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WoStock preview – Justice Decays

March 22, 2018 9:28am | Mariah Vongphachanh

Concerts, even just to purchase places in the cheap seats, are expensive.  You have to decide whether you will spend hundreds of dollars on a seat close to the stage or upwards of twenty dollars for seats way in the back where you hear the […]

Looking back on a great night

March 22, 2018 9:01am | Staff

Late free throws sealed West Ottawa’s quarterfinal victory over East Lansing, sending the Panthers to a Friday matchup with Novi at 2:00 at the Breslin Center on the campus of Michigan State University. The game was filled with drama, concluding when guard Nick Wehrmeyer threw […]

Semi-final preview: Novi Wildcats

March 21, 2018 4:56pm | Cory Ives

Three full buses of students left West Ottawa High School at 4:00 and headed to Lansing Eastern High School where West Ottawa’s most successful basketball team in school history attempted to continue their state playoff run.   The gym was barn-like with expansive seating, housing the […]

The Westside’s return to WO-Stock 2018

March 20, 2018 9:59am | Hailey Warsaw

Pink and blue light illuminates a sea of people. The shouts of a rowdy crowd buzz underneath the power of guitars, drums, and vocals. On stage, the vibe is carefree & energetic. As musicians let loose and perform, the crowd dances and grooves, enjoying every […]

iGeneration will make a difference

March 20, 2018 9:00am | Ben Hoey

On Valentine’s Day 2018, a 17-year-old boy shot and killed 17 kids and wounded numerous others in a high school in Parkland, Florida. In the wake of this, students from that school are responding to tragedy in a way unlike any other students ever have. […]

Sr. Daisy Bello earns distinction

March 19, 2018 12:07pm | Erik Heindlmeyer

  Sr. Daisy Bello is this year’s Poet Laureate.    The competition for the title of Poet Laureate was intense. Seven judges, including five teachers and two students, read the 24 submitted poems; each chose a top three from the stack of anonymous poems.  An unprecedented fourteen […]

Dance Marathon: For the kids

March 19, 2018 9:55am | Jack Hendrick

Nearly six months of planning. More than 230 participants. One hundred pizzas. Thirteen committee leads. An eight minute dance. Six hours full of entertainment. A grand total of $31,855.87 raised. West Ottawa’s sixth Dance Marathon was a smashing success.   The night was full of activity […]

West Ottawa students participate in national movement

March 14, 2018 1:51pm | Maddy Eppard, Jocelyn Sweeney

On Wednesday, March 14, West Ottawa students participated in a walkout that lasted 17 minutes in honor of the 17 victims of the Parkland, Florida, shooting. Participation in the event was voluntary.   Thousands of students all over the US decided to show support or […]

BEST pre-prom food

March 8, 2018 9:12am | Mariah Vongphachanh

Of all of the pre-Prom traditions, going out to eat is one of the most common. Many students gather in groups to go out to a fancy restaurant, and this is an important part of getting the special night started. To ensure a great night, […]

How to prom

March 8, 2018 8:56am | Mariah Vongpachanh

It’s eight o’clock in the evening, and you and your date finally walk into the building.  This is one of the best nights of your high school career. You first stop at the coat check, and then start to head toward the dance floor.  You […]