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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

Morgan Mittlestadt

Morgan Mittlestadt, Social Media Manager

Morgan Mittlestadt is entering her second year on staff for The Central Trend. This year, she will be acting as a Social Media Manager for the site. She dances for the FHC Varsity Dance Team as well as Imprint Dance Company. She was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, briefly lived in a suburb of Chicago, and moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, the summer preceding her freshman year of high school.

Favorite thing about being on staff: Challenging herself to increase the quality of her writing.

Favorite story to write: Editorials or features

Happiest when she's: On a stage/gym floor performing

Favorite school subject: History

All content by Morgan Mittlestadt
Thank you and goodbye, TCT

Thank you and goodbye, TCT

May 28, 2020

95 stories and two years of my life later, I have finally reached something that appeared to be so insanely far away from when I first walked into Mr. George’s two rooms on the first day of sophomore...

I’m grateful for my thoughtful friends and their tasty treats

I’m grateful for my thoughtful friends and their tasty treats

May 20, 2020

“Check your mailbox.”.  “I left something on your porch.”  “Come outside.”  Texts like these have been sent to me biweekly throughout quarantine. Whether I’m reading a book, watching...

Trolls World Tour wasn’t as good as its predecessor—but good nonetheless

Trolls World Tour wasn’t as good as its predecessor—but good nonetheless

May 15, 2020

In quarantine, there hasn’t been much to look forward to. So, was my calendar marked for April 10 because that was the day Trolls World Tour was released digitally, even though I had seen Trolls maybe...

Netflix’s Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness chronicles a disaster you can’t make yourself look away from

Netflix’s Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness chronicles a disaster you can’t make yourself look away from

May 8, 2020

Just last month, right before Outer Banks was #1 on Netflix’s Top 10 in the U.S. Today, a little show called Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness was #1 for weeks. Whether this reflected people’s...

Ella Byam

Ella Byam

May 6, 2020

Name: Ella Byam Grade: 12 Role: Co-producer of senior video 1. Was it challenging to finish the senior video earlier than you planned? If so, why?  "Finishing the senior video was a bit difficult...

Gotham season 5 perfectly wraps up the story of detective James Gordon and others

Gotham season 5 perfectly wraps up the story of detective James Gordon and others

April 30, 2020

To be honest, I haven’t been a fan of the whole superhero thing for very long.  During the second half of my freshman year was when I was taken to my first superhero movie: Infinity War. It was definitely...

On My Block season 3 gave viewers a meager continuation of Monsé, Cesar, Ruby, and Jamal’s story

On My Block season 3 gave viewers a meager continuation of Monsé, Cesar, Ruby, and Jamal’s story

April 27, 2020

I became engrossed in On My Block almost immediately after the release of its first season in 2018. The show describes the experiences of four unique, diverse protagonists living in inner-city Los Angeles...

Tracy Collar

Tracy Collar

April 22, 2020

Name: Tracy Collar  Place of Work: Metro Health University of Michigan Health Cancer Center Job Title: Oncology Social Worker 1. Before the coronavirus outbreak, what did your responsibilities...

You season 2 provided more chilling murders and more obsessive love—but with a twist

You season 2 provided more chilling murders and more obsessive love—but with a twist

April 17, 2020

Every guy wants a girl whose love isn’t easy but worth the chase. Every guy wants a girl who is loyal to him and allows him to be himself without judgment. Every guy wants a relationship where what he...

Taylor Swift’s documentary Miss Americana provides insight on the high-pressure lives celebrities constantly live

Taylor Swift’s documentary Miss Americana provides insight on the high-pressure lives celebrities constantly live

March 16, 2020

In Miss Americana, I distinctly remember Taylor Swift saying that her relationship with her fans is unique because she grew up alongside them. Although Swift is almost double my age, I categorize myself...

