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The Student Voice of Forest Hills Central

The Central Trend

The Student Voice of Forest Hills Central

The Central Trend

Lauren Brace

Lauren Brace, Podcast Manager

Lauren is a senior entering her final year on The Central Trend as Podcast Manager. She has a strong passion for every extracurricular she's involved in, and can often be found marching on the football field, performing on stage, or writing in her room. Her favorite nights include friends and family gathered around the dining room table for an epic board game extravaganza, along with the many other adventures her twin sister drags her along for. 

Favorite snack: Classic Lays

Favorite Disney princess: Belle

Favorite song to sing: "Breathe" from In the Heights

Favorite vacation destinations: Disney World and Panama City Beach

All content by Lauren Brace
The Central Scoop: Episode Seventeen

The Central Scoop: Episode Seventeen

Lauren Brace and Addy Cousins May 6, 2023

https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/utd9uGo9zzb We can't believe that we have reached the final episode for this season! Listen in to learn all about our experience making this podcast; we've certainly...

Although I have only a small selection of photos from The Central Trend, these memories will forever live on in my mind.

To the words, to the memories, to the people

Lauren Brace, Podcast Manager May 3, 2023

I’m supposed to be the one with all of the words.  I’m supposed to be the one who can conjure up paragraphs in a matter of minutes and create rhyming couplets in a passing thought. But suddenly,...

On the first day of preschool, she was ready to seize all that the world had to offer. With the end of her senior year, she looks back fondly at all the memories shes been given.

Embracing the end

Lauren Brace, Podcast Manager May 2, 2023

There is a countdown delivering its wake-up call every morning.  5 days until her last high school concert. 8 days until Prom. 10 days until the AP Calc exam. 12 days until her official last...

The poster for Amazon Prime Videos new series: Daisy Jones & The Six

Amazon Prime Video’s Daisy Jones & The Six was captivating in its creative storytelling

Lauren Brace, Podcast Manager April 19, 2023

Time and time again, Taylor Jenkins Reid has captured my attention with her addictive flow of words and storytelling. In the span of three books, she's made her way up to my top three favorite authors,...

A mere fraction of the pictures taken during Spring Break, some of the most incredible moments of my life

She lived in the beauty of the unknown

Lauren Brace, Podcast Manager April 16, 2023

She was told to embrace every moment. She was told to have the greatest time. She was told to hang tight to every memory and protect them from the void of oblivion.  Gazing around in awe, she was determined...

Senior Sarah Bethel is displaying her work within FHCs greenhouse.

Independent studies provide students with real-world applications to pursue their passions

Lauren Brace, Podcast Manager March 24, 2023

During his sixth-hour independent study, senior Thomas Carano learned how to become a hacker—or, at least, how to build code like one. Of the many computer science projects he has worked on, his favorite...

Just one example of the artist Mark Ambor advertising his music with Instagram reels.

Social media is taking over the music industry

Lauren Brace, Podcast Manager March 22, 2023

In the span of only a couple of years, music lovers have found “pop” radio songs spiraling into an entirely new era of music: one that is almost entirely controlled by social media.  Tuning into...

The Central Scoop: Episode Sixteen

The Central Scoop: Episode Sixteen

Lauren Brace and Addy Cousins March 15, 2023

https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/G0WPCLXkcyb Calling all art lovers, this episode is for you! We were joined by Jake Barnes, Tara Brace, and Abby Schnelker, who are all amazing artists, to talk...

Junior Jiya Patel has a passion for helping children and the people around her.

Jiya Patel found her purpose in inspiring the minds of younger generations

Lauren Brace, Podcast Manager March 13, 2023

Striving to help others at the Oakdale Neighbors Café, junior Jiya Patel was astounded by the profound impact she was able to make on one young girl. “This one girl I was helping was telling me how...

Spains Minister of Equality, Irene Montero, speaking out in support of menstrual leave.

Menstrual leave in Spain is an exciting step for feminism around the globe

Lauren Brace, Podcast Manager March 12, 2023

How is one supposed to act as if everything is normal while their insides feel as if they’re being squeezed and a war is raging in their lower abdomen? How is one supposed to work under conditions of...

