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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

Paulina Diesen

Paulina Diesen, Staff Writer

Paulina Diesen is a sophomore entering her first year as a writer for The Central Trend. She loves writing and is excited to have her work published. In her spare time, she can be found drawing and learning new cheers for Friday night football games. She loves spending time with her friends, family, and adorable dog and is always excited to learn new things... that don't include math or science.

Favorite food: ramen noodles and sushi

Favorite type of story to write: reviews

Favorite thing to do in her spare time: drive around and find fun new restaurants

Biggest pet peeve: people that ask questions but don't listen to your response

All content by Paulina Diesen
Junior Paulina Diesen reading in her grandmas library when she was younger

[Photo] Through fantasy universes, students have shaped worldviews that brim with empathy and adventure

February 3, 2022

Junior Paulina Diesen reading in her grandma's library when she was younger

Longtime attendance secretary Marleen Boersen announces her retirement

Longtime attendance secretary Marleen Boersen announces her retirement

August 3, 2021

For the past several years, students, faculty, and families who walked into the main office were greeted by a friendly face known by all: Marleen Boersen. Now, after an illustrious career as the attendance...

The cover of the Shadow and Bone books showcasing the Sun Summoner.

Shadow and Bone Netflix show rekindled my admiration of fictional screenplay

June 3, 2021

Recently, I’ve found myself bored with the plethora of shows available on Netflix. Shows I previously enjoyed watching now fill me with boredom and can’t hold my attention for more than five minutes.  Because...

An old yearbook photo of me—this was during my long-lasting addiction with reading and books.

My past self holds the keys to my imagination

May 26, 2021

I’m a writer.  I’m telling you this as you’re on a website that perfectly documents my thoughts and the little events in my life.  Writers are action-takers; they step into the world, and...

Katherine smiles brightly in front of a beautiful painting on a building wall.

Junior Katherine Hartman finds satisfaction in working hard towards her goals and the future

May 24, 2021

Junior Katherine Hartman would describe her friends as the outdoorsy type.  They love being under the blue sky and the fresh air; their best memories have been made under the sun or moon.  “I...

A picture of the 13 Missed Calls cover photo showcasing the missed calls from his ex-girlfriend.

TikTok singer Zach Hood releases yet another amazing hit

May 19, 2021

TikTok has taken over my life, as I watch videos for fashion inspiration, yummy recipes, and even new music. Many start-up artists release snippets of their music on TikTok or even share the process...

The sunset behind a city scene.

The life of a “giver” is an exhausting, never-ending pathway

May 12, 2021

I’m a giver.  I give and give and give, and I don’t expect anything in return.  It doesn’t matter what it is that is being asked of me, I always push my own feelings and needs aside to fulfill...

Freshman Ava Bacon standing outside on a beautiful, sunny day.

Freshman Ava Bacon finds peace and joy in activities that give her an excuse to be outdoors

May 10, 2021

Freshman Ava Bacon despises being stuck indoors.  She’s only content when she is under the blue sky enjoying the fresh air and cool breeze. Luckily, with golf and snowboarding taking up a large part...

The picture on the Amazon website that shows how the comforter could be styled.

The Bedsure Faux Fur Duvet Cover Set brings comfort and style to my bedroom

May 5, 2021

Sleeping is an extremely important task for me.  I sleep after school and during school; I take pre-bedtime naps and post-bedtime naps. Napping is my favorite hobby.  So it’s extremely important...

Dani peering out of the window.

The hidden blessings of a dog are incomparable

April 28, 2021

I have never been a morning person. It has never been exciting or thrilling to wake up. My family always awoke with a smile and with hope for the day, I awoke hours later with a scowl and a dour need for...

Luke Matelic smiles for the camera.

Luke Matelic is driven to make his lifelong music dreams a reality

April 27, 2021

If you were a part of the audience for the Random Acts of Talent show, you are sure to have heard the name of senior Luke Matelic.  Luke taught himself to play piano at the early age of seven, and...

A picture of all that is included in the Jamie Banks murder file.

Unsolved Case Files is a thrilling activity for those who love mystery and murder

April 21, 2021

My childhood dreams of being a detective have been crushed over the past two days.  With most of the books I read having been made up of iconic detectives likes Nancy Drew, the Mysterious Benedict...

