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Student Life

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 […]

Soccer Stand Out Ray Mackey

October 15, 2019 9:29am | Thomas Emery and Alyssa Karner

He is one of the fastest players on the West Ottawa boys soccer team. Clocking in at 18.56 mph on a new program the soccer team is using this season called PlayerTek    He is the strongest player on the team. He is only 5’11, […]

Starting a business: an emotional shipwreck

October 14, 2019 5:41pm | Greta Davis

Every day, we experience a crazy onslaught of emotion.    From the intense dread of school in the morning, to the intense relief of flopping on your bed at night, our days are chock-full of emotional tidal waves.     I can heavily relate to this […]

“I never stop”

October 9, 2019 9:41am | Ezequiel Soria Servin, Greta Davis

“Something was missing in my life, that part of education that I didn’t have made me feel incomplete”.    Born and raised in Yuriria, Guanajuato, a small town near the center of Mexico, Maria Socorro Castlleja faced many challenges throughout her childhood. After making the […]

A lost dream

October 3, 2019 10:04am | Alyssa Karner

It was the perfect sunny day for the perfect last day of fifth grade. I heard my fifth-grade teacher, Scott Follett, call my name. It was my turn to walk on stage.  I couldn’t believe that I was here.  Each year on the last day […]

The beauty of WO Renaissance

September 24, 2019 9:23am | Alina Coronado

“Good morning! Have a great day! Work hard!” On Wednesday mornings, as the buses unload students, there are friendly people waiting and smiling. They hold the door for people to get in while giving encouragement and passing out candy. WO Renaissance is the club in […]

“I am the girl who needs to break the cycle”

September 17, 2019 1:28pm | Yamilet Lucero

  On a warm Sunday, my family and I celebrate my birthday. The day with my family is going great. Everyone is gathered around the decorated table in my backyard. As we all connect, the “college talk” pops up.   As soon as I hear the words […]

You should compost! It’s easy

September 17, 2019 12:41pm | Hannah Broersma

I spend a moment looking into the flower garden in front of my house; the bright red tulips sway in a light breeze. We planted them right under a tree in soil and compost to ensure that the flowers grow tall but the soil remains […]

One man and his stuffed animals

September 17, 2019 12:18pm | Emily Mokma

I watched the scenery flash past me on the way to my niece’s birthday party. Behind me sat my sister Bethany and her boyfriend, Ryan Webb. They both had blank expressions on their faces as they gazed at the landscape outside. Then, Ryan’s eyes focused […]

A guide to Lollapalooza

June 6, 2019 7:05am | Miranda Garcia

Sr. Chris Guerrero pushed his way through the mosh pit of people and out of the crowd with his friends, stumbling upon littered cans and half-eaten hot dogs. “That was insane,” Guerrero said.   He and his friends had met up to jam to their favorite […]