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Student Life

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    Surviving a court-ordered move
    Veronica (V): “We need to talk it is very important” Me (M): “Can I stay or no. Paulino isn’t gonna pick me up
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    Living with hearing aids
    One day, I lost both of my hearing aids and I had to go to middle school unable to hear almost anything. I could not fin
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    Brecken Panse: Her diving comeback
      Only two months into dive season, Jr. Brecken Panse got a concussion during soccer practice. Her teammate threw a
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    Know when you need help
    If you look around the halls at West Ottawa High School you’ll see students desperately writing  essays that are due
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    Hamilton Education Project
    “The entire performance was amazing. It was a powerful piece, Tegan’s death and Gloria’s reaction to it was heart-
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    Pass the JUUL
    “It’s scary how addicting it is to vape because now I feel like I have to rely on it. It’s apart of my everyday ro



We are The West Ottawan

The West Ottawan is a publication run by journalism students at West Ottawa High School in Holland, Michigan.

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The Project for Better Journalism is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening student journalism programs across the country. We support publications just like this one.

The West Ottawan is produced and updated by students at this school, and supported by a faculty advisor.

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