A depiction of self love.

The magic of acceptance has taught me to love myself

April 14, 2021

Our bodies are amazing creations.  They have the ability to breathe, create energy, and grow all on their own. Our bodies expand, create more muscles and stronger bones, and change the complete chemical...

Connor DeFouw finds a close-knit family within the FHC hockey team

Connor DeFouw finds a close-knit family within the FHC hockey team

March 31, 2021

Junior Connor DeFouw has to take extra time to plan which family members his allotted tickets will go to for each of his hockey games.  While deciding the distribution of tickets is a fairly simple...

My friend and I a year ago at a football game.

The freedom of choice brings joy to my bland life

March 24, 2021

I have been active in sports my whole life. Every season has been filled with practices, games, tournaments, and competitions. So, it came as a surprise to my parents when I decided to drop out of Crew—an...

A picture of the book cover giving a hint to what you can look for inside.

Act Like A Lady opened my eyes to what being a woman really means

March 17, 2021

My insecurities are the one part of my life I can depend on to always be there.  Every second of my life is spent comparing myself to others, wistfully looking back at the perfect body of the man or...

Relationships created within sports can lead to a life-long friendship

Relationships created within sports can lead to a life-long friendship

March 16, 2021

Assistant wrestling coach Rasoul Solati knows what it feels like to lose everything you once took for granted while on the run. Solati had to very quickly and abruptly leave his wife and family behind...

I will dance in a field of daisies

I will dance in a field of daisies

March 10, 2021

I have only been able to experience life for sixteen of the ninety years I will most likely live. Yet, I am expected to act like an adult: to be responsible, to never get upset, to act mature, and to...

A depiction of Bean, Luci, and Elfo.

Disenchantment is one of the greatest cartoons I have ever watched

March 3, 2021

A princess, an elf, and a demon walk into a bar.  This sounds like the start of a comedic joke, but in reality, this is the plot of Disenchantment, a newly released cartoon on Netflix.  This cinematic...

Kam Hawkins smiles at the camera.

Kam Hawkins continues to build a close relationship with his grandfather while working towards his financial goals

February 25, 2021

Sophomore Kam Hawkins doesn’t own a phone. In this current day and age, this seems like a strange idea—how could someone ever function without a phone? “My parents want me to buy everything,”...

A telescope overlooking a vast city.

A glimpse into my future

February 24, 2021

I have never been one to procrastinate too much about my future or what it could bring, but with college planning, SATs, ACTs, and AP classes starting to be a prominent aspect in my life, I have found...

Pictures of popular nail decor ideas.

Recent nail trends leave me bored and wanting more creativity

February 17, 2021

With COVID-19 forcing everyone to stay inside, people are looking for any way to release the pent-up energy they have.  One of these ways is TikTok, which allows teens all over the world to witness...

My self-worth has become a reflection of my grades

My self-worth has become a reflection of my grades

February 10, 2021

I’ve fallen into a deep spiral of pulling up the same tab every hour, looking, hoping, for a change.  I never used to be attached to this bookmarked page, but as the pressure of high school, college,...

Some of the students posters laid out on a table.

The biology vaccine unit calms fears surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine

February 9, 2021

Junior Marella Yan has always understood the scientific importance of vaccinations like many of her fellow students. But, with the COVID-19 vaccine causing many to be hesitant with what types of vaccines...

The cover of the series depicting all the actors in the show

Fate: The Winx Saga live-action was undeniably disappointing and ruined my childhood fantasy

February 3, 2021

Growing up, I developed a love for the Winx series, a cartoon based on a group of fairies that attended a secret school, so I was understandably excited when I heard about the release of a live-action...

Honey drips slowly off a wooden spoon.

I’ve got honey on my mind

January 27, 2021

It’s hard finding something to look forward to when my days seem to repeat in an endless loop. I’ve never had a large problem with boredom or being able to find an activity to do; in fact, usually,...

Alaina Briggs stands under the gorgeous sky.

Senior Alaina Briggs struggles to find time for her love of the outdoors as she pursues her dream career

January 25, 2021

Senior Alaina Briggs takes any chance she can to be active and outdoors.  Through competitive horseback riding, hiking, and other activities, Alaina has found an outlet for her need to stay in nature. Alaina...

