A Project for Better Journalism chapter


The coyote hunters

January 15, 2019 10:05am | Maddy Eppard, Maggie O'Brien

As student journalists, we strive to come up with article ideas that open peoples’ minds and better the school community. Just kidding. We actually just want an idea that’s fun and doesn’t require a lot of work. That’s exactly why when instructor Ken Strobel threw […]

Our realities

January 15, 2019 9:54am | Jocelyn Sweeney, Paul Stryker

Jocelyn: My heart races. It’s past 11, and I have to walk to my car alone. I walk quickly, phone in hand, looking around. Only one more street. I swear a car slows down seeing me waiting alone at the crosswalk. My car’s only a […]

AP requires effort, not ability

January 14, 2019 2:42pm | Nala Mitas

Two siblings took the same class. By reputation, people knew the older brother as the smarter of the two while his little sister did not live up to the same academic standards. The brother had a great, natural academic ability, but his poor work ethic […]

West Ottawa tries large lecture course

January 5, 2019 11:07am | Ryleigh Hyma

Jr. Kayley Dinkelmann walked into her first-hour class and sat down at one of the many desks in AP Psychology. This routine may sound very familiar to most high school students, but there is one thing that sets her first hour apart from others. Dinkelmann’s […]

CTEE: Changing lives

December 12, 2018 11:56am | Elizabeth Snider

Instructor Lydia Wonget’s classroom is filled with high school age students working independently at their computers that line the concrete walls — a typical American classroom. Outside, though, is an entirely different world. Bush taxis packed with residents rumble down the roads. Open backed cars […]

EVs should be everywhere

December 7, 2018 9:32am | Nala Mitas

The icebergs are melting; the wildfires are spreading, and the world is warming. There’s only so much that people can do to prevent the rising temperatures, but that doesn’t stop them from trying. The CEOs of companies like Tesla and Nissan strive for a world […]

For Junior Maria Reyes, blindness is a detour not a dead end

November 12, 2018 10:44am | Brooke Drost

Maria Reyes finds her seat in class and pulls her computer out of her backpack, saying “Hi” as students stream in around her. During her first three classes she is busy solving algebraic equations, adding details to her vase, and analyzing documents until her empty […]

Between the pages

November 7, 2018 9:12am | Clara Klein

   Yearbook is a class students join because it seems easy. A class that requires nothing too difficult or stressful, the perfect class to sit back and relax, “I thought yearbook would be pretty easy,” says Soph. Elizabeth Rauckhorst. Little do these students know the […]

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 […]