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This is my reality

June 14, 2018 6:43am | Greta Davis

It is August 2017. My family and I are at the cottage we rent annually in Ludington, Michigan. My sister is tanning at the beach (of course). My mom is cleaning upstairs (of course). Standing at the sink, I put in my contacts and get ready […]

Best car names at WO

June 4, 2018 9:48am | Alaina Wittum

Owning a car comes with many responsibilities. One of the most significant responsibilities is choosing a name. More than 42 students submitted their car names in a survey. Here are the top ten car names at West Ottawa High School.   10. Car name: Speedy […]

Making the best out of the worst situation

June 4, 2018 9:37am | Staff Writer

  What happens after someone gets expelled from middle school? That’s a question I had to ask myself in 8th grade. Life has a way of putting us in negative situations, but I learned these experiences can have positive outcomes, and those outcomes can change us […]

“I’m doing this for them”

June 4, 2018 9:17am | Kathy X. Nguyen

I watched as my mom and grandma tearfully held each other; an ocean had separated the two of them for more than ten years. I remembered my grandmother’s apologies to her daughter, for leaving her alone and for not realizing what a difficult life she […]

WOMD: Are you addicted to compliments on social media?

June 1, 2018 12:33pm | Alec Behrendt

Are you addicted to attention from your peers on social media? Overview:   Addiction is an affliction that affects your brain and behavior. You may feel happy when you get attention, which may lead to an addiction. This could affect your behavior; you could start to […]

Love, me

June 1, 2018 9:51am | Contributing Writer

I remember staring at my neighbors through a window screen. My breath fogged up the glass, and the sun glared into my eyes, but neither distracted me. The two women were landscaping together, planting multicolored tulips with their sons. I always wondered how the pair […]


May 14, 2018 11:12am | Hailey Warsaw

The clock struck 5 am, and within an hour West Ottawa’s robotics team, WOBOT, was ready to pack up and head to Detroit for the Robotics World Championship. WOBOT joined nearly 400 other teams spanning 6 divisions as they anxiously prepared for the intense competition.“I […]

Best classroom at WO

May 11, 2018 9:36am | Mariah Vongphachanh

When thinking of a high school classroom, what comes to mind? Perhaps it’s rows of desks all lined up facing the board. The front in spitting distance of the teacher, and the rest with a perfect view of their shaggy haired, greasy headed classmates. For […]

WO match making

May 9, 2018 9:23am | Maggie O'Brien, Maddy Eppard

WO students Maggie O’Brien and Maddy Eppard attempt to match the perfect couple at WO.   How we made the matches: On Thursday afternoon, we sent out a survey. Questions ranged from “Do you like cupcakes or muffins?” to “What are your interests?”  We asked […]

Holland youth of the year

April 27, 2018 9:58am | Maddy Eppard

Jr. Aalihya Harmon walks up to the stage as excitement and awe rushes over her.  She approaches the microphone to make a speech, and her mind cycles through all the hard work that brought her to this point. She thinks of the meetings spent preparing […]