Beat That game and several game pieces

Beat That, a board game, left me excited to play again

January 20, 2021

My family is addicted to buying board games. The closet attached to my rec room is filled with stacks upon stacks of games of all types: card games, word games, and timer games. Any type of game a person...

A clipboard labeled 2021 is covered with sparkling stars.

Students reveal their reasoning behind choosing not to do New Year’s resolutions

January 15, 2021

Junior Jacob Beels knows he is far too lazy to create a New Year’s Resolution. He finds them unnecessary and knows he wouldn’t be able to complete them.  While New Year's Eve is commonly viewed...

My now plastic plant sitting above my desk.

My room is filled with the shriveled reminders of my toxic green thumb

January 13, 2021

It has taken me years to find out a very important trait about me: I can’t keep a plant alive for the life of me. I’ve tried dozens of times, each time hoping for a different result, and each time...

The align nutrition logo located inside the store.

Align Nutrition opened my eyes to delicious, healthy desserts

January 6, 2021

On certain days, like this current one, I start to have a craving for a large sugar-packed shake. The flavor doesn’t really matter to me as long as the cup is filled with the sweet flavor I desire.  Unfortunately,...

A hand-created shirt.

Through creating their own clothes, students are able to express themselves through unique pieces

December 17, 2020

Junior Emily Smith believes the clothes she wears are a crucial part of showing her individuality and expressing herself.  With social media, store catalogs, internet ads, and shop windows being overfilled...

the raindrops glisten off the window overlooking tall pine trees.

The hopefulness of rainy days

December 15, 2020

On days like today, this rainy, gray, and silent day, I find myself excited for the aftermath. Just as, long ago, farmers prayed for rain to grow harvestable crops, I long for rainy days and the cleansing...

Peach Martine’s new album sparks emotions and is an exhibit of immense talent

Peach Martine’s new album sparks emotions and is an exhibit of immense talent

December 8, 2020

I had planned on listening to the new Love, Peach album as I finished up some extra homework, but I soon found that it would be impossible to try and take my mind off the short but incredible songs.  At...

Lexi Losey-Freyling keeps her head up and follows her passions during hard times

Lexi Losey-Freyling keeps her head up and follows her passions during hard times

December 3, 2020

Junior Lexi Losey-Freyling got to have two Thanksgiving feasts this year.  She celebrated her first Thanksgiving feast with her parents and brother on Thanksgiving day, filling each other in on everything...

Why I cut my bangs

Why I cut my bangs

November 30, 2020

With a single snip, my whole face changed. My oval face was now framed with jaggedly cut pieces of hair.  This wasn’t my first time cutting my own bangs, and it most likely won’t be my last. After...

The strange pets of FHC

The strange pets of FHC

November 29, 2020

For freshman Penny O’Meara, it has become a new normal to warn her friends before they enter her home. Sneakily for those unprepared, her ferrets might surprise them when they first enter the house.  “I...

TCTs The Countless Thanks: Paulina Diesen

TCT’s The Countless Thanks: Paulina Diesen

November 25, 2020

Sophie Kovachevich: for always being up for a fun time I can hardly think of a fun memory that doesn’t involve you. You will always be like a sister to me. You’re always there to make me smile and...

Rebecca was full of stunning visuals and was a beautiful piece

Rebecca was full of stunning visuals and was a beautiful piece

November 23, 2020

When I first started watching Rebecca, I assumed it would be a basic thriller. Even the brief description provided on Netflix for this film made me prepare for a boring night, but this film proceeded to...

The crosswalk that rules my mind

The crosswalk that rules my mind

November 16, 2020

Depression is crossing the street without looking both ways. When I told my friend this, she told me it was amazing and that I should write poetry for The Central Trend. What she didn’t know is that...

Sunny Boba exceeded all expectations and is my current obsession

Sunny Boba exceeded all expectations and is my current obsession

November 9, 2020

I’m one of those people who gives up very easily.  So the fact that I went through the pain of finding the directions to Sunny Boba, taking over fifteen minutes to park, and traversing a five-minute...

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