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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

Sydney Race

Sydney Race, Copy Editor

For a third round, Sydney returns to write for The Central Trend as a junior. During the summer, she attended the Washington Journalism and Media Conference in Washington, D.C. There, she listened to its most influential voices and experienced its fervent energy, as well as immersing herself in the world of journalism for a week straight. In her free time when she's not working, she's often heard complaining about Candy Crush levels—as if she hasn't completed enough (current level: 1,403)—or writing something of some curious kind. Her mind is dancing as she drifts through the rest of high school, but she's grateful to have The Central Trend as an outlet for her to publish pieces she's proud of and to have the rest of staff to look to.

Greatest talents: Cracking her phone, breaking everything, misplacing her debit card, sleeping too often, and playing with her cat, Casey.

Best Harry Potter character: Hermione Granger (classic).

Forever-favorite song: "A Pearl" by Mitski—absolutely ethereal.

Weird childhood obsessions: Dinosaurs, fossils, rocks, monkeys, butterflies, poisonous animals—anything environment-related, honestly, but also Wii Sports Resort ping pong and puzzles.

All content by Sydney Race
FHC Inspires Q&As 2023: Anneke Anglin

FHC Inspires Q&As 2023: Anneke Anglin

Sydney Race, Copy Editor June 1, 2023

Position: Speaker Title: "Lost Moth" (spoken poetry) Why did you apply to be a speaker? "I remember seeing FHC Inspires last year, and I have not previously been super [fond] of speaking, but...

FHC Inspires 2023 Q&As: Alex Fletcher

FHC Inspires 2023 Q&As: Alex Fletcher

Sydney Race, Copy Editor May 30, 2023

Position: Speaker Title: "I am a Bully" Why did you apply to be a speaker? "I like to talk, and I wanted to get my message out there." How are you feeling about speaking at FHC Inspires? "Fine....

FHC Inspires 2023 Q&As: Autumn Vansolkema

FHC Inspires 2023 Q&As: Autumn Vansolkema

Sydney Race, Copy Editor May 30, 2023

Position: Speaker Title: "The Impact of Handwritten Letters" Why did you apply to be a speaker? "I don't like public speaking, but I think that would be a really cool experience, and I think...

FHC Inspires 2023 Q&As: Alexander Dixon

FHC Inspires 2023 Q&As: Alexander Dixon

Sydney Race, Copy Editor May 30, 2023

Position: Speaker Title: "We Are All Leaders" Why did you apply to be a speaker? "I applied to inspire people; I mean, a lot of people don't really know what a leader's like, and that's what...

FHC Inspires 2023 Q&As: Khai-Thi Pham

FHC Inspires 2023 Q&As: Khai-Thi Pham

Sydney Race, Copy Editor May 30, 2023

Position: Speaker Title: "How To Be A Better Liar" Why did you apply to be a speaker? "I'm not even going to lie, although I do really like speaking and entertaining, I got peer pressured a little...

FHC Inspires Q&As 2023: Juliana Lieuwen

FHC Inspires Q&As 2023: Juliana Lieuwen

Sydney Race, Copy Editor May 30, 2023

Position: Speaker Title: "We Should All Learn a Second Language" Why did you apply to be a speaker? "I applied to be a speaker because after doing my talk for the first time, I realized what a...

FHC Inspires 2023 Q&As: Izzie Scholler

FHC Inspires 2023 Q&As: Izzie Scholler

Sydney Race, Copy Editor May 30, 2023

Position: Speaker Title: "Overthinking" Why did you apply to be a speaker? "I like talking to people. I talk a lot, like a lot. That's why my voice hurts right now, but I like public speaking....

FHC Inspires Q&As 2023: CC Rodriguez

FHC Inspires Q&As 2023: CC Rodriguez

Sydney Race, Copy Editor May 30, 2023

Position: Speaker Title: "Your parents are your 'best friends'" Why did you apply to be a speaker? "Mostly because I don't like public speaking. It's something that I've never really been good...

FHC Inspires 2023 Q&As: Gabby Thompson

FHC Inspires 2023 Q&As: Gabby Thompson

Sydney Race, Copy Editor May 30, 2023

Position: Speaker Title: "Unrealistic Expectations" Why did you apply to be a speaker? "I really hated public speaking because as a kid, there were some incidents where I was made fun of and...

