The Western Hemisphere

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


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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


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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...

Weighted Grades: The Weight of the World?

Sophie Creager-Roberts and Franny Noll

June 2, 2018


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It has been a topic of discussion throughout ACPS this winter and the county has gone as far as sending a district-wide email sent to students asking us what we think. The students of WAHS share how they feel about the possibility of getting rid of weighted grades. Right now when a student takes an...

Running in Flying Colors

Running in Flying Colors

Brookelyn Shantler, Student Life Editor

June 2, 2018


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On Sunday, May 20th the annual James Sun Color Run will be held at the Western Albemarle track. The James Sun Color Run is an annual two-mile run that takes place every May in order to commemorate the life of James Sun. The two-mile course takes runners through the Western running trails in a large loop ...

Wigs For Warriors Hits Its 4th Year

Wigs For Warriors Hits Its 4th Year

Madeleine Andrews, Editor in Chief

May 16, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

With scissors in hands and ponytails tied tight, volunteers from every grade stepped up to participate in the fourth annual Wigs for Warriors event. A record number of 43 people donated at least eight inches of their hair to Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths, helping provide free wigs for those who are battling...

Western to Create New Fine Arts Hall of Fame

Western to Create New Fine Arts Hall of Fame

Brookelyn Shantler, Student Life Editor

March 30, 2018


Filed under A&E, News

Over the the summer of 2018, Western will be adding a Fine Arts Hall of Fame outside of the auditorium to honor past students and teachers who have made contributions to the arts. It is a way of recognizing the history of Western and people that have done great things in the arts who are a part of o...

Sophomores Reflect on the College Search

Sophomores Reflect on the College Search

Rosie Dougherty-Herrmann, Interactives Editor

March 30, 2018


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Having escaped the stresses of starting a new school but having not quite reached the stress of looking seriously at colleges, sophomores are in a fairly neutral position. However, with Junior year quickly approaching and teachers encouraging students to go above and beyond, pressure builds up easily. Afte...

Students Discuss School Safety Procedures

Students Discuss School Safety Procedures

Jessica Klees, News Editor

March 28, 2018


Filed under Features, News

There has been a strong response in our community to the events of February 14, in which a gunman killed seventeen people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Students, as well as members of the administration, have been sharing ways to improve safety at at our school. Ju...

Wellness Ambassadors Encourage Change

Wellness Ambassadors Encourage Change

Jessica Klees, News Editor

March 16, 2018


Filed under Features, News

There is a club at WAHS that has recently been making some huge changes surrounding student well-being, specifically involving drugs and alcohol this year. Wellness Club’s mission is to bring representation to these problems and overall achieve a happier and stronger community. It was originally st...

Students Participate in National Walkout

Students Participate in National Walkout

Sidney Jackson and Staff Writer

March 14, 2018


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Hundreds of Western students walked out of their classrooms onto the football field for 17 minutes to honor the students whose lives were taken during the recent school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The walkout was put in place to raise awareness for the gun control issue facing ou...