The East Vision

The Island School in One Word

Nora Verdier, Staff Writer

June 9, 2018

June 9th Hi East! This is my last blog post, and I decided to do something a little bit different as opposed to my normal weekly summaries. I asked all 28 girls of Treehouse to describe The Island School in one word or phrase, and this is what they said:   #1: The most life-changing experie...

IS Blog Post #7

Nora Verdier, Staff Writer

May 31, 2018

Thursday, May 31st Hi East! It's been awhile since you've heard from me. Our expedition rotations are officially over (as of a few weeks ago), and we are now working on final projects for these next few weeks. During expedition rotations, I had my Down Island Trip (DIT) and 9-day kayak expedition....

Diversity survey results now displayed on website

Diversity survey results now displayed on website

Luke Diehm, Opinion Editor

May 29, 2018

The East Grand Rapids High School Champions of Diversity team has created a website that highlights the results of surveys taken earlier in the year. The student survey asked questions about student safety, perceptions about diversity and inclusion, as well as incidents of bullying. Biology teacher...

Students prepare for a summer of language helping Ecuadorian sister school

Students prepare for a summer of language helping Ecuadorian sister school

Halsey Smith, Editor-in-Chief

May 29, 2018

This summer, 21 East Grand Rapids students, are flying to Quito, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands to engage in the local culture, practice their Spanish, and give aid to East’s sister school, Escuela Granja. To help raise money to donate to the school and the Charles Darwin Institute, the students ...

The rationale for the shorter summer

EGR students will have to cope with a shorter summer this year.

Lauren Vanden Bosch, Web Editor

May 28, 2018

August 20 marks the first time that students will return to school before Labor Day. This change has been years in the making. A Kent ISD waiver overrode the 12-year-old Michigan law that required a post-Labor Day start date in the interest of state economics. Out of the public schools in Kent and...

Bring back Relay for Life to build a stronger EGR community

Bring back Relay for Life to build a stronger EGR community

Lauren Vanden Bosch, Web Editor

May 28, 2018

“We’ve raised over two hundred thousand dollars this year,” the loudspeaker announced at the Rockford Relay for Life event. “I’m so proud of this community.” It’s Friday May 18 at the North Rockford Middle school track, and everywhere is a flurry of activity. Kids covered in face pa...

Girls Track and Field…future State champions?

Bailey Vydareny, Guest Writer

May 27, 2018

The Girls Varsity Track and Field team has been working harder than ever this year trying to be the first East Grand Rapids team to be Girls Track and Field state champions. This year has already had many obstacles added to the path that the team must hurdle. The first of these hurdles has been the chan...

Looking forward

Ben Sagritalo, Opinion Editor

May 27, 2018

Bittersweet in usually the word used to describe the vast myriad of emotions experienced by a soon-to-graduate senior; excitement for what lies ahead, yet sorrow for the memories we will soon leave behind. I feel those emotions too. But more than anything else, these final days have been plagued with...

Do get your hopes up

Grace Brooks, Focus Editor

May 27, 2018

I've always been hard on myself. And by always, I mean always. My teacher even pointed this out to my mom...when I was in kindergarten. I was hard on myself during times of recess and naps, so you can only imagine that this only got worse in high school. In a way I'm glad that I've been hard on myself...

Let go of the past and embrace the future

Ashley Ward, News Editor

May 27, 2018

For the past 13 years, swimming has been one of the biggest parts of my life. All throughout elementary and middle school, I absolutely loved to swim. My days were comprised of two hour swim practices, my weekends with ten hour long swim meets. My whole life revolved around swimming; if you would...

No friend group, no problem

Hannah Stuursma, Focus Editor

May 27, 2018

I strongly believe that I have met some of the greatest people that I will ever meet just in my 4 years at the high school.  I owe it to blended classes regarding grade levels, sports teams, and an extroverted personality. These have all forced me to step out of my comfort zone and talk to people who hav...

Don’t be afraid to branch out

Michael Barnes, Staff Writer

May 27, 2018

As my time at East comes to an end, I've had a chance to reflect and reminisce on my four years a Pioneer. I am fortunate enough to say that these past four have been the best years of my life, and while yes, the football games and things like that have been fun no doubt, the people are truly to thank f...

Laugh at yourself

Marisa Mooney, Editor in Chief

May 27, 2018

As I stood in the bathroom stall with my pants around my ankles, I heard the voices of three prepubescent middle school boys enter. At first I was confused as I thought I was in the safety of my gender assigned bathroom, then I heard it, “Dude, I think there’s a girl in here.” I froze as I saw my...

Four sports-filled years

Ella Gourley, Entertainment Editor

May 27, 2018

I remember the first warm-up lap of cross country practice my freshman year. The team was huge. I was overwhelmed and nervous. But as I looked around all I saw were friendly faces. These faces would come to be great friends and helped me navigate through my freshman year. That fall season started the cy...

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