Digging deeper

Digging deeper

Aliyah Austin, Copy Editor
June 1, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Since this is my last hoorah, I feel the need to take a different approach to my senior column. If you know me, this should come as no surprise. During my time at GHHS, I’ve realized my passion for fighting for the underdogs and expressing the struggles of those without an outlet to do so. I woul...

Road to refuge: Grand Haven student relives journey from Guatemala to the U.S.

Road to refuge: Grand Haven student relives journey from Guatemala to the U.S.

Aliyah Austin, Copy Editor
March 13, 2017
Filed under Feature, Top Stories

 Crocodiles slithered towards the family paddling through the murky river on a worn-out inflatable motor boat. Their eyes glinted as they watched the boat float away, ready to attack.           Each crocodile possessed 24 sharp, yellowed teeth meant to grasp and crush its victim. Each wielde...

School district takes “slow and steady path” in mental illness initiative

School district takes “slow and steady path” in mental illness initiative

Aliyah Austin, Copy Editor
February 16, 2017
Filed under Feature, News

“I’ll start,” a woman across from me said after a moment of silence. She sat upright and rested her arms on the round table. “I’m here because, in 2014, my brother took his life.” The man to my right, Wade VanBragt, stared at his phone as we talked. He forced himself to look up when it w...

Surviving suicide

Surviving suicide

Aliyah Austin, Copy Editor
February 16, 2017
Filed under Feature

After he read the text message, senior AJ Melton’s bird-like frame crumpled on the sidewalk in front of Jumpin’ Java Coffee House. His sobs sliced through the calm June air. Memories of Melton’s friend Gabby flooded his mind. He remembered splashing around with her in Lake Michigan. As she...

Hundreds protested appointment of Betsy Devos in Holland on Jan. 28

Hundreds protested appointment of Betsy Devos in Holland on Jan. 28

Aliyah Austin, Copy Editor
January 29, 2017
Filed under Briefs, Briefs, News

A march against the appointment of Betsy Devos to the office of Secretary of Education took place at Centennial Park in Holland on Jan. 28. The protest went from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and participants numbered into the hundreds. Billionaire DeVos is a philanthropist, businesswoman and former chairwoman of the...

Jan. 9 Town Hall on Suicide updates community on state of mental health

Jan. 9 Town Hall on Suicide updates community on state of mental health

Aliyah Austin, Copy Editor
January 13, 2017
Filed under Briefs, News

Non-profit social lab Extended Grace hosted a Town Hall meeting on suicide on Monday, Jan. 9 at the Community Center. This was the fourth Town Hall on Mental Illness. “Last year, the community was reeling from the budgetary cuts to Community Mental Health, as well as growing alarm regarding sui...

J. Cole’s album “4 Your Eyez Only” explores race in new way

J. Cole’s album “4 Your Eyez Only” explores race in new way

Aliyah Austin, Copy Editor
December 19, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Top Stories

J. Cole’s album “4 Your Eyez Only,” released a week ago, is a purposefully artful, raw depiction of what it means to be black in the 21st century. Simply put, Cole’s first release since 2014’s “Forest Hills Drive” is beautiful. That’s not a term typically associated with a rap album....

Culture is not a costume

Culture is not a costume

Aliyah Austin, Copy Editor
November 1, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Sitting at my aunt’s feet, I slouched against the stained brown couch. Her dark hands tugged at my kinky curls. She detangled each ringlet, prepping my hair for cornrows. Once I was tangle-free, she divided my hair into small sections and started braiding. I distracted myself from the smell of Dollar...

Klinging to adventure

Klinging to adventure

Aliyah Austin, Life Editor
March 28, 2016
Filed under Feature, Top Stories

Under the yellow light of the library, media specialist Gloria Klinger slips past stacks of books. After gently placing tattered novels back in their homes, she meanders through the room and pauses at each table. “Good morning,” she says in a gentle voice. With a soft smile, she strolls to...

Stranded in the Andes

Aliyah Austin, Life Editor
February 17, 2016
Filed under Feature, Opinion

I found myself stranded in the Andes. The mountains stretched up into the hazy heavens and I was drowning in electric blue. I wanted to reach toward the sky to capture the infinite freedom of the pearl clouds and the flaming sun. I was 15 and I had no idea why the hell I was there or how I mana...

The ghetto people next door

Aliyah Austin, Life Editor
December 7, 2015
Filed under Opinion

The weathered blue planks of my aunt’s apartment building jutted out at me as I ambled up the grimy steps. Thinking back to our conversation from a few months ago,  I stepped over the browned blood splatter. I could imagine her with her long brown hair pulled back in a lazy pony tail, laying on th...

Homecoming court senior Hannah Kenny

Homecoming court senior Hannah Kenny

Aliyah Austin, Life Editor
October 11, 2015
Filed under Feature

Moving through the Merendon Mountains, a little boy in jeans and a blue and gold striped shirt latched onto senior Hannah Kenny’s hand. His feet were bare, yet he cradled her hand and rubbed it between his delicate palms as though she were the one that needed the warmth. As they wandered through the Ho...

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