A Project for Better Journalism chapter


Political Cartoons

May 23, 2017 12:40pm | Hailey Warsaw, Erik Heindlmeyer

With this year’s election, and the many controversial events that have occurred during Trump’s presidency, political cartoonists have had a lot of content to work with. Jr. Hailey Warsaw and Jr. Erik Heindlmeyer created the following political cartoons to express the current political state of […]

Fighting with fire

May 22, 2017 11:00am | TJ Denhof, Caroline Sisson, Travis Bethke

We sat, sweat beading and minds racing. Today was the day.  We were about to go to war. Not with another person nor country, but with something that has always posed a threat to our health and safety. It’s there. It always has been. That […]

Story behind the “We Are WO” series

May 19, 2017 9:34am | Emily Moore

In instructor Dan Devine’s first hour class, 13 out of 16 students are staring at their phones during WOBN. But when the “We are WO” intro starts, 11 of these 16 students begin watching intently. Whether it’s the upbeat music or the fact that they’ll […]

You know you’re a senior if…

May 19, 2017 9:18am | Brandon Pohl

You know you’re a 2017 senior if…   You haven’t done any homework since spring break. Mr. Taylor followed you on social media. You can’t remember the last time you showed up to first hour on time. You keep thinking about all your “lasts.” You […]

Student Spotlight: Jaelan Williams

May 17, 2017 9:21am | Mac McDonald

At the 2014 Young Americans workshop, a little 7th-grade boy walked onstage and began to fiddle with a 1940’s radio. As he changed the channel, a different, more well-known song would play. A year later, that boy was one of five freshmen in the cast […]

An introvert’s adventure: Young Americans Workshop 2017

May 2, 2017 9:25am | Mac McDonald

After experiencing Thespian Festival this past December and enjoying it, I decided to step out of my comfort zone again and do The Young Americans Workshop. I participated in the YA workshop in 2014 during my freshman year, and it was a fun experience for […]

Is this the worst phone at WO?

April 26, 2017 9:55am | Travis Bethke

West Ottawa Jr. Clyde Snyder may have the worst phone at WO. His iPhone 6s has experienced many unfortunate events and is still functional. Despite investing $400 in repairs, Snyder’s phone still looks like it has been in a blender. From a shattered camera to […]

Five must-see movies of summer 2017

April 24, 2017 9:51am | Emily Moore

Movies play a big role in the free time of West Ottawa students. With summer coming up, WO students will have plenty of free time. Here are the top five most anticipated movies of Summer 2017:   Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Release date: […]

Investigating Forensic Theater

March 28, 2017 8:13pm | Mac McDonald

Forensics is commonly known for criminal justice and dead bodies. However, in West Ottawa Theater the word Forensics has a completely different meaning. “The National Forensics Association is an organization in which high schools and colleges perform a variety of public performances such as speech, […]

What it took to play a dead body in Arsenic and Old Lace

March 27, 2017 9:35am | Mac McDonald

“For a gallon of elderberry wine, I take one teaspoon full of arsenic, then add half a teaspoon full of strychnine, and then just a pinch of cyanide,” said Soph. Grace Bruins character, Aunt Martha.  West Ottawa Theatre’s winter play, Arsenic and Old Lace, was […]