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Where Are They Going? Class of 2016

Olivia Gallmeyer
June 7, 2016 • 213 views
Filed under Multimedia, News, Showcase

Wondering what the class of 2016 will be up to after graduation day? Check out this StoryMap and find out! Use the arrows to navigate or roll over the left side to see locations.

The Youth Vote

Tim DeSimone, Co-Editor in Chief
May 11, 2016 • 42 views
Filed under News

Two Western Albemarle students have been invited to the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Senior Yerang Ju and junior Greta Bollmeier were among 51 residents shooting for the 29 seats Albemarle County can provide. “You have to be 18, and although I’m not, I will be by the General Election,...

Lamar Giles Visits WAHS

Spencer Stevens, Staff Writer
May 1, 2016 • 40 views
Filed under News

Lamar Giles is the author of the 2015 Edgar Award Nominee “Fake ID,” among other thrillers. His books have been rapidly read and thoroughly enjoyed by many students here at WAHS. On Friday, March 18th, Giles dropped into the library to talk with students about his latest book: Endangered. Book talks usually c...

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Talley Johnston
April 29, 2016 • 48 views
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Many students around WAHS have given up their locks to support people with cancer.  The hair is donated to make wigs, which are then distributed to patients. Some students completely shave their heads with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a charity that raises money for childhood cancer research, while o...

Words With…Teachers? Trivia Team Spells It Out

Words With…Teachers? Trivia Team Spells It Out

Madeleine Andrews
April 20, 2016 • 40 views
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On April 27th, three Western teachers will become students and get tested with trivia in the annual Wordplay Competition. Trivia makes participants acknowledge the information and education they have; thus, this contest is a fun and meaningful way to fundraise for the education of others. It is done through L...

Model Congress Slams the Gavel

Model Congress Slams the Gavel

Emma Duckworth, Staff Writer
March 25, 2016 • 66 views
Filed under News

Model Congress ‘16 came and went, and the results are in. The senior class of 2016 endured countless hours of hard work in preparation for this special occasion. Here’s what happened at this year's annual Model Congress. At the end of the day Mr. Carroll Bickers signed a handful of bills into...

Math IS Dangerous

Math IS Dangerous

Tim DeSimone, Co-Editor in Chief
March 23, 2016 • 70 views
Filed under News

The following is a statement from math teacher Lisa Grove, who is currently recovering from an unfortunate incident in the Western Albemarle parking lot. In an effort to kill the rumors, here is the complete and direct truth. "After a Wednesday morning swim I went to Bodos. Got ticket #48, bill wa...

Podcast Episode 1: Mustafa Al Mukhtar

Podcast Episode 1: Mustafa Al Mukhtar

India Mawn
March 23, 2016 • 108 views
Filed under Audio, Multimedia, News

While many students may just know him as the “tech guy,” or many students may have never even seen him at all, Mustafa Al Mukhtar has more stories to him than anyone knew. He opened up to us during lunch one day, not only about his past, but also about how racism, religion, art, and war have impacted...

Top 10 Reasons to Vote in the Primaries

Lauren Kearns
March 11, 2016 • 52 views
Filed under News

Because it’s your right: According to an article from Borgen Magazine, “Over half of the world lives in a democracy of some kind, but only 15% of all people live in a full democracy and nearly one third of the world lives under an authoritarian leader.” Consider that. There are so many people...

Facilities Expand to Accomodate Growing ESA

Facilities Expand to  Accomodate Growing ESA

Jack Lesemann
March 11, 2016 • 52 views
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Past the west side of the building and across the back staff parking lot, lies a mass of steel and glass which is the site of the new ESA Building. Construction began in September of last year and was aimed to be finished in 120 days, or shortly after the end of the first term of school. “(ESA) plan...

Next Step, Nobel Prize?

Spencer Stevens
March 11, 2016 • 37 views
Filed under News

The Intel Science Talent Search is America’s most renowned pre-college competition. Students submit original research, which is accepted and evaluated by a jury of professional scientists. This competition acknowledges 300 student semifinalists each year. Among this year’s list of student geniuses...

Falconer Soars into School

Falconer Soars into School

Jessica Klees
March 11, 2016 • 72 views
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Drake Haydock, a sophomore, transferred here from Albemarle High School right before winter break. Haydock likes his teachers and fellow students, and how the school is smaller. Overall, he has been having a positive experience. However, that is not what this article is about. Drake Haydock owns a...