5SOS’s four latest singles precede a promising upcoming album

5SOS’s four latest singles precede a promising upcoming album

March 6, 2020

Just a couple months short of an entire year ago, a euphonious song with an addictive beat accompanied me while I got ready in the morning, drove to dance, and did homework—basically all of the activities...

Kaylin Schueneman has risen above the title of “freshman”

Kaylin Schueneman has risen above the title of “freshman”

March 4, 2020

Being a freshman is tough. Freshmen are incorporated into the chaotic jungle of high school arguably overnight; one night they soundly fall asleep as incoming freshmen, and the next, they nervously...

My storm

My storm

February 28, 2020

When the tide of the school year retreats back into the ocean of stress, anxiety, and deadlines, my environment turns into a gorgeous, fulfilling summer, and my storm begins to brew.  When my summer...

The ABC Honors Breakfast rewards honor roll students’ academic success in first semester

The ABC Honors Breakfast rewards honor roll students’ academic success in first semester

February 25, 2020

On Thursday, February 20, the cafeteria was greeted bright and early by the tired faces of FHC’s academically successful students. Lined with tables decorated with an impressive arrangement of delectable...

The Last Summer prematurely put me through leaving for college

The Last Summer prematurely put me through leaving for college

February 25, 2020

Roughly fifteen months from now, I will be done with high school. I will know where I’m going to college. I’ll have some idea as to what my life is going to look like for at least the next four years....

High Road takes listeners along Kesha’s journey of discovering an unapologetic love for life

High Road takes listeners along Kesha’s journey of discovering an unapologetic love for life

February 14, 2020

Listening to my Today’s Hits playlist on Apple Music while I prepare myself for the day ahead, a captivating, alluring song begins to spread its sound around the area of my bathroom. Encouraging freedom...

The fire in me

The fire in me

February 7, 2020

The fire in me burns bright. I feel like it always has. Resilient, tenacious, brave: those words make me me.  With a flaming, bold red on my outside, I threaten and come off strong. My actions...

Kevin McPoland exhibits power in crew and creativity in photography

Kevin McPoland exhibits power in crew and creativity in photography

February 5, 2020

Sinking slowly into firm, soaked sand, sophomore Kevin McPoland steadies and stares through his camera, confident that he’s set up to capture the perfect shot. Decorated under a delicate blue raspberry...

Knapps Corner Nutrition serves pricey but delectable protein shakes and teas

Knapps Corner Nutrition serves pricey but delectable protein shakes and teas

January 31, 2020

Squished between a golfing facility and a pizza place, Knapps Corner Nutrition’s simplicity does not stand out to the ordinary eye. With a plain exterior and basic black and white logo, the eatery does...

The Jonas Brothers have another hit and adorable music video with the release of “What a Man Gotta Do”

The Jonas Brothers have another hit and adorable music video with the release of “What a Man Gotta Do”

January 24, 2020

When simple strums of a guitar accompany Nick Jonas’ angelic, unfabricated voice, you know a song is going to be good. So, when the Jonas Brothers’ latest single “What a Man Gotta Do” began with...

Macho Volleyball provides an electric game and friendly competition to kickoff Winterfest week

Macho Volleyball provides an electric game and friendly competition to kickoff Winterfest week

January 22, 2020

Bathed in the incandescent light of the gym, six senior boys stare down the six junior boys across the court. With the goal of redemption and victory engraved in the senior boys’ minds, they prepare...

Halsey’s latest single “You should be sad” is the perfect breakup single that holds nothing back

Halsey’s latest single “You should be sad” is the perfect breakup single that holds nothing back

January 17, 2020

“Gotta jot it down, and then get it out. And then I’ll be on my way.”  These two simple, stark sentences accurately describe the tone of Halsey’s catchy, biting latest single “You should...

