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Student Athletes of FHE

Sophomore Tayler Sypien is preparing for her second year on the varsity lacrosse team. In every previous year, the team has been made up of lacrosse players from all three Forest Hills Schools. This year, however, Central is no longer a part of the team – changing the mascot from the Ranger Husky Hawks to the Bird Dogs. Tayler loves being a part of the team because of her teammates, coaches, and the team’s great…

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Alice is Making Music at FHE

Out of all of the freshmen that I’ve been introduced to this year, Alice Christenson (‘23) is the only one I fear is truly cooler than me. In zero hour, she and Mr. Engelsman, the jazz band teacher, always seem to be discussing music I’ve never heard, artists I’ve never seen, and genres I know nothing about. Alice, who has been playing guitar for 5 years, is the current electric guitarist for jazz band. Even…

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Cate Vansolkema: The Lone Senior

Cate Vansolkema (‘20) enjoys spending time with friends and family and she loves playing volleyball. As a four-year varsity volleyball player, Cate is a defensive-specialist/libero on the school’s team this year. Senior year athletics are special for all student-athletes, but this year is even more special for Cate as she is the only senior on the varsity volleyball team.  Cate’s teammates love her and appreciate all of the time and hard work that she pours…

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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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Gabe Rios: Making FHE Choir History

Gabe Rios (‘23) is making history as the first-ever freshman in Eastern Singers. He has been singing for about 10 years. As a child, he would perform on stage with his dad’s band. He is now a dedicated choir student who was given special permission to join Forest Hills Eastern’s top choir: Eastern Singers. He loves the zero-hour class and described it as one of his favorite hours. He expressed that everyone was very welcoming,…

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Outside the Nest: Emma di Pretoro

When asked about what was different between American and Spain, Emma di Pretoro summed it all up in one wide-eyed response: “Everything.” Di Pretoro arrived in the United States about two and a half months ago, leaving Castellar del Vallès, a small town about 45 minutes from Barcelona, behind. Despite her initial nervousness for her year in America, she is living out a long-held dream. “Since I was little, I wanted to live abroad for…

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Boys JV Tennis: a Team of Varsity-Level Athletes

Forest Hills Eastern’s Boys Junior Varsity Tennis is an infamous team of players that are currently all the hype at FHE. The roster is made up of all classes and represents boys of all different skill levels. While watching them on the court, it is clear that they are fighters, good teammates, and deserve all the attention they have received in the past weeks.  The team finished above 500 in the state, and continuously defied…

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Luke Brenner’s Football Journey

Luke Brenner is a senior at Forest Hills Eastern. He spends much of his time hanging out with friends and family, and dedicates many of his hours to football. Brenner plays running back on the school’s varsity football team. Since he began playing in the second grade, he has always been a stand-out athlete.  Luke says that what he loves most about the game is “the team aspect” and that his team is “a really…

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Catching Up With Lil Naan

Nanda Murali, often referred to by his rapper name Lil Naan, proclaimed that he would stop making music about a year ago. Lil Naan has since been revived and released new music over the summer and in early September.  Critics have called Nanda’s newest song “his best work yet.” “CRUNCH (WRAP SUPREME)” features exciting lyrics that coincide with modern-day rap culture, like “I’ve been droppin’ all these bangers in the Lambo cruisin’,” and “got this…

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Hayley Toigo: Making a Difference

Hayley Toigo is currently a junior at Forest Hills Eastern High School. Like many other teenagers, she enjoys spending her time with friends and family. Haley also participates in both varsity volleyball and tennis.  What sets Hayley apart from her peers, however, is the charity that she runs with help from her younger sister, Brooke Toigo, called “Char-itees”. Char-itees makes and sells t-shirts for larger charity’s events. The profit from the shirts go towards the…

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