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The Central Trend

Lauren Batterbee

Lauren Batterbee, Print Managing Editor

Lauren Batterbee is a junior entering her second year on staff for The Central Trend. She is almost always doing ballet in her “new and improved studio.” If she isn’t doing ballet, she is either plunging into homework or making memories with her friends. She is excited to have the opportunity to write for TCT again this year.

 

Favorite part about being on staff: Learning about herself and her peers through writing and interviewing

Favorite season: Winter

Favorite animal: Snowy Owl

Obsesses over: Disney, Christmas, and ballet

All content by Lauren Batterbee
Lauren and Liza with big smiles on the last day of fourth grade before going off to separate schools.

You’ve got a friend in me

June 3, 2021

*Lauren is in italics as she wanted to be fancy, and Liza is not because she wants to be taller.  Due to our matching golden locks of hair, we claimed to be sisters. We were attached at the hip, theoretically...

As I waited for the next ride or next character to see, I dreamed up adventures with my Disney friends.

I wish to be a lost boy

May 26, 2021

Deep in the Hundred Acre Wood is where I would love to live. Hidden from the adult world and surrounded only by my friends and the troublesome, ragtag team of stuffed animals that come to life.  Life...

This is my favorite page in my favorite childhood book—I Wear My Tutu Everywhere!

I am built from stories

May 19, 2021

From the Frances the Badger books to Little Critter, I loved listening to stories when I was little.  All of the greats were in my family’s repertoire: Arthur, Amelia Bedilia, Berenstain Bears, Fancy...

Vickie Miller is retiring at the end of the year after 23 years.

Soon to retire, Vickie Miller found a sense of family through FHC

May 17, 2021

As custodian Vickie Miller sifts through her memories, one thing she was able to check off her bucket list was going on a cruise. Miller loves traveling and will hopefully be seeing more of the world as...

Teacher Appreciation Week Notes: day four

Teacher Appreciation Week Notes: day four

May 6, 2021

“I appreciate Mrs. DeMeester for being inspiring, kind, and always making class fun and engaging.” “I appreciate Mr. Anderson and Mr. VonEhr. Not only do they dedicate every moment of the school...

Teacher Appreciation Week Notes

Teacher Appreciation Week Notes

May 5, 2021

Check in every day this week for more thank you notes from students at our school to teachers at our school!

Teacher Appreciation Week Notes: day three

Teacher Appreciation Week Notes: day three

May 5, 2021

“I appreciate Mr. Fisher because he was really nice and worked hard to make class interesting and make students feel included. I appreciate that he checks in with students and is very understanding.” “One...

When can I see you again?

When can I see you again?

May 5, 2021

I met you all at varying points throughout my life.  Randomly becoming best friends in my third grade yet not knowing why, sitting in front of you during the terrifying class of APUSH on the first...

Teacher Appreciation Week Notes: day two

Teacher Appreciation Week Notes: day two

May 4, 2021

“I appreciate Mrs. Lipke for how much she wants us all to succeed; she is always there for help and support and truly gives math her all every day.” “Mrs. Will, thank you for the limitless support...

Teacher Appreciation Week Notes: day one

Teacher Appreciation Week Notes: day one

May 3, 2021

“I appreciate Mrs. Stone for making math really easy to learn this school year. I felt like her teaching style helped me to understand every unit we did. She also was really gracious [and] let me take...

Maggie Molitor has always been in touch with her creative side

Maggie Molitor has always been in touch with her creative side

May 3, 2021

Thanks to all of the time she spent stuck at home last year, senior Maggie Molitor was able to explore her creative side.  With a little help from the internet, Maggie was able to discover her new...

How many masks do I wear?

How many masks do I wear?

April 28, 2021

What’s behind the mask?  A mouth. A nose. The bottom of someone’s face. A chin, maybe some freckles.  What’s behind the fabric that saves lives?  A smile? A frown? Contagious happiness?...

My past selves lead me home

My past selves lead me home

April 21, 2021

I checked the first thing off my bucket list when I was eleven years old—I made it into the Grand Rapids Ballet Junior Company. I was cast as the role of a deer in Snow White. While this may seem...

April 22nd, Earth Day, isn’t the only day the our globe needs caring for

April 22nd, Earth Day, isn’t the only day the our globe needs caring for

April 19, 2021

Senior Amanda Lemmeyer has always admired the Earth. As a young child, she liked to get her hands dirty and explore the woods while others were inside staring at their video games.  Wanting to learn...

