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Evil side of college athletics

May 23, 2017 12:12pm | Travis Bethke

College athletic programs grab high school students, lure them with scholarship money, and watch them chase after the education they so generously offered. This is not what colleges want the public thinking, but it is the reality.   The reason for attending a college is to […]

Alone in America: Yessica Garcia

March 28, 2017 6:46am | Lexi Manning

“As we speak tonight,” President Donald Trump said in his speech, “we are removing gang members, drug dealers, and criminals that threaten our communities and prey on our innocent citizens.” March 1, 2017.   It was 5 o’clock Saturday evening when I met with her. […]

WO alum Paige Trujillo pursues theater at Hope

December 22, 2016 4:46pm | Erin McDonald

In 2012, the West Ottawa Orchestra went on a trip to Disney World. At the time, Paige Truijillo was a sophomore. Disney World is known for guests being able to meet their favorite characters. On that trip, Truijillo saw that there were so many jobs […]

A class that makes learning enjoyable?

December 15, 2016 3:34pm | Connor Purcell

Sr. Cristian Gomez sat in the compact cab of a CAT 745C hauler, operating the complex hydraulic steering system that the 10’Hx20’L machine has to offer; the machine was driven across the CTC parking lot at a sluggish pace due to its sheer size and […]

Ashley Backus: swimming in college

November 28, 2016 3:18pm | Caroline Sisson

Sr. Ashley Backus looked up at the clock hoping, wishing, that it would say what she wanted it to say. It didn’t. She had missed a Division One state cut in the 500 free by a mere two one-hundredths of a second; for those of […]

4,193 miles from home

November 18, 2016 3:15pm | Hailey Warsaw

  Like most students at West Ottawa, Sr. Lindsey Drost gets up early for school. She gets dressed, eats breakfast, and brushes her teeth. She rides the bus to school, chats with friends, and prepares for her classes. The only difference? Drost is currently going […]

I didn’t go to college yet I am successful

November 8, 2016 2:57pm | Nicole Modders

“What college do you want to go to?” “You need to be ready for college.” “College readiness.” “What career do you plan on going to college for?” In high school, college talk can get pretty overwhelming since we’re hearing these phrases nearly every day, especially […]

Hope College: Too close or just right?

October 31, 2016 6:14pm | Madeline Kendall

The Hope College campus is 4.7 miles from West Ottawa High School. For WO alumni who attend Hope, the 4.7 miles feels like the perfect distance.   As West Ottawa graduate and Hope College Soph. Addie VanderZwaag is packing her bag in Gilmore Hall for class […]

Three words. One trip. Sally Davis’ Rio Adventure.

October 14, 2016 4:39pm | Madeline Kendall

West Ottawa alumna Sally Davis walked down the stairs of the tiny airplane into the stunning city of Rio. She could not wait to embark on her  adventure as a volunteer at the summer 2016 Olympics. As she came off the plane into the overheated […]

Why Take a Foreign Language Class?

September 27, 2016 4:45pm | Nicole Modders

  *Tick tock tick tock* *scrolling scrolling scrolling* “How much longer left of this class?” “Is this class almost over?” “I wish I didn’t have to take this class.” Even just being in a foreign language class for 60 min it is almost guaranteed that […]