A Project for Better Journalism chapter


September 7, 2018 10:58am | Maggie O'Brien

On Friday, September 7, at seven o’clock in the morning, West Ottawa students piled into the gym in hopes of getting their five seconds of fame. The students and staff dressed from head to toe in black and white to show off their school spirit […]

Best bread in Michigan

June 7, 2018 7:49am | Cory Ives

Most people can agree nothing beats a warm piece of scrumptious bread right before a satiating dinner. Almost every restaurant serves free bread to accompany the main course, despite how many appetizers a table orders. Bread comes in many different styles, ranging from biscuits, rolls, […]

Much needed pool renovations

June 6, 2018 1:23pm | Jocelyn Sweeney

   In a mid-October swim meet, Jr. Alaina Wittum took her stance on the block. Her parents watched from the bleachers with their cameras ready. Seconds before the starter went off, there was a loud crash. As visiting parents sat down, the plastic bleacher broke […]

Now you see it…Now it’s different

June 6, 2018 11:50am | Nailea Gonzalez

Color is an illusion; it doesn’t exist in the outside world beyond people. People are able to see color  because, “color is a special effect added when you see by your brain with the help of 3 teams of special detectors in your eyes”. Color […]

RIP senior wills

June 6, 2018 11:33am | Mariah Vongphachanh

“I, Mariah Vongphachanh, leave to my friends – Sydney: early morning sunrises, coffee, and maturity; Hannah: Freshman cheer, near death car rides, and Max hair; Tyler – a denim shirt and a mob of 7th grade choir girls; Zyon: the loudest burp to ever happen […]

They took him from me

June 4, 2018 9:28am | Staff Writer

They took him from me. They took him from my brother. They took him from my sister. They took him from our home. Late on an early January night in 2013, we were besieged with persistent pounding and shouts of police outside our door. Fear […]

A zoo on the lakeshore: The Getz legacy

June 1, 2018 12:36pm | Aidan Engle, Ben Hoey

If you could live anyone else’s life, whose life would you live? Most people would say they want to live as a celebrity, athletic superstar, or historical figure. If I had a choice, I would want to be George F. Getz. I know what you’re […]

New world record

June 1, 2018 8:35am | Cory Ives

8th grader Ian Krueger taps the timer, picks up his Redi Cube, ande starts frantically twisting the corners. His eyes dance around the puzzle, analyzing the color patterns and recognizing opportunities to use memorized algorithms. 7.12 seconds later, Krueger looks up in amazement at his […]

Every morning is better

May 24, 2018 8:55am | Jocelyn Sweeney

  The alarms of West Ottawa students went off at 6:30 on January 12. The night before, a terrible snowstorm had swept through Holland. The snow-covered roads made students hopeful for a snow day, but there was no tweet from Superintendent Tom Martin, meaning school was […]

School calendar 2018-2019

May 16, 2018 9:52am | Mariah Vongphachanh

Following suit with many other schools in the West Michigan area, West Ottawa will be starting on Tuesday, August 28, six days before Labor day. Although only a week earlier than normal, students and staff have mixed feelings about it, ranging from indifference to anger […]