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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

Sofia Hargis-Acevedo

Sofia Hargis-Acevedo, Editor in Chief

Sofia is a junior entering her third year on The Central Trend as Editor in Chief. She is on the FHCVDT and has been dancing for fourteen years. Since she joined the class her freshman year, Sofia has learned to express herself through the wonderful art of writing. She has found a home in room 139 and cannot imagine spending her sixth hour anywhere else with anyone else. When she's not in the classroom or on the dance floor, you will find Sofia at the bookstore picking up every book she sees, flipping through the pages, and then writing down the name of the book in her notes so she can come back for it later. She also loves to spend her free time with her friends laughing and driving around. She is more than excited for this school year and all that will come with it.

Her top item on her bucket list: Go to a bunch of national parks out west, specifically Mt. Rainier in Washington

Her favorite book: The Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller

Her comfort movie: Juno; it's such a cute and goofy movie

Is she still scared of flying things? Yes, unfortunately she still is

All content by Sofia Hargis-Acevedo
Emma Chamberlains main living room in her new home.

Emma Chamberlain’s new home sets the standard for all new architecture

October 4, 2022

The first time I ever watched an Emma Chamberlain YouTube video was in my neighbor’s bedroom inside her massive blanket fort.  We watched her drive around in her car and drink coffee while she showed...

This is the famous Revenge Dress That Princess Diana wore to the Serpentine Gallery dinner in 1994.

A closer look into Princess Diana’s notable defiance to royal fashion

September 27, 2022

Recently, along with the disheartening news following H.M. Queen Elizabeth’s death, articles and posts popped up on my social media remembering the impact of Princess Diana of Wales on the world. Her...

The freshman and sophomores facing off in tug-of-war at this years first Ranger Challenge.

Ranger Challenges are the perfect way for students to fully immerse themselves in FHC culture

September 25, 2022

To AP World History teacher Brad Anderson, comradery within the classes is one of the most integral aspects of the ideal high school experience. FHC has been continuing a unique tradition since 2004,...

The movie poster for Elvis, starring Austin Butler and Tom Hanks.

Elvis was an infatuating depiction of the life of the King of Rock

September 20, 2022

I was never one to avidly listen to Elvis Presley. Of course, much like the rest of the world, I was fond of the King of Rock, but I was no superfan. I knew some of his more popular songs such as “Jailhouse...

This was in Isabela, Puerto Rico, where we stayed for part of our trip this summer.

I find solace in her wind, her water, her rain, her waves

September 13, 2022

In the fourteen years since we last embraced, I forgot what she truly looked like, how she smelled, what she sounded like, and one last important aspect: how much I love her. At age two, I could...

This is me the summer before first grade after finishing my first ever chapter book.

The gratitude monologues – just the beginning

September 7, 2022

It’s hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that I’m writing this right now. I would fantasize over this moment just two years ago, back when I thought my dreams were unrealistic. I remember...

An image of the forest fires in California taking over the landscape.

The ugly truth about forest fires

September 6, 2022

On the West Coast of the US, states are being engulfed by the unforgivable, unremorseful flames of forest fires. Specifically in California, homes are being destroyed, many people have been either killed...

Allie and me on my favorite chair in November before our daily staff meeting began.

The blissful transition from following a beaten trail to shining light on a new one

June 2, 2022

They’ve danced wistfully through these past two years with one another, arms interlocked, feet hitting the concrete in unison. Together, the two young girls have embarked on a treacherous journey;...

This is the moment before the end credits roll. It is the final scene that beautifully flickers across the screen.

An extravagant ending to a film worthwhile

May 31, 2022

Things are ending now. The past nine months race through my mind like a film in fast motion. What started in vibrant colors faded to a dull black and white over time. We are reaching the credits scene,...

The cover picture for Harry Styles phenomenal third album, Harrys House.

