• Mid-Winter Break is February 18th to the 21st
  • FHC's Got Talent is Saturday, January 22 @ 7:30
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

Natalie Mix

Natalie Mix, Editor in Chief

Natalie Mix is a senior taking on her fourth and final year as a member of The Central Trend. Room 139/140 and the staff of The Central Trend have been her home since freshman year, and it's only fitting that she's finally fulfilling her dream of becoming Editor in Chief. Natalie's time on The Central Trend has helped her find her voice and share that voice with others. She is constantly astounded by the ability her words have to make others feel heard, but she strives for it to be the case. Ultimately, her favorite aspect of her time on staff has been the people—the people who read her words and those who stand by her side as she shares them.

Favorite story to write: short stories

Favorite pieces of punctuation: the em-dash and the Oxford comma

Favorite cup to drink from: her female writers mug

A few of her favorite things: losing track of time with her best friends, impromptu late night escapades, her cat, dying her hair, and falling in love with books

 

All content by Natalie Mix
Freshman Drew Wright plans to play for FHCs varsity hockey team all four years of high school.

Drew Wright collects valuable experience through the passions that energize his life

January 20, 2022

Freshman Drew Wright’s driving experience has been limited to the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center parking lot in a stick shift Audi, one that has seen its fair share of excitement in the many years it’s...

The bouquet of flowers my friend bought from a farmers market this summer

Flowers in this garden, poetry on this page

January 18, 2022

There’s a small yellow unicorn sitting on her windowsill, half of what she assumes was once a greeting card taped to her wall, a poetry book at her feet, and strings of multicolored lights hanging around...

A photo from New Years Eve that makes me inconceivably happy

This moment – broken teacups and butterfly wings

January 12, 2022

At 11:47 p.m. on December 31, I documented my tear-stained face in my Snapchat camera roll, a pale orange memory of crying fifteen minutes before the new year. At 11:59 p.m. on December 31, an entire...

Promo posters for American Auto, Ghosts, Harlem, Abbott Elementary, and Pretty Smart

Five pilot episodes that just might be worth your time

January 11, 2022

I don’t really do anything halfway—a fact that is particularly evident in the way I watch TV. I watched all seven seasons of New Girl in three weeks. In middle school, I watched the first six seasons...

the ASL 4 class on a field trip to Fredrick Meijer Gardens a few months ago

[Photo] American Sign Language's latest project aims to make our community more inclusive

January 11, 2022

the ASL 4 class on a field trip to Fredrick Meijer Gardens a few months ago

Encanto was released in theatres on Nov 24 and is the fifth Walt Disney Animation Studios film to explore Latin American culture, according to IMDb.

Disney’s Encanto dances with bursts of color and sound that outshine the lackluster plot

December 7, 2021

I possess a few consistent personality quirks—ordering a Shirley Temple every time my friends and I go out to eat, buying beverages I know I’ll hate just because the packaging is pretty, or refusing...

Students studying for exams diligently, making sure to be completely prepared.

[Photo] The students and teachers at FHC are doing their best to ensure success on upcoming exams

December 7, 2021

Students studying for exams diligently, making sure to be completely prepared.

One of the many pieces of blackout poetry plastered around the school

The halls of FHC tell the stories of the students who have found their paths through them

December 2, 2021

English teachers Kelli Potts, Anne Keller, and Ken George can agree on one sentiment definitively: the walls of Forest Hills Central High School have always needed a little spicing up.  In an environment...

Kelsey with the parmesan cheese that we did eventually find

She’s trying to be happy, despite it all

November 30, 2021

Once upon a time, she wrote about herself like she was a story book character, like she was merely an apathetic narrator of emotions she had no control over.  It’s not like that now. She writes her...

TCTs The Countless Thanks 2021: Natalie Mix

TCT’s The Countless Thanks 2021: Natalie Mix

November 25, 2021

Katherine Hartman, Sophie Hartl, Brooke Munson, and Sophie Shields - for Survivor selfies For the first few weeks of the school year, Social Psych lacked the vivacity that most of the classes on my...

Just another November sunset because the one good thing about this month is the stunning sunsets

Dear November, my coldest regards

November 16, 2021

I wish I was better at telling my stories in something other than a series of days when tears beckoned to me like a crushing wave beckons to the sandy sea floor.  I wish I hadn’t nearly run out of...