The Central Scoop: Episode Fifteen

The Central Scoop: Episode Fifteen

Lauren Brace and Addy Cousins March 8, 2023

https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/f2bbXGm60xb What are your feelings on country music? In this episode, discover what the hosts love and hate about the music genre with special guest, Hannah Levering!

A simple photo of my backyard from the perspective of where I sit in the morning.

She forever cherishes the weekend mornings

Lauren Brace, Podcast Manager March 7, 2023

She wakes to the sun peaking through the curtains, enveloped in a blanket of warmth and comfort. Her mind is hazy as the last memories from her dream slip away, and she can’t avoid the smile that slowly...

Although The Spanish Love Deception had potential, it was an overall disappointment.

The Spanish Love Deception fell short of minimal romance standards

Lauren Brace, Podcast Manager March 3, 2023

My hopeless romantic personality, love for the enemies-to-lovers trope, passion for the Spanish language, and an upcoming trip to Spain aligned perfectly with the glistening book title: The Spanish Love...

The Central Scoop: Episode Fourteen

The Central Scoop: Episode Fourteen

Lauren Brace and Addy Cousins March 1, 2023

https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/OZfgj724Oxb This year, FHC is putting on a production of The Wizard of Oz! In this episode, learn all about the work that goes into this fabulous musical with guests...

Each of these makeup experts at FHC express their talents through different outlets and styles.

Thriving in the art of expression, the makeup artists of FHC use their talents in a variety of forms

Lauren Brace, Podcast Manager February 24, 2023

Hardly anyone has ever seen senior Marissa Bertocchini without makeup. Wearing it nearly 24/7, Marissa is determined to always have her face prepared for an emergency.  “I wouldn’t recommend it,...

The Central Scoop: Episode Thirteen

The Central Scoop: Episode Thirteen

Lauren Brace and Addy Cousins February 22, 2023

https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/TBcpojsRDxb Happy Valentine's Day! How do you feel about the holiday? Listen to hear how the hosts (who are both single) like to celebrate!

It was truly difficult to only pick a couple of images to illustrate our lives together, but I put together some of my favorites from a variety of ages.

To my twin, thank you for being the light of my life

Lauren Brace, Podcast Manager February 21, 2023

After writing a letter to my past self, I knew I couldn’t go without writing a letter to my other half. Though you’ve rolled your eyes at the paragraphs dedicated to you at the end of my Countless...

A compilation of photos from different stages in my life

Dear Lauren, you did it

Lauren Brace, Podcast Manager February 20, 2023

Dear Lauren, I am so incredibly proud of you.  One year ago, you watched the seniors proclaim their college decisions with growing smiles of pride. You were freaked out about the weight of your...

Junior Olivia Rainey found her passion while horseback riding, and she plans to continue the sport throughout the rest of her life.

Through her unique bond with horses, Olivia Rainey found her home

Lauren Brace, Podcast Manager February 10, 2023

Although young children are often portrayed as asking for a pony for Christmas, their wishes don’t usually become reality. However, for junior Olivia Rainey, this childhood dream was one that came true...

The Central Scoop: Episode Twelve

The Central Scoop: Episode Twelve

Lauren Brace and Addy Cousins February 8, 2023

https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/zGjY3Ay7fxb FHC is going all out for Winterfest! Listen to hear all about the Spirit Week activities with English teacher Lisa Penninga and Student Council member...

The simple podcast cover to Dear Hank and John always makes me smile when I see it on my Spotify homepage.

This article was brought to you by Dear Hank and John—a podcast that’s educational and hilarious

Lauren Brace, Podcast Manager February 7, 2023

“Hello! And welcome to Dear Hank and John.” “Or as I prefer to think of it, Dear John and Hank.” The Green brothers welcome their podcast audience at the start of every episode in this manner,...

When considering what ability grouping method to implement, the top priority should be the growing knowledge and excitement of students.

