A Project for Better Journalism chapter

Student Life

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

The amazing academic and athletic accomplishments of Derek Maas

January 17, 2019 7:28am | Blake Pedersen

West Ottawa has several gifted student athletes. Some play a sport in college, and some receive a full-ride scholarship for academics. Some earn both options. Get to know Derek Maas.   Maas is the third of four children in his family. His older siblings have already […]

Breaking world records

January 17, 2019 7:19am | Kobe Hescott, Benton Truttman

3…2…1…start!  As Kobe’s finger hits the button on his stopwatch, Benton plunges his head into the hottub.  Kobe anxiously waits for his head to pop up; He know he won’t last long. He waits and waits as the clock gets near a full minute when […]

Snow tires: a necessity for Michiganders

January 17, 2019 7:10am | Benton Truttman

Jr. Jocelyn Sweeney was driving to school on a snowy January morning. Turning onto Butternut, she knew the roads were icy, and it made her nervous seeing all of the surrounding traffic. Seconds before she passed the Mobile gas station, the three cars in front […]