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  • Tuesday June 8th is the last day of school for freshmen through juniors
  • FHC Graduation is the on evening of Monday, May 17

The Central Trend

Lynlee Derrick

Lynlee Derrick, Editor in Chief

Lynlee is a senior and is starting her final year in the midst of all this COVID-19 chaos, which is fitting for her strange luck. Room 139—home to The Central Trend—has been her lifeline since she was 13, and now, turning 17 soon, the newspaper and its now unusable, kind furniture have seen her grow into who she is. This year has proved there is no guarantee, but that hasn't stopped Lynlee from enjoying what this new normal consists of. From laggy Zoom calls to attempts at vegan baking to writing imperfect poems, she's still finding a way to smile, a way to live, a way to take up some space each and every day.

 

Favorite part about being on staff: Being able to express everything through the medium of words on a well-viewed platform is such a powerful gift not everyone has, and it's radically freeing to do so

Favorite type of story: Profiles and columns

Her guilty pleasure: Etsy magnets, "Geek'd" by Bhad Bhabie, and "How I Moved to Europe" vlogs

Grammar rules she has invented: Lowercase letters reign supreme every day and every hour as capitalization is obsolete, em dashes are mandatory in every paragraph, and the oxford comma is necessary

All content by Lynlee Derrick
Lynlee Derrick has been writing for The Central Trend since her freshman year and has been Editor in Chief for the past year. She graduated tonight, May 17th.

[Photo] Lynlee Derrick is driving down the road of her own future—one where she is excited to wake up every day

May 17, 2021

Lynlee Derrick has been writing for The Central Trend since her freshman year and has been Editor in Chief for the past year. She graduated tonight, May 17th.

Emma Zawacki

Emma Zawacki

March 15, 2021

Name: Emma Zawacki Grade: 11 1. What prompted you to start writing? "The first time I ever wrote anything for fun and genuinely enjoyed it was [in] eighth grade. [Eighth grade English teacher]...

She has held on to this

She has held on to this “finally” for far too long

March 3, 2021

Finally, at last, with the start of a new grade, friends flocked  as her reality stay buried.   Overdosing on that feeling, the feeling she so desperately had chased, her truth...

The fall season represents a fall for freedom and a fall for all.

Life’s stairs have led into the abyss

February 17, 2021

Stunning stairs gave way, for she was falling into the waves.   Just one year, only a year,  and her youthful mind collapsed along with the stairs and the world.   In...

Linus Kaechele

Linus Kaechele

February 17, 2021

Name: Linus Kaechele Grade: 12 Position on staff: Managing Editor of Online Assignments 1. What drew you to writing? “Originally, it was the secrecy and intimacy of writing letters. Before...

A picture that I found on Pinterest that shows a scene I wish I could live.

I wish my bones were hollow

February 10, 2021

Fog followed her breaths that lurched from her trembling mouth onto the creaky window close to death.   Like tracks in fresh snow after the sun greets the night’s blessed gift, the breath’s...

A picture of my snail mirror, a beloved 3 am purchase of mine, perched on a messy desk.

I’ve let the weight of my future fall onto my peculiar snail mirror

February 3, 2021

Dead AirPods, my close friend this senior year, sit beside me as I wonder where my brain will go—how I will express myself today in a manner that’s just different enough to be a new story but on the...

Lauren Batterbee

Lauren Batterbee

February 1, 2021

Name: Lauren Batterbee Grade: 11 Position on staff: Print Managing Editor 1. What does using your words entail? "I spend a lot of time on my writing, and a lot of half-started columns, editorials,...

A ghost wandering in the hills like her, like the me wandering my own self inside.

I wish I could be heard, but I have found no one to listen

January 27, 2021

Hands to my head, nails tangled in my temple and stray baby hairs that I use to hide my widow’s peak, I sigh. No, it’s more than that. It’s the shedding of it all—of everything I used to cherish. With...

A girl standing in the woods, hiding her own reflection with the beauty of nature.

Her feeble foundation cannot find its footing

January 20, 2021

Her beauty astounded nobody but herself, and she told herself that was fine.   Her devilish smirk and silver eyes were just nice. Yet she wanted to be revered—to have a shrine.   So she...

Abby Wright

Abby Wright

January 18, 2021

Name: Abby Wright Grade: 12 Position: Editor in Chief 1. What do words mean to you? “They mean a lot to me because writing has always been the one thing that I can do—that I am good at. I’ve...

