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Hawks Gear Up and Look Back on an Unprecedented Season

In the past months, the class of 2021 has dealt with many losses, grief, and constant change. Yet in the sea of uncertainty, the Forest Hills Eastern Football team has managed to secure a season full of wins, anchoring our community together even in these times of social isolation. This season has been full of obstacles; yet, the shorter practices, constantly changing COVID-19 restrictions, and long periods of social distancing have done little to siphon…

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“Free” Holiday Returns

Every year, hundreds of thousands of gifts are returned after the holiday season comes to an end—this year is no different. An estimated $70.5 billion dollars worth of products are expected to be returned to companies, which is 73% higher than the previously predicted five-year average: this is most likely because of a massive increase in online shopping due to the coronavirus. After the 2019 holiday season, a record 30% of online purchases were returned,…

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What Do FHE Students Want for Christmas?

As Christmas is nearing, students are formulating their wish lists and searching for gifts to buy others. To find out what Forest Hills Eastern students are wishing for, I surveyed 29 students, asking them to list a gift under $50 and a gift over $50 that they were hoping for this holiday season. The results were a unique variety of gifts, with few repeats. After a little analyzing, it appears that the most popular gift…

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This Holiday Season, Shop Small Businesses

This year has brought us all curveballs, but one thing is for sure—we need each other as a community! As this crazy year wraps up and we head into the holiday season, one way to help the community is by supporting businesses that are locally run by real people. Here are three superb stores to shop at this holiday season, located right here in greater Grand Rapids.  — Schuler Books  Located on 28th street, this…

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Welcome the Hawkcast!

The Hawkcast: Episode 1 Click the above text to view the episode! If you would like to be featured as a guest, please contact us at hawkcast@fhps.net. Episodes will be uploaded to hawkherald.com every other Monday (tentatively).

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2020 Is Taylor’s Year: ‘Evermore’ Album Review

December 10th was a quiet and frankly normal day until Taylor Swift fans across the globe flew into a frenzy with the announcement that she’d be dropping her 9th studio album, evermore, at midnight. I was between zooms when I got a frenzied text from a friend relaying the news, and I just about burst into tears of joy. As announced by Taylor through an Instagram post, evermore is the sister record to the acclaimed…

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Mariya Jahan: Her Art, Advice, and Ambitions

My interview with Mariya Jahan (‘21) started with her excitedly showing me her intricate galaxy door she painted over quarantine, crescendoed with laughter as we talked about her hopes and dreams while she simultaneously received an acceptance letter from James Madison University, and ended reluctantly as she swore she needed to get her AP Calculus homework done (though she quickly circled back to discuss star signs and Hogwarts’ houses).  Enthusiastic, electric, and creative as they…

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Hawks “Wrap” Up 2020 With Their Favorite Tunes

As dubbed by Spotify, 2020 has truly been the “longest year.” Yet, through all of the change, music has remained a constant for the Hawks of Forest Hills Eastern. With the annual arrival of playlists across a variety of music platforms comprised of listeners’ top songs, came a revisited wave of emotions and the commemoration of music and its importance through these chaotic times. “What a Friend” by Matt Maher: “This year was definitely weird. This…

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A Challenging Piece: the Music Department’s Struggle Against Corona

Most activities and hobbies we took for granted prior to COVID-19 have not been spared from the pandemic’s effects. Music, unfortunately is one of those. At Forest Hills Eastern, orchestra, band, and choir needed to approach the pandemic from the same angle—by implementing cautionary measures to keep germs contained and musicians safe. Each program has created and curated unique strategies in their battle against the virus. Orchestra was perhaps the most fortunate of the trio.…

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Mask Pollution

Mask-wearing has proven to be most effective in fighting the COVID-19 virus. While single-use disposable masks are more convenient for daily use, these masks serve as a major potential environmental risk. Disposable masks are unable to be recycled, and 75% of these masks end up in landfills and the world’s oceans. Disposable masks are made of thin layers of plastic, which eventually begin to break down, turning into microplastics. These microplastics have the potential to…

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