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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

Millie Alt

Millie Alt, Staff Writer

Millie Alt is a junior excited to be starting her first year on The Central Trend. She loves, loves, loves to write and is so excited to have an opportunity to share that joy. She also plays clarinet in the Ranger Marching Band, runs on the cross country team, and plays lacrosse. In the limited free time that she does have, she is most likely to be found reading (hopefully working through the huge number of books she owns but hasn't read). She may also be sitting with her best friend in her car or her basement or walking through D&W at 10:00 pm. Although Millie is excited to be a junior, the idea of being a senior next year scares her, and she is currently refusing to think about what comes next.

Favorite sitcom TV show: The Office or Brooklyn 99 (it's too hard to decide!)

Favorite non-sitcom TV show: The West Wing

Greatest mystery of her life: why some of her plants thrive and others just keep dying

Phobia: needles

All content by Millie Alt
One part of my Pinterest vision board for this summer

Amelia Abigail Alt’s Rules for Summer

Millie Alt, Staff Writer June 1, 2023

One of my current favorite people to watch on TikTok is a woman named Eli Rallo. Among other things, Eli posts lists of rules for different types of days, seasons, and other events. Some of the most entertaining...

One of Archers personal favorites of all the photographs he has taken.

Archer Bauer remembers life through the images he captures

Millie Alt, Staff Writer May 31, 2023

From the time a child is born, nearly everything it has, everything it knows, comes from its parents. As the child grows older, more outside influences can change the course of their life, but in the end,...

The bright white of the sun, so like my happiness, on a day when I was truly happy, both subjectively and objectively

Happiness is subjective, but mine isn’t

Millie Alt, Staff Writer May 25, 2023

Happiness is subjective. My happy may feel like misery to a bystander. My life in shambles looks like organized chaos—my favorite kind. My happy comes with caveats. I feel truly happy only a fraction...

Guardian of the Galaxy Vol. 3: the movie poster. A beautiful depiction of my new favorite found family.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3: I sobbed like a baby and so will you

Millie Alt, Staff Writer May 18, 2023

With four of the top 10 lifetime-grossing movies and six of the top 15, the Marvel franchise has been a significant name in the world of cinema for several decades. From Iron Man 1 to Avengers: Endgame,...

Election campaigns and previous events organized by the Student Council

New changes and candidates are sure to add intrigue to this year’s Student Council elections

Millie Alt, Staff Writer May 16, 2023

In high school, there are very few things that the students can decide on all by themselves. From homework to hot lunch, everything is decided by adults, some of whom have never even met the children whose...

My favorite sky; it is so unimaginable that something so beautiful could create such turmoil.

Mercury is in retrograde again

Millie Alt, Staff Writer May 11, 2023

Mercury is in retrograde again. Truly, I think to myself, I have no idea what this means. But my life has begun to seep slowly down the drain: leisurely, so I can make out each time a grain slips...

Annie Doumas senior year has been enhanced by leadership

Annie Douma’s senior year has been enhanced by leadership

Millie Alt, Staff Writer May 4, 2023

Who ever said you have to be good at something to lead it?  Certainly not Senior Annie Douma, who started an entire club with her friends but quickly discovered that she had no talent in the field...

One of my many notion pages: a weekly to-do list, complete with neat little boxes, some checked

Organization requires moderation

Millie Alt, Staff Writer April 25, 2023

There are infinite differences that can be found between any two people, my sister and I included, but the most evident difference—especially to a bystander—is regarding organization. My sister...

An example of delicious french fries (although I would need to taste them to really know their merit)

A comprehensive(ish) ranking of West Michigan french fries

Millie Alt, Staff Writer April 19, 2023

America’s favorite snack food—or at least mine—is french fries.  There are many, many variations of this classic dish, but I am very opinionated about which ones I like and don’t. So, for all...

A vibrant street in Isla Holbox, which I have grown to love

The seaweed at low tide

Millie Alt, Staff Writer April 13, 2023

Culture shock is something that I expected. I expected to feel uncomfortable in such a new situation, a new setting. And that, I did. But what I didn’t expect—and definitely should have—was the...

Spring Musical Q&As 2023: The Wizard of Oz — Jake Barnes

Spring Musical Q&As 2023: The Wizard of Oz — Jake Barnes

Millie Alt, Staff Writer March 27, 2023

Grade: 10 Role: Mayor of Munchkin City & Nikko the flying monkey What’s your relationship with your role?  “I was definitely apprehensive about being cast as a munchkin at first, but...

Spring Musical Q&As 2023: The Wizard of Oz — Paige Harsevoort

Spring Musical Q&As 2023: The Wizard of Oz — Paige Harsevoort

Millie Alt, Staff Writer March 24, 2023

Grade: 11 Role: Dorothy Gale What’s your relationship with your role? "I love my role so so much; getting to act as Dorothy Gale has been such an exciting and fun experience for me." What...

Spring Musical Q&As 2023: The Wizard of Oz — Toby Cameron

Spring Musical Q&As 2023: The Wizard of Oz — Toby Cameron

Millie Alt, Staff Writer March 24, 2023

Grade: 10 Role: Tin Man What’s your relationship with your role? "My relationship with my role is both very positive and somewhat intimidating. I'm very happy to be playing the Tin Man; it's...

