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Author: Nathan La Huis

Nathan La Huis is a senior at Forest Hills Eastern High School. He is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Hawk Herald, Co-President of Student Government, and a violinist in the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony. Furthermore, he is an active member of the FHPS Global Learners Initiative as well as the FHE Symphony Orchestra where he is concertmaster. He hopes to study violin performance in college and pursue a career in music.

“To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.” - Leonard Bernstein

Boys JV Tennis: a Team of Varsity-Level Athletes

Forest Hills Eastern’s Boys Junior Varsity Tennis is an infamous team of players that are currently all the hype at FHE. The roster is made up of all classes and represents boys of all different skill levels. While watching them on the court, it is clear that they are fighters, good teammates, and deserve all the attention they have received in the past weeks.  The team finished above 500 in the state, and continuously defied…

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Governor Whitmer Addresses Forest Hills Educators

From the Co-Editors-in-Chief: Governor Gretchen Whitmer visited Forest Hills Public Schools on Wednesday to address Forest Hills’ staff members. It was a homecoming for the governor, who is a Forest Hills Central graduate of the class of 1989. She was received by a large group of FHPS staff members at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center and spoke on issues like the 2020 Fiscal Budget, vaping, and education.  During her days at Forest Hills Central,…

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A Discussion with Superintendent Dan Behm on the New Cell Phone Policy

From the Co-Editors-in-Chief: On June 21st, 2019, Forest Hills Public Schools unveiled its new cell phone policy which states in part, “Students will not be allowed to carry or use cell phones during the school day. Phones are available in the office of each school should a student need to contact their parent. If families believe that their child needs access to a cell phone before or after school, it will be the student’s responsibility…

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End of the Year Letter From the Editors

Dear Readers, The Hawk Herald will be taking a break until next August. This year, we transitioned from a physical paper to a digital site. We appreciate your patience during this change.  Next year, we plan to further expand our output with the help of more than a dozen new writers. Our leadership will change as well. Nathan La Huis and Josie Ness will be taking the helm as Co-Editors-in-Chief. They will be editing student…

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Teacher Appreciation: Ms. Brasic

Ms. Brasic teaches AP United States History, AP Micro and Macroeconomics, and AP Computer Science at Eastern High School. She grew up in Comstock Park and attended Sparta High School. Her family moved from Evart, Michigan after her dad got a job as Superintendent of Sparta Schools. She attended Central Michigan University and calls it the “best five and a half years of my life.” She did not always aspire to become a teacher. In…

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Teacher Appreciation: Sra. Kohlhaas

Señora Kohlhaas is a Spanish teacher and has been in the district for 15 years. She has been teaching for 17 years in both Michigan and North Carolina. She grew up in Grand Rapids, attended Catholic Central High School, class of 1994, and had her eyes set on being a veterinarian. During her time at Michigan State, she decided to study abroad in Spain. Her parents encouraged her to continue with Spanish. “Then my parents…

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The Many Clubs of FHE

FHE is showcasing their many different clubs and organizations to the incoming freshmen and high school students. The variety of extracurricular activities allow for FHE students to be well-rounded, to better know their classmates, and to build their character. Each club is unique and offers different perspectives. Baking Club Baking club is a fun and interactive club where people can go to have a fun time. The Baking Club meets once a month and bake…

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Who Has the Best Smile at FHE?

Seeing someone’s smile can totally change the course of the day for another person. Smiling is a simple action that we can consciously make day-to-day. It can often go unnoticed, but at the same time it can affect people so deeply. It can be the most identifiable and best features of a person’s qualities. We checked in with FHE students to ask who they thought had the most contagious, inspiring, and best smile at school.…

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Couples of FHE: Valentine’s Day 2019

I asked four of the most well-known FHE couples to answer ten relationship questions that the Hawk Herald came up with for Valentines Day 2019. The couples include Hayden Foote (’20) and Kenzie Kempa (’20), Elijah Valeros (’20) and Kelsy Hill (’19), Graham Howard (’20) and Mallorie Brehm (’21), and Maddie Thompson (’22) and Kaden Kasper (’21). Here is what they said: 1. How long have you two been dating? Hayden & Kenzie: A little…

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A Brief Synopsis of the State of the Union

Trump’s State of the Union speech will not help him politically, but it certainly will not hurt him either. The State of the Union is an address that the President gives to a combined gathering of the House of Representatives, the Senate, the President’s Cabinet, and the Supreme Court; all branches of the United States Government. Behind the President sits the Vice-President (the President of the Senate) and the Speaker of the House (the head…

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