A Project for Better Journalism chapter


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 […]

March Madness Bracket Experiment

March 21, 2019 10:18am | Elizabeth Snider & Braden Griffin

It’s March Madness and the question remains, what is the best bracket strategy? We decided to experiment by creating eight brackets using a wide variety of methods. Follow along with this link: http://fantasy.espn.com/tournament-challenge-bracket/2019/en/group?groupID=3450709 Latest updates will be written in bold. Seed This is fairly straightforward. […]

An above-average response to below-average weather

March 10, 2019 3:57pm | Cate Krueger

On a Monday morning, students file into class tiredly, heavy backpacks thudding as they drop them to the ground. Some students immediately lay their heads on their desks, others look almost relieved to be back. This isn’t just any Monday morning; these students haven’t been […]

It’s all in the details: Jr. Jamahl Hogan

March 6, 2019 8:08pm | Evan Pepper

It is West Ottawa versus Hudsonville, one of the biggest meets of the year.  Jr. Jamahl Hogan steps up to the block, knowing that his team needs the points he could earn from the 100-yard butterfly. The horn blasts and Hogan dives into the water […]

Opinions? ✓ All the facts? ✘

February 21, 2019 10:51am | Braden Griffin

“A picture is worth a thousand words.” In reality, though, one picture does not depict enough information for someone to understand all aspects of a situation.   The photo above sparked a national controversy. The picture depicts a teen smirking at a Native American who is […]