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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

Liza McCarthy

Liza McCarthy, Podcast Manager

Liza McCarthy is a senior who is excited for her second and final year on staff. This year, she is taking on the new role of Podcast Manager with fellow staff writer Meggie Kennedy. She enjoys hanging out with her family, friends, and Oliver, her dog. When she’s not playing tennis or going to get ice cream with friends, you can find her reading, writing, and painting. Traveling and hammocking make her happy in the summer months, and she loves the beautiful leaves in the fall. 

Favorite stories to write: Columns

Favorite place in the world: Turks and Caicos.

Favorite subjects: English and biology.

All content by Liza McCarthy
This is at roughly 11pm when I was traveling home after a vacation, and I thought these lights were so pretty.

I don’t say “thank you” enough

October 21, 2021

I don’t think I say “thank you” enough.  I’m so unbelievably grateful for all the astonishingly significant people in my life, but sometimes I consider the possibility that I don’t express...

The cover photo displays the five main babysitters in The Baby-Sitters Club.

The Baby-Sitters Club brings each individual babysitters’ story to life

October 14, 2021

Though I can’t say I’ve had a lengthy career as a babysitter, I will say I do wish I would’ve known about some of the tips and tricks that the Baby-Sitters Club came up with.  Based on the book...

Avery Schanski is a travel enthusiast--beach or forest, they bring her relaxation

Traveling has allowed Avery Schanski to experience the world around her in new ways

October 13, 2021

For most people, experiences at airports while navigating around the hustle and bustle of the crowd can be slightly stressful, but for freshman Avery Schanski, airports bring a feeling of excitement.  “I...

Intro to Business Q&As: Hunter Robinson - Class Threads

Intro to Business Q&As: Hunter Robinson – Class Threads

October 13, 2021

Product: Class Threads Instagram: @FHClass_threads Group Members: Hunter Robinson (manager), John Horky (finance manager), Madison Sizemore (sales department), and Carson Miller (supply help), Lagago...

An elephant and a giraffe peacefully roaming in their zoo habitat.

Are zoos beneficial for the wild animals they captivate?

October 7, 2021

Zoos have been around for millions of years. The idea of a place where you can observe many different animals all at once is simply not a new concept. Even the rulers of Mesopotamia, China, and Rome...

Honors English 10 students stand near their hard work in the FHC Memorial garden.

Applying a literary quote to their lives, Honors English 10 students revive the Memorial Garden

October 1, 2021

Honors English 10 teacher Ken George works the hardest he can at making his class anything but ordinary.  Just this past week, the honors kids’ normal class time was held outside. They cleaned...

Lahela Doogie Kamealoha M.D. sits on an ambulance surrounded by the Hawaiian scenery.

The newest Disney+ Original show, Doogie Kamealoha, M.D. takes Disney to a deeper level

September 30, 2021

What started out as a lighthearted Disney+ original series abruptly turned into a show with a much deeper meaning.  Starring Peyton Elizabeth Lee, Jason Scott Lee, and Kathleen Rose Perkins, Doogie...

Homecoming Court Q&As: Theryn Hallock

Homecoming Court Q&As: Theryn Hallock

September 24, 2021

What was your reaction to hearing your name called? "I was very surprised and didn't expect to be called at all." Why do you think you were nominated for court? "I feel [like] I am a very social...

I cant wait to see what the future holds for me.

What I want to be when I grow up

September 23, 2021

When I grow up, I want to be the best me I can be.  When I grow up, I want to be able to say that I worked my hardest to get the life I want. I want all the years of school I spent sitting for hours...

The album cover of Surfaces deluxe album features a vibrant purple sunset complete with a rising moon.

Surfaces’ Pacifico Deluxe album uniquely branches out but is no musical breakthrough

September 19, 2021

It’s hard to believe that Pacifico Deluxe is only Surfaces’ fourth album.  The band composed of the duo Forrest Frank and Colin Paledecki has been meandering around in my Spotify for ages, and...

Improv Team Q&As: Zach Guikema

Improv Team Q&As: Zach Guikema

September 17, 2021

What made you decide to join Improv?  "I convinced myself that I was funny, and my friends also tried out." What is your favorite Improv memory?  "Shingle Witch and Holy Donkey." Why should...

Ms. Belsito is thrilled to be in the classroom this year!

