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The Central Trend

Meghan Kennedy

Meghan Kennedy, Staff Writer

Meghan, AKA Meggie, is a junior and is in her first year of writing for The Central Trend. During this ongoing pandemic, she has pushed herself into new and challenging pursuits and tries to find all of the inspiration she possibly can. She thoroughly enjoys existential conversations, painting and drawing, dancing, and listening to any and all music. She hopes to express herself through writing on TCT throughout the year and is anticipating great things despite the current circumstances.

Favorite times of day: mid-morning and right before dark.

Activities outside of school: art of all sorts, dancing ballet and contemporary, hanging with friends and fam, and solo drives while blasting sick jams.

Favorite random things: laughing at incoherent memes, yoga, sitting absolutely anywhere, getting lost in thought, talking about otherworldly topics with her best friends.

Favorite movies and TV shows: Superbad and literally any binge-worthy Netflix original series.

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Here is the author Florence Given promoting the release of her book Women Don't Owe You Pretty.

The book Women Don’t Owe You Pretty is my source of empowerment

June 1, 2021

My dread of the ten-minute, blank interval of pure monotony—otherwise known as reading time—at the beginning of my AP Lang class has never been a friendly acquaintance or something I remotely look...

Freshman Kate Franklin sits, smiling against a blue wall, in the corner booth of a restaurant.

Freshman Kate Franklin flourishes in her fervor for all things art related

May 21, 2021

From a standpoint of youth and a fresh sense of curiosity, four-year-old—now freshman—Kate Franklin found herself intrigued by her professional artist aunt’s creative abilities. This spark of inspiration...

The official album cover for the EP This Thing of Ours. It is represented in bold colors that coincide with the overall nature of this track-list.

The EP This Thing of Ours is a vibrant symphony of color and composition

May 18, 2021

With a tinge of the blues and a solid base of instrumental abstractness, the four-track EP This Thing of Ours, released by The Alchemist, is a gateway to a colorful and anomalous musical enterprise. Included...

The album cover for Don't Go Tellin' Your Momma.

Topaz Jones’ new album is the musical embodiment of a polaroid paired with an intricate storyline

May 14, 2021

The click of a polaroid and the warmth of its nostalgic film is encapsulated by the album Don’t Go Tellin’ Your Momma by Topaz Jones. Embroidered in silky rhythms and saturated by a synopsis of...

The prelude to perfection lays beneath her flowers

The prelude to perfection lays beneath her flowers

May 11, 2021

Her angular days have struck nothing but the essence of a moon buried in the clouds. She cannot move without the light and the light has been conserved in another dome—one that does not intersect with...

The aforementioned place of the abode!

The abode that mends me

April 27, 2021

It’s a place of ardor, tumultuous hours that the sun graces, and summer’s sweet kiss. It's where the black-eyed Susans twirl and the birds bury their burdens. It's the kind of place that hollers my...

With her college major set on nursing, Hannah Fife aims to help every person she can

With her college major set on nursing, Hannah Fife aims to help every person she can

April 23, 2021

Being a helper of all people is in senior Hannah Fife’s nature.  With the school year coming to a close and college lingering just over the current seniors' heads, Hannah has found her excitement...

Lava La Rue's EP cover for Butter-Fly.

Lava La Rue’s newest EP is a metamorphosis of sonic sounds

April 20, 2021

Just as the trees begin to culminate their collections of lime leaves and the newborn flowers scribble pastel patches onto Earth’s verdures, fresh and fitting harmonies have found new light in this flourishing...

Kid Cudi wearing his Kurt Cobain tribute dress on Saturday Night Live.

Men wearing dresses is more than just a statement, and its been that way for years

April 13, 2021

Dresses, dresses, and more men wearing dresses—I love to see it.  From gowns to skirts, several men spreading across the decades have elevated their fashion choices by adding these stereotypical...

Discussing the ethical and sustainability factors among the clothing brands Shein and CHNGE

Discussing the ethical and sustainability factors among the clothing brands Shein and CHNGE

March 9, 2021

Booming with an array of colors, patterns, fabrics, and styles, the daily lives of many people are enveloped in clothing and fashion trends. Over the years, many clothing companies have established their...

The movie cover for Judas and the Black messiah.

The movie Judas and the Black Messiah is a revolutionary relation to power of history

March 2, 2021

Panthers, Police, and prejudice are the preeminent themes in the movie Judas and the Black Messiah. Taking place in the 1960s during the civil rights movement, this movie follows the whereabouts of...

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The cadence of crying angels

February 23, 2021

My white linens are blustering in the breeze. They have just met foreign substances and places that have tainted their purity. They can maintain their cleanliness for long periods of time in the absence...

Through skill and artistry, freshman Bella Grounin sings her way to self-expression

Through skill and artistry, freshman Bella Grounin sings her way to self-expression

February 19, 2021

From Youtube videos to TikToks to writing her own songs, freshman Bella Grounin expresses herself through her singing endeavors. Ever since the petite age of three years old, Bella has taken a liking...

The album cover for Spilligion.

The album Spilligion is an insightful yet soulful telling of Black culture and oppression

February 16, 2021

With doses of soul, gospel, and hip-hop, the album Spilligion perfectly encapsulates the culture of Black people in the U.S. and problems relevant to our country.  This album was written and produced...

