heilman

November 21, 2022

TCT Staff- Each and every one of you make me feel important and heard; every day I’m prouder to be surrounded by such brilliant, creative, and inspiring individuals. I could write pages about my thanks...

A poster for Swifts upcoming Era Tour, which was impacted by Ticketmaster.

Ticketmaster strikes again

November 21, 2022

On Nov 15, 2022, many of my peers were missing from their morning classes. An anxious excitement saturated the halls, and abstracted minds continuously checked their text threads. The absent adolescents...

The movie poster for Falling for Christmas, featuring Lohan and Overstreet.

I’m hoping the production team of Falling for Christmas, is laughing with me at how horrible their movie is

November 14, 2022

It truly is my favorite, and the most wonderful, time of the year: the season of mass-produced money-grab movies. Nothing brings me such immense peace as watching a movie I know full well every actor is...

A photo of Aden at Glacier National Park in Montana.

Aden Pomeroy has gained countless gifts from his family’s RV

November 10, 2022

Caught between a ram and a bear, senior Aden Pomeroy knew he had a story for the books.  Aden’s “RV family” has ventured across many great states—at least thirty—and has seen sights many...

Sofiya and I, two days into her stay in America.

Lemons don’t taste the same now that you’re gone

November 7, 2022

It’s been only less than a month since you left; I feel like I haven’t seen you in a lifetime.  It’s been long enough that I can decide that you’ve changed everything. I make a mental list...

A couple of snapshots from Bandtasia, including the full Marching Band and Color Guard.

Bandtasia is a brilliant celebration of music, spirit, and community

October 31, 2022

One of my most beloved mother-daughter traditions was our annual outings to Bandtasia. I have always been in awe of the extravagant performances FHC’s marching band puts on, and it’s one of the few...

A photo representing a family that Family Promise aims to care for.

Family Promise’s vast impact changes countless lives in the community

October 27, 2022

One in eighteen will touch the homelessness system before third grade. Over 120 families are experiencing homelessness in Kent County tonight.  These statistics, both shocking and heartbreaking,...

The album cover for 1975s newest album: Being Funny In A Foreign Language.

The 1975’s Being Funny In A Foreign Language inspired me to a level no other album has

October 24, 2022

The 1975’s newest album, Being Funny In a Foreign Language, transformed the space in my mind into the set of a movie. Each track felt like the perfect music to accompany an ensemble of characters...

Examples of trending colors, patterns, and textures referenced through out this article.

2022’s interior design trends allow for individuality and sustainability

October 17, 2022

While many toddlers were watching Dora the Explorer or Backyardigans in their youth, I probably was too. However, I was also an avid audience member of The Home and Garden channel (HGTV), sparking not...

Daniel in front of a few of his collected antiques!

Daniel Wang’s unique hobby has shaped his life

October 13, 2022

Senior Daniel Wang has a special talent for analyzing dragons.  Since he was about eight years old, Daniel has joined his father’s antiquing adventures. Together, they’ve collected porcelain pieces,...

A collage of images from musicspoke.com including excerpts from their about us and examples of pieces from their composers, including Sean Ivory and Aaron J. Fisher.

Consumers must take accountability in supporting composers

October 10, 2022

Composing is a time-consuming, occasionally pain-staking, and at times draining endeavor—an investment of passion sometimes chalked up to two cents.  This process of large retail companies hogging...

A photo of a somewhat repetitive view in my life, featuring the grass I was looking at throughout this article.

Please read this how it’s intended—in a British accent

October 3, 2022

I find myself, fairly often, staring at inanimate objects, plants, or animals and pondering what it would be like to morph into them. I’m staring at grass outside of the library right now, and I’m...

The Strasbourg Exchange Program is an opportunity for eye-opening connections

The Strasbourg Exchange Program is an opportunity for eye-opening connections

October 1, 2022

French teacher Laurie Van Houten has high hopes for this year’s Strasbourg exchange—one of which is goodbyes coated in tears.  After taking a break from hosting French exchange students, FHC is...

A recent photo of the Sturniolo Triplets celebrating hitting the milestone of three million subscribers. (left: Matt, center: Nick, right: Chris)

The Sturniolo Triplets did in fact take over the internet: a follow-up

September 27, 2022

In February of this year, the Sturniolo Triplets had a total of approximately 300,000 subscribers on Youtube; now—not even ten months later—they have amassed a following of over 3,000,000.  Oftentimes,...

The movie poster for Dont Worry Darling, featuring actors Florence Pugh and Harry Styles.

Don’t Worry Darling was brilliantly terrifying

September 26, 2022

Sitting in the movie theatre watching Don’t Worry Darling, surrounded by an all-female group of ten of my closest friends, was one of the most empowering experiences that I’ve ever been a part of.  I...

