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Payton Field

Payton Field , Staff Writer

Payton is a senior and entering her fourth year on staff. Aside from writing for TCT, Payton dances with the Grand Rapids Ballet Company as a trainee. She takes one official class at school and the rest of her classes online, in order to accommodate her ballet schedule. This past summer, Payton spent 5 weeks at an intense ballet program in Seattle at the Pacific Northwest Ballet. A few years ago, she did the same thing but in on the east coast with the Boston Ballet School. Payton also likes to hike and travel. She hiked places like Half Dome and Lassens Peak in California. Payton enjoys interacting with everyone on staff and is excited for what this year will hold.

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TCT's The Countless Thanks 2018: Payton Field

TCT’s The Countless Thanks 2018: Payton Field

November 14, 2018

Ken George-- Mr. George, the impact you have had on my life is immeasurable. Over the years, we have formed an exceptional bond-- a relationship that I will always cherish and treasure. When I joined...

The power of powering off

The power of powering off

September 19, 2018

“Alright everyone, this is a technology-free zone. If I see anyone on their phone, I will confiscate it.” Almost immediately after loading the senior retreat bus, that is what I heard. As I...

The Ant-Man and the Wasp is a good watch for a typical Avenger fanatic

The Ant-Man and the Wasp is a good watch for a typical Avenger fanatic

September 12, 2018

For the people who know me, they know that I typically don’t watch superhero movies. I love movies ranging from anything Disney to a classic Nicholas Sparks romance. A few weeks ago, I was eagerly awaiting...

The

The “lasts” of junior year

June 7, 2018

One half-day. That’s all that I have left of my junior year. After what has felt like months of a neverending roller coaster of calamitous agony and empowering growth, I have one half-day left. One half-day,...

The importance of exams in today's society

The importance of exams in today’s society

June 7, 2018

As I’m sure most high school students would agree, final exams are grueling. When I was a sophomore, I had two of my hardest exams in one day: chemistry and geometry. But the next day, I didn’t have...

Is the term

Is the term “best friend” considered “exclusive” in today’s society?

May 24, 2018

For as long as I can remember, I have used the term “best friend” to describe anyone of significant importance in my life. I have used the term when describing my sisters, Ellie and Clare. I have used...

Ethan Vredenburg - Class of 2019 Trustee

Ethan Vredenburg – Class of 2019 Trustee

May 23, 2018

Name: Ethan Vredenburg Grade: Junior Running for: Trustee 1. How long have you been a part of student council? "This is my first year running for student council." 2. Why are you running? "I...

Katie Johnson - Class of 2019 Trustee

Katie Johnson – Class of 2019 Trustee

May 23, 2018

Name: Katie Johnson Grade: Junior Running for: Trustee 1. How long have you been a part of student council? "This is my first year running." 2. Why are you running? "I am running to...

Humans of FHC: Barry Crown

Humans of FHC: Barry Crown

May 17, 2018

"I work at Spoonlickers with my two friends Jon Quist and Sam Noonan. It's really cool because I get free FroYo the whole time, and I get to spend some quality time with my friends. Sometimes while working,...

New Netflix release, My Scientology Movie, is a must-see

New Netflix release, My Scientology Movie, is a must-see

May 10, 2018

About a week ago, while I was at a weekly youth group meeting, I was told that I “had to watch” this new Netflix documentary. This new documentary included a behind-the-scenes glance at a mysterious...

Humans of FHC: Elise Rapeyko

Humans of FHC: Elise Rapeyko

April 19, 2018

"Most people don't know that my family is part Ukrainian. Some nights, for birthdays and special occasions, we have this tradition of having a three-course meal. We start with cold food, then hot food,...

Ping Pong Club is started by sophomores Ali Azeem and Advith Reddy

Ping Pong Club is started by sophomores Ali Azeem and Advith Reddy

April 12, 2018

It's a Monday afternoon, and the school day is just ending. The sounds of competitive trash talk and ricocheting ping pong balls travel through the hall. For sophomore students Ali Azeem and Advith Reddy,...

