A Project for Better Journalism chapter


SAT’s diversity scores will do more harm than good

June 10, 2019 9:02am | Emma Sanders

  Surrounded by family members at her kitchen table, a high school senior rips open an envelope from her first-choice college. She has a 3.8 GPA and scored 1380 on the SAT, above her school’s average scores of 3.5 and 1230.   On the other side of […]

Fake nails are gross

June 10, 2019 8:18am | Joel Scheneman

I sat in math class on a cold, dark, and windy winter afternoon. I couldn’t help but watch as the snow whipped against the window to my left, making a distracting sound. Yet the weather was not my biggest distraction considering that the girl to […]

My perspective: Please help yourself

June 6, 2019 11:32am | Jocelyn Sweeney

“Bill has 8 apples. Ann gives him 3 more. How many apples does Bill have now?” My 6-year-old little sister reads off her math homework. She tries the math in her head and gets an answer of 10. I tell her to try again, but […]

Iowa high schools play baseball in the summer

June 5, 2019 9:36am | Evan Pepper

  Sr. Mac Strobel stood shivering in the outfield during the West Ottawa Varsity baseball matchup against Hudsonville. The temperature hovered around 37 degrees, and he could feel the cold dew of the grass covering his white New Balance cleats.    The final Hudsonville batter […]

80’s best comedies?

March 10, 2019 4:22pm | Ashley Ortiz

I sat on the table eating tangerines, listening to my friends’ conversation. “Do you remember Full House?” my raven haired friend asked, putting down her salad. “Yes! Man I used to love that show!” one of my other friends exclaimed, while another nodded her head […]

My perspective: Curly hair

March 6, 2019 9:56am | Jocelyn Sweeney

“I wasn’t going to tell you, but she said your hair looks like a squirrel’s tail the other day,” my best friend tells me as we’re sitting at the sixth grade lunch table. That hurt. Daily, I pulled back my hair to hide the curls, […]

WO should schedule exams before break

January 29, 2019 12:19pm | Mac Strobel

 On December 30 in the middle of the holiday break, Sr. Kyle Lantz sat down for dinner with his family. He received an email from his pre-calculus teacher, reminding him of the three exam packets to complete. He had three additional exam  packets in his […]

Teeghan Sauer: there’s more than meets the eye

January 21, 2019 9:42am | Ryann Schurman

 Junior Teeghan Sauer is the face of the biggest Instagram following of any girl at West Ottawa. With a whopping 4,596 followers, she draws a massive amount of attention from peers at her own school and many other schools in West Michigan.  There are three […]

Political Cartoon

January 17, 2019 1:10pm | Kristi Chitphaiboon

How social media is benefiting us

January 17, 2019 7:38am | Avery Warsaw

Small white rectangles reflect in the glassiness of your eyes as your thumb gently and continuously flicks up on your phone screen, revealing new tweets every second. You’re drawn in, exploring the internet and ignoring your surroundings.   “Stop wasting time on social media, get off […]