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The Student Voice of Forest Hills Central

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The Student Voice of Forest Hills Central

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Payton Vincent

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer

Payton is a senior returning for her second year on The Central Trend. When she is not writing stories, you can find her at a coffee shop with a book and an iced caramel latte. She enjoys listening to music, traveling, and spending time with the people she loves. Payton is thrilled to be spending her last year of high school in room 139 once again.

Comfort TV shows: Gilmore Girls and Glee

Favorite feelings: Listening to One Direction in her best friend's Jeep in the summer, people watching while studying in coffee shops, making Spotify playlist, forcing her friends to go to the beach with her, finding a book you can't put down, late night talks at a friends house, going to breakfast after a sleepover, receiving physical notes from loved ones, waking up with the sun, and drinking strawberry lemonade on a humid day.

Starbucks order: Iced Pistachio Latte! It's back!

All content by Payton Vincent
A photo of 2023s Winterfest queen Megan Fox getting crowned

[Photo] This year’s Winterfest Week shines a spotlight on the start of new, distinctive traditions

January 30, 2024

A photo of 2023's Winterfest queen Megan Fox getting crowned

Some pictures from the little things I talk about in this column

S:20 E:23 the one where they graduate

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer May 4, 2023

I hate getting into trouble, but I love doing things I’m not supposed to. I don’t mean anything illegal, or anything that could get me into serious trouble, just little things like sketching on...

The post I made for you on your seventeeth birthday, but blurry because I cant let you know this is about you.

Do you ever stop and think about me?

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer May 2, 2023

I love Taylor Swift. You do too. It was something we bonded over for a while, except when we would disagree on which album was best; you would say Speak Now, I always said 1989, no one argues against...

It’s just another day

It’s just another day

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer April 19, 2023

Three seasons. Three days. A taste of the first season: summer Saturday morning, I woke up with the sun, eager for the day to start and ready for the beginning of a new season to start. As the weather...

Im on my own

I’m on my own

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer April 14, 2023

Walking in circles around my childhood neighborhood, softly singing each word to “On My Own” from the Teen Beach 2 soundtrack, I didn’t let myself go home until I got every word right. I was ten...

Seniors Abby Satterthwaite and Sophie Kovachevich who are rooming together next year at Michigan State University

Seniors plan to stay in close quarters next year

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer March 28, 2023

Next year, the class of 2023 will go their separate ways, but seniors Abby Satterthwaite and Sophie Kovachevich plan on staying close in contact, literally. The current seniors at FHC are coming to a...

Spring Musical Q&As 2023: The Wizard of Oz — Josie Butler

Spring Musical Q&As 2023: The Wizard of Oz — Josie Butler

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer March 24, 2023

Name: Josie Butler Grade: 11 Role: Glinda the Good Witch What's your relationship with your role? "Glinda and I both [have] pretty bubbly personalities, and we both love sparkly dresses" What...

Spring Musical Q&As 2023: The Wizard of Oz — Katelynn Heilman

Spring Musical Q&As 2023: The Wizard of Oz — Katelynn Heilman

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer March 24, 2023

Name: Katelynn Heilman Grade: 12 Role: Aunt Em What's your relationship with your role? "My character loves Uncle Henry and Dorothy, and I love Athan Hillman who plays Uncle Henry,...

Spring Musical Q&As 2023: The Wizard of Oz — Keegan Redmond

Spring Musical Q&As 2023: The Wizard of Oz — Keegan Redmond

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer March 24, 2023

Name: Keegan Redmond Grade: 10 Role: Professor Marvel, Oz Guard, Wizard of Oz What's your relationship with your role? "I am loving playing these characters because they are nothing like the...

A picture from the Starbucks app showing the new policy for their rewards program

The Starbucks rewards program is a significant rip-off

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer March 21, 2023

“Earning” a free coffee at Starbucks now costs up to $200. As an avid iced coffee fanatic, Starbucks has always been a part of my weekly routine due to its convenient location and popularity. Still,...

A collection of photos of my older brother and me through the years.