Harry Styles’ third album is a whirlwind of emotions depicted in an awe-inspiring way

May 25, 2022

Eight hundred and eighty-nine days. That is how long it has been since Harry Styles released his sophomore album, Fine Line. Since then, he has gone on tour, released a nail polish line, and has headlined...

Steve Labenz, who just won the Ben Emdin Guiding Principles and Action Award award.

Steve Labenz was just presented the Ben Emdin Guiding Principles and Action Award

May 16, 2022

On May 12, 2022, US History and AP Seminar teacher Steve Labenz was presented the Bed Emdin Guiding Principles and Action Award. This is given to "individuals who have had a long-term commitment to Forest...

Sydney, Jessie, Meggie, Allie, and I all hugging one another, sobbing about the time that got away from us.

The ongoing, everlasting concept of time: part 2

May 13, 2022

The windows were down, the air was cool. Six of us were packed into Nat’s red minivan. As the two youngest in the group, Syd and I were stuck in the third row. As we flew down the highway, Olivia...

Prom Court Q&As: Sam Yeager

Prom Court Q&As: Sam Yeager

May 12, 2022

What was your reaction to getting on prom court? "I was surprised and happy that I got called up." What are your short-term future plans? "[I will be] attending GVSU studying supply chain management...

Prom Court Q&As: Abby Berlin

Prom Court Q&As: Abby Berlin

May 12, 2022

What was your reaction to getting on prom court? I was honestly very surprised when I heard my name. I wasn’t expecting it at all and the 'Abigail' through me off at first. What are your short-term...

2022 Prom Court Q&As

2022 Prom Court Q&As

May 12, 2022

The 2022 Prom Court has been announced! Check out these Q&As with these ten seniors so you can learn more about the contenders!

The cover to Jack Harlows newest album, Come Home The Kids Miss You.

Jack Harlow’s new album is perfect background music

May 10, 2022

Recently on TikTok, a snippet of Jack Harlow’s single “First Class” became extremely popular across the app. After hearing it multiple times as I scrolled through aimlessly, the chorus quickly became...

All of the Film Fest posters for this years event.

After a year’s worth of work, FX students are showcasing their films at the 2022 Film Fest

May 5, 2022

Senior Jack McNamara was put in one of the smallest groups for the 2022 FHC Film Festival on May 5th. This year, his group consists of two other people: seniors Ryan Fitzgerald and Ivan Wheland. While...

Jessie Warren, a talented writer on The Central Trend, posing for her senior pictures.

Jessie Warren has made her imprint on the world with her passion of telling stories

May 5, 2022

As a young girl, senior Jessie Warren would spend hours wandering the woods in her backyard, losing herself in the deepest corners of her brain. There, she would recount elaborate stories out loud for...

I took this on a hike with my friends not long before I turned sixteen; just as I was finally reaching the edge.

A new ballad begins as she finally jumps over the edge

May 3, 2022

Timidly, she walks, creeping closer and closer to the edge. She slowly puts one foot in front of the other. Her breathing is quick. Her heart is pounding. Her entire body is trembling. All she has to...

This was taken the day that this poem was based on. It was the first time in a while that I had felt so good, and I didnt want the feeling to slip away.

Breathe in, don’t breathe out

May 2, 2022

Breathe in the faint aroma of a light rain shower and musk from the trees that have had snow resting on their branches for too long and the car air freshener that leaves lilacs  lingering...

Top left: cover art for Free, by Florence + The Machine. Top right: cover art for Thousand Miles, by The Kid LAROI. Bottom left: cover art for Where you are (feat. WILLOW), by PinkPantheress. Bottom right: cover art for Plan B, by Megan Thee Stallion.

After opening my eyes to new music on Spotify, I found music I enjoyed, along with songs I’ll never listen to again

April 26, 2022

Every week, Spotify updates its playlist, titled “New Music Friday.” They take the top 100 newly released songs of that week and add them to the playlist, making them easily accessible to listeners...

This was taken in the National Museum of Art in Washington D.C.