Like a phoenix, I will rise from whatever gets thrown my way

Nothing will hold me down

April 14, 2021

Sometimes, disappointment slaps me in the face. I don’t get the role I wanted. I don’t get into that summer intensive. I don’t do so well on a test.  But like a phoenix, I will rise out of my...

I am a weed, and that’s okay

I am a weed, and that’s okay

March 31, 2021

The trees are blooming and I am ready to fall.  Don’t get me wrong, I love spring; it’s my second favorite season. It’s just what is associated with spring as a high school student that I don’t...

Whether he has headphones in or a pencil in his hand, music is a big part in Furzaan Abidi’s life

Whether he has headphones in or a pencil in his hand, music is a big part in Furzaan Abidi’s life

March 29, 2021

Senior Furzaan Abidi moved from place to place throughout his childhood.  He was born in Detroit, but for the first four years of his life he lived in Canada. From there he moved back to the Detroit...

Anthony stares into the distance as he misses his friend.

It all goes downhill

March 24, 2021

Anthony’s best friend, Grant, died yesterday. Grant’s door to his house—a beautiful, tall door of stone which should have been stable if not for the monster—was destroyed and he was also in the...

As I finish tying my shoe, my best friend stands before me.

I am left behind with only a shoelace

March 17, 2021

Cross them over and under the hill. Pull them tight so they won’t fall off. The floor I plopped down on is as dirty as ever. A half-torn, yellow, dried-up leaf catches my eye. What is the story behind...

Two of the alumni teaching the students during musical auditions

FHC alumni return to help the theatre department put on High School Musical Jr.

March 15, 2021

2014 FHC alumna Ashley Kooistra considers herself as a “Gabriella Montez.”  High School Musical’s Gabriella is known for being studious, somewhat shy, and a great singer, and Kooistra believes...

The floor was always lava

The floor was always lava

March 10, 2021

I wake up in a room by myself, propped up in a bed.  My neck can move more easily, and my body is numb. I am scared to move too much though, for I fear the pain will return. It’s hard to believe...

Sara Stadel (left) and Wendy Ellis (right) in the office

A sad goodbye met with a welcome hello: Q&As with Wendy Ellis and Sara Stadel

March 5, 2021

Wendy Ellis has been working hard and being a friendly face at FHC for eleven years. This was her last week here. 1. Why are you moving? “My husband got a new job in Florida, so [my family is] all...

The floor is still lava, even when she’s gone

The floor is still lava, even when she’s gone

March 3, 2021

Every minuscule inhale I muster through includes a shooting pain like glass rattling up my lungs. Every tiny exhale allows that glass to fall back from where it came from. My head is throbbing as if...

Amytess speaking at a protest that helped her get the scholarship

FHC alumna Amytess Girgis will be exploring new opportunities on a different continent

March 1, 2021

FHC alumna Amytess Girgis is making the journey across the ocean and moving to the United Kingdom next year. As of right now, making this move of 3,726 miles will be difficult for her. Amytess is unprepared...

The floor is lava

The floor is lava

February 24, 2021

My arm covers my eyes as one eye pops open. My grasp on sleep loosens and disappears. My last dream vanishes from my memories despite the brevity of the moments that passed between reality and imagination. My...

I am a forgotten memory

I am a forgotten memory

February 17, 2021

Socks come in pairs. It is indisputable. Unless you are one of those socks that are made for mixing and matching, you always have a twin. My twin was my best friend. Even as we sat in the sock drawer...

The game boards for each hour has the continent on it with each countries’ military pieces.

AP World History’s World Diplomacy game immerses students into a project based learning history project

February 15, 2021

Senior Ana Ahmed, former Supreme Leader of Costa Luna, went to all lengths to make sure people would not convict her for the title of saboteur during the World Diplomacy Game. Despite her country’s...

I fear the presence it holds

I fear the presence it holds

February 10, 2021

The field lies before me. An empty void of flowers and beauty, yet the darkness soon curls over it.   Burgundy, obsidian, midnight blue: lurking over the daily dew. Hungry for all joy.   A...

The far off island where the victim lives is a place beyond her reach.

She is looking at a sea of guiltless eyes

February 3, 2021

On a faraway island, a yelp is heard. A yelp of pain. A screech of misery. A cry for help. Yet she can’t get to the victim. She sits on her island, wasting away time that she could be helping...