New show, Rise, exceeds all expectations

New show, Rise, exceeds all expectations

April 9, 2018

As much as I hate to admit it, I am a binge watcher. Almost every month I find a new show to binge watch, ranging from Criminal Minds to The Office to Grey's Anatomy. For the past month, I have been hooked...

Orca whales should be swimming in the ocean, not a fish tank

Orca whales should be swimming in the ocean, not a fish tank

March 15, 2018

"Killer whale kills trainer at Orlando's Sea World: A veteran trainer at Orlando's SeaWorld was dragged underwater to her death on Wednesday in the jaws of Tilikum, the oldest and largest killer whale...

Humans of FHC: Giulia Marcuccio

Humans of FHC: Giulia Marcuccio

March 1, 2018

"When I first came here from Italy, there were so many new things. The school here is very different than what I am used to. I have always known bowling as mostly a hobby, but here at FHC, it's a team....

New Netflix arrival 47 Meters Down is too predictable

New Netflix arrival 47 Meters Down is too predictable

February 15, 2018

There are three things that I hate more than anything in the world. The first thing is snakes, then heights, and then lastly, sharks. Sharks. Where do I even begin? In many movies, sharks are portrayed...

Junior Averi Schelhaas is spending her time in the mountains

Junior Averi Schelhaas is spending her time in the mountains

February 8, 2018

They say that going to the mountains is like going home. For junior Averi Schelhaas, pieces of her heart are scattered across many mountains, ranging from the Rocky Mountains in Colorado to the Appalachian...

Freshman Lexi Erbantrout auditions for prestigious companies across the country

Freshman Lexi Erbantrout auditions for prestigious companies across the country

January 15, 2018

For a young ballet dancer, going away to a summer intensive program is crucial to the success of their career. It is for that reason that freshman student Lexi Erbantrout is spending her third summer traveling...

Senior students Leyla Erhan and Evelyn Pae start the new Poetry Club

Senior students Leyla Erhan and Evelyn Pae start the new Poetry Club

January 11, 2018

With a passion for writing heartfelt and impactful poems, senior students Leyla Erhan and Evelyn Pae created the Poetry Club. Meeting every Wednesday in Room 215, the goal of Poetry Club is to encourage...

My goals for 2018

My goals for 2018

January 1, 2018

Looking back on this past year, there have been many memorable experiences and moments that I will remember for the rest of my life. From getting a trainee contract with a ballet company, to hiking mountains...

New Netflix release, A Christmas Prince, is predictable and lousy

New Netflix release, A Christmas Prince, is predictable and lousy

December 11, 2017

In my spare time, I often find myself scanning Netflix for the new releases of addicting TV shows and movies. Although I hate to admit it, I love cheesy romantic movies. This past Saturday, while buried...

Do something different

Do something different

December 4, 2017

Getting stuck in the same routine is easy to do. Trust me, I know from experience. Every day I wake up, go to school, leave to go dance, go back to school, then go back to dance. Quite honestly, it's hard...

My cousins made my childhood memorable

My cousins made my childhood memorable

November 27, 2017

Thinking back to my childhood, some of my best memories were spent with my cousins. I can vividly remember how the drive to my grandparent's house felt like we were traveling through a thick tuft of saltwater...

Humans of FHC: Catie Tuori

Humans of FHC: Catie Tuori

November 27, 2017

"My favorite Thanksgiving dish is potatoes. There is always an assortment of food everywhere. One time, my cousin tried to make a green bean casserole and accidentally made it with water instead of the...

Madcap Cafe is satisfying and excellent

Madcap Cafe is satisfying and excellent

November 20, 2017

Typically, I don't like coffee. If I am being totally honest, I think coffee tastes like the way your mouth tastes after throwing up. It is gross. But in a society full of star-crossed coffee lovers,...

TCT's The Countless Thanks: Day 14 - Payton Field

TCT’s The Countless Thanks: Day 14 – Payton Field

November 20, 2017

Vanessa "Nessa" Chavarriaga Nessa, you have truly changed and impacted my life immensely. I am constantly in awe of your fearless grace and empowering will. Before even beginning, I have to thank you...

