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Author: Natalie Mouw

Natalie Mouw is a Junior at Forest Hills Eastern. This is her first year on the Editorial Staff for the Hawk Herald. Within school, Natalie enjoys being involved in Mock Trial, tennis, and band as a 2021 Drum Major. In her free time, she loves to travel with her family, spend time with friends, and read with her Bernese Mountain dog. Natalie is looking into careers in writing, language, and public leadership. “There are far better things ahead than what we leave behind.” -C.S. Lewis

Batter Up: FHE Softball Season Off to a Strong Start

A swirl of sand and chalk shoots into the air as the metal bat connects with the vibrant yellow ball. Smack. After an imperceivable pause to admire the ball’s trajectory, she’s off –  rocketing down the runway to first base. On the other side of the sand, this connection sends the teammate on third heading home. This is the Eastern softball team. Over a month into their season, the softball players have been dominating the…

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The Power of Penpals

Just last week, I experienced a joyous thrill after I turned into my driveway and made the impromptu decision to stop by my mailbox. Pulling out the ever-slimming pile of snail mail, I flipped through the items with the classic wrist flip, as those letters addressed to my parents wound up at the back of the pile. Amidst the bills, bank statements, and lawn-care flyers, a neat, hand-addressed letter sent my spirits soaring: it was…

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A Ukrainian Perspective: Foreign Exchange Student Speaks to her Experience

Tetiana Trach hopes to continue her education in the states and has organized a gofundme to help make this possible. This link provides more information: https://gofund.me/eb18901f. Continue reading to learn of her journey to the US from Ukraine and how current events frame her everyday life. Tetiana Trach came to the United States at the beginning of this school year – August 2021. At that time, the current Russia-Ukraine war remained speculative. When the invasion…

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Go Orange: Kids Food Basket has a Voice at Eastern

This Friday, March 25th, students and staff alike will don all shades of orange to raise awareness for childhood hunger. Specially-made orange Kids Food Basket t-shirts are available for 10 dollars all this week to be worn on Friday. The money raised through the t-shirt sales will go directly to Kids Food Basket, supporting children in need all across West Michigan.  All this week and the few days leading up to Spring Break, Eastern is…

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Talent for the Ages: Eastern’s Variety Show

Showcasing this Friday night, Eastern’s Variety Show is not one to miss. This year more than ever, the heartfelt acts deserve an auditorium brimming with an enthusiastic audience. “Everyone’s act means so much to them this year,” shares senior performer Donny Ford. For his final opportunity to share his talent with Eastern, Donny has chosen to play Disney’s “You Are the Magic” on his renowned trumpet.  It is tradition for Mr. Boelkins to emcee the…

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Disney Bound!

Rising before the sun, 170 Eastern musicians made their way to terminal A1 at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. Mallets, violins, and tubas in tow, these music students prepared to share their songs, advance their skills, and most importantly, have fun!    “The planning has taken a year,” shares Mr. Boelkins, one of the masterminds behind the experience. “There is a lot of behind-the-scenes work to make it happen,” he commented this morning. “It’s…

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Delightful Donuts

It’s not too uncommon for staff to receive little gifts of appreciation from the administration. A portable breakfast, personalized water bottles, maybe some pastries – receiving the recognition they deserve with periodic ‘thank yous.’ So, many students at Eastern likely thought today was such an occasion. Little did they know a surprise awaited them. Mr. Yelding and Mr. Mac traversed from room to room during first hour and delivered special treats; this time, they were…

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You Can’t Take the Pep out of the Band

It’s that time of year again. Basketballs have been dusted off, plucked from their storage closet, and thrown into the limelight for Eastern’s winter sports season. With their slick pant-suit warm-ups and swift moves on the court, it can be easy to mistake the team for the main focus of the game. But the rest of the world knows the real reason those gym stands fill up to the brim: for a chance to see,…

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A Fond Farewell: Ms. Behm’s Last Day

It was a bittersweet day for the Eastern community. Ms. Mary Behm is finishing up a chapter of her life and moving on to the adventure that is retirement. Even as we look back on all the moments she has shared with us, we are excited for her and all the new memories she will make in the future. As head secretary, Ms. Behm ran the office efficiently: providing support and resources to the office…

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Candy Grams for a Cause

Next week at Eastern, students will have the opportunity to send candy grams to their friends! Eastern’s National Honors Society is selling Halloween-themed candy grams next week! Starting Monday, October 25 and going through Friday the 29th, these candy grams will be for sale at both lunches.  Select the person you would like to send it to, choose the candy you would like them to receive, and write them a note! Feel free to write…

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