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Category: People of FHE

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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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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Owen Smolek: A Man of Many Facets

In all my harvesting of advice from alumni and upperclassmen, many times it has to do with getting involved in as many extracurriculars as possible. Owen Smolek (‘20) has certainly capitalized upon that to the fullest extent. Owen, the epitome of a triple threat, has invested himself in musical, athletic, and academic programs during his time at Forest Hills Eastern.  On the field, Owen is known as the varsity goalkeeper and has worked on improving…

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Halle Mikula: Threading Positivity into the Community

Halle Mikula (‘21) is a student, creator, and young entrepreneur at Forest Hills Eastern who has enjoyed sewing and other creative pursuits since she was a child. She has recently started a business embroidering hoodies, shirts, tote bags, or other items, including items that clients bring themselves. She has not set prices yet, although she hopes to keep them as low as possible while still covering the cost of the material. She will also donate…

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John Morgan Commits to UMich

John Morgan, a Junior, spends his free time being with his friends and family and is also a devoted lacrosse player. John is a stand-out lacrosse player and has recently committed to play for the University of Michigan: a division one school. He began playing lacrosse in the first grade and started travel-lacrosse in third grade. John fell in love with the creativity of the sport and the fact that it seems to combine all…

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Varsity Cheer Wraps up Their 19-20 Season

The Forest Hills Eastern Varsity Cheerleading team had their districts competition on Friday night. They beat their record high scores in both rounds two and three and came in eighth place out of thirteenth. Only the top four teams advance to the regional competition, so, unfortunately, this was the team’s last time hitting the mat. The team feels that they had a very successful season, even among the various injuries and sicknesses. Head coach Brittany…

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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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Amber DeJonge: Making a Difference in the Community

Amber Dejonge, A Forest Hills Eastern Junior, is a powerhouse athlete with many passions. She participates in three sports: softball, ice hockey, and field hockey. She is also involved in three nonprofits: Toys for Tots, Griffins Youth Foundation, and Billy Bear Hug. Lastly, at school she is a member of the National Honors Society, Student Government, and Volunteer Board. Even she wonders how she has time for it all. Amber plays hockey on 19U travel…

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Mia Tepic Figure Skating: Athleticism and Artistry

Mia Tepic’s passion for figure skating sparked while watching the Olympics with her mother. She joined the Grand Rapids Figure Skating Club when she was nine years old and has been skating ever since.    Mia takes part in annual figure skating competitions with her team. This year, the season starts in May with the Lansing Van Camp Invitation on March 13th. Her favorite memory from a competition was the first competition of last season.…

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