FHC implements new competitive cheer team

FHC implements new competitive cheer team

November 16, 2017

From tumbling across a beam to dancing, flipping, and chanting, junior Jordan Boltres is entering new territory. She is retiring the vaults and beams and trading them in for pom poms and chants as she...

Terra does not meet my high standards

Terra does not meet my high standards

November 13, 2017

The aroma of freshly baked barbecue chicken pizza wafted through the air. The spicy smell of buffalo cauliflower bites made my mouth water and ravenous stomach grumble. But the enticing smells were the...

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Thank you, Mom

Thank you, Mom

November 6, 2017

Dear Mom, Words cannot even begin to explain the immeasurable amount of love, admiration, and appreciation that I have for you. It has been said many times before that "my mom is the best mom in the...

Humans of FHC: Abby Stone

Humans of FHC: Abby Stone

October 30, 2017

"On my backpack, I have a bunch of different buttons. I found some of them online and some of them elsewhere. My favorite one right now is a Disney button because it is fun and bright. [By putting them...

I miss California

I miss California

October 26, 2017

Picture yourself standing at the top of a mountain; sun beams glistening and sparkling onto the snow, a pink and purple pastel sky, with clouds engulfing you in their eerie grasp. Imagine a feeling of...

Humans of FHC: Tracy Will

Humans of FHC: Tracy Will

October 23, 2017

"I love shopping at T.J. Maxx and last year before Christmas, they had this day calendar called 'Today is going to be a great day.' It was a little book filled with positive quotes, so of course knowing...

Pulling To Kill a Mockingbird from the curriculum hurts students

Pulling To Kill a Mockingbird from the curriculum hurts students

October 19, 2017

To the districts who banned To Kill a Mockingbird, I first read To Kill a Mockingbird in Honors English 9 my freshman year. I can vividly remember that before even beginning the book, my class was...

New math teacher Daniel Garbowitz takes over for Jake Mills

New math teacher Daniel Garbowitz takes over for Jake Mills

October 16, 2017

From an excessive love for the University of Michigan to an avid commendation of Michigan State, Room 223 has not only changed loyalties in rival colleges, but it also has changed occupants. New math teacher...

Brick and Porter restaurant creates yummy and appetizing meals

Brick and Porter restaurant creates yummy and appetizing meals

October 12, 2017

It was a hot Saturday evening and after walking around Art Prize for a few hours, I was starved. I was starved to the point where my stomach was making noises that sounded like a grumbling bear. After...

Humans of FHC: Ayesha Jeddy

Humans of FHC: Ayesha Jeddy

October 9, 2017

"Before high school began, I was nervous about getting to class on time because the school is so big. I was also a bit nervous about having a lot of homework. So far, I have enjoyed having faster-paced...

Teacher Brad Anderson engages students through a multitude of outdoor challenges

Teacher Brad Anderson engages students through a multitude of outdoor challenges

October 2, 2017

Over the past few years, world history teacher Brad Anderson has made his mark on many generations of students. From gladiator battles to the tournament of champions debates, his innovative ideas for teaching...

An open letter to my fellow juniors

An open letter to my fellow juniors

September 28, 2017

To the junior class of 2019, Before I begin, I would just like to ask one simple question: What is the point behind homecoming? Each year, some of us spend a countless amount of hours preparing...

Humans of FHC: Emily Briggs

Humans of FHC: Emily Briggs

September 25, 2017

"Each day, I go to Northern to attend the STEM program. I wanted to take advanced classes, and this program has definitely helped me do that. The block classes are the best part because our schedule changes...

Humans of FHC: Kara Bolger

Humans of FHC: Kara Bolger

September 25, 2017

"[Every Sunday, I go to Ada Bible Church and am a part of a youth group called Lifeline.] My favorite part of the night is worshiping. Each week, we have live music and everyone will always sing and dance....

My sisters are growing up

My sisters are growing up

September 21, 2017

When I was younger, my sisters and I used to play this game called "The Best Friends Game." We would each create our own house, cook each other food, and use ingredients such as acorns, leaves, flowers,...

