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Author: Olivia Benedict

Olivia Benedict is a senior at Forest Hills Eastern. This is their first year publishing for the Hawk Herald. They enjoy camping, listening to music slightly too loudly, and drinking the grape monster energy drinks that Meijer doesn't seem to sell anymore. Olivia plans to pursue a career in international relations after high school (maybe). " "I wish the world was twice as big - and half of it was still unexplored." - David Attenborough

Coffeeshop Collection – Haggerty’s

Hop on over to Haggerty’s coffee shop. Smack dab on the edge of everything, Haggerty’s location – in Knapp’s corner on the Beltline, is the perfect distance from the bustling crowds heading to the cinema. Park in a spacious parking lot and walk right into the shop. Immediately, the smell of sweet baked goods welcomes customers. Occasionally, the blender will be a pleasant hum in the background, creating a smooth combination of frozen goodness. The…

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The Anatomy of a Neat Public Museum Trip

The Anatomy of a Neat Public Museum Trip: Grand Rapids Public Museum Edition The slogan of the Grand Rapids Public Museum – “be curious” has always fit into the mission of the Museum. The GRPM has a long history as an educational resource in the community. Founded in 1854 as the Grand Rapids Lyceum of Natural History, the Museum started with the “Cabinets of Curiosities,” put together by influential civic leaders such as John Ball.…

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Ada Historic Center: Shop the Museum

Ada Township, located in the center of Kent County, was founded in 1821. The first settler in this township was Rix Robinson. He engaged in the fur trade with the Native Americans on the Grand River, then founded Ada as others moved into the area. After Robinson had long passed, Edward Bradfield moved into Ada’s growing population and started a mill. The mill created jobs and revenue, which allowed the town to grow. Thanks to…

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Coffeeshop Collection – Nonna’s Pantry

Take a trip to Nonna’s Pantry. Located in the heart of Ada, Nonna’s has been a staple for coffee dates and study sessions since 2013. This shop creates a warm atmosphere, complete with several small tables and a chalk-covered menu board. The interior is small but packed with the smell of fresh baked goods and rich coffee. Quiet music in a foreign language plays over the speakers. On one side of the Pantry, a large…

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The Final Play: Season Wrap-up

Forest Hills Eastern’s Varsity Football season is officially coming to a close.    Uniforms are being handed in, practices have ended, and the cold is setting in. Eastern’s team closed the season after the Playoff game against Unity Christian, a 9-0 team. Unfortunately, Eastern did not advance past the playoffs. Though disappointing for both the team and the school as a whole, this year marks the second season in a row with Eastern in the…

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Hawks v Wildcats: Soaring into the Playoffs

Cold night. Rain fell on the turf, creating a hazardous playing field for Eastern’s last home game of the season. Despite the weather and the quickly darkening sky, droves of students attended last Friday’s game. Not only that, but they also brought school spirit in the form of Halloween costumes. Looking into the stands, it was impossible to miss: a skeleton on someone’s shoulders, a Chucky-cheese mascot, and an astronaut among countless other costumes. The…

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Victory!

Stadium lights shined down on the field, highlighting the players’ breaths as they competed in the cold last Friday. Forest Hills Eastern’s Varsity team wasn’t the least bit phased by the horrid weather. In this season, Eastern has faced heat waves, pouring rain, and freezing nighttime temperatures. Through it all, Eastern remained strong. Forest Hills Eastern gained a 28-13 victory over Kenowa Hills.  For those who were not able to attend the game last Friday,…

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Tackling the Loss

Forest Hills Eastern suffered a 13-37 defeat against South Christian last Friday night.   It was warm and raining last Friday night. The moon was a bright, yellow sliver in the sky.  The weather was dropping its pleasant feel, and temperatures were running high. Many of the students of Forest Hills Eastern were fighting some form of sickness, ranging from a head cold to mono. The football team was certainly no exception. So, with the…

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Hawks on the Rise

The stakes were high for the varsity football team last Friday. The entire student population was in the stands, eagerly awaiting the announcement of Homecoming King and Queen. Students and parents who would usually be home came to the game, causing the parking lot to fill and overflow into the soccer fields. The night was warm and humid, starting at 74 degrees, with the occasional leaf falling onto the spectators. As the night progressed, it…

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The Anatomy of a Solid Backpacking Trip

The Anatomy of a Solid Backpacking Trip: The Manistee River Loop Edition Are you tired of driving hours to a campground, only to realize you’ve forgotten something? Did you forget to reserve a campsite (or are you like me and don’t plan ahead, or you don’t want to commit to a spot without seeing it first)? Do you want to know what to look out for when hiking a trail for the first time? Do…

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