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Grammar rules she has invented: Lowercase letters reign supreme every day and every hour as capitalization is obsolete, em dashes are mandatory in every paragraph, and the oxford comma is necessary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

A picture of junior Laurel Snyder, someone who understand the power that a camera possesses.

Laurel Snyder is a firm believer in the power of a photograph

September 21, 2020

Junior Laurel Snyder has some of her earliest memories to thank for the influential introduction of photography. Well, to be more exact, she has her childhood nanny and those memories to thank. From...

Improv Q&A: Mason Yarnell

Improv Q&A: Mason Yarnell

September 21, 2020

Name: Mason Yarnell Grade: 12th 1. How did you get into improv? Why did you decide to try out? “I started doing improv last year because I thought it would be fun, and I've had a great time...

I'm far from where I thought I would be

I’m far from where I thought I would be

September 16, 2020

My teeth are unaligned at best, and I have braces, and I haven’t written any college essays, and I’m breaking out as if my hormones want me to acknowledge their persistent presence, and I’m sixteen. So...

Reminiscing on my long brown hair.

Eternally thankful for TCT (and Lady Fate)

September 9, 2020

My community has unintentionally been built from, to quote Bob Ross, “happy little accidents,” and The Central Trend has been no exception for me. I don’t remember much from class selection for...

My FireFox takeout spread. (Top: banana roll and tofu pocket. Bottom left: kimchi fried rice. Bottom right: tofu bibimbap)

FireFox introduced flavorful Korean cuisine to my limited palate

September 9, 2020

My first day of school—my first day back after months and chaos and quarantine—included too many lasts. Far too many lasts for someone who can’t read the last chapter of books because it hurts to...

Memories of then get me through the now

Memories of then get me through the now

May 28, 2020

Three months ago I was complaining about work, and now I’m unemployed—Grand Coney is one of COVID-19’s many business-based victims forced into forever closure. Three months ago, I was dancing in...

See with your heart

See with your heart

May 19, 2020

Upon the stabbing sticks next to her sat an unregistered face that after calibrated efforts, she couldn’t erase.   At first unwanted yet now welcomed, the face grew a body without...

So she painted

So she painted

May 11, 2020

Perfection was merely a word in a world where words were taken with the wind and left shamefully unheard,   so she began to show, not speak.   Never the most creative or crafty or controlled, she...

Sukhpreet Singh

Sukhpreet Singh

May 6, 2020

Name: Sukhpreet Singh Grade: 11 Role: Marching band drum major and band student 1. How have you been practicing outside of school? How do you conduct, too? "Following the beginning of quarantine,...

Hannah Raven-Fish created a world of depth with her EP The Sky is Falling Down on Santa Barbara

Hannah Raven-Fish created a world of depth with her EP The Sky is Falling Down on Santa Barbara

May 4, 2020

When I first met her, Hannah Raven-Fish was a summer stranger whose laughs flirted with the breeze. She then became a shoulder to cry on, a fellow body to eat vegan pasta with, a hug and a smile on the...

I fear the loss of what I do not have

I fear the loss of what I do not have

April 27, 2020

If I close my eyes and let go of your hand, it’s loss. irrevocable, irreversible, irreparable, loss.   I no longer have your hand weaved into mine— cemented, almost, into mine— and that...

Pictured above is Dan Behm, 2017, taken from a previous Central Trend article.

Forest Hills Superintendent Dan Behm gives insight on the latest education changes

April 23, 2020

Name: Dan Behm Role: Forest Hills Superintendent 1. What has the past week for you looked like as a superintendent? Are there many meetings happening? Constantly watching for updates? "The...

Principal Steve Passinault answers FHC's latest questions

Principal Steve Passinault answers FHC’s latest questions

April 22, 2020

Name: Steve Passinault Role: FHC Principal 1. What decisions have you personally been in charge of regarding the switch to online school and grading? "The three high school principals, along with...

Still Woozy, Sven, had this cover art for

Still Woozy’s latest single “Window” is more than music

April 20, 2020

I hate silence. It’s something I’ve always hated, something I avoid—for better or worse, or whatever that means. It feels undeniably foreign to me; I’m set on edge when the brick wave that silence...

Unfortunately, my PicsArt skills aren't good enough to create something better than this.

Three songs have brought color to my life

April 13, 2020

When Kanye West said he had synesthesia, I instantly thought I did too. The reason? I wanted to be him. I, thirteen and a middle school girl, wanted to be Kanye, a successful middle-aged man. Yet despite...

Ali Azeem

Ali Azeem

March 13, 2020

Name: Ali Azeem Grade: 12 Character: Gargoyle 1. Do you have a “ritual” before rehearsals or shows? "[The cast] always goes to Forest Hills Foods before every rehearsal at the FAC. I...

I've always come back to the flame

I’ve always come back to the flame

March 9, 2020

I write my words often and passionately— with fervor and doubt and emotion and pain,   and yet you use yours in such devastating vain.   my hand is heavy as my lead fights the paper and...

Rylie Beatty has found a forever friend in a movie-worthy way

Rylie Beatty has found a forever friend in a movie-worthy way

March 4, 2020

To introduce this experimental story, separate interviews were held for Rylie and Brynn to analyze their friendship and how it has lasted to high school. The interviews were then used to write separate...

