A Project for Better Journalism chapter


Focus Like a Laser

November 20, 2019 6:14pm | Alexandria Merkerson

You’re not really a Pirate until you’ve walked on 600 and heard social science teacher Matt Smith belt out “Welcome to class.” Even though he’s retiring next year, he doesn’t slack at all on the rules or his cell phone policy. If you get caught […]

Teacher Feature: Lauren Yates

November 20, 2019 6:04pm | Rhianna Brown

“Rewarding, commitment, advocate, and passion” are four adjectives that guidance counselor Lauren Yates uses to describe her job. Yates started her counseling journey at a little farm town school in Quincy, Illinois as a music teacher and band director. Students at Quincy would come to […]

Flash the Fish

November 2, 2018 5:06pm | Lizzy Martinez

Losing a pet is hard, recently special education teacher Ashley Carls had to go through it. Her class Betta Fish, Flash, sadly passed away. “I was sad when he passed away,” said Carls. “I was worried about how my students would take the news.” She […]

Assembly Surprise

November 2, 2018 3:55pm | Kenzie Power

The Ottawa Township High School cheerleaders and their handpicked teachers showed OTHS how the “In My Feelings” challenge is done. During the 2018 homecoming assembly, each cheerleader called down a teacher to walk through the dance for the challenge. Then, they put all their moves […]

Helping Hand from Mr. H

October 9, 2018 3:22pm | Ellie Gallagher

Auto shop teacher, John Hladovak, or “H” as all of his students call him, is teaching one of his students, RJ Cherry, how to check the oil in a car. Hladovak has been the auto shop at OHS for almost a decade, and his favorite […]

Get Your Head in the Game

October 3, 2018 3:44pm | Regan O'Fallon

Senior Matt Mezel proudly displays his cardboard cutout of head football coach Chad Gross. This is Gross’s first year as head football coach. The sign was a huge hit in the student section, and many students competed for their turn to hold Chad’s head for […]

Cafeteria Workers Tell All

October 3, 2018 3:40pm | Regan O'Fallon

Everyday they arrive before school, and spend the morning preparing food for a school of almost 1,500 students. Cafeteria workers are simply underrated members of the staff, and they put in more work than some students realize. Despite what you may think, the work that […]

Humans of Rm. 911

October 3, 2018 3:27pm | Lizzy Martinez

In Room 911, there are pictures of people’s life stories and pictures all over the wall. English teacher, Erin Byrd, made a project for her students to do based on the website humansofnewyork.com. The website was created by Brandon Stanton, who goes through New York […]

New Teachers 2018

September 28, 2018 3:38pm | Kaitlyn Wilson

They woke up in fear because it was their first day of high school.  On the way to school they pondered about who would be in their classes and wondered about who they would sit with at lunch.  Then they all gave a sigh of […]