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The Central Trend

Kiera Kemppainen

Kiera Kemppainen, Staff Writer

Kiera is a freshman at FHC and entering her first year writing for The Central Trend. When she’s not competing in a golf match or tournament in the summer/fall or freezing her way down the ski slopes in the winter, you can find Kiera hanging out with friends, driving a golf cart, or scrolling endlessly through Pinterest. She loves only one of her three dogs, Ranger, and both of her cats, Kocho (her brother named it) and Bella. Kiera is excited to be a part of The Central Trend and become a much better writer.


Slight obsessions: Pinterest, Burt’s Bees chapstick, macarons, debating whether to dye her hair, editing photos, and coffee.

Best movie of all time: 10 things I hate about you.

Favorite color: Green.

Number of sports she has tried in her life: Too many.

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The perfect picture of white changing to magenta; the two colors of the girl’s childhood and identity.

She has become the color white through the shades of summer

June 1, 2021

She paints flowers to calm her shaky hands. Her 1990s golf cart is covered in them. Bright hues of yellow in the center of the flowers remind her of the sun; it reminds her of the joy she has yet to find. She...

Honors English 9 and AP Seminar teacher Kelli Potts with her two daughters, Evelyn and Tessa.

Kelli Potts incorporates lessons from her children into her classroom

May 27, 2021

Honors English 9 and AP Seminar teacher Kelli Potts found a surprising relationship between teaching and being a mother.  Her students never influenced her into wanting kids; it was always something...

The cover art for Olivia Rodrigo's debut album

“SOUR” is the perfect taste of the music that Olivia Rodrigo is capable of

May 25, 2021

I have loved Olivia Rodrigo since her An American Girl: Grace Stirs Up Success days. And when she finally got all the recognition she deserved from her song “drivers license,” I was thrilled. Releasing...

The cover art for Peach Martine's single POSTER KID, designed by @stuffbysydney on Instagram.

“POSTER KID” by Peach Martine is sad yet upbeat

May 18, 2021

I have been following Peach Martine on TikTok for a couple of months, so I have heard her voice frequently. It never gets old. The number of times I have heard small pieces of "POSTER KID" scrolling through...

Katelyn Bartels perseveres to continue competitive gymnastics

Katelyn Bartels perseveres to continue competitive gymnastics

May 13, 2021

Junior Katelyn Bartels faced more than just COVID-19 issues during her competitive gymnastics season last year. Before the pandemic, she was also injured to the point of not being able to compete. “I...

A picture of Nora in front of TreeRunner Adventure Park for her birthday.

I see my future in her

May 11, 2021

I met her on the first day of fifth grade. Almost five years ago, we stood one person away from each other, never knowing how close we’d become. We sat in a field oblivious that she was soon to be number...

Film Festival Q&As: The Clinic

Film Festival Q&As: The Clinic

May 4, 2021

Film title: The Clinic Genre: Documentary Interviewee: Collin Ward Group members: Luke Matelic and Gabe Moraru https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AAGSYgy8VM What inspired you to get into...

The cover art for Courtney Summers' new book The Project, taken from Goodreads.

The Project led me in confused but left me loving the confusion

May 4, 2021

When I first picked up my copy of The Project by Courtney Summers, I was overwhelmed. I immediately felt like I had picked up the third book in a series or missed one episode of a show that explained the...

Film Festival Q&As: Bucket List

Film Festival Q&As: Bucket List

April 30, 2021

Film title: Bucket List Genre: Comedy Interviewee: Jordan Blum Group members: Furzaan Abidi and Daniel Dykstra https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLdO_s47gjQ   Can you give a five-minute...

Film Festival Q&As: Who Did It?

Film Festival Q&As: Who Did It?

April 30, 2021

Film title: Who Did It?  Genre: Drama Interviewee: Ellie Field Group members: Julia Bouma, Tatum Otolski, and Morghan Tilton https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9w71gveOoU   Can...

Film Festival Q&As: The Blue Hunt

Film Festival Q&As: The Blue Hunt

April 30, 2021

Film title: The Blue Hunt What is the genre: Suspense/Horror Interviewee: Theryn Hallock Group members: Olivia Dewald-Davis, Claudia Folkert, and Libby Moog https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5j6tlO4gzQ Can...

the 2021 Film Fest poster

2021 Film Festival Q&As

April 30, 2021

Check out the Q&As below with the participants of the 2021 Film Fest. We interviewed a member of each team to learn more about their movie. Along with interviewing a member from each of the teams,...

