News from West Ottawa High School

June 2018 Update from the Principal

As the Class of 2018 walked across the graduation stage this spring, they officially became the most academically and athletically accomplished class in the 61 year history of West Ottawa High School. The 529 graduates in the Class of 2018 combined their talents to produce the most academic awards, the most scholarships earned, the most national merit recognition, and the most athletic championships of any class before them. As educators, parents, and community members, it is important to pause and reflect on the true nature of these accomplishments. These are feats which have never been done before and which may never occur again. The bar has been set high by this class; a standard to which all classes to come may be measured and will strive to reach. The Class of 2018 now stands alone.

Athletic accomplishments
  • The Class of 2018 won 14 OK Red Conference titles, 6 District titles, 5 Regional titles, and 3 State Runner-Up titles during their varsity careers
  • Boys Swim & Dive- Division 1 State Runner Up, best season in school history
  • Boys Basketball- Division 1 State Runner Up, best season in school history
  • Boys Hockey- regional champs, state quarterfinal, best season in school history
  • Boys Football- district champs, state quarterfinal, best season in school history
  • Boys Baseball- district and regional champion, state quarterfinal  
  • Girls Cross Country- state finals, 16 place overall
  • Girls Tennis- regional champs, state finals, 7th place overall
  • Girls Swim & Dive- state finals, 8th place overall
  • Girls Water Polo- state finals, 7th place overall
  • 5 boys athletic teams made it to the state quarterfinals (top 8) or further in 2017-18. This has never been done before at an MHSAA Division 1 school in boys sports.
    academic accomplishments


  •  529 graduates
  • 182 grads finished with a 3.5 or higher (new record)
  • 85 grads earned 750 or more points in our Scholar Rank system (new record)
  • 17 Valedictorians (4.0)
  • 9 Salutatorians (3.99) (new record)
  • 56 grads earned AP Scholar recognition by end of Junior year (new record)
  • 15 National Merit Commended students (new record)
  • 5 National Merit Finalists (new record)
  • 3 National Merit Scholarship Recipients (new record)
  • Over 40% of the class earned college credit while still in high school (new record)
  • $5.1 million in 1st year college scholarships (new record)
  • $19.9 million in total renewable scholarships (new record)
  • 220 first generation students headed to post secondary education opportunities (new record)
  • Dance Marathon student team raised over $35,000 for Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital (new record for any high school in Michigan).
  • Senior Survivor raised over $26,000 for WINWO charity (new record)

Congratulations to all of our seniors and their parents. A huge kudos to our amazing teachers as well for providing the unparalleled educational opportunities at WOHS which allowed these students to achieve at such high levels.

Check out our Class of 2018 graduation day photo gallery here

View the entire Class of 2018 graduation ceremony here

Class of 2018 Top scholars

The Class of 2018 was led by an outstanding group of valedictorians and Salutatorians. These fine students all finished near the top of our Scholar Rank scoring system. The Scholar Rank system takes into account a student’s SAT score, GPA, semester hours of Advanced Placement or IB courses, and semester hours of Dual Enrollment courses. In the end, a mathematical formula based on these factors determines our Top Scholar.

This year’s Top Scholar was Isaac Sierra. Isaac finished with 945 Scholar Rank points by completing 36 semesters of AP and IB courses, 2 semesters of Dual Enrollment courses, scored a 1540 on his SAT, all while maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA.

 watch recognition of vals, sals, and the top scholar here

enrollment info for 2018-19

All families MUST complete Online Registration to secure enrollment for 2018-19. All registration information can be found at

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