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Student Life

Girls can’t yell

November 9, 2018 7:49am | Mayzie Ruby, Ryann Schurman

The bleachers rumble with a low “Ohhhhhhh,” as fans await the kickoff of a rainy Friday night football game. The kicker, Max Voet, takes a few steps back and then charges forward. As he gets closer and closer to the ball, the low rumble becomes […]

West Ottawa High School presents: Grease

November 6, 2018 9:13am | Ryleigh Hyma

An exhausted Soph. Izzy Balbuena had just spent a grueling three and a half hours rehearsing for the school musical that was fast approaching. She is a member of the ensemble for the musical Grease, in which she performs in 10 music numbers including the […]

The worst of the Peanut Store

November 5, 2018 10:00am | Lizzie Beyrle

As I walked into the Holland Peanut store, I was greeted with a familiar smell that instantly brought me back to the days of elementary school and sugar rushes. I walked past the endless shelves of candy, I noticed some really strange and unappetizing foods. […]

High school dances are nothing like they used to be

November 5, 2018 9:49am | Avery Warsaw

“Do girls still sit on the side of the dance room and wait for a guy to ask them to dance?” asked Sr. Clara Klein’s grandmother. This innocent question brings about a very outdated tradition and reveals just how dramatically high school dances have evolved […]

“I will be the next president of Moldova”

November 2, 2018 9:56am | Liz Rauckhorst

On her first day, walking down the hallways at school, Soph. Valeria Ciolac noticed many students and teachers smiling at her. This simple act took her by surprise. In her home country of Moldova this would never happen, people keep to themselves and often do […]

“Just keep doing the best you can do, putting your child first in everything.”

November 2, 2018 9:55am | Maggie O'Brien

Everyone assumes they understand the difficulties of being a teen parent, but Monique Mugg, a teen mother and former West Ottawa student, knows it’s more than what meets the eye.  Then 16-year-old Jr. Monique Zandstra was in band and collected baseball cards. She was featured […]

WO rates dogs

October 25, 2018 9:03am | Jagger Denhof

Oakley – Black Lab – Sr. Keagan Cano This is Oakley. He was awarded class clown. He loves making people laugh. He may have problems, but we still love him. 12/10 good boy.   Franklin – Bernese Mountain Dog – Soph. Kennedy Dumas Truly a […]

IB pulls students together despite occasional conflicts

October 23, 2018 9:04am | Nala Mitas

Jr. Kaitlyn Onela woke up, ate breakfast, and headed off to her first day of school. She was super excited to go to her first hour, Theory of Knowledge. When she arrived to class, she saw a few familiar faces among her thirty classmates. First […]

WO Students Experience Amazing Summer Trips

September 27, 2018 9:15am | Joel Scheneman

The bright summer light seeps through the shades of my room. I slowly roll out of bed and peek at the time. It’s noon, but my day is just starting. It’s a typical summer day for me, waking up in the afternoon, taking my time […]

“I need at least 200 likes”

September 26, 2018 9:17am | Maddy Eppard

Seventh grader Alyssa Jones just got home from a hot summer day at the beach with her friends.   It was an average day filled with tanning, gossiping, and of course, taking lots of photos to document the experience. To be honest, she had thought about […]