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Corona Virus Concerns Force Schools to Close

Corona Virus Concerns Force Schools to Close

William Peritz and Staff Reports

March 13, 2020

Governor Ralph Northam has ordered all public schools in Virginia to be closed for a minimum of two weeks in response to the recent and rapidly developing spread of COVID-19, otherwise known as the Coronavirus. According to reports from NBC 29, Northam’s Friday, March 13th announcement has mandated ...

Is TikTok Safe?

Is TikTok Safe?

Aleena Patel and Ellie Shaps

March 13, 2020

We all know the app that has influenced our lives: TikTok. Everywhere we go, we see people mindlessly recreating viral dances and singing the fragments of the songs that have swept the nation. For most users, TikTok is always on their minds, but most don’t know what goes on behind the scenes. TikTok,...

Why ACPS closes for Winter Weather

Why ACPS closes for Winter Weather

Sidney Jackson, Editor-in-Chief

March 11, 2020

From a student’s perspective, no school means a relaxing day off. For parents, it often means having to miss work. Sometimes the reason for the snow day isn’t obvious. Do we really know the reason why school is cancelled when there seems to be a lack of snow in the area? Often times even though...

AP vs. IB

AP vs. IB

Rosie Dougherty-Herrmann, A&E Editor

March 9, 2020

Western offers a variety of AP classes which students can choose from, but AP is not the only system available for students wanting to take advanced or college level classes. One such other program, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme, is a two-year-long program for juniors and seniors....

Individualism Meets High School: The ACPS Center Model

Individualism Meets High School: The ACPS Center Model

Rowan Thompson and Ellie Shaps

January 27, 2020

Two years ago, Albemarle County was faced with an issue: overcrowding in high schools was causing disruptions all across the county. They came up with two viable options. The first was to build a whole new high school, which had the potential to be extremely disruptive. New sports teams would have needed...

Work Up An Appetite

Work Up An Appetite

Darrah Sheehan, Staff Writer

January 1, 2020

A long-standing tradition for many families, friends, and even young children in the Charlottesville and Crozet area is waking up early to run the Boar’s Head Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. This 5k takes runners through the many hills and turns of the tree-covered Ednam Forest neighborhood, loca...

Heyer Voices Bring Higher Voices

Heyer Voices Bring Higher Voices

Michal Kipnis, Staff Writer

December 18, 2019

“They tried to kill my daughter to shut her up, well, guess what? You just magnified her.” Heather Heyer’s mother, Susan Bro, said during an event hosted by the Washington Post. The event was meant to remember and honor Heather Heyer, a victim of the traumatic events of August 12, when white suprem...

Virginia State Government Turns Blue

Virginia State Government  Turns Blue

Eva Massarelli, Editor-In-Chief

December 18, 2019

November 5th, 2019 became a historic day for Virginia after Democrats won control of the state government. Talk of Virginia becoming a solidly blue state had never seemed more likely with the governorship already in the hands of the Democrats and with election results leaving the state House and Senate...

Bears Cause a Scare

Bears Cause a Scare

Sidney Jackson, Editor-in-Chief

December 16, 2019

Western Albemarle’s “friendly neighborhood bears” have made at least three visits to our campus in the past few weeks. The group consisted of an adult, most likely a momma bear, and her two cubs. They were spotted on the first day of school, August 21st, and again on September 12th.  When th...

Girl Scout Maeve Ridings Goes for Gold

Girl Scout Maeve Ridings Goes for Gold

Abigail Connelly, News Editor

December 16, 2019

Maeve Ridings has spent the majority of her adolescence being involved in the Girl Scout program. She first got involved when she was five, and has now been a Girl Scout for twelve years. “Girl Scouts provides a space for girls to learn how to have a purpose in the world. There are so many opportunities...

You Shall Not Pass!

You Shall Not Pass!

Brookelyn Shantler, Editor-in-Chief

December 16, 2019

A new library pass policy was put into place as spirit week came to a close. The new pass system is for students who want to sit in the library during study hall only. During class, students are still able to go to the library with a pass from a teacher or counselor. Students are also welcome to come ...

Club Profiles

Rosie Dougherty-Herrmann, A&E Editor

November 8, 2019

Western’s 61 new and returning club leaders gathered together on September 20th to plan for the upcoming year. Many of these leaders have big plans for this year, from hosting speakers to entering global competitions. Some are carrying on the work of past students, while others are laying their own fou...