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Hawks Reflect on Hollern’s Legacy

Beyond an assistant principal, Mr. Tim Hollern was the epitome of Hawk Pride. Every day, the kindness, dedication, and love he felt for the Forest Hills community manifested in his interactions with staff and students schoolwide. From his beginnings as a teacher at Forest Hills Northern in 2000, to his appointment of assistant principal and athletic director at Eastern in 2007, to his most recent assignment as principal of Goodwillie Environmental School, Mr. Hollern’s passing…

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Eastern students create a website to help others during the pandemic

Vishnu Mano (‘23) and his younger brother, Krishna Mano (‘26), recently created a website in response to the outbreak of COVID-19.    For the past year, Vishnu and Krishna have been part of a community service group known as the Kaufman Scholars, run by GVSU’s Kaufman Interfaith Institute. Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States, the group has been meeting virtually through Zoom. Vishnu and Krishna led a committee focused on Community Mobilization in…

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Health, Havoc, and Hope: A Conversation with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of Michiganders are fighting their own social, economic, and health battles. While each citizen is encouraged to be sympathetic to others’ fights while mostly focusing on their own, it is Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s job to oversee and uphold them all. As the leader of our state, a Forest Hills Public Schools Alumna, and a mother of two high schoolers, Governor Whitmer is taking her own battles, as…

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Where to Go From Here: An Open Letter to FHPS From the Editors

Superintendent Behm and the FHPS Administration:   Never in our lifetimes have we faced a challenge quite like this. It is not uncommon for a disaster to strike a community perhaps once in a generation, but for a crisis of this magnitude to affect every single corner of the earth is unheard of.  In an email to the Herald, Ms. Pallo, principal of Eastern High School, spoke about what the pandemic means for the remainder…

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How Eastern’s Students are Spending Their Spring Breaks

As a result of this year’s outbreak of COVID-19, most students have canceled their plans to travel or spend time with friends during spring break. The Hawk Herald asked students to send in a photo and a brief caption describing an activity that has kept them occupied during the time off.                                                …

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COVID-19 Cannot Stop Hawk Athletes

While the Forest Hills community stews in anticipation of the governor’s confirmation of the end of the school year, the notion that students will not be returning to FHE has been accepted by many Eastern families. While this affects students statewide, a specific sect of students’ routines have been altered drastically. Hawk athletes who participate in spring sports have been swindled out of a whole season—a season for which many have been preparing for nearly…

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FHE Seniors Reflect in Times of Uncertainty

As students around Michigan await the fate of the remainder of their school year, these past few weeks ridden with COVID-19 have given Forest Hills Eastern Seniors an unexpected chance to reflect on what many believe to be a potential end to their high school careers. Though not strangers to long periods of time off (compliments to the 2019 Polar Vortex), this unprecedented time blindsided even the seniors with their notorious “2020 vision”.  “I remember…

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Corona Cultivates Creativity Among FHE Students

While the official ‘stay-at-home’ order issued by Governor Gretchen Whitmer at 11a.m. this morning  disheartened many Michiganders, contrarily, many Forest Hills Eastern students have been using the lock down time away from school as an opportunity to grow creatively. Numerous Hawks, such as Emma Smolek (’20), have taken it upon themselves to begin long-term projects to continually work on during the upcoming days of quarantine. “I’m currently working on a large quilt,” she said of…

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Owen Smolek: A Man of Many Facets

In all my harvesting of advice from alumni and upperclassmen, many times it has to do with getting involved in as many extracurriculars as possible. Owen Smolek (‘20) has certainly capitalized upon that to the fullest extent. Owen, the epitome of a triple threat, has invested himself in musical, athletic, and academic programs during his time at Forest Hills Eastern.  On the field, Owen is known as the varsity goalkeeper and has worked on improving…

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Halle Mikula: Threading Positivity into the Community

Halle Mikula (‘21) is a student, creator, and young entrepreneur at Forest Hills Eastern who has enjoyed sewing and other creative pursuits since she was a child. She has recently started a business embroidering hoodies, shirts, tote bags, or other items, including items that clients bring themselves. She has not set prices yet, although she hopes to keep them as low as possible while still covering the cost of the material. She will also donate…

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