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Surviving a court-ordered move

November 26, 2019 9:59am | Analisa Perez

Veronica (V): “We need to talk it is very important” Me (M): “Can I stay or no. Paulino isn’t gonna pick me up” V: “CPS is taking you guys” M: “Why” V: “You guys got to go” M: “Where. Pick me up from school” V: […]

Living with hearing aids

November 25, 2019 9:28am | Martin Solis

One day, I lost both of my hearing aids and I had to go to middle school unable to hear almost anything. I could not find my hearing aids and as the time came closer to school starting, I was getting panicked. When going on […]

Brecken Panse: Her diving comeback

November 25, 2019 9:25am | Sophia Walsh

  Only two months into dive season, Jr. Brecken Panse got a concussion during soccer practice. Her teammate threw a ball in bounds and hit her in the head. Panse immediately felt the symptoms especially headaches and dizziness. “I took the impact test and was […]

Know when you need help

November 13, 2019 9:28am | Hannah Broersma

If you look around the halls at West Ottawa High School you’ll see students desperately writing  essays that are due at the end of the hour, students arguing about the latest gossip, and students trying to prepare themselves in any and every way for college. […]

Hamilton Education Project

November 8, 2019 9:33am | Tegan McDonald

“The entire performance was amazing. It was a powerful piece, Tegan’s death and Gloria’s reaction to it was heart-wrenching,” said Soph. Emily Conlon. Conlon referenced a short piece Gloria Hunt and I performed at the Hamilton Education Project.    On March 16, Hunt approached me […]

Pass the JUUL

November 6, 2019 7:46pm | Payton Ouankeo

“It’s scary how addicting it is to vape because now I feel like I have to rely on it. It’s apart of my everyday routine,” said anonymous WO Sr.    There is a vaping epidemic all across the United States where teens are getting into […]

Is autocorrect harmful?

November 6, 2019 9:36am | Caleb Louks

“Poeple” turns into “people,” or more commonly “peice“ turns into “piece.” Autocorrect. The fast-food for texting, autocorrect is the perfect tool for people sending a text on the go, and there is no need to worry about spelling.    With the ever-increasing use of autocorrect, society […]

It Is Who You Are

November 1, 2019 9:54am | Thomas Emery

I am proud of who I am. I have come far in my self-confidence journey. Although I am very happy with myself now, it hasn’t always been that way. Before the feelings of confidence, there were feelings of embarrassment.     I was in 8th grade. […]

Changing a tire: Intimidating but pretty easy

October 25, 2019 9:03am | Tegan McDonald

When I entered high school I made a list of things I needed to learn before I graduated. I did this because when I was a freshman, my sister was a senior. While high school had prepared her for college, she was unable to fix […]

Sushi for dummies

October 16, 2019 12:43pm | Kaylyn Aulick, Claire Dorn

The buzz of chattering students surrounded us. We had just gotten to our third hour on a sunny Tuesday morning, and we were approaching lunchtime with our stomachs literally growling. In fact, it was kind of embarrassing. All we could think about was food. We […]