A Project for Better Journalism chapter


What happens if we lose net neutrality?

December 13, 2017 5:32pm | Alec Behrendt

Imagine trying to log onto Instagram and seeing a message that says “your internet service provider does not support this site.” Without net neutrality, this could become a reality.     Since the creation of the internet, users have come to know some basic freedoms involving […]

Escaping Vietnam

December 1, 2017 7:12am | Hailey Warsaw

Five-year-old Hoa Nguyen sat in the cramped, sweaty belly of a small fishing boat, bobbing back and forth to the rhythm of the powerful Pacific. As his small, exhausted body swayed with the ocean waves, a familiar nauseous feeling crept into his throat. Vomit. For […]

Family first: Coach Pete Schwallier makes a difficult choice

November 29, 2017 9:34am | Anika Seguin

“I didn’t want to just be a dad, I wanted to be a super dad, and I didn’t feel like I was earning any super dad awards,” Instructor Pete Schwallier said, who recently resigned as Boys’ Varsity tennis coach. Schwallier has been thinking about stepping […]

Guns in classrooms?

November 29, 2017 9:25am | Cory Ives

I was sitting in Instructor Mike Jaeger’s Theory of Knowledge class ready to be given a presentation and relax in my seat. But, today’s topic caught my attention. I still remember the exact words that left Jaeger’s mouth. “The Michigan Senate recently passed a bill […]

Do yourself a favor, check out Lecrae

November 29, 2017 7:01am | Angel Garcia

It’s hard to go a day without plugging in our headphones and jam out to pass time. It has become our addiction without us even realizing it. Our heart drops just from reaching into our pocket and grasping nothing but air as we realize we […]

Living on low income: A follow up

November 22, 2017 1:36pm | Olivia Paquette

In response to the low income article about Michael Watts (not his real name) and the struggles he faces as a high school student with low funds, questions arose about what the community can do and what kids can do to help other people and […]

AP and IB art: Political cartoons

November 10, 2017 9:45am | Staff

Students in both AP and IB art produce political cartoons. Annually, only the art teachers and peers in the art classes get to experience these cartoons. This year, the West Ottawan will regularly feature this skilled and insightful work. Readers will be impressed by the […]

Competing at nationals

November 9, 2017 9:05am | Cory Ives

On move 26 of his chess SuperNationals tournament game inside a lavish resort in Nashville, Tennessee, WO Sr. Joshua Posthuma had his opponent right where he wanted him. His competitor had just made a move to challenge Posthuma’s knight, which was seemingly a good move […]

Cross country: looking back

November 8, 2017 9:44am | Erik Heindlmeyer

I stood in starting box number seven at the Cross Country Conference meet. I felt a strange calm wash over me; unlike any other race I had ever been in, I was not nervous. I had one chance left to run in high school. I […]

Las Vegas Shooting: The Scattered Story

November 7, 2017 9:26am | Owen Gibson

On October 1, the deadliest mass shooting by an individual in U.S. history happened in Las Vegas during a country music festival, killing 58 and injuring 489. But we all know that.   Since the shooting, there has been an extreme amount of information floating around. […]