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School in France v.s school in America

February 23, 2021 8:23am | Jeanne Hecquet

   The cold darkness of the morning faded away as the radiant lights of the bus approached. As the bus screeched to a stop, herds of people filed into the bus. The two sliding doors closed behind me. Taking my spot amongst the masses, I […]

Supper & space heaters

February 18, 2021 8:46am | Halle Pratt, Kate Roudebush

This time last year, Holland residents would never have imagined they’d be enjoying their Blarney Mac ‘N’ Cheese outside in below freezing temperatures. Now, a dinner outside sounds like a joyous glimpse at normalcy, even in the cold.    In Holland, as government regulations loom over […]

The Snowmelt System: Bringing the community together during the winter

February 18, 2021 8:22am | Meagan Rockafellow

   My car door opened with a click and a cold breeze hit my bare face. I scrambled to put on my mask and looked for the Van Raalte Statue. I scanned Centennial Park and saw the looming bronze figure and the group that had […]

The New Health Stop: Locale Nutrition

February 18, 2021 7:35am | Emily Johnson, Lydia Foy

Sr. Emmy Strait strolls up to the door, the large blue sign flickers in the background. Strait just finished an intense workout at Fit Body Boot camp and is ready to indulge. As she walks in she is immediately greeted by the familiar sights, sounds, […]

The Manning Family: Three additions

February 18, 2021 7:32am | Kaitlyn Meyer

It was a Friday night: pizza night at Jake Manning’s household. After coming home from work, Jake knew that this was anything but the typical pizza night with his wife, Bryanna, and his two children, Lousie and Teddy. He was walking into his house to […]

No longer waiting in the wings

February 17, 2021 10:36am | Elliot Cayabyab

“It takes a great deal to stand alone,” Marissa Cole spoke to Connor Short as the eighth juror.    Short, playing as the third juror, looks around the silent room at his co-actors before his face contorts as if to cry. He slams his fist […]

High school teachers receive second vaccine dose

February 17, 2021 9:39am | Ben Sanders

One by one, patients walked into the Spectrum Health building on 60th Street in Grand Rapids. Most carried in their hands a small white card that said “COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card.”     On Saturday, several West Ottawa High School teachers were among this group getting […]

Giving Hope: The Children’s Advocacy Center

February 8, 2021 8:12am | Ben Sanders

“My heart fell. I don’t remember driving home. I don’t remember going inside. All I remember was terror, physical heart pain, and many tears.” Laura Davis (not her actual name) couldn’t believe this was happening, not to her own child, the love of her life.  […]

“Cancer does not stop, so neither should we.”

February 1, 2021 7:43am | Alyssa Karner

As the words of the national anthem and music faded away, my basketball team and I headed to our bench. If this was any other game, I’d sit down and wait for the announcement of my name. But this was not just any other game. […]

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 […]

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