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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

Kiera Kemppainen

Kiera Kemppainen, Staff Writer

Kiera is a junior continuing her writing journey with The Central Trend for a third year. Being on staff for the past few years has been one of her favorite parts of her high school experience. Having an outlet for her opinions, thoughts, and voice fuels her to continue on. Other than writing, Kiera is also a part of the golf and ski teams for FHC. The teammates that she surrounds herself with keep the seasons exciting, despite her stress of school and sports overlapping. She also finds joy in spending time with her friends and family. Kiera has never been one that needs constant motion or talking; she is just as happy to sit with friends in silence as she is to talk for hours on end. Kiera has found that in her life, she likes some things that others loathe, specifically Friday the 13th. She loves the overwhelming superstition that fills the air as she sits calmly knowing it's just a normal day—her favorite day. She is barely prepared for her junior year and not at all prepared for the years after that, but she feels comfort in knowing she will likely be writing her way through it all.

Favorite book to gatekeep: The Green Glass Sea, by Ellen Klages; it was her fifth-grade book project book that her mom recommended

Current obsession: Gilmore Girls, of course

Favorite movie: 10 Things I Hate About You

Has she gotten over hating steak? No, and don't expect her to

All content by Kiera Kemppainen
Taylor Swift has started her highly anticipated Eras Tour, as of March 17.

Everything you need to know for The Eras Tour

Kiera Kemppainen, Staff Writer March 20, 2023

Taylor Swift kicked off her long-awaited Eras Tour on Friday, March 17. As soon as the openers hit the stage, my TikTok page was full of people going live at the concert. In the following days, I began...

Morgan Cerny cross-blocking her way down the slalom course on a sunny day.

Morgan Cerny found passion with skis strapped to her feet

Kiera Kemppainen, Staff Writer March 15, 2023

Sophomore Morgan Cerny has big hope for the next years of her ski racing career. “Oh, you know, I'm just going to the Olympics,” Morgan laughs. “I’m joking. I’m hoping next year to maybe get...

My new and old Glossier Balm Dotcoms, though i wish they were both the old style.

Glossier made a mistake with the new Balm Dot Com

Kiera Kemppainen, Staff Writer March 13, 2023

A few months ago, I saw a TikTok of Glossier’s Balm Dotcoms at T.J.Maxx. Naturally, I knew I needed to go to T.J.Maxx that day. I ended up finding the Mint Balm Dotcom. The product I found is in the...

A glass my mom had made when my aunt was diagnosed, filled with a Shirley Temple—yet another pink thing in my life.

Through the eyes of an angel

Kiera Kemppainen, Staff Writer March 7, 2023

Everything is changed. Pink was the color of life. It was Aurora’s dress and that girl from Team Umi-Zoomi’s hair. It was covering my walls and windows and bed. It was happy and bright. It was innocence...

Some of my favorite finds at T.J.Maxx from the brands I search for.

Let’s destroy T.J. Maxx

Kiera Kemppainen, Staff Writer March 6, 2023

If you get any TikToks on your For You Page about T.J. Maxx, you've likely heard the words of Avery Katherine Wood. Wood makes videos about products she finds at T.J. Maxx. She forever opens these videos...

Senior Quinn Brennan, who is sporting his absolute favorite camouflage pants.

The men at FHC embrace their style

Kiera Kemppainen, Staff Writer March 1, 2023

When searching through one of his go-to thrift stores, senior Quinn Brennan found unique pieces of clothing to expand his closet, including a piece from over thirty years ago. “I have a vintage band...

An image of a building in Ukraine following Russian attacks.

Tragedies are not trends

Kiera Kemppainen, Staff Writer February 27, 2023

On Feb. 24, 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine. The Russo-Ukrainian War had been ongoing since 2014, and I had heard nothing of it. But right after the invasion, it was all anyone could talk about. My TikTok...

Some of the highlights of this years Converse Valentines Day disappointment.

