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Ribbons for Mr. Hollern

During quarantine, Forest Hills Eastern suffered the loss of our beloved assistant principal, Mr. Tim Hollern. On October 17th, the football game against Catholic Central served as a fundraiser in Mr. Hollern’s honor. To raise money, the cheerleading team was tasked with selling small, $2 ribbons. The cheer team alone was able to raise over $400 in ribbon profits and additional donations, with all proceeds going to the Van Andel Institute for cancer research. At…

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Soccer Team Shake-Up

Just as the soccer season was coming to a close, tragedy struck. One of the varsity athletes contracted COVID-19, resulting in 16 of the 23 athletes being quarantined for two weeks. Because of this, the entire JV soccer team was temporarily pulled up, playing as the varsity soccer team until Thursday, October 8th. The JV athletes played three games, and tied 0-0 against Cedar Springs, lost 2-1 against Ottawa Hills, and won 1-0 against Wayland…

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FHE Alumni: Essential Working During Quarantine

On March 23, 2020, the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order was signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. It stated that all residents of Michigan needed to stay in their homes—unless they were getting necessities, caring for loved ones, or working an essential job. But what was it like for those essential workers? While the news typically showcases the lives of adults who worked essential jobs throughout quarantine, many Forest Hills Eastern students and alumni braved…

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Remembering Molly

                            No amount of words or images could ever describe the extent to which we all miss Molly Johanna Rasmussen. She was a beacon of love, light, and spunk. Her smile and spirit were wildly contagious, and she never failed to spread her joy to her friends, her teammates, and every person who received her generous love. A true lover and a…

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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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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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