FHC Inspires 2023 Q&As: Ashley Hibma

FHC Inspires 2023 Q&As: Ashley Hibma

Sydney Race, Copy Editor May 30, 2023

Position: Speaker Title: "Positive Perception through Celiac Disease" Why did you apply to be a speaker? "I applied because I wanted to share my story about Celiac Disease and the lessons I learned...

FHC Inspires 2023 Q&As: Reagan Larson

FHC Inspires 2023 Q&As: Reagan Larson

Sydney Race, Copy Editor May 30, 2023

Position: Speaker Title: "Power of a Name" Why did you apply to be a speaker? "I thought it was a good idea because there's not really a lot of opportunities to do something like this, so I thought...

FHC Inspires 2023 Q&As: Rowan Szpieg

FHC Inspires 2023 Q&As: Rowan Szpieg

Sydney Race, Copy Editor May 30, 2023

Position: Speaker TED Talk Title: Spoken Poetry Why did you apply to be a speaker? "I didn't really want to do it at first, but, you know, I thought it was a cool opportunity to get to say something...

FHC Inspires 2023 Q&As: Cari Shaffer

FHC Inspires 2023 Q&As: Cari Shaffer

Sydney Race, Copy Editor May 30, 2023

Position: Speaker Title: Spoken Poetry Why did you apply to be a speaker? "I applied to FHC Inspires because I honestly really wanted it. Ever since I learned about the TED Talks and FHC Inspires...

FHC Inspires 2023 Q&As: Rebecca Maddox

FHC Inspires 2023 Q&As: Rebecca Maddox

Sydney Race, Copy Editor May 30, 2023

Position: Speaker Title: "The Power of Embarrassment" Why did you apply to be a speaker? "If I had heard my talk in middle school, I think I would have been a lot happier, and I truly believe...

FHC Inspires Q&As 2023

FHC Inspires Q&As 2023

Sydney Race, Copy Editor May 30, 2023

FHC Inspires 2023 Q&As: Aiden Platt

FHC Inspires 2023 Q&As: Aiden Platt

Sydney Race, Copy Editor May 30, 2023

Position: Speaker Title: "Boredom" Why did you apply to be a speaker? "I applied to be a speaker because a lot of my friends did that last year, and I wanted to do it, and I [am] really passionate...

FHC Inspires 2023 Q&As: Sawyer McCarthy

FHC Inspires 2023 Q&As: Sawyer McCarthy

Sydney Race, Copy Editor May 30, 2023

Position: Speaker Title: "Never Too Late" Why did you apply to be a speaker? "I applied because I really enjoyed giving a TED Talk, and I hope to inspire other people." How are you feeling...

For Payton Vincent, her love for the magic in singing will never dwindle

For Payton Vincent, her love for the magic in singing will never dwindle

Sydney Race, Copy Editor May 4, 2023

Listening to the car radio whenever she could, senior Payton Vincent was destined to become a pop star like Taylor Swift when she grew up.  “When I was younger, I mean, just like I am now,” Payton...

Film Festival Q&As 2023

Film Festival Q&As 2023

Sydney Race, Copy Editor May 4, 2023

Prom Court Q&As 2023

Prom Court Q&As 2023

Sydney Race, Copy Editor May 3, 2023

FHC Theatre has outdone themselves again with their Spring Musical, The Wizard of Oz

FHC Theatre has outdone themselves again with their Spring Musical, The Wizard of Oz

Sydney Race, Copy Editor March 28, 2023

In my (almost) seventeen years of life, I’ve escaped the universal experience of being forcibly sat in front of a TV and left to distract myself with The Wizard of Oz.  I had no idea the film transitioned...

Strawberries and Cream Dr. Pepper is my new sweet favorite

Strawberries and Cream Dr. Pepper is my new sweet favorite

Sydney Race, Copy Editor March 13, 2023

I used to be a serious Dr. Pepper addict.  A few years ago, I randomly fell in love with the soda and became seriously hooked; Dr. Pepper was a significant part of my freshman-year life. There was...

