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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

Lauren Brace

Lauren Brace, Staff Writer

Lauren Brace is a junior entering The Central Trend as a staff writer. When she isn't stressing out about time, she can often be found laughing with her amazing friends and family or thriving in extracurricular activities such as marching band and Student Council. Her favorite activities include reading, writing, and singing. Above all, she cherishes the incredible bond she shares with her twin sister, Tara Brace, and all of the memories spent together.

Favorite book series: The Lord of the Rings

Favorite color to wear: Red

Favorite musical: Waitress

Favorite board games: Shadow Hunters and 7 Wonders

All content by Lauren Brace
An image I took during the Transcendentalism unit of Honors English 10 that reminds me of hopeful beginnings

A celebration to beginnings

May 11, 2022

Everywhere, I am surrounded by goodbyes. The seniors are living through all their “lasts,” embracing this vital transition of graduation for all that it’s worth. On this site, the seniors have written...

Senior Emma Zawacki has been on the staff of The Central Trend since her sophomore year and became the Editor-in-Chief her senior year.

Taking a leap sophomore year, Emma Zawacki not only found her biggest passion but also her home

May 6, 2022

In a constantly evolving and hectic world, motivation can sometimes come from the most unexpected places. For senior Emma Zawacki, her drive partially stems from the self-care app “Finch” and her digital...

The cover photo for the new Disney+ series, Moon Knight

My enjoyment of Marvel’s new series Moon Knight has never waned

May 4, 2022

Driving my friend Dylan to zero hour at 6:30 in the morning, I wasn’t sure if my morning brain was too tired to comprehend phrases correctly, or if he actually claimed that Moon Knight was the best Disney+...

Avery Jordan has been writing for The Central Trend since her sophomore year and has been Editor in Chief for the past year. She plans on pursuing journalism at Michigan State University.

From pirouettes to metaphors, Avery Jordan has thrived in her senior year

May 2, 2022

With crackling embers and a darkening sky, senior Avery Jordan found herself far out of her comfort zone—standing in front of the entire class of 2022 as she found the words to deliver her own bonfire...

A photo of me holding one of my favorite novels by Rebecca Serle

The assumptions we make based on minimal character descriptions

April 27, 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. The...

A screenshot from my Semantle victory on April 18th, a word that was easily found after the correlation with family.

Wordle alternatives are painstakingly exhilarating

April 20, 2022

I was never one to hop onto the addictive train of Wordle, only occasionally giving the game a shot while social media became obsessed with these daily word challenges. However, as other daily puzzles...

Tara and me at the only football game of 2020 we performed at

I’m sorry I never gave you a name

March 30, 2022

I remember when I first decided to adopt you. I thought that I was meant to play the clarinet for the rest of my life until you showed up. When I held you for the first time, I couldn’t believe how perfectly...

The cover for season two of the Amazon Prime Video series, Upload

I was swept away with excitement for Upload season two, only wishing there was more

March 23, 2022

Discovering the secrets of a mysterious murder, a Robin Hood scheme, and a rocky romance are all thrown into the virtual world of Lakeview in Upload season two.  Simply the premise of the show is intriguing—imagine...

Images from the previous spring breaks of Holly McLenithan and Olivia Dewald-Davis

Senior spring break is an exciting final step on the road to graduation

March 21, 2022

For senior Holly McLenithan, a new anklet ranks at the top of her spring break souvenir must-haves. “If anything, I'll get an anklet [this spring break] because it’s something I've done since I...

An image of Early Blue Violets, a type of wildflower usually found in Western States

I’m thriving in the world of blue-violet

March 16, 2022

From my creative peaks of passion to my fistfuls of flaws, there are a million adjectives I could use to describe myself. These words swirl around in an imperfect attempt to describe exactly what makes...

The bright display and fancy label of Coca-Colas new Starlight flavor

Coca-Cola’s Starlight flavor didn’t take me to a new galaxy, but I enjoyed it nonetheless

March 9, 2022

Starlight: the light that comes from stars. Knowing this simple definition of the word compounding burning balls of gas in the galaxy with the radiance from them, I struggled to understand how "starlight"...

Senior Tananya Prankprakma enjoying the scenery of Bangkok, Thailand

Tananya Prankprakma embraces life by seizing the little moments

March 7, 2022

On any given day, senior Tananya Prankprakma can be found staring at the ceiling—not in boredom, but in fascination. For Tananya, there’s so much more to enjoy in the world than the list of extracurricular...

A stage in my life that nostalgia constantly brings me back to. In this picture, my sister Tara and I are experiencing the pure joy of being a kid playing in the snow.

Nostalgia unites the world in its bittersweet beauty

March 2, 2022

Nostalgia: a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy, personal associations. Everywhere I go, I seem to be serenaded with the crescendoing harmonies...

Cover photo for Robbys podcast: The Most Interesting Five Minutes of Your Day

The Most Interesting Five Minutes of Your Day is a whirlwind of hilarious chaos

February 23, 2022

From phone call rejections in quick succession to a one-minute explanation of short-selling, there isn’t an ounce of hesitation as Robby dives into his podcast: The Most Interesting Five Minutes of Your...

Mount Rushmore: the famous national memorial depicting the presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln

Presidents’ Day allows reflection on our nation’s greatest leaders

February 22, 2022

Did you know that the expression “OK” is credited to Martin Van Buren’s presidential campaign? Or did you know that the White House wasn’t referred to by that name until Theodore Roosevelt deemed...

A collage of Odyssey of the Mind team photos. These images span a variety of years from fourth grade to now.

I couldn’t say goodbye

February 16, 2022

I never thought that one pink slip of paper would change my life forever. I remember coming home in fourth grade to unpacked boxes and clutter across the kitchen table as my family was still in the process...