An ode to people watching

April 19, 2022

This is an ode to people watching. It is the art of observation; the art of soaking up your surroundings. It takes much practice to take in every minute detail. This is mostly because the term “people...

The cover for Weezers new EP, SZNZ: Spring.

Though it did not live up to their older music, Weezer’s EP was still enjoyable, nonetheless

March 29, 2022

My knowledge of the band Weezer doesn’t go far beyond two of their more popular songs, “Buddy Holly” and “Island in the Sun.” Other than the well-known facts that the group has been together...

The mural outside of Yesterdog; one of the little pieces of Eastown that makes it so wonderful.

From fresh greenery to good reads, Eastown is a wonderful community with shops that nobody would want to miss out on

March 24, 2022

On the corner of Robinson Road in Eastown, the oldest comic book shop in Michigan resides under the ownership of Roger Haight. Argos Comics & Used Book Shop first opened in 1975, and its walls are...

Some of the recent little moments in time that I have felt truly present and happy in, and I simply have to thank her.

She stayed silent to preserve the sanctity of her story

March 22, 2022

She is forgotten about often. No one seems to mention her, acknowledge her, care for her. She still cares for them, nevertheless. She keeps them safe from harm and keeps them warm from the harsh...

One of the movie posters for The Batman, which was released on March 4, 2022.

The Batman was a plethora of action scenes and plot twists woven into a cinematic masterpiece

March 15, 2022

I can proudly admit to the fact that I have been a raging Twilight fan since eighth grade. It took me a while to fall under the spell that entranced so many girls before me, but I have read the book...

Josie McGuire posing for her senior pictures.

Josie McGuire closes one chapter of her life to begin a new one

March 14, 2022

This past summer, senior Josie McGuire was barely awake as she practiced until one in the morning at cheer camp. In early August, the FHC Varsity Cheer Team traveled to Alma College and was being judged...

The view of the royal blue night sky from a street close to my house.

So, I keep walking towards the seemingly unreachable light

March 8, 2022

For far too long, I have been left alone in the dark. I have made a home in the cavern with too much space for just one girl, with the only light too far off into the distance. It is a small light,...

The cover art for Beach Houses newest album.

Once Twice Melody was a beautiful album that encompassed the definition of “ethereal”

March 1, 2022

My friends have impeccable music taste. I like to say I do as well, but I always get compliments on the songs that I get from those friends.  This is the case yet again after my dear friend chastised...

The dresses and suits that these students will be fashionably sporting at this years Winterfest.

From dresses to shoes to jewelry, dive into this year’s Winterfest look book with a sneak peek to what students are wearing

February 24, 2022

Out of all things, sophomore Sam Wordhouse is most excited to “bust it down on the dance floor” while wearing his spectacular suit this Winterfest. Since the sophomore class has yet to experience...

The captivating view from my oval-shaped window.

A new perspective was born from the bleeding skies above and the busy streets below

February 22, 2022

I've never been 33,000 feet in the air surrounded by a dome of deep, navy blue bleeding into soft hues of fuschia and blood orange. I've never looked down to see thousands of buildings sitting so cozily...

The cover to Ghostly Kisses new album.

Heaven, Wait was mediocre, with no exciting buildup to keep me engaged

February 15, 2022

All of my favorite songs have a build-up to the most extravagant point of the track. Whether it is a gradual crescendo or a sudden outburst, it makes the song that much more interesting, engaging, and...

Here is the entire Dance Team at a football game from earlier this year.

[Photo] The FHC Varsity Dance Team is waltzing their way towards Nationals

February 10, 2022

Here is the entire Dance Team at a football game from earlier this year.

Tate Greer leaps toward the future with a comedic mindset

Tate Greer leaps toward the future with a comedic mindset

February 10, 2022

There is always one special thing that secures the life-long bond between father and son. For senior Tate Greer, that thing is comedy. A few years back, Tate’s dad started to show him videos of comedians....