Rosa Parks Circle Ice Rink provides an enjoyable experience amidst a scenic surrounding

Rosa Parks Circle Ice Rink provides an enjoyable experience amidst a scenic surrounding

January 10, 2020

On one of the few warm, almost-like-spring days that winter break featured, I wanted to go ice skating. Why? I had been in Mexico over Christmas, and there were a few more winter activities I wanted to...

Three Days of Christmas caught its audience’s attention with its dramatic plot and engrossing situations

Three Days of Christmas caught its audience’s attention with its dramatic plot and engrossing situations

December 19, 2019

Two innocent, charming, and adolescent sisters embark out into the woods—their family’s secluded forest—to retrieve their younger sister at the hidden lake. Once the three children are together and...

Taylor Swift’s new single “Christmas Tree Farm” makes me desire to return to my beloved childhood

Taylor Swift’s new single “Christmas Tree Farm” makes me desire to return to my beloved childhood

December 16, 2019

“And I just want to be there tonight.”  For the past three years when Christmas time comes around, I have been forced to recognize the fact that I do not have any family that resides in Michigan,...

Megan Clayton channelled patience in her struggles to later encounter success in her comeback

Megan Clayton channelled patience in her struggles to later encounter success in her comeback

December 10, 2019

On a Wednesday night in the spring of 2018, the girls' varsity soccer team was preparing to compete against Forest Hills Northern for their second time that season. Having sprained her ankle two days prior,...

Queer Eye: We’re in Japan! shows that everyone, no matter where they live or who they are, deserves to love and have confidence in themselves

Queer Eye: We’re in Japan! shows that everyone, no matter where they live or who they are, deserves to love and have confidence in themselves

December 4, 2019

In the streets of bustling and hectic Tokyo, Japan, five men and a Japanese model—all dressed in colorful clothing—strut across the middle of the street and catch the viewers’ eyes. The group completely...

The Ranger Strong Assembly wrapped up a week of giving with school pride and entertainment

The Ranger Strong Assembly wrapped up a week of giving with school pride and entertainment

November 26, 2019

When students were finally called down to the gym floor for the highly anticipated line dancing “flash mob,” the forest green bleachers that surround the gym rattled as excited students grabbed their...

TCT’s The Countless Thanks 2019: Morgan Mittlestadt

TCT’s The Countless Thanks 2019: Morgan Mittlestadt

November 22, 2019

Molly Vonk and Delaney Michalski-for listening  Molly and Delaney, you two are people whom I trust with my life. You have modeled your undivided loyalty to my secrets and problems time and time again,...

FHC’s production of The Crucible was a success due to immense passion and utter talent

FHC’s production of The Crucible was a success due to immense passion and utter talent

November 20, 2019

From writing a lead in a profile about Rebecca Nurse’s entrance onto the stage to conducting interviews with three different cast members of FHC’s fall play The Crucible, I believed that I was rather...

Let it Snow let down viewers of previous John Green book-to-movie adaptations

Let it Snow let down viewers of previous John Green book-to-movie adaptations

November 15, 2019

Honestly, snow has the power to do some crazy things. On Monday, for example, it allowed us to get out of school fifteen minutes early when we were already on a shortened schedule that day. And last year,...

Desiree Tuohy

Desiree Tuohy

November 15, 2019

Name: Desiree Tuohy Grade: 10 Role: Village girl 1. What part of being in the play makes you the most nervous? "I think just the fact that this is such a powerful show, and we don't want to...

Meredith VanSkiver

Meredith VanSkiver

November 12, 2019

Name: Meredith VanSkiver Grade: 12 Role: Abigail Williams 1. What part of being in the play makes you the most nervous? "A lot of things make me nervous. I think the two biggest ones are...

Linus Kaechele

Linus Kaechele

November 12, 2019

Name: Linus Kaechele Grade: 11 Role: Reverend Hale 1. What part of being in the play makes you the most nervous? "Probably the amount of lines I have—I have one of the biggest parts, probably...