Through help from those around him, Everett Phipps has become the person he is today

Through help from those around him, Everett Phipps has become the person he is today

February 1, 2021

Sophomore Everett Phipps has his plate full of activities he enjoys. Whether he started them when he was little or he has just recently found them, he enjoys all of his activities for a different reason. Playing...

A tater tot for a fruit snack is a rather fair trade

A tater tot for a fruit snack is a rather fair trade

January 27, 2021

Marley hands me a fruit snack. They are so full of chemicals; I shouldn’t eat them—what if I get fat? I pop it into my mouth. The orange bursts into my mouth with the tastes of winter when oranges...

Paten Per’s hat, which is different from Peter Pan’s because they are different.

I have a name, too

January 20, 2021

A keyhole. That is all the light I get. A keyhole entering the terrifying box I’ve been defeated by. The box is filled with sharp things like scissors and needles, cloth things like napkins, and some...

Martin Luther King Jr. is an inspiration to many people.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is still important, 53 years after his death

January 18, 2021

Martin Luther King Jr. gave 2,500 speeches from 1957 to his death in 1968. With these 2,500 speeches, he travelled six million miles in order to inspire people from all over the country (Youth for Human...

This is the lamp that showed me the light about my friends.

The blinding light of betrayal

January 13, 2021

I am here on one side of the glass window, staring at a scared reflection of myself, while the people on the other side take a guess on whether or not I am guilty. At least I know the other people wrapped...

These are the lilac and light green walls of my life

These are the lilac and light green walls of my life

January 6, 2021

I started my days in the lilac room in a crib. I don’t remember these early days, but they were real. The lilac room with a beautiful castle on a hill with a carriage leading up to it. The lilac room...

My memories start before the presents

My memories start before the presents

December 27, 2020

Christmas morning. The moment everything leads up to. All of the lights, songs on the radio, and presents people struggle to find lead up to one morning. Every Christmas morning, my sister and I wake...

Our new “tradition” in action on New Year’s Day, the second the clock strikes twelve.

Lauren Batterbee’s year in review

December 27, 2020

1. The first second of January 1, 2020. My family’s new “tradition” of dropping a beach ball instead of watching a ball drop continued. 2. I was a skunk in the Butterfly Ballet with Grand Rapids...

This is a picture of the snow I love greatly.

It is nowhere to be found

December 16, 2020

Snow. Snow is everywhere in the winter here in Michigan. It truly does feel like Christmastime. There is snow on almost every tree, and snow all over the ground... well besides on the street. The smell...

Pictures of me while I was making the promises I couln’t keep

You promised

December 9, 2020

You promised. I know. I promised you I would never change. I promised you “hang out” would never be allowed. “Hanging out” is for old, grown-up people. You promised. I promised you...

During these difficult times, it is necessary to focus on mental health

During these difficult times, it is necessary to focus on mental health

December 8, 2020

Senior Megan Cushman loves driving. Racing by the blurs of trees and the green leaves and the sea of colors or driving the familiar route to Panera to enjoy a nice meal of soup, she finds comfort in being...

My nutcrackers tell me stories

My nutcrackers tell me stories

December 2, 2020

The sparkly red one holds a chest. A chest of my memories. Looking at it, seven years of Nutcracker memories flood into my mind: Midland, a mouse named Brownie, costumes. The little green chest...

TCT’s The Countless Thanks: Lauren Batterbee

TCT’s The Countless Thanks: Lauren Batterbee

November 24, 2020

Grand Rapids Ballet—for being my second home Thank you for everything you’ve done for me. You pushed me from my little, eight year-old self bouncing around like a kangaroo, to a sixteen year-old dancer...

My family smiles

My family smiles

November 18, 2020

It’s finally here. My new life. My flock induction. Every year, those deemed worthy are given the honor of moving past a fairly and into a full fairy. These flock inductions can be the highlight...

 A picture of the Veterans Day assembly from last year.

Veterans Day is celebrated in a variety of ways

November 11, 2020

Vietnam Veteran and Forest Hills graduate Bob Buys once had Christmas at the Admiral’s house in Bermuda. Buys was an enlisted man, and he didn’t have enough leaves to go home for Christmas, so he...

Lauren Brace

Lauren Brace

November 9, 2020

Name: Lauren Brace Grade: 10 Roles: The Enchantress, Witch 1, and the Devil’s Grandmother 1. What are the advantages and disadvantages of having a smaller cast compared to other years? “The...

