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The Central Trend

Kelsey Dantuma

Kelsey Dantuma, Managing Editor of Online Assignments

Kelsey Dantuma is a junior entering her second year on staff for The Central Trend. In all honesty Kelsey has found a home through writing for the site, but still struggles from time-to-time to have a healthy relationship with words. When she isn't doing that, she spends her free time with friends or obsessing over college and her future.

Favorite part about being on staff: the outlet it provides through the positive and productive environment of other members

Hobbies/interests: spending time with friends, a brief toast phase that has to reappear at some point, snowboarding, and writing

Favorite thing in room 139: the people

Something she's always wanted to try: the Mamma Mia! lifestyle

All content by Kelsey Dantuma
The combined FHC Sports Report and The Central Trend Editor-in-Chief wall showcasing plaques of past leaders in our room.

The Central Trend and FHC Sports Report win a combined sixteen MIPA awards

June 4, 2021

The Central Trend is proud to announce 16 winners and honorable mentions for the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association (MIPA) annual awards. We thank our viewers, who make it possible for us to continue...

Who am I? I am so many faces and places and homes, including the ones I morph into around me. Nothing is easy anymore, not the way it used to be, and when things don't feel like that I feel like a failure.

The music underneath waited to hear the good news

May 31, 2021

Piano keys danced under her fingertips as they assured her she was talented, reminded her what would happen if she wasn’t. A genteel brush of the keys played underneath.   She danced...

Taken when things in my little world were shattering into such tiny pieces that they were unable to be put back together again. Nonetheless, something about the reflection of the white lines in this picture gave me hope that their path was still the brightest.

The blank, untitled documents, you, and generally living without a sense of direction

May 27, 2021

I don't know you anymore   Exhaustion gripped the walls as the banisters twisted and bent and collapsed one after the next, all while the colors faded and the T.V. sat muted and displays...

Lynlee, Abby, and I on the TCT couch--this place has been a home to all of us through each other and through words.

Lessons of life learned through love

May 5, 2021

The pain I have felt recently has me shelled out; it is indescribable. It has been months since I have written anything except sad poetry and the occasional column, and even working with most of what I...

I have not been consistently happy since October... probably because Tim Burton's Corpse Bride was always on twice a day.

We are only skin and bones

April 21, 2021

In the night, she tossed and turned, but it was simply her body aching.   There were neither dreams nor nightmares, just unnerving nothing shaking her, waking her, breaking her as...

Angel Oak Tree near Charleston, SC

How she came to be like the old oak tree

April 16, 2021

She dragged items of all shapes and sizes; cardboard boxes and plastic grocery bags held the paraphernalia of her past.   There were knicks in the mud where edges had caught on their way, and...

Black-headed Seagulls at Seven Seas Beach

The failure of the seagulls and me

April 15, 2021

At the seaside I fly with the seagulls— am one with them.   But it all comes with a price, and I find myself living meal-by-meal (dream-by-dream).   We dip as one into...

Blue Garden Respite

The vine gave her the relief she desired

April 14, 2021

An entire future held in the hands of a shriveling, crippling vine.   And when it died it fought with battered hands. It held her screaming deep within its skin, folded between suffocating...

Stormy sky 3

For a time, I know no bounds

March 18, 2021

In freefall I tumble, but it feels more like gliding to me. I chase the tragedy—reach my hands out and grasp for more and more as the pieces materialize in my hands like thick clouds in the sky. The...

This graphic clearly states

Men will no longer be the determiners of femininity

February 25, 2021

“Don’t eat so fast.” “Hold your shoulders back and stop slouching.” “Stop wearing such big clothes; you have a great figure to show.” “Don’t swear so much; it isn’t ladylike.” All...

Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine—reccomended for use by those ages 16 and older according to the CDC—authorized by the FDA

An analysis of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines

February 11, 2021

As we have run down the clock—entering the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic—we have made progress in a time of unceasing hopelessness and loss. We have passed the date marking the first COVID-19...

'Defying the wind'

Meanwhile, the air is thinning

January 28, 2021

As I stood beside the wind that wasn’t strong enough to carry away the crusted remainders of the fall leaves, I found myself unable to pull it together enough to become a tangible thing in the air. Struggling...

President Joe Biden speaks during the 46th Presidential Inauguration on Wednesday January 20th, 2021

In case you missed it, here are the highlights from yesterday’s inaguration:

January 21, 2021

For everyone around the country, January 20, 2021 marked a significant and pivotal moment in history—the inauguration of  Joe Biden, the United States’ 46th President. No matter what an individual’s...

Natalia poses for senior pictures

Natalia Svoboda thrives in a busy environment

January 19, 2021

Being a senior can be stressful and chaotic throughout the many months of anticipation leading up to graduation. This can instill burnout and motivation loss in students, especially when juggling several...

