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Author: Isabel Gil

Isabel Gil is a senior at Forest Hills Eastern. This is her second year being on the Hawk Herald staff. She enjoys being involved in theater, Model United Nations, and especially band, in which she is a 2020 Drum Major. Outside of school, she spends her time creating visual art, being involved in her church’s youth group, and playing the piano, which she has been doing for twelve years. She hopes to combine her passion for writing and the environment in a career.
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” - Dr. Seuss

The Hawk Herald Celebrates the Senior Staff

With an early departure on May 3rd, many seniors find themselves reflecting on their pasts while getting fired up about their futures. The Class of 2021 has remained persistent through trials and tribulations; now, it’s their time to translate their Hawk Pride to a much larger world. Join us in commemorating our senior staffs’ fondest memories as they look ahead to life after high school.   Julia Bileth plans on attending Central Michigan University next…

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It’s Summertime in the FHE Theater!

Even a sharp incline of COVID-19 cases, a multitude of brushes with contact tracing, and the return to hybrid scheduling could not stop the Forest Hills Eastern Theater Program: after all, the show must go on! Clear masks, delayed auditions, performing in Eastern’s auditorium, and prerecorded background vocals were some of the many precautions enforced to keep corona exposure to a minimum as the theater department proceeded with the yearly musical. Despite these hurdles, the…

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Dear Me from 2020…

When the last bell of the school day rang on March 12th of 2020, many students were bracing themselves for what everyone believed would be a few funky days. Kids laughed excitedly, and the hallways were filled with maskless hugging as we bid farewell for the long weekend.  No one could have predicted the turbulent year that was to follow. The long weekend turned into a long spring break, which turned into a prolonged period…

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Introducing the FHE Mask Club!

This summer, the idea for the Forest Hills Eastern Mask Club was born during a socially-distanced hammocking trip as Palak Rekhani (‘22) and Sara Plante (‘22) discussed the variety of crafts they had attempted over quarantine to stay busy. “We [were talking] about our time during quarantine, and how we passed it trying new crafts,” the co-presidents explained. “It struck us that we should start a Mask Club, because during this pandemic masks are very…

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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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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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“This Book Changed My Life”

While online learning has its setbacks, it has also provided Forest Hills Eastern students with at least one advantage: more free time at home. Many times, it can be easy for students to revert to screens for a break or some comfort after a long day of learning. This is completely understandable Hawks, but take this time to continue supplementing your minds! One of the best ways to do this is through reading. The following…

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Advice For the Underclassmen: Sincerely, the Seniors

With much of their junior and senior years being tarnished by the coronavirus, it’s no secret that upperclassmen have had an abnormal amount of downtime. Because of this, many have spent copious amounts of time reflecting on their high school experience.  Through an Instagram poll, I conducted a survey in which I asked upperclassmen to share the most impactful pieces of wisdom they’ve encountered while navigating these bizarre years. “Change will happen. Expect it and…

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