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Author: Ashley Bileth

Ashley Bileth is a senior this year at Eastern. She has been working on the Hawk Herald since the beginning of her junior year and absolutely loves working for the paper. After high school, she plans on attending Central Michigan University.

"We're all bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that's all."
- The Breakfast Club

Jamie Anderson – The Amazing Horror Filmmaker

When most of us started watching YouTube videos when the platform was released, Jamie Anderson ’20 was one of the many who found inspiration to become a YouTuber one day. She would film videos on her old laptop’s built-in camera and edit them in Movie Maker. After a while, she used an actual camera and “spent hours editing vlogs that would never be seen.” Creating storylines and being on camera sparked her interest in theatre and film.…

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Holidays Around the World

Everyone knows about Santa Claus and the overall commercialization of Christmas as a time of gift giving with family and friends, but, in the month of December, many different religions and cultures celebrate something besides Christmas. Here is a guide to the holidays around the world in December 2018. Hanukkah This year from December 2 to December 10 is Hanukkah, a Jewish festival commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. During the eight-day celebration, the…

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Is “Piano Man” FHE’s School Song?

If you’ve stayed until the last song of school dances or was a part of a play or musical here at Eastern, you probably know that Billy Joel’s “Piano Man” is played at every play, musical, and dance. Why? When did one of Billy Joel’s hits become the “thing” that brings Eastern students together? This was Joel’s first signature hit, debuting on the Piano Man album in November 1973. (A link to the song is…

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Michael Myers Returns To Terrorize Fans

This past Friday, October 19, generations of horror movie fans flocked to movie theaters all over town for the premiere of Halloween. By 7:00 p.m. that night, the lobby of the theatre was packed and almost all the seats were sold-out. Fans from the first movie in the series that aired in 1978 were seated amongst the newest fans from 2018. It was an awesome sight to see as the iconic opening text credits started…

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I Hate Shakespeare Kicks Off the 2018-19 Theatre Season

Theatre kids are preparing for the debut of I Hate Shakespeare, FHE’s fall play this season. The play is about Hamlet, played by Austin Sietsma ’20,  who is trying to convince the Unhappy Person in the Audience, played by Lucy Dobson ’19, that Shakespeare is still relevant and important to study today. Lucy describes that her character is “extremely rude and quite standoffish [to Hamlet].” The show includes zombies, a fight scene, Shakespeare’s characters, and Jerry…

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Conner Watson: A Storyteller Through Film

Conner Watson ’20 has been passionate about film for most of his life. As a young ten-year-old boy, Conner’s love for film sparked when he went to the first Avengers movie with a group of friends during his birthday party in 2012. After the film, he realized that the movie was made up and discovered movie magic for the first time.  “I didn’t understand how they made that happen. I was so fascinated with the…

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What Happens at Senior Retreat Stays at Senior Retreat

Forest Hills Eastern has had twelve senior classes since our grand opening in August 2004; however, a senior retreat didn’t exist until 2011. Before that time, the seniors enjoyed an all-night party, which now happens after graduation. Our former principal, Mr. Harvey, started this tradition during his first year working with us in 2011. He wanted to bring the senior class together in an overnight retreat. For many underclassmen, Senior Retreat may be something they’ve…

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