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Staff

the student writers of the Hawk Herald
Back row: Jill, Josie, Nate, Aiden, Natalie, Anna  Front row: Andrew, Ben, Tara, Katie, Isabel

Co-Editors-in-Chief

Josephine Ness

Josephine Ness

Josephine is a senior at Forest Hills Eastern. She is co-editor-in-chief of the Hawk Herald as well as a junior editor of the Siblíní Journal. She is the captain of the varsity swim team, co-founder of the Spanish club, and on the board of the National Honor Society. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, listening to music, and drinking coffee. After high school, she hopes to study international relations and Spanish in college. “Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” - Henry David Thoreau

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Nathan La Huis

Nathan La Huis

Nathan La Huis is a senior at Forest Hills Eastern High School. He is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Hawk Herald, Co-President of Student Government, and a violinist in the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony. Furthermore, he is an active member of the FHPS Global Learners Initiative as well as the FHE Symphony Orchestra where he is concertmaster. He hopes to study violin performance in college and pursue a career in music. “To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.” - Leonard Bernstein

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Writing Staff

Aiden Westenbarger

Aiden Westenbarger

Aiden Westenbarger is a sophomore at Forest Hills Eastern High School and this is his first year on the staff of the Hawk Herald. In his free time Aiden enjoys spending time with family and playing baseball. In the future, Aiden hopes to play collegiate baseball and become a writer and therapist after college. “Just keep swimming.” - Dory

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Andrew Meloche

Andrew Meloche

Andrew Meloche is a freshman at Forest Hills Eastern and is a newcomer to the Hawk Herald. He enjoys playing lacrosse in the spring and skiing in the winter. In his first year of high school, he is excited to make an impact through journalism. “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” - Peter Drucker

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Anna Rapaport

Anna Rapaport

Anna Rapaport is a junior at Forest Hills Eastern. This is her first year writing for the Hawk Herald. She adores theatre and always wants to be performing. She participates in Global Learners Initiative and is joining Model United Nations this fall. In her free time she enjoys playing guitar and ukulele. She is optimistic for what the future holds and hopes that her career combines her love of performing and fostering connections with people. “Stay away from negative people. They have a problem for every solution.” - Albert Einstein

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Benjamin Christenson

Benjamin Christenson

Benjamin Christenson is a senior at FHE and in his first year of working on the Hawk Herald. In his free time, he is an amateur photographer and avid backpacker. After high school, he wishes to continue photography and perhaps venture into politics. “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.” - Bernard M. Baruch

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Isabel Gil

Isabel Gil

Isabel Gil is a junior at Forest Hills Eastern. This is her first year being on the Hawk Herald staff. She enjoys being involved in theater, basketball, and band. Outside of school, she spends her time creating visual art, being involved in her church’s youth group, and playing the piano, which she has been doing for eleven years. She hopes to combine her passion for writing and the environment in a career. “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” - Dr. Seuss

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Jill Pierangeli

Jill Pierangeli

Jill Pierangeli is a senior at Forest Hills Eastern, and this is her first year on the Hawk Herald staff. She participates in theatre, choir, Model United Nations, NHS E-board, and tennis at FHE. In her free time, she also enjoys playing the drums and piano, singing, and volunteering with dogs at the Humane Society. She hopes to pursue theatre post-high school and an undetermined major in addition. “Everything you can imagine is real.” - Pablo Picasso

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Katie Stotts

Katie Stotts

Katie Stotts is a junior attending Forest Hills Eastern High School. This is her first year of journalism. In her free time, Katie enjoys playing on the school volleyball team and participating in Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Katie hopes to pursue a career in clinical psychology in the future. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

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Natalie Robbins

Natalie Robbins

Natalie Robbins is a senior at Forest Hills Eastern. She is a player on the FHE varsity girl’s soccer team and works behind the scenes as the props manager for her school’s theatre productions. In her free time, she plays piano and guitar and volunteers at a local cat shelter. She hopes to study to become a speech pathologist when she graduates from FHE. “If I am worth anything later, I am worth something now. For wheat is wheat, even if people think it is grass in the beginning.” - Vincent Van Gogh

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Tara Kloostra

Tara Kloostra

Tara Kloostra is a sophomore at Forest Hills Eastern. This is her first year in journalism, and she can’t wait to improve her writing skills and contribute to the paper. She has been cheerleading since the third grade and has been on both the varsity sideline and competitive cheer team since her freshman year. In her free time, she loves shopping and reading. Tara hopes to go to a school in New York or California and wants to continue cheering in college. “Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” -Princess Diana

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