Play Q&As: Israell King

Play Q&As: Israell King

November 11, 2021

Name: Israell King Grade: 12th 1. What is your role?  "I play No.40, Shopkeeper, and Woman on Train. I also play various roles throughout the production as an extra." 2. Why did you decide...

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time — Fall Play Q&As

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time — Fall Play Q&As

November 11, 2021

This year, FHC's theatre department, directed by John Donovan, is putting on The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.  The show will be running from Thursday, Nov. 11th until Saturday, Nov....

Play Q&As: Jonathan Mossner

Play Q&As: Jonathan Mossner

November 10, 2021

Name: Jonathan Mossner Grade: 10th 1. What is your role?  "My role is Christopher." 2. Why did you decide to try out for the play?  "I've tried out for [plays] before, and I really enjoyed...

Play Q&As: Zach Guikema

Play Q&As: Zach Guikema

November 10, 2021

Name: Zach Guikema Grade: 12th 1. What is your role?  "I am 'the man with socks,' Reverend Peters, and I also play other various roles." 2. Why did you decide to try out for the play?  "I...

Play Q&As: Tara Brace

Play Q&As: Tara Brace

November 10, 2021

Name: Tara Brace Grade: 11th 1. What is your role?  "I play Mrs. Gascoyne—who is a teacher for Christopher's school, a lady at the information desk at a train station, and posh woman on a...

Play Q&As: Desiree Tuohy

Play Q&As: Desiree Tuohy

November 10, 2021

Name: Desiree Tuohy Grade: 12th 1. What is your role?  "I play Judy, who is pretty much Christopher's mom." 2. Why did you decide to try out for the play?  "I decided to try out for...

ABBA returns after 40 years with their ninth studio album, Voyage

Voyage is the autumn to ABBA’s glory days of summer

November 9, 2021

I am a firm believer in listening to Christmas music the day after Halloween.  While the strands of twinkling lights, the fresh zip of pine, and the unparalleled honeyed flavor of eggnog don’t grace...

The view as I walk up to those double doors outside room 139/140 every morning

This moment – mornings, afternoons, evenings, and everything in between

November 3, 2021

It sometimes seems that I can only write on the bad days. Consequently, my written memories are disproportionately drowned out by days that were poignantly horrendous.  As I perpetually struggle to...

A little snapshot of whats becoming home—a candle, a succulent, and the bows we adorned them with

My own “maybe” farewell—to the nest that raised me

November 2, 2021

I never understood why the birds wanted to leave the nest.  Not this nest—with its pale blue twigs threading between the ordinary earthy composition. Not this nest—perched apart from all the others,...

Liam, Ben, Vinod, David, and Tananya spend their fourth hours in Mr. Smiths room working on their separate computer science projects.

Five students focus on the future through a computer science independent study

November 1, 2021

Senior Ben Taylor is technically a professional coder.  In the time he spends lifeguarding at the YMCA, his least favorite activity is the excessive paperwork that surrounds group lessons, so he wrote...

A screenshot from the Apple News app, featuring stories from a variety of news sources

A beginner’s guide into the sphere of political awareness and activism

October 26, 2021

For some reason, when I reflect on my journey into the sphere of political awareness, one of the first things that comes to mind is former Editor in Chief Reena Mathews’ contribution to the 2018-2019...

Spooky Humans: Lisa Penninga

Spooky Humans: Lisa Penninga

October 25, 2021

"I think three years ago, [my family and I] noticed [this house]. This man is so passionate about his home and getting it decorated for Halloween. He talks to everybody that goes by—they have bonfires...

The album cover for Oh Wonders 22 Break, a break-up album written by the people who were breaking up.

Oh Wonder’s 22 Break is a patchwork quilt of October sounds

October 20, 2021

I often think that I’m a collage of all of the people I’ve ever met, that I’ve spent my life collecting little pieces from people to call my own—insignificant little things, like saying “sick”...

Sydney plays in the marching band, plays field hockey and lacrosse, and will be playing volleyball for the first time this winter.

Sydney Fentzke has conquered obstacles and acquired an appreciation for life beyond her years

October 15, 2021

Sophomore Sydney Fentzke is better known to many as “Squid.” “In second grade, we were learning how to rhyme,” Sydney said, “and I was very adamant about how I didn't like the name 'Sid the...

