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Author: Josephine Ness

Josephine is a senior at Forest Hills Eastern. She is co-editor-in-chief of the Hawk Herald as well as a junior editor of the Siblíní Journal. She is the captain of the varsity swim team, co-founder of the Spanish club, and on the board of the National Honor Society. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, listening to music, and drinking coffee. After high school, she hopes to study international relations and Spanish in college.

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” - Henry David Thoreau

Eastern students create a website to help others during the pandemic

Vishnu Mano (‘23) and his younger brother, Krishna Mano (‘26), recently created a website in response to the outbreak of COVID-19.    For the past year, Vishnu and Krishna have been part of a community service group known as the Kaufman Scholars, run by GVSU’s Kaufman Interfaith Institute. Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States, the group has been meeting virtually through Zoom. Vishnu and Krishna led a committee focused on Community Mobilization in…


How Eastern’s Students are Spending Their Spring Breaks

As a result of this year’s outbreak of COVID-19, most students have canceled their plans to travel or spend time with friends during spring break. The Hawk Herald asked students to send in a photo and a brief caption describing an activity that has kept them occupied during the time off.                                                …

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FHE Bowling Team

The Forest Hills Eastern bowling team practices 4 days per week at Northfield lanes on Plainfield. The team competes in bowling meets on Mondays, Wednesdays, and occasionally on Saturdays. Matches start around 3:30 and generally last around 2 hours.  Raelyn Baker (‘20) is new to the team as a senior and has greatly enjoyed the season so far. Her favorite part of bowling is “the friends and the fries.” Making new friends and spending time…

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Mia Tepic Figure Skating: Athleticism and Artistry

Mia Tepic’s passion for figure skating sparked while watching the Olympics with her mother. She joined the Grand Rapids Figure Skating Club when she was nine years old and has been skating ever since.    Mia takes part in annual figure skating competitions with her team. This year, the season starts in May with the Lansing Van Camp Invitation on March 13th. Her favorite memory from a competition was the first competition of last season.…

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Model United Nations Club Returns with Awards

Model United Nations Club, run by Ms. Brasic, attended the Great Lakes Invitational Model United Nations (GLIMUN) conference last Wednesday through Saturday. The students simulated the actual United Nations, representing countries in committees that worked to solve global issues. Some of the issues that the committees addressed included Ebola, Eradication of Poverty, and Preventing the Illicit Arms Trade. Eastern’s United Nations team returned with several awards. Mia Tepic was awarded Best Delegate in the World…

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The Hawk Herald Giving Thanks (Pt. 2)

“I am thankful for senior year. Or rather, I am thankful for the perspective that senior year has imparted on me. It brings on so many “last firsts” –– last first day, last first show, last first dance. These were events that I always valued, but there’s something about its finality of it all this year that leads me to value them more. I am thankful as well for the sense of security senior year…

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Catching Up With Lil Naan

Nanda Murali, often referred to by his rapper name Lil Naan, proclaimed that he would stop making music about a year ago. Lil Naan has since been revived and released new music over the summer and in early September.  Critics have called Nanda’s newest song “his best work yet.” “CRUNCH (WRAP SUPREME)” features exciting lyrics that coincide with modern-day rap culture, like “I’ve been droppin’ all these bangers in the Lambo cruisin’,” and “got this…

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Guide to Hawk Hall Points

The season for earning hawk points has begun! The following information is to clarify the process of earning points. Attendance At School Events: The main way to earn points for your Hawk Hall is by attending school events and taking pictures with the members in your Hawk Team Room. Make sure that the picture is clear and includes people only from your Hawk Team Room. There must be at least 6 people in order for…

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Cedric Steed and Parking Lots’ New Album

“Say Hello to the Elevator People,” Parking Lots’ new album, dropped early this morning at 12:00 am.  Cedric Steed (‘20) and his band members Zach and Bradley have “spent every waking moment that [they] have had as a band together since last November on this album.” They put upwards of 400-500 hours into writing and recording the album’s 17 songs. Cedric describes the album as being “full of crazy noises.” He says that the album…

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Nathan La Huis and Camila Meraz Elected Co-Presidents of Student Government

On Wednesday afternoon, Nathan La Huis (‘20) and Camila Meraz (‘20) were announced to be the winners of the presidential election for Forest Hills Eastern High School’s Student Government. Vipul Adusmilli (‘20) and Luis Vasquez (‘20), the other two candidates, both plan to take positions on the Executive Board next year. Nathan and Camila will be leading the club for the 2019-2020 school year and will be responsible for planning many school events, including dances…

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