Sophomore Samantha Franklin finds unity and unwavering love in family

Sophomore Samantha Franklin finds unity and unwavering love in family

November 11, 2019

Family: a blessing, a moral compass, an outlet of unconditional love, your biggest fans, your inspiration. Family: a backbone, an unrivaled support system.  Family: everything.    Sophomore...

The movie After made me love what I hate about romance movies on Netflix

The movie After made me love what I hate about romance movies on Netflix

November 8, 2019

Every single time I view a romance movie on Netflix, I am provided with the same melodrama, dry plot, and static, bland characters. I constantly critique the lack of skill behind how each character is...

Do we give ourselves enough credit?

Do we give ourselves enough credit?

November 1, 2019

I walked into AP Chemistry on a Monday morning kind of really dreading the two-hour-long test we were about to take. I sat down, assessed how prepared I was—which was very because I studied excessively...

Teacher Cadet evokes excitement among high school students and an opportunity to try out a future career

Teacher Cadet evokes excitement among high school students and an opportunity to try out a future career

October 29, 2019

As junior Brittney Probst walks through the halls of Ada Elementary School, she surveys the unique and creative artwork and writing that is sprawled across the walls of the hallway outside of each classroom....

Teenage jobs-how rewarding are they?

Teenage jobs-how rewarding are they?

October 25, 2019

Over the summer, I was constantly nagged by my parents to find a job. I did apply to numerous businesses that ranged from restaurants to retail; however, not one of them hired me. Whether or not it was...

Anna Breaugh embraces risk in theatre and reward in volunteering

Anna Breaugh embraces risk in theatre and reward in volunteering

October 18, 2019

A poised, aged figure steadily emerges from behind the coal-colored curtains that perimeter the side of the spacious, decorated stage. The click of her heels bring to light the utter silence that is present...

Are teenagers really that bad of drivers?

Are teenagers really that bad of drivers?

October 15, 2019

A few weeks ago on FX, there was a segment included about teenage driving. Interestingly, the featured students were primarily juniors—most who had only had their license for a year or less. The juniors...

Are core subjects necessary?

Are core subjects necessary?

October 11, 2019

Each day as I approach my seat in Mrs. Whalen’s room—middle left column, farthest seat back—a black poster with various colored rows captures my attention. Literally, the poster is almost exactly...

Are the web filters at FHC too restrictive?

Are the web filters at FHC too restrictive?

October 5, 2019

While in the process of completing a lab in AP Chemistry, I was instructed to rewatch a video on standard deviation which could be found on teacher-Youtuber Mr. Nystrom’s website: apstatsguy.com. However,...

The colorful, fun design on the side of the Chartwells food truck.

The taco truck brought thrill and tasty tacos to FHC students

September 30, 2019

As the bell rang marking the conclusion of third hour on Tuesday, students instantaneously heard an announcement presented over the loudspeakers. The announcement provided information about a food truck...

How beneficial is group work actually?

How beneficial is group work actually?

September 26, 2019

When a teacher announces an upcoming group project or assignment to their class, their classrooms are typically filled with mixed reactions.  The slackers rejoice because they will be allowed to continue...

Improv Team Q&A: Pranav Nalam

Improv Team Q&A: Pranav Nalam

September 23, 2019

1. What bug are you?  "I'd probably be sow bug or a pill bug." 2. What is your favorite improv game?  "4-square." 3. Tell me a story...  "At one of the practices over the summer, I played...

Should FHC provide the option of off-campus lunch to students?

Should FHC provide the option of off-campus lunch to students?

September 20, 2019

When I get onto Snapchat after the school day concludes, I often discover pictures of delicious meals from restaurants displayed on the stories of primarily students at East Grand Rapids High School. Whether...

For the Phone Policy: The phone policy has encouraged me to depend on myself and my skills

For the Phone Policy: The phone policy has encouraged me to depend on myself and my skills

September 18, 2019

As I approached the double army-green doors of the freshman hallway on the morning of the first day of school, I noticed Mr. Passinault was holding the doors open for incoming students. Hesitantly, I tucked...

