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Kendra Turley

Kendra Turley, Online Manager

Kendra is in her second year on staff. She is Online Manager of the TCT website, and has won a MIPA honorable mention award for an informative story. This past year she was Copy Editor, worked on various stories, and stayed after school for many hours to help create the print edition of The Central Trend. Kendra spends her time outside of school babysitting, petsitting, and spending time with her friends. She also often hangs out with the kids in her neighborhood. She also enjoys creative writing and taking photos with her Canon DSLR camera. She is a huge fan of many young adult novels, movies, and shows, including Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and Marvel's Agents of SHIELD. Kendra's love of writing has blossomed due to inspiration from her favorite writers, which include Cassandra Clare, Jennifer Niven, and J.K. Rowling.

  • Favorite thing about being on staff: Working with amazing people every day
  • Favorite type of story to write: Profile
  • Hobbies/Interests: Writing and Photography
  • Favorite book and why: All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. It's a beautifully written story about two teens battling mental health issues, and feels a lot more realistic than most teen books.
  • If it is Friday night, you will most likely find Kendra: On the couch, with her friends, having a movie night!
All content by Kendra Turley
A Thank You to all the Teachers who helped me Graduate

A Thank You to all the Teachers who helped me Graduate

May 18, 2016

I told myself I wouldn’t write a cliche end of the year column. I felt that my other columns from earlier in the year summarized senior year pretty well, and I didn’t think I needed to add to it. But...

Jeremy Stacy to take a leave of absence

Jeremy Stacy to take a leave of absence

May 11, 2016

After seven years of teaching and nine years of coaching, civics teacher Jeremy Stacy has decided to take a leave of absence to explore a new career. “Two of my good friends had been in the roofing...

Dwelling on My Numbered Days

Dwelling on My Numbered Days

May 4, 2016

Fourteen. It’s a mind boggling number, but that’s how many days are left in my high school career. My senioritis has reached its maximum potential, thus rendering all homework assignments and projects...

Zootopia: Not Your Stereotypical Disney Movie

Zootopia: Not Your Stereotypical Disney Movie

April 20, 2016

If you know me, you probably know that I go to the movies a lot. So on the last Saturday of spring break, when the neighbor girls suggested we all go see Zootopia together, I was excited. I was ready to...

The Train of Change

The Train of Change

March 23, 2016

A million emotions flashed through my mind as I moved my cursor over the little grey box. I had chosen the date and time, typed out my name and student ID, and even listed my birthday. There was nothing...

FHCs Walk for Water: Coming together for the Greater Good

FHC’s Walk for Water: Coming together for the Greater Good

March 16, 2016

Four miles. That’s how far many of the people in Rwanda, Africa, have to walk every single day just to find and bring back clean water to their villages. It’s a struggle that the majority of people...

My Childhood Happy Place

My Childhood Happy Place

March 9, 2016

Everyone has one, A room, a workplace, maybe a family cottage. A place where they can be the most productive, and draw the most of their inspiration, and be their happiest selves. This place...

Michele Wallace: For the Love of Teaching

Michele Wallace: For the Love of Teaching

March 2, 2016

Her energetic voice echoes down the hall in between classes as she stands outside her classroom, calling to all of her students, some new, some current, and some old. The bell rings, and English teacher...

My Furry Best Friend

My Furry Best Friend

February 24, 2016

He lies on the floor at the foot of my bed, seemingly asleep. I move slowly and quietly so as not to wake him as I cross the room. But as soon as my hand reaches the doorknob, he jumps to his feet, the...

Tigers Curse: A Series of Love, Fantasy, and History

Tiger’s Curse: A Series of Love, Fantasy, and History

February 17, 2016

Kelsey Hayes is an eighteen year old girl from Oregon who has just graduated high school. Her life is very average, very boring, very normal. Like most teens, she’s hoping to spend her summer working...

Winterfest Assembly

Winterfest Assembly

February 15, 2016

This Crazy Thing Called Growing Up

This Crazy Thing Called Growing Up

February 10, 2016

At first, it was a fantasy. A freedom, if you will. A perfect dream full of sparkles conjured up in the back of the mind of my eight year old self. An imagination filled, entirely perfected idea of what...

Media Center Renovations Set For Summer 2016

Media Center Renovations Set For Summer 2016

February 10, 2016

By the end of next summer, the media center will be entirely different. With plans for major renovations already in the works, including new furniture and stations to charge eAchieve devices, media material...

Paper Towns

Paper Towns

February 3, 2016

Quentin “Q” Jacobsen, a high school senior who is just about to graduate, has spent his life pining for his next door neighbor and childhood friend, Margo Roth Spiegelman. Margo, who grew apart from...

