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  • Tuesday June 8th is the last day of school for freshmen through juniors
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The Central Trend

Sophie Young

Sophie Young, Photography Editor

Sophie is a senior entering her second year on The Central Trend staff. She spends the majority of her free time involved in theatre productions. She enjoys traveling and learning about different cultures.

Favorite season: Fall

Favorite part about being on staff: Besides seeing her friends every day, Sophie loves learning more about her peers through interviews.

Favorite types of stories: Editorials

Favorite animal: Hedgehog

All content by Sophie Young
Four of the six Central Trend seniors in their graduation gowns

A production never seems to last a lifetime, but this one was different

May 6, 2021

I spent three years rehearsing the same script: the parallels in proximity to its predecessors produced predictability.  Everyone around me followed that script with little to no interpretation; we...

Senior Rachel Schenck

Top Students 2021 Q&As: Rachel Schenck

May 3, 2021

Name: Rachel Schenck What is your favorite subject?  "My favorite subject would have to be Math. I love how there's only one answer, and it can be proved, not taken and twisted in a million different...

Senior Alex Shier

Top Students 2021 Q&As: Alex Shier

May 3, 2021

Name: Alex Shier What is your favorite subject?  "History [and] Social Studies." Where are you going to college?  "Undecided. I'm 90 percent sure I'm going to Calvin University, though I...

Senior Valerie Greenwood

Top Students 2021 Q&As: Valerie Greenwood

May 3, 2021

Name: Valerie Greenwood What is your favorite subject?  "Math and Chemistry." Where are you going to college?  "University of Michigan." What is your intended college major? "Undecided." Who...

Senior Avery Letourneau

Top Students 2021 Q&As: Avery Letourneau

May 3, 2021

Name: Avery Letourneau What is your favorite subject?  "History." Where are you going to college?  "Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania." What is your intended college major? "Engineering...

Senior Matthew Mahoney

Top Students 2021 Q&As: Matthew Mahoney

May 1, 2021

Name: Matthew Mahoney What is your favorite subject?  "English, Government and Politics, and Spanish." Where are you going to college?  "University of Michigan." What is your intended...

Senior Lindsay Larson

Top Students 2021 Q&As: Lindsay Larson

April 30, 2021

Name: Lindsay Larson What is your favorite subject?  "[It's a] tie between my English and Social Studies courses." Where are you going to college?  "George Washington University." What...

Senior Amelia Pointer

Top Students 2021 Q&As: Amelia Pointer

April 30, 2021

Name: Amelia Pointer What is your favorite subject?  "I'm torn between Biology and HAP." Where are you going to college?  "I'm going to the University of Michigan." What is your intended...

Senior Julia Kirkman

Top Students 2021 Q&As: Julia Kirkman

April 30, 2021

Name: Julia Kirkman What is your favorite subject?  "My favorite subject is science, and my favorite class this year has been AP Biology." Where are you going to college?  "I will be attending...

Senior Anika Garter

Top Students 2021 Q&As: Anika Garter

April 30, 2021

Name: Anika Garter What is your favorite subject?  "Math." Where are you going to college?  "University of Michigan." What is your intended college major? "Chemistry." Who is your...

Senior Eli Romijn

Top Students 2021 Q&As: Eli Romijn

April 30, 2021

Name: Eli Romijn What is your favorite subject? "Computer Science." Where are you going to college?  "University of Michigan." What is your intended college major?  "Biomedical...

Top Students 2021 Q&As

Top Students 2021 Q&As

April 30, 2021

Check out these Q&As with a few of the top students in FHC's class of 2021!

Daniel lying in the arms of his closest friends

Daniel Suraj found immense comfort in his friend group

April 30, 2021

Moving more than 9,000 miles away from his childhood home in Malaysia, senior Daniel Suraj experienced a considerable culture shock at the mere age of 12.  Daniel moved to Michigan with enough time...

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...

Editor in Chief, Lynlee Derrick, after receiving her COVID-19 vaccine

Receiving the COVID-19 vaccine does not allow someone to disregard current health precautions

March 22, 2021

For the past year, only one question has been spinning through the minds of people all over the world: when will this all be over?  It began with the thought of the virus only sticking around for a...

Two of the alumni teaching the students during musical auditions

[Photo] FHC alumni return to help the theatre department put on High School Musical Jr.

March 15, 2021

Two of the alumni teaching the students during musical auditions

From gifted to burnout, neurodiversity is the root of disinterest in school

From gifted to burnout, neurodiversity is the root of disinterest in school

March 8, 2021

You have so much potential. You’re so gifted. You’re going to go so far in life.  So far. But look how far I’ve gotten.  I remember spending my days in elementary school testing into higher...

A photo with my built-in best friend. The one who now is taller than I will ever be.

She’s grown taller than I will ever be

February 26, 2021

I never fully understood you.  Our lives, though forced together, were separate for so long.  You had your friends and I had mine. You had your hobbies and I had mine. There was never any clashing,...

Featuring a picture of Kent District Library in Ada located on Headley St.

Ada’s new library is the ideal melting pot for the community

February 25, 2021

Community.  A single word that perfectly describes the small town of Ada.  Though it has been known to be rich with history, Ada began shedding that reputation only years ago with the renovations...