Senior Olivia Jeong poses in front of a chic, rustic fence.

Olivia Jeong expands her interest in photography through initiating a project to capture the Class of 2020’s events

September 17, 2019

Last spring, senior Olivia Jeong entered the congested side of the parking lot where the rest of the incoming seniors’ cars were located. Olivia, along with the Class of 2020, was holding a breakfast...

Should classic literature continue to be incorporated in English curriculum?

Should classic literature continue to be incorporated in English curriculum?

September 13, 2019

In advanced English classes year after year, I've been assigned to read both over the summer and in class. The Grapes of Wrath, Brave New World, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Great Gatsby, The Catcher...

Students and administration both weigh in on the switched location of the student section in the stadium

Students and administration both weigh in on the switched location of the student section in the stadium

September 3, 2019

When students walked into the stadium for last Thursday’s football game, they were confronted with a major change: the student section was located on the complete opposite side of the home bleachers....

Do summer assignments successfully aid students in retaining information and skills learned in the previous school year?

Do summer assignments successfully aid students in retaining information and skills learned in the previous school year?

August 30, 2019

As I completed reading the concluding sentence of the AP World History summer reading booklet, I sat back in my chair and released an exhale of utter relief. As I flipped through the pages of notes that...

Student Council Q&A: Payton Corcoran  

Student Council Q&A: Payton Corcoran  

May 29, 2019

Name: Payton Corcoran Grade: Junior Running for: Vice President 1. Why are you running? "I love participating in all the Homecoming activities that bring our grade together." 2. How do...

Class of 2021, it’s almost time—soon

Class of 2021, it’s almost time—soon

May 29, 2019

When my second-to-last dance team auditions concluded last week, a rough draft of the eighteen members of the 2019-2020 FHC varsity dance team gathered into the gym. To initiate the team’s process of...

Freshman Alexa Parent has discovered a new, exciting outlet to put her dance talents into with dance team

Freshman Alexa Parent has discovered a new, exciting outlet to put her dance talents into with dance team

May 28, 2019

Approaching an hour of debate among the judges, freshman Alexa Parent was anticipating answers along with the previous members of the dance team and a few hopeful incoming freshmen in the hallway outside...

Improv After Dark’s talented cast provided an entertaining, humorous show for a mature audience

Improv After Dark’s talented cast provided an entertaining, humorous show for a mature audience

May 22, 2019

Last Friday, the improv team independently held its final improv show of the year: Improv After Dark. Promising to provide an enjoyable, PG-13 show, the improv team prepared hilarious improv games to play...

The Candlelight Ceremony represents bittersweet goodbyes among the Class of 2019 and a call for new leadership from the Class of 2020

The Candlelight Ceremony represents bittersweet goodbyes among the Class of 2019 and a call for new leadership from the Class of 2020

May 15, 2019

On May 20, the Class of 2019 will officially pass down the responsibility of being seniors to the Class of 2020 at the Candlelight Ceremony. Consisting of the passing of flames from current seniors to...

The theme of my sophomore year

The theme of my sophomore year

May 13, 2019

I unknowingly came to discover a significant amount of repetition that has snuck itself into multiple aspects of my sophomore-year life. This repetition involves a theme that has become central to my life,...

“Earth” brings awareness to climate change while providing a catchy, playful tune

“Earth” brings awareness to climate change while providing a catchy, playful tune

May 8, 2019

On April 22, people around the world expressed their appreciation of the Earth through collecting litter along roads and beaches, planting trees and plants, utilizing reusable water bottles, and posting...

Mind Games - Filmfest Preview Q&A

Mind Games – Filmfest Preview Q&A

May 6, 2019

Film: Mind Games Producers: Peter Bardelli, Cole Beaufait, and Nathan Hartline Interviewee: Peter Bardelli 1. What’s your film about? “Our film is about two best friends, and one of them...