I expect more from Converse than this

Kiera Kemppainen, Staff Writer January 30, 2023

Dear Converse, what is this? This year’s Converse Valentine’s Day collection is a compilation of unoriginal shoes. When I initially looked at this drop, I liked it. But as I scrolled through the...

The city never sleeps at night, and neither do I.

There’s no rest for me

Kiera Kemppainen, Staff Writer January 19, 2023

I used to have trouble sleeping.  There were monsters under my bed, in my closet, and outside my windows. My room was too dark. Nightlights filled the gaps of every open outlet. I would lie in bed...

Speaker Kevin McCarthy under his Speaker of the House sign outside his office.

The Speaker of the House election of the 118th Congress is a historical moment

Kiera Kemppainen, Staff Writer January 10, 2023

As of Jan. 7, Kevin McCarthy is the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. It took him 15 rounds of voting to get here. The last time that more than one round of voting was needed to...

Former President Donald Trump is facing a possible trial for his involvement with the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Donald Trump’s possible trials: will they affect his candidacy?

Kiera Kemppainen, Staff Writer January 10, 2023

There are two key events during former president Donald Trump’s time in office: his impeachment trial and the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection of the U.S. capitol. Recently, these two moments are merging into...

Masyn Cole has been horseback riding for years and it has become an integral part of her life.

Masyn Cole finds the feeling of home in a peculiar place

Kiera Kemppainen, Copy Editor December 12, 2022

Stuck in sickness at regionals, or Region 13, it seemed that senior Masyn Cole had no hope left.  “I woke up in the morning, and I started throwing up so much, dry heaving because I didn’t drink...

My tried and true, everyday Converse; neutral yet fun, exactly what I like.

This season’s top Converse picks

Kiera Kemppainen, Copy Editor December 12, 2022

I absolutely love Converse. Yet with a small collection of five pairs (plus my mom’s two pairs), I always reach for the same pair. They’re light green and light gray. The green makes enlargened flower...

My mom showing off a signature down vest fit—with her trending slippers, of course.

I’m starting to trust the vests of the season

Kiera Kemppainen, Copy Editor December 12, 2022

There is no doubt in my mind that this year is the year of the vest. But for some, like my mom, it’s always been the year of the vest. For as long as I can remember, if I wouldn’t want to wear a...

The view from halfway down the hill after a ski racing practice at Copper Mountain, Colorado.

What if the mountains really are calling?

Kiera Kemppainen, Copy Editor November 29, 2022

“The mountains are calling, and I must go.” Yes, I must.  I find peace in the brisk air. It fills my throat with ice after a run. My throat burns as I inhale more and more, trying to slow my heartbeat....

The album cover for Fitz and The Tantrums new album, Let Yourself Free.

Fitz and The Tantrums’ new album made me cringe

Kiera Kemppainen, Copy Editor November 15, 2022

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege to attend the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association (MIPA) Conference with the staff of The Central Trend. During the conference, I attended a review writing class...

Enola Holmes 2 is the sequel to Enola Holmes, which came out two years ago on Netflix.

Enola Holmes 2 brings me back to two years ago

Kiera Kemppainen, Copy Editor November 11, 2022

When the original Enola Holmes movie came out in 2020, I think it’s safe to assume that I wasn’t the only girl getting caught up in a Louis Partridge spiral. While I wouldn’t call it quite an obsession,...

Olivia Thornley has been a part of crew since her freshman year, but is fully focusing on it for her senior year.

Olivia Thornley finds friendships through crew

Kiera Kemppainen, Copy Editor November 10, 2022

Senior Olivia Thornley cannot stay away from the water. After being a part of the swim and dive team at FHC for three years, Olivia left the swim program to fully focus on another aquatic sport: crew. “I...

Some of the members (and founders) of FHC Club Club, after officially beng approved.

FHC Club Club is already making a difference

Kiera Kemppainen, Copy Editor November 10, 2022

Is there any way to develop a club with no set activity for every meeting?  Apparently yes, as junior Sam Wordhouse discovered.  “I was in the [FX] control room with [seniors] Andrew Weiskopf...

