• Exams for freshmen through juniors will be Friday June 4th, Monday June 7th, and Tuesday June 8th
  • Tuesday June 8th is the last day of school for freshmen through juniors
  • FHC Graduation is the on evening of Monday, May 17

The Central Trend

Susannah Bennett

Susannah Bennett, Editor in Chief

Susannah is a senior who is going into her third year writing for The Central Trend. Despite this being her last year in high school and on staff, she is excited to grow academically and personally throughout the year. Aside from being on staff, Susannah enjoys running for FHC's cross country (captain) and track teams (captain) and being involved in the theater program (head of the costume department).

  • Favorite thing about being on staff: the supportive atmosphere and the crazy cool people that are the core of the newspaper
  • Favorite types of stories: Profiles
  • Hobbies/Interests: Running (cross country and track), theater
  • Favorite artists: Vance Joy, Whitney, Lord Huron, Judah and the Lion, Oh Wonder
  • On a Friday night, you can most likely find Susannah: watching movies and eating ice cream with her best pals
All content by Susannah Bennett
The greenhouse is a positive way to educate students and spark interest, according to science teacher Chad Scholten.

[Photo] Students shed light on the significance of individual change when considering the environmental impacts of the food industry

December 25, 2019

The greenhouse is a positive way to educate students and spark interest, according to science teacher Chad Scholten.

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Mina Siebert uses her setbacks to find success in volunteering

May 9, 2019

For sophomore Mina Siebert, meeting a four-year-old was one of the most beautiful moments of her life. All it took was a smiling face and young eagerness for Mina to be completely smitten with the little...

Judah and the Lion's album Pep Talks is their ultimate experimental project

Judah and the Lion’s album Pep Talks is their ultimate experimental project

May 6, 2019

I’ve been a Judah and the Lion fan for quite some time now, and what never fails to impress me is their continued ability to adapt to modern music trends while still keeping their roots firmly planted...

A letter to my parents

A letter to my parents

April 29, 2019

Dear Mom and Dad, How do I put into words the eighteen years of wisdom, love, faith, and so much more? How do I describe the ways that you’ve nurtured me and just loved on me? How do I say that you...

Rise Authentic Baking Co. is my definition of happy

Rise Authentic Baking Co. is my definition of happy

April 22, 2019

Simply put, I was in my happy place this weekend. Far, far down Fulton St. in downtown GR, I sat in the corner of the cafe and contently watched the bustle of life. To be in a room where contentment and...

Social media can easily become the thief of joy

Social media can easily become the thief of joy

April 15, 2019

There is something almost therapeutic about swiping and scrolling through feeds with glazed eyes, double tapping every so often when the mood strikes. It’s like giving yourself what seems to be a...

Outside the Classroom #9 - The numbers game

Outside the Classroom #9 – The numbers game

April 14, 2019

In high school, numbers are important, sometimes disproportionately so. An 89.89% in a class seems like the end of the world, leading students to desperately plead with teachers to have the grade rounded...

Joe Freihofer has found many opportunities at MSU to pursue his love for sports reporting

Joe Freihofer has found many opportunities at MSU to pursue his love for sports reporting

April 11, 2019

In the moments where no one was listening and the power of pretending was magical beyond belief, FHC graduate and MSU sophomore Joe Freihofer discovered profound joy in simple sports talk. Through...

On My Block's second season added some surprising twists to the already complex storyline

On My Block’s second season added some surprising twists to the already complex storyline

April 8, 2019

The sound of a single gunshot reverberates through the night that once flowed with happiness and love. The camera pans over to horrified faces and the heavy gasps as a victim sucks in what appears to...

An ode to all the sounds I've ever heard

An ode to all the sounds I’ve ever heard

March 25, 2019

The steady crunch of my rubber-soled shoes echoes down the trail as I leisurely tread down the weather-beaten path in North Carolina. The warbling chirp of birds breaks through the crisp morning air, and...

FHC's longstanding State Champion flag represents school pride in tradition and excellence

FHC’s longstanding State Champion flag represents school pride in tradition and excellence

March 22, 2019

In November 2004, coach and athletic director Clark Udell led the boys soccer team to victory in the State Championship finals, also just a few months later leading the girls soccer team to a State Championship...

Humans of FHC: Adrianna Donald

Humans of FHC: Adrianna Donald

March 20, 2019

"[I decided to join the United States Navy] about a month ago. College is really expensive, especially art college, and I didn't want to be in debt for my whole entire life. The Navy and the military,...

March is the month of music: my favorite singles of the month

March is the month of music: my favorite singles of the month

March 18, 2019

While basketball's March Madness has consumed the minds of most sports-inclined people, I’ve stayed oblivious and perfectly ignorant, likely because of my lack of understanding for basketball. Instead,...

Jacob Wallace

Jacob Wallace

March 14, 2019

Name: Jacob Wallace Grade: 12 Role: Dan 1. Have you ever been in the musical before? If so, for how many years? "Nope! [This is the] first one for me." 2. What are you most excited about for...

