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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

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
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 18, 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...

This graphic comes from an exhibition, titled Girlhood (Its complicated), on the Smithsonians website. Copy and paste the following link into your search bar to view the exhibition: https://americanhistory.si.edu/girlhood

Women’s History Month Q&As

March 26, 2021

The Central Trend is celebrating Women's History Month! Read our Q&As with female teachers from every department in the school as they discuss their experiences as women.

Dr. Anne Keller is an English 9 and AP Language and Composition at FHC since the beginning of this school year.

Women’s History Month Q&As: Anne Keller

March 26, 2021

Name: Anne Keller Years at the school: 1 Field: English What would you consider to be your greatest achievements? "Up there on my greatest achievements [is] getting my PhD—that was pretty...

Laura Stiles has been a teacher at FHC for 26 years

Women’s History Month Q&As: Laura Stiles

March 26, 2021

Name: Laura Stiles Years at the school: 26 Field: Social Studies What would you consider to be your greatest achievements? "I think that the assembly we pulled off—the Winterfest assembly?...

Whitley Morse has been the assistant principal at FHC for 3 years

Women’s History Month Q&As: Whitley Morse

March 25, 2021

Name: Whitley Morse Years at the school: 3 Field: Administration What would you consider to be your greatest achievements? "Giving birth to my daughter this past November. I didn't give in to having...

Señora Dykhouse has been a Spanish teacher at FHC for 35 years

Women’s History Month Q&As: Tammie Dykhouse

March 25, 2021

Name: Señora Dykhouse Years at the school: 35 Field: World Languages What would you consider to be your greatest achievements? "As far as my career goes, I am very excited about the fact that every...

A rainbow outside D&W this past summer that I cant stop writing about

Don’t leave me behind

March 22, 2021

The future is ubiquitous in the corridors of my mind. I’ve tried fruitlessly to capture her and put her on the page, but I’ve only managed fragments, tangential points in yet another self portrait.  But...

I painted my leg for real, the metaphor stands nonetheless.

Hello spring, I write poetry now

March 15, 2021

A mile and a half on roller skates, my palms and knuckles battered, and I’m sore for days after from hitting the ground too many times. But there were people at the park, and encouragement fell from...

FHCs clubs migrate from outdoor and virtual meetings to the opportunity for in-person meetings.

A sense of normalcy returns as both new and long-standing clubs gain their footing with in-person gatherings

March 15, 2021

Principal Steve Passinault has been committed to ensuring that education could prevail through even the darkest moments this year, but to prioritize the most possible consistency for the school year, he,...

Sophomore Maya Rogne with her dog, bundled up in the snow outside

Maya Rogne has Odyssey of the Mind to thank for her own odyssey in creativity and curiosity

March 10, 2021

Sophomore Maya Rogne once spent a few nights on the grounds of a former Hitler Youth training camp that had been converted into a summer camp.  The strange and solemnly historical experience composed...

The divine being has cloistered the rain

The divine being has cloistered the rain

March 8, 2021

The jar balances on a shelf below the window, shrouded by the sunlight on the best days, a constant in the ever-changing room. It’s painted in landscapes, in the scenery from dreams, in delicate curves...

I think it hurts too much to do it again, to ever take a photo like this one again.

To the fireflies and the light they abandoned

March 1, 2021

I’m unraveling knots, flipping through pages, dipping my brush into every bucket of paint. I’m scared to tell this story wrong, scared to distract from the point, scared to make something from nothing...

This photo of my best friends symbolizes everything I want for my future

Look for her anywhere but here

February 22, 2021

With no volition to call my own, no strength to change the tape, I am watching something else take control over my life, something I refuse to call me. I like to think that some higher power—Fate, Destiny,...

An extremely grainy photo—but nonetheless one of my favorites—from the day I started this list

A tabulation of all that she romanticizes

February 15, 2021

She's always romanticized what's at her fingertips, captured beauty in sentence fragments.   Like stained glass windows in high and hidden places— her church is everywhere.   Or...

A tweet from Superintendent Dan Behm, calling the first snow day of the 2020-21 school year and the first snow day since being shut down last year

The sanctity of snow days is preserved by a community that values safety and mental well-being

February 11, 2021

Last March, with another one of Michigan’s lagging winters reaching an inevitable end, the Forest Hills Public Schools district had only clocked in one snow day. It was a stark contrast to the “snow...

My thrift store pot and dollar tree flowers on top of the notebooks I cant stop collecting

Poems born from an aching soul

February 8, 2021

I can feel myself slipping again, could feel it potently in the overwhelming desire to slip back under it all. My fingertips are rubbed raw from scrabbling at the rocky precipice till they bleed.   No...

A little girl on a pink bike gave this flower to us, and then it was left in my car to wilt, and I guess you could say that flower is me.

She’s not getting enough water

February 1, 2021

She was just a seed, a thought,  a small yellow bloom in a rippling sea of flowers,  and she can’t swim,  so the sea scares her.    But in that sea of flowers,  she was brought...

Students talk about Tropical Smoothie Cafe, Bliss & Vinegar, burgers, Culvers, Starbucks, and Chick-fil-A.

An analysis of the best comfort food amidst a year of chaos and inconsistency

February 1, 2021

I’ve found an unconventional sort of home among the aisles of D&W Fresh Market—especially the version of them with makeshift tape arrows that I shamefully ignore—because my need for the comfort...

The horizon on a beach in Grand Haven, when it was too freezing cold

I’ve never really gotten to know the lines

January 25, 2021

I’m not sure if I like lines.    I guess you could say I like some of them, particularly some of the clearest ones.    The bold, definite ones that delineate the blended colors...

History teacher, Brad Anderson, standing in front a wall in his classroom, circa 2019

Inauguration Day in the classroom: a Q&A with Mr. Anderson

January 21, 2021

Name: Mr. Brad Anderson Classes: AP World History How many of your classes did you show the inauguration today, and for how long? “I started it when the dignitaries started to enter the US Capital...

Media Comm. teacher, Jeff Manders, seated at his desk, circa 2018

Inauguration Day in the classroom: a Q&A with Mr. Manders

January 21, 2021

Name: Mr. Jeff Manders Classes: Civics, Government, Media Communications How many of your classes did you show the inauguration in, and what parts of the inauguration did you show? “It was...

The inauguration proceedings depicted on a projector in one of FHCs classrooms

Inauguration Day and its place in the classroom: opinions from our teachers

January 21, 2021

Inauguration Day was a momentous occasion in the capitol—an event with significant precedent that was produced under a warped lens this year, remaining on par with the absurdity and unexpectedness that...

Me—in a kayak, risking my life by not wearing a life jacket, because I cannot, in fact, swim—living my teenage summer dreams and actually being happy for once.

Some thoughts about silence and what it feels like to sit on the edge of a dock

January 18, 2021

The silence I've come to know isn't really silence. It's merely all the noises that I've never stopped to listen to.   In the absence of every other macabre noise, I can hear...

Its a really long-winded way to say that shes learning what love is

It’s a really long-winded way to say that she’s learning what love is

January 11, 2021

She grew up on stories, was raised by them, if you will.   Between the pages of worn copies, her memories exist to be drawn up again by faintly familiar words. Between the pages,...

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