Just a butterfly on my hand last summer. We had a real connection.

I am no longer feeble

February 9, 2021

In a perpetual cycle of fixation, I feel like a lost interest, an extraneous pawn. My hope is disintegrating, and my ambiguity-tainted wingspan makes for a sedentary position in the deeply rooted works...

Liam Payne's online concert.

In-person concerts vs online concerts: student and teacher viewpoints

February 5, 2021

From screaming and dancing to blaring music in a packed venue to watching a live-streamed performance at home, sophomore Val Garza has found bliss in both in-person and online concerts, no matter the circumstance. “I...

A picture of Billie Eilish (left) and Rosalia (right) together in the making of their song.

Billie Eilish and Rosalia’s new song is a celestial interlude of heartbreak

February 2, 2021

Translating to “You Will Forget Me” in English, the song “Lo Vas A Olvidar” by Rosalia and Billie Eilish is a poignant yet peaceful harmony of voices, wrapped in emotional tearing. Ever since...

There are empty rooms, smoke signals, and blinking cursors

There are empty rooms, smoke signals, and blinking cursors

January 26, 2021

A sea of uninviting dark green cascades across miles and miles of barren land. But in those miles brimming with evergreen, a gap parts the pattern. A cottage of sorts resides in the gap and swells in comatose....

Madi (right) and her sister, Chloe (left) in France.

Sophomore Madi Zeien flourishes through her France Family visits every summer

January 22, 2021

Every summer for about seven weeks at a time, sophomore Madi Zeien visits her family in Strasbourg, France, near the German border. Because she and her family that lives there are so close, they never...

The official movie poster for Antebellum.

The movie Antebellum was a mind-twisting depiction of modern-day racism

January 19, 2021

With the unstable political climate emphasizing the insurrection of hatred, ignorance, and racism in America, I was not psychologically prepared for the unfortunate relation the movie Antebellum has to...

Jessie Warren (said best friend) and I at John Ball zoo one year. We clearly had impeccable fashion taste!

In the wild, spontaneous nature of the world, our friendship makes it bearable

January 12, 2021

In 2008 at four years of age, we met at a park, unaware of the years ahead of us. Through preschool, elementary school, middle school, and the final years of high school now, our long friendship has remained...


Reggie’s song “I Don’t Wanna Feel No More” moved me in significant ways

January 5, 2021

I’ll admit it. I’m not particularly fond of lo-fi, slower-paced songs. Of course, I have a few exceptions, but it is not the music genre that piques my interest or brings me the satisfactory rhythms...

Here's a picture of the ocean. There's no meaning, just for the ~aesthetic~

My world in shambles, embellished in Lorde lyrics

December 17, 2020

Torrential rain pours on my scalp, saturating my dull strands of hair causing them to cling to my skin. My eyesight is blurred, and the only words I can spit from my lips are smithereens of hopelessness....

Evan Brown on the trampoline doing stunts with his friends.

The intensely uncommon talents of FHC

December 15, 2020

When it comes to ruthlessly flipping mid-air—propelled by a simple backyard trampoline— junior Evan Brown has it covered. Although this might just seem like a fun activity, it additionally serves as...

The official movie poster, which shows the protagonist, Hunter, holding a pin between her fingers.

The movie Swallow has a disturbing plot, but important message

December 10, 2020

A marble, a pin, and a battery are nothing short of familiar to Hunter’s diet, a housewife in the movie Swallow.  In late April of 2020, IFC Films—an indie movie company—released a movie titled...

Yes, I had an Elvis phase, and yes, I was a strange child

Yes, I had an Elvis phase, and yes, I was a strange child

December 3, 2020

It started in the booth of an Applebee’s restaurant on 28th street. On the wall above our table loomed a frame encapsulating the renowned, illustrious face of Elvis Presley. Five-year-old me peered up...

Keaton Michalski captures the beauty of nature through his camera and aquarium

Keaton Michalski captures the beauty of nature through his camera and aquarium

December 1, 2020

Self-proclaimed amateur photographer, freshman Keaton Michalski, captures the beauty of nature through his very own camera lens. It started when he was young, and in the early stages of his childhood,...

A letter to my friends I don't see much anymore

A letter to my friends I don’t see much anymore

November 18, 2020

I miss you. All of you. I used to see you nearly every day, or at least on a weekly basis. You made me laugh profusely, taught me new things, provided a shoulder to cry on, gave me advice, expanded...

Tarot cards, crystals, and spirituality have established a new spot in these students' routines

Tarot cards, crystals, and spirituality have established a new spot in these students’ routines

November 17, 2020

During all of the madness currently sweeping through the world, it is immensely important to find tranquil and positive moments during the day.  Every person has their own hobbies and activities that...

The King of Staten Island has taken the lead in my top movies

The King of Staten Island has taken the lead in my top movies

November 12, 2020

I’m the kind of person who seeks humorous but deep meaning content, especially when it comes to movies. On one late Saturday night, I was searching through Netflix, Hulu, and the large expanse of streaming...

Not Cherry Street, but somewhat resembles the nature of the story.

The corner of Cherry Street

October 7, 2020

There is a minute, green dwelling on the corner of Cherry Street, surrounded by insignificant, seemingly grey boxes that extend down the paved path. At one glance, it is known to be that warm flicker of...

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