Aaron Jachim

Aaron Jachim

March 14, 2019

Name: Aaron Jachim Grade: 12 Role: Judah 1. Have you ever been in the musical before? "Yes, every year since I came to the high school [I've done a musical], and [I've done...

Tess Bond

Tess Bond

March 14, 2019

Name: Tess Bond Grade: 12 Position: Head of House 1. How many years have you been involved in theater?"This is my second year being involved in theater." 2. What are you most excited about for...

Sarah Buchanan

Sarah Buchanan

March 14, 2019

Name: Sarah Buchanan Grade: 11 Role: Assistant Student Director 1.What are you most excited about for the show? "This show has so many talented people in it who have all worked so hard...

Lindsey Lunt

Lindsey Lunt

March 14, 2019

Name: Lindsey Lunt Grade: 12 Role: Wife 1. Have you ever been in the musical before? If so, for how many years? "No, I have never been in the musical before." 2. What are you most excited about...

Mark Kemp

Mark Kemp

March 14, 2019

Name: Mark Kemp Grade: 12 Role: Jacob 1.Have you ever been in the musical before? If so, for how many years? "Yes, I’ve done the musical every year since I was a freshman, the first...

Maria Finelli

Maria Finelli

March 14, 2019

Name: Maria Finelli Grade: 12 Role: Wife 1.Have you ever been in the musical before? If so, for how many years? "Yes, my first musical was Peter Pan last year." 2. What are you...

Zach Guikema

Zach Guikema

March 14, 2019

Name: Zach Guikema Grade: 9 Role: Benjamin 1.Have you ever been in the musical before? If so, for how many years? "I haven’t been in the musical before." 2. What are you most excited about...

Barry Crown

Barry Crown

March 14, 2019

Name: Barry Crown Grade: 12 Role: Head of Tech 1.How many years have you been involved in theater? "I have been involved in the theater since my freshmen year working all of the shows...

Ashlyn Fitch

Ashlyn Fitch

March 14, 2019

Name: Ashlyn Fitch Grade: 12 Role: Narrator 1. Have you ever been in the musical before? "Yes! I have been doing musicals since I was in 3rd grade in community theater, and [I did] all four years...

Meredith Vanskiver

Meredith Vanskiver

March 14, 2019

Name: Meredith Vanskiver Grade: 11 Role: Wife 1. Have you ever been in the musical before? If so, for how many years? "I've never been involved in FHC Theatre before, so this is my first year!" 2....

We're in a water crisis, and that's the truth

We’re in a water crisis, and that’s the truth

March 11, 2019

Life on Earth, in its essence, is water. With it, the world learns, innovates, and succeeds; without it, the world cracks, crumbles, and vanishes. In the U.S., it’s often difficult to imagine a life...

Outside the Classroom #8 – The promises of springtime and goodwill at FHC

Outside the Classroom #8 – The promises of springtime and goodwill at FHC

March 10, 2019

For every year, every decade, every lifetime, there are seasons and patterns of life. For the senior class, we’re itching to go beyond the walls of the high school, patiently waiting for that wave...

With his passion and vision for creating with joy, entrepreneurial Jared DeMeester has found his own success

With his passion and vision for creating with joy, entrepreneurial Jared DeMeester has found his own success

March 7, 2019

Putting his creative energies and business talents to use, in an effort to entertain himself and others, young Jared DeMeester started selling logs with his sister on the side of the road, claiming that...

Ferris Coffee was an unfortunately dismal experience for me

Ferris Coffee was an unfortunately dismal experience for me

March 4, 2019

I’m all about second chances. If at all possible, I try to give people, places, and things the benefit of the doubt, usually cutting them some slack after a bad first go. With that being said, unfortunately,...

Humans of FHC: Mackenzie Marthens

Humans of FHC: Mackenzie Marthens

February 25, 2019

"Right now, I'm working on my little silhouette, and I have to write words on it to make it look pretty. I'm also taking another art class here, and we're doing our still lifes. For that project, I'm doing...

Drink your tea the way you like it

Drink your tea the way you like it

February 25, 2019

In the wise words of singer Kacey Musgraves, “you can’t be everybody’s cup of tea, nobody’s everybody’s favorite so you might as well just make it how you please.” We live in a society...

Nantucket Baking Company is a champion of locally crafted baked goods

Nantucket Baking Company is a champion of locally crafted baked goods

February 18, 2019

Nestled next to and living in the shadow of locally-renowned Lyon Street Cafe is Nantucket Baking Company. And although it may be flying under the radar, its lack of fame has no bearing on the quality...

Outside the Classroom #7 – Looking back and moving forward

Outside the Classroom #7 – Looking back and moving forward

February 16, 2019

Nearly every weekday for the past thirteen years of my life, I’ve woken up in the morning for school. Moaning and groaning, bumping and grumping, I would shuffle out of my house, apprehensive of what...