A photo taken by Abby Wright that displays the beauty of nature and the contrast between man and nature.

Cement is entrapping, and nature is enrapturing

January 13, 2021

Around me, they dance. Mockingly. In swirls of color, they cover me in this senseless dance that I wish would make sense—that I wish I was in on their secret that evades my desperate grasp. It’s...

The snow still falls every year, and even though I despise what that entails, I'm hopeful that from here on, I can choose beauty.

This is my final semester, and I am not sad

January 5, 2021

This is my final semester at FHC—a goodbye in a wintry climate, one Michigan never holds back on with her icy blows and fickle snow. And I am not afraid of leaving. I would walk across the stage now...

Lynlee Derrick’s year in review

Lynlee Derrick’s year in review

December 30, 2020

Creating a home in staff this year has undoubtedly made this year more manageable. With the rough end of the year last year—and subsequently never getting a true goodbye with the 2020 seniors and...

I've learned that light is the enemy

I’ve learned that light is the enemy

December 16, 2020

The warm glow in the corner of my room leaves the air umber and undying as my eyes traverse the popcorn ceiling with peaks of gloom.   Uninvited, the light still stays as if believes it’s presence...

A photograph of me, bundled up and missing far too many teeth, ready to go sledding.

It’s the season of hot chocolate and appreciation

December 15, 2020

I can’t tell if I love Christmas or if I really just hate Thanksgiving. Either way, November in my mind is just pre-December, and December is utter euphoria. Yet I couldn’t really tell anyone why—I...

A picture of fellow Editor-in-Chief Abby and I together when there was not a spike in COVID-19 cases. So stay home and wear a mask, please.

I have PCOS, I cannot focus, and I am hanging on by a thread

December 9, 2020

I am one for dramatics—I can admit my fault like that. But when I say this past month has been awful, I truly mean it. Not only is there still a nation-wide pandemic rendering my comfort spot of the...

This EP cover shows Phoebe Bridgers in her skeleton-themed attire in a sandy pool of water.

Phoebe Bridgers’ Copycat Killer brings me ethereal ruin

December 9, 2020

With Spotify’s “Friend Activity” tab as a testament to my following statement, I have survived these past months on Phoebe Bridgers’ albums Stranger in the Alps, Punisher, and her Instagram stories....

The Greedy Hands decided for me

The Greedy Hands decided for me

December 2, 2020

Among the dull crates, splintered by the Greedy Hands and thwarted by the berating heat, laid my life with nothing to predate.   It was all I knew as I sat alongside the motley of colors I longed...

TCT's The Countless Thanks: Lynlee Derrick

TCT’s The Countless Thanks: Lynlee Derrick

November 24, 2020

My biology group, the “Clowns,” for supporting me, even when I can’t say phosphorylation I genuinely think I would not be passing AP Biology without you guys. Amelia, Megan, Abigail, Val, Julia—you...

Taylor Baumgardner: Student Council involvement

Taylor Baumgardner: Student Council involvement

November 18, 2020

Name: Taylor Baumgardner Grade: 12 Role: Public Relations Coordinator on the Executive Board 1. How does Ranger Cares week support Family Promise? "Forest Hills Central is the sole contributor...

Family Promise Week Q&As

Family Promise Week Q&As

November 18, 2020

Shattered glass left behind by stomping shoes and a demanding timeline.

She can no longer glue glass back together

November 18, 2020

The sun beat down on the concrete that was rough from inception, rough from use, rough even against the warmth from above— a show of amity despite the root of eternal animosity—   And she...

A graphic about the importance of wearing masks taken from Instagram.

I am overstimulated yet still lucky

November 18, 2020

I was asked how I was feeling by Mrs. Penninga on a Zoom call while I scraped the edges of an empty cup of instant pancakes (the syrup flavor, of course), and I truly didn’t know. I feel a lot, honestly....

Laura Stiles: Student Council involvement

Laura Stiles: Student Council involvement

November 17, 2020

Name: Laura Stiles Role: Student Council coordinator 1. What changes have you had to make in order to still have a Family Promise fundraiser and a Rangers Care week? "I guess one of the best things...

Kristy Butler: teacher involvement

Kristy Butler: teacher involvement

November 13, 2020

Name: Kristy Butler Role: Biology and chemistry teacher and fundraiser organizer 1. What is your role in Family Promise week? "My role in Family Promise week is to help organize the student promotion...

