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

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

Aliyah Austin, Reporter

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, Reporter

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...

Aaron Blain’s booming excitement entertains kids

Aaron Blain’s booming excitement entertains kids

Madeline Monroe, Reporter

February 7, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Feature, Top Stories

Unlike the stereotypical history class, teacher Aaron Blain’s is full of excitement. When entering his room students are up and talking. A group of kids stands by the door talking about last night's assignment and what they are doing after school. Another group sits on the desks whining about how much...

Hey Chicago, whaddya say!

Hey Chicago, whaddya say!

Chris Hudson, Editor in Chief

December 15, 2016


Filed under Feature, Sports, Top Stories

A select few get the opportunity to have a special tour of the Windy City, especially being able to have one for the Chicago Cubs facilities and beloved Wrigley Field in their lifetime, but seven Grand Haven High school Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) officers and adviser Chad Jettner had ju...

Sikh(ing) acceptance

Caitlin Shampine, Life Editor

December 13, 2016


Filed under Feature, Top Stories

Take one look at Rajvir Ghotra’s inviting hazel eyes and one can tell he isn’t the average teenager. He is deeper, more intelligent in the ways of social acceptance. Ghotra is a Sikh, which means he is a part of a monotheistic religion originating from the Indian region of Punjab. This is a...

#AdamsActs

#AdamsActs

Jack Nicholson, Reporter

November 1, 2016


Filed under Feature, News, Top Stories

October is known for celebrating homecoming, Halloween, and many other fall festivities. However, there is something much greater during this month that deserves more attention. After a spectacular win for the Bucs' soccer team, taking home the regional trophy in 1992, star player Adam Provencal en...

Rah, rah, WRONG

Rah, rah, WRONG

Julia Drabczyk, Reporter

November 1, 2016


Filed under Feature, Top Stories

When something gets you down, make a T-shirt about it. This was senior Kathryn Jaeger's mindset when a video was posted on Facebook that bashed on Jaeger about how she sang the buccaneer fight song after the first pep assembly. It was mentioned that the song sounded more like a musical rather than a fi...

Lakeshore Athena Organization awards Principal Tracy Wilson

Lakeshore Athena Organization awards Principal Tracy Wilson

Alexis VanSingel, News Editor

October 28, 2016


Filed under Feature, News, Top Stories

In a room full of nervous energy, Principal Tracy Wilson chatted among her family and colleagues. All at once, the place began to die down as a guest speaker spoke through a microphone, describing a woman who spent the first 10 years of her career as a mathematics and physical education teacher whil...

420 seniors graduate in 2016 commencement ceremony

420 seniors graduate in 2016 commencement ceremony

Alexis VanSingel, News Editor

May 27, 2016


Filed under Feature, News, Top Stories

What Happened? Last night, family and friends came out to the 140th graduation ceremony for the class of 2016. 420 seniors walked across the stage to receive diplomas commencing their high school career. The Scene The event held a melancholy and exciting atmosphere. The blue and gold bleache...

Klinging to adventure

Klinging to adventure

Aliyah Austin, Reporter

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...

More than MS

More than MS

Abby Reyenga, Reporter

March 27, 2016


Filed under Feature, Top Stories

On a warm summer day, junior Izzy Villanueva rolled over on her fluffy white comforter and groggily looked around her room with light pink walls and beige carpet, she glanced quickly at her beloved blue lava lamp. She then started to realize her leg was asleep. She massaged her leg trying to wake it up. A...