Winterfest Court Q&As: Sophie Kovacevich

Winterfest Court Q&As: Sophie Kovacevich

Sydney Race, Copy Editor February 9, 2023

How do you feel about being on Winterfest court?  "I'm super excited. I'm really excited to show off our lip sync. We've been working really hard. Everybody's been super nice and I'm just really happy...

2023 Winterfest Court Q&As

2023 Winterfest Court Q&As

Sydney Race, Copy Editor February 8, 2023

Students are getting festive in February for Winterfest week as they prepare for the big dance this Saturday and the crowning of king and queen Friday, during the men's varsity basketball game. Stay tuned...

Whats better than four easy hot dogs? Five Easy Hot Dogs by Mac DeMarco

What’s better than four easy hot dogs? Five Easy Hot Dogs by Mac DeMarco

Sydney Race, Copy Editor January 26, 2023

There are no words, literally none. From an artist who has reached millions with his distinct voice and style, whose fan base surrounds teenagers who've fallen in love with what he's released, he will...

FHCs Got Talent: Evan Lubben

FHC’s Got Talent: Evan Lubben

Sydney Race, Copy Editor January 23, 2023

Role: Host Grade: 12 What are your feelings about hosting? "My feelings right now are really high. At first when [English teacher Robbin] Demeester asked me to be the host of it, [I was] a bit...

FHCs Got Talent Q&As: Noah Oppenhuizen

FHC’s Got Talent Q&As: Noah Oppenhuizen

Sydney Race, Copy Editor January 23, 2023

Grade: 10 Performance: "Toxicity" by System of a Down Give an elevator pitch for your performance:  "I'm gonna be doing some very intense drumming to metal. [I'll] be using a lot of aggression." What...

FHCs Got Talent: Simon Rau

FHC’s Got Talent: Simon Rau

Sydney Race, Copy Editor January 20, 2023

Grade: 12 Performance: "Blow Me Away" by Breaking Benjamin  Give an elevator pitch for your performance:  "Basically, if you like rock metal, I'd say it's a good performance for you. If you...

FHCs Got Talent Q&As: Ted Weaver

FHC’s Got Talent Q&As: Ted Weaver

Sydney Race, Copy Editor January 20, 2023

Grade: 12 Performance: "Set Fire to the Rain" by Adele Give an elevator pitch for your performance:  "So basically, [it's] my friend [senior] Aya [Shakir] and I. It's not really [a] duet, but...

FHCs Got Talent: Emma Costello

FHC’s Got Talent: Emma Costello

Sydney Race, Copy Editor January 20, 2023

Role: Host Grade: 12 What are your feelings about hosting? "I'm excited. It's something new. I've never done this before. I've never been in a talent show, so I'm excited." What will you be...

FHCs Got Talent Q&As: Joaquin Dorado Gonzales

FHC’s Got Talent Q&As: Joaquin Dorado Gonzales

Sydney Race, Copy Editor January 20, 2023

Grade: 9 Performance: Rythym video game  Give an elevator pitch for your performance:  "It's unusual. It's not the usual you would expect, like singing, dancing, or acting. I'm actually playing...

FHCs Got Talent Q&As: Marissa Lunt

FHC’s Got Talent Q&As: Marissa Lunt

Sydney Race, Copy Editor January 20, 2023

Grade: 12 Performance: "TBD" by Marissa Lunt Give an elevator pitch for your performance:  "For my performance, you're supposed to expect singing, piano, and pretty much a song that's based...

FHCs Got Talent Q&As: Iman Hammad

FHC’s Got Talent Q&As: Iman Hammad

Sydney Race, Copy Editor January 20, 2023

Grade: 11 Performance: Stand-up comedy Give an elevator pitch for your performance:  "Hopefully, I can make people laugh. I feel like people who smile [show] the best of themselves. The best...

FHCs Got Talent Q&As: Josie Butler

FHC’s Got Talent Q&As: Josie Butler

Sydney Race, Copy Editor January 20, 2023

Grade: 11 Performance: "All I Ask" by Adele Give an elevator pitch for your performance:  "Well, it's a very strong ballad, and I have related to her a lot. So there's a lot of emotion there,...