These are five dresses from Rent the Runway that I would much prefer to see for school dances, as compared to plain ones.

Homecoming shopping from a hypocrite

Kiera Kemppainen, Copy Editor November 7, 2022

I want to preface this by saying that I am a hypocrite.  I buy my dresses for school dances at Von Maur and Macy’s, and I always attempt to find one at Windsor. My dresses are often plain colors....

The outcome of Proposal 22-3 (Proposal 3) in Michigan will determine reproductive rights within the state.

Proposal 22-3 has the chance to amend the state constitution for reproductive rights

Kiera Kemppainen, Copy Editor November 7, 2022

Opinions expressed in editorials on The Central Trend are the view of the individual writer and are not the opinion of the entire staff of  The Central Trend or the Forest Hills Central staff or administration. Upon...

If my love on sunsets reflecting on the lake isnt already a part of my puzzle, I hope a new piece appears on a table.

A puzzle without a picture

Kiera Kemppainen, Copy Editor October 28, 2022

The pieces of the puzzle are scattered. They litter the entirety of the table that they are sitting on. At one point, portions of other puzzles were thrown in the mix as well. Those pieces have now either...

The light at the end of the tunnel: 100 stories written, who knows how many to go.

Here we are

Kiera Kemppainen, Copy Editor October 14, 2022

These are the words I thought I’d never write. This is my 100th story for The Central Trend.  100 stories written, (nearly) 100 stressful nights spent writing. Two, going on three, years have...

Senior Sydney VanLente is a captain of the FHC girls swim and dive team.

Sydney VanLente strives for greatness as a swim team captain

Kiera Kemppainen, Copy Editor October 11, 2022

The smell of chlorine lingered as cheers roared; comradery hung in the air. Two years later, the memory is still fresh in senior Sydney VanLente’s mind.  “It was probably my sophomore year,”...

The poster for Hocus Pocus 2, the sequel to Hocus Pocus that came after almost thirty years.

Hocus Pocus 2 shot and missed for the legacy of the original

Kiera Kemppainen, Copy Editor October 4, 2022

Never in my life, prior to this weekend, had I watched Hocus Pocus. Despite being a very popular movie that came out almost thirty years ago, it never interested me. I had no idea what it was about or...

Maya and I in a fun house mirror this summer looking much shorter than normal.

Eleven days between Sweet Sixteens

Kiera Kemppainen, Copy Editor September 29, 2022

To you, my almost birthday twin,  Eleven days. It’s just eleven days. Eleven days of the “in-between.” The days that have haunted me for eleven years have returned for their sixteenth year....

Were Not Responding is a student-run podcast at FHC as a part of an independent study.

We’re Not Responding paves the way for a new class

Kiera Kemppainen, Copy Editor September 27, 2022

“Hey guys,” starts senior Val Garza, “welcome to the very first episode of We’re Not Responding.” Seniors Val Garza, Celine Merhi, and Masyn Cole released the first episode of their podcast...

The third book of The Inheritance Games series by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.

The Final Gambit was the perfect addition to The Inheritance Games series

Kiera Kemppainen, Copy Editor September 20, 2022

When I walked into AP Seminar a couple of weeks ago and found junior Millie Alt reading The Final Gambit by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, I was beyond excited. I had forgotten that the third book of The Inheritence...

A hot air balloon flying over the lake by my house, getting insanely close to the water.

The months of a hot air balloon

Kiera Kemppainen, Copy Editor September 18, 2022

A hot air balloon floating through the sky, slowly drifting toward the water. The black, red, and yellow pattern filled my eyesight. I began to feel like an ant in my own yard. I was in awe of the sheer...

Senior Emma Raisch (right) and her sister Megan (left), who name plants together.

Emma Raisch forges her relationship with her sister through naming plants

Kiera Kemppainen, Copy Editor September 13, 2022

Senior Emma Raisch has a collection of 50 plants, all with names. One of these shares a name with a Minecraft Panda. Emma and her sister, Megan, have been buying and naming plants for years. Some are...

Protests outside the Supreme Court about the Roe V. Wade overturn.