Random Acts of Talent 2016 Lives Up to its Name

Random Acts of Talent 2016 Lives Up to its Name

January 25, 2016

Diverse. That's the one word I would use to describe this year's Random Acts of Talent show. Sure, there's been a large variety in the past, but this year they really stepped it up a notch. For one,...

Random Acts of Talent: What Can We Expect?

Random Acts of Talent: What Can We Expect?

January 20, 2016

“You can expect the unexpected,” Robbin DeMeester said. Those are the words that FHC’s theater director would use describe the upcoming Random Acts of Talent Show. From magic, to hula hoops,...

I Refuse To Give Up.

I Refuse To Give Up.

January 14, 2016

At first glance, I look very much like a normal teenage girl. Blue eyes and brown hair. Combat boots, a sweatshirt, and jeans. Very simple and average. Besides having an endless love for books, Marvel...

Jennifer Lawrences Joy Moves Slowly, But Has Potential

Jennifer Lawrence’s “Joy” Moves Slowly, But Has Potential

January 13, 2016

Hard work, dedication, and persistence. Those are the three traits that would best describe the main character in the comedic drama Joy. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, and Bradley Cooper,...

Senior Connor Kelly Commits to Harding University for Baseball

Senior Connor Kelly Commits to Harding University for Baseball

December 16, 2015

Senior Connor Kelly has finally made a decision and committed to the college of his choice. After many years of dedication, hard work, and contemplating what school would give him the best opportunity...

My Favorite Christmas Memory

My Favorite Christmas Memory

December 16, 2015

I think that when most people stop to think about what the holiday season means to them, they reflect on fun times spent with their family and friends. They might remember their first Christmas spent with...

Jam N Bean: Positive Ambience

Jam ‘N Bean: Positive Ambience

December 15, 2015

Warm and cozy. That was the way the atmosphere felt when I walked into Jam’n Bean Coffee Company for the first time. Many bakery items were on display, and multiple kinds of coffee sat behind me on a...

Nonna Cafe: Vintage Simplicity

Nonna Cafe: Vintage Simplicity

December 15, 2015

The sidewalk was deserted when my friend and I pulled up outside the Nonna Cafe on our bikes. The place seemed quiet, and almost looked like it had closed for the day. The front window was dark, and the...

Book Review: Confessions of a Murder Suspect

Book Review: Confessions of a Murder Suspect

December 9, 2015

Picture this: you’re laying in bed in your penthouse in New York City. The usual sounds of the city that never sleeps are a comforting noise as you lay dreaming. The sudden sound of sirens wakes you...

An Unplugged Adventure

An Unplugged Adventure

December 2, 2015

This past August, the parents of one of my close friends were extremely kind and offered to take seven of their daughter’s friends to Chicago for Wizard World Comic Con, as well as let us all spend two...

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

December 2, 2015

Imagine this: It’s the first snowfall of the year. School is cancelled, and your parents decide to take the day off, too. Your little brother is bouncing up and down with joy, and your mom announces...

Thank you, Katniss

Thank you, Katniss

November 18, 2015

In eighth grade, I stumbled upon what I can now call one of my favorite series of all time. I was walking with one of my friends to class when she mentioned that she was reading the final book in a series...

The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection by Kiera Cass

November 10, 2015

I have a strong hatred for princess books. I do. I dislike how perfect and happily ever after they are. I despise the cheesy lines and glittery dresses and the oh-so-handsome prince. I gag at the sugary...

Keeping His Legacy Alive

Keeping His Legacy Alive

November 3, 2015

If you have lunch with me, you've probably seen or heard me do it. My sudden stop as I enter the lunchroom. My rush to my table to set my food down once I've spotted them. My calm walk up to them and respectful...

All The Bright Places: A Senior Must-Read

All The Bright Places: A Senior Must-Read

October 27, 2015

Purple sticky notes. Filling more than half of the 378 pages, scribbled on in black ink, all the way from cover to cover. These are my notes, my bookmarks of inspiration that I found in this book. Subconsciously...

Am I Worthy?

Am I Worthy?

October 20, 2015

I leaned over the table, admiring the necklaces, bracelets, and rings. My friend next to me gasped and grabbed my hand, then pointed to the Hogwarts crest necklace to my left. My other friends across the...

Sophomore Felicity Buchmaier to Compete in the Australian Olympic Trials

Sophomore Felicity Buchmaier to Compete in the Australian Olympic Trials

October 20, 2015

Come April, sophomore Felicity Buchmaier is headed to Adelaide, Australia, for the opportunity of a lifetime. She will be journeying back to her home country during spring break to compete in the 2016...