A picture of the eerily unpainted girl sitting in my number painting.

The numbers I neglect to paint

September 19, 2022

I was gifted a number painting for my birthday this year; I started working on it that day. It’s now sitting unfinished on my art desk.  My birthday is in June.  The numbered shapes create an...

Nick and his father in front of a waterfall in Western Iceland.

Nick Gootjes has seen the world to a degree others could only imagine

September 15, 2022

As senior Nick Gootjes was taking in sites of caved-in walls and other ruins, he was informed that angry elephants had been the ones to smash the previously standing buildings to bits. This astoundingly...

The official movie poster for Ivy + Bean, featuring the two main characters.

Ivy + Bean healed my inner child

September 12, 2022

Lately, the growing insistence on creating a plan for my future has been suffocating, so, I have become infatuated with recreating feelings of carelessness and naivety a younger me once took for granted....

A group photo of the students involved in FHC Inspires 2022

The awe-inspiring messages shared at FHC Inspires prove the vitality of students’ voices

May 30, 2022

As I settled into the cool oasis the auditorium provides from a hazy Michigan May, I was brought to peace by a familiar concoction of shaky excitement and unwavering positivity. When I witnessed the most...

FHC Inspires Q&As 2022: Saniya Mishra

FHC Inspires Q&As 2022: Saniya Mishra

May 24, 2022

Name: Saniya Mishra Position: Speaker TED Talk Title: 10,000 Hours Why did you apply to be a speaker? "I applied to be a speaker because I want to share something I found interesting, and...

FHC Inspires Q&As 2022: Paige Harsevoort

FHC Inspires Q&As 2022: Paige Harsevoort

May 24, 2022

Name: Paige Harsevoort Position: Speaker TED Talk Title: Shower Thoughts Why did you apply to be a speaker? "I applied to be a speaker because I liked the challenge of getting up and speaking...

FHC Inspires Q&As 2022: Jia Niemeyer

FHC Inspires Q&As 2022: Jia Niemeyer

May 24, 2022

Name: Jia Niemeyer Position: Speaker TED Talk Title: Impacts of Assumptions Why did you apply to be a speaker? "I [used] to have trouble speaking, especially in front of large groups of people....

My best friend and I dancing in my driveway in the summertime.

Driveways are summertime

May 23, 2022

My favorite conversation topic is deciding which words undeniably fit together for no reason other than an overpowering personal feeling. For example, deciding that Thursdays are green sevens and Wednesdays...

The cover for comedian Rebel Wilsons newest film: Senior Year.

Just like its jokes, the life lessons in Senior Year never landed

May 16, 2022

Senior year was one of those movies that, based on the content of the synopsis alone, I already knew wouldn’t be the most oscar-deserving piece of cinema. After watching the film, I genuinely feel bad...

Senior Hannah Duprey, member of the FHC crew team.

Hannah Duprey has grown through crew

May 12, 2022

In the midst of a tsunami-like torrential downpour, senior Hannah Duprey was shown what crew was all about—not only in terms of ability but also camaraderie.  “Some people were [rowing] back because...

My beautiful mom and I on our hike in California!

A note to my everything

May 9, 2022

When Mother’s Day makes its annual appearance, I’m reminded of how lucky I am to be raised by the women I have been. To have absolute icons such as my grandmothers, powerful and independent women such...

The title screen for White Hot: The Rise and Fall of Abercrombie and Fitch.

White Hot: The Rise and Fall of Abercrombie and Fitch was eye-opening and reflection invoking

May 2, 2022

As a Gen-Z baby born in the smack middle of 2005, I caught the very tail end of the Abercrombie and Fitch reign. Due to my timing, my preconception of the brand was that its empire failed due to consumers’...

Some of FHCs percussionists during this years drumline band camp.

FHC’s Night of Percussion showcases an intensely dedicated and talented group

April 28, 2022

Seated in front of her band classroom, watching a particular group of students perform Fortnite dances in the back, Band Instructor Laura Zilhaver had no way of knowing these entertainers would make a...

A photo of my letters, most outlining the recipient to be me, older and wiser.

To me, older and wiser

April 25, 2022

Recently, I completed the last written response to my twelve-part letter series to my senior self. These letter prompts, which I started responding to in the eighth grade, have been my way of creating...

My reservations about Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore were unjustified

My reservations about Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore were unjustified

April 18, 2022

I’ve averted my attention from the Fantastic Beasts franchise since its conception. I despised the concept of adding to a series that wrapped up so perfectly and completed my childhood so satisfyingly....

Senior Maggie Hier, swimmer and current soccer player for FHC.