A picture of the poster for the show on Disney+

Fridays hold a new level of excitement thanks to Wandavision

February 12, 2021

I have only been a Marvel fan since the beginning of Phase Three. I never got the chance to see the movies from Phase One and Phase Two in theatres, but I made it my mission to see all of the Phase Three...

Her door remains closed as those around her remain open

Closing her door only gave her more opportunities

February 12, 2021

Her room is rarely in order. It’s in a constant state of disarray. The clothes on her floor protect her soft carpet from the footprints left by the feet she drags through each day. They provide her...

High School Musical Final Cast List

High School Musical Final Cast List

January 29, 2021

Troy: Gavin O'Meara Gabriella: Megan Fox Sharpay: Emily Johnson Ryan: Ben Lowen Taylor: Grace Hudkins Chad: Russell Baird Zeke: Linus Kaechele Jack: Daniel Suraj Mrs. Darbus: Josie...

I hear screams in place of silence

I hear screams in place of silence

January 29, 2021

I refuse to sit in silence—but not consciously.  Each time I find myself in a quiet place, I am sempiternally stuck alone with my thoughts.   My thoughts hide from the world and everyone in it;...

Canvas has left me ambivalent for the future of technology at school

Canvas has left me ambivalent for the future of technology at school

January 27, 2021

The never-ending cycle of changes that belongs to a typical school day seems to be one of the only constants in the past year: virtual, hybrid, in-person learning. The bounce between the three learning...

Music inspires Athan Hillman to push through the hardships of life

Music inspires Athan Hillman to push through the hardships of life

January 22, 2021

Listening to music seems to be a common trend to merely fill space throughout the day, but for sophomore Athan Hillman, music is more than just a way to fill the void. Athan has made the most of his...

My hiraeth towards you has always been inevitable

My hiraeth towards you has always been inevitable

January 15, 2021

I remember that place. The journey there was tedious; I felt time slip away from me as I lost control of it. I felt stuck in a loop of disappointing hope.  It started to become a place in my mind...

Image of the playbill created by Jess Siswick for Ratatouille: The Tiktok Musical

Ratatouille: The Tiktok Musical was impressive for its time frame

January 11, 2021

As someone very immersed in the theatre community, I did not take it very well when Broadway temporarily shut down due to COVID-19.  I look forward to the escape I face when I sit in an auditorium....

Picture taken at Capitol Hill moments before the invasion of the Capitol building

The response from the riots at Capitol Hill raises alarming questions

January 11, 2021

I have spent countless hours sitting at my laptop simply because I have no clue how to address this. I rewrote the introduction several times simply because I couldn’t seem to find words that described...

Random Acts of Talent show informational Q&A: Robbin DeMeester

Random Acts of Talent show informational Q&A: Robbin DeMeester

January 8, 2021

1. How will R.A.T. look different this year as opposed to previous years? "We are trying to remain fluid with the dates and how it will be shared with our audience. It will also be hosted by two seniors...

The countdown will finally reach zero

The countdown will finally reach zero

December 27, 2020

I have always adored driving around at night and looking at the Christmas decorations that each house has spent hours perfecting.  Maybe it’s because my family has made the choice to keep our decorations...

My mom and I in front of the Cloud Gate before COVID-19 began

The stigma surrounding feminism is simply unfair

December 18, 2020

I have very strong opinions about a lot of things. I could sit and argue with someone on a myriad of political topics for hours. I try to keep an open mind during these conversations—but frankly,...

Picture taken from Powerschool's page on graduation requirement progress

Graduation requirements cause ambivalence among staff and students

December 15, 2020

Senior Lindsay Larson spent a substantial amount of time attempting to perfect her senior-year schedule. With only twelve available slots to fill throughout the entire school year, finding the ideal schedule...

This is one of the paintings that resulted from the riots in downtown Grand Rapids by @dreinspires on Instagram

Black Lives Matter is not a trend—Jingle Jangle proved that

December 8, 2020

Last May, chaos ensued in major cities—monumental, much-needed chaos—through the Black Lives Matter protests. This past summer held one of the largest movements in our country’s history. Unlike...

TCT's The Countless Thanks: Sophie Young

TCT’s The Countless Thanks: Sophie Young

November 23, 2020

Julianna - for keeping me (somewhat) sane during show week  As much as I love theatre, there can be so much stress surrounding it. I fear the show won’t be perfect even though it always works out...

A picture of my kayak in the flooded woods behind my house

It’s the little things that fuel my motives

November 20, 2020

I will be blunt. 2020 has been the worst year of my life.  I have watched my friends and family test positive for COVID-19 and suffer through their days, sometimes weeks, of agony. I have lost every...

Thomas Smith left his shell and found comfort in the theatre department

Thomas Smith left his shell and found comfort in the theatre department

November 18, 2020

Junior Thomas Smith has a peculiar fascination with learning. The idea of absorbing new information has always seemed appealing to him. Though school fulfills this ambition, Thomas loves to find other...

Tara Brace

Tara Brace

November 9, 2020

Name: Tara Brace Grade: 10 Roles: Gretel and Prince 2 1. What are the advantages and disadvantages to having a smaller cast compared to other years? "The advantages are getting to be closer...

The choice between time and life is utterly unbearable

The choice between time and life is utterly unbearable

November 6, 2020

Change tends to be inevitable.  It is a well-known fact. There always seems to be something coming my way to discombobulate all of the comforts I have found. However, there was always one constant...

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