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WO Alumni

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 […]

Alumni share their IB experience

January 14, 2016 10:02am | Caitlin Walsh

On Thursday, December 17, WOHS Alumni who took part in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) came to speak about their experiences to interested underclassman. The IB program is designed as a two-year education for setting high standards and highlighting creative and critical thinking […]

Tips for college from WO alumni

November 23, 2015 10:50am | Lily Kilpatrick

Jessica breathes a sigh of relief after unpacking her last box. It is finally time to start her first year of college and she is already feeling a little homesick. Rumors had floated to her ears earlier in the summer that the transition between high […]

United States Naval Academy experience

November 2, 2015 8:47pm | Emily Wallace

She sent out the envelope enclosing her last application essentials on a Wednesday afternoon in 2013. Caroline Fender, West Ottawa Alumni of 2013, along with an approximate 10,000 other students, sought one of roughly 1,000 admittance letters. The eleven application steps were daunting at first; […]

A Career in Art? It’s Possible!

October 19, 2015 6:40pm | Aashi Chhabra

Choosing art as a career? It’s possible! Just look at Jeff Blandford. A West Ottawa alumni and a successful entrepreneur, Blandford has his own art gallery, is the owner of an organic farm with 5 barn studios on property and is even a visiting artist […]