A day to remember

A day to remember

November 9, 2020

Everything is permanent. Everything is memories. But Olive doesn’t remember any of it. She was born as a normal baby, crying and sleeping were included in her favorite hobbies. She ate what she wanted,...

This bike was worth the world

This bike was worth the world

November 4, 2020

There it was. The ultimate bike. The shiny, illuminating spotlight magically appears when looking at it: blue bike. It is all I wanted since I first saw it. The Ultra Terrain 300 taunted me from...

Masks are important amid this pandemic—they aren’t political

Masks are important amid this pandemic—they aren’t political

October 29, 2020

1,170,000 people dead. 1.17x10^6 people lost their lives. 1.17 million people have been laid to rest because of COVID-19. Roughly 44.1 million other people have contracted COVID-19 (Johns Hopkins). All...

Sam Brown’s odyssey has led him to where he is now

Sam Brown’s odyssey has led him to where he is now

October 27, 2020

Junior Sam Brown was once locked in a hallway. Not only was it a small hallway, but it was also a hallway in Germany with no means of getting out while he was key-cardless. Before he ended up in...

Taking off a mask is normal for some

Taking off a mask is normal for some

October 26, 2020

The world in disarray: one thing remains constant.   Although it still changes, it is as steady as a heartbeat.   Crimson, royal orange, and bumblebee yellow— change from their...

Imagination isn’t all fairies and rainbows

Imagination isn’t all fairies and rainbows

October 21, 2020

A taco walks up to me, wearing all of my grandma’s clothes, and talks about the environment and economy. Now, clearly, this isn’t real. The imagination was clearly running and grinding in my brain. Imagination...

I won’t give in to the confines of a chair

I won’t give in to the confines of a chair

October 14, 2020

Sitting Waiting for life to chuck a bowling ball in my stomach.   Sitting Upside down in a chair The world staring in my soul, me not caring— they can’t own me.   Sitting Perching,...

Photo provided by Masyn Cole

Brody’s Be Cafe welcomes anyone and everyone into their shop

October 12, 2020

Founder and President of Brody’s Be Cafe Jennifer Cole loves coffee. She loves the drink itself, getting coffee with people, and having quality conversations with people at coffee shops. This was part...

The thing about waves

The thing about waves

October 7, 2020

A ripple interrupts the peace— the peace of the quiet blue water. A pebble stirred the pot, the wind felt it hard. Yet the water slows to a stop. Waiting in silence— it’s hands feel tied. An...

I live with a tight-knit family

I live with a tight-knit family

September 30, 2020

The purest blonde hair rested atop my small head. The hairstyle ranged with the little hair I had. My wispys acted as pseudo bangs. My eyes had run dry of the tears that used to flow from when I was...

Mia Bateson aspires for a speedy recovery to get back to her passion of running

Mia Bateson aspires for a speedy recovery to get back to her passion of running

September 28, 2020

Stepping into an ice rink has been normal for freshman Mia Bateson since she was three years old. Gliding around on the frozen ground, jumping high into the air, and landing on a skinny blade has always...

Improv Q&A: Holly McLenithan

Improv Q&A: Holly McLenithan

September 23, 2020

Name: Holly McLenithan Grade: 11th 1. How did you get into improv? Why did you decide to try out? “I got into improv because, as I have watched the shows the last couple [of] years, it has looked...

If the big screen could encompass 16 years

If the big screen could encompass 16 years

September 23, 2020

Lounging in a squishy theater chair, staring at a screen that is bigger than a phone or computer for something other than school, all while I learn about the life of an unknown person—the ups and downs—...

My summer never started

My summer never started

September 16, 2020

A week before Friday the thirteenth, I was out of the country. I was terrified it would be impossible to return to the U.S. What if I get the virus? What if they don’t let me in for an extra...

An empty classroom adjusted to fit the COVID protocols

Veteran teachers are figuring out their new normal

September 14, 2020

The halls at FHC went silent. The classrooms were left untouched. But the learning could not stop, so the teachers had to persevere through quarantine. The students learned in their pajamas from their...

Not all work is noticed

Not all work is noticed

September 9, 2020

A sunflower's life seems so peaceful. All it has to do is stay in the same spot and grow taller until it blooms and someone picks it. But how does it get taller? It starts off as a seed. That seed...

From the British Library Alice in Wonderland Coloring Book

The shadow of a black line

May 27, 2020

Some part of my lead, ink, or wax escapes the lines of “perfection” every time I color something. My first pieces of coloring were a mess. The colors were not what they were in real life, and lines...