Although ability grouping is largely beneficial, student voice is required to bring learning to its full potential

Lauren Brace, Podcast Manager February 3, 2023

Back in 5th grade, I would desperately hope for my pre-assessments in math to come back with a circled star in the top right corner, meaning I could optionally skip the lessons and instead work on more...

The Central Scoop: Episode Eleven

The Central Scoop: Episode Eleven

Lauren Brace and Addy Cousins February 1, 2023

https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/2nH0FwOD4wb For this episode, we invited guests Autumn VanSolkema and Juliana Lieuwen to discuss their experiences as student drivers. What have been the biggest...

Teachers Sarah Bruha, John Salter, and Brenda Plants posing for the Lip Sync.

The staff and students of Pine Ridge Elementary School are putting on their dance shoes for the first-ever school-wide lip sync

Lauren Brace, Podcast Manager January 27, 2023

When arranging a school-wide lip sync, Pine Ridge principal Nathan Peltz was pleasantly surprised by the immediate enthusiasm and dedication that the staff demonstrated. In fact, the teachers became so...

The Central Scoop: Episode Ten

The Central Scoop: Episode Ten

Lauren Brace and Addy Cousins January 26, 2023

https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/zkZlYwjxUwb Listen to this week's episode as we recap some of the highlights from Central High School's talent show! Hear from the perspectives of a performer, stage...

The screen shown after finding the Krooked Kings on Spotify

With an impressive skill set, Krooked Kings has a promising future

Lauren Brace, Podcast Manager January 25, 2023

“POV: You stumble upon this niche band and decide to become a fan before they’re famous.” Immediately, this ideology and clever advertising tactic caught my attention and drew me into the music...

This is the generated image after prompting AI with 2023 future. Im not sure what this indicates for the upcoming year, but I found it to be an accurate depiction of my current emotions.

2023 is here at last

Lauren Brace, Podcast Manager January 22, 2023

2023 The numbers glisten in gold, and I feel the weight of their presence ground me in the spiraling chaos of life. A year full of opportunities, decisions, and adventures with the ecstasy of graduating...

The Central Scoop: Episode Nine

The Central Scoop: Episode Nine

Lauren Brace and Addy Cousins January 18, 2023

https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/alkqDLcrHwb Have you ever wondered what it's like to be in Odyssey of the Mind? Learn all about what it's like from the experience of your hosts and special guests,...

The science of genetic engineering is still evolving and advancing.

Despite the potential drawbacks, the evolution of genetic manipulation is an exciting process

Lauren Brace, Podcast Manager January 13, 2023

Genetic engineering: a process that uses laboratory-based technologies to alter the DNA makeup of an organism. Although the meaning of this scientific term is simple in its dictionary definition, its...

The Central Scoop: Episode Eight

The Central Scoop: Episode Eight

Lauren Brace and Addy Cousins January 12, 2023

https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/P3v6GgGpxwb For this episode, learn about the fulfillment of being an English teacher from the perspective of Kenneth and Jordan George. What are their favorite...

Freshman Miles Gray expresses his creativity and love for all forms of art through doodling, reading, and watching movies.

Miles Gray finds entertainment through simultaneous creative and analytical perspectives

Lauren Brace, Podcast Manager January 10, 2023

Even though freshman Miles Gray was technically “present” in class, his mind was “out of this world” with the immersive art of doodling.  “I like to draw fictional stuff,” Miles said. “I...

As the title suggests, this novel is perfect for people who love both books and romance as the two combine in a beautiful and entertaining way.

The witty banter in Emily Henry’s novel, Book Lovers, turns a simple romance into a page-turner that can’t be put down

Lauren Brace, Podcast Manager January 6, 2023

Curled up with a book, a mug of coffee, and a cozy sweater, I fully embraced the reading aesthetic within the warmth of my home while a severe snowstorm swirled outside.  With the past year of excitement...

The Central Scoop: Episode Seven

The Central Scoop: Episode Seven

Lauren Brace and Addy Cousins January 4, 2023

We are back from break and super excited to be back in the studio! For this episode, we brought on the Alt sisters to discuss our love of reading. We talked about our favorite couples, books, and tropes....

