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Vibe Check: Deja Brew Coffee Bar

Introducing: The Vibe Check Vagabonds. In a new series on the Hawk Herald, Anna Rapaport, Isabel Gil, Katie Stotts, and Tara Kloostra will be visiting different, unknown, and small businesses around Grand Rapids and Ada to check their vibes. Our first stop was a coffee shop off the Beltline called Deja Brew Coffee Bar.  As an avid coffee drinker, the name Deja Brew piqued my interest. I’m usually not a huge fan of puns, but…

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A Trip to Brody’s Be Cafe

Located in downtown Ada in a petite blue building is the new Brody’s Be Cafe. After opening a few months ago, there was a lot of buzz about the cafe in schools and on social media.  What made Brody’s so different was not what they served, but the cause they served. The cafe is a nonprofit small business run by Jenny Cole and was inspired by Rachel’s son, Brody, who was born with down syndrome.…

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Ramona Quimby

The Forest Hills Eastern Theater Department is performing Ramona Quimby, a play based on the bestselling book series by Beverly Cleary. In this play, Ramona Quimby, played by Amanda Solem (‘20), causes trouble while living with her older sister Beezus, played by Kilana Vosburg (‘21), and her parents, played by Stephanie Vandermyde (‘20) and Austin Sietsema (‘20). During the play, Ramona is faced with many struggles, such as her father losing his job, her mother…

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Plant Club Looking to Grow

“I love plants,” Kenzie Kempa (‘20)said, defining her motivation behind the creation of one of Forest Hills Eastern’s newest clubs, the Plant Club, with her friends. While Kempa has a daunting number of plants – thirty-six to be exact – a vast collection is not a prerequisite for the club. There is only one: the love of plants.  The Plant Club is the product of Raelyn Baker (‘20), Harrison Centner (‘20), Hannah Ferrer (‘20), and…

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History of the Daniels’ Cowbell

Over the din of the football players’ yells and the parents’ cheering, a hush falls over the student section. The piercing, familiar clang of Mr. Boelkins prized cowbell rings out: DING DING DING, DA-DING DING DA-DING DING, DING DING DING DA-DING! “GO HAWKS!” the student section replies, pumping their fists in the air.  Since the earliest days of Forest Hills Eastern, the playing of the cowbell has become an iconic ritual heard at sporting events…

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Boys JV Tennis: a Team of Varsity-Level Athletes

Forest Hills Eastern’s Boys Junior Varsity Tennis is an infamous team of players that are currently all the hype at FHE. The roster is made up of all classes and represents boys of all different skill levels. While watching them on the court, it is clear that they are fighters, good teammates, and deserve all the attention they have received in the past weeks.  The team finished above 500 in the state, and continuously defied…

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5 Things to do in Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids is full of hidden gems and popular sites. People of all ages can find fun activities for low prices anywhere in the city. Individuals, couples, and groups can enjoy the following places on a free afternoon or evening.   1. Happy Cat Cafe Cat-lovers can visit this cafe to eat snacks, drink a variety of beverages, and (of course) play with cats. Patrons can purchase a thirty-minute time slot or an hour time…

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Homecoming Advice for Freshmen

In the fall of my freshman year, I remember being equal parts ecstatic and terrified for homecoming. For me, it symbolized the shedding of my middle school chrysalis and the spreading of my high school wings. However, as the eldest child of my family and with minimal contact with upperclassmen, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect of my first school dance. How fancy should I dress? Is attending pointless without a date? Is the…

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Give Your Dress a Second Dance

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… homecoming season! As homecoming quickly approaches on October 12th, questions flow rapidly through the minds of students about details for their perfect night. “Where do we take pictures?” “Who am I going to ask?” And most importantly, “where do I find the perfect dress?” The answer to that question is Second Dance. Second Dance is a Grand Rapids based formal and bridal consignment shop, located on Division…

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Fall Traditions at FHE

Whether it’s spending time with family or hanging out with friends, everyone at Forest Hills Eastern seems to have a different tradition to embrace fall. Many FHE students were interviewed and the most common ways to spend our favorite season ranged from drinking pumpkin spice lattes to carving jack-o’-lanterns, to going to corn mazes.  Halle Koelzer and her family host a turkey bowl every year on Thanksgiving. Parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, and cousins all go…

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