Student teacher Natalie Belsito finds her passion teaching in science classrooms

September 15, 2021

When student teacher Natalie Belsito took the opportunity to work alongside the biology teachers here at FHC, she had no idea that she’d be working in the same building as a relative of hers.  “My...

This picture was taken when we flew through a thunderstorm coming home from one of my family vacations.

And so, the thunder rolls

September 9, 2021

The thunder rolls, and my world seems calm.  As I write this column, rumbles of thunder mixed with the pitter-patter of prominent raindrops rush through the trees outside my window.  Thunderstorms...


The Cruella movie poster featuring Emma Stone who stared in the movie as Cruella De Vil.

Cruella proves to be a wonderfully dramatic backstory of one of Disney’s most mysterious villains

September 2, 2021

Predictability is one element of a story that really bugs me.  Why sit through a two-hour movie when you already know the outcome for the characters?  However, in Cruella, this was not the case....

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...

The Album cover of MercyMes newest album, inhale (exhale)

The inhale (exhale) album was a breath of fresh air

May 28, 2021

When I found myself at MercyMe’s Imagine Nation concert in the fall of 2019, I barely knew of the band; they’d only come up on some of the Pandora playlists at my house on occasion. All I knew was...

Katie Romijn on her horse, Malone.

Katie Romijn’s riding skills grow as she does

May 26, 2021

What started with her mom seeing a Facebook ad has turned into a life-long hobby that sophomore Katie Romijn has become passionate about.  Taking the chance to try something new evidently benefited...

Me sitting on a butterfly seat at the Fredrick Meijer Gardens

I am an introvert, and it works for me

May 21, 2021

Anyone who’s met me can vouch for me when I say I’m not the most outgoing person.  I’ve been that way all my life, and everyone knows I’m quiet; I’m not inclined to share things without being...

Louis Knights new song Maybe That shows off his phenomenal vocal and songwriting talents

Louis Knight’s new song “Maybe That” shows off his phenomenal vocal and songwriting talents

May 14, 2021

On my birthday this year—March 19—it was evidently a special musical-related day for someone else too. Louis Knight, an English singer/songwriter who appeared on American Idol season 18, graced...

Dancer Ella Piontkowsky poses for the camera in front of a chain link fence

Ella Piontkowsky discovered her confidence through dance

May 12, 2021

When freshman Ella Piontkowsky was only four years old, she already had her eye on the prize: a blue dance competition jacket just like all of her sisters’. “When I was [young],” Ella said, “I...

Ready or not, here it comes

Ready or not, here it comes

May 7, 2021

Graduation and senior year always seemed to be a far-off thought for me until recently.  Whether we accept it or not, the class of 2022 will be in the same place the seniors this year were—graduating...

The Disney Plus series Big Shot has the potential for greatness

The Disney Plus series Big Shot has the potential for greatness

April 30, 2021

John Stamos is staring in the new Disney Plus Original series, Big Shot, and honestly, I think it could quite possibly have the potential to become a modern-day classic Disney series.  The series pilot...

Chloe Teliczan is thankful for her past experiences and is excited for what the future holds

Chloe Teliczan is thankful for her past experiences and is excited for what the future holds

April 28, 2021

Senior Chloe Teliczan is still unsure what her future will bring her.  Having narrowed down her college choices to Western Michigan University and Ferris State University, Chloe is still trying to...

Aruba-- a place Id go back to in an instant

Take me back

April 23, 2021

I want to go back to the times when all I had to worry about was sunburns and tan lines.  Take me back to the palm tree-lined boardwalks that lead me to nothing but beautiful beach sunsets.  Fly...

Seniors make their college decisions based on the elements that will benefit them the most

Seniors make their college decisions based on the elements that will benefit them the most

April 19, 2021

Senior Abigail Cool’s college decision process was overall seamless, unlike most seniors.  Abigail only applied to one college: Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan. This college also happens...

The American Idol 2021 Top Ten was introduced with flying colors

The American Idol 2021 Top Ten was introduced with flying colors

April 16, 2021

As the stage glows with immeasurable amounts of spotlights, the 2021 season of American Idol Top Ten is crowned.  This year, the amount of talent displayed on the Idol stage is astounding; never in...

