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Category: People of FHE

Cedric Steed and Parking Lots’ New Album

“Say Hello to the Elevator People,” Parking Lots’ new album, dropped early this morning at 12:00 am.  Cedric Steed (‘20) and his band members Zach and Bradley have “spent every waking moment that [they] have had as a band together since last November on this album.” They put upwards of 400-500 hours into writing and recording the album’s 17 songs. Cedric describes the album as being “full of crazy noises.” He says that the album…

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Allayna Hight: Rising Local Star

Allayna Hight (‘20) has been singing “ever since [she] can remember.” She and her siblings come from a musical family; they formed a band as children called A+, all of their names starting with A, and her parents are musicians as well. Her father is the leader of M6-West, the band Allayna has recently joined over the summer to help get over her stage fright. The band features a saxophonist, a trumpeter, two guitarists, a…

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Forest Hills Eastern Welcomes Mr. Schwander

After just two short weeks at Forest Hills Eastern, Joe Schwander, the new teacher of math, physics, and computer science and new head coach of the football team, is settling in quite well. “Every impression has been awesome,” said Schwander, with a fond smile on his face. “This place is awesome. The setting of the school is awesome, and the kids and the staff have been tremendous.” Schwander is a West Michigan native who graduated…

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Teacher Appreciation: Mrs. Schellenberg

Mrs. Schellenberg is an English teacher at FHE, continuing on with an astounding fifteen years under her belt. However, teaching wasn’t always her first choice. She believes that she has always wanted to be a teacher, but was simply unsure of the fact that she wanted it. Young Mrs. Schellenberg was consumed by another passion: becoming a cowgirl. She had all the supplies: the boots, the hat, the music. As she grew older, she gradually…

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Teacher Appreciation: Ms. Brasic

Ms. Brasic teaches AP United States History, AP Micro and Macroeconomics, and AP Computer Science at Eastern High School. She grew up in Comstock Park and attended Sparta High School. Her family moved from Evart, Michigan after her dad got a job as Superintendent of Sparta Schools. She attended Central Michigan University and calls it the “best five and a half years of my life.” She did not always aspire to become a teacher. In…

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Teacher Appreciation: Mr. Boelkins

To say Mr. Boelkins the band director at FHE is a well-seasoned individual and teacher, would be an understatement. Mr. Boelkins has been teaching for 35 years, 31 of those years within the Forest Hills District.  Mr. Boelkins has had the pleasure of teaching all ages and grades daily and works with many students from 6th grade all the way to graduation. When asked what his favorite part of teaching was, he replied,” I get…

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Teacher Appreciation: Mr. Wysocki

Mr. Wysocki teaches World and U.S. History at FHE. He attended Forest Hills Northern as a student and continued his academic career at Michigan University. When asked about his experience of high school he replied, “I grew up loving the community that was school. My school experience included constantly questioning the teacher and the content.  When I was wrong, getting kicked out of class or sleeping was the way. I hated school so much I…

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Teacher Appreciation: Ms. Ahmicasaube

Ms. Ahmicasaube otherwise known as Sra. Ah is a Spanish and Sociology teacher at FHE High School and Middle School. Sra. Ah is currently wrapping up her 16th year of teaching and 13th year at Eastern. She has gifted many schools with her talent of connecting with people and teaching kids about places and culture outside of what they know. Over the years she has taught in Grand Rapids Public (bilingual school), Forest Hills Northern,…

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Teacher Appreciation: Sra. Kohlhaas

Señora Kohlhaas is a Spanish teacher and has been in the district for 15 years. She has been teaching for 17 years in both Michigan and North Carolina. She grew up in Grand Rapids, attended Catholic Central High School, class of 1994, and had her eyes set on being a veterinarian. During her time at Michigan State, she decided to study abroad in Spain. Her parents encouraged her to continue with Spanish. “Then my parents…

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Teacher Appreciation: Mr. Everse

Mr. Everse, teacher of history and environmental science at Eastern, grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan. As a child, he attended Forest Hills High School, back when Forest Hills was the only school in the district. His junior year, he transferred to the new Forest Hills Northern. After high school, Mr. Everse studied geology at Michigan State University. Mr. Everse began his professional career working for the “evil oil companies” in Houston, Texas. He started…

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