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The Government Takes On Juul

The Government Takes On Juul

Jessica Klees, Editor-in-Chief

November 1, 2018


Filed under Features, News, Showcase

The federal government began investigations into the use of electronic cigarettes and vapes last year. Recently, however, some more severe measures have been enacted. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is increasing regulations for vape production, especially for young people. In a statement released...

Evolution Of The Juul

Evolution Of The Juul

Frances Noll and Jack Reichert

November 1, 2018


Filed under Features, News, Showcase

The nicotine craze isn’t new to the world of high school, but what is different now is the small rectangular “Juul.” The Juul has started a giant, unstoppable trend across high schools and universities in America. Vapes became relevant in our community around 2 or 3 years ago. Before then, none...

Students Discuss School Safety Procedures

Students Discuss School Safety Procedures

Jessica Klees, News Editor

March 28, 2018


Filed under Features, News

There has been a strong response in our community to the events of February 14, in which a gunman killed seventeen people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Students, as well as members of the administration, have been sharing ways to improve safety at at our school. Ju...

Wellness Ambassadors Encourage Change

Wellness Ambassadors Encourage Change

Jessica Klees, News Editor

March 16, 2018


Filed under Features, News

There is a club at WAHS that has recently been making some huge changes surrounding student well-being, specifically involving drugs and alcohol this year. Wellness Club’s mission is to bring representation to these problems and overall achieve a happier and stronger community. It was originally st...

Shhhould the Silent Study Hall Become Permanent?

Shhhould the Silent Study Hall Become Permanent?

Talley Johnston, Editor in Chief

January 19, 2018


Filed under Features, Opinion, Showcase

The stereotype of a high school library is dark, dusty, dead silent room staffed with librarians who are always “shhhhh”ing students if they even breathe. However, the library at Western is the opposite.  It has skylights, people are walking through, you can eat, and you do not have to be quiet...

Student Initiative 

Talley Johnston, Editor in Chief

January 19, 2018


Filed under Features, Uncategorized

Students of Albemarle County and specifically Western Albemarle High School have noticed that mental health is a growing issue and have taken the initiative to help find a solution.  They want to increase the awareness in the schools and the resources for mental health.  Students have been reaching o...

ESA Hits its Fourth Year

ESA Hits its Fourth Year

Rosie Dougherty-Herrmann, Interactives Editor

November 3, 2017


Filed under Features, Student Life

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 sciences every year as part of the academy. There were originally 24 students in the first class, but with some students taking i...

A(P)ril Showers May Bring a 5

A(P)ril Showers May Bring a 5

Madeleine Andrews, Managing Web Editor

May 4, 2017


Filed under Features, News, Showcase

There comes a time when the joy of Spring Break has faded away, and students are left with the daunting fact that Advanced Placement exams are charging towards them. All year students have taken their AP classes and faced the stress, knowing that by the end of May the class would slow down. But when...

Slice of Home: Thanksgiving Recipes from Students

Slice of Home: Thanksgiving Recipes from Students

Eva Massarelli and Tim DeSimone

November 23, 2016


Filed under Features

In this online Feature, we explore recipes from home. Compiled here are a short collection from Western students, some handed down for generations. We hope that they may find a place at your table this Holiday season.

Pumpkin Cake Roll

Pumpkin Cake Roll

Sophie Creager-Roberts, Staff Writer

November 23, 2016


Filed under Features

“It’s special to me because I don’t have to make it and it tastes really good.”

Abbie Norton’s Church Salad

Abbie Norton’s Church Salad

Julianne Kirby, Staff Writer

November 23, 2016


Filed under Features

“It’s kind of a salad, but mostly a desert. My great aunt used to make this at every family gathering.”

Heon’s Peach Crisp

Heon’s Peach Crisp

Tim DeSimone, Co-Editor in Chief

November 23, 2016


Filed under Features

“This dish has been handed down for generations. We always have it, and here’s a story about why it matters to me.”