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Month: September 2021

Fighting to the End

The evening began with cool temperatures and clear skies. Eastern’s JV football team faced off against Thornapple Kellog. “We were very optimistic going in,” said Head Coach Cameron Wysocki. Eastern’s team fought to the very end to keep Thornapple at bay. The game ended with a score of 26-26. The team’s spirit, regardless of the tie, was never in short supply. Members of Eastern’s varsity team cheered them on from the sidelines.  The game began…

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Victory for Varsity Volleyball

Tuesday night, the Girls Varsity Volleyball team faced off against Ottawa Hills at home – pulling off an impressive victory at the end of the night. How do they do it? Well, the team will tell you, it’s their community and support for one another that helps them play their best and prepare for their games.  The moment I walked into the gym, through the sounds of squeaking shoes and the thuds of the volleyballs,…

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Democracy Dies in Darkness

Note: This article does not represent the views or beliefs of Forest Hills Public Schools. This is an opinion piece by the author. Recently there has been a recall election in California for Governor Gavin Newsom. With the plethora of misinformation and dangerously dividing rhetoric in our government, some people felt the need to remove the Governor. The law in California makes it significantly easier for its officials to be recalled compared to most states.…

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People you should know: Wesley Martin-Sharples

If you have met Wesley Martin-Sharples then you might know he’s 16, a junior, and an overall cool guy. There’s a chance you don’t know, however, that Wesley is an avid writer and enjoys playing Dungeons & Dragons. As Wesley often plays the role of Dm (Dungeon master), an enjoyment for writing is a perfect attribute to have. However, that doesn’t mean writing is going to be easy. Wesley has no problem taking pre-written stories…

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Rallying for the Right Team- Why Cheer Should be a Sport

As I watched the Eastern Sideline Cheer Team do their sets at our most recent football game, I found myself questioning “why don’t people consider cheerleading a sport?” These girls are not only flying through the air and tumbling down the track, but also smiling their way through it. Where others might just see the pom-poms and skirts, I saw the hard work and dedication the team has to their craft. Not only that, but…

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Teeing Off To Third – Girls Golf Takes Home Bronze

The Forest Hills Eastern golf team is off to a fresh start after coming back from last year’s hectic schedule. During the COVID-19 pandemic many sports, including golf, were disrupted. This meant their practices, matches, and tournaments were shuffled around. But after an uncertain year, the Eastern golf team has shot off into a new season. This Monday, September 20, the girls’ varsity golf team played at Quail Ridge. The golf match was not a…

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The Epic Highs and Lows of High School Football

It was a gorgeous evening, wisps of clouds backlighting the setting sun. Thornapple Kelloggs’ stands had a small home student section clothed in neon, overshadowed by Eastern’s supporters seated on the visitor’s side, adorned in hippie attire. A forty-minute drive through numerous cornfields did nothing to dampen school spirit. Tommy Sypien (’22), a player on the varsity football team, mentioned that “a big student section is always a positive thing.” Numerous students showed up to…

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Eastern’s Resident DJ – Brie Pena

For many of us, music is a fun pastime. But for Brie Pena (‘22), it’s one of her favorite things in the world. Brie is a longtime patron of all things music and has a very diverse taste. She listens to anything from retro disco jams, to sultry piano ballads, to chart-topping hip hop. Through music, Brie deepens her connection with her family and inspires those to live more melodic lives.  Music has always been…

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Chemistry on the Court

In high school, we have to work with groups of people that we don’t know very well. To accomplish our tasks, we have to find a way to click and work together.  This philosophy is the same for the tennis court, and it’s one that JV tennis player Logan Dann (’24) is learning all about. JV tennis only does doubles, unlike varsity which has both singles and doubles. Logan Dann, who is playing on JV…

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Tips From an Eastern Barista

Whether getting coffee is an essential step in your morning routine, or you simply enjoy the calm atmosphere of a coffee shop to finish your algebra homework, coffee shops are a staple in the lives of many high school students. To make sure you get the most out of your next trip for a cup of joe, Eastern’s own Megan Schestag (‘22) shares her advice from her experience working as a Starbucks Barista!  Megan began…

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