This picture was taken the last time I felt truly stress and worry free. And I'm not really sure how this applies to my poem, but it feels right.
*I know my hand is strangely placed I already stared at this picture for way too long*

Tired of running from responsibility

January 14, 2021

And it all froze.   Time stops when my eyes flash up in a burst of sudden confidence, only to meet yours and to feel insecure once again. I watch you as you watch me.   My brain...

The TikTok that, not only gave me this strange mix of creepy and nostalgia, but inspired some pieces of this poem.

Apartment number eleven

January 7, 2021

Twinkling effervescence surrounded you as I watched you throughout the days where the grass melted deeper into its own pigment, and I came to know you in a world that functioned the way I imagined...

Mason, Ashley, and I (refusing to acknowledge my brother, Kasey, in the background) on our way to Central Woodlands to go sledding.

When everything was replaced, this was irreplaceable

December 27, 2020

The holiday season has been losing it’s pine-scented touch over the years. Replaced by alternative supplements, the pill that is excitement for the holidays sits idly by in the cupboard under my sink....

Flames hurtle through a thick stand of sub-alpine firs near Warm Lake.

Your little town inside our minds

December 10, 2020

There is this constant flowing of lava; secrets and destroyers of lives. Swimming— no, bubbling— singing just below the surface.   The red hot,  momentous mass creeps...

The place that she forgot

The place that she forgot

December 3, 2020

An apartment with nothing in it, but she did not move in.   Nor did anyone move out; it remained nothing, yet something all at the same time.   It was cold and alone, and...

TCT's The Countless Thanks: Kelsey Dantuma

TCT’s The Countless Thanks: Kelsey Dantuma

November 25, 2020

Mason Yarnell, the new kid who moved in next door around eleven years ago. Mason, you truly are my platonic soulmate—sometimes even I struggle to find where you end and I begin. We have had our week-long...

Painting depicting a representation of

A constant state of limbo

November 19, 2020

It stares from the corner of my room, threatening—hovering in its own monotonous way.   It doesn’t appear with a certain color, nor does it apparate with feeling, since I don’t...

The truth behind required reading at FHC: the series—series announcement

The truth behind required reading at FHC: the series—series announcement

November 18, 2020

With countless English classes offered at Forest Hills Central, the opportunities to learn from literature are endless; yet, certain books litter the English department’s curriculum. In this series,...

Required reading in the classroom needs to reflect the world around us

Required reading in the classroom needs to reflect the world around us

November 17, 2020

My experience with required reading began the summer before ninth grade: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. In hindsight, this was the beginning of the end as far as “enjoyable” books go. While...

Image depicting the monopoly of the College Board: a not-so-nonprofit organization that prospers off of stressing students out and pressuring them with a false sense of necessity and college requirements.

The curriculum is not made for everyone

November 12, 2020

Concepts of Algebra Two: a class I had promised myself I would avoid at all costs. Nonetheless, to me and the district's dismay, I am not a higher statistic when it comes to math. But, through all of...

Sophia Badaluco finds herself vicariously through her relationship with her grandmother

Sophia Badaluco finds herself vicariously through her relationship with her grandmother

November 10, 2020

Sophomore Sophia Badaluco describes herself as “funny, mature for [her] age, and a big fan of Australia.” Nonetheless, throughout her tendency to focus on being responsible, there is so much more...

Russell Baird

Russell Baird

November 9, 2020

Name: Russell Baird Grade: 11 Roles: Narrator, Prince Charming 1. What are the advantages and disadvantages to having a smaller cast compared to other years? "It's kind of nice that it's...

Brother's Grimm Fairy Tales Spectaculathon Cast Q&A's - Fall Play 2020

Brother’s Grimm Fairy Tales Spectaculathon Cast Q&A’s – Fall Play 2020

November 9, 2020

Limited pre-sold tickets available only to families of cast/crew. Show streaming information is available on the FHC Theater website. There is also a pre-recorded version available.

Adapted images from Judge Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Amy Coney Barrett is nothing short of anti-feminist

November 5, 2020

Ruth Bader Ginsburg. A woman famous for her dissents; standing against the majority—and on the side of women through discrimination—on the basis of sex. Despite what many people may believe, there...

Rain on Regent Street

A continual rainstorm through it all

October 29, 2020

Claimed since the beginning of it all, the last week of April was always her week. Nonetheless, as time went on, it turned out to be a groundhog day of sorts—forgotten and misconstrued in the everyday...

Homecoming Court Q&As: Linus Kaechele

Homecoming Court Q&As: Linus Kaechele

October 22, 2020

1. What was your reaction when you heard your name called? "I was obviously excited, I mean everyone's excited, but there were just so many people I felt were so eligible for court that I didn't really...