The effect of the overturning of Roe v. Wade 

Kiera Kemppainen, Copy Editor September 12, 2022

Opinions expressed in editorials on The Central Trend are the view of the individual writer and are not the opinion of the entire staff of  The Central Trend or the Forest Hills Central staff or administration. On...

A picture from one of thredUPs warehouses where all their clothes are sent to.

thredUP broke my thrift-shopping bad luck streak

Kiera Kemppainen, Social Media Manager May 31, 2022

I don’t know what kinds of thrift stores these girls with hauls on my TikTok For You Page go to, but whatever they are have way better stuff than anywhere I go—I rarely have any luck.  Occasionally,...

A sign at a beach in Ludington that I didnt realize would portray my emotions perfectly.

A wish finally swept to sea

Kiera Kemppainen, Social Media Manager May 25, 2022

A bracelet was tied six months prior; the same one was broken one week after.  A black cord snapped after its miserable weeks hanging on by a thread. A tap, tap, tap of a gold charm reverberated through...

One of my less-worn but frequently loved outfit formulas, even if it is quite simple.

My everyday outfit formulas for when I have “nothing to wear”

Kiera Kemppainen, Social Media Manager May 17, 2022

I am not a fan of the recent warm weather.  Every day, I find myself searching for an outfit to wear that can keep me warm in my freezing classrooms but also cool enough so that I don’t overheat...

Prom Court Q&As: Joe Murdock

Prom Court Q&As: Joe Murdock

Kiera Kemppainen, Social Media Manager May 12, 2022

What was your reaction to getting on prom court? "I was excited that I was nominated by my friends to be on court. It was a cool feeling." What are your short-term future plans? "Next year I will...

A picture from protests against the overturning of Roe v. Wade which would most likely leave the decision of abortion to the states.

A brief overview of the possible Roe v. Wade overturning and how much it will affect

Kiera Kemppainen, Social Media Manager May 12, 2022

Opinions expressed in editorials on The Central Trend are the view of the individual writer and are not the opinion of the entire staff of  The Central Trend or the Forest Hills Central staff or administration. In...

Liza McCarthy, a talented writer and future Hope College student, posing for her senior photos.

Liza McCarthy has been preparing for her future career her whole life

Kiera Kemppainen, Social Media Manager May 6, 2022

Growing up, senior Liza McCarthy’s little brother never had to be worried about being asked to fake an ailment. Her stuffed animals, however, were not so lucky. “Instead of setting up doctor's offices...

The mango, blueberry, and grapefruit flavored Wave Sodas that are free of added sugars.

Wave Soda brings a fresh idea to the typical sugary soda market

Kiera Kemppainen, Social Media Manager May 3, 2022

I often find myself arriving at home with an unquenchable thirst, but absolutely nothing sounds good enough to drink.  One day last week, this feeling struck me yet again. Luckily, my mom happened...

Me at five years old wearing a Phineas and Ferb brother for sale shirt.

I hope she’d be proud

Kiera Kemppainen, Social Media Manager April 26, 2022

It’s all for her. It always has been. Screaming “All Too Well (Ten Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version) (From the Vault)” in Emmy’s kitchen with the windows wide open for the high school parking...

Kids Nike Blazer Mid ‘77 ($90) in White/Vivid Sulfur/Washed Teal/Metallic Silver.

These five Nike kids’ shoes are perfect for colorful shoe-lovers with small feet

Kiera Kemppainen, Social Media Manager April 19, 2022

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, kids' shoes are superior.  Not only are they cheaper, but they often come in much more exciting, creative, and self-expressive colors and patterns. I’d...

Me at my old magic spot—overwhelmed by emotion—from when I went to Goodwillie.

Finally home

Kiera Kemppainen, Social Media Manager March 29, 2022

Lately, life’s been eerily similar to the speed that my mom and I had to drive with our hazards on when the gears wouldn’t shift in our car. While I would’ve expected 55 miles per hour, it seemed...

My top four travel essentials that I use on my cold-weather vacations.