Life in a snow globe

Life in a snow globe

May 20, 2020

A cloud hovers over my head. An earthquake shakes our ground. Time to hold on tight. I hold on to my building like there’s no tomorrow. After all, there may not be. The snow starts to lift off...

What’s in a brain?

What’s in a brain?

May 13, 2020

Who? What? Where? When? Why? How? Six simple questions that my brain is constantly asking or answering. Sitting in the attic of my body, what else is there to do? Regulations. Tidbits. Technicalities. Racing...

I’m grateful for my dog

I’m grateful for my dog

May 11, 2020

During all of the craziness of coronavirus, I have had many things that have kept me sane. One of my favorites is my dog. Whether he is curled up in a ball, tanning in sunny spots he finds around the...

The possibilities are endless

The possibilities are endless

May 6, 2020

Some day, history teachers will look back on this age and say, that was the time with that one crazy year: 2020. But they will also say either that was the first age of technology, or that was the age...

A collection of useless items

A collection of useless items

April 29, 2020

Containing nothing. Not occupied or inhabited. Lacking reality, substance, meaning, or value. Marked by the absence of human life, activity, or comfort. Merriam-Webster definitions. All of...

Robbin DeMeester

Robbin DeMeester

April 27, 2020

Name: Robbin DeMeester Role: Teacher, Theatre Department Head, and Leader of United Prayer Club 1. Has anything happened, or will anything happen to make up for the missed musical? “Unfortunately,...

The mood swings of the sky

The mood swings of the sky

April 15, 2020

Coronavirus has seeped into every aspect of our lives. It changed school, work, friends, communication. But it also has seemed to affect the weather. The first week, I looked back on the types of...

Not everyone is living the same life

Not everyone is living the same life

April 13, 2020

The world is in a jumbled up confused mess. Only families are next to each other. Some people haven’t left their house in days. People could start walking around with pool sticks and others would...

Abby McAlindon with her mom and her sister, Courtney, in Sedona, Arizona

Abby McAlindon

April 13, 2020

Name: Abby McAlindon Grade: 11 Role: Track Captain 1. How do you feel that you won’t be able to be a captain this year? “I'm really bummed that I don't get to be a track captain this year. I...

The alternate universe of sports

The alternate universe of sports

March 22, 2020

The crowd goes wild. Obviously it isn’t live, but sports are still being streamed. I usually don’t like sports, but now, in this alternate universe, I am enjoying them. That is most likely...

A missed imagination and pigtails

A missed imagination and pigtails

March 20, 2020

Laughter filled the air. Smiles occupied her face. Cherry cheeks were beneath the fountains, two pigtails, or two braids. In her closet, tutus were crowded next to dresses and fun, colorful shirts. On...

Dreams make friends

Dreams make friends

March 11, 2020

There once was a girl who loved to dance and dreamed of becoming a professional. And another girl had the same dream, but these two had an unblossomed friendship. They met each other around the age...

The spirit that is always there: the rock

The spirit that is always there: the rock

March 9, 2020

The sky was dark; the sun was nowhere to be found—the perfect conditions for a vandalization. But the high school lights were on and illuminating the surrounding areas. Junior Julia Kirkman and senior...

The journey of not-so-close, close sisters

The journey of not-so-close, close sisters

March 4, 2020

Six years stand in between us, but when we were little, those years evaporated. Knowledge was stuffed in our brains at all of the same schools, yet, they never received the pleasure of having both of...

The connection of my growth

The connection of my growth

February 26, 2020

I entered the world of ballet at the age of four, merely a small child. My hair was slicked back into a perfect position as I bounced up and down, excited to jeté off to class and learn new positions...

Wendy Ellis’s love for her family inspired her to get a job at the school

Wendy Ellis’s love for her family inspired her to get a job at the school

February 24, 2020

Front office administrative assistant Wendy Ellis is more than just the first friendly face visitors, late students, or anyone who walks into the office sees. She is a wife and a mother of three children. As...

The good will of Goodwillie

The good will of Goodwillie

February 19, 2020

In fifth and sixth grade, I learned so much. As much, if not more, than I learned in all of my other grades combined. I learned things that were useful to me and taught me life lessons. One of my...

The thing that’s always there

The thing that’s always there

February 12, 2020

Something people don’t often think about is the floor. The floor is just that dirty thing with the five second rule. The floor is something you vacuum every few weeks. The floor is something...