Matthew Mahoney: NHS

Matthew Mahoney: NHS

November 12, 2020

Name: Matthew Mahoney Grade: 12 Role: NHS Board member 1. What is Family Promise week to you? "Family Promise week is where we provide volunteer opportunities and work to raise money for the...

Mason Yarnell

Mason Yarnell

November 11, 2020

Name: Mason Yarnell Grade: 12 Roles: Dirt Merchant and Devil 2 1. What are the advantages and disadvantages of having a smaller cast compared to other years? "An advantage to having a smaller...

Mina Siebert: NHS

Mina Siebert: NHS

November 9, 2020

Name: Mina Siebert Grade: 12 Role: NHS Board member 1. What is Family Promise week? "Family Promise week is a week where opportunities are available for students to raise money, volunteer,...

A picture of lakeside scenery that was taken by Abby Wright.

Words are surely real

November 4, 2020

Reveling in the words of The Picture of Dorian Gray—the intricate descriptions and long-winded commentaries on society and beauty included—I stumbled upon a line that practically highlighted itself. “Was...

A photograph of a

I wish hate truly had no home here

November 3, 2020

I see the signs that say “Hate has no home here” in the occasional yard. It’s not quite common, but having one at the entrance of my neighborhood gives me a little bit of hope for a change in our...

A picture of a blue-grey bedsheet.

His childhood souvenir is a knot—his knot

October 28, 2020

Abounding affection from those indigo eyes ceased his first cry, constituting his first memory on the concealed path of life. Life was so shaky, so indefinite and remote to his newborn mind, so when those...

Homecoming Court Q&As: Amelia Pointer

Homecoming Court Q&As: Amelia Pointer

October 22, 2020

1. What was your reaction when you heard your name called? "Honestly, [I was] really surprised. I had no idea that I was going to be picked for court; it was the furthest thing from my mind. I didn't...

A picture of people who remind me of home, or room 139, and the safety those four walls provide me.

The world outside this room seems indomitable

October 21, 2020

By now, I’ve mentioned this room and this staff and the Greta Gerwig posters on the wall enough to annoy even myself. It’s a world of its own—our world in room 139. Yet as strong as those white-brick...

big or small, it’s all the same

big or small, it’s all the same

October 21, 2020

the sun climbed into my windows, an easy task on a Wednesday morning— I never remember to close my blinds on Tuesday nights.   I like it when the night keeps me company, I guess.   yet...

Jena Detweiler cherishes band and the carefree community it provides

Jena Detweiler cherishes band and the carefree community it provides

October 19, 2020

At five years old, junior Jena Detweiler was surrounded by music. Quickly moving on from bright red, flashing, and plastic toy instruments, she found herself in the midst of the brass giants played by...

Pictured here are students spreading out as best as possible in the media center for an online-based class as FHC returns to a full-time schedule.

FHC’s community is left divided on the switch to a full week schedule amidst the global pandemic

October 7, 2020

Starting with administration Measuring tape in hand, principal Steve Passinault found himself at school on a Saturday, but this time it was for something much greater than a meeting: contact tracing...

This room is a reflection, and now, it is different

This room is a reflection, and now, it is different

October 7, 2020

I walked into room 139 at 13, and I haven’t left the green leather chair, somewhat functional lamps, and comforting brown couch since. And it’s a silly thought that furniture can embolden me, strengthen...

Another year that the sky can see

Another year that the sky can see

September 30, 2020

It’s fitting that   despite the cerulean sky sifting through the forests, and the trees clutching their last signs of youth, denying Mother Nature in shades of viridescent vitality, and despite...

Improv Q&A: Russell Baird

Improv Q&A: Russell Baird

September 24, 2020

Name: Russell Baird Grade: 11th 1. How did you get into improv? Why did you decide to try out? “I got into it by doing other theater programs like the play, and I signed up because it looked...

This picture has no relation to me learning to ride a bike or me struggling now. Instead, because I couldn't find a picture of my really cool spy bike, I decided to show off my impeccable style as a kid.

My training wheels didn’t come off until I was nine

September 23, 2020

I’ve never been one for balance; I have an all-or-nothing mindset, for better or worse. My inability to ride a bike for far too long is a great testament to this semblance of broken balance. Unknowingly...

The Improv at the Park team wearing masks at one of their summer practices.

Improv team 2020 Q&As

September 23, 2020

The green, growing grass that greets me every morning.

I rather like the grass

September 23, 2020

I love the simplicity of the grass.   It has always been green, an unwavering testament to its health and the gentle love from rolling spring rains, And it has always been home in which we convene, trampled...

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