Is it possible to prematurely plan your future?

Is it possible to prematurely plan your future?

May 1, 2019

I have discovered that a commonality that I share with a remarkable number of my peers is the consistent maintenance of an overwhelming anxiety involving the future. As a sophomore, I have witnessed peers...

Through preaching the differences between inner and outer beauty, Rachel Lynch has discovered her own beautiful attributes

Through preaching the differences between inner and outer beauty, Rachel Lynch has discovered her own beautiful attributes

April 29, 2019

Along with the rest of the sophomores in Honors English 10, sophomore Rachel Lynch strenuously and tediously prepared for her Ted Talk over the past two months. First assigned in February, Rachel finally...

At the heart of #Roxy was a cliche theme that I simply could not overlook

At the heart of #Roxy was a cliche theme that I simply could not overlook

April 24, 2019

Viewing the intro of #Roxy, I instantly noticed that it looked very professionally done. I developed a glimmer of hope that I would not have to witness another painful-to-watch Netflix movie. That glimmer...

I am being forced to experience a significant amount of change in an insignficant amount of time

I am being forced to experience a significant amount of change in an insignficant amount of time

April 18, 2019

As I begin the concluding months of my sophomore year, I have come to realize that I will be coerced to experience a significant amount of change in a relatively short amount of time. In less than...

The Central Trend hits a whopping 150,000 views

The Central Trend hits a whopping 150,000 views

April 16, 2019

Last year, The Central Trend staff set a goal of reaching 100,000 views on the site during the school year. Their expectations were completely surpassed as the site accumulated over 130,000 views. Determined...

You provided a chilling series of gruesome murders credited to obsessive love

“You” provided a chilling series of gruesome murders credited to obsessive love

April 10, 2019

Every girl wants a boy to be utterly in love with them. Every girl wants a boy who is guided by his loyalty, who makes her feel like the only girl in the world. Every girl wants to receive an unconditional...

My friends have come and gone due to my coming and going

My friends have come and gone due to my coming and going

March 27, 2019

At a dance convention this weekend, one of my instructors argued that each person in the class had something to give to the room. But, she also argued that each person also had something they could take...

Sam Williams leads a versatile life through adapting to change quickly

Sam Williams leads a versatile life through adapting to change quickly

March 25, 2019

It is a popular argument that a person’s high school years are some of the most influential and valuable years of their life due to the rapid change it evokes in their development. Senior Sam Williams...

Five Feet Apart encouraged viewers to not take simple pleasures for granted

Five Feet Apart encouraged viewers to not take simple pleasures for granted

March 20, 2019

We depend on our sense of touch for everything we do every day. This review could not be completed without contact being made between my fingers and the keyboard keys on my laptop. Teeth could not...

National Honor Society members and advisor weigh in on the benefits of the prestigious program

National Honor Society members and advisor weigh in on the benefits of the prestigious program

March 13, 2019

Junior Finn Terwin has found himself increasingly involved in his community this school year. Following in the footsteps of his older brother and sister, Finn decided to apply to become a member of...

I have become restless with winters stay

I have become restless with winter’s stay

March 11, 2019

As I leisurely strolled down the main stairwell of FHC, I glanced out of the generous, gargantuan windows that accompany the landing between the two flights of stairs. A rowdy blizzard had just commenced,...

Deadly Scholars was one of the better MarVista Entertainment movies that I have viewed

Deadly Scholars was one of the better MarVista Entertainment movies that I have viewed

March 6, 2019

During the four months I have been on The Central Trend staff, I have sparked an interest in reviewing the new MarVista Entertainment movies that are released onto Netflix each month—these mediocre movies...

I am grateful for pictures and videos

I am grateful for pictures and videos

February 27, 2019

As I transitioned from the raised platform of the large airplane onto the jet bridge, an instant gust of freezing, bitter air grazed my face. Leaving no space for the frigid temperature, I squeezed my...

