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Evelyn Garey awarded for acting and activism

Evelyn Garey awarded for acting and activism

Abigail Connelly, Copy Editor

December 18, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

Senior Evelyn Garey’s theatrical performance earned her the Best Actor award for the VHSL performance of “Tuna Fish Eulogy”. She performed with the Western Drama group at Monticello High School in late October, later putting on a public performance at Western on November 9th. Garey is fami...

School celebrates No-shave November

School celebrates No-shave November

Sidney Jackson, Managing Editor

December 18, 2018


Filed under Latitudes, News, Showcase

No-shave November, sometimes known as 'Movember', is a month-long event in which men surrender their razors and let their hair flow freely. Though many guys see this event  as a friendly competition with buddies to see who can grow the longest or bushiest beards, the real reason behind No-shave N...

“The Hate U Give” Forum Sparks Discussion

“The Hate U Give” Forum Sparks Discussion

Rachel Schweitzer, Staff Writer

December 6, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

"The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas has sparked discussions and forums centered around the topic of racial discrimination in America. Students at Western planned to meet in the library to further build on this subject, run by faculty members Ms. Laux and Ms. Archey, as well as Mr. Hughes’ Big Idea Club....

The Government Takes On Juul

The Government Takes On Juul

Jessica Klees, Editor-in-Chief

November 1, 2018


Filed under Features, News

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...

New Tri-Lab Stirs Discussion

New Tri-Lab Stirs Discussion

Eva Massarelli, Feature Editor

November 1, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

The modern tri-lab was built over the summer to offer a collaborative lab experience to students at Western Albemarle High School. The purpose of the lab is to get a variety of classes to work together outside the confinements of a traditional class setting. The open space allows for guest speakers and...

Fresh Faces All Around: Assistant Principal Teresa Tyler Joins WAHS Community

Fresh Faces All Around: Assistant Principal Teresa Tyler Joins WAHS Community

Brookelyn Shantler, News Editor

October 25, 2018


Filed under News, Student Life

What is something you’ve been meaning to try but just haven’t gotten around to? It could be any of the new restaurants actually in town. One of my former students opened up a restaurant downtown and I have been meaning to go to that. It’s called Renewal Restaurant and it was opened up by a f...

Fresh Faces All Around: Assistant Principal Will Schaffer Joins WAHS Community

Fresh Faces All Around: Assistant Principal Will Schaffer Joins WAHS Community

Brookelyn Shantler, News Editor

October 25, 2018


Filed under News, Student Life

What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation? The first thing that comes to mind is something military related. It would have to be on how to use a gas mask the right way, and clear it, and then all the things you can do once it’s on because a lot of the times ...

Amanda Green, Social Studies

Amanda Green, Social Studies

Alex Noth, Staff Writer

October 15, 2018


Filed under News

What is your background?  I am from Lynchburg. I went to the University of Georgia, and I majored in Social Studies Education. I taught mostly Government and Economics for four years in Georgia. My husband Tyler and I moved here, and a couple of months later our first son Reid was born. Now, we ha...

Taylor Holder, Earth Science

Taylor Holder, Earth Science

Harrison Miracle, Staff Writer

October 15, 2018


Filed under News

What’s your background? - I attended the College of Charleston where I played soccer and studied marine biology. I later worked as a fisheries biologist, then finally went to UVA to get my masters in teaching.   What jobs did you have before this one? - I was first an ice cream scooper, th...

What Happened to AP Tests at WAHS?

What Happened to AP Tests at WAHS?

August Lamb, Editor-in-Chief

October 11, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

As many students have already heard, big changes are coming to how AP tests are administered at Western. College Board is testing these modifications, creatively named the 2018-19 AP Implementation, on 800 high schools in the United States, including WAHS. The three main changes include online registra...

Paula Archey, Librarian

Paula Archey, Librarian

Aleena Patel, Staff Writer

October 9, 2018


Filed under News

Where are you from? I am from Springfield, Massachusetts. I lived in a neighborhood called Sixteen Acres.   What is your background?/ What jobs did you have before this? I was a first-year experience librarian for the last four years at the University of Virginia (UVA), a middle scho...