Maggie Hier is finding her way through creating bonds

March 31, 2022

Every corner of senior Maggie Hier’s life has been powerfully impacted by the individuals she found through her passions.  Just like many other high school students, Maggie’s most beloved moments...

An accidental capture of two strangers who caused me to especially experience sonder.

The feelings that make me feel so un-unique in a comforting way

March 28, 2022

Last night I Google-searched, “A word that means wanting to observe others but not wanting to be observed by others.” To my dismay, no results relevant to my search appeared, and I took it as a very...

Against the Ice movie poster featuring actors Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Joe Cole.

Against the Ice is a perfect example of how to make a movie

March 21, 2022

The claim of being “based on a true story” never fails to persuade me to watch a film.  That factor, along with a historical context that I also gravitate towards, encouraged me to press play on...

A collage of examples of nail color and design trends referred to in the article.

2022’s spring nail trends are easy to look forward to

March 17, 2022

One of my favorite ways to express myself is through the hue and shape of my nails. Each time I get my nails done, I feel like a new person. I have an attachment to the whole experience; being greeted...

A piece done by senior Katie Hoffman, another artist whose work will be featured at the art show.

The first annual FHC Art Show is a beautiful opportunity for everyone

March 14, 2022

With her previous experience professionally curating art galleries, art teacher Grace Stynes couldn’t resist the opportunity to impact an entire student body with the same talent. This year, Stynes...

A few of the items mentioned in this review, including my target wallet, a fake plant from the Dollar Section, and my Sonia Kashuk makeup bag.

A conclusive list of my Target must-haves

March 7, 2022

Sifting through every aspect of my life, I’ve realized how much I owe to Target. Introducing me to brands that have changed my life and providing me with cute, yet practical essentials is only the beginning...

Senior Lexi Schnelker, flutist and piccolo player for FHC Marching Band.

Lexi Schnelker has been raised by music

March 3, 2022

Senior Lexi Schnelker has experience with being a “Disney Dad.” As a member of the FHC Marching Band, she was given the opportunity to tap into her cargo short side during the band’s spirit week...

Little me giving a performance, only stopping to pose for the camera

For her, finally

February 28, 2022

Last night, as a few older friends and I entered a newer friend’s house for the first time, a miniature bird darted in with us. Throwing bread and passing sock balls between family members of hers I...

Although likable, Uncharted is far from a masterpiece

Although likable, Uncharted is far from a masterpiece

February 22, 2022

Action movies have never really been my thing. The rush I feel during high-intensity chase scenes or high stake moments of problem-solving can be described less as adrenaline and more as “I need to be...

Dr. Anne Keller, Jia Niemeyer, and John Orr all share a special connection with poetry

Poetry has shaped lives and has produced unbreakable bonds

February 17, 2022

No matter how many poems have come to life within her classroom at FHC, AP Lang and English teacher Dr. Anne Keller will always find peace in her elementary school library’s poetry section. Poetry...

The Sturniolo triplets, (left to right) Nick, Chris, and Matt.

The Sturniolo Triplets are, rightfully, taking over the internet

February 14, 2022

Ordinarily, I don’t find myself becoming a “fan” of influencers I find on TikTok. Due to the app’s one-minute presentation of hundreds of new people every day, it’s hard to create a connection...

Pinegrove’s newest album, 11:11, was perfectly named and executed

Pinegrove’s newest album, 11:11, was perfectly named and executed

February 7, 2022

Prior to Pinegrove’s release of the album 11:11, I was unfamiliar with their work; I feel incredibly grateful, however, that these pieces of music were my introduction to the band.  My preferred...

Avery (right) with her sister Riley (left).

Avery Koehler has been given consistency with softball

February 3, 2022

Freshman Avery Koehler has been given the consistency of sports no matter where she is in the world. One of her sports of choice, softball, has taken her through nearly every step of her life. “I...

My best friends and I  during one of our shifts.

To my first job

January 31, 2022

Six months ago, spontaneously, my best friend and I applied for a job at a sandwich shop, working our first days a week later. Six months after, just as seemingly out of nowhere, I received a text stating...

The Royal Treatment unfortunately served its purpose

The Royal Treatment unfortunately served its purpose

January 24, 2022

With the prospect of a seemingly never-ending quarantine, Netflix and its endless repertoire of shows and movies have been keeping me going. I’ve been given the opportunity to watch movies that I wouldn’t...

FHCs Got Talent Q&As: Josie Butler & Lauren Roth

FHC’s Got Talent Q&As: Josie Butler & Lauren Roth

January 19, 2022

Name: Josie Butler Grade: 10th Act/position: Singing with piano Partner(s): Sophomore Lauren Roth 1. What is one word you’d use to describe your act? Josie: “Tradition.” 2....