Find that silver lining and never let it go

Find that silver lining and never let it go

April 2, 2021

In life, there are the people, places, and things I never let go of. The serendipity of the springtime includes sweet baby bluebirds chirping from their nests hidden high in the branches amidst the...

The cover image for Yes Day showing the main characters

Yes Day allowed me to tag along with all the fun

March 26, 2021

As a kid, having a “Yes Day” would be the best day ever. The movie Yes Day on Netflix gives families a feel of what that kind of day might be like: kids going crazy, bending all the rules, and having...

Joe chilling in his car as the sun sets

Joe Clancy lives high school through the lens of his camera

March 24, 2021

Senior Joe Clancy has accomplished something that very few students have done before at FHC. Though it wasn’t something death-defying or inherently dangerous, it did take a lot of endurance and skill. Joe...

Many of my birthdays throughout the years

I now add another year to my catalog of life experiences

March 19, 2021

The years of my life are sufficient with milestones. Unique to each person, these prominent or succinct moments contour how lives turn out and who is the most influential. I am beyond grateful for the...

The movie poster of Tom and Jerry: The Movie featuring some of the cast

Tom and Jerry: The Movie took me down memory lane

March 12, 2021

Growing up, I’d often find myself perched in front of my tv after eating lunch. Tom and Jerry was an after-lunch favorite; I loved seeing Jerry the mouse scamper across the screen with Tom the cat chasing...

The full FHC parking lot

Open campus lunch isn’t feasible right now but isn’t considered impossible

March 11, 2021

In all the years that FHC has been around, having an open campus lunch has never been a serious consideration. Although, Principal Steve Passinault admits that the discussion has come up a few times within...

A sun setting at a baseball game last summer

Take me out to the ballgame

March 5, 2021

The smell of the sweet cotton candy and salty popcorn drifts all around the bustling place. You can’t just sit in your seat and not crave the mouth-watering goodies that people around you are going nuts...

The song cover of Garganos latest single

Julia Gargano’s new single, “You Don’t Get To,” continues to impress me

February 26, 2021

As the 2021 season of American Idol has begun, it made me curious to see how last year’s top contestants have been faring in the world of music, and as I was looking, I stumbled upon one of my favorites.  Julia...

A stack of games that are a favorite among many

The ticket to togetherness

February 19, 2021

It’s game night. Friends gather around to play a night full of fun games with difficulty levels ranging from Monopoly to Machi Koro.  New York Seltzer sodas in a variety of flavors get passed...

The cover art for Surfacess Horizon album

Surfaces’s new album, Horizons, radiates positivity in tough times

February 12, 2021

Just by the sound of the first note of a song, you could tell that it was written by Surfaces.  On February 28, 2020, the group released their third album, Horizons. Honestly, I think this album—chocked...

Prominent changes to the High School Musical Jr. performance present unmatched opportunities for everyone involved

Prominent changes to the High School Musical Jr. performance present unmatched opportunities for everyone involved

February 10, 2021

As the production of this spring’s musical High School Musical Jr. progresses, there seems to be one key element theater teacher Robbin Demeester is looking forward to: the show being filmed as a movie.  Last...

The pure white snow blanketing the ground

The delicate inner-workings of the soft flurries of winter

February 5, 2021

While I walk on the crumbling, crunchy snow, I take a breath that ices its way through my lungs. The smallest little crystalline flakes find spots to rest temporarily on my brow before melting away into...

This is the Pixar Popcorn Poster showing a preview of the ten shorts.

My favorite part of Pixar Popcorn is not what you’d expect

January 29, 2021

My favorite part of Pixar Popcorn is not what you would expect from this short little collection.  The arrangement didn’t have too much packed into it; I guess there’s not an incredible amount...

Emma poses with her two horses: Vinnie and Remi

Emma VanTongeren finds thrill in riding her horses

January 27, 2021

As unexpected as it may seem, freshman Emma VanTongeren’s horse, Vinnie, claims Poptarts as his favorite food.  Emma has been riding horses both for fun and with the intent of competing for about...

Student Q&A: Paige Fron

Student Q&A: Paige Fron

January 26, 2021

Name: Paige Fron Grade: 10 1. How are you acclimating to the switch to Canvas? "[I am not acclimating to [Canvas] the greatest right now because the Canvas platform is similar to Google Classroom,...

