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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...

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...

Sarah Terrill, Math

Sarah Terrill, Math

Lily Marcel, Staff Writer

October 4, 2018


Filed under News

What’s your background? I started off as a teacher at Lee Davis High School in Richmond teaching precalculus, Algebra, and Geometry. Just normal math classes. After about 10 years there, I moved to Hanover High School and was there for a couple more years. Then after that we moved back to Crozet...

Alison Phanthavong, English

Alison Phanthavong, English

Michal Kipnis, Staff Writer

October 4, 2018


Filed under News

What is your background? My family is originally from Laos, in Southeast Asia. My parents immigrated in the 1980’s and were refugees during the Vietnam war. I grew up in Northern Virginia, which is where my 14-year-old brother and family currently live. My younger brother is still in High School...

Film Studies Starts the Year with the Classics

Film Studies Starts the Year with the Classics

Eva Massarelli, Feature Editor

October 2, 2018


Filed under News

It is an exciting start to the school year with Mr. Hughes rollin’ out those reels. He teaches the film class at Western, where students of all grades watch movies and learn the skills it takes to make films. He started out the year by watching a few ten minute silent movies and now has escalated in...