To my built-in best friend

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer March 20, 2023

If you had told me four years ago I would be writing this story, there is no way I would’ve believed you. Growing up, I always wished I had a twin, or a sister, someone I could talk to and relate...

Freshman Lydia Morey posing for a photo in her dance team uniform

Lydia Morey has danced her way through life

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer March 13, 2023

Freshman Lydia Morey has been on her feet her whole life. At the age of two, her parents put her into dance classes, leading to the beginning of her future and manifesting a love for the art ever since. “I've...

The Cover for the Die For You - Remix by The Weeknd, featuring Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande was the perfect addition to the Die For You Remix

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer March 7, 2023

Sitting in a silent classroom, the only sound that floats through the air are pencils scratching paper.  My brain functions off sound, and while doing any kind of work including equations and numbers,...

A collection of a few notes, photos, and envelopes that bring joy to my day-to-day life

My life is written in love letters

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer March 3, 2023

I have never truly understood the significance of a love letter. Maybe it’s because I’ve never received one, or if I did, I never considered it a love letter. Through media, I created this concept...

Some of the shoes that students of FHC sport in the halls

The shoes of FHC tread the halls in style

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer February 27, 2023

When looking around at the people that stride through the halls of FHC, it is very quickly noticeable who has admirable taste when it comes to pairing the perfect shoes with an outfit. For senior Grace...

The cover for Niall Horans newest single: Heaven

 Niall Horan’s new song, Heaven, is angelic

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer February 21, 2023

It doesn’t get better than this, and by "this," I mean a new Niall Horan song. Ever since the release of his second studio album, Heartbreak Weather, almost three years ago, Horan has been MIA when...

Winterfest Court: Photo Gallery

Winterfest Court: Photo Gallery

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer February 20, 2023

One of the couple of sunsets I discussed in this column

With each dwindling sunset, I am overly aware of the bittersweet end

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer February 16, 2023

Yesterday, as I was driving home, I caught the ending glimpse of the sunset. Although that usually wouldn't strike me as odd, the sky had been dark just moments earlier as I walked out of the building. Though,...

Norah Schaafsma consistently keeps her daily life full

Norah Schaafsma consistently keeps her daily life full

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer February 16, 2023

Junior Norah Schaafsma lives a bustling, busy life. Through the hectic high school schedule, Norah is constantly keeping herself occupied; whether it is through work, sports, or even just hanging out...

The cover of the podcast And Thats What You Really Missed

And That’s What You Really Missed is a positive reflection and inside analysis of the hit show Glee

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer February 7, 2023

“And that’s what you missed on Glee.” This is a familiar phrase to anyone who has seen at least one episode of Glee. Although the show has been over for a little under a decade, Glee stars Kevin...

A picture of a couple of otters swimming around in the grotto

The otters constantly swim around in my mind

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer February 3, 2023

A bead of sweat shines on my forehead as I walk down the hot cement; I could almost feel the heat radiating through the rubber soles of my beat-up shoes. My genuine smile burned bright—luckily, not from...

Some of the nails that girls at FHC have had in the past couple of years

Different nail trends infatuate the students of FHC

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer January 30, 2023

As trends change and fluctuate, one that has stuck around for the past couple of years is acrylic nails. Whether it’s for a specific occasion or just an everyday look, the constantly changing nail...

the cover of The Price of Glee

The Price of Glee was a lame excuse to gossip about stars’ tragedy

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer January 23, 2023

It has been almost ten years since Glee star Cory Monteith passed away due to addiction; since then, two of his costars have passed as well. As a fan of the show Glee, I was a bit surprised and concerned...

Me as a child at my great grandparents house in Florida, a time I wish I could go back to

Time has written me a peace treaty

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer January 22, 2023

The function and concept of time have always been complex thoughts that I find myself constantly pondering. In every definition, time passing has concerned me as it unapologetically urged the future closer...

Junior Sydney Kok in an aesthetically pleasing room

Sydney Kok is inspired by the fashion trends she sees other possess

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer January 13, 2023

Junior Sydney Kok has always been captivated by the wonderful world of Pinterest. Like many other girls, Sydney enjoys testing out different aesthetics she sees on social media, and overall just looking...