This was taken at one of the restaurants I always used to go to when I was a kid, especially when I lived in the house with the azure shudders.

She is deciphering life from the inside out

February 8, 2022

Colors painted in spontaneous navy swirls remind her of her old home on Dean Street. The cream horizontal paneling with azure shutters and front porch will forever be a picture ingrained into her mind....

The poster for the show How I Met Your Father on Hulu.

How I Met Your Father was a terrible spinoff that will never live up to the original

February 1, 2022

Comedy TV is where I live and breathe. It is how I relax, how I calm down, and how I fall asleep. I have a select few series that I watch time and time again—one of them being How I Met Your Mother. The...

A picture of Penningas new iPad Mini using the Socratic Method software.

Teachers provide new opportunities for students by applying for grants

January 27, 2022

As an AP Lang and AP Lit teacher, Lisa Penninga likes to have Socratic Seminar sessions with her students to discuss as a class.  In using the Socratic method, Penninga has her students ask and answer...

A few of the many photos I have of my dog Blue.

But you, my friend, will always be here

January 25, 2022

As the sky transforms from hues of fuschia, auburn, and tuscany yellow to a vibrant baby blue, and the sun gradually rises from the horizon line, my day progresses from a luminant gold to a cloud of crimson...

One of the movie posters for Dont Look Up.

Don’t Look Up is a brilliant movie that sheds light on the current climate of our society

January 18, 2022

I have never had a very strong penchant for movies. For me, TV shows have always been my go-tos. However, with not much to do this holiday break, I found myself watching a wide variety of movies that ranged...

The view of my neighborhood from my driveway one night during the most recent snow storm.

His name is January, and he is showered with blissful ignorance

January 11, 2022

His name is January. He is beautiful. His thick tufts of white hair blanket his head and tickle his ears. His wardrobe consists of knit sweaters ranging from light tan to deep teal, warm pants with...

A picture of the brownie I got in the plastic container, along with the three cookies on the plate in the center.

Sugar Momma’s Bakery & Cafe satisfied my holiday sweet tooth

December 14, 2021

My sweet tooth grows exponentially come the holiday season. My mom’s delicious chocolate chip cookies, my dad’s rich, homemade fudge that's taken from my grandmother’s recipe, and the unhealthy...

A picture of freshman Kayla Quach from one of her previous trips to Las Vegas.

Students find rejuvenating activities to participate in to start the new year right

December 9, 2021

To properly ring in 2022, senior Logan Verlinde is throwing a New Year’s Eve party with “all of the old Polish ladies.”  It is not the typical party for this occasion, with the room adorned with...

Governor Gretchen Whitmer speaking on the topic of free menstruation products in public restrooms in Ann Arbor.

Ann Arbor is leading the way on providing free feminine hygiene products for women

December 7, 2021

Opinions expressed in editorials on The Central Trend are the view of the individual writer and are not the opinion of the entire staff of The Central Trend or the Forest Hills Central staff or administration. Her...

The outside of Detroit Cookie Co. on 28th St.

Detroit Cookie Co. offers many delicious flavors for everyone to enjoy

November 30, 2021

From new neighborhoods to restaurants, my dad and I become enthralled with in-progress construction each time we drive past. Our interests piqued particularly when a new business took the empty space where...

TCTs The Countless Thanks 2021: Sofia Hargis-Acevedo

TCT’s The Countless Thanks 2021: Sofia Hargis-Acevedo

November 23, 2021

Mom, for being the best dance mom on the planet Over the past 13 years, you have helped me get to and from dance practice and competitions, do my hair and makeup, make sure all of my costumes were packed,...

Lisa Penninga and her family posing together for a group photo.

FHC sees Thanksgiving as a perfect time to share their gratitude with the ones they love

November 18, 2021

As the Thanksgiving holiday creeps closer and closer, many people are making their dinner plans and figuring out which family member is bringing what dish. For my family in particular, we are currently...