Always having a love for technology, Mason Myers is ready to pursue a job in computer science

Always having a love for technology, Mason Myers is ready to pursue a job in computer science

April 29, 2021

Rather than simply celebrating with cake, balloons, and a party on his birthday, senior Mason Myers spent his birthday constructing a computer.  Mason went online to purchase all the materials necessary...

The navy blue and white flannel that I wear the most

I am forever wearing my flannel

April 27, 2021

Recently, I have found myself unable to put together an outfit without a flannel. It's become extremely rare to see me without that trademark piece of clothing.  I am not sure why this is the case....

The poster for Netflix's new movie, Thunder Force, featuring Octavia Spencer and Melissa McCarthy.

Thunder Force catered greatly to my nostalgia for superhero movies

April 20, 2021

Action and superhero movies have become my go-to option for comfort. Marvel movies specifically remind me of a friend I don’t talk to much but love greatly. This draws me to superhero movies and also...

A metal representation of the concept that controls my life.

I’m stuck in an eternal feud with time itself

April 13, 2021

The hands on the clock never seem to move, yet the days are flying out of my grasp.  Looking over at the clock on my Amazon Echo Show, the black hole-esque background stands still along with the time....

The poster for the Netflix movie A Week Away, taken from IMDb.

A Week Away desperately clings to the fame of its actors

March 30, 2021

Lately, it feels like there is a short rotating cycle of plot options for movies. I am constantly seeing ideas I have already experienced multiple times. A Week Away is not much of an exception. A Week...

Photos from odd angles in the kitchen: one of the only things that will remain no matter what path I take.

I don’t want to become the missing sock eaten by the dryer

March 24, 2021

Left or right, black and white: that's as simple as decisions seem. What about the middle, what about the gray area? That's where I am. I don't know whether to stay with what I know or go into the unknown....

The super straight flag consists of black and orange side by side.

TikTok user Kyle Royce uses his platform to promote a controversial movement

March 17, 2021

Stemming from TikTok user Kyle Royce claiming his sexual orientation to be “super straight,” a “movement” has formed with its own share of retaliation.  "Super straight" people define their...

The poster for phenomenal feminist and protest-centered Netflix original movie Moxie!

I need more feminist characters like the ones in Moxie! to survive

March 16, 2021

Strong female characters are something society has lacked and ignored in the past. Moxie! refuses for this norm to be accepted and I could not love it more. My Snapchat ads must have known how greatly...

The poster for Squared Love, in which the main character Monika holds up a magazine of her alter ego Klaudia.

Squared Love was as exciting as watching paint dry

March 2, 2021

I never thought this movie would end.  Throughout watching Squared Love, I found myself repeatedly pausing the television, only to find out barely any time had passed. Squared Love tells the story...

Peyton Smith with a couple of her teammates on the competitive cheer team.

Peyton Smith remains a part of her team no matter where she may fit

February 25, 2021

Despite excelling as a competitive cheerleader, junior Peyton Smith is unable to pursue her passion this year at FHC. Rather than not participating at all in cheerleading this season because of the...

The happy little girl that loved hide and seek

She’s playing hide and seek

February 24, 2021

Many years ago, there was a happy little girl. She had blonde hair and blue eyes filled with joy. She had no worry in the world.  Hide and seek was her favorite game; she was always begging to play....

Finding ‘Ohana left me both nostalgic and bored

Finding ‘Ohana left me both nostalgic and bored

February 16, 2021

As a kid, Disney Channel movies were my favorite. Now, I have found them to be comfort movies or just easy to follow movies while I do something else. The films typically have eerily similar plots and...

The scheduling showcase that was scheduled for February 9th has been postponed.

The difficulty of the scheduling showcase has drastically increased this year

February 11, 2021

For sophomore Mady Grimaldi, scheduling will be a struggle for this upcoming year.  While choosing classes is no easy task most years, the ongoing pandemic has upped the difficulty level tenfold. “I...

My paperwhite plant, Holly, that I raised from a broken bulb.

I went from killing succulents to being a plant mother 

February 9, 2021

I have a fun fact I like to share whenever someone talks about being a plant killer: I have killed a succulent.  I am not exactly sure how I did it, but I just know I left it outside too long.  I...