FHCs Got Talent 2023

FHC’s Got Talent 2023

Sydney Race, Copy Editor January 19, 2023

This Saturday, Jan. 20, 2023,at the FAC, the wonders of brilliant and masterful performers are to be explored. For students and their surrounding community, FHC's Got Talent awaits the opportunity to showcase...

FHCs Got Talent Q&As: Dia Sriram

FHC’s Got Talent Q&As: Dia Sriram

Sydney Race, Copy Editor January 19, 2023

Grade: 10 Performance: Supersonics Give an elevator pitch for your performance:  "We are performing, 'Holding out for a Hero,' and it's just us. We don't have any backing tracks. We don't have...

FHCs Got Talent Q&As: Maddy Bachert

FHC’s Got Talent Q&As: Maddy Bachert

Sydney Race, Copy Editor January 19, 2023

Grade: 12 Performance: Bobblemasters Give an elevator pitch for your performance:  "It is an act with all senior girls, and it is a surprise, for the most part, but it will for sure be funny." What...

My first time in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC was ruined by the embarrassment of not knowing magic carpet etiquette. I wasnt walking, but at least I got a few good photos out of it.

We’re fools for following oblivion into her blue dream

Sydney Race, Copy Editor January 6, 2023

A faultless gem casts no shadow, and still, the outline of its tantalizing foundation is overt, persistent in perpetuity. Undisguised is she, twinkling in the darkness of those who've been invited—those...

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The teenage lifestyle prohibits total safety

Sydney Race, Copy Editor November 30, 2022

A 2015 sunset orange Jeep is not a middle-aged man thing, yet my dad adored the obnoxiously-colored brick flying through the air.  And “flying” isn’t the correct adjective to describe it at all:...

The time in history when I got in my famous car accident (went through a four-way stop after following the rules and got hit going 45 mph). Shoutout Sofias All American Dad shirt because I couldnt raise my arm high enough to change into anything else.

Sorry I’m late, but I hate you

Sydney Race, Copy Editor November 29, 2022

I didn’t get my training wheels off until I was eight years old. If you, too, had a two-track racing down a hill, you would want to go as fast as possible down it—I lived a slow eight years, having...

Investigative Series: Sydney Race - The different side of teenagers driving

Investigative Series: Sydney Race – The different side of teenagers driving

Sydney Race, Copy Editor November 28, 2022

Getting a driver's license is a big accomplishment that Sydney has yet to catch up to. At sixteen years old, she has no desire to drive, be a driver, or engage with terrible drivers on the road already....

The cover for Jojis fourth studio album, Smithereens. A fine blue and green gradient to keep its simplicity.

Joji’s new Smithereens uses the same approach for his old songs, and I am here to appreciate it

Sydney Race, Copy Editor November 23, 2022

Like yesterday, I remember nervously untangling my knotted headphones, and quickly turning on my favorite Joji songs while on the bus or walking in the halls Then, “Yeah Right” by Joji was the only...

TCTs The Countless Thanks 2022: Sydney Race

TCT’s The Countless Thanks 2022: Sydney Race

Sydney Race, Copy Editor November 22, 2022

John Orr—because duh Thank you for spending that much money on me. Thank you for covering my expenses when stores don't take Apple Pay (because they really should start). Thank you for taking me to...

A candid photo of a normal work day in a bustling city - front cover of Homer Radio

Frank Ocean uncoils his repressed creativity in new music station Homer Radio

Sydney Race, Copy Editor November 17, 2022

It’s okay that a few 2019 singles are Frank Ocean’s most recent songs. The man behind two cult-classic albums that have dynamic allure and appeals has curated a project, Homer Radio, that continues...

The first snow fell differently this year

The first snow fell differently this year

Sydney Race, Copy Editor November 16, 2022

It doesn’t take a genius to realize that snow is about to fall.  One morning, as I made the bitter trudge from the overflow lot to the front doors of the school, the air was noticeably dangerous....

Clue Q&As: Toby Cameron

Clue Q&As: Toby Cameron

Sydney Race, Copy Editor November 11, 2022

Grade: 10 Role: Professor Plum Why do you enjoy being in the play? "It's just a very high energy play, so it's fun to rehearse, and there's a lot of moving parts." What made you decide that you wanted...

