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“Free” Holiday Returns

Every year, hundreds of thousands of gifts are returned after the holiday season comes to an end—this year is no different. An estimated $70.5 billion dollars worth of products are expected to be returned to companies, which is 73% higher than the previously predicted five-year average: this is most likely because of a massive increase in online shopping due to the coronavirus. After the 2019 holiday season, a record 30% of online purchases were returned,…

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What Do FHE Students Want for Christmas?

As Christmas is nearing, students are formulating their wish lists and searching for gifts to buy others. To find out what Forest Hills Eastern students are wishing for, I surveyed 29 students, asking them to list a gift under $50 and a gift over $50 that they were hoping for this holiday season. The results were a unique variety of gifts, with few repeats. After a little analyzing, it appears that the most popular gift…

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This Holiday Season, Shop Small Businesses

This year has brought us all curveballs, but one thing is for sure—we need each other as a community! As this crazy year wraps up and we head into the holiday season, one way to help the community is by supporting businesses that are locally run by real people. Here are three superb stores to shop at this holiday season, located right here in greater Grand Rapids.  — Schuler Books  Located on 28th street, this…

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A Challenging Piece: the Music Department’s Struggle Against Corona

Most activities and hobbies we took for granted prior to COVID-19 have not been spared from the pandemic’s effects. Music, unfortunately is one of those. At Forest Hills Eastern, orchestra, band, and choir needed to approach the pandemic from the same angle—by implementing cautionary measures to keep germs contained and musicians safe. Each program has created and curated unique strategies in their battle against the virus. Orchestra was perhaps the most fortunate of the trio.…

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Mask Pollution

Mask-wearing has proven to be most effective in fighting the COVID-19 virus. While single-use disposable masks are more convenient for daily use, these masks serve as a major potential environmental risk. Disposable masks are unable to be recycled, and 75% of these masks end up in landfills and the world’s oceans. Disposable masks are made of thin layers of plastic, which eventually begin to break down, turning into microplastics. These microplastics have the potential to…

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Stuff You Should Know: Leather Grains

To understand the different grains of leather, one must first know how leather is made. A hide, typically from a cow, is taken and then split into multiple thin pieces, which are then turned into leather. During the split, the outer side of the hide that has the skin is taken away to be turned into “full-grain” leather, while the rest of the hide makes up the other grains. The rest of the hide is…

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A Letter to FHE Seniors: Choosing a College Major and Career Path

Dear seniors of FHE,  As the deadline for college applications arrives, students everywhere are tasked with deciding what their college major is, ultimately foreshadowing their future in the workforce. Despite the pressure placed upon young people to pick and stick to a field of interest, a study conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York found that “only 27% of college graduates work in a field related to their major.” While some careers (such…

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What is Eastern Wearing?

As we transition into the colder months of the school year, students have been taking every opportunity to show off their fall style. The Hawk Herald took to the halls of Eastern to see what students are wearing. Show me your fits, Eastern! *Phineas and Ferb episode 9, season 1 blares in the background* Macy Debaar (’22) is rocking a green, floral-print midi skirt with a white cropped tank top. For her accessories, she is…

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Stuff You Should Know: Miracle Fruit

There is a berry that changes how you taste. Synsepalum dulcificum, commonly called the “miracle fruit,” contains a protein called Miraculin. Miraculin coats the taste buds and changes how receptive the human body is to sour foods—after consuming the berry, foods that normally are sour appear to taste extremely sweet. For fifteen minutes to an hour, no other taste sensations are changed, but all sour foods taste more like sugar. Miraculin is currently being investigated…

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Cross Country Goes to States

On Friday, November 6, the Girls’ Varsity Cross Country team and two members of the boys team ran at the state championship. After competing at the Allendale regional meet, the girls placed second, earning their expected position at the state meet. The boys’ varsity team, expected beforehand to have a tough battle at states, missed the qualification by a single point. Ella Bowen (21’) explained how the girls’ team “has been one of our best…

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