A picture I took of a meadow while on a hike with my family.

She yearns for the life ahead of the juniper footprints

November 16, 2021

Vibrant hues of yellow and green intertwine with one another, encircling her wherever she chooses to travel.  The incandescent light from the sun shines down upon her, emitting a luminous glow to project...

Senior Erin Murphy posing in front of the camera sporting a beautiful outfit.

Erin Murphy has broken through the barriers of the fashion industry and has learned to dress strictly for herself

November 12, 2021

Senior Erin Murphy recently purchased an eccentric vest that she absolutely adores. Adorned with seashells and reflective circles, Erin describes it as very “funky” and “grandma-like.” Unfortunately,...

Lana Del Reys newest album encompasses every beautiful aspect of her music style

Lana Del Rey’s newest album encompasses every beautiful aspect of her music style

November 9, 2021

Lana Del Rey has been keeping both me and the rest of her fans on their toes—and slightly aggravated—for most of 2021 regarding the release date of her most recent album, Blue Banisters. The album...

Spooky Humans: Katelyn Breaugh

Spooky Humans: Katelyn Breaugh

October 27, 2021

"About a week ago, my parents weren't home, and I was getting ready for school. It was probably around 6:30 a.m. No one was home. All the doors were locked. All my pets weren't home either; they were with...

This is the poster teasing the eighth and final season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

The eighth and final season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine provides a plethora of comedy and sentimentality

October 26, 2021

This review may contain a spoiler from seasons five and seven of the series. We all have those TV shows to put on when we need some cheering up, some background noise, or simply something to watch for...

A picture of the FHCVDT at the annual community tailgate.

The question of whether or not dance is a sport is an unnecessary controversy

October 22, 2021

I’ve heard the conversation for years—oftentimes with friends or classmates. I am still hearing it as a member of the Varsity Dance Team. It all centers around one simple question: is dance even a...

Senior Seth Bush posing in front of his pick-up truck

Seth Bush has discovered his passion in the world of construction

October 21, 2021

Last year, in senior Seth Bush’s AP World History Class, he built a catapult for the Age of Empires project. Together, he and his dad spent hours in their backyard launching random objects they had...

Intro to Business Q&As: Angelina Keeler - Simply Stickers

Intro to Business Q&As: Angelina Keeler – Simply Stickers

October 15, 2021

Product: Simply Stickers Instagram: @fhc.simplystickers Group members: Angelina Keeler (leadership/management), Luke Wedder (marketing), Ben Laidlaw (sales), Justin Baehr (supply chain), and...

The On My Block poster advertises the fourth and final season of the popular Netflix series.

The final season of On My Block was a perfect way to conclude the series

October 12, 2021

Back during the COVID-19 shutdown in 2020, I acquired the hobby of binge-watching shows. From Schitt’s Creek to How I Met Your Mother, I watched every episode. There was not one show that I didn’t...

Seniors Rylie Beatty and Julia Carlson showcasing the fun they have serving, while making a huge impact on the community.

By serving the community through mission trips, students of FHC have found meaning and purpose

October 8, 2021

Senior Rylie Beatty is somewhat of a world traveler. She has been going to Haiti since she was twelve years old. However, her trips do not primarily consist of relaxing at the beach, visiting tourist...

Me, at age four, at a soccer game for a team I played with for one year. I havent played since.

What if she runs out of stories to tell?

October 5, 2021

She has spent her whole life telling stories. Whether she told her stuffed penguin and monkey when she couldn’t fall asleep or to her mom when she got picked up from daycare, she has always had something...

With one eye on the ball and another one on his future, JT Zawacki has found his passion in baseball

With one eye on the ball and another one on his future, JT Zawacki has found his passion in baseball

September 28, 2021

After playing baseball since he was five, freshman JT Zawacki only has one dislike in the sport: losing. “The team just gets down, and it's not fun anymore,” JT said. “Because when you're winning,...