The travel essentials for cold-weather and high altitude people

Kiera Kemppainen, Social Media Manager March 22, 2022

Before COVID-19, I had been making the over 1000-mile road trip to Colorado every winter and spring break since second grade.  Over that time, it’s gotten easier to relinquish the pain of everyone...

A coffee maker, coffeebeans, Celsius, and a pre-packaged latte—all are common caffeine drinks for students at FHC.

FHC’s caffeine addicts roam the halls with focused minds and caffeine-filled hands

Kiera Kemppainen, Social Media Manager March 16, 2022

When traveling to Florida for the Varsity Dance Team’s National Competition, senior Emily Smith was struck with a pounding headache. On a normal day, away from a dance competition, Emily would start...

A corner of my newly cleaned room where I feel like Im finally picking up the pieces.

I found my old facade in a Kate Spade purse

Kiera Kemppainen, Social Media Manager March 15, 2022

I cleaned out my strawberry-patterned Kate Spade purse this week. I found a small picture that brought back memories as fast as a flash flood.  I was taken back to a night in a wood-paneled kitchen...

The movie poster for The Weekend Away on Netflix, starring Gossip Girl alumni, Leighton Meester.

The Weekend Away filled me with love of plot twists

Kiera Kemppainen, Social Media Manager March 8, 2022

Last summer, I read the book House of Salt and Sorrows, and I had no clue what to think. I never knew who the “bad guy” was until the end of the novel, which made me love it; The Weekend Away on...

Alyssa Cheslek will be graduating this year with hopes of continuing on her path of leadership.

Alyssa Cheslek was led by those before her into aspirations of leadership

Kiera Kemppainen, Social Media Manager February 25, 2022

Going into her freshman year and first time golfing ever, senior Alyssa Cheslek wouldn’t have expected to become a team captain a few years later.  Since the varsity golf team is limited in size...

The epitome of Sheins disaster creepy earrings that I would run away from upon seeing in person.

Shein’s earrings will never find their way into my collection

Kiera Kemppainen, Social Media Manager February 22, 2022

Practically every day, I sit down at my sea-foam green vanity and put my small, sterling silver hoop earrings in my first ear piercings. The only variety in the tedium that is my jewelry is changing my...

The cover art for Peach Martine’s newest single, which she released almost a year after it blew up on TikTok.

Unreleased popular songs on TikTok should be prioritized for releasing

Kiera Kemppainen, Social Media Manager February 15, 2022

I love when songs for small artists on TikTok show up on my For You Page.  Oftentimes, if I exceptionally enjoy the song, I’ll follow the artist in preparation for when they release it or to remember...

Namesake by Adrienne Young, which is the sequel to Fable.

Namesake brought me peace in its thieving world

Kiera Kemppainen, Social Media Manager February 8, 2022

*This review contains spoilers for Fable and mild spoilers for Namesake. The Pirate Fairy made me fall in love with a new branch of fantasy: a life crashing along treacherous waves.  Sure, it...

The books that inspired the words I read and grew the words I write.

Her words string a vine from internal filing cabinets to her fingertips

Kiera Kemppainen, Social Media Manager February 1, 2022

She used to dream of carriages drawn by miniature horses on the grounds of her most frequently visited ski hill. She imagined that her family had bought the whole place, and she was free to roam. She...

Freshman Thomas Paplawsky standing in front of the freshmen Homecoming banner

Thomas Paplawsky accredits his outdoorsy spirit to Goodwillie

Kiera Kemppainen, Social Media Manager January 28, 2022

When freshman Thomas Paplawsky decided to go on an ice fishing trip, he wasn't expecting to find himself sprawled on his stomach across a layer of thin ice. “It was on an ice fishing camping trip,”...

The cover art for The Weeknds newest album, Dawn FM.

Dawn FM by The Weeknd was an utter waste of 52 minutes

Kiera Kemppainen, Social Media Manager January 25, 2022

I am a firm believer that songs should not have busy backgrounds. Lyrics to a song are what detailing is to a dress. While it isn’t necessary, it adds more depth and takes the listener into the mind...