Malanca Cave near Sežana, Slovenia

A certain version of a petroglyph

October 22, 2020

As I scratch my story onto these cavern walls, and—as I lay dying—the question of two truths comes to pass: where do I begin, and where do I end? Stalagmites and Stalactites of fits of passion surround...

The 2020 film, I'm Thinking of Ending Things, falls into the psychological thriller/horror genre and explores the limits and price of ones escape from reality.

I’m Thinking of Ending Things is brooding and existential in a broader scope

October 15, 2020

*WARNING: discussion of suicide* I’m Thinking of Ending Things, directed by Charlie Kaufman, is an existential roller coaster ride until the very last minutes of the film. Nonetheless, delving...

Unofficial

Unofficial “homecoming dances” will be detrimental to all the progress that has been made through COVID-19

October 14, 2020

The war between students and administration rages on as high schoolers push to have Homecoming. And, with some being denied the opportunity, COVID-19 thrives under the prospect of community-hosted "homecoming...

Sam Logan leaps into new experiences despite the adversity he may face

Sam Logan leaps into new experiences despite the adversity he may face

October 13, 2020

Sophomore Sam Logan is no stranger to change. In fact, one could even go as far as to say he embraces it; almost every aspect of Sam’s life has involved him putting himself in a more-or-less uncomfortable...

The future of FHC traditions series announcement

The future of FHC traditions series announcement

October 12, 2020

While COVID-19 is still alive and well, many members of Ranger Country have grown wary of what will happen to the traditions so close to the hearts of the members of the community. This series delves deep...

LANY's new album, mama's boy, reflects upon the ups-and-downs of growing up in an inconsistent environment

LANY’s new album, mama’s boy, reflects upon the ups-and-downs of growing up in an inconsistent environment

October 8, 2020

In truth, LANY was a band with minimal songs peppered throughout my everyday playlists. Prior to listening to their new album, mama’s boy, I thought of them in the sense of a few hit songs but nothing...

Democratic nominee Joe Biden and President Donald Trump at the first 2020 presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio on September 29th.

The first 2020 presidential debate was an embarrassment to the nation

October 1, 2020

“Will you shut up, man,” Democratic nominee Joe Biden said during the first 2020 presidential debate. This simple statement encompasses what a portion of the nation is feeling in recovery from the...

COVID-19 has had a mental impact on the FHC community

COVID-19 has had a mental impact on the FHC community

September 29, 2020

For FHC students, teachers, and parents, it's no secret that there is a new dynamic in the building this school year. Nonetheless, education moves on—whether that be through choosing to go completely...

Modified image of women demonstrating on Liberty Island in support of the proposed Equal Rights Amendment on August 10, 1970.

How feminism pertains to the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

September 24, 2020

Social, political, and economic equality are the three root principles of feminism. And to add on to this, there is also a battle for women against systemic inequality on a daily basis.  As if on cue,...

A firefighter battling flames in a California forest, the landscape is destroyed from the 2020 wildfire season.

Pay close attention to California’s climate crisis

September 17, 2020

Living in Michigan, what can be expected besides the predictable unpredictability of lake-effect snow and just overall average weather conditions? However, for places such as California, this is simply...

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on January 19, 2019 at the Women's March in New York. Here she gave a speech at the Women's Unity Rally.

Why you shouldn’t count Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez out of the 2024 Presidential Election

September 10, 2020

“My choice isn’t what I breathe in, it’s what I exhale... And right now, in this moment, I feel a need for all of us to breathe fire.” Months ago, I came across this quote in a Twitter thread...

Never again will we have the time

Never again will we have the time

May 18, 2020

Time. I, for one, have spent way too much of it thinking about how much of it I have lost—hence the never-ending cycle of me switching my mindset between giving up and having hope. It is exhausting,...

The key

The key

May 14, 2020

Conversations null and ideas become an infrequent whisper  The minutes on the clock tick By now, I search and scour for some clue as to where I can uncover the secret key to which will unlock...

Frankie Anderson

Frankie Anderson

May 5, 2020

Name: Frankie Anderson Grade: 9 1. How has having parents who are teachers impacted your experience with online learning compared to the average student? "When I don't get stuff, I know I can...

Adam Mix

Adam Mix

April 20, 2020

Name: Adam Mix Place of Work: Spectrum Health Job Title: Director of the Solid Organ Transplant Program and the Cardiac Surgery Program 1. What did a normal day in your job look like before the...

Forever frozen in the spring

Forever frozen in the spring

March 12, 2020

Treading through the thick mud that had settled into the trenches on the farthest edge of the concrete road, Winnie’s regrets and aspirations sank into the tracks left behind by her size-six combat boots. She...