The Central Scoop: Episode Six

The Central Scoop: Episode Six

Lauren Brace and Addy Cousins December 7, 2022

With this episode of The Central Scoop, find out what it's like for the current freshmen at Forest Hills Central High School! Does high school live up to expectations? We loved chatting with and hearing...

Hosted by Meghan Markle, the podcast Archetypes discusses the labels and tropes that try to hold women back.

Meghan Markle’s podcast, Archetypes, was simultaneously entertaining and empowering

Lauren Brace, Podcast Manager December 6, 2022

“Who’s open to change?” From the start of each episode, Duchess Meghan Markle’s soothing and professional voice greets the listener into her podcast revolving around one of the most important...

Physics teacher Amy Stone with her daughter Ellie Stone by the Space Shuttle Discovery at the National Air and Space Museum

From learning about Mars in the classroom to the dream of one day inhabiting the planet, the Space enthusiasts of FHC continue to be fascinated by science

Lauren Brace, Podcast Manager December 4, 2022

Ever since junior Evan Church was little, he has had the dream of flying to outer space—specifically, being the first person on Mars.  “When I was little, I always had the dream to be the first...

A collage from some of the best Marching Band memories

Goodbye Marching Band, thank you for all the memories

Lauren Brace, Podcast Manager December 4, 2022

“How does it feel knowing that this will be your last game?” I still don’t think I’ve fully comprehended the end.  After a prolonged season—longer than I ever imagined—I was always getting...

Outer Space: How does it impact us? Q&As: Megan Piontkowsky

Outer Space: How does it impact us? Q&As: Megan Piontkowsky

Lauren Brace, Podcast Manager December 1, 2022

FHC alumna Megan Piontkowsky is a senior at Albion College, double majoring in math and physics with a concentration in astrology. She plans on attending graduate school for mathematical physics or theoretical...

A historic launch from SpaceX: the first commercial launch of humans, sending two astronauts to the International Space Station

Staying curious and exploring the limitless possibilities of outer space

Lauren Brace, Podcast Manager November 30, 2022

As children, we’re told to “shoot for the moon, and if you miss, at least you’ll land among the stars.” This, along with my parents introducing me to series such as Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey...

The Central Scoop: Episode Five

The Central Scoop: Episode Five

Lauren Brace and Addy Cousins November 30, 2022

In this episode, we featured guests Cameron Penner and Sully Lower as they discussed their daily lives as musicians. Listen to learn more about the process of learning instruments and experiencing the...

A stunning image of just one section of the galaxy

Simply existing in a universe of unknowns

Lauren Brace, Podcast Manager November 29, 2022

Despite the cliches, the stars do, in fact, twinkle against the infinite darkness. They wink as the observer passes, gazing from their minimal perspective. Explosions resulting in runaway nuclear fusion...

Traveling to this beautiful red planet would have undeniable benefits to the human race.

Traveling to Mars will have undeniable benefits

Lauren Brace, Podcast Manager November 28, 2022

For a planet that is constantly evolving, it seems only fitting that we expand our horizons to another destination out of this world: Mars. Named after the god of war, the planet of Mars is about 189.58...

Investigative Series: Lauren Brace - Outer Space: how does it impact us?

Investigative Series: Lauren Brace – Outer Space: how does it impact us?

Lauren Brace, Podcast Manager November 28, 2022

When it comes to outer space, the sky is far from the limit. This leads to the question, where can these new heights take us? In this investigative series, I'll be explaining the benefits of exploring...

The Central Scoop: Episode Four

The Central Scoop: Episode Four

Lauren Brace and Addy Cousins November 27, 2022

In this fun episode, Lauren and Addy talk about their love for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, its evolution, and some of their favorite characters. Disclaimer: there are spoilers for Spider Man and Doctor...

