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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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Summer Job Applications: A Crash Course

With the end of the school year quickly approaching, many Eastern students are looking for summer jobs. However, many students (sophomores especially) don’t know where to start. Fortunately, I completed the application process for a job just last week, and it is not as complicated as it seems. The first big step of getting a job is to figure out which places are hiring. Because of the pandemic, almost all establishments are desperate for new…

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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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A Letter From the Staff

The Hawk Herald will be taking a two-week break over the holidays to spend time with friends and family. This semester, the Hawk Herald introduced a new column – Eastern Eats, vastly expanded our sports coverage, and covered more events within the Eastern community. In 2022, the Hawk Herald hopes to launch a separate sports page and further expand the coverage of school-related events. Editor-in-Chief Lindsey Soet (‘24) and Managing Editor Natalie Mouw (‘23) will…

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Metric Mayhem: Why the United States Should Adopt the Metric System

For the majority of my life, I’ve always wondered why the U.S. has their own measuring system instead of using the metric system like the rest of the world. Because of school, I have been forced to bounce between the metric system in science class, and back to the U.S. system for every other subject. Even after about five years of science class, I still don’t know how long a meter is, or how to…

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2020 Is Taylor’s Year: ‘Evermore’ Album Review

December 10th was a quiet and frankly normal day until Taylor Swift fans across the globe flew into a frenzy with the announcement that she’d be dropping her 9th studio album, evermore, at midnight. I was between zooms when I got a frenzied text from a friend relaying the news, and I just about burst into tears of joy. As announced by Taylor through an Instagram post, evermore is the sister record to the acclaimed…

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Advice For the Underclassmen: Sincerely, the Seniors

With much of their junior and senior years being tarnished by the coronavirus, it’s no secret that upperclassmen have had an abnormal amount of downtime. Because of this, many have spent copious amounts of time reflecting on their high school experience.  Through an Instagram poll, I conducted a survey in which I asked upperclassmen to share the most impactful pieces of wisdom they’ve encountered while navigating these bizarre years. “Change will happen. Expect it and…

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Navigating “Normal”: An Open Letter to FHPS From Senior Members of The Hawk Herald Staff

By senior staff members of the Hawk Herald: As Superintendent Dan Behm and the Forest Hills Public Schools Administration proceed with the decision to move forward to full time face-to-face classes at FHPS, many students strongly believe that their concerns are not being heard or addressed. We are all navigating uncertain times, and we acknowledge that especially now it can be difficult to make decisions that affect our health and safety. As students, we believe…

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Remembering Molly

                            No amount of words or images could ever describe the extent to which we all miss Molly Johanna Rasmussen. She was a beacon of love, light, and spunk. Her smile and spirit were wildly contagious, and she never failed to spread her joy to her friends, her teammates, and every person who received her generous love. A true lover and a…

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Where to Go From Here: An Open Letter to FHPS From the Editors

Superintendent Behm and the FHPS Administration:   Never in our lifetimes have we faced a challenge quite like this. It is not uncommon for a disaster to strike a community perhaps once in a generation, but for a crisis of this magnitude to affect every single corner of the earth is unheard of.  In an email to the Herald, Ms. Pallo, principal of Eastern High School, spoke about what the pandemic means for the remainder…

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