Upon these drifted covers

Upon these drifted covers

March 5, 2020

Like a book without a name, I stumble blindly into a missed array of blatant pages—  falling into an endless dive down to questions still unanswered.    Left with no heading over my...

Even after moving to far away places, Vinod Rajakrishna keeps the memories close to his heart

Even after moving to far away places, Vinod Rajakrishna keeps the memories close to his heart

March 2, 2020

Lucky amongst the more than 1,000 students at FHC, Vinod Rajakrishna has had the opportunity to live in several places throughout his lifetime. And, through these experiences, Vinod has developed a strong...

Setbacks in motivation plague the students of FHC

Setbacks in motivation plague the students of FHC

February 21, 2020

Burnout. An illustrious shadow hiding behind many FHC students’ school personas. Like an old friend, it comes back around again and again, though each time different from the last. For some, it shows...

Living vicariously through your friendship with me

Living vicariously through your friendship with me

February 13, 2020

Like a scene from your favorite movie, she rides down the middle of the street on her golden bicycle, her summer skin caressed by the fading sunlight she so desperately yearns to chase away.  Away—anywhere...

Rachel Schenck's inspirational work ethic enables her to get the most out of high school

Rachel Schenck’s inspirational work ethic enables her to get the most out of high school

February 3, 2020

For junior Rachel Schenck, her schedule is packed to the brim with advanced classes as well as extracurriculars. Rachel is a multi-sport athlete. This winter, she is on the FHC wrestling team and is...

Both Homecoming and Winterfest have a surprising stigma surrounding them

Both Homecoming and Winterfest have a surprising stigma surrounding them

January 21, 2020

Homecoming and Winterfest have long had a variety of attributes that set them apart from one another. For many students, the appeal of Homecoming branches from all the bells and whistles—ranging from...

advantageous inadequacies

advantageous inadequacies

January 8, 2020

the similarity of antonyms   the sameness of love and hate    the one to whom the likeness shows but unable to relate   scalding mixed with a polar chill to create...

Summer Salt's new single Fire Flower is intricate and enigmatic

Summer Salt’s new single Fire Flower is intricate and enigmatic

December 19, 2019

Happy New Year. Though it took me a few listens, I was pleasantly surprised to discover this hidden motif at the beginning of Summer Salt’s new song, Fire Flower. Although Summer Salt has taken...

How students are managing the stress of exams

How students are managing the stress of exams

December 17, 2019

Exams are a daunting tidal wave. With the testing expeditiously approaching, it’s no wonder that students’ stress levels are increasing as each day passes by. Sophomore Jaelynn Carlson, who,...

Beabadoobee's new EP is real and refreshing

Beabadoobee’s new EP is real and refreshing

December 5, 2019

There are times when everything feels bland.  Times where no amount of creativity can dig me out of a hole of insignificance and doubt. To some, this lack of variation can be reassuring; for me,...

Madi Zeien's roots strain from the countries she's visited and people she's met

Madi Zeien’s roots strain from the countries she’s visited and people she’s met

December 3, 2019

Freshman Madi Zeien loves to travel. In fact, she has visited over twenty places around the world already—ranging from Europe to Puerto Rico. Out of all the places she has visited, France is by far...

TCT's The Countless Thanks 2019: Kelsey Dantuma

TCT’s The Countless Thanks 2019: Kelsey Dantuma

November 26, 2019

Lexi — for hyping me up Thank you for always staying so positive. You pick me up when I’m down, and you laugh with me when I’m on top of the world. Whenever I am with you, my smile appears boundless,...

Cavetown's new single was unsurprisingly unoriginal

Cavetown’s new single was unsurprisingly unoriginal

November 21, 2019

Cavetown has long hidden behind the use of upbeat, soft strumming guitar and ukulele; Things That Make it Warm is no exception to the continuous flow of similar-sounding songs. Cavetown has long been...

Students discuss the benefits and hazards of snow days

Students discuss the benefits and hazards of snow days

November 19, 2019

As the chilly, unforgiving weather sets in during this closely approaching winter season, road conditions deteriorate, leaving many drivers—students, bus drivers, staff, and parents—unsettled. Road...

Holiday Candles

Holiday Candles

November 14, 2019

She simply entered in search of something new; she believed a quick in-and-out run should be efficient enough. All it took was the faint air of a sugar-cookie scented candle to bring her home; the sweet...

The Politician is a darkly honest representation of teenage nature

The Politician is a darkly honest representation of teenage nature

November 7, 2019

1,400,000. This is the estimated amount of suicide attempts in 2017 in the United States alone. Beyond this, there are at least 123 suicides a day. Netflix’s brand new series, The Politician...

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