Showers are an act of self care, no matter when you take them

When should I shower?

Millie Alt, Staff Writer March 23, 2023

I used to hate taking showers. I hated the amount of time they took, and I wished there was a magic way to make myself clean instantly without the hassle of washing my hair, conditioning, soaping, drying,...

Henry Schwarze and sophomore Jake Barnes in the lighting booth at the Fine Arts Center

Henry Schwarze discovered an interest he never knew he had

Millie Alt, Staff Writer March 22, 2023

Picture the theater: gripping scenes portrayed by talented actors, famous lines repeated over and over. But just as important is what happens behind that brightly lit stage, or, in this case, in front...

More smells that flood me with memories--these, more recent

The scents that permeated my childhood linger

Millie Alt, Staff Writer March 16, 2023

Although my sight memory may fade with time, carrying away my best days on the river of time, my scent memory lingers. Smells trigger my memories as powerfully as music, and several were so prolific...

A picture of a darkening night with a glimpse of the light ahead

[Photo] She is terrified of the new moon

Saniya Mishra, Copy Editor March 13, 2023

A picture of a darkening night with a glimpse of the light ahead

I will save you, my beach house full of memories

I will save you, my beach house full of memories

Millie Alt, Staff Writer March 9, 2023

A small, old house sits on the beach of Lake Michigan, straddling the seam between Grand Haven and Ferrysburg. That house is my greatest desire. As soon as I have the means, no matter where I am, no...

Founders of the FHC Walking Club on walks of their own

Walk it off with the FHC Walking Club

Millie Alt, Staff Writer March 7, 2023

Environmental, art, investment, and crochet: four words and four titles of some of the many clubs at FHC. Each of these clubs has a name that is self-explanatory, and for that reason, they are often easy...

The cover of Icebreaker by Hannah Grace, an adorable hockey romance

Icebreaker by Hannah Grace is a cozy romcom for lovers of winter

Millie Alt, Staff Writer March 2, 2023

Sports romances: forever my guilty pleasure genre. Hockey boys: only tolerable when written by women. Icebreaker, by Hannah Grace: the best combination of both. From the classic Off-Campus series...

An example of a larger vegetable garden with raised garden beds

Everyone should grow a garden

Millie Alt, Staff Writer February 22, 2023

There are few things in life that everyone can benefit from, but one certainly is a garden. Everyone should have a garden or at least have access to one. These can come in many shapes, sizes, and variations,...

Jayden Doyel and junior Charlie Afman playing chess in the FHC hallway

From pawn to dusk, Jayden Doyel plays chess

Millie Alt, Staff Writer February 21, 2023

Many hobbies begin as simple time fillers. Singing in the car becomes a passion for choir. Reading in the doctor’s office turns into a hunger for literature. This is precisely how junior Jayden Doyel’s...

Lucy Carlyle (Ruby Stokes) and Anthony Lockwood (Cameron Chapman) in Lockwood & Co, displaying the on-screen chemistry that these characters (and actors) have

Lockwood & Co is the perfect cozy horror series

Millie Alt, Staff Writer February 14, 2023

“My name’s Lockwood. And you need a ladder.” As out of context as this quote might seem, the compelling British accent and arrogant smirk that accompanied it immediately drew me into the video...

My stunning little turntable in cherry red, featuring a matching vinyl record: folklore, by Taylor Swift

Vinyl records are finally back in style

Millie Alt, Staff Writer February 9, 2023

Twelve inches of vinyl adorn my bookshelf. In various colors, each circle is distinct, although it may not appear so at first. My vinyl collection is made up of seven of my favorite albums of all time:...

The start of 2022s Freshman class window painting, including Abby Schnelker

Winterfest week offers a plethora of fun diversions

Millie Alt, Staff Writer February 7, 2023

At FHC, volleyball is a sport available to girls during the fall season. Except when it isn’t. However, this week, on Monday, Feb. 6, volleyball will be played by boys during winter: more specifically,...

Some of my family, born in fire, through blood, and ultimately, by love

I crave the family that I already have

Millie Alt, Staff Writer February 2, 2023

A week ago, on just another Wednesday, it started to snow. The sky was a winter grey as it had been for months. It was a dismal day. Tired and stressed, I was sitting in my bed, a cocoon of quilts and...

A TikTok portraying the proliferation of BookTok books as well as their continued judgement

The online bookish community contains many flaws, but its assets shine through

Millie Alt, Staff Writer January 26, 2023

The library is a beautiful place. I used to go to the library to read blurbs and first pages and scrutinize covers until something jumped out at me. Librarians were my book recommenders. Now, though,...

Aiden with one of his current projects

Aiden Platt’s “quark” is physics

Millie Alt, Staff Writer January 25, 2023

A catapult is a machine used to launch a projectile over a great distance. It is also a commonly-made contraption in many science classes. As it is meant to throw an object through the air, one might think...

