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Hawks Reflect on Hollern’s Legacy

Beyond an assistant principal, Mr. Tim Hollern was the epitome of Hawk Pride. Every day, the kindness, dedication, and love he felt for the Forest Hills community manifested in his interactions with staff and students schoolwide. From his beginnings as a teacher at Forest Hills Northern in 2000, to his appointment of assistant principal and athletic director at Eastern in 2007, to his most recent assignment as principal of Goodwillie Environmental School, Mr. Hollern’s passing…

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Health, Havoc, and Hope: A Conversation with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of Michiganders are fighting their own social, economic, and health battles. While each citizen is encouraged to be sympathetic to others’ fights while mostly focusing on their own, it is Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s job to oversee and uphold them all. As the leader of our state, a Forest Hills Public Schools Alumna, and a mother of two high schoolers, Governor Whitmer is taking her own battles, as…

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How Eastern’s Students are Spending Their Spring Breaks

As a result of this year’s outbreak of COVID-19, most students have canceled their plans to travel or spend time with friends during spring break. The Hawk Herald asked students to send in a photo and a brief caption describing an activity that has kept them occupied during the time off.                                                …

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COVID-19 Cannot Stop Hawk Athletes

While the Forest Hills community stews in anticipation of the governor’s confirmation of the end of the school year, the notion that students will not be returning to FHE has been accepted by many Eastern families. While this affects students statewide, a specific sect of students’ routines have been altered drastically. Hawk athletes who participate in spring sports have been swindled out of a whole season—a season for which many have been preparing for nearly…

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FHE Seniors Reflect in Times of Uncertainty

As students around Michigan await the fate of the remainder of their school year, these past few weeks ridden with COVID-19 have given Forest Hills Eastern Seniors an unexpected chance to reflect on what many believe to be a potential end to their high school careers. Though not strangers to long periods of time off (compliments to the 2019 Polar Vortex), this unprecedented time blindsided even the seniors with their notorious “2020 vision”.  “I remember…

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Corona Cultivates Creativity Among FHE Students

While the official ‘stay-at-home’ order issued by Governor Gretchen Whitmer at 11a.m. this morning  disheartened many Michiganders, contrarily, many Forest Hills Eastern students have been using the lock down time away from school as an opportunity to grow creatively. Numerous Hawks, such as Emma Smolek (’20), have taken it upon themselves to begin long-term projects to continually work on during the upcoming days of quarantine. “I’m currently working on a large quilt,” she said of…

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Members of the Hawk Herald Celebrate Lent

Lent is a holiday recognized by all Christians but especially celebrated by Catholics, Orthodox, and some Protestants. The season of Lent lasts forty days and forty nights and commemorates Jesus’s sacrifice during the time he spent alone in the desert. Lent leads up to the Easter Week where Christians remember the Passion and crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It is typical that, starting on Ash Wednesday, followers give up something (usually negative) in their lives to…

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wndr museum of Chicago

The wndr museum of Chicago, Illinois, is a place where you can truly live your wildest dreams. It offers completely immersive experience. Walking through the hallways is dreamlike. The wndr museum has a wondrous selection of artists, ranging from world class, to new emerging, to the guests themselves. It’s a place where opportunity is everywhere, to discover, play, and ask questions.  I was lucky enough to learn about this Chicago attraction right before my trip…

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Couples of FHE: Valentine’s Day 2020

We rounded up three prominent Forest Hills Eastern couples to ask them questions about their relationship to mark Valentine’s Day 2020. Two couples were brought back from last year’s interview: Hayden Foote (’20) and Kenzie Kempa (’20), Graham Howard (’20) and Mallorie Brehm (’21). New to our discussion is Anthony Holman (’23) and Lauren Ortega (’23). Here is what they had to say: See also: Couples of FHE: Valentine’s Day 2019 First couple: Hayden and…

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Eastern Anonymous Week 3

Another month, another edition of Eastern Anonymous! Feel free to submit your own to have yours included in the next post on February 25. Submissions are categorized alphabetically within each category. Seniors “Harrison Centner is a super fun guy.” “Bryan Daniels is so nice and fun to talk to.” “Jackie Emmorey is such an amazing singer!” “Emma Joppe is super cool.” “Cedric Steed is the love of my life.” “Elijah Valeros sings like an angel.”…

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