News from West Ottawa High School

October 2018 Update From The Principal

October 2018 Update from the Principal


Dear Parents, Students, and WOHS Community,

It has been an exciting start to the school year with amazing things happening in the classrooms and beyond.  The Class of 2022 has done a wonderful job transitioning to the high school and we look forward to seeing all of our students become College, Career & Life Ready.

5 WOHS Seniors Recognized as National Merit Semifinalists

The top 1% of seniors from across the entire United States are recognized annually through the National Merit Scholarship Program.  Out of 1.6 million students, 16,000 are selected as National Merit Semifinalists.  West Ottawa High School is home to five of these students this year.  Congratulations to the following students for being named National Merit Semifinalists this year:

Tyler Chau

Brooke Drost

Derek Maas

Elizabeth Snider

Anna Warsaw


Each of these five students will now compete to become National Merit Finalists in the spring.  It is worth noting that only one other school in West Michigan had at least five National Merit Semifinalists this year, and there were only ten total in the entire county.  Therefore, 50% of all National Merit Semifinalists in Ottawa County attend WOHS.

Anti-Bullying Week

Last week, West Ottawa High School students participated in our annual Anti-Bullying Week.  The WOHS PBIS team of teachers and WO Renaissance students worked together and created meaningful activities for each day.  Here were the themes from the week.:

Monday – Empathy

Tuesday – Living in a Digital World

Wednesday – Mental Wellness

Thursday – Healthy Relationships

Friday – Upstanders, Agents of Change


Juniors to take PSAT/NMSQT on October 10

On October 10, all 11th grade students will be taking the PSAT/NMSQT at West Ottawa High School.  As with all college readiness assessments, our students should take the PSAT/NMSQT seriously and put fort their best effort.  This assessment is a great tool in preparation for the SAT which they will take in April.  Also, the PSAT/NMSQT is the assessment used to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship.

2018 Wohs Grad named michigan Ap student of the year

Britney Ky, Class of 2018, was recently named the top female Advanced Placement student in the state of Michigan for the school year 2017-18.  The State AP Scholar Award is only given to the top male and female in each state.  Britney took 15 exams and earned an average score of 4.33.  Britney now attends Stanford University.


Britney Ky

FOX 17 & WZZM 13 Visit WOHS

On consecutive Friday mornings, WOHS hosted local television stations for live broadcasts.  On September 7, FOX 17 was at WOHS as part of their Food Fight Fridays.  WOHS collected 1,672 pounds of non-perishable food items that were donated to Feeding America -West Michigan through the FOX 17 initiative.


On September 14, WZZM 13 was live from the WOHS Gym for Sunrise Sidelines.  Many WOHS clubs and activities were highlighted during the segment.  Special thanks to the WOHS Pep Band, WOBOT and the WO Cheerleaders for their spirit during both of the events!

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