Madame Van Houten and her son, Jonathan, spending quality time together.

Moving back to West Michigan was one of the most significant decisions in Laurie Van Houten’s life

February 10, 2020

If northern Michigan were a more populous place, French teacher Laurie Van Houten might never have come back to her hometown, and FHC might never have asked her to teach part-time. When Van Houten first...

Crowded circles of stress or just friendly conversation in the halls?

Crowded circles of stress or just friendly conversation in the halls?

February 6, 2020

A large crowd of people blocks the halls. They are packed in as if the sun burned out and we ran out of blankets. People are sitting in a large circle talking to each other. People stress me out. When...

Coders for Tomorrow allows underprivileged kids to learn how to code

Coders for Tomorrow allows underprivileged kids to learn how to code

February 3, 2020

Senior Yuyuan Luo learned how to code through an online class. This was the main reason she wanted to start Coders for Tomorrow. So other people could have guidance when learning how to code. “I...

Stars fill me with joy

Stars fill me with joy

January 29, 2020

Stars. Fiery balls of hydrogen and helium. Objects light-years away. Little twinkling things that help to brighten the sky when it is dark. Things people forget about unless they think about...

I was made for something

I was made for something

January 21, 2020

Everyone is made for something. Over all of their years, they are made to do something with their lives to make the world a better place. I don’t know for sure what I was made for, but I do know...

Picture by Ana Ahmed

We’ve popped all of the bubbles

January 15, 2020

Bubbles. Little spheres of soap and water. Breakable by touch. Floating away into the atmosphere as soon as they are made. So simple, yet they make people happy. Unless, of course, you get one in...

Jacob Beels has found a passion for engineering

Jacob Beels has found a passion for engineering

January 13, 2020

Sophomore Jacob Beels spends around thirty hours of every week designing and building robots. He joined robotics the summer before freshman year and has been invested in it ever since. “I joined...

It’s pronounced FOMA

It’s pronounced FOMA

January 8, 2020

The fear of missing out. A very common fear. Popularly known as FOMO. People are afraid if they don’t know everything that is going on, they might explode. I fear something else. Many people...

Roam is a restaurant for the adventurous homesick

Roam is a restaurant for the adventurous homesick

December 30, 2019

In between Nutcracker shows and after a long week of rehearsals, Roam (by San Chez Bistro) was a great, close place to satiate my hunger. As I sauntered into the restaurant, it felt like I had entered...

Sofie Brown faces a countless series of adversity but still manages to find a positive outcome

Sofie Brown faces a countless series of adversity but still manages to find a positive outcome

December 12, 2019

Freshman Sofie Brown loved to dance. She loved to glide across the floor as she does saut de chats. She loved to feel proud of the number of pirouettes she accomplished. She danced—the Russian...

I don’t need the light

I don’t need the light

December 9, 2019

Everyone around me is indulging in their phones. They constantly have notifications. They are getting likes and friends and followers. But I am on my own. They share their lives with each other,...

The coffee house MudPenny offers a unique experience

The coffee house MudPenny offers a unique experience

December 2, 2019

MudPenny is such a unique name for a coffee house restaurant. Coffee houses used to be called penny universities. They were a place where people of all classes could join together as one, and the coffee...

The peanut butter goes slower

The peanut butter goes slower

November 25, 2019

When I was little, it was called throwing an Elmo doll at him. As I grew a little older, it was called playing. A bit further along the road, it was bugging him; then yelling and arguing, and the normal...

TCT’s The Countless Thanks 2019: Lauren Batterbee

TCT’s The Countless Thanks 2019: Lauren Batterbee

November 21, 2019

Ballet and everyone there  Thank you for everything you do. You give me something to look forward to during the tough, stressful days of school. You help me improve on one of the things I love most:...

The Best of Pentatonix Christmas is a great addition to any Christmas playlist

The Best of Pentatonix Christmas is a great addition to any Christmas playlist

November 18, 2019

Christmas is my favorite holiday. I started listening to Christmas music one hundred days before Christmas—September 16th. People probably would have sent me to an insane asylum if they had known...

Paityn Reens finds creative ways to reduce stress

Paityn Reens finds creative ways to reduce stress

November 13, 2019

Junior Paityn Reens was once hit with a plastic hockey stick. In seventh grade, that is. In the process, she broke her nose and was told that she was the first and worst injury of the year. Instead...

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