A photo of the album cover SZA posted to annouce the album

SZA’s newest album is saturated with heartbreak and revenge

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer January 10, 2023

Twenty-three songs may seem like a lot for one album, but SZA makes it go by in a flash. While listening to SZA’s new album SOS, there was not a single moment when I felt the need to press the skip...

My friend Allison and I absorbing the beauty of Lake Michigan in the winter

My summer fever is cured by winter episodes

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer January 5, 2023

I spend many winter nights dreaming about one thing: summer. As 2022 was coming to a close and I was reflecting on the moments that shined brightest in my memories, the majority took place within the...

The first ever issue of The Forest Edge, distributed on Dec 17, 1997

The Central Trend has been giving students an outlet to express themselves and create new bonds for the past 25 years

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer December 8, 2022

1997 - The Forest Edge 25 years ago, on Dec. 17, 1997, the first issue of The Forest Edge was distributed to all students during a communication break. After a semester of hard work and dedication,...

Me walking you to the car after dinner many years ago

Trickles of your past pleasantly invade my present

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer December 8, 2022

While digging through my mom’s jewelry box a few months ago, I discovered a gold starfish dangling on a dainty gold chain, and I immediately fell in love with it; I soon learned it was yours. The...

The cover of Louis Tomlinsons newest album, Faith in the Future

As much as I would like to gatekeep Louis Tomlinson’s new album, it deserves more recognition

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer November 28, 2022

Throughout the fluctuating phases I've encountered in my life, one of the most prominent was when I was—and still am—a big admirer of the boyband One Direction. Although I became a fan after the band...

December 2008, my older brother and I playing in the  snow in Grand Haven.

It glistened as it fell

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer November 24, 2022

Completely encapsulated in my own mind, I sit still behind the counter waiting for the next customer to come in. Faint Christmas music fogs up the room as I slowly start to adjust back to reality. I notice...

TCT’s The Countless Thanks 2022: Payton Vincent

TCT’s The Countless Thanks 2022: Payton Vincent

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer November 23, 2022

My family- for keeping me grounded I could take up pages just to thank my amazing and constantly supportive family, thank you all, for raising me to be who I am today. Mom - Thank you for always being...

Eshana (right) with her friend, sophomore Charlie Molitor at a football game

Eshana Kaur defines the melodies of her life through the people she meets

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer November 23, 2022

Sophomore Eshana Kaur has established a sixth love language throughout her life: music  Through the therapeutic aspects melodies can bring, Eshana has created many bonds with her peers through her...

Relationship Q&As: Alex Brown

Relationship Q&As: Alex Brown

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer November 20, 2022

Name: Alex Brown Grade: 11 Who are you dating? "Veronica Vincent." How long have you been together and when did you meet? "We've been together for four months, and [we officially met] in...

Relationship Q&As : Kaylin Scheuneman

Relationship Q&As : Kaylin Scheuneman

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer November 20, 2022

Name: Kaylin Scheuneman Grade: 12 Who are you dating? “Tyler Poth.” How long have you been together and when did you meet? “Three and a half years; it was eighth grade, and I was twelve...

Relationship Q&As: Abbie Glass

Relationship Q&As: Abbie Glass

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer November 20, 2022

Name: Abbie Glass Grade: 10 Who are you dating? “Micah Meadow.” How long have you been together and when did you meet? “Over three years [since we met] in seventh grade.” How...

Establishing  independence before getting into a relationship is essential

Establishing independence before getting into a relationship is essential

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer November 17, 2022

The desire to have a companion often blinds teens to the effects that romantic relationships will have on them at a young age.  Although some high school relationships end with a happily ever after,...

The best relationship advice is given by those who see it from an outside perspective

The best relationship advice is given by those who see it from an outside perspective

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer November 15, 2022

“How do you give the best advice when you have never been in a relationship?” This question has popped up in conversations with my friends many times before. It always seems that the individuals...

Through the eyes of an observer

Through the eyes of an observer

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer November 15, 2022

High school romantic comedies have always been my favorite type of movie. Whether it was a Disney Channel Original I watched when I was a kid or the plethora of Netflix films I add to my list on a daily...

