A Project for Better Journalism chapter


West Ottawan Satire: I deserve a rocket launcher

June 6, 2018 11:45am | Mac Strobel

After the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, John Daniel Davidson, who writes for The Federalist, floated the notion that there are things “more important than safety.”  I could only guess that he was referring to my intense and patriotic desire to be properly […]

Cell phones: Underutilized parental leverage

April 30, 2018 9:40am | Ben Hoey

“Get off your phone! This is the last time I’m going to ask nicely. Maybe if you weren’t on it so much, your grades would be better.” At one point or more in high school, teenagers hear some form of this line, either parents or […]

West Ottawan Opinion: Real news?

April 27, 2018 9:57am | Alec Behrendt

On March 8, the White House announced that President Donald Trump would be willing to meet with the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. American and North Korean officials are currently discussing possible dates and locations for a meeting; analysts expect the meeting to come […]

Why you shouldn’t vote selfishly

April 11, 2018 1:22pm | Cory Ives

Government is supposed to better society.  The decisions politicians make should be for the greater good, not just benefit a small handful of the population. Usually people agree that doing good for the large population is better than for just a minority. Yet, once a […]

Thank you, WO administrators

April 11, 2018 1:14pm | Jevic DeVries

As teens, it is natural to be critical of the world, especially of authority figures, including our school’s administration. However, this basketball postseason West Ottawa’s administration put in much thought and effort to make sure their students had an unforgettable experience.    The support from […]

Is Chick-Fil-A overrated?

March 26, 2018 9:33am | Alec Behrendt, Aidan Engle

In a survey of 264 West Ottawa students, 124 respondents said that they had gone to the Chick-Fil-A in Holland in the 36 days it had been open. That is approximately 47%, and that applied to the entire student would mean that approximately 1081 WO […]

Conspiracy theory buster

March 21, 2018 9:32am | Jevic DeVries

  “It’s actually really simple, jet fuel can’t melt steel beams,” Jr. Talon Duong said. Duong, along with thousands of Americans, is a firm believer that the American government actually planned the attacks of September 11, 2001.   The Theory     The theory suggests the […]

Learning to shop with a conscience

March 12, 2018 9:46am | Maddy Eppard

I walk into Forever 21, and I’m instantly overwhelmed by signs advertising “50% Off”, “Buy One Get One Free”, and “SALE.” The store is filled with bright colors, fun designs, and posters of seemingly perfect people. I turn to my right and the wall is […]

Fashion disasters

March 8, 2018 9:03am | Maggie O'Brien

Scrolling through my feed on Instagram last week, I noticed so many people who posted pictures claiming that tracksuits are once again going to be the go-to fashion statement. All I could think about was how someone could take such a wrong fashion turn and […]

Point/Counterpoint: Watching video games is the same as watching sports

March 7, 2018 9:29am | Alec Behrendt, Ben Hoey

“You’ve got to be kidding me. It’s a beautiful day outside, the sky is blue, and you’re inside watching OTHER PEOPLE PLAY VIDEO GAMES?!?!”   Mom was super upset. She found me watching one of my favorite YouTubers play Fortnite with his friends. However, I countered […]