Winterfest Assembly 2019 Videos

Winterfest Assembly 2019 Videos

February 14, 2019

FHC Dance Team: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7Qn-DkEbzI&feature=youtu.be Winterfest Court Lip Syncs 2019: Parker David and Myah Leavenworth: Will Clancy and Claire Baguley: Stephen...

The idea of being an activist has been reduced down to simple posts and reposts

The idea of being an activist has been reduced down to simple posts and reposts

February 11, 2019

Women’s rights. The Earth is dying, and no one cares. Pick flowers, not fights. Every teenage girls’ VSCO feed is littered with these types of saying, republishing and posting them all so...

Sam Musgraves has succeeded as both a performer and as a breakdancer

Sam Musgraves has succeeded as both a performer and as a breakdancer

February 8, 2019

Wringing his hands with nerves, sophomore Sam Musgraves walks to the center stage of the Fine Arts Center at FHC’s Random Acts of Talent (RAT). While his nearly overwhelming stage fright might’ve held...

Tidying Up with Marie Kondo reinforced my love for home organization

Tidying Up with Marie Kondo reinforced my love for home organization

February 4, 2019

He who dies with the most toys wins, or so that’s what Malcolm Forbes often said. However, contrary to what Forbes so firmly believed, Marie Kondo, a Japanese organizer who has recently taken to the...

Will pre-crime policing truly prevent crime or fall into patterns of speculation and inaccuracy?

Will pre-crime policing truly prevent crime or fall into patterns of speculation and inaccuracy?

January 28, 2019

A man contemplates and prepares to murder his wife after finding her in bed with another man. With scissors poised above his head, the man intends to kill the two lovers. An outburst of a “PreCrime”...

Outside the Classroom #6 – Morning coffee reflections

Outside the Classroom #6 – Morning coffee reflections

January 26, 2019

Every morning, whether it be before school or on a sleepy Saturday, I brew a pot of coffee. And in every sense, it is the perfect brew, with four scoops of dark roast flavored with heavy shakes of cinnamon....

Noah Stout breaks new ground with his academic and athletic success

Noah Stout breaks new ground with his academic and athletic success

January 24, 2019

Amiable chatter filled the room as the Class of 2019's football players soaked up the last few bittersweet moments with their teammates. Quieting the chatter and capturing the attention of his audience,...

Humans of FHC: Ben Busch

Humans of FHC: Ben Busch

January 23, 2019

"Throughout the summers, my family would go up north and rent different cottages. It would always be on a lake, and sometimes, we'd rent a jet ski or just tour around. I was always with my family, and...

Humans of FHC: Gabby Bates

Humans of FHC: Gabby Bates

January 22, 2019

"Freshman year, I started getting sick, and the illnesses I would catch would get more intense. Then, the summer between freshman and sophomore year, I caught pneumonia for the third time in one year,...

Ariana Grande's single

Ariana Grande’s single “7 rings” was interesting, to say the least

January 21, 2019

“You’re a thief.” “Give me credit. Period.” “Lol stop stealing my swag. Word.” Tweet after tweet, comment after comment, Ariana Grande’s controversial new single “7 rings”...

Humans of FHC: Zachary Devries

Humans of FHC: Zachary Devries

January 21, 2019

"You know how people do biking? My thing's scootering. I don't know why exactly why I ride my scooter; I just did it a lot as a kid. I don't know why, but I just keep doing it. I have an adult scooter...

I made a regrettable decision, but it changed who I am

I made a regrettable decision, but it changed who I am

January 14, 2019

I push and pull. I wheeze then breath deeply in. I put one foot in front of the other in a continual pattern. My brain is screaming in pain. And yet, I still am only able to settle into the last place...

Because of his love for learning, Andy Travis diversifies his interests across the board

Because of his love for learning, Andy Travis diversifies his interests across the board

January 10, 2019

While junior Andy Travis’s knack for learning and school, among other things, is his own talent, the inspiration behind it actually stems from the classic story of the American Dream, as embodied by...

Young the Giant's senior album Mirror Master signals a new maturity for the band

Young the Giant’s senior album Mirror Master signals a new maturity for the band

January 7, 2019

Over the years, I’ve only minorly been a fan of the band Young the Giant, vaguely following their performances and their song releases. Because of this, for me, finding out three months later that they...

There is hope for a possible solution to wildfires like Camp Fire in California

There is hope for a possible solution to wildfires like Camp Fire in California

December 17, 2018

In California, among other states, dry heat is a constant, and intense wildfires rage to the point of it simply being a given. That unfortunate fact made the recent disaster Camp Fire all the more distressing...

Outside the Classroom #5 - Spreading holiday cheer like confetti

Outside the Classroom #5 – Spreading holiday cheer like confetti

December 15, 2018

Dismal storm clouds fill the blank sky as this December screams dreary February weather. Day after day, Michiganders wake up to frigid temperatures and dimmed sunlight, barely getting enough vitamin D...

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