Photo courtesy of a summer trip to a Flowerland with my best friends

This moment – coming to terms with the bad days

October 13, 2021

I’m not sure what happened today—if it was the rain painting the sky in hues of gray, the sleep deficit I was shouldering, or the minute disruptions to my routine here and there—but I couldn’t...

Not a rainy night, but another beautiful sky—taken from a car window

To rainy nights and you

October 12, 2021

Once upon a time, I would’ve driven home on a night like this, sick on the sugar-sweet fumes of the hours I’d spent simply trying to fill in the empty spaces. Headlights reflecting off the rainy streets,...

The album covers for the five songs mentioned in this review

Five songs that fill the silence with harmonious explosions of sound

October 5, 2021

I’d be lying if I said I don’t enjoy a good “sing-it-at-the-top-of-your-lungs-in-the-car” song. By no means would I consider myself musically inclined, but there are few things I find more cathartic...

Seniors Katie Hoffman and Josh Treichel posing for a photo in the darkroom

The darkroom is a restoration of passionate creativity and vintage pursuits

September 30, 2021

Senior Josh Treichel had his doubts about film photography at first.  When he originally laid eyes on his friend’s old film camera, his initial thought—to be exact—was, “What is this hooligan...

The view from a sidewalk bench in downtown Grand Rapids

I couldn’t have pictured this

September 28, 2021

We roamed the busy sidewalks of a city that I’m always shocked to call home, left the in-between spaces we’d previously occupied, and broke down just a few of the barriers that we’d clumsily managed...

Homecoming Court Q&As: Grace Hudkins

Homecoming Court Q&As: Grace Hudkins

September 23, 2021

What was your reaction to hearing your name called? "I was very surprised. It was kind of exciting. I was pretty shocked, but it was pretty cool." Why do you think you were nominated for court? "I'm...

Homecoming Court Q&As: Jack McNamara

Homecoming Court Q&As: Jack McNamara

September 23, 2021

What was your reaction to hearing your name called? "It was just joy. It was pretty cool to hear it and that people [thought] of me to be nominated." Why do you think you were nominated for court? "I...

The first page of my Self Care Sunday journaling from this past week

This moment – self care Sundays

September 22, 2021

I wouldn’t be doing this column justice if I didn’t admit that I was sobbing mere minutes ago.  As I sat down to write, my attention strayed to the old stories on my staff profile—a valiant effort...

The cover art for Nayna Florences podcast, Growing With The Flow, is what initially drew me in.

Nayna Florence’s podcast, Growing With The Flow, creates a comfortable and welcoming space for growth of all kinds

September 21, 2021

It was only Tuesday, and it had already been a long week. I was running off the feeble fumes of the week before, next to zero sleep after senior retreat, and my first-ever Celsius, kiwi guava flavored,...

A picture of the night sky as day bleeds into night

[Photo] The colors of change are bleeding together

September 17, 2021

A picture of the night sky as day bleeds into night

Logan Mix practices ping pong in his basement with his father.

[Photo] Logan Mix is a ping pong prodigy

September 17, 2021

Logan Mix practices ping pong in his basement with his father.

Senior Grace Collins plans to take her remodeled van across the country after graduation.

Grace Collins approaches her future with a van and a plan

September 16, 2021

Through the bustling camaraderie and sawdust-smattered floors of the woodshop, past an imposing green door, in a small lot shaded by twin pine trees, sits senior Grace Collins’ van, lovingly dubbed Lennie. A...

Sunlight coming through a stained glass window in a chapel in Charlevoix, feat Emmas bucket hat

She cannot be the sun

September 14, 2021

Arms wrapped in tight, hiding in the cavern of her own soul, she cowers under the pressure of nothing and everything at all.  Heart pounding out of her chest, fingers transfixed in trivial repetitions,...

Cover art for Maggie Stiefvaters Mister Impossible, the second book in The Dreamer Trilogy

Mister Impossible left me craving more of its whimsical characters and world-building

September 7, 2021

This review contains minor spoilers for The Raven Cycle series and Call Down the Hawk Before I was a writer, I was a reader. I was the little girl who carried a book with her everywhere she went, who...