The Central Scoop: Episode Three

The Central Scoop: Episode Three

Lauren Brace and Addy Cousins November 27, 2022

For this episode, Kiera Kemppainen joins us for a trip down memory lane as we reminisce over our favorite childhood movies and TV shows along with the role they play in our lives now. https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/rdHdXlybjvb

The Central Scoop: Episode Two

The Central Scoop: Episode Two

Lauren Brace and Addy Cousins November 27, 2022

This episode is for all the music lovers out there. We are joined by Payton Vincent and Katelynn Heilman as we discuss Harry Styles, One Direction, Taylor Swift, and her new album Midnights.  Hope you...

The Central Scoop: Episode One

The Central Scoop: Episode One

Lauren Brace and Addy Cousins November 27, 2022

Welcome to the first "Day in the Life" episode! We invited the editors-in-chief of The Central Trend, Allie Beaumont and Sofia Hargis-Acevedo, to tell us about their roles. https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/Pn3G6CYajvb

The Central Trends official podcast: The Central Scoop

The Central Trend’s official podcast: The Central Scoop

Lauren Brace and Addy Cousins November 27, 2022

Hosted by Lauren Brace and Addy Cousins, The Central Trend's official podcast, The Central Scoop, is available on Spotify with episodes published weekly. Episodes either fall into the category of "Hot...

The 2022 film Disenchanted is now available to watch on Disney+

Within the first few minutes, Disenchanted had me laughing and smiling with nostalgia

Lauren Brace, Podcast Manager November 22, 2022

In 2017 when Amy Adams was announced to reprise her role as Giselle in a sequel to the 2007 film Enchanted, I was overcome with excitement. However, I had largely forgotten about the upcoming film until...

TCTs The Countless Thanks 2022: Lauren Brace

TCT’s The Countless Thanks 2022: Lauren Brace

Lauren Brace, Podcast Manager November 21, 2022

To the staff of TCT First and foremost, I must thank the people that make me look forward to the end of every school day, the people who make room 139 a home. Each of you inspires me to continue writing...

A selfie I took with my sister skiing at Boyne Mountain

The S Word: Snow

Lauren Brace, Podcast Manager November 20, 2022

Shimmering, sparkling, sunlit snow: the reason I ski down the slippery slopes. Sizable sums of seasonal slush: the reason I slide down South for the start of Winter.  This one word is the cause of...

While sophomore Rebecca Maddox is extremely passionate about FHC Crew, she also immerses herself in reading, writing, and her studies.

Jumping into academic vigor, Rebecca Maddox is inspired by her foundations in writing and history

Lauren Brace, Podcast Manager November 15, 2022

While many students discover their passion in their later years, sophomore Rebecca Maddox found her love for writing back in elementary school. One year, an incredible opportunity arose to submit her work...

Some seniors at the Senior Dinner Dance

[Photo] The Senior Dinner Dance was a fulfilling activity enjoyed by the masses

November 15, 2022

Some seniors at the Senior Dinner Dance

From reading to writing to speaking out, language is the most essential tool in our lives.

The evolution of languages is a fascinating and necessary process

Lauren Brace, Podcast Manager November 8, 2022

“Exquisite poison,” “gorgeous servility,” “distant hautbois,” “tremulous ecstasy,” and “munificent patron” represent a mere sample of the combinations of words found in The Picture...

The cover image to Charlie Puths 2022 album release: Charlie

Charlie Puth’s album Charlie turned me on like a “Light Switch” as his lyrics bounced in my head “Left and Right”

Lauren Brace, Podcast Manager November 4, 2022

Charlie Puth is a genius.  Ever since the release of “One Call Away” in 2016 when I initially fell in love with the artist’s music, Puth has had an outpouring of remarkable melodies and intriguing...

Images of FHCs Environmental Club hanging up pine cone feeders, weeding, and decorating recycling boxes

FHC’s Environmental Club is deeply rooted in passion as the club extends its branches to innovative activities

Lauren Brace, Podcast Manager November 1, 2022

Senior Mia Martin never expected to find herself covered in peanut butter while working with the environmental club, but she found herself immensely enjoying the project nonetheless. “Recently, we...

