A Project for Better Journalism chapter


“Good enough” is not good enough

February 19, 2019 7:47pm | Maddy Eppard, Elizabeth Snider

“OK, there’s about 15 minutes left and I know you guys are busy. Go ahead and use the rest of the time to complete your packets on the Supreme Court cases.” This message is a gift to any busy student. Yet in one corner of […]

PALs program has a powerful impact

February 18, 2019 3:30pm | Elizabeth Snider

Sr. Anyssa Phoxana entered the young kinders classroom for the second time that week. As she walked in, three students immediately jumped out of their seats to give her a big hug. It was their favorite part of the day, and Phoxana’s too. She sat […]

3rd Coast Cubing Club: It’s about the friendships

February 18, 2019 3:03pm | Cate Krueger

Ian Krueger sits at his dining room table in a trance. His phone plays YouTube videos while his Chromebook shows a simple timer. Over and over again, he scrambles a cube to show a pattern he’s never seen before, then deftly returns all the colors […]

Connecting with history

February 18, 2019 1:39pm | Jocelyn Sweeney

An embodiment of history visited Brian Taylor’s classroom on January 24.    Students in Taylor’s AP U.S. Government have been studying the Civil Rights Movement. Soph. Xavier Chavis, a current AP Gov. student, grew up learning about the movement from a primary source, his grandpa. […]

Local family feels like game pieces in a political game

February 15, 2019 8:43am | Miranda Garcia

Donald Trump wants to build a wall. The Democrats do not. After a series of failed attempts to “win” this competition, Trump made a bold play: He shut down the government with the threat it would not reopen until the Democrats agreed to fund the […]

Mike and Mae proving 80 is awesome

January 17, 2019 7:59am | Maddy Eppard, Maggie O'Brien

Mike and Mae VanArk were on a mission trip in South Africa. They decided to arrive a week early to do some exploring of their own. They stayed in a pension hotel in Cape Town for 20 dollars a night that was once a hospital […]

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 […]