Madison Rogers prepares to engage in another prestigious dance intensive this summer

Madison Rogers prepares to engage in another prestigious dance intensive this summer

February 25, 2019

When sophomore Madison Rogers first viewed a performance of The Nutcracker at age six, she was instantly attracted to the beautiful costumes and the graceful dancing the show and dancers provided. It took...

Kacey Musgraves’s fourth studio album, Golden Hour, is deserving of its four Grammy Awards

Kacey Musgraves’s fourth studio album, Golden Hour, is deserving of its four Grammy Awards

February 20, 2019

I am a paradox. I am not the most loyal fan of country music. The number of country songs I know by heart can be counted utilizing one hand; each is a song that appeared on Spotify’s Today’s Hits...

Humans of FHC: Gavin Brady

Humans of FHC: Gavin Brady

February 18, 2019

“I transferred from Northern to Central this year. The first time I met the hockey team, I only knew the Ott brothers (Cole and Xavier) and the Mielock brothers (Carl and Johnny). In the beginning, I...

Humans of FHC: Mason Childers

Humans of FHC: Mason Childers

February 15, 2019

"I was ten years old when I started modeling. Modeling has been a great opportunity to meet and work with some really interesting, creative photographers, staff, and models. It is a way to make great...

I learned just as much from fifth graders as they learned from me

I learned just as much from fifth graders as they learned from me

February 11, 2019

As I stood in the front of Mrs. Gootjes's room assisting a group of her fifth graders on informing the rest of their class on the dangers of abusing prescription drugs, I was appalled by their extremely...

Logan Schenk transitions from traditional drawing to digitally creating art

Logan Schenk transitions from traditional drawing to digitally creating art

February 7, 2019

Senior Logan Schenk first created digital art in AP Studio Art and enjoyed that mistakes were never final; undoing previous strokes or restarting complete designs were possible at the click of a touchpad....

I found myself with increased gratitude for my dance support system

I found myself with increased gratitude for my dance support system

January 30, 2019

As I surveyed the audience, my scanning eyes landed upon my mom. Phone in hand, she was prepared to record the upcoming dance and forward it to me immediately following its conclusion—so I could critique...

Driven to Dance provided technical dancing but mediocre acting

Driven to Dance provided technical dancing but mediocre acting

January 23, 2019

It’s challenging to not be instantly attracted to a dance-related movie whose actors are technical dancers. The dancers’ high-caliber dancing was stunning; but, it only almost allowed me to ignore...

Tracy Will begins generously offering free math tutoring during second lunch

Tracy Will begins generously offering free math tutoring during second lunch

January 16, 2019

For the majority of first semester, math teacher Tracy Will observed students during second lunch excitedly devouring their food and divulging in conversation with each other. However, she also consistently...

How much can we trust the Internet?

How much can we trust the Internet?

January 14, 2019

Every inch of my body itched with utter discomfort and terror as I viewed the sequel to 13 Cameras: 14 Cameras. As I saw the ease with which the landlord of the vacation house could successfully, secretly...

SOMEWHERE BETWEEN - Fate Takes a Holiday - Laura and Nico try to stop the serial killer she believes means to kill Serena, but Laura also learns more about Nicos disturbing past. Meanwhile, Tom has secrets of his own and is worried that Laura will find out, on the Fate Takes a Holiday episode of Somewhere Between, airing on TUESDAY, AUGUST 8 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (ABC/Eike Schroter)
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Somewhere Between beautifully portrayed the theme of valuing time

January 9, 2019

With an eight-year-old child being murdered by an uncatchable serial killer within the first episode, it is effortlessly accurate to argue that Somewhere Between was intensely intriguing from its beginning....