Members from The Central Singers proudly displaying their  carved pumpkins

Through a variety of fall traditions, the season always brings the community of FHC back home

Lauren Brace, Podcast Manager October 30, 2022

While she loves jumping into leaf piles and running through corn mazes, sophomore Autumn VanSolkema’s favorite fall tradition is visiting the Fallsburg Arts Festival—specifically, coloring tiny pumpkins.  “It's...

Struggling to find an image to attach to an abstract column, I went to AI, creating this image when prompted with imperfection.

Tearing down the facade

Lauren Brace, Podcast Manager October 25, 2022

“There are always two sides to the story” is a cliché that has been recounted over and over again; the aphorism burns at the heart of every issue. Throughout this site, I’ve talked about my joys:...

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power premiered September 1, 2022 on Amazon Prime Video

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power proves that not all those who wander are lost

Lauren Brace, Podcast Manager October 23, 2022

As the scenes pan over the elvish grace of Lindon, the mighty underground dwarf mines of Khazad-dûm, and the masterful construction of the Island Kingdom of Númenor, I couldn’t help but gasp in awe.  If...

Freshman Juana Hernandez has lived in both Colombia and the United States, and she has immersed herself in each culture.

From the arepas of Colombia to the cereal of the United States, Juana Hernandez has found her stride in both cultures

Lauren Brace, Podcast Manager October 18, 2022

In the movie Encanto, freshman Juana Hernandez was pleased to have only found one inaccuracy of Colombian culture: the representation of coffee. “[Encanto] was actually pretty accurate,” Juana...

This graphic was created by Kelly Malka for The Pad Project: an organization that works to dismantle the period stigma.

Period.

Lauren Brace, Podcast Manager October 11, 2022

Sitting uncomfortably in my 5th-grade class, my lips were sealed with a secret. I sat, stood up, and sneezed in fear because that morning, I had woken up with my legs coated in blood. My mom told me I...

The Isle of Cats: Explore and Draw box artwork depicts the ship on the rescue mission.

Isle of Cats: Explore and Draw is a game I will without a doubt add to my shelves

Lauren Brace, Podcast Manager October 7, 2022

An impending danger threatens the Isle of Cats, and they will perish if they aren’t rescued before the evil Lord Vesh arrives. This vital rescue mission is assigned to every game player as they also...

The green team in action on the final battle day

The Age of Empires extends beyond the classroom limits to an entirely different era

Lauren Brace, Podcast Manager October 4, 2022

One simple question received 15 years ago by history teacher Brad Anderson took curiosity to an entirely new level, eventually prompting a 15-day response. “Somebody asked what it was like to fight...

Improv Central 2022 Q&As: Abby Cumings

Improv Central 2022 Q&As: Abby Cumings

Lauren Brace, Podcast Manager September 28, 2022

Grade: 12 What excites you most about Improv Central? "I love just being myself and playing games with friends. I am always so excited to go to the practices and learn more about improv comedy." Why...

Improv Central 2022 Q&As: Sofia Hargis-Acevedo

Improv Central 2022 Q&As: Sofia Hargis-Acevedo

Lauren Brace, Podcast Manager September 28, 2022

Grade: 11 What excites you most about Improv Central?  "I am always so excited to go to practice for Improv every day. We always laugh with each other and tell the funniest jokes, and I am so incredibly...

A colorful image of a carnival contrasted against the night sky, a depiction of the stress and excitement I currently feel in my life

The carnival of her life is an overwhelming joy

Lauren Brace, Podcast Manager September 27, 2022

Pockets of light illuminate every attraction, and the bright and glorious Ferris wheel stands out against the quickly darkening sky. There’s a brisk fall breeze causing her to pull her jean jacket closer...

Images from an FHC football game in 2021, depicting only a few of the vital aspects to the game experience

Symbiotic relationships are essential to a football game

Lauren Brace, Podcast Manager September 23, 2022

The football arcs through the air, soaring through the goalposts—a successful point after a touchdown. The football is fumbled, tumbling to the ground—the beginning of a disheartening turnover. The...