Teacher Q&A: Chad Scholten

Teacher Q&A: Chad Scholten

January 26, 2021

Name: Chad Scholten 1. How are you acclimating to the switch to Canvas? "For me personally, Canvas is what’s called a Learning Management System, which is a fancy website that allows you to organize...

Student Q&A: Jacob Tishon

Student Q&A: Jacob Tishon

January 26, 2021

Name: Jacob Tishon Grade: 10 1. How are you acclimating to the switch to Canvas? "It's actually pretty easy. It took a little bit of getting used to, but it's not [that] different from Google...

My Grandma and I beaming with joy at one of our many family gatherings.

To grandmother’s house we go

January 22, 2021

To grandmother’s house, we go. But unlike the famous song, the five-minute drive is not necessarily over the river and through the woods, yet we still get to my grandparents’ house all the same.  The...

Mendes posing for a new Wonder photoshoot.

Each song in Shawn Mendes’ new album Wonder is its own unique musical journey

January 15, 2021

Although it took a while, Shawn Mendes finally released his new album.  On December 4, 2020, all 14 of Mendes’ new songs—including the previously released single, "Wonder"—were released into...

A quaint cottage in Leland, Michigan

Cottages are a tranquil home away from home

January 13, 2021

For FHC Math teacher Tracy Will, what started as “all her husband’s idea” turned out to be a great blessing for her family.  In June of 2020, Will and her family purchased a family cottage on...

My three-year-old self with my family enjoying a crisp fall morning, unknowingly sitting next to one of my present best friends.

My family photo from 2007 predicted the future

January 8, 2021

One of my very closest friends to this day is in the background of one of my family pictures, one from when I was merely 3 years old. In the 2007 picture, it’s a typical crisp fall morning, and my...

Natalie poses in the beautiful fall forest

Natalie Hedger finds her second home in Florida

December 18, 2020

Freshman Natalie Hedger looks forward to one trip every year.  When school and sports get stressful, sometimes it’s helpful to have a nice relaxing family vacation to look forward to every year....


In Wonder gave me hope for a bright musical future for Mendes

December 16, 2020

Shawn Mendes’s documentary on Netflix, In Wonder, was released at just the right time: under a month before Mendes’s newest album, Wonder. The documentary was a combination of little moments that...

The simple lessons Ive learned from my dog

The simple lessons I’ve learned from my dog

December 9, 2020

As I write this, my furry best friend is laying at my feet.  The twelve-pound Bichon Maltese that we elected to name “Oliver” has become the center of attention in my family.  Resting his sweet...

FHC Students have mixed feelings about driving in the snow

FHC Students have mixed feelings about driving in the snow

December 4, 2020

The snow is not junior Seth Bush’s friend.  For a new driver, driving in the snow can be very intimidating. One month into having his driver’s license, disaster struck on the road one snowy morning. “I...

The Princess Switch 2: Switched Again is a typical romance with a twist

The Princess Switch 2: Switched Again is a typical romance with a twist

December 2, 2020

It’s not like I was intentionally longing for a continuum of The Princess Switch, but hearing the announcement of The Princess Switch 2: Switched again undeniably got my attention.  The Princess...

TCTs The Countless Thanks: Liza McCarthy

TCT’s The Countless Thanks: Liza McCarthy

November 24, 2020

Mom and Dad: for everything Thank you for everything you do for me. Whether it's helping me with math homework or painting my nails, I’m thankful for every moment. Thank you for giving me a chance...

Jack McNamara

Jack McNamara cherishes his life surrounded by family and friends

November 20, 2020

Junior Jack McNamara’s dog has a knack for escaping.  Jack’s family loves to travel and get out of the house; he and his family rent a cottage every year in Grand Haven. His dog, Ranger, a miniature...

The cover for Shawn Mendess upcoming album, Wonder

Shawn Mendes’ new song, Wonder, is full of whimsical sounds

November 18, 2020

After stepping away from the spotlight for about a year to work on his music, Shawn Mendes is back with a brand new sound.  I have always been a fan of Mendes’s music as it has evolved from “Stitches”...

Pictures on my wall

Pictures on my wall

November 11, 2020

The pictures on my wall depict stories.  I adore my collage of photos on my turquoise-blue walls. They are brimming with memories of some of the best times of my life with the people I love, each holding...

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