Clue Q&As: Everett Phipps

Clue Q&As: Everett Phipps

Sydney Race, Copy Editor November 10, 2022

Grade: 12 Role: Colonel Mustard Why do you enjoy being in the play? "I enjoy being in the play because it gives me a new creative outlet to put my energy into. It's a medium that allows me a...

Clue Q&As: Alex Fletcher

Clue Q&As: Alex Fletcher

Sydney Race, Copy Editor November 10, 2022

Grade: 10 Role: Yvette Why do you enjoy being in the play? "I love being a part of the play, because then, I get to hang out with my lovely cast every day and get to know them really well. I...

Clue — Fall Play 2022 Q&As

Clue — Fall Play 2022 Q&As

Sydney Race, Copy Editor November 9, 2022

Support the FHC Theatre by watching Clue on Thursday, Nov. 10, through Saturday, Nov. 12 at 7 pm. Tickets are $8 at the door.

Clue Q&As: Marissa Bertocchini

Clue Q&As: Marissa Bertocchini

Sydney Race, Copy Editor November 8, 2022

Grade: 12  Role: Mrs. Peacock Why do you enjoy being in the play? "I think a major part of my love for the play is the friends and family I have made so far. I have never had such a fun and...

Road construction workers applying the light-colored sealant on city streets.

To battle the heat waves, Phoenix, Arizona is painting their streets a lighter color

Sydney Race, Copy Editor November 7, 2022

The videos circulate on social media every year: Arizona residents frying eggs in their driveways due to the ultimate heat index of it.  Despite the fact that Arizona is located in the desert, I am still...

Its a normal day

It’s a normal day

Sydney Race, Copy Editor November 2, 2022

The beginning of June; it's the official start of summer, and my birthday month, but some will argue it's technically late spring—a disrespectful "no," in my opinion, because I'm a proud summer birthday—right...

Friday, Oct. 21, 2022: now ex-Prime Minister Liz Truss announcing her resignation in front of 10 Downing Street.

Ex-British Prime Minister Liz Truss steps down after a fluctuating and fleeting six weeks in office

Sydney Race, Copy Editor November 2, 2022

For it being smaller than Michigan, in terms of total area, United Kingdom news has been circulating the world excessively in these past few months between the controversies surrounding ex-British Prime...

Advanced Marketing students are immersed in real life business interactions following the exciting opening of two new stores

Advanced Marketing students are immersed in real life business interactions following the exciting opening of two new stores

Sydney Race, Copy Editor October 31, 2022

In the past, Advanced Marketing teacher Kristen O'Brien kept running into the same small issues with the old-school apparel store and decided to close it, relocate, and restore a certain piece of pride...

Kami Koetsier is always learning how to properly style her bubbling confidence

Kami Koetsier is always learning how to properly style her bubbling confidence

Sydney Race, Copy Editor October 18, 2022

During the fall months, senior Kami Koetsier loves to rummage through each article of clothing on the racks at Goodwill and shop for big grandpa sweaters in the men’s section. Once she has selected...

Adieu, Paris

Adieu, Paris

Sydney Race, Copy Editor October 17, 2022

One day, I was finally buying a plane ticket, flying me across the Atlantic and landing in my dream city. In pictures live the aerial views of all the monuments that stand, but in my dreams, they burned...

Homecoming Court Q&As: Emma Costello

Homecoming Court Q&As: Emma Costello

Sydney Race, Copy Editor October 11, 2022

What was your reaction when you heard your name called? "I was so shocked and did not expect it at all." Why do you think you were nominated? "I think I was nominated because I try to talk to...

Homecoming Court Q&As: Gavin Cai

Homecoming Court Q&As: Gavin Cai

Sydney Race, Copy Edior October 11, 2022

What was your reaction when you heard your name called? "Hearing my name, I was honestly more excited than I thought I would be." Why do you think you were nominated? "I feel it’s pretty typical...

Homecoming Court Q&As: Allie Beaumont

Homecoming Court Q&As: Allie Beaumont

Sydney Race, Copy Editor October 11, 2022

What was your reaction when you heard your name called? "At first, I was slightly caught off guard, because I wasn’t expecting it and especially not being called down first, but when I heard my name,...

