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Mythology: An excellent choice for English credits

March 10, 2019 3:46pm | Jeremiah Garcia

As December rolled around, scheduling for next year already began. I stared blankly at the course guide. I couldn’t decide what English class to take. British Literature was a possibility, so was American Experience. Then mythology caught my attention. “Why not?” I thought. Something different […]

Apex Legends Review

March 7, 2019 8:36am | Derek McNitt, Benton Truttman

“No Paul, don’t push!”  There was only one other team left in the match.  We had watched them get out of a fight, so we knew that they couldn’t have much health.  We had a height advantage on the other team, so I didn’t want […]

Making fashion statements at WO

March 6, 2019 9:46am | Avery Warsaw

Walking through the school hallways, almost every male can be found wearing the same grey joggers and West Ottawa sweatshirts. But, a handful of students stand out. These are the students who show their personalities through their clothing and prove that men’s fashion doesn’t have […]

Teen mom preparing her daughter for a bright future

March 4, 2019 9:40am | Xitlali Loyola

 Mariah Ballman picks up a baby  book off her shelf and brings her 18 month old daughter, Esmia, onto her lap and begins to read to her. As Esmia’s eyes wander across the colorful pages, Ballman reads out loud and points to pictures.   A […]

Why so scared?

February 20, 2019 9:30am | Jevic DeVries

It’s 2007. My family is attending the Ottawa County Fair. For seven-year-old me, I was having the time of my life. Until I saw him. The white face paint, the red nose, and worst of all: the red hair.   I remember trying to avoid eye-contact […]

My parents’ divorce made me stronger

February 17, 2019 2:36pm | Lali Xitlali

 My daily 7th grade life was waking up and hearing the usual: arguing, yelling, things being thrown, and my brothers running into my room.  My mom had been married for seven years to a great man. I was six when they first got married, and […]

Making fashion statements at WO

February 8, 2019 2:50pm | Avery Warsaw

With such a diverse range of cultures, personalities, and interests at West Ottawa, it’s no surprise that some students are expressing their individuality through clothes.   Wearing fresh patterns, contrasting textures, and eye-catching shoes, these students stand out in the crowd of hoodies and leggings that […]

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 […]

Westside Boxing: “Humbleness. I teach that before anything.”

January 17, 2019 11:47am | Ryleigh Hyma, Ayisha Afrik

The Escape Ministries’ building is unassuming. The plain bricks covered in artistic graffiti, the red paint chipping from the heavy door, it is a small building that’s easy to overlook. But appearances are deceiving; on top of being a safe haven for troubled youth, Escape […]

West Ottawa’s worst fashion trends

January 17, 2019 8:16am | Nala Mitas