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Primera Plastics: More than just a job

March 8, 2018 7:18am | Elena Ysquierdo

“I have a job mainly just to provide myself with money to pay for my vehicle and bills. The only benefit I get is learning how to change a baby’s diaper,” said Sr. Grace Hall.  Working as a babysitter can get quite stressful for a […]

You really eat that?

March 5, 2018 9:58am | Maggie O'Brien

I didn’t even come up with the idea. That should have been my first clue. The person who came up with the idea couldn’t wait to hand it off to a younger and newer writer. I looked down at the melted Hershey’s chocolate, holding a […]

Dealing with anorexia

February 22, 2018 9:04am | Ashlee Bloemendal

  “Every day is a living nightmare, a nightmare that I cannot escape,”  Jr. Janey Miller said. (This name and all others have been changed.) Miller’s living nightmare is anorexia. Anorexia is an eating disorder where the affected have an extreme fear of gaining weight, […]

Living a new life

February 14, 2018 10:01am | Linus Gugino

With each step, his stomach tightened into a smaller and smaller knot, and his heart came closer and closer to His hands tightened around the straps of his backpack as if to wring out all of the anxiety he was feeling. He walked slowly toward […]

The nightmarish rumor

February 14, 2018 9:22am | Jevic DeVries

Rumor: You can’t have your phone out on the bus anymore. Fact: Yes you can.   Many West Ottawa students could never imagine sitting through their 50-minute bus ride with seven stops without listening to their top five Drake songs, watching an episode of their […]

A yes or no that could change your life

February 14, 2018 9:17am | Aidan Engle

One afternoon, Sr. Matthew Moraw noticed an email from Butler University. He had received plenty of spam emails from Butler before, so he decided to ignore this specific email. Later that same night, Moraw looked through his inbox, and he opened the email from Butler. […]

Jayla VanMaurick: preparing for a difficult role

January 17, 2018 11:52am | Ben Hoey

This February, West Ottawa Theatre will be returning to the stage with a new production,The Miracle Worker, which tells the story of young Helen Keller and the start of her relationship with her aid, Annie Sullivan.  Sr. Jayla VanMaurick plays Helen Keller, which is easily […]

“He lit up any room he went into”

January 16, 2018 9:31am | Staff

On Friday, January 12, the West Ottawa community gathered in the Grand Haven gym for two basketball games. The Black Hole cheering section arrived wearing camouflage, the evening’s theme. The stands were packed with parents, teachers, and administrators. But for most who made the 15-mile […]

Five days phone free

January 10, 2018 9:50am | Maddy Eppard

“You’re crazy!” That’s the first thing my friend said to me when I told her I would be going five days without my phone.   Honestly, I agreed with her. I am addicted to my phone, and it’s not good. Although typical for someone my age, […]

Middle school now vs. then

January 9, 2018 9:28am | Olivia Paquette

“I had a huge packet for math and a few other pages along with it one night, and I was so tired from staying up late the night before. I ended up taking a nap and woke up at about 10:00 PM. I really wanted […]