The cast of Clue performing during one of their dress rehearsals

Clue: On Stage exceeded my already high expectations

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer November 15, 2022

Ever since going to see FHC’s production of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella last spring, I have become absolutely enthralled by the talent of the FHC Theater Department.  When the 2022 fall...

Investigative series: Payton Vincent - Dating in high school, is it worth it?

Investigative series: Payton Vincent – Dating in high school, is it worth it?

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer November 15, 2022

Is dating in high school worth it? It is very common for teenagers to start dating once they get into high school, but how does it affect them in their most formative years? In this investigative series,...

Clue Q&As: Jonathan Mossner

Clue Q&As: Jonathan Mossner

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer November 11, 2022

Grade: 11 Role: Mr. Green Why do you enjoy being in the play? “It’s just really fun to do, and even though it can be stressful sometimes, [I’m] surrounded by people who also [are there]...

Clue Q&As: Letizia Cumbo-Nacheli

Clue Q&As: Letizia Cumbo-Nacheli

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer November 11, 2022

Grade: 11 Role: Singing Telegram Girl Why do you enjoy being in the play? “I get to meet new people that I never would have thought myself to mix with, and it’s a new experience that I always...

Clue Q&As: Josie Butler

Clue Q&As: Josie Butler

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer November 10, 2022

Grade: 11 Role: The Motorist Why do you enjoy being in the play? “I enjoy being in the play because of the community, and I love being on stage. Any opportunity [I have] to perform and I’m...

Clue Q&A: Gia Monterusso

Clue Q&A: Gia Monterusso

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer November 10, 2022

Grade: 11 Role: Mrs. White Why do you enjoy being in the play? “It’s a fun space to make friends, and I like being on stage so it is always a great time to participate.” What made you...

My playlist consisting of the four albums that have defined my high school experience

The melodies that defined the past four years

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer November 10, 2022

I have always had a connection with music. From a young age, it captured me in its grasp and I have never had the desire to escape.   Every moment of my life has been defined by a melody. There are...

One of the many covers from the horror movie: Smile

Smile was disturbingly awful

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer November 1, 2022

I have never been an avid horror movie fan but in the spirit of Halloween, however, I decided I would indulge in the movie some of my friends had been raving about: Smile. The main storyline of the...

The cover of Meghan Trainors new album: Takin It Back

Meghan Trainor is returning to her roots in her new album Takin’ It Back

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer October 27, 2022

When I was ten years old, I bought my first ever album, Title by Meghan Trainor. After I had become enthralled by her hit song All About That Bass, I saved up all my allowance until I was able to pay the...

Sophomore Paige Jacobs (second from right)
 with a couple friends at a football game

Paige Jacobs creates life-long bonds and memories through dance

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer October 25, 2022

Floating throughout the hallways of a hotel in Florida was a fit of hushed laughs and creativity bubbling out of FHC’s Varsity Dance Team. These are the bonding moments sophomore Paige Jacobs strives...

The beginning of the end

The beginning of the end

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer October 17, 2022

As Homecoming week came to a close, and we took our final bow to High School Musical during the senior lip sync, the reality of the future set in once again. I have spent my entire life in a bubble...

The autumn trees changing color on the drive

The scenic views that keep her sane

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer October 13, 2022

Laying underneath the weight of college applications and AP classes is a seventeen-year-old girl whose anxiety has taken over her emotions. Driving home from a dinner with friends, she’s contemplating...

Some of the ceiling tiles students painted for the transcendentalism project.

Students develop an admiration for nature and self-discovery through the transcendentalism unit

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer October 11, 2022

Three years ago, English teacher Ken George went to Walden Pond in Massachusetts to see the homes of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, and when he returned, he had a whole new mindset for teaching. The...

The Two Hot Takes podcast is setting a spooky tone for fall with their newest episodes

The Two Hot Takes podcast is setting a spooky tone for fall with their newest episodes

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer October 4, 2022

If someone would have told me a year ago that I would be spending my morning drives to school listening to a podcast, rather than staying within the comfort of my meticulously crafted playlists, I wouldn’t...

