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Eastern Anonymous Week 1

Enjoy Eastern Anonymous’s first batch of shoutouts! Feel free to submit your own here to be included in the next installment on January 28. Submissions are categorized alphabetically within each category. Seniors “Shoutout to Emma Earl for being the coolest senior ever.” “Allayna Hight is so nice, beautiful, and a fantastic singer!” “I like Sam Gilmore‘s shoes.” “Gabe Hassan is the best wrestler I have ever seen.” / “Gabe Hassan is really cute.” “I’m in…

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With Community Support, Mr. Hollern Continues His Fight Against Cancer

Mr. Tim Hollern is an Assistant-Principal at Forest Hills Eastern High School. He is known for his happy, outgoing demeanor and engagement with many different types of students. What is not so apparent, however, is that he has been battling colon and liver cancer for over eight years. “I was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer in September of 2011.” Since then, the cancer has spread to his liver. Shortly after Mr. Hollern’s diagnosis, his…

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The Lion King Comes to Grand Rapids

The traveling cast of The Lion King just finished their 16 show run last weekend at DeVos Performance Hall. This show is still on tour and has been beyond successful. This summer, The Lion King hit its 9,000th performance on Broadway. This miraculous milestone has only been attained by two other Broadway shows: Phantom of the Opera and Chicago. Over 95 million people around the world have experienced this six-time Tony Award-winning musical. The Lion…

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The Hawk Herald Giving Thanks (Pt. 2)

“I am thankful for senior year. Or rather, I am thankful for the perspective that senior year has imparted on me. It brings on so many “last firsts” –– last first day, last first show, last first dance. These were events that I always valued, but there’s something about its finality of it all this year that leads me to value them more. I am thankful as well for the sense of security senior year…

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The Hawk Herald Giving Thanks

As November passes, we often surround ourselves in giving thanks. The staff at the Hawk Herald pauses to give thanks, individually. “I am thankful for the privileged life that I am able to live. I can recognize that most people are not able to enjoy the simple things that I take for granted. Because of this, I try to give around the holiday season and volunteer throughout the year through miscellaneous service projects.” – Ben…

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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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