When I think of the happiness I feel, I think of a greenhouse, full of growth and full of change with every season

This moment – the colors of right now

September 1, 2021

My mornings start at 6:45, I spend two hours a day in room 139, and I’m happy. There aren’t many synonyms for happy, at least not for happiness like this—sustainable, liberating, peaceful. No,...

A bookstore that I visited in Boyne City, Michigan. I bought a copy of Romeo and Juliet for one dollar.

And I would be incomplete without the words

August 31, 2021

The book-filled crates mounted to my bedroom walls house more than just the words of writers who came before me; my own words fill notebooks piled one upon another on top of the crates, only a fraction...

a picture of me in my dads old shirt reaching for books at the top of the shelf

[Photo] My words and how they ground me

August 17, 2021

a picture of me in my dad's old shirt reaching for books at the top of the shelf

This is my cat, Yoshi, sitting by me while I read the third installment in the Shadow and Bone series

This moment – figuring it all out

July 14, 2021

For the past three and a half weeks, I’ve been fighting a sense of self-focused frustration, despite the overall contentment that the golden arrival of summer has brought me. I’ve been guiltily fending...

My best friend took this photo of me on a hike the other day. I feel like it symbolizes a beginning of some kind.

This moment – the beginning

June 17, 2021

Hi. My name is Natalie. If you read The Central Trend with any regularity, you’ve probably read an article or two of mine. For the last three years, I’ve been publishing an average of three articles...

Eighteen sophomore speakers seek to change lives at FHC Inspires

Eighteen sophomore speakers seek to change lives at FHC Inspires

May 28, 2021

The auditorium milled with thirty-some students, the high-ceilinged space warm with conversation and nerves. Matching “FHC Inspires” t-shirts caught my eye at every turn, each one styled differently...

We are so close to summer; I wont give into burnout yet.

The words she has to offer

May 24, 2021

She walks a fragile line, on these desperate late nights, when the words are elusive and uncooperative. She’s mastered the balance between prose and feeling, yet at times, she’s still entirely at a...

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.

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

May 17, 2021

Senior Lynlee Derrick drives like she lives: without hesitation.  In all the ways that it manifests itself, whether it be impromptu ice cream trips with her best friend or hours spent hot-gluing Diet...

FHC Inspires Announcement

FHC Inspires Announcement

May 17, 2021

After a year of relegation to the digital world, FHC Inspires is back in person, redefining the entire show. This year's FHC Inspires team, headed up by student directors Lydia Bolger and Sarah Bethel,...

My best friend, Katarina Lalic, one of the people who has stayed and made me feel so loved

The ribbons of love have kept me standing

May 17, 2021

The past few months have found my sticker-adorned laptop consistently overloaded with tabs partitioned by windows correlating to each of my six subjects.  This system has become a necessity, the only...

Here I am, on my seventh birthday, in the kitchen of my childhood home

Once, she was seven

May 10, 2021

Once, she was seven, and she doesn’t remember much about being seven—mostly the feelings. She remembers how all-consuming those feelings were, the enormous anxiety too great to fit into her small body,...

Abby Wright has been on the staff of The Central Trend since her freshman year and has been Editor-in-Chief for the last two years.

Abby Wright finds home in the people and places that give her life color and vibrancy

May 3, 2021

Senior Abby Wright’s final year of high school found her spending more time than ever in the small town of La Porte, Indiana. While she’d often resided there during her summers, only this year was...

And the kingdom will crumble at her hands

And the kingdom will crumble at her hands

May 3, 2021

it has to be like this impromptu beautiful in simplicity heart racing, fingers dancing   and in a way she's been avoiding   but how else, to capture the epitome of youth   how...

A photo from our second week in a row hiking, on another sad Saturday

Whatever’s in between here and there

April 26, 2021

She’s consumed by conflicting consternation on these late Friday nights, the time for adventures, for laughter in bubbles and bursts, for the epitome of teenage folklore. She feels the shadowy black...

High School Musical Jr. Q&As: Gavin OMeara

High School Musical Jr. Q&As: Gavin O’Meara

April 22, 2021

Name: Gavin O'Meara Grade: 11 Role: Troy Bolton What’s your pre-show warm-up routine? "I usually go through both a vocal and physical warm-up. My vocal warm-up consists of a lot of scales...