Sophomore Sarah Hughes peacefully writing while laying on the floor of her room

By immersing herself in stories of her own creation, Sarah Hughes finds solace in creative writing

February 9, 2022

On the verge of death, one boy struggles for life after he was retrieved from the harsh ocean waters—the same boy that the main character has seen every night in his dreams. This premise is just one...

Cinderellas Castle in all its glory during the light show Disney Enchantment

With tears of joy, Disney Enchantment brought a flood of unexpected emotions

February 9, 2022

Weaving through numerous bags and backpacks, I was anything but thrilled. Instead, I was consumed with my self-regarding desire to eat, sleep, and take a shower all at the same time.  In the moment,...

For lack of coming up with a different cover photo, this image displays a baby chick posing with an egg.

Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

February 2, 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. Is...

The cover to Kazuo Ishiguros novel Klara and the Sun

Klara and the Sun is a future literary classic

January 26, 2022

There’s an undeniable allure to books with a simple cover—drawing the reader in with its simplistic design and the mystery of what the story inside will hold. After the initial attraction, the introduction...

A collection of fruit fly images from Ella Satterthwaite and Chris Shang

AP Biology students are flying to new levels of dedication

January 24, 2022

When senior Ella Satterthwaite went to check on her AP Biology project, she was surprised to see that it had mysteriously disappeared. Ella and her lab partner, senior Desiree Tuohy, had just embarked...

A collage of some of my favorite memories with upperclassmen

To the upperclassmen, you are my inspiration

January 19, 2022

“What will we do when you’re gone?” Tara asked. “What do you mean?” Katie laughed, as her adorable giggles bounced through the hallway.  “Once you graduate, what will we do? Make friends...

The cover photo for the Disney+ new series, The Book of Boba Fett

The Intro to The Book of Boba Fett failed to spark excitement

January 12, 2022

Convincing my parents to buy Disney+ at the beginning of 2020 wasn't difficult, as everyone in my family is an avid Disney fan, and we were eager to watch their newest series: The Mandalorian. Since then,...

Freshman Marieka Wieringa enjoying the scenery of Arashi Beach, Aruba

With every new landscape, Marieka Wieringa immerses herself in her love for the environment

January 10, 2022

For freshman Marieka Wieringa, nothing can compare to the Colorado River as it carves its way through the depths of the majestic Grand Canyon.  “I’ve been to a lot of National Parks in the west...

A collage of some of my favorite memories from 2021

Wrapping up 2021

December 15, 2021

On Dec. 31st, she made a late-night purchase: a product that was immediately attractive with its bright, promising colors and shiny, exciting appearances. It was a spur-of-the-moment decision, and despite...

Snapshot of Bassetts music video for his new song Crisis

Joshua Bassett “Set Me Free” through his “Secret” raw emotions after a “Crisis”

December 8, 2021

I’ve never been one to become invested in the minor modern scandals that seem to consume an obscene amount of attention from the public. Therefore, as the internet exploded with the love triangle between...

The friends of Lucy McLean displaying their new gifts from their secret Santa exchange

Secret Santa gift exchanges bring a comedic unity to FHC

December 6, 2021

As holiday break draws near, there is one day in which all the members of FHC’s drumline are met with stares of confusion and raised eyebrows as they walk into class. The percussionists are forced to...

A collage of Civil Rights activists who dont deserve to go unmentioned

History curriculums around the world are in dire need of an update

December 2, 2021

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. I...

The five quarters that will be released in 2022, featuring Maya Angelou, Dr. Sally Ride, Wilma Mankiller, Nina Otero-Warren, and Anna May Wong.

The best quarterbacks that don’t even play football

December 1, 2021

While it may not seem all that exciting, sorting coins into collection books was one of my favorite activities growing up. I quickly learned about some of the nation’s greatest leaders and became fascinated...

TCTs The Countless Thanks 2021: Lauren Brace

TCT’s The Countless Thanks 2021: Lauren Brace

November 24, 2021

The family of TCT - for giving me something to look forward to at the end of every day Thank you to all of the amazing writers on The Central Trend. You guys make the school so much brighter with your...

The icon for the thought-provoking and entertaining YouTube channel Jubilee

Jubilee unites society by highlighting our beautiful differences

November 17, 2021

While the term “social experiment” may seem the opposite of appealing, Jubilee takes the opportunity to create intriguing episodes that are both entertaining and educational. The audience of this Youtube...

Sophomore Nathaniel Hahn, a proud member of the FHC crew.

With the camaraderie of FHC crew, Nathaniel Hahn finds his passion in rowing

November 15, 2021

Through the turbulence of exhaustion, sophomore Nathaniel Hahn can be found persevering alongside his rowing teammates. After grueling practices with his team, the bonds between Nathaniel and his friends...

My kindergarten self indulging in one of her favorite activities: jumping into leaf piles

If only she saw me now

November 10, 2021

While she was truly happy in the moment, this joy was interrupted with the realization that the moment would soon turn into a memory. The girl cried out for the future to give her a mere glimpse of the...

This is the cover of The Friendship Onion podcast, displaying the humorous hosts.

The Friendship Onion brings a powerful behind-the-scenes connection to a platform for all audiences to enjoy

November 3, 2021

As I painted the walls of my room, the monotonous process was happily interrupted by the cheerful voices of Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd. This source of humor came from none other than their newest...

My friends and I fighting in a mid-scenario battle against Gloomhavens Spitting Drake, Cultist, and Living Bones.

Gloomhaven surpasses the limits of board games and transports players into thrilling fantasy worlds

October 20, 2021

Choosing your own adventure, fighting fantastical monsters, and cooperating with friends all combine to create the progressive board game I am addicted to: Gloomhaven. The massive box, its contents, and...

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