The poster for psychological thriller, Sightless starring Madelaine Petsch as Ellen.

Monochromatic color schemes enhanced the psychological thriller Sightless

February 2, 2021

I am typically the first person to say no to a horror or thriller movie. Nevertheless, when scrolling through Netflix alone, I chose the psychological thriller Sightless. I may have only chosen it because...

Bela Gonzalez (middle left0 with Irene and her other softball teammates.

Bela Gonzalez has formed international bonds from a nearby sport

January 28, 2021

For senior Bela Gonzalez, softball is more than a sport; it’s a way to form connections, from local buddies to faraway friends. Bela has been playing softball since she was five years old. Her mom...

A picture of my friend and I waiting in line for the ski lift at practice.

Every day is basically the same 

January 26, 2021

I do not know what day it is. I am losing track of what I am supposed to do. Every day, I wake up and procrastinate getting out of bed. If what I do when I wake up is any insight into how I deal...

The poster for Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston's 2019 movie Murder Mystery on Netflix.

Murder Mystery merges two iconic 90s actors into one high stakes mystery

January 19, 2021

Bedtime Stories was my childhood. Adam Sandler has created an irrefutable reputation as a phenomenal comedian in my mind.  Friends is a must-watch television show that I have been searching for another...

A photo I took of the view from the top of Peak 7 in Breckenridge.

I keep trying because pain is only temporary

January 12, 2021

I have a bump the size of half a golf ball on my left knee. There’s no visible bruise but every time my knee hits something, I feel a strong push onto my flesh, similar to a bruise. I only got this...

The poster for Disney and Pixar's new movie Soul, which features Jamie Foxx as Joe Gardner and Tina Fey as Soul 22.

Soul reignited my love for the little things

January 5, 2021

Over the past few months, I have discovered I am living my life going from one thing to the next. Whether it be from zoom meeting to zoom meeting or practice to homework, my daily agenda is a solid...

Several strawberries ornaments hang in various places around our christmas tree.

I am running out of memories yet see you everywhere

December 16, 2020

Dear Sadie Ann, don’t let the strawberries be the only thing I have left. December 4th marked four years. Four years since I lost you for good. Over eleven for when I lost you the first time. All...

Owen Barber sits in his room surrounded by hockey memorabilia.

Freshman Owen Barber has been blessed with the motivating community that is his hockey team

December 14, 2020

Freshman Owen Barber relieves stress differently than most people. He engages in hockey to relax. This may seem like an odd solution to stress, but for Owen, it’s completely habitual. It’s also...

Godmothered made me wish I wrote a letter to a fairy godmother instead of Santa Claus

Godmothered made me wish I wrote a letter to a fairy godmother instead of Santa Claus

December 9, 2020

When I was younger, I wore a princess dress everywhere. It did not matter what season it was; I would wear a dress and heels anywhere that I went. Naturally, I saw an advertisement for Disney+’s Godmothered...

Relaxed midterm exam policy leaves students less stressed and inspires reflection and creativity

Relaxed midterm exam policy leaves students less stressed and inspires reflection and creativity

December 3, 2020

Senior Molly Vonk has faith in the new revisions to the midterm exam plan recently adopted by FHC.  Molly feels that having a normal final exam this year would not work because of asynchronous learning...

Smiles are not always what they seem

Smiles are not always what they seem

December 2, 2020

Smiling: a way to express one’s happiness, or maybe a mask for one’s authentic thoughts. Simply a smile could brighten someone’s day, but is my day bright enough to be thinking of someone else? The...

The boxes that hold my childhood memories and dreams

The boxes that hold my childhood memories and dreams

November 18, 2020

The shell of my former hopes and dreams can be found in two bright orange Nike boxes. One is filled to the brink with cheer bows of every color but most of them are forest green. I acquired these green...

Katya Berjawi lives to travel the world

Katya Berjawi lives to travel the world

November 16, 2020

Sophomore Katya Berjawi found herself lost from her parents while abroad in Lebanon at just three years old. “They were looking for me for like three hours,” said Katya, who has been traveling since...

I am more than happy to be a yellow Starburst

I am more than happy to be a yellow Starburst

November 9, 2020

“Never let anyone treat you like a yellow Starburst. You are a pink Starburst.” Yeah, no thanks. When I first heard this phrase, I was enthralled. I was taken back to thinking, “Everyone likes...

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