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Seniors Launch Western’s 15th Annual Model Congress

Seniors Launch Western’s 15th Annual Model Congress

Staff Reports

March 12, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

Being a senior at WAHS comes with many new opportunities and responsibilities as compared to previous grades. One of the largest, if not largest, is Western’s annual Model Congress event, which is 15 years old today. Seniors, through their U.S. Government classes,  are sent to organize a simulation...

Students and Admin Present Parking Possibilities

Students and Admin Present Parking Possibilities

William Peritz, News Editor

February 7, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase, Student Life

Parking has been a source of frustration and mild inconvenience for several juniors and seniors that are allowed to drive their cars to school. It can be a challenge to secure a parking pass for yourself, due to the relatively low number of spots available. Once a spot is obtained, it can also be difficult...

County Council Seeks to Improve Schools

County Council Seeks to Improve Schools

Kathryn Steenburgh, Copy Editor

January 31, 2019


Filed under News

Once a month, the eight students on the County Student Advisory Council- two freshmen, two sophomores, one junior, and three seniors- leave during their first period of the day. They spend a few hours talking about school issues and plans with their peers from Monticello and Albemarle and return to Western...

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...

Staff Celebrates No-Shave November

Staff Celebrates No-Shave November

Sidney Jackson, Managing Editor

December 18, 2018


Filed under Latitudes, News

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

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 ...