A Project for Better Journalism chapter


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 […]

Ballin’ for Bryce

May 15, 2018 9:22am | Ben Hoey

When school gets out, and people are ready for vacation, relaxation, and cutting loose, the West Ottawa community will cut loose in the form of basketball. The first annual Ballin’ for Bryce memorial 3-on-3 basketball tournament will be held the day after school gets out. This […]

My Austin

May 15, 2018 9:06am | Maggie O'Brien

Today. Tuesday, May 15. National MPS Awareness Day. National Mucopolysaccharidoses Awareness Day. MPS can fall into 8 different categories with many different specifications in each category. There is about a 1 in 100,000 chance that a child would be born with MPS and some types […]


May 14, 2018 11:12am | Hailey Warsaw

The clock struck 5 am, and within an hour West Ottawa’s robotics team, WOBOT, was ready to pack up and head to Detroit for the Robotics World Championship. WOBOT joined nearly 400 other teams spanning 6 divisions as they anxiously prepared for the intense competition.“I […]

I want to live

May 1, 2018 9:14am | Erik Heindlmeyer

The razor’s edge glinted under the bathroom lights. I stood there gazing into the mirror; wrestling with the monsters of my own mind. I lost. The blade bit into my shoulder. It was dull. I winced as the razor stopped in its tracks. The blade […]

All-American artist

April 24, 2018 9:09am | Jack Hendrick

West Ottawa is home to many talented students. State honored musicians and D1 athletes walk the halls. But there is a group of students who are not complimented as often by the student body: members of the art department. Dozens of students spend countless hours […]

Thank you, WO administrators

April 11, 2018 1:14pm | Jevic DeVries

As teens, it is natural to be critical of the world, especially of authority figures, including our school’s administration. However, this basketball postseason West Ottawa’s administration put in much thought and effort to make sure their students had an unforgettable experience.    The support from […]

Feeling “Wow” while touring WO

April 11, 2018 8:22am | Zach Ackerson

Walter Victor (83) and Maryann Victor (77) walked slowly through the doors of the North gymnasium of West Ottawa High School. It had been nearly 60 years since they graduated from their own high schools.   They stopped and gazed at the bleachers spanning the vast, […]

Spring break travel 2018

March 30, 2018 12:21pm | Hailey Warsaw

Broken hearts

March 26, 2018 9:40am | Maddy Eppard, Maggie O'Brien

On Tuesday morning, the mood was somber as Principal Todd Tulgestke informed the student body of the passing of West Ottawa freshman Kayla Atsaphanthong. As students held back tears, the school paid tribute to a dear friend through a moment of silence.   “As we listened […]