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Author: Olivia Challa

Starting her senior year this fall, Liv enjoys writing and hanging out with close friends and family. She participates in many extracurriculars, such as theatre and is a starter on the Women's Varsity Soccer Team. An avid movie watcher, she hopes to go into a career where she can experience great art in its many forms. This is her second year as part of the Hawk Herald and hopes to publish articles that draw many new people to the newspaper and make them think about the world around them.

FHE Presents: Our Town

As fall sports such as volleyball and football wind down for the year, the drama club is ramping up for their annual play. Each year, students from all grades come together daily to rehearse, perfect, and eventually produce live theatre for the community. This year, the production is Our Town: a three act production showcasing the stages of life in a small town during the turn of the century. The cast is highly anticipating this…

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Hauntingly Halloween- The Search for Spooky Cinema, Edition 2

Welcome back to week two of my scary movie reviews. This week I delved into more horror movies, kicking it up a notch from the animated children’s films of last week. They mostly fall under the umbrella of cheesy older movies that are considered classics. Among those include Scream, Friday The 13th, and It (2017). But instead of choosing my favorites this week, I’m going to review three that, in my opinion, are underrated in…

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Hauntingly Hallowing- The Search for Spooky Cinema

In the field of scary movies, there are plenty to choose from, especially around Halloween. Regardless of the movie’s cinematic success, millions of Americans annually flock to streaming services and theaters to rewatch and relive their favorite Halloween movies. But which ones are truly the best? This October, I made it my mission to watch one Halloween movie every day, and evaluate each one. These seasonal movies range from lighthearted kid’s movies to critically acclaimed…

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Senior Victory at Annual Powder Puff Game

After the year and a half break with no homecoming activities, the Powder Puff game between the junior and senior classes is back. The teams faced off this past Friday, reigniting the generational feud between juniors and seniors. Even with only a couple of weeks of training, the senior girls’ team remained optimistic and ambitious when it came to winning the game.  When talking to the team, there was an overwhelming presence of school spirit…

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Rallying for the Right Team- Why Cheer Should be a Sport

As I watched the Eastern Sideline Cheer Team do their sets at our most recent football game, I found myself questioning “why don’t people consider cheerleading a sport?” These girls are not only flying through the air and tumbling down the track, but also smiling their way through it. Where others might just see the pom-poms and skirts, I saw the hard work and dedication the team has to their craft. Not only that, but…

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Eastern’s Resident DJ – Brie Pena

For many of us, music is a fun pastime. But for Brie Pena (‘22), it’s one of her favorite things in the world. Brie is a longtime patron of all things music and has a very diverse taste. She listens to anything from retro disco jams, to sultry piano ballads, to chart-topping hip hop. Through music, Brie deepens her connection with her family and inspires those to live more melodic lives.  Music has always been…

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Stepping Into Senior Year

In a post-Covid world, it seems as though time has slowed down. With no strict deadlines, it almost feels like this year has gone by without much care for school in general. Hopefully, next year we will return to some kind of normalcy in the classroom; something that at least resembles what high school was like. Being a junior myself, I am not prepared to be a senior this fall, and in many ways I…

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“Stick” with Kindness

If you take a stroll around Eastern and look very closely, you may or may not see small stars and smiley faces littering surfaces throughout the school. They’ve made their way into every hallway and can even be spotted everywhere, from lunchroom walls to bathroom stalls. Two weeks ago, I began graffitiing the school with stickers in an effort to brighten up students’ days while giving them something to smile about during these stressful times. …

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Guide to a Crystal Starter Pack

With the rise of spirituality on social media sites such as TikTok, many teens are taking a new interest in activities like tarot cards, meditation, astrology charts, and the powers of crystals. Many, like myself, want to explore the healing powers that certain minerals are said to hold. But where should one start? Which crystals and stones are right for each individual? In this article, we will look through some crystals that all beginner spiritualists…

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10 Local Businesses and Restaurants to Support During the Pandemic

Bagel Beanery – 455 Michigan Ave. NE Need to grab a bite to eat while heading downtown? Stop at the Bagel Beanery, which serves up freshly made bagels as well as soup, sandwiches and much more. Winning the Grand Rapids Best Bagel award 13 times, there is no argument that they have the best in town. All food is made fresh and in-house daily, including their cream cheese.     2. Brewery Vivant – 925 Cherry St. SE…

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