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Pringles taste test

October 26, 2020 1:19pm | Ben Riley

Predictably, sometimes a bad idea turns out to be… a bad idea.    People who question the logic behind potato chips in a tennis ball tube will also scratch their heads when they realize they can buy Pringles’ most recent failed attempt to infuse the flavor […]

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 […]

Chick-fil-A truly is different

October 26, 2020 12:22pm | Kaylyn Aulick

The sky was dark and pouring buckets. Wind whipped through the air. A sea of cars lined up all the way out to the road. They were overflowing into the turn lane. The line would not get smaller no matter how fast the employees took […]

Powering through surgery

October 26, 2020 7:45am | Hailey Robarge

Feelings of discomfort and loneliness crowded around Sr. Kylie Braam’s mind as she sat at the beach, watching her friends enjoy a game of beach volleyball without her. It had only been five weeks since her second knee surgery.    Braam was enjoying a day […]

Thoughts from a makuah

October 20, 2020 12:28pm | Bella Kephart

They called me makuah. “Ghost.”    Everywhere I went, I heard it. “Look over there! Makuah, makuah!”    Some would muster the courage to come up to us when we walked into town to get groceries. Others hung back. They would reach out and try […]

The reality of a Queer

October 9, 2020 6:28am | Kayla Hintz, Argo René Mendoza Jones

The teen shoots one last longing glance to the rest of their family as they stand up, the scraping sound of chairs on the hard floors of the restaurant causing them to flinch. They start to map out the route to the restrooms in the […]

Jr. Sierra Rodriguez assesses online school

October 8, 2020 11:06am | Caitlyn Derby

How is online school going overall?   “It’s a little hard to keep up with all of my classes because I don’t have in person reminders and it’s more difficult to have self motivation, but I prefer it over in person.”    Why do you […]

Stop complaining, it’s annoying

October 5, 2020 12:26pm | Caitlin Kuchek

Everywhere I go, all I hear is everyone complaining about how badly their head hurts, how tired they are, or how gross their stomach feels, and I am sick of it.     Let’s be honest, you’re starving your body and you know it. I am not […]

A year of turmoil reshapes teachers’ beliefs

October 5, 2020 12:19pm | Kaylyn Aulick

It hasn’t even been six months since the COVID-19 pandemic along with the social and political upheaval really kicked in. Six months, and, wow, have there been a lot of changes.     The past year has changed many West Ottawa teachers’ beliefs over a very short […]

Cherishing a second chance

October 2, 2020 11:07am | Lani Salinas

Staying alive seems effortless, doesn’t it?     It was, until my heart skipped a beat. Nothing would ever be the same again.     Taking steps on the foul line, I was about to enter the dugout. My body shut down; my heart shut down. There was too […]

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