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    2016 Recap
    The cries of the people have been memorable, the laughter has been loud, the joy and pride that the United States shared
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    The Bachelor: Who enjoys this?
    “I came here for love.”    This is a line that Bachelor contestant Angela said while crying on camera after being
  • West Ottawa’s Cast List
    The West Ottawa Theatre Department just began rehearsal for their winter play Arsenic and Old Lace. The cast list was po
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    Exam Cram
    Twice every year, West Ottawa students scramble to study for semester exams.  Whether they’re trying not to fail, or
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    Carrie Fisher and Episode IX
    Carrie Fisher started off her acting career by playing Princess Leia in the blockbuster film Star Wars. Who would have e
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    An UDDERly amazing job
      “This candy was supposed to be on sale! This is why I hate Walgreen’s! You’re a horrible employee and a hor

Student Life



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    West Ottawa Crazed Fans
    Sitting in the same chair that he does every cubs game, Sr. Joe Sigler is filled with anxiety and excitement.  Anthony
  • Girl’s basketball preview
      Soph. Alia Mares catches an inbound pass from Jr. Audrey Pohl, spins and sprints up the court with her quick dribbli
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    Boys Varsity Basketball Preview
    On the way to the Panthers’ second scrimmage at the Grand Rapids Union High School, the entire team gathered in the ba
  • Panther skaters win Cadillac tournament
    Jr. Ben Burns skated down the ice, weaving between Rockford players. Burns took the puck wide and ripped a laser shot to
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    Hockey 2016: Hard Work is Key
    “Blue line back.” “Red line back.” “Far blue line back.” “Far red line back.” “When you guys get your
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    Jake vs. WO Swimming
    Sploosh. The warm air contradicted the freezing cold water as I dove in for my trial run. 5 minutes prior, I met up with

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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