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Vibe Check: Deja Brew Coffee Bar

Introducing: The Vibe Check Vagabonds. In a new series on the Hawk Herald, Anna Rapaport, Isabel Gil, Katie Stotts, and Tara Kloostra will be visiting different, unknown, and small businesses around Grand Rapids and Ada to check their vibes. Our first stop was a coffee shop off the Beltline called Deja Brew Coffee Bar.  As an avid coffee drinker, the name Deja Brew piqued my interest. I’m usually not a huge fan of puns, but…

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A Trip to Brody’s Be Cafe

Located in downtown Ada in a petite blue building is the new Brody’s Be Cafe. After opening a few months ago, there was a lot of buzz about the cafe in schools and on social media.  What made Brody’s so different was not what they served, but the cause they served. The cafe is a nonprofit small business run by Jenny Cole and was inspired by Rachel’s son, Brody, who was born with down syndrome.…

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Ramona Quimby

The Forest Hills Eastern Theater Department is performing Ramona Quimby, a play based on the bestselling book series by Beverly Cleary. In this play, Ramona Quimby, played by Amanda Solem (‘20), causes trouble while living with her older sister Beezus, played by Kilana Vosburg (‘21), and her parents, played by Stephanie Vandermyde (‘20) and Austin Sietsema (‘20). During the play, Ramona is faced with many struggles, such as her father losing his job, her mother…

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Student Athletes of FHE

Sophomore Tayler Sypien is preparing for her second year on the varsity lacrosse team. In every previous year, the team has been made up of lacrosse players from all three Forest Hills Schools. This year, however, Central is no longer a part of the team – changing the mascot from the Ranger Husky Hawks to the Bird Dogs. Tayler loves being a part of the team because of her teammates, coaches, and the team’s great…

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Rosalynn Bliss Re-Elected Mayor of Grand Rapids

Mayor Rosalynn Bliss was re-elected for a second-term as the Democrat mayor of the city of Grand Rapids. She ran a campaign against Daniel Schutte, a pastor and candidate for the 75th District of the Michigan House of Representatives in 2018. Bliss ran a campaign focused on the city’s infrastructure, economic development, and restoration of parks. Schutte ran a campaign on “proclaim[ing] the glory and the gospel of the Lord Jesus Chrst.” Schutte’s campaign also…

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Alice is Making Music at FHE

Out of all of the freshmen that I’ve been introduced to this year, Alice Christenson (‘23) is the only one I fear is truly cooler than me. In zero hour, she and Mr. Engelsman, the jazz band teacher, always seem to be discussing music I’ve never heard, artists I’ve never seen, and genres I know nothing about. Alice, who has been playing guitar for 5 years, is the current electric guitarist for jazz band. Even…

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Cate Vansolkema: The Lone Senior

Cate Vansolkema (‘20) enjoys spending time with friends and family and she loves playing volleyball. As a four-year varsity volleyball player, Cate is a defensive-specialist/libero on the school’s team this year. Senior year athletics are special for all student-athletes, but this year is even more special for Cate as she is the only senior on the varsity volleyball team.  Cate’s teammates love her and appreciate all of the time and hard work that she pours…

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Plant Club Looking to Grow

“I love plants,” Kenzie Kempa (‘20)said, defining her motivation behind the creation of one of Forest Hills Eastern’s newest clubs, the Plant Club, with her friends. While Kempa has a daunting number of plants – thirty-six to be exact – a vast collection is not a prerequisite for the club. There is only one: the love of plants.  The Plant Club is the product of Raelyn Baker (‘20), Harrison Centner (‘20), Hannah Ferrer (‘20), and…

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The New Knapps Corner Nutrition

Just recently opened, Knapp’s Corner Nutrition is a tea and shake bar that serves great tasting drinks with all of the nutrients fuel people’s bodies. Owned by Renae Baron, Knapps Corner Nutrition’s mission is to serve healthy teas and shakes to the community. The bar is located next to Celebration Cinema and Coldstone on Knapp’s Corner. It is well-lit with natural light and has aesthetic decor. There is seating inside along the bar, where the…

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History of the Daniels’ Cowbell

Over the din of the football players’ yells and the parents’ cheering, a hush falls over the student section. The piercing, familiar clang of Mr. Boelkins prized cowbell rings out: DING DING DING, DA-DING DING DA-DING DING, DING DING DING DA-DING! “GO HAWKS!” the student section replies, pumping their fists in the air.  Since the earliest days of Forest Hills Eastern, the playing of the cowbell has become an iconic ritual heard at sporting events…

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