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  • County Approves WAHS Cell Tower
  • Too Juul for School?
  • Ralph Northam Wins Mock Election
  • Women’s Studies Offers Students a New Perspective
  • Mountain Biking Team Travels Old Trails
  • County Approves WAHS Cell Tower

    County Approves WAHS Cell Tower

    Julianne Kirby, Assistant News Editor

    November 3, 2017

    It is generally understood that cellular service at Western is horrible. Most students know a few spots in the building where they can catch a bar or two, but communicating with anyone outside of the school can be a significant challenge even within these pockets of cellular relief. However, the county...

  • Too Juul for School?

    Too Juul for School?

    Caroline Lund, Staff Writer

    November 3, 2017

    Just so everyone knows, juuling in the bathroom is not at all discrete. Three people in one stall is a dead giveaway that something’s up, and no one thinks you’re in there sharing secrets. I know tons of people who juul, and I’m sure you do, too. In fact, I hear people asking for “more ...

    Photo By: August Lamb, Talley Johnston, and Caroline Lund

  • Ralph Northam Wins Mock Election

    Ralph Northam Wins Mock Election

    From Staff Reports

    November 2, 2017

    In the second day of the 2017 WAHS mock election, all three Democratic candidates prevailed.   12th grade government students worked hard to put together their own version of the election for their fellow students to vote in this week. As curious students filed into the Global Studies area ...

    Savannah Wilson hands Mr. Mullins an informational flyer on candidate John Adams.

    Photo By: Maeci Frank

  • Women’s Studies Offers Students a New Perspective

    Women’s Studies Offers Students a New Perspective

    Jessica Klees, News Editor

    October 30, 2017

    A new addition to the multitude of courses offered at WAHS is a class that some students might question, but others feel is very necessary: Women’s Studies. Taught by English teacher Monica Laux, Women’s Studies explores historical and current issues surrounding gender, in the United States and...

    Thomas Jackson, in his Spirit Week garb, shows off artwork done for a Woman of the Week activity

    Photo By: Annalee Durland-Jones

  • Mountain Biking Team Travels Old Trails

    Mountain Biking Team Travels Old Trails

    Caroline Lund, Staff Writer

    October 25, 2017

    This year, the overgrown cross-country trail behind Western has taken on a new identity. Footprints have disappeared and tire marks now cover the surface of the path. The new mountain biking team has finally put the forgotten trail to use. The Miller School started a youth mountain biking league in Virg...

News

ESA Galapagos Trip

ESA Galapagos Trip

Natalie Raab, Staff Writer

November 4, 2017

The senior ESA class reminisce about their trip to the Galapagos. A ten-day trip, eight of which spent on the islands of the Galapagos, were “cool and a really fun experience” Sophie Peng said. This...

County Approves WAHS Cell Tower

County Approves WAHS Cell Tower

November 3, 2017

It is generally understood that cellular service at Western is horrible. Most students know a few spots...

Superintendent Moran Announces Retirement

Superintendent Moran Announces Retirement

November 3, 2017

Dr. Pamela Moran, superintendent of Albemarle County Public Schools since 2006, has announced her decision...

Global Studies Students Learn Around the World

Global Studies Students Learn Around the World

November 3, 2017

The shift from monotone cinderblock and rows of desks to removable walls, dry-erase tables, rolly chairs,...

Sports

Golf Explained for Dummies

Golf Explained for Dummies

Eva Massarelli, Features Editor

November 15, 2017

Marion Alcaro, a senior girl on the Western golf team sat down with a clueless-about-golf staff member at the Western Hemisphere to explain the game. The goal of golf is to be the player with the lowest...

Boys Cross Country Team Running Back To States

Boys Cross Country Team Running Back To States

November 3, 2017

The boy’s varsity cross country team is off to a very strong start. The team already has two wins o...

Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams Dominate in Regional Championship

November 3, 2017

This week in Lexington, Virginia, both the Western Albemarle boys and girls cross country teams won t...

Volleyball Kills It

Volleyball Kills It

November 3, 2017

The Warriors came into this Volleyball season with high expectations after graduating several seniors...

Student Life

ESA Hits its Fourth Year

ESA Hits its Fourth Year

Rosie Dougherty-Herrmann, Interactives Editor

November 3, 2017

This fall, the first class of ESA students started their senior year. Now, for the first time students in all four grades are enrolled in ESA. These students have taken two s...

SPCA Fetches Hurricane Harvey Survivors

SPCA Fetches Hurricane Harvey Survivors

November 3, 2017

Spirit Week Kicks Off

Spirit Week Kicks Off

October 6, 2017

A&E

Taylor Swift’s Singles Receive Mixed Reviews

Taylor Swift’s Singles Receive Mixed Reviews

Sophie O'Donnell, Staff Writer

November 3, 2017

With the new release of Taylor Swift’s singles, “Look What You Made Me Do” and “... Ready For It?” and highly anticipated “Reputation” album set to drop in Novem...

Tennis Takes the Stage

Tennis Takes the Stage

November 3, 2017

With less than 100 people packed into the tiny but unique venue that is The Southern Cafe and Music Hall,...

A Review of “Kingsman: The Golden Circle

A Review of “Kingsman: The Golden Circle

October 30, 2017

“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” was released in theaters in September.  It takes place in the UK afte...

The Perfect Soundtrack For Your Summer

June 1, 2017

Summer is the season of warm weather, days at the beach, and car rides with the windows down. This playlist...

Opinion

A PSA On PDA

A PSA On PDA

Franny Noll, Assistant Student Life Editor

November 4, 2017

Dear Students, “Students should show self-respect and a sense of self-pride and refrain from inappropriate physical displays of affection. Excessive PDA will result in disciplinary action.” This excerpt from page 33 in the WAHS student handbook says it all. It is explicitly stated that under...

Alt-Right Isn’t Alright

Alt-Right Isn’t Alright

November 4, 2017

The Unite the Right rally took place in Emancipation Park on August 12th and ended in the death of a counter-protester and intensified the division of...

Too Juul for School?

Too Juul for School?

November 3, 2017

Just so everyone knows, juuling in the bathroom is not at all discrete. Three people in one stall is a dead giveaway that something’s up, and no one th...

Powderpuff Problems

Powderpuff Problems

November 3, 2017

Powderpuff is the same every year. The same girls sign up, make a big deal about it, and it’s pretty much a given that the seniors will win. But why d...

Latitudes

Mammal of the Month: Porcupine

Mammal of the Month: Porcupine

William Peritz, Latitudes Editor

November 3, 2017

Welcome to the running series known as Mammal of the Month, returning for a second of many years to the Western Hemisphere. Once per issue, we’ll take a journey deep into...

Teacher’s Pets

Teacher’s Pets

May 11, 2017

Fenway has a tight schedule, and it will be respected. He needs a walk at precisely 6 a.m., by none other...

Mammal Of The Month: May 2017

Mammal Of The Month: May 2017

May 4, 2017

The main goal here at the Mammal of the Month writer’s desk is to shine a light into all corners of...

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