The cover for The Lumineers newest single, BRIGHTSIDE.

BRIGHTSIDE by The Lumineers depicted unconditional love in a beautiful way

September 28, 2021

As an awkward thirteen-year-old girl lost in the midst of a pandemic, all I was attempting to find was the true form of myself. The first step I took in this expedition was discovering my music taste which,...

A candid shot of me hugging Sofias dog, Blue, before doing hours of homework.

[Photo] I’m trying to be better, but here I am, trying to be perfect in the most extravagant sense

September 27, 2021

A candid shot of me hugging Sofia's dog, Blue, before doing hours of homework.

Homecoming Court Q&As: Remmie Gavle

Homecoming Court Q&As: Remmie Gavle

September 22, 2021

What was your reaction to hearing your name called? "I was definitely surprised when my name was called. There was a moment of total shock before I started walking over, and once I saw the others making...

This is a tree that stands in my front yard. Simply gazing at the vivacious hues of red brings a wave of tranquility over me.

She craves the crisp, autumnal air and the auburn sky

September 21, 2021

To breathe the crisp, autumnal air as I begin my day is all I have been longing for this past year. Ever since the cold became too cold and the ground was blanketed in soft, white snow, I have been...

The cover to Nessa Barretts EP, pretty poison.

Nessa Barrett’s newly released EP is unenjoyable, unprofessional, and just downright bad

September 14, 2021

With the rising success coming from the popular app TikTok, many users are trying to make it big in the world of fame and fortune.   TikTokers such as Charli D’Amelio and her entire family, Lil...

A selfie of the class of 2022 during the first day of their senior year.

The senior retreat is not something that the class of 2022 would want to miss out on

September 9, 2021

After hearing about his older sister's senior retreat, senior class president Benji Zorn wasn't entirely sure what to expect from his class's senior retreat.  But what his older sister promised was...

When time feels like its moving faster, she tries to keep up. In the end, no matter how fast everything is moving, the best thing for her to do is to take it slow.

She can only carry so much weight

September 7, 2021

She constantly walks, day in and day out, holding the weight of her world on her shoulders.  She wishes to take a break, but if she does, the foundation beneath her feet and the world on her shoulders...

The cover to Billie Eilishs newest album, Happier Than Ever.

Billie Eilish’s new take on her music with her second album has left me in awe

August 31, 2021

The wait is over. On July 30, 2021, Billie Eilish released her sophomore album, Happier Than Ever, which fans had been impatiently waiting to hear as a follow-up to her amazingly successful first album,...

Robbin Demeester (left) with junior Abbey Calderwood (right) at the FHC 2021 Tony Awards.

After 20 memorable years, Robbin DeMeester is resigning from her position as Director for the FHC Theatre

June 6, 2021

Though she will continue to teach English 9 and Theatre, Robbin DeMeester has decided that it is time for her to step down from her position as the Director of FHC Theatre productions. Keep reading to...

Remmie Gavle (right) visiting South Dakota with her friend, junior Kenzie Davis (left).

For its family shops and stunning views, Remmie Gavle has a special place in her heart for South Dakota

June 4, 2021

For as long as she could remember, junior Remmie Gavle has traversed by car through the Great Plains region to reach her dream destination: South Dakota. Though it is not the most popular state to visit,...

She would wear her sunglasses everywhere: around the house, to the store, and even to her doctors appointments.

Her dreams dissolved in the lukewarm water

June 2, 2021

Once upon a time, she wanted to be a mermaid. She would dance around in The Little Mermaid tracksuit she once adored while singing “Part of Your World” into her pink and purple microphone. When...

FHC Inspires Q&As: Abby Cummings

FHC Inspires Q&As: Abby Cummings

May 28, 2021

Speaker: Abby Cummings How do you feel about your TED Talk being picked for FHC Inspires? "I feel honored and humbled that my TED Talk was picked for FHC Inspires. It feels very special to have...

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