A Project for Better Journalism chapter


WO’s very own secret society

March 7, 2018 9:38am | Jack Hendrick

Would you believe me if I told you the senior class is being controlled by a secret society? Well, not really, but sort of.   The senior selection committee is a group of 13 people that decide various parts of senior year. They have a major […]

Let’s GOOOOO!!!! Three teams battle for championships

March 6, 2018 10:06am | Alec Behrendt, Jevic DeVries, Aidan Engle, Ben Hoey

SWIMMING The final race was over, and it was official: West Ottawa had once again won the OK Red Conference title. The entire team cheered in elation after defeating OK Red rivals and claiming the conference title. The swim team continued its dominant season by […]

Trump handicaps the solar industry

March 6, 2018 9:16am | Cory Ives

Solar technology has become the shining star for the future of renewable energy. It is rapidly becoming the most cost effective and clean energy in the world. Despite the bright future for solar technology, President Trump decided to enact 30% tariffs on solar panel equipment. […]

Whose job is picking up roadkill?

March 5, 2018 9:54am | Jocelyn Sweeney

“I don’t ever know what road I’m on when I’m driving until I see the roadkill, then I know where I am. There was always a dead deer on Lakeshore over the summer,” said Sr Erik Heindlmeyer. Living in Michigan, people are all too familiar […]

Teachers’ first cars

February 26, 2018 12:13pm | Isaac Echeverria

Have you ever thought about what kind of car your teachers had when they were young?  Well, here are some of the best memories teachers had to share about their first cars. If you think you have it tough, think again.   Doug Mandrick – […]

Student vs. staff 2018

February 20, 2018 9:11am | Jevic DeVries

End of First Quarter: 8-6 Staff Throughout the entirety of the first period of the 2018 student vs staff basketball game, there was nothing but strong defense from both teams. But ultimately, the teachers had the better defense. The teachers set the pace for the […]

Lunchrooms are stressful

February 14, 2018 9:17am | Jocelyn Sweeney

A freshman sits alone nervously at the end of a lunch table. He taps on the table impatiently, pulls on the collar of his shirt, and anxiously scans the busy room. He waits alone until a friend comes and sits down across from him and […]

Winstrom Park disc golf gets an update

January 31, 2018 9:30am | Linus Gugino

Sr. Dre Solorzano winds up and throws his driver disc down a narrow, tree lined path.  The disc glides toward the first basket of the course, but then starts to slope left.  The disc clips a tree and falls to the ground prematurely.  Solorzano, the […]

A few miles makes a BIG difference

January 17, 2018 11:37am | Linus Gugino

At 5:00 in the morning on a winter day in Instructor Ann Kirkendall’s house, the phone rang.  It was the automated message from West Ottawa Public Schools telling her that school was closed due to inclimate weather.  It was going to be a relaxing day […]

Why teachers shouldn’t assign homework over break

January 12, 2018 9:44am | Cory Ives

As I passed through each class, my excitement for holiday break diminished more and more. The work kept on piling up, and I couldn’t see past the mountain of work I would have to surmount in the meek week and a half “break.” At the […]