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WAHS Goes All Natural for No-Shave November

Silas Frayser (left) and Billy Livermon (right) are two seniors who are participating in No-Shave November

Talley Johnston

November 23, 2015

As you walk around WAHS, you may have noticed more scruff than usual. In general, the WAHS student body shows a large amount of support every year for No-Shave November. No-Shave November is a non-profit, online organization devoted to cancer awareness.  People who are growing out their own hair are ...

Violet Crown Offers A New Movie Experience

The Violet Crown’s restaurant and bar takes cinema concessions to a whole new level

Lucie Taylor, Staff Writer

November 23, 2015

The Violet Crown Cinema opened on Friday, October 30th in the spot formerly occupied by the Regal theater that closed nearly a year ago. Violet Crown Cinemas has two other locations in Austin, TX and Santa Fe, NM. I went to see "Truth" there to check out the place and try to answer some of the q...

Warriors At Work In The Real World

Leather made from stingrays.

Lucie Taylor

October 14, 2015

Noelle Stith is a WAHS senior who is interning at the Curatorial Department of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello this year. “It’s a cool opportunity to get a backstage look at Monticello,” she said. Every Sunday she works in the house keeping records of artifacts and their condition, as well as...

The Other Side of the Story: WAHS Student Returns from Year in Germany

Lauren Kearns standing in front of the Brandenburg Gate.

Pauline Gilbert

October 12, 2015

Just as many Europeans come to the United States, many American students also go to Europe as exchange students! That’s what WAHS student Lauren Kearns did, last year, by spending a whole year in Berlin, Germany. “I couldn’t speak any German, but I had always been fascinated by Germany,” she ...

Trivia Crack: An Infographic

Sam Lesemann, Opinion Editor

February 6, 2015

Trivia Crack, the new quiz app, is an addiction. People love it, and it's shot up the charts on Android Store and the App Store. However, Trivia Crack is far from a repository of human knowledge. The questions are often easy, weirdly specific, or just plain wrong and everyone who plays cheats or lies...

Book Review: The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Eme Massarelli, Operations Editor

October 19, 2014

The Five People You Meet In Heaven, written by Mitch Albom, takes place at an old amusement park called Ruby Pier, where maintenance man Eddie dies in a freak accident on his birthday. After his death, Eddie must face the five people who had a major impact on his life. Through a series of flashbacks, Eddie ...

Music Reviews: Walk The Moon and HAIM

Music Reviews: Walk The Moon and HAIM

Morgan Broadus

October 19, 2014

Walk The Moon: Forming in 2008, Walk The Moon started out as a young, indie-pop band from the roots of Cincinnati, Ohio. Members Nicholas Petricca, Kevin Ray, Sean Waugaman, and Eli Maiman have taken the indie scene by storm. Releasing a total of three albums so far, their fourth album, Talking Is...

Jell-O Haikus

A diverse array of everyone's favorite gelatin-based snack.

Ian Mckechnie

June 4, 2014

Jell-o, how are you? I ate a lot of Jell-o And wrote some haikus They won’t be useful, Practically speaking. But, still, I hope you enjoy Postscript: These are weird I wrote them in exam week Do not pass judgment Lemon: So-called “evil” fruit But I say: you are simple, Beautifully...

College Corner: Appalachian State University

Zach Mandell, Editor-in-Chief

February 14, 2014

Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina has “mountains, rivers, lakes, flowers, snow, wildlife, rednecks, moonshine, football, baseball, rock climbing, backpacking, and hiking,” according to Western alumnus Calvin Wheat.  If that list doesn’t entice you, you might consider spending you...

Death of a Squirrel

Death of a Squirrel

Nathaniel Hashisaki and Annie Lorenzoni

December 13, 2013

This autumn has brought an increasing amount of tiny obstacles to be seen scattered across the road. These obstacles are more commonly known as squirrels. The bodies of these miniscule creatures can be seen crushed everywhere, even the WAHS parking lot. Recently, after practice, a certain student w...

Pizza Rolls: Heaven’s Preferred Pseudo-Italian Snack

Pizza Rolls: Heaven's Preferred Pseudo-Italian Snack

Abby Wheat

December 13, 2013

If you’re anything like me, you thoroughly enjoy junk food. And not just your run of the mill potato chips and soda. Real, chemically generated, possibly cancer-inducing junk food. Totino’s Pizza Rolls are the epitome of unhealthiness. Uncoincidentally, they are also my favorite snack. Why would anyone ev...

In Staunch Defense of the Bagel Bite

In Staunch Defense of the Bagel Bite

Amalia Garcia-Pretelt, Staff Writer

November 25, 2013

There is no sight more beautiful than that of a bagel bite coming fresh out of the microwave oven. The bagel bite is the epitome of what after-school snacks should be and why anyone would settle for a lesser finger food is baffling. Bagel Bites come in six gourmet flavors including three cheese, chee...