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Author: Sarah Mechan

Sarah Mechan is a senior at Forest Hills Eastern. She is excited to begin her first year working on communications projects both in the Hawk Herald as well as ETV. She is passionate about music, dogs, crocheting, and a variety of other crafts. She is a part of the Forest Hills Eastern Orchestra and has been in the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony throughout high school. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her two dogs, working on new crocheting projects, and traveling with her friends and family.

Project KIKI: An Initiative for Kindness

Project Kiki, otherwise known as the Kindness in Kids Initiative, was started and implemented at our school by Eastern’s very own Zoe Kukla (’22). It started last year with the mission of inspiring more empathy and kindness within the younger students of the forest hills community.  After observing and experiencing ostracization towards herself and others based on racial, cultural, and class factors, Kukla wanted to make a change. She took initiative towards solving the problem…

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How To Apply To College

As November 1st quickly approaches, seniors across the country are frantically attempting to finish their early applications for college, and using Common App or other application portals can present confusing and frustrating challenges that make the process more stressful. If this sounds like you, this article will hopefully answer your questions and make the process less stressful.  What Schools Should I Apply To? The first step in applying to college is to ask yourself  “what…

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Hyped For Hawk Teams: A Behind the Scenes Look at Hawk Teams

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted so many of the usual experiences associated with high school. This year, it’s more important than ever to encourage students to reach out to and meet new people to make up for all the lost time from the pandemic. Four Seniors, Jaisal Chopra, Zoe Kukla, Ben McKim, and Jade Tarango, have taken on the responsibility of becoming Hawk Team Liaisons and are working hard to reconnect Eastern students with one…

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An End to America’s Longest War

President Joe Biden’s recent order to pull all troops out of Afghanistan has turned D.C. upside down – causing an uproar across partisan lines. For years, voters have been asking for the United States to pull out of the decades-long war in the Middle East. In 2021, 70% of Americans supported a withdrawal and political candidates, including former President Donald Trump, have campaigned on the promise of bringing American soldiers home from Afghanistan. So why…

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Victory for Varsity Volleyball

Tuesday night, the Girls Varsity Volleyball team faced off against Ottawa Hills at home – pulling off an impressive victory at the end of the night. How do they do it? Well, the team will tell you, it’s their community and support for one another that helps them play their best and prepare for their games.  The moment I walked into the gym, through the sounds of squeaking shoes and the thuds of the volleyballs,…

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Tips From an Eastern Barista

Whether getting coffee is an essential step in your morning routine, or you simply enjoy the calm atmosphere of a coffee shop to finish your algebra homework, coffee shops are a staple in the lives of many high school students. To make sure you get the most out of your next trip for a cup of joe, Eastern’s own Megan Schestag (‘22) shares her advice from her experience working as a Starbucks Barista!  Megan began…

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