This is a photo that I love dearly but I began to disassociate it from myself.

In the end, I am a fire

Kiera Kemppainen, Social Media Manager January 18, 2022

When did I become two different people? My camera roll is full of photos of myself taken from horrendous angles that I chose to send to my friends. They’re quite possibly the worst photos I’ve ever...

Jia Niemeyers favorite shoes that shes painted for herself, which are one of the two Disney pairs shes made.

The floors of FHC are scuffed with the path of self-expression

Kiera Kemppainen, Social Media Manager January 14, 2022

Senior Ivan Wheland walked into school one day and was told he was wearing “grandma shoes.” “I bought a pair of New Balances from Goodwill, and I wore them to school, thinking they were fire,”...

The covers for butterfly effect by Sophie Holohan (top) and miserable man by David Kushner (bottom).

TikTok is finally embracing the talents of artists other than those on top of the charts

Kiera Kemppainen, Social Media Manager January 11, 2022

My TikTok For You Page used to be an overabundance of songs by already popular artists. A platform embracing creativity quickly turned to only embracing the originality of people that are already known...

A graphic of how cryptocurrency is much like normal money but digital.

A dive into the world of cryptocurrency

Kiera Kemppainen, Social Media Manager December 14, 2021

Cryptocurrency is a word I hear in my day-to-day business and I had no idea what it was. The way it is talked about seems to have a negative connotation, so I was determined to find out more and see why...

The cover art for Victoria Lees novel, A Lesson in Vengeance.

A Lesson in Vengeance left me envious of Victoria Lee’s writing abilities

Kiera Kemppainen, Social Media Manager December 7, 2021

In all truthfulness, I’m not sure where to start with this book. While I understand every aspect, I cannot fathom what I read.  A Lesson in Vengeance enthralled me when a TikTok review of it stumbled...

The rainbow I found before a football game that encompasses all my fall feelings.

Summer was suffering and Autumn wants to be advantageous 

Kiera Kemppainen, Social Media Manager November 30, 2021

I was never one to be alone.  But now, it seems that’s all that I ever am. My Summer was the child that played on the swings every day, always alone. She was isolated but never seemed to look...

TCTs The Countless Thanks 2021: Kiera Kemppainen

TCT’s The Countless Thanks 2021: Kiera Kemppainen

Kiera Kemppainen, Social Media Manager November 23, 2021

Eva Harshman and Addy Cousins—for being the stop and drop to my roll Thank you for being here. Thank you for filling my days with joy when our sixth hour in room 139 finally commences. You two have...

The FHC Student parking lot where students face overwhelming traffic everyday.

The student parking lot causes chaos in both students and staff

Kiera Kemppainen, Social Media Manager November 19, 2021

While the student parking lot is often seen as a scene of accidents and dense traffic, security guard Jack Verhil sees something standing out more distinctly lately: vandalism. For Verhil, the frequency...

Marvels new superhero group movie, Eternals, which came out November 5.

Eternals introduced a new superhero group that took my heart as much as the Avengers did

Kiera Kemppainen, Social Media Manager November 16, 2021

*This review contains spoilers for Marvel's Eternals* As a child, my brother practically forced me to watch Marvel movies with him. From the world of X-Men to Captain America, he wanted me to watch...

My dog Bailey staggering through his last few months at sixteen.

A letter to my delicate dog, Bailey

Kiera Kemppainen, Social Media Manager November 9, 2021

It’s almost been six months.  Six months since your death. Six months since I saw you last. In that time, life has gone from me seeing you howl in the front hallway when I get home, to reminiscing...

Freshman Charlie Molitor expresses himself with his creative freedom in photography.

Charlie Molitor finds self-expression and creative freedom in photography

Kiera Kemppainen, Social Media Manager November 5, 2021

Contrary to his prior expectations, freshman Charlie Molitor has become friends with several upperclassmen through simply taking photos. Charlie has been partaking in photography since last year, but...

The cover art for Conan Grays newest single, Telepath which retains how relatable his music has been.