Special education paraprofessional Becky Haywood has obtained multiple life lessons in Room 144

Special education paraprofessional Becky Haywood has obtained multiple life lessons in Room 144

December 20, 2018

Twenty-one years ago, current paraprofessional Becky Haywood finalized her life-changing decision to transition from working in the administration office to interacting with special needs students. Haywood...

My reflection on 2018

My reflection on 2018

December 19, 2018

While attempting to interpret what 2018 truly brought me, one word consistently stood out compared to the multitude of others that happened to clutter my thoughts. This word proved to have defined the...

Christmas With a View did not alter my views on the cheesiness of Netflix Christmas movies

Christmas With a View did not alter my views on the cheesiness of Netflix Christmas movies

December 12, 2018

After misjudging the number of hours I spent on Saturday diligently completing homework for Spanish 3, APUSH, Chem 215, Honors English 10, and Algebra 2, I was fully prepared to conclude my homework for...

Student council prepares for Christmas store event after surpassing its fundraising goal

Student council prepares for Christmas store event after surpassing its fundraising goal

December 7, 2018

Cradling a sleeping infant in her arms, senior and student council board president Tess Bond felt relaxed and in her element. As she gazed over at her peers and the other “holiday elves” who were...

Why firm parenting has encouraged me to be strict on myself

Why firm parenting has encouraged me to be strict on myself

December 3, 2018

Having strict parents could be considered the most profound setback a teenager experiences throughout high school. Teenagers are not allowed to make irresponsible choices because their annoying parents...

Senior Hannah Weinman branches out from her comfort zone in new song There For You

Senior Hannah Weinman branches out from her comfort zone in new song “There For You”

November 28, 2018

As someone who has been singing since elementary school—from school choirs to the Grand Rapids Youth Chorus—senior Hannah Weinman has recently decided to debut her impressive talent and take the next...

Ralph Breaks the Internet was a heartwarming successor of a childhood classic

Ralph Breaks the Internet was a heartwarming successor of a childhood classic

November 28, 2018

With popcorn sitting in my lap, I tucked my phone into the pocket of my charcoal, furry winter jacket—I was preparing to provide my fullest attention to the movie. As the theater lights dimmed, drawing...

My ever-changing grip on the reins of life

My ever-changing grip on the reins of life

November 21, 2018

I have always been instructed in dance to never let a mistake on stage show through my facial expressions. I believe a similar thing happens when life decides to snatch its own reins from my seemingly-fastened...

Cinco de Mayo brings customers personalized, authentic Mexican food and environment

Cinco de Mayo brings customers personalized, authentic Mexican food and environment

November 14, 2018

Tucked in between Groskopf’s Luggage and Gifts and Superior Watch Repair is a quaint, cheerful cantina that is overlooked by the constant bustle of Monroe Street. Situated in downtown Grand Rapids, its...

Olivia Luplow channels her strengths through swimming and baking

Olivia Luplow channels her strengths through swimming and baking

November 9, 2018

Monday through Saturday. 6 a.m. practice on Monday. 5:30 a.m. practice on Tuesday. No morning practice Wednesday. 5:30 a.m. practice on Thursday. 6 a.m. practice on Friday. 7 a.m. practice on Saturday....

National Merit commended students and semifinalists surpass previous record

National Merit commended students and semifinalists surpass previous record

November 8, 2018

During Homecoming Week in late September, senior Fadwa Kamari was randomly called down to the main office. For most students, this is an unusual circumstance; Fadwa was justifiably stumped as to why she...

Stress: the looming cloud

Stress: the looming cloud

November 5, 2018

On the first day of school this year, my AP US History teacher Steve Labenz displayed a TedTalk video regarding an intriguing topic: stress. The woman presenting, Kelly McGonigal, argued that stress is...

My letter to competitive dance

My letter to competitive dance

October 3, 2018

“...dance is a poem of which each movement is a word.” - Mata Hari. This year, after taking my first season ever in my entire life off from you, I am once again returning into your welcoming arms....

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