I will see you in the spring

I will see you in the spring

March 2, 2020

Rivers of flowers flood my sunbathing body, lapping over my sides as if molding to me. This quasi-clay of flowers encapsulates my body. My sides are undoubtedly captured as my eyes remain enraptured by...

The hidden arts at FHC series introduction

The hidden arts at FHC series introduction

February 24, 2020

FHC is known for the Friday nights. We have a loud and proud student section, a dominating sports reputation, and academically advanced students. And it's everywhere. Photos of students hang in the hallways,...

A force too great

A force too great

February 24, 2020

Southern heat berated the fall,  out ran the sweaters and warm drinks, fearing the shatter of the porcelain doll.   Leaves stay put, green and healthy, thriving on the spindly Elm...

Pinktail Poke customizable poke bowl.

Pinktail Poke doesn’t add much to the Downtown Market

February 17, 2020

By now, there’s no doubt that I’m a self-dubbed, self-proclaimed, self-righteous poke bowl connoisseur. Beginning with Wikiwiki and most recently Poke Toki, I’ve eaten a few too many bowls this...

You are the epicenter of my naivety

You are the epicenter of my naivety

February 10, 2020

I used to believe everything that was sung to me in sweet a voice.   I believed that the factories on those hills, the one we always passed when we went for the zoo, were little cloud makers,...

Junior Avery LeTourneau is pictured swimming for FHC's varsity boys swim team.

Avery LeTourneau has grown into who he is through swim

February 6, 2020

Junior Avery LeTourneau started off swimming in high school with a win—a conference win to be exact. As a freshman, Avery was new to the school’s varsity swim team, yet despite the inexperience, he...

Bre Brown enjoying Poke Toki's poke bowls along with amazing Diet Pepsi.

Poke Toki provides flavor without sacrificing freshness

February 3, 2020

As much as I encourage going vegetarian or even cutting meat out of meals, I will be the first to say that sometimes vegetarian meals lack flavor. There is only so much I can do with a block of tofu,...

Girls and boys sports Q&A: Kelsey Toole

Girls and boys sports Q&A: Kelsey Toole

February 1, 2020

Name: Kelsey Toole Grade: 12 Sport played: girls varsity soccer 1. Do you believe that there's a difference between the treatment of male and female sports at a national level? "Yes, definitely....

Girls and boys sports Q&A: Rodrick DeOliviera

Girls and boys sports Q&A: Rodrick DeOliviera

January 31, 2020

Name: Rodrick DeOliviera Grade: 11 Sport played: varsity boys soccer 1. Do you believe that there's a difference between male and female sports at a national level with sports like soccer? "I...

The difference between boys and girls sports series introduction

The difference between boys and girls sports series introduction

January 27, 2020

Since the inception of sports, there has always been a difference between genders in sports. With just men leading the forefront for decades—men's basketball, football, and soccer—women’s sports...

Sarah Wordhouse.

It’s rather funny

January 27, 2020

it’s funny how the eyes of a stranger can change color   seas of blue harmonies of golden hues the grey of a tattered shoe   but the look inside— the peer into their emotions—   waves...

Participants in FHC's DECA pose for a group picture after the awards ceremony.

DECA members decisively proved themselves at districts

January 22, 2020

With little knowledge of what was to come, junior Anna Freihofer nervously talked amongst other teenagers—who were all technically her “competitors”—before her business event started. Nerves frazzled...

Image released January 2nd, 2020 from a government department in Gippsland, Australia.

2020 has started off with a vengeance

January 21, 2020

I’ve known snow my whole life. And on December 31st, I knew the sloppy slush that scattered itself across roadways, hardly a threat to my New Years' Eve plans. But a little under 10,000 miles away,...

RAT Q&A: Alex Souza

RAT Q&A: Alex Souza

January 14, 2020

Name: Alex Souza Grade: 12 1. What is your act? "I'm doing my rendition of 'Hey Jude' [by the Beatles] on the piano." 2. How did you prepare? "I've had this electric piano in my house for...

This food is freaking great. 10/10, just like Ratatouille.

Downtown restaurant Char packs a flavorful punch despite an unassuming appearance

January 13, 2020

I used to be the pickiest eater. I wouldn’t eat something if it wasn’t from the store my mother bought it from. I would never even try new things despite constant endorsement from my family. Honestly,...

Staff Q&As: Lynlee Derrick

Staff Q&As: Lynlee Derrick

January 11, 2020

Name: Lynlee Derrick Grade: 11 Position: Managing Editor of Assignments Semesters spent on TCT: 5 1. Why did you decide to join TCT? "Going into freshman year, I didn't want to take gym. Instead,...

You were of summer, but I am of winter

You were of summer, but I am of winter

December 31, 2019

the sun eclipsed the moon and everything broke.   a bright light came and went soon like a bulb bursting brightly,   and you flooded my vision.   a film on reel yet none of it real— none...

Holidays at FHC Series

Holidays at FHC Series

December 19, 2019

Holiday Series introduction and announcement

Holiday Series introduction and announcement

December 16, 2019

When the calendar flips to December, labels already fill the dates. Boxing day, Hanukkah, Three Kings Day, Kwanzaa, Christmas. Each holiday has its own day full of celebrations and cultivated culture--ones...

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