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Couples of FHE: Valentine’s Day 2020

We rounded up three prominent Forest Hills Eastern couples to ask them questions about their relationship to mark Valentine’s Day 2020. Two couples were brought back from last year’s interview: Hayden Foote (’20) and Kenzie Kempa (’20), Graham Howard (’20) and Mallorie Brehm (’21). New to our discussion is Anthony Holman (’23) and Lauren Ortega (’23). Here is what they had to say:

See also: Couples of FHE: Valentine’s Day 2019

Hayden Foote and Kenzie Kempa. Source: Kenzie Kempa.

First couple: Hayden and Kenzie

1. How long have you been dating?

Kenzie: 3 years in April.

Hayden: 1026 days (on February 12).

 

2. What was your first impression of each other?

Kenzie: In eighth grade, I thought he was the cutest boy to walk the earth, but he hated me because my attempts at flirting came off as very annoying (I didn’t have much game).

Hayden: It didn’t go great, but sixth grade was a long time ago.

 

3. How have you changed since you started dating?

Kenzie: We’ve both changed and grown a lot individually as well as together.

Hayden: I gained 55 pounds.

 

4. What is the main thing that has kept you two together?

Kenzie: Is ‘love’ too cheesy? Communication is huge too.

Hayden: Good communication and appreciating each other’s company.

 

5. What do you see your futures like?

Kenzie: We both dream of being doctors so I guess achieving that goal together.

Hayden: Together at the University of Michigan.

 

6. Who wears the pants in the relationship?

Kenzie: Both of us. I think it depends on the context.

Hayden: Definitely me. 

 

7. Are you two more alike? Or are you opposites that attract?

Kenzie: We are very similar in a lot of our beliefs. (We disagree on who wears the pants). I would say we are more similar than we are different in general.

Hayden: [We have a] similar sense of humor, taste in TV movies and food varies at times.

 

8. What are your thoughts on each other’s friends?

Kenzie: His best friends live far away so I haven’t spent a lot of time with them, but from what I have seen they’re great friends to him. We keep friendships and our relationship mostly separate because it is important to have friendships outside of your relationship with your significant other.

Hayden: I don’t hang out with them much, but they seem great.

 

9. What is your dream date?

Kenzie: I would love to go somewhere in Europe. Sightseeing and eating!

Hayden: Anywhere, but Europe.

 

10. What has been your favorite memory?

Kenzie: There are so many moments that are so special. Probably slow dancing by the fire on Christmas.

Hayden: Spending the whole day traveling up north to the UP so she could meet all my friends. Or winning every game of mini golf we play.

 

Graham Howard and Mallorie Brehm. Source: Mallorie Brehm.

Second couple: Graham and Mallorie

1. How long have you been dating?

G&M: We have been dating for a year and three months.

 

2. What was your first impression of each other?

Graham: My first impression of Mallorie was that she was funny and very extroverted which made me want to get to know her.

Mallorie: I thought that he was very sweet and easy to talk to which made me want to get to know him. He put effort into having a conversation which I liked.

 

3. How have you changed since you two started dating?

G&M: We are definitely more comfortable around each other now.  We haven’t necessarily changed, but being together has definitely made us happier.

 

4. What is the main thing that has kept you two together?

G&M: Theatre has definitely kept us together, but we also just enjoy being with each other.

 

5. What do you see your futures like?

Graham: We’re not quite sure what our future holds. Obviously, we’d love to stay together but things change all the time, and we’re hoping for the best. Right now we are just living in the moment.

Mallorie: Graham wants to be a gym teacher, and I am not sure what I want to do yet, but we both want to stay nearby in Michigan once we’re graduated from college.

 

6. Who wears the pants in the relationship?

G&M: Mallorie definitely wears the pants in the relationship.

 

7. Are you two more alike? Or are you opposites that attract?

G&M: We have similar interests, but opposing personalities, so I guess we’re partially opposites that attract.

 

8. What are your thoughts on each other’s friends?

Graham: I think her friends are very extroverted, similar to Mallorie.

Mallorie: I think his friends are very funny and nice, although I do not know them very well. We also share some friends due to spending a lot of time together in theatre.

 

9. What is your dream date(s)?

G&M: Nothing in particular. We both love to travel, so probably traveling anywhere!

 

10. What has been your favorite memory?

G&M: Our favorite memory together is going to DisneyWorld last February! 

 

Lauren Ortega and Anthony Hollman. Credit: Lauren Ortega.

Third couple: Anthony and Lauren

1. How long have you two been dating?

A&L: One year and two months.

 

2. What was your first impression of each other?

Anthony: I thought Lauren was the most beautiful girl I had laid my eyes on, and that her smile was the best thing ever.

Lauren: My first impression on Anthony was in eighth grade when we met. I thought he was the cutest and funniest boy ever. He was super nice.

 

3. How have you changed since you two started dating?

Anthony: I became a better person for the people around me, and I am always happy because I know that I have her.

Lauren: Since I have been dating Anthony, I have changed by being a lot nicer to people and getting along with everyone. 

 

4. What is the main thing that has kept you two together?

Anthony: Communication, always keeping up with each other, spending time with each other, and learning more about each other.

Lauren: The main thing that keeps Anthony and me together is getting along all the time and not arguing and always hanging out.

 

5. What do you see your futures like?

Anthony: I see Lauren and me living our lives to the max and making the best out of it.

Lauren: I see my future with Anthony living together in Michigan and always being together.

 

6. Who wears the pants in the relationship?

Anthony: Lauren wears the pants in the relationship.

Lauren: I definitely wear the pants in the relationship.

 

7. Are you two more alike? Or are you opposites that attract?

Anthony: We are more opposites.

Lauren: I think Anthony and I are a couple that is opposite, but we attract each other.

 

8. What are your thoughts on each other’s friends?

Anthony: They seem cool.

Lauren: I think some of Anthony’s friends don’t make the best decisions, but most of them are super nice to me and extremely funny.

 

9. What is your dream date(s)?

Anthony: Going on a vacation to Bora Bora and making the best out of it.

Lauren: My dream date that I want to have with Anthony is more like a vacation, but I want to go to Bora Bora with him.

 

10. What has been your favorite memory?

Anthony: When we held hands in English last year and got caught.

Lauren: My favorite memory with Anthony was when we went to my cottage, we went tubing, swimming, and skiing and had a blast.

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