One of the many stunning illustrations by Little Chmura in The Atlas Paradox

The Atlas Paradox was an existential masterpiece

Millie Alt, Staff Writer January 19, 2023

Existential, riveting, and at times, downright confounding: The Atlas Paradox was, once again, a sequel that did not disappoint. I have made a habit of buying, reading, and promptly reviewing sequels...

a memory

Who am I but the memories I possess

Millie Alt, Staff Writer January 12, 2023

Who am I? Who am I but a collection of pieces? Pieces of my people, pieces of my books, pieces of my places, my endeavors, my love. Pieces on pieces on pieces on pieces on pieces. Shoved together...

Josie being presented with the trophy at the talent show last year

FHC’s talent show displays countless acts of passion

Millie Alt, Staff Writer January 10, 2023

Movies are fiction—until they aren’t. Everyone wants to experience a movie moment in their lifetime, but few actually have. Junior Josie Butler is one of the few. Her experience of winning the 2022...

One of the many posters for Netflixs Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery was a twisty, drama-filled success

Millie Alt, Junior Writer January 5, 2023

A company worth billions of dollars, a (not so) loyal group of friends, a stellar reputation, and an easy life, taken away by a single object. Not a gun, not a will, not a blood-ruby necklace. A napkin. This...

My suggested gifts for book lovers (some of my favorite books and products)

Gifts to satisfy your favorite picky reader

Millie Alt, Junior Writer December 7, 2022

Readers have high standards. If you’re a reader yourself, you understand this. If you have a reader in your life and haven’t experienced this quality yet, just wait. So, as Christmas creeps even closer,...

One of Us Is Lying season two poster

Season two of One of Us Is Lying was a sequel that improved rather than degraded

Millie Alt, Junior Writer November 30, 2022

The day was Oct. 31—Halloween. The year was 2020. COVID-19 stopped everything in its tracks, but I formed a new tradition: watching exorbitant amounts of television and eating exorbitant amounts of...

Users of both Apple and Android phones

A modern debate: Apple vs. Android

Millie Alt, Junior Writer November 25, 2022

Senior Ella Hunnewell does not take pride in causing others discomfort—at least, in most areas of her life. In a singularly out-of-character reaction, Ella’s favorite thing about her phone is the...

Surrounded by the words of others, I feel insignificant in comparison

An ode to the words of others, or, Romanticizing my melancholic solitude

Millie Alt, Junior Writer November 23, 2022

The world is different. Through white lenses, my mind grows calm in the cold. Streets I have walked every day, every life, are somehow fundamentally changed. A week ago, I asked for help and you replied...

TCTs The Countless Thanks 2022: Millie Alt

TCT’s The Countless Thanks 2022: Millie Alt

Millie Alt, Junior Writer November 21, 2022

Carolyn and Andrew Alt—Mama and Papa, the calm to my chaos Every day I come home stressed, and every day you are there to calm my chaos into something more manageable: mayhem, some may say. I love...

Romeo and Juliet, two lovers in an embrace of death

Romeo and Juliet is not a romance; it’s a tragedy

Millie Alt, Junior Writer November 16, 2022

“These violent delights have violent ends, and in their triumph die like fire and powder, which as they kiss consume.” This recognizable quote—from William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet—encompasses...

Grace Chen performs in recitals every year at Trinity Church

Playing the piano has taught Grace Chen lessons about hard work and motivation

Millie Alt, Junior Writer November 14, 2022

Decrescendo, pianissimo, mezzo, arpeggio, sforzando. Sophomore Grace Chen hears these words in her daily life, and it’s not because she works in an Italian restaurant. Grace plays the piano and has...

Foul Lady Fortune in front of a shelf of editions of Chloe Gongs other works

Foul Lady Fortune flawlessly progresses Chloe Gong’s dazzling Shanghai

Millie Alt, Junior Writer November 9, 2022

From Romeo and Juliet to As You Like It. From the 1920s to the 1930s. From mobsters to spies. From violence to intrigue. From death to death. From tragedy to tragedy. From These Violent Delights to...

My view as I write, in envy of my plants and the trees out my window

Growing pains, or a lack thereof

Millie Alt, Junior Writer November 2, 2022

I have stopped growing. In the physical sense. While my mind may mature, my corporeal state is now forever stagnant. Humans are not trees, after all. With only four limbs and limited space, humans are...

The Central Singers at one of their recent performances

The FHC choir is a community that invites openness

Millie Alt, Junior Writer October 31, 2022

The video game JustDance is an incredibly entertaining way to pass time, not only because it is fun to participate in, but also because it is simply hilarious to watch. Even a professional dancer playing...

I Kissed Shara Wheeler, by Casey McQuiston, weaves a stunning story of struggle and growth in high school

I Kissed Shara Wheeler defied the slippery slope of high expectations

Millie Alt, Junior Writer October 12, 2022

With this year’s birthday money, I decided to buy the thing that brings me the most joy in life: books. I didn’t simply go to Barnes & Noble and purchase books off the shelves though; instead,...

The great loves of my life

Love is

Millie Alt, Junior Writer September 26, 2022

I have never been kissed. I am the last of my friends to date. I have never been in a romantic relationship, but I am no stranger to love. Love is everywhere all the time. It surrounds and grounds me....

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