Season four of Bachelor in Paradise is a crowd disappointment

Season four of Bachelor in Paradise is a crowd disappointment

September 11, 2017

Seventeen people, a tropical island filled with beauty, and a chance to find love. It sounds like the perfect scenario and place to find a soulmate, right? No, wrong. Since 2014, the notorious series Bachelor...

How hiking Half-Dome helped me

How hiking Half-Dome helped me

September 7, 2017

238 days ago, I found out that I was going on a trip of a lifetime; a trip full of adventure and courage, a trip full of towering mountains and rolling ocean waves, and a trip that would teach me the importance...

Humans of FHC: Abby Hier

Humans of FHC: Abby Hier

September 4, 2017

"Joining the swim and dive team and the crew team was one of the best decisions that I have made, because I have met some of my best friends through the sports. [Not only that,] but I have also made so...

Ashley Jenkins explores through the ocean while Scuba Diving

Ashley Jenkins explores through the ocean while Scuba Diving

August 31, 2017

Picture this: Being 30 feet beneath the surface of the ocean with the sound of silence ringing throughout your ears. Colorful and radiant coral scattered across the floor, and a ghosted shipwreck haunting...

New ice cream shop, Frosty Boy, lives up to high expectations

New ice cream shop, Frosty Boy, lives up to high expectations

August 28, 2017

First it was Sundaes at the Cottage, then it became Sundaes at Cascade Point. Now, they've taken on a whole new name: Frosty Boy of Cascade. Located on the edge of Cascade Road, Frosty Boy has yet to disappoint,...

Teacher Sean Ivory composes and creates music

Teacher Sean Ivory composes and creates music

May 30, 2017

The sound of voices ringing throughout a theater, an audience full of thundering applause, and an overall feeling of pride and accomplishment. For teacher and composer Sean Ivory, this is everyday reality....

2017 Student Council Q&A - Maddy Williams

2017 Student Council Q&A – Maddy Williams

May 24, 2017

Name: Maddy Williams Grade: Sophomore 1.) Why did you decide to run for Secretary? "I decided to run for secretary because I have always had an interest in student council. Before this year I...

Dear Sophomore Year

Dear Sophomore Year

May 22, 2017

Dear Sophomore Year, For the past thirty minutes, I have been sitting here and staring at my computer. I have been reflecting on this past year and also trying to put this year's experiences into...

Back to Basics Q&A

Back to Basics Q&A

May 10, 2017

Film: Back to Basics Producer: JJ Rabideau 1.) What theme would you consider your film? "My film is a comedy" 2.) Can you give a brief overview of the plot of your film? "Mr. George gets...

A Dog's Purpose is a new fan favorite

A Dog’s Purpose is a new fan favorite

May 8, 2017

I am a firm believer that a book is always better than its movie. I've learned that movies tend to leave out certain details and personally, I think the actors chosen to portray the different characters...

Criminal Minds or Beyond Borders-- new TV show spin-off

Criminal Minds or Beyond Borders– new TV show spin-off

May 1, 2017

It's hair-raising, diabolical, and captivating. It's full of mystery and suspense, with each episode leaving me teetering on the edge of my seat with goosebumps shivering up and down my arms. The popular...

Important dates for seniors!!

Important dates for seniors!!

April 24, 2017

With about a month left of school, many students here at FHC are highly anticipating the warm, homework-free, relaxing summer days. Soon our hallways will be a little less crowded as the seniors prepare...

New netflix show 13 Reasons Why provokes controversy

New netflix show 13 Reasons Why provokes controversy

April 17, 2017

In the weeks since its release, the new Netflix series 13 Reasons Why has touched the hearts of many, sparking controversial conversations and teaching important life lessons that have been impactful to...

Happiness can be found in a dolphin

Happiness can be found in a dolphin

April 10, 2017

During the dreary and wet months of February, March, and April, the anticipation and longing for spring break is fixated in almost everyone's mind. The feeling of desperation for intense sunlight and the...

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