A Project for Better Journalism chapter


High school dances are nothing like they used to be

November 5, 2018 9:49am | Avery Warsaw

“Do girls still sit on the side of the dance room and wait for a guy to ask them to dance?” asked Sr. Clara Klein’s grandmother. This innocent question brings about a very outdated tradition and reveals just how dramatically high school dances have evolved […]

“I will be the next president of Moldova”

November 2, 2018 9:56am | Liz Rauckhorst

On her first day, walking down the hallways at school, Soph. Valeria Ciolac noticed many students and teachers smiling at her. This simple act took her by surprise. In her home country of Moldova this would never happen, people keep to themselves and often do […]

Angst viewing gives students perspective

November 2, 2018 9:26am | Elizabeth Snider

During the 80-minute seminar class time on Wednesday, October 24, students viewed a documentary titled Angst. The movie addressed the important issue of general anxiety and anxiety disorders, especially its prevalence in children and teenagers. The movie showcased several young people with anxiety disorders, along […]

New bond on the way?

October 26, 2018 9:18am | Jamahl Hogan

If you go to West Ottawa, odds are you’re reading this article on a Chromebook.  You have the 2014 bond to thank for that, and progress has started on a new bond.  On Monday, September 24, West Ottawa school district held a community forum to […]

Champion Gymnastics USA: A gym with a heart

October 17, 2018 9:43am | Elizabeth Snider

“Knowing that I have supportive coaches makes the overall environment at meets and practice feel very comforting which helps me relax and perform to my full potential,” Frosh. Sarah Moraw said. Moraw is in her tenth year of gymnastics and is going into her third […]

College isn’t the only option

October 12, 2018 9:04am | Ryleigh Hyma

Glenn Zandstra, 63, lounged in his screened-in porch during a cool fall morning with a mug of hot, black coffee, and he contemplated what to do for the day.    He could go to his pole barn, which includes a bathroom, several lounge chairs, plenty […]

Students without a homecoming dress should check out Howard’s dress closet

October 10, 2018 8:57am | Nala Mitas

Jr. Brooke Drost sat at home on October 7 waiting to leave for the Michigan vs. Michigan State game. At the last minute her mom became sick, and the family cancels their plans. The game happened to be on the same night as homecoming, and […]

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 […]