Homecoming Court Q&As: Ian Mahoney

Homecoming Court Q&As: Ian Mahoney

Sydney Race, Copy Editor October 10, 2022

What was your reaction when you heard your name called? "My initial thought was just how I was going to get around all the people in [the] bleachers, as I was sitting in the middle. However, my reaction...

Homecoming Court 2022 Q&As

Homecoming Court 2022 Q&As

Sydney Race, Copy Editor October 8, 2022

Improv Central 2022 Q&As: Sully Lower

Improv Central 2022 Q&As: Sully Lower

Sydney Race, Copy Editor September 27, 2022

Grade: 10 What excites you most about Improv Central?  "[I'm excited to] really be able to connect with a small group of people and just build my social skills a lot better. A big part of it is...

Improv Central 2022 Q&As

Improv Central 2022 Q&As

Sydney Race, Copy Editor September 26, 2022

This Saturday, October 1, Improv Central is back and performing a show at 7:33 p.m. Tickets are $7 at the door and $6 if you purchase your tickets during the week. Check out these Q&As with the cast...

Improv Central 2022 Q&As: Payton Dailey

Improv Central 2022 Q&As: Payton Dailey

Sydney Race, Copy Editor September 26, 2022

Grade: 12 What excites you most about Improv Central?  "These are some of my friends, and I love to play games and just have fun with them. A lot of practices I leave just crying because I'm laughing...

watch out jeremy wade.. they r ready for river monsters, my dad captioned this 2014 Instagram post.

The white flags over our field weren’t raised by its rightful rulers

Sydney Race, Copy Editor September 22, 2022

Where the fragile pair raked piles of leaves for dollar bills, they swam through each brown crunch just to have scraps of twigs and brush in their hair, leaving littered in the dirt particles. Trees in...

Sarah Bethel in a scenic area, smiling for her senior photos.

Sarah Bethel switches her perspective for senior year

Sydney Race, Copy Editor September 19, 2022

With senior Sarah Bethel’s strong commitments and novel aspirations for her last year of high school, she knew well before something in her schedule had to give, having to juggle a social life and swim...

Single Couch Sitter - a picture of eco bricks being put to good use.

Single-use plastics are making a positive change for the environment, for once

Sydney Race, Copy Editor September 12, 2022

It’s truly miraculous how shoving single-use plastic into another single-use plastic is considered “sustainable.”  A major point of living sustainably is reducing the usage/consumption of plastics,...

Haven (middle), Lita (left), and I Pose for a .5x in front of the White House.

I wish to see the same mountains next year, WJMC

Sydney Race, Copy Editor September 8, 2022

Scaling in elevation, searching the earthy, serrated edges of stones on steep mountains; seemingly, my summer no longer stood its heave. It’s July, now. Summer’s progression remains unregistered, vacant...

Haven (middle), Lita (left), and I Pose for a .5x in front of the White House.

[Photo] Senior Sunrise: Photo Gallery

September 7, 2022

Haven (middle), Lita (left), and I "Pose for a .5x in front of the White House."

Our roots we cannot prune

Our roots we cannot prune

Sydney Race, Public Relations Assistant May 23, 2022

A specter in our eyes, the omniscience of its nature,   We suspire for the sake of supererogation.   Mislaid in jurisdiction and   Usurped in competency,   Fundamentals...

FHC Inspires Q&As 2022: Eva VanTil

FHC Inspires Q&As 2022: Eva VanTil

Sydney Race, Public Relations Assistant May 23, 2022

Name: Eva VanTil Position: Speaker TED Talk title: Addiction Why did you apply to be a speaker? "I applied to speak because I want to spread awareness about addiction. It is a topic I'm passionate...

FHC Inspires Q&As 2022: Sofia Hargis-Acevedo

FHC Inspires Q&As 2022: Sofia Hargis-Acevedo

Sydney Race, Public Relations Assistant May 23, 2022

Name: Sofia Hargis-Acevedo Position: Speaker TED Talk Title: How to get over a fear Why did you apply to be a speaker? "I applied to FHC Inspires because I decided that I didn’t want to...