The moonlight reflecting on the water in Grand Haven, Michigan.

The shores of Lake Michigan are more charming while glistening in the moonlight

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer September 29, 2022

I have never sat on the sandy shores of a beach for more than twenty minutes at a time. My childhood was filled with endless days in the scorching sun—swimming carelessly through the waves that crashed...

Junior Heather Jaze posing for a selfie

Heather Jaze expands her values through the clubs of FHC

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer September 27, 2022

For junior Heather Jaze, her social life is a prominent priority, and she expresses it through a method that is often stripped of its deserving appreciation: the clubs of FHC. Heather has always tried...

Plumfield Books is the serene scene every book lover needs in their life

Plumfield Books is the serene scene every book lover needs in their life

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer September 20, 2022

The only true way to escape reality is through the essence of books, and I’m not referring to the mind-numbing novels that are strategically placed within a high school curriculum. It took me the...

My friends and I throughout the past 4 years

As senior year begins, my teenage years are slipping through my fingers

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer September 15, 2022

 I have never been the type of person to take life for granted. I try to display my gratitude in multiple ways, but I never knew that the gratitude would blind me from the reality of my teenage years. While...

Ranger Stadium

The first week of school manifests excitement throughout the halls of FHC

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer September 11, 2022

The first week of school establishes the tone for an exciting year ahead, but as a new member of the high school, it can be a bit overwhelming. Freshman Maggie Hill endured the nerve-wracking first week,...

Top Gun: Maverick surpassed the expectations that were set from the original film

Top Gun: Maverick surpassed the expectations that were set from the original film

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer September 6, 2022

The opening scene of the movie Top Gun is considered one of the most exhilarating scenes of all time, well, according to my grandpa it is. Recently, it dawned on me that I had never seen the iconic...

Thank you for listening

Thank you for listening

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer December 17, 2019

I try to speak, but no words come out. My brain gets flustered and overwhelmed when those words aren’t expressed. Stress—pressure that weighs down on me day by day—closes in until I feel as if I...

Exam preparation looks different for all students

Exam preparation looks different for all students

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer December 12, 2019

As exams are closing in, freshman Grace Crook is preparing to start studying for her first round of high school exams. “I study at least two weeks to a week-and-a-half before and try not to cram,”...

Liam Paynes newest album LP1 did not disappoint

Liam Payne’s newest album LP1 did not disappoint

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer December 10, 2019

After not hearing much from Liam Payne in the past couple of years, I was taken by surprise when I found out he was releasing his newest album: LP1. With a variety of upbeat songs featuring many other...

The little boy with the biggest heart

The little boy with the biggest heart

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer December 3, 2019

My four-year-old cousin is the only person who can brighten my day in an instant. The only person who can make me smile within seconds of walking into the room. But back then, I was scared my new little...

I enjoyed spending my free time listening to Ruels newest EP Free Time

I enjoyed spending my free time listening to Ruel’s newest EP Free Time

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer November 26, 2019

After hearing about Ruel from my friends and listening to some of his other songs myself, I was thrilled to listen to his newest EP Free Time, and as usual, he didn’t disappoint. Earlier this year,...

The small blue house on a steep hill

The small blue house on a steep hill

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer November 19, 2019

I hope they enjoy my house; I hope they love it as much as I did. The small blue house on a steep hill of a bumpy road that I once claimed as my own is no longer mine. The only place I knew as home...

Project-based learning is helping students learn more efficiently

Project-based learning is helping students learn more efficiently

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer November 14, 2019

Civics teacher Jeff Manders decided to take a different approach to teaching this year with project-based learning. “It’s them doing something with the information as opposed to ‘read this, memorize...

Rex Orange Countys newest album Pony sums up life in 10 songs

Rex Orange County’s newest album Pony sums up life in 10 songs

Payton Vincent, Staff Writer November 12, 2019

After hearing a few of Rex Orange County’s hits in the past and then deciding to listen to his newest album, Pony left me overly pleased.  Each song seemed to be crafted from a mold of personal experiences...

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