An image of junior Hannah Levering in her cheer uniform

Hannah Levering’s two greatest passions combine into a cinematic masterpiece

Lauren Brace, Podcast Manager September 20, 2022

While some may obsess over character development and plot structure details when watching a movie, junior Hannah Levering is entranced by the cinematography.  “When I watch movies, I get really into...

The image displays a can of Vernors Black Cherry Ginger Soda

Vernors Black Cherry initially sparked satisfaction, only to end in a flat sigh

Lauren Brace, Podcast Manager September 13, 2022

"This is for your research. If you want, that is," my Dad said, handing me a grocery bag of Vernors Black Cherry two-liters as we unloaded the car. I smiled at the logo, delighted that my next review...

Capturing the beauty of the Dominican Republic, this image is a perfect representation of one of my summer highlights.

To summer, my sentimental salute

Lauren Brace, Podcast Manager September 9, 2022

I expected it to slowly slip through my fingers—memories turning into grains of sand as they drift back to the ocean. Instead, I was bombarded with the waves, cascading over me until the sand escaped...

The commonly used cover photo for Iowa State University, the campus that has often hosted Odyssey of the Mind World Finals

Iowa State University, once again, welcomed me with open arms

Lauren Brace, Staff Writer June 2, 2022

The crisp air crafted a picture-perfect atmosphere, and even the rain couldn’t stain my enjoyment of Iowa State’s campus. From the moment my Odyssey of the Mind team arrived, I was overwhelmed with...

An image portraying the countless connections the internet can provide to its users.

Near and far, new friends can be found with the click of a button and a simple hello

Lauren Brace, Staff Writer May 25, 2022

While I'm still deathly afraid to disobey my parents, there is one rebellious act of my past that stands out. I’m not sure what my motive was, but I know that if my sister hadn’t been a tattle-tale,...

FHC Inspires Q&As 2022: Hannah Levering

FHC Inspires Q&As 2022: Hannah Levering

Lauren Brace, Staff Writer May 23, 2022

Name: Hannah Levering Position: Speaker TED Talk Title: Words and how they help your life Why did you apply to be a speaker? "I applied to be a speaker because I thought it would be a fun experience...

FHC Inspires Q&As 2022: Emma VanTongeren

FHC Inspires Q&As 2022: Emma VanTongeren

Lauren Brace, Staff Writer May 23, 2022

Name: Emma VanTongeren Position: Speaker TED Talk Title: Being Indecisive Why did you apply to be a speaker? "I applied to be a speaker because I really like public speaking and find it enjoyable....

FHC Inspires Q&As 2022: Lucy Yoder

FHC Inspires Q&As 2022: Lucy Yoder

Lauren Brace, Staff Writer May 23, 2022

Name: Lucy Yoder Position: Speaker TED Talk Title: How to make happiness a lifestyle Why did you apply to be a speaker? "I applied to be a speaker because it was a good opportunity to push...

An image displaying the extensive nail polish selections from T & N Nails

T & N Nails painted perfection in every aspect

Lauren Brace, Staff Writer May 18, 2022

Pink, pastel, and periwinkle pockets of color always add a special flair to the fingertips of my peers on prom night. I’ve never been one to frequently have my nails painted, but for the special occasion,...

An image I took during the Transcendentalism unit of Honors English 10 that reminds me of hopeful beginnings

A celebration to beginnings

Lauren Brace, Staff Writer 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

Lauren Brace, Staff Writer 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

Lauren Brace, Staff Writer 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

Lauren Brace, Staff Writer 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

Lauren Brace, Staff Writer 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

Lauren Brace, Staff Writer 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

Lauren Brace, Staff Writer 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

Lauren Brace, Staff Writer 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

Lauren Brace, Staff Writer 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

Lauren Brace, Staff Writer 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

Lauren Brace, Staff Writer 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

Lauren Brace, Staff Writer 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

Lauren Brace, Staff Writer 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

Lauren Brace, Staff Writer 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

Lauren Brace, Staff Writer 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

Lauren Brace, Staff Writer 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

Lauren Brace, Staff Writer 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...

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