A Project for Better Journalism chapter


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    What we lost
    On March 12, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that schools would be closed from March 16 until April 5. We held onto
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    Women’s Marches: A push for change
    The time: 2016. The place: a Hilton hotel in Midtown New York. The event: the election of Republican candidate Donald J.
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    Kind of famous
    WO alumna Avery Warsaw has always admired how kind actor Timothee Chalamet is to his fans, and her recent experience onl
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    Ignoring expectations
    The December Holiday Tea with the Select Women’s Ensemble featured the West Ottawa Varsity and Junior Varsity Danc
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    Who was Martin E. Ball?
    All around West Ottawa, the name Martin E. Ball is found representing some of the best aspects of our school. From the b

Student Life

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    Struggles of being vegetarian
    How much meat do you eat? A good amount, perhaps. Well, just to enlighten you, I don’t eat meat and sometimes it seems
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    Fear the braid
     “Rapunzel Rapunzel let down your hair,” my friend jokingly says to me. I sit in AP Spanish class watching the morn
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    An introvert tries to be an extrovert
    Homecoming of 2019 was not my cup of tea. I stood there watching everyone dance until I found myself hovering over the s
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    It’s time to grow up
    Dear disrespectful students, As you walk through the door, my smile flattens and my eyes roll. I prepare myself for the
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    Gender equality? Not $o much.
    Gender equality? Not so much. It costs a whole lot more to be a woman than it does to be man. Let’s look at the number
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    School size matters
    In 7th grade, I was sent to a large school. I struggled with the idea of making friends in such a huge place. No one loo



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

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