Harper Lee has killed this Mockingbird

Harper Lee has killed this Mockingbird

October 13, 2015

Of all the books I've read in English class in these past four years, To Kill A Mockingbird has always been at the top of my favorites list. I fell in love with the story and Scout's need for adventure....

Homecoming Parade

October 11, 2015

Homecoming Assembly

October 11, 2015

An overdue farewell to my journalism partners in crime

An overdue farewell to my journalism partners in crime

October 6, 2015

The streamers were hung. The cake was on the table. And the Buffalo Wild Wings had been catered in. All that was left to be brought in was our seniors. I think on that day we all were feeling rather...

1st Ranger Challenge

October 4, 2015

One new element of school assemblies will be a banner listing the Ranger Challenge champions of past years.

Assembly Changes – “All In For Ranger Country”

October 1, 2015

Two new banners will be raised to the rafters in the new gym tomorrow: one to honor the winner of the newly-named Ranger Challenge and another with the words to the Ranger fight song. Both banners are...

From Cover to Cover

September 29, 2015

There's something so fascinating and surreal to me about losing yourself in the crisp white pages of a book. It's an escape, really. You're not really just reading the words. You're absorbed in them. You're...

Ferins book of poetry, 1:02 A.M.

Poetry In Motion

September 29, 2015

Senior Avery Ferin has always loved poetry, even from a young age. With her favorite book being Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein, she read many different books of poetry all through elementary...

Shatter Me Review

“Shatter Me” Review

September 22, 2015

Imagine having spent your entire life in jail because no one knows what's wrong with you. Doctors are afraid of you, children see you as a nightmare, and your parents have disowned you. You've never felt...

Sisters by Choice

Sisters by Choice

September 15, 2015

Three sets of eyes watch me, two blue, one brown, waiting for my approval. All three are hopeful, looking up at me, pleading. They stand as one, expecting a yes but prepared to stand together against a...

Making it Up on the Spot

Making it Up on the Spot

September 15, 2015

  A young teenage couple walks through a Disney store in Chicago, shopping as if everything is normal. As they make their way down the aisle, another girl comes around the corner and hugs the...

Q&A with new math teacher LeeAnne Trapp

September 2, 2015

What are you looking forward to the most about your new job? Getting to know a new batch of kids, interacting with new colleagues, and getting acclimated to a new building atmosphere. I've worked at...

Senior Year: To Plan or Not To Plan?

August 30, 2015

I was laying on a banana yellow raft, floating in the middle of Duck Lake at a cottage in Muskegon that my family had rented for a week. It was a bright, sunny afternoon. The water was calm. There was...

Girls Soccer: From Failure to Focus

Girls Soccer: From Failure to Focus

June 5, 2015

With the coming of summer, many sports seasons are coming to a close. For some, it was merely just another season, with ordinary games and just a few wins. But for the varsity girls soccer team, it was...

Midnight Screenings

Midnight Screenings

June 2, 2015

Junior Riley Schelhaas pulled on her brown toe socks with fur glued on the top. She tightened a tan cloak around her throat, then she reached for her bag before heading out to the car. Though she was wearing...

Cafeteria food: to eat or not to eat?

Cafeteria food: to eat or not to eat?

June 2, 2015

Health teacher Pat Hartsoe stands before her class, hoping to make an impact upon her students as she tries to discuss with them the choices they should make when it comes to healthy eating. To her, people...

Typing in codes and working out sequences

Typing in codes and working out sequences

June 2, 2015

Teacher Joseph Smith stands in front of a whiteboard in room 225, the computer lab that stands next to his classroom. The students watch as he carefully explains the assignment they are to complete within...

My friend with social anxiety

May 30, 2015

I have a friend with social anxiety. He’s been my friend since first grade. He’s always loved playing videogames. He’s one of the most important people in my life and always has been. He’s...

Struggling to BOOST up the halls

Struggling to BOOST up the halls

May 28, 2015

The quotes on the wall. The tearable puns. The grams. As far as ordinary goes, BOOST club is anything but. The members of the club work hard each meeting to “boost the self-esteem, confidence, feelings...

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron

May 26, 2015

“I had strings but now I’m free. There are no strings on me.” was the line from the teaser trailer that sent chills down fans’ spines. James Spader’s eerie voice, followed by Captain America’s...

eAchieve is worth the cost

eAchieve is worth the cost

May 26, 2015

In this day and age, the world is full of technology. We spend the majority of our days with a pocket-sized computer at our fingertips. News updates come in every second, and people can send messages to...

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