FHC Inspires Q&As 2022: Molly OMeara

FHC Inspires Q&As 2022: Molly O’Meara

Sydney Race, Public Relations Assistant May 23, 2022

Name: Molly O'Meara Position: Speaker TED Talk Title: Why everyone should learn ASL Why did you apply to be a speaker? "I wanted to share my cousin’s story. He is mute, and not many people...

FHC Inspires 2022 Q&As

FHC Inspires 2022 Q&As

Sydney Race, Public Relations Assistant May 23, 2022

For the fourth year, Honors English 10 students will be presenting their personalized speeches at the Fine Arts Center on May 31, 2022. FHC Inspires begins at 7 p.m. at no cost!

A cover photo used for an article informing the relocation of a waste incinerator site in Allentown, PA.

Could industries be at fault for the unusual appearance of glioblastoma?

Sydney Race, Public Relations Assistant May 23, 2022

Some weeks ago, I was messing around with the Weather app on my phone as one does on occasion. After checking the temperatures in cities I’ve never heard of or cared about, curiosity led me to check...

The crown, his soon-to-be wife, their two kids, and Kendrick all present in the album photo.

Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers strengthened the legacy Kendrick Lamar’s past albums previously created

Sydney Race, Public Relations Assistant May 15, 2022

Kendrick Lamar has spoken once again. Already, it has been five years since DAMN reoriented our lives, and I've never met somebody who resents "HUMBLE." or "PRIDE." Ranging from young teenagers to...

Around this time last year, this photo was taken. For the first time, on this day, in this photo, I felt like I belonged on staff.

A hard week that’ll breach the boundaries of our sanity

Sydney Race, Public Relations Assistant May 9, 2022

I’ve rewritten this column multiple times in the past few weeks. Each time with different leads and ideas, memories to include, and cover photos, but this is as good as it is going to get.  But the...

A disappointing defeat for Ricky Montgomerys sophomore album, Its 2016 Somewhere

A disappointing defeat for Ricky Montgomery’s sophomore album, It’s 2016 Somewhere

Sydney Race, Public Relations Assistant May 8, 2022

There’s a voice that haunts a specific era of TikTok for me. Immediately, I hear the “And here’s *two nail taps* the m*ther f*kcing *two more nail taps* tea..” shrieking in my head, but there’s...

A swirly view of some Chicago building from the 38th floor.

I no longer carry the shields I’ve protected myself with

Sydney Race, Public Relations Assistant May 3, 2022

I had a recurring fear that the sun would stop hovering over Earth and specifically plummet on me. As young as I was, I spiraled into crying fits about the outside, expecting the sun to poison my turbulent...

A fake bag of blood with a scary, but true message—plastic can end up in our bloodstreams.

There could be plastic in your blood, and the odds aren’t in your favor

Sydney Race, Public Relations Assistant March 28, 2022

In the fourth grade, my class had a chance to tend a tank of salmon. When the salmon were old enough to be independent, we set them free in the Thornapple River. Periodically, an assigned group of students...

Current Joys released covers of their own songs by artists internationally in Covers From Across the Sea

Current Joys’ new release, Covers From Across the Sea, is their biggest miss yet

Sydney Race, Public Relations Assistant March 21, 2022

Current Joys, a notoriously depressing band amongst teenagers, released an album recently. Just shy of a month ago on Feb. 25, 2022, Covers From Across the Sea appeared on new release radars, but what...

Cinderella Musical Q&As: Zach Guikema

Cinderella Musical Q&As: Zach Guikema

Sydney Race, Public Relations Assistant March 16, 2022

Name: Zach Guikema Grade: 12th Role: Lord Pinkelton Why did you decide to try out for the musical? "I decided to try out for two main reasons. One, I've had past experience doing theatre all...

Cinderella Musical Q&As: Kenzie Davis

Cinderella Musical Q&As: Kenzie Davis

Sydney Race, Public Relations Assistant March 16, 2022

Name: Kenzie Davis Grade: 12th Role: Stepsister (Charlotte) Why did you decide to try out for the musical? "I thought to try some new things and joined the musical." What are you most excited...

