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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

Election Week Stress: A Student’s Guide to Coping

In the current political climate, few sentiments seem to cross party lines. Ironically, election stress is one of the few emotions to which all sides can relate. Regardless of political affiliation, election week is a frustrating time for all. While politics have never been easy on the nerves, recent years have done nothing to help. With rising tensions, clashing party pride, and countless ads plaguing our everyday life, all on top of school and pandemic-related…

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Navigating “Normal”: An Open Letter to FHPS From Senior Members of The Hawk Herald Staff

By senior staff members of the Hawk Herald: As Superintendent Dan Behm and the Forest Hills Public Schools Administration proceed with the decision to move forward to full time face-to-face classes at FHPS, many students strongly believe that their concerns are not being heard or addressed. We are all navigating uncertain times, and we acknowledge that especially now it can be difficult to make decisions that affect our health and safety. As students, we believe…

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“Why I Stayed”

This article discusses suicide. If you or any loved ones are considering self-harm, reach out to a trusted adult, a school counselor, visit for resources, or call 1-800-273-8255. You are loved, you are capable of amazing things, and you will always be enough. At such a time of mental and physical stress, as well as isolation and uncertainty, Suicide Prevention Month is more important than ever.  Heightened anxiety, depression, instability, and isolation lead people to…

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Rage Against the Trump Machine

It’s an impressive journalistic feat to be able to claim that once within your career, your reporting skills have resulted in the downfall of a President. But twice? Practically unheard of. Unless you’re Bob Woodward. Woodward’s reporting comes full circle, slamming the Trump presidency similarly to how he did Nixon’s during the infamous Watergate scandal.  In his newest book Rage, which is due to hit shelves September 15th, Woodward reveals new information concerning the inner…

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Remembering Molly

                            No amount of words or images could ever describe the extent to which we all miss Molly Johanna Rasmussen. She was a beacon of love, light, and spunk. Her smile and spirit were wildly contagious, and she never failed to spread her joy to her friends, her teammates, and every person who received her generous love. A true lover and a…

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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…


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…


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…