A Project for Better Journalism chapter


A healthy addiction

October 26, 2020 1:29pm | Kate Roudebush

Some choose to gamble, while others turn to drugs, but for Jr. Sydney Willard, it was horseback riding. A hobby Willard discovered at ten years old is now a passion, maybe an addiction, she hopes to continue for a lifetime.     “I ride because it makes […]

Walsh’s blueprint to a 39

October 26, 2020 1:00pm | Halle Pratt

With forty minutes left in class, Sr. Sophie Walsh was hurrying through her work. She glanced at the clock. It was time.    Walsh stood, grabbed her backpack, and headed for the door. Her friend hollered, “Soph, shoot a thirty-nine!” She smiled, nodded, and left.    Three […]

Drew Black: from countless injuries to countless victories

October 26, 2020 12:57pm | Kevin Maas

Six o’clock at a local gas station, Jr. Diver Drew Black is pinned up on an old and rusty gas station fence after an SUV hit him. While Black is pinned to the fence wincing in pain, his friend throws the driver out of the […]

Same name different sport

October 26, 2020 12:42pm | Grace Gaul

On a Saturday afternoon, Jr. Callie Brondyke sat in the bleachers of her brother’s first lacrosse game while she was in 6th grade, “I noticed how aggressive they got to be with each other and how much fun it looked,” she said.     A few years […]

The Bonnemas: The identical power team

October 26, 2020 8:01am | Caitlin Derby

Fans and parents are dispersed along the field, careful to keep out of the course. One runner rounds the corner, making her way to the finish line, kicking in her last little bit of energy in the last 400 meters. As that one runner nears, […]

High school swimmers today beat past American record times

October 7, 2020 7:34am | Madi Remenschneider, Meagan Rockafellow

A stillness fills the East Kentwood pool deck; all eyes are directed on the bulkhead where the final relay teams line up. “All I want for Christmas” blasts out of the loudspeakers and breaks the silence, signaling the line of swimmers to start their march […]

Football Friday: Five perspectives

October 3, 2020 8:58am | Emmy Angel, Ella Spooner, Natalie Wilcox

Anyone who has attended West Ottawa High School knows what a typical Friday night home football game looks like.     Last Friday was not typical.     The COVID-19 guidelines affect players, parents, coaches, referees, and announcers. Players are only allowed two tickets for spectators; thus, the stands […]

To be a successful gymnast requires significant risk

October 1, 2020 8:08am | Phoebe Brennan

Injuries, toxic environments, and pushing past the breaking point. Is this your first thought when you think of gymnastics? Or is it the beautiful sparkling leotards, the classic bun, the flawless flips, and the perfectly pointed toes? I’m guessing you might have thought of the […]

Memories made. Memories lost.

October 1, 2020 8:07am | Grace Pederson

“Put your mask over your nose!” Coach Kaitlyn Lawton yelled to Jr. Dani Perkins. This isn’t the usual critique athletes hear from their coach. Today, that’s the new norm.    This year high school athletes are missing out on some of the best memories like […]

Senior swimmers are excited for their final year

September 29, 2020 7:44pm | Kaurina Sidhu

On September 10 at East Kentwood High School, I was behind the block watching the first heat finish, heart racing, shaking out the nerves, getting ready for the race, hardly believing we had made it to this moment.    Back in June, there was talk […]

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