A Project for Better Journalism chapter


Weird Pets at WO

February 18, 2021 8:20am | Elyse Schurman

“How to accept your cousin has toads in her room” is a popular search on my cousin’s phone. I was bored during quarantine so I went outside and found a new friend: a toad I named Baby. She would sit on my head when we […]

West Ottawan satire: Living unrestricted

January 28, 2021 8:06am | Meagan Rockafellow

   Jim Miller woke up to the glow of the sun shining through his dark blue curtains. Groggily, Miller opened his eyes and looked through the window. Fresh snow covered the ground, sparkling in the sun. As he lay and watched the snow for a […]

Logical Fallacies Explained Through Fruit

January 28, 2021 7:32am | Erika Allen

   You and your friend Joe are sitting together at lunch, deciding what fruit to get. Apples are your favorite, but Joe is insistent that bananas are superior. You tell him that you’re just going to get an apple, but little do you know, he’s […]

2020: worse to worst

January 8, 2021 7:47am | Erika Allen

   2020 has been an insane time with ups and downs, but mostly downs. This rollercoaster of a year has felt as though it’s gone on for a century. While it may have seemed bad the whole way, each month has varying degrees of terrible. […]

Teachers’ Childhood Holiday Memories

December 7, 2020 1:38pm | Ben Sanders

“Honest to God, I shot this old yield sign, and I could slowly see the bullet arch out of my gun. I saw it getting smaller, and smaller, and smaller, then I saw it getting bigger, and bigger, and bigger. I tilted my hat down […]

“Flip flops, bad boyfriends, Steak ‘N’ Shake” and other parts of West Ottawa’s history

November 17, 2020 1:13pm | Halle Pratt, Kate Roudebush

Flipping through the pages of old West Ottawa yearbooks proves just how much has really changed over the years. Whether it be the flowery Speedos worn by the swim team in the 1960s or the dramatic hairstyles in the 1980s, it’s clear that a lot […]

Fans of CSI? This game is for you!

November 17, 2020 8:21am | Piper Beach

“Paige did it! She’s the murderer and she used-” Nicho yelled as our group of friends gathered together to play “Deception: Murder in Hong Kong.” (No real murders were committed.) “I did not! Maybe you did! Nicho did it with a pillow and chemicals!” Paige […]

WO staff dating stories

November 17, 2020 7:36am | Kaitlyn Meyer

The teachers and staff of West Ottawa have much more to share than just lectures about literature, how to solve math equations, and why historical events affected our present. Shocker alert, WO Staff members used to be wild teenagers too. Here are some dating advice […]

The Most Adorable Red Pandas In Your Backyard!

November 13, 2020 7:41am | Paige Bomhof

While the world was on lockdown, the world took a pause. The world went quiet. Except at Zoos. Life went on at Zoos without the world watching. Just like at John Ball Zoo with the birth of triplet Red Pandas.    The babies’ names are […]

Among Us is similar to online dating

October 26, 2020 8:08am | Meagan Rockafellow

EMERGENCY MEETING      BLUE WAS NOT THE IMPOSTOR Among Us, a game where deception is essential and lying is beneficial, mirrors the fraud that is common in online dating.    Much like Mafia, Among Us runs on the deception of one player, the impostor, whose […]

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