2022 FHCs Got Talent Q&As: Cam Dewitt

2022 FHC’s Got Talent Q&As: Cam Dewitt

January 19, 2022

Name: Cam Dewitt Grade: 12th Act/position: Guitar Hero 1. What is one word you’d use to describe your act? “Musical.” 2. Why did you decide to try out for FHC’s Got Talent? “I...

2022 FHCs Got Talent Q&As: Logan Verlinde

2022 FHC’s Got Talent Q&As: Logan Verlinde

January 19, 2022

Name: Logan Verlinde Grade: 12th Act/position: Feats of danger & synchronized swimming 1. What is one word you’d use to describe your act? “Dangerous and/or mesmerizing.” 2....

FHCs Got Talent Q&As: Lydia Dewitt

FHC’s Got Talent Q&As: Lydia Dewitt

January 19, 2022

Name: Lydia Dewitt Grade: 10th Act/position: Piano 1. What is one word you’d use to describe your act? “Mediocre.” 2. Why did you decide to try out for FHC’s Got Talent? “I...

A young me, looking just as scared for her future as I feel right now.

I will never know who I want to be when I grow up

January 17, 2022

At the artless and pure age of four, I envisioned a life for myself as a teacher. Just as the preschool teachers I had met only that year, I wanted to be smiley all the time and have a special aptitude...

West Side Story was remade the right way

West Side Story was remade the right way

January 10, 2022

Traditionally, I have pulled myself away from the craze of movie remakes that have swept modern Hollywood. However, after merely watching the swell of the font as it swept across the screen and read West...

My great-grandma, her beautiful smile, and me.

My sunshine turned 100 years old

December 13, 2021

On Dec. 13, 2021, in the wake of the demanding and challenging trials the world has provided, my great-grandmother advanced to an accomplishment that I still find difficult to wrap my head around. A woman...

A view of the front of Ada Garage Bar and Grill.

Although new in town, Ada Garage Bar and Grill feels like a seasoned resident

December 6, 2021

Growing up close to the streets of downtown Ada provided me and many other residents in the area with the unique opportunity to watch a city begin to flourish. Watching, year by year, as a quaint strip...

Freshman Eli VanSkiver, member of the cross country and ski team.

With the guidance of his brothers, Eli VanSkiver finds himself

December 2, 2021

While skiing downhill with his twin brother, freshman Eli VanSkiver suddenly found himself making head-on contact with a tree.  “I hit a tree skiing,” Eli said. “It wasn’t really that fast,...

A collection of photos of me and all of my cousins.

The lessons I am learning from my cousins

November 29, 2021

As the holiday season and enhanced family time commences, I have the opportunity to absorb a luxury that I don’t always get to indulge in: watching and listening. With cousins of mine spread across every...

TCTs The Countless Thanks 2021: Katelynn Heilman

TCT’s The Countless Thanks 2021: Katelynn Heilman

November 25, 2021

The TCT family - for creating my happy place You are all the most creative and riveting group of people I have ever met. Thank you all for constantly pushing me to work harder and think bigger. You...

A view of the people watching window inside of Ninos Eastown Cafe.

Nino’s Eastown Cafe felt like home

November 15, 2021

As I’m sure a majority of individuals do, my friends and I constantly scour the internet for new restaurants to experience. Nino’s Eastown Café immediately clicked as a perfect fit; the location and...

Some members of the Social Psychology class taking their weekly Survivor selfie.

Social Psychology brings students together in a new way

November 11, 2021

During a Friday night football game, senior Katherine Hartman and a notable portion of her Social Psychology class could be found rallying together for a "Survivor” selfie. Every Friday, the class...

A picture of the pier at Holland State Park during the winter.

The sun could be affecting your mental health

November 8, 2021

With the numbingly cold weather approaching and the hours of nighttime growing, I have found myself outlining a multitude of different reasons to resent the winter months.  As an individual, I have...

Movie poster for the 2021 science fiction film Dune, starring Timothée Chalamet

Dune balanced every aspect of a great movie flawlessly

November 1, 2021

Listening as my choir teacher passionately raved about the movie Dune—and watching as the internet solidified his excitement—I knew I desperately needed to get to the movie theatre to experience the...

Only Murders In The Building lives up to the expectations it has created

Only Murders In The Building lives up to the expectations it has created

October 26, 2021

Since her days living it up on The Wizards of Waverly Place on Disney Channel, Selena Gomez has been a favorite of mine to watch on screen. Naturally, when her face popped up in my Hulu recommendations...

The girl I met on crutches

The girl I met on crutches

September 30, 2021

The butterfly effect is a small choice or decision made by an individual that leads to a vast and unpredictable change in their life. My butterfly was a girl on crutches whose effect altered every aspect...

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