Cinderella Musical Q&As: Gia Monterusso

Cinderella Musical Q&As: Gia Monterusso

Sydney Race, Public Relations March 15, 2022

Name: Gia Monterusso Grade: 10th Role: Stepmother Why did you decide to try out for the musical? "Well, I did the musical last year, and I did the play this fall. I just wanted to keep doing...

Cinderella Musical Q&As: Russell Baird

Cinderella Musical Q&As: Russell Baird

Sydney Race, Public Relations Assistant March 15, 2022

Name: Russell Baird Grade: 12th Role: Sebastion Why did you decide to try out for the musical? "Honestly, I've done the previous shows, and I have a lot of friends who were doing it. So actually,...

Yes, this is a real photo and no, its not overly edited. I love this picture with all my being—reminds me of 2018 for some reason.

Who am I without a melodramatic dream intercepting myself?

Sydney Race, Public Relations Assistant March 14, 2022

I hear the whispers waning, softening, searching for new and meaningless drama to voice. Octaves from the different speakers intertwined with each other. Oh, so sonorous and gorgeous, but it is nothing...

The ominous cover for Peach Pits newest album, From 2 to 3.

From 2 to 3 is the perfect album by Peach Pit for the upcoming summer

Sydney Race, Public Relations Assistant March 7, 2022

A familiar, discernable voice has graced my Browse page on Apple Music for the first time since quarantine. In April 2020, there was one song that was always in the MiniPlayer window: “Tommy’s Party.”  Neil...

The Dead and the Dying (2022), an on-the-spot event that was held in room 139 in remembrance of mine and Jessies computer.

It started with my computer key, but it will end in a harrow haunting

Sydney Race, Public Relations Assistant February 28, 2022

My toxic trait is attaching myself to everything in my life—but more specifically, my computer. I am in a dire need of a new one, but I can’t give Fran up.  Fran’s extensive list of issues started...

Alt-J captures the light and airy aspect of the rather dark album on the cover.

Alt-J releases the realistic and puzzling album The Dream

Sydney Race, Public Relations Assistant February 22, 2022

Adventure unfolds in peculiar ways with Alt-J’s new album, The Dream. The typical psychedelic and wavy synthesis of Alt-J’s music has always attracted listeners and piqued their curiosity. The British...

A black and white photo of me delicately wrapped in blue green holding leftover pizza.

An ode to the stage, and a “thank you” to them

Sydney Race, Public Relations Assistant February 13, 2022

Once upon some interminable time, a stage was left empty. She wasn’t the only soul to strike the beautiful hardwood, however. She made friends with dainty dust bunnies that would sometimes escape their...

The album cover for the legendary Laurel Hell by Mitski.

Mitski has ended her indefinite leave with the perfect comeback album, Laurel Hell

Sydney Race, Public Relations Assistant February 7, 2022

Laurel Hell: Mitski’s reappearance into the music world and her wave “hello” to fans after a long four years dormant. This album might’ve never been an album in the first place, and for that,...

Madie, during sunset, playing the guitar on a grassy beach.

Madie Weaver has a deep connection with various music types

Sydney Race, Public Relations Assistant February 3, 2022

For years, senior Madie Weaver has immersed herself in the many forms of music.  Whether that is a written song or one of the four instruments she has learned to play, music is Madie’s escape from...

John Orr in Target holding a stuffed Winnie the Pooh

[Photo] John Orr has an obsession for words

February 1, 2022

John Orr in Target holding a stuffed Winnie the Pooh

An aesthetic green and brown photo of a Korean skincare line.

The simplicity behind Korean skincare is beneficial, but misleading

Sydney Race, Public Relations Assistant January 31, 2022

A trend that wavers every now and then has graced my TikTok For You Page—Korean skincare. As the name suggests, it is skincare from South Korea that is supposed to help fight acne on skin like mine,...

Earl Sweatshirts cover for his new album, Sick!

Sick! sent me into the stratosphere and left me with an out-of-body experience

Sydney Race, Public Relations Assistant January 27, 2022

Musical and lyrical genius Earl Sweatshirt released a one-of-a-kind throwback album that others could only attempt. A necessarily nostalgic memento from the now disbanded rap group, Odd Future, was taken...

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