A Project for Better Journalism chapter


Hiking in Holland – where should you go?

September 30, 2019 9:52am | Cate Krueger

Rounding a bend on the unmarked trail connecting two loops, I grab my mom’s arm and point wildly ahead. A concrete bunker rises out of the dune ahead of us, covered in graffiti. I scramble up the corner and stand eight feet off the ground, […]

Responsibility much?

September 25, 2019 9:23am | McKenna Herman

On a recent Tuesday, after walking in the pouring rain between buildings, I came into my 2nd hour and slouched into my seat. I felt everyone’s eyes on me. It was no wonder because I looked like I had taken a shower in my clothes. […]

“I am the girl who needs to break the cycle”

September 17, 2019 1:28pm | Yamilet Lucero

  On a warm Sunday, my family and I celebrate my birthday. The day with my family is going great. Everyone is gathered around the decorated table in my backyard. As we all connect, the “college talk” pops up.   As soon as I hear the words […]

My perspective: Please help yourself

June 6, 2019 11:32am | Jocelyn Sweeney

“Bill has 8 apples. Ann gives him 3 more. How many apples does Bill have now?” My 6-year-old little sister reads off her math homework. She tries the math in her head and gets an answer of 10. I tell her to try again, but […]

Service dog in training

June 6, 2019 8:06am | Leah Hopkins

One hot June afternoon in 2014, 12-year-old Carissa Wooley was going through her Saturday cardio workout at gymnastics practice. She collapsed.    Her teammates watched in shock as  her face turned ghost white while she lay on a floor mat. Teammate Nicole Milligan, who witnessed […]

Angel Verdusco: Youth of the Year

May 24, 2019 9:21am | Lali Loyola

   Angel Verdusco walked on stage. The bright lights projected onto his face as sweat formed on his palms. He looked at the three judges. The words of his speech swarmed around his head, and finally he began.    Verdusco, a senior, was selected as […]

Headed to nationals

May 8, 2019 9:11am | Elizabeth Snider

Family and teammates of Frosh. Stephanie Lebster sat tightly packed in the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek. They were quite literally on the edge of their seats. Their eyes were constantly shooting back to the scoreboard to see where Lebster stood in the rankings. After […]

Ballin’ for Bryce: Come join the fun

May 8, 2019 8:37am | Derek McNitt

Playing for something bigger than yourself, a cliche commonly heard in athletics, does not genuinely occur that often. However, at the first annual Ballin’ For Bryce basketball tournament, that cliche was visible everywhere. “The atmosphere is always something special, I feel blessed to be a […]

“Yeah, it’s a good thing to do” – all the reasons to donate blood, and a few reasons not to

April 24, 2019 9:23am | Cate Krueger

I’m sitting at a long table, eyeing four types of brownies, surrounded by the sounds of beeping equipment, laughter, and music that everyone knows even though it hasn’t played on the radio in years. Suddenly, a few chairs away from me, a woman quietly exclaims, […]

Should WO return to the block schedule?

March 25, 2019 9:40am | Avery Warsaw

Many are surprised to learn that in 1995, West Ottawa operated on the block schedule, also known as the “Cadillac of schedules.” It is a luxury that comes with a high price tag, but allows both teachers and students more time to dig into a […]