A Project for Better Journalism chapter


Compelled to make a difference

December 12, 2019 10:11am | Claire Dorn

As I walked into the school bathroom, I noticed a new set of posters hanging in each of the stalls.  Despite the odd placement, I dismissed the posters thinking they were just another school event being advertised.  I walked back to class still curious why […]

WO staff intrigued by Forest Hills policy: No phones

December 3, 2019 9:20am | Alyssa Karner

Every day at lunch, a group of girls near my lunch table sit with their closest friends. They enjoy two or three minutes of animated conversation. After one member picks up her phone, soon the rest follow. Engrossed in their phones, they seem to forget […]

Unsung Hero of Snow Days

November 22, 2019 9:33am | Thomas Emery

Schools all over West Michigan had enjoyed the third snow day in a row near the end of January 2019. Everyone was hopeful for a fourth snow day to come. As the night approached on the third snow day, there was only one place to […]

Weed is legal but not local

November 14, 2019 9:07am | Liz Rauckhorst

A 21-year-old is able to go to Pete’s Place, Walgreens, or D&W to buy a six-pack of beer; all three are in a two block radius. However, the same adult who wants to buy three grams of marijuana can not and will not be able […]

Sr. Diego Dedios prepares for the Marines

November 12, 2019 2:05pm | Alexis Wolbers

Every Thursday evening and Saturday morning, Sr. Diego Dedios heads to the Marine Corps office to workout with the recruiters and other teens enlisting in the military. It’s important that nobody is late to workouts otherwise there will be discipline.    Dedios shows up early. […]

The Infinite Ripple

November 4, 2019 9:25am | Greta Davis

   As a student, one undoubtedly uses a pencil every day. A pencil is made of wood, graphite, metal, and rubber. Let’s keep it simple and think of only one of the pencil’s four components: wood.    The wood came from a tree. That tree […]

The Olson sisters: Born to run

November 1, 2019 9:59am | Jocelyn Sweeney

On Saturday, August 23 at Allendale high school, West Ottawa’s women’s cross country team was ready for their first race of the season.  Fans and supporters watched as the runners came around the practice football and past the baseball dugout for the last quarter mile.  […]

Hiking in Holland – where should you go?

September 30, 2019 9:52am | Cate Krueger

Rounding a bend on the unmarked trail connecting two loops, I grab my mom’s arm and point wildly ahead. A concrete bunker rises out of the dune ahead of us, covered in graffiti. I scramble up the corner and stand eight feet off the ground, […]

Responsibility much?

September 25, 2019 9:23am | McKenna Herman

On a recent Tuesday, after walking in the pouring rain between buildings, I came into my 2nd hour and slouched into my seat. I felt everyone’s eyes on me. It was no wonder because I looked like I had taken a shower in my clothes. […]

“I am the girl who needs to break the cycle”

September 17, 2019 1:28pm | Yamilet Lucero

  On a warm Sunday, my family and I celebrate my birthday. The day with my family is going great. Everyone is gathered around the decorated table in my backyard. As we all connect, the “college talk” pops up.   As soon as I hear the words […]

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