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Quiz Bowl: Competitive Trivia

For those who love trivia, quiz bowl may be the perfect extracurricular activity. Quiz bowl is a jeopardy-like trivia game where teams of four compete against each other to gain the most points by answering the questions correctly. These questions can be related to math, science, literature, and almost any other topic imaginable.  Each quiz bowl match typically consists of three to four rounds: a tossup round, followed by a speed round, and the final…

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Sideline Send-off

Roaring crowds dwindle to silence. Chanting cheers come to a close. Through the ups and downs, the girls on the cheer team remained full of school spirit. With the student section rallying behind them, they cheered loud and proud, encouraging the football team to play better. This year’s season consisted of team building and working hard to recover the time lost last year.  Through the cold winds and disappointing losses of Eastern’s football team, these…

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Tourism in the Trenches: Tuvalu

When most people think of vacation, what comes to mind? Often, the first destinations that come to mind include the Bahamas, Caribbean, Hawaii, or some other popular destinations. Even though these countries contain intricate architecture and entertaining events, other countries and cities that are not as well known can hold their own beautiful scenery and welcoming natives. One country that has yet to be appreciated for its vacationing potential is Tuvalu. Made up of nine…

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Pursuing a Passion: Eastern’s New Athletic Secretary

In recent weeks, Forest Hills Eastern gained an outstanding new athletic secretary: Ms. Sarah Lawton. Because of Mrs. Jacobs’s promotion, Ms. Lawton will now be spearheading Eastern athletics with a strong spirit and a passion for sports. Ms. Lawton spent her childhood in the Forest Hills area and has developed skills that equip her perfectly for the job. She attended Forest Hills from grades K-12 starting at Pine Ridge. As a Forest Hills Central graduate,…

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More Cheese Please, November

Setting the table and welcoming classmates to come eat – it’s possible to fit cheese into any occasion, so long as people are willing to try something new. This mid-month cheese segment emphasizes spending time with others through sharing food. A few, hearty cheeses are perfect for a group snack, and since Thanksgiving is almost afoot, why not come together and enjoy some crackers and cheese? A cornucopia filled with Ritz crackers ensured the perfect…

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The Worlds Largest Supplier of Nurses: The Philippines

A quarter of all the world’s overseas nurses come from the Philippines, making it the largest supplier of nurses in the world. Not only that but in the U.S. almost one third of all foreign nurses are Filipino.  It all started when the Philippines became a U.S. colony in 1898. Once there, the U.S. created a policy called benevolent assimilation. It was used to justify the colonization of the Philippines by bringing better education, public…

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A Fond Farewell: Ms. Behm’s Last Day

It was a bittersweet day for the Eastern community. Ms. Mary Behm is finishing up a chapter of her life and moving on to the adventure that is retirement. Even as we look back on all the moments she has shared with us, we are excited for her and all the new memories she will make in the future. As head secretary, Ms. Behm ran the office efficiently: providing support and resources to the office…

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Places to Hangout (That Aren’t Meijer)

There are only so many ways to hang out with friends at Meijer and make it exciting. It becomes easy to fall into the same routines, sticking to what is comfortable and familiar. However, Grand Rapids is overflowing with hidden places – perfect for a unique gathering. Small businesses, restaurants, and entertainment all make for great places to bond with friends and family. Comedy shows, museums, art shows, live music – the list goes on.…

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Ada Historic Center: Shop the Museum

Ada Township, located in the center of Kent County, was founded in 1821. The first settler in this township was Rix Robinson. He engaged in the fur trade with the Native Americans on the Grand River, then founded Ada as others moved into the area. After Robinson had long passed, Edward Bradfield moved into Ada’s growing population and started a mill. The mill created jobs and revenue, which allowed the town to grow. Thanks to…

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