A Project for Better Journalism chapter


Irma reaches West Ottawa

September 25, 2017 9:43am | Sonja Collins

From nearly 1,500 miles away, the effects of Hurricane Irma manage to reach students at West Ottawa. They’re not just suffering due to the unusual fall heat or the extra $0.15 for gas; Irma has put weight on the hearts of students from WO. Many […]

How to ace the SAT

June 7, 2017 11:48am | TJ Denhof

It was a Wednesday morning; Jr. Dominic Aquino woke up with excitement. He rolled over and quickly checked his phone. With disappointment, he realized the scores weren’t in. Jumping in the shower and executing his morning routine, Aquino became anxious. Arriving at school Aquino checked […]

Finding shipwrecks in the Great Lakes

June 7, 2017 11:26am | Cella VanHeest

Running solely on caffeine and hope, his body is one with the steady rocking of the boat and the lull of the waves. A cool night breeze helps to keep him awake. Pitch darkness. He is a robot. Steering the boat in a straight path […]

Unbroken: The ravages of disease can’t touch Holly LeBlanc

June 6, 2017 9:34am | TJ Denhof

Holly LeBlanc climbed to the top of the pyramid formed by her fellow cheerleaders. Cheering on her team, her Holland High pride was in full effect. Little did she know, her typical American teen experience would become anything but typical before she turned 20.   Holly […]

WO graduation 2017

June 5, 2017 9:43am | Chris Guerrero

West Ottawa’s Senior Class President, Katie O’Brien, delivered a reflection to the Class of 2017. Her voice was loud and clear. Faced towards the crowd, O’Brien spoke of the  past four years and how everyone would move forward to wherever that may be: college, trade […]

Tennis: Headed to State despite key injury

June 1, 2017 9:23am | Caroline Sisson

Frosh. Sammy Ockerland was sitting in her bedroom when her phone went off. Ockerland grabbed it off her bedside table and saw “iMessage: Pete Schwallier.” She opened her phone up and read the text message in disbelief. No. 3 Singles player Frosh. Tyliea Bethke had […]

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 […]

Living with mental health issues

May 22, 2017 9:51am | Erik Heindlmeyer

The alarm on his phone goes off. He looks over at the bright white screen of the buzzing phone and thinks he just cannot go to school today. As he struggles to get out of bed, he realizes that the best shot of not going […]

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 […]