A Project for Better Journalism chapter


From awareness to action

October 3, 2018 9:45am | Brooke Drost

In thirty minutes of spare time you could watch a TV show, you could run a few miles, or, if you’re West Ottawa Alumni Dan Broersma, you could fill up a bag with trash you found walking on the beach. Over the past year, Broersma […]

Knockoff Nikes: What’s the Impact?

October 2, 2018 9:20am | Jamahl Hogan

I walk out of my hotel on my first day in Shanghai, China, and immediately I notice a man wearing all white Adidas Yeezy 350 shoes, which retail for $300 and resell for upwards of $800. I am surprised to see a guy casually wearing […]

“I need at least 200 likes”

September 26, 2018 9:17am | Maddy Eppard

Seventh grader Alyssa Jones just got home from a hot summer day at the beach with her friends.   It was an average day filled with tanning, gossiping, and of course, taking lots of photos to document the experience. To be honest, she had thought about […]

September 7, 2018 10:58am | Maggie O'Brien

On Friday, September 7, at seven o’clock in the morning, West Ottawa students piled into the gym in hopes of getting their five seconds of fame. The students and staff dressed from head to toe in black and white to show off their school spirit […]

Best bread in Michigan

June 7, 2018 7:49am | Cory Ives

Most people can agree nothing beats a warm piece of scrumptious bread right before a satiating dinner. Almost every restaurant serves free bread to accompany the main course, despite how many appetizers a table orders. Bread comes in many different styles, ranging from biscuits, rolls, […]

Much needed pool renovations

June 6, 2018 1:23pm | Jocelyn Sweeney

   In a mid-October swim meet, Jr. Alaina Wittum took her stance on the block. Her parents watched from the bleachers with their cameras ready. Seconds before the starter went off, there was a loud crash. As visiting parents sat down, the plastic bleacher broke […]

Now you see it…Now it’s different

June 6, 2018 11:50am | Nailea Gonzalez

Color is an illusion; it doesn’t exist in the outside world beyond people. People are able to see color  because, “color is a special effect added when you see by your brain with the help of 3 teams of special detectors in your eyes”. Color […]

RIP senior wills

June 6, 2018 11:33am | Mariah Vongphachanh

“I, Mariah Vongphachanh, leave to my friends – Sydney: early morning sunrises, coffee, and maturity; Hannah: Freshman cheer, near death car rides, and Max hair; Tyler – a denim shirt and a mob of 7th grade choir girls; Zyon: the loudest burp to ever happen […]

They took him from me

June 4, 2018 9:28am | Staff Writer

They took him from me. They took him from my brother. They took him from my sister. They took him from our home. Late on an early January night in 2013, we were besieged with persistent pounding and shouts of police outside our door. Fear […]

A zoo on the lakeshore: The Getz legacy

June 1, 2018 12:36pm | Aidan Engle, Ben Hoey

If you could live anyone else’s life, whose life would you live? Most people would say they want to live as a celebrity, athletic superstar, or historical figure. If I had a choice, I would want to be George F. Getz. I know what you’re […]