A Project for Better Journalism chapter


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 Seed This is fairly straightforward. I simply selected the better seed of […]

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 […]

“Good enough” is not good enough

February 19, 2019 7:47pm | Maddy Eppard, Elizabeth Snider

“OK, there’s about 15 minutes left and I know you guys are busy. Go ahead and use the rest of the time to complete your packets on the Supreme Court cases.” This message is a gift to any busy student. Yet in one corner of […]

PALs program has a powerful impact

February 18, 2019 3:30pm | Elizabeth Snider

Sr. Anyssa Phoxana entered the young kinders classroom for the second time that week. As she walked in, three students immediately jumped out of their seats to give her a big hug. It was their favorite part of the day, and Phoxana’s too. She sat […]

3rd Coast Cubing Club: It’s about the friendships

February 18, 2019 3:03pm | Cate Krueger

Ian Krueger sits at his dining room table in a trance. His phone plays YouTube videos while his Chromebook shows a simple timer. Over and over again, he scrambles a cube to show a pattern he’s never seen before, then deftly returns all the colors […]

Connecting with history

February 18, 2019 1:39pm | Jocelyn Sweeney

An embodiment of history visited Brian Taylor’s classroom on January 24.    Students in Taylor’s AP U.S. Government have been studying the Civil Rights Movement. Soph. Xavier Chavis, a current AP Gov. student, grew up learning about the movement from a primary source, his grandpa. […]

Local family feels like game pieces in a political game

February 15, 2019 8:43am | Miranda Garcia

Donald Trump wants to build a wall. The Democrats do not. After a series of failed attempts to “win” this competition, Trump made a bold play: He shut down the government with the threat it would not reopen until the Democrats agreed to fund the […]

Mike and Mae proving 80 is awesome

January 17, 2019 7:59am | Maddy Eppard, Maggie O'Brien

Mike and Mae VanArk were on a mission trip in South Africa. They decided to arrive a week early to do some exploring of their own. They stayed in a pension hotel in Cape Town for 20 dollars a night that was once a hospital […]