Conan Gray’s single “Telepath” retains the relatable nature of his music

Kiera Kemppainen, Social Media Manager November 2, 2021

Conan Gray repeatedly amazes me with the relatability of his songs.  It's the forlorn longing for love found in “People Watching” or the relationship where one person expects the other to get back...

Spooky Humans: Avery Verlinde

Spooky Humans: Avery Verlinde

Kiera Kemppainen, Social Media Manager October 27, 2021

“I have this thing where I feel like there are, not ghosts, but shadows in my house. Whenever I'm home alone and stuff, I always think that somebody is walking past me or walking past a door and walking...

A picture of my friends and I trick-or-treating on the day of Halloween, which is a tradition that should not be changed.

The debate of what day trick-or-treating should occur only grows more prevalent this year

Kiera Kemppainen, Social Media Manager October 26, 2021

Growing up, I always assumed that I would be trick-or-treating on Halloween night. It was routine. Lately, I have noticed a growing controversy over whether trick-or-treating should be done on the day...

Some of the many ceiling tiles decorating Mr. Georges room, including Addis and Toris.

Honors English 10 students find deeper meaning through transcendentalist-inspired ceiling tiles

Kiera Kemppainen, Social Media Manager October 22, 2021

Sophomore Alexa Fauson found herself browsing the aisles of Home Depot for a ceiling tile similar to the ones in school. Alexa had taken a ceiling tile home from Honors English 10 teacher Ken George’s...

Intro to Business Q&As: Katie McAllister - Mag-Charge

Intro to Business Q&As: Katie McAllister – Mag-Charge

Kiera Kemppainen, Social Media Manager October 19, 2021

Product: Mag-Charge Instagram: @magcharge.co Group members: Katie McAllister (leadership/management), Tyler O'Connell (supply chain), Charley Mehney (sales), Parker Vredenburg (finance), and Ale...

The movie poster for Disney Channel Original Movie, Under Wraps.

Under Wraps recycled old Disney ideas into an unflattering repetition of unhappy nostalgia

Kiera Kemppainen, Social Media Manager October 19, 2021

As a kid, Disney Channel Halloween movies and TV episode specials terrified me.  It didn’t matter how predictable the special was, I was still scared to go to bed afterward. There were a few exceptions...

Young me dancing in the kitchen with my dad after putting on my favorite outfit.

Fifteen years of remembrance

Kiera Kemppainen, Social Media Manager October 12, 2021

She’s been on this earth for fifteen years. Her brain feels smushed by three too many hammers to the head in the form of migraines. For one-third of her life, the spot right between her eyes has been...

Ella Weichelt has been horseback riding for twelve years and has no intention of stopping.

Ella Weichelt traverses through her life on horseback

Kiera Kemppainen, Social Media Manager October 8, 2021

Junior Ella Weichelt once found herself on the ground in the pouring rain at a horseshow. She was riding her old pony on a showjumping course. The pouring rain made it incredibly slippery. When approaching...

The poster for Netflix Original movie, the Starling, starring Melissa McCarthy.

The Starling was an adequate film, but it didn’t have what I was looking for

Kiera Kemppainen, Social Media Manager October 5, 2021

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I love Melissa McCarthy. She brings comedic relief to movies like nobody else. I look forward to watching any movie that I see her involved in just so I...

The ghost trend of 2020 that I did on my birthday interpreted how I felt last fall—isolated and invisible—which is a stark difference from this year.

The coming of autumn is stapled with stability

Kiera Kemppainen, Social Media Manager September 28, 2021

The official arrival of autumn may be marked on a calendar, but it can typically be seen in the world around me. I would love to say that the changing of the leaves from chlorophyll breaking them down...

The American Sign Language level threes and fours went on their first field trip of the year on Thursday.

This year’s ASL field trips will offer new opportunities for growth after a difficult year

Kiera Kemppainen, Social Media Manager September 24, 2021

Senior Alex Hurt has never been on an American Sign Language field trip, despite being in level four. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ASL classes were unable to partake in their normal field trips last...

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