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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 […]

West Ottawa throughout the decades

April 26, 2016 2:57pm | Ethan Israels, Kayla Lebster, Fernando Carranza, Mac Strobel

The foundation and progress of the 60’s By Ethan Israels A yellow, scratched, and rusted Caterpillar bulldozer rumbled to life as it rolled off of a trailer parked on 136th Ave. The operator paused and scanned the vast expanse of trees and farmland in front […]

Pardue credits family to success at Aquinas

March 9, 2016 7:10pm | Jessica Dubeau

College Frosh. Kailey Pardue stares intensely at the head pin, clearing her mind before approaching her lane to throw her next ball, which will determine whether or not the Aquinas Women’s bowling team will go to sectionals. Everything right now is on the line. “I […]

Vanderzwaag finds success at University of Michigan

March 2, 2016 10:52am | Jessica Dubeau

the view is blue💙🌀 A video posted by Dani VanderZwaag (@danivanderzwaag) on Jun 20, 2015 at 7:34am PDT During an afternoon practice at the Canham Natatorium, University of Michigan Soph. Dani Vanderzwaag anxiously makes her way up the ladder to the 33-foot platform from which […]

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