High School Musical Jr. Q&As: Thomas Smith

High School Musical Jr. Q&As: Thomas Smith

April 22, 2021

Name: Thomas Smith Grade: 11 Position: Head of Tech What’s your favorite time-killer activity during scenes? "I run and manage most of the technologically related parts of most shows that...

High School Musical Jr. Q&As: Josie Butler

High School Musical Jr. Q&As: Josie Butler

April 22, 2021

Name: Josie Butler Grade: 9 Role: Mrs. Darbus What’s your pre-show warm-up routine? "I don't really have one, but I guess I'd say making sure to drink water and going over lines if I need...

High School Musical Jr. Q&As: Nick Stockenauer

High School Musical Jr. Q&As: Nick Stockenauer

April 22, 2021

Name: Nick Stockenauer Grade: 12 Role: Coach Bolton What’s your pre-show warm-up routine? "I don't have one." Why did you decide to try out for the musical? "Mrs. DeMeester suggested...

High School Musical Jr. Q&As: Abbey Calderwood

High School Musical Jr. Q&As: Abbey Calderwood

April 22, 2021

Name: Abbey Calderwood Grade: 11 Position: Student Director How do you get in your zone before shows? "I make sure everything's running smoothly and everyone's ready to go." What’s your...

High School Musical Jr. Q&As: Sophie Young

High School Musical Jr. Q&As: Sophie Young

April 22, 2021

Name: Sophie Young Grade: 12 Position: Head of Hair, Makeup, and Costume How do you get in your zone before shows? "I don't really think I'm ever out of the zone during shows. If I'm working...

High School Musical Jr. Q&As

High School Musical Jr. Q&As

April 22, 2021

Check out these Q&As with a few of the main cast members and the three crew heads of FHC's production of High School Musical Jr! Go to fhfineartscenter.com to purchase an in-person ticket or live stream...

A photo from Lin Manuel Mirandas poetry book, Gmorning, Gnight! Little pep talks for me and you, which I reviewed my freshman year. I depended on these poems because they told me I was enough.

And the poets have taught me how to transform my pain

April 19, 2021

Poetry is the language of unfathomable pain, of broken people. Poetry is the language of exquisite moments out of time, of mundane beauty rendered in words. Poetry is the language of this moment, with...

The Candlelight Ceremony in 2019, when the class of 2019 transferred leadership to the Class of 2020, the last year that Candlelight was normal

For two senior classes, the Candlelight Ceremony provides a flickering flame of hope

April 19, 2021

Alumna Meredith VanSkiver vividly recalls sitting in the audience of the Candlelight Ceremony her freshman year, enraptured by the sea of glowing candles, longing to someday be recognized in her senior...

I have this sticker on my water bottle in pink. Healing isnt linear.

Fate hasn’t delivered me here today

April 14, 2021

Every time I sit in front of this blank page, with too many fragments of ideas competing to become whole, the fear creeps back in—that I will run out of things to say, run out of ways to say the same...

Womens History Month Q&As: Vicki Felton

Women’s History Month Q&As: Vicki Felton

March 30, 2021

Name: Vicki Felton Years at the school: 18 Field: Special Education What are some of the most exciting experiences you’ve ever had? "Some of my most exciting experiences have been when I'm...

Womens History Month Q&As: Amy Stone

Women’s History Month Q&As: Amy Stone

March 30, 2021

Name: Amy Stone Years at the school: 23 Field: STEM What would you consider to be your greatest achievements?  "Graduating third in my class at Rockford High School [and] winning the Distinguished...

Womens History Month Q&As: Tracy Will

Women’s History Month Q&As: Tracy Will

March 29, 2021

Name: Tracy Will Years at the school: 22 Field: Math What would you consider to be your greatest achievements? "I am proud of the family I've built. I have a great husband and two children,...

Womens History Month Q&As: Laura Zilhaver

Women’s History Month Q&As: Laura Zilhaver

March 29, 2021

Name: Ms. Zilhaver Years at the school: 4 Field: The arts What would you consider to be your greatest achievements? "My ‘greatest achievements’ feel kind of ordinary to me. I am proud of the work...

A sketch of the waves in my heart, bottled by my own self-loathing

The dance and the waves and every moonlit night

March 29, 2021

The moon indifferently illuminates the shoreline where my feet rest in the sand, the cold pressure of the grains leaving a pattern on my skin.  The sun’s jurisdiction ends here; the moon watches...

Load More Stories