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Get to Know the New Choir Teacher

Get to Know the New Choir Teacher

Brookelyn Shantler, Staff Writer

March 7, 2017


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Amber Blakovich was born and raised in New Jersey. She has an adorable 3-year-old beagle named Copper. “He’s my little dude,” said Ms. Blakovich. She has been singing ever since she can remember. Her parents had her audition for a children’s choir when she was in 3rd grade and she stayed with...

WAHS Got Talent

WAHS Got Talent

Grace Berigan, Staff Writer

March 6, 2017


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Contestant Erin Nelson was flooded with excitement as she began her duet with Rebekah Carroll, and commented on her experience in the arts and past talent shows. “I tried out (for the talent show) all through middle school. I didn’t have time to audition last year, even though I really wanted...

Once Upon a Musical

Once Upon a Musical

Rosie Dougherty-Herrmann, Staff Writer

March 2, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

Students are working hard on putting together the spring musical, “Once Upon a Mattress.” The musical is a retelling of “The Princess and the Pea.” To prepare for the show, students work on directing, costume making, working on lights and sound, building the set, singing, dancing, acting, making r...

The Summer Job Search

The Summer Job Search

Eva Massarelli, Staff Writer

March 2, 2017


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Looking for a summer job? Hopefully this helps you find out how to get a job that suits you. How to get a summer job: Connections can help you get a job, so ask some family friends to look out for jobs you could do. If you find a place you would like to work at go in and talk to a person ab...

Big Class Makes Tiny House

Big Class Makes Tiny House

Sidney Jackson, Staff Writer

March 2, 2017


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Kevin Matheny’s block three shop class has been working hard since the beginning of the year on their latest project: The Tiny House. Tiny Houses are the latest trend in alternative living and home building. They are a way of condensing a lot of stuff into a small space by using all of the square footage...

Students Explore Future Careers With Practical Law

Students Explore Future Careers With Practical Law

Jessica Klees, Copy Editor

January 4, 2017


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The Practical Law class might sound like it could be dull, but it is quite the opposite. Recently the class has been going on many exciting field trips to learn about how the criminal justice system really works. In October, Practical Law students took a tour of the Albemarle County Police Department....

WAHS Remembers Coach Myriam Pitts

WAHS Remembers Coach Myriam Pitts

Grace Berigan, Staff Writer

January 4, 2017


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Myriam Pitts passed away on Monday, November 7, after struggling with both breast and bone cancer. After being a world language teacher, she founded the Western Albemarle Rowing Team in 2007. Her devotion to the rowing team never faltered throughout her battle with cancer, and the team was extremely...

ESA Students Help at Local IRC Garden

ESA Students Help at Local IRC Garden

Madeleine Andrews, Web Editor

January 3, 2017


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With land waiting to be cared for at the International Rescue Committee’s Community Garden in Charlottesville, leave it to the ESA freshmen class to lend a hand and truly connect to their studies. The International Rescue Center, or IRC, has a program called “New Roots” which provides information...

Mini Med-School is a hit with WAHS students

Mini Med-School is a hit with WAHS students

Sophie Creager-Roberts, Staff Writer

December 16, 2016


Filed under News, Showcase, Uncategorized

The Mini Med School is a new program offered to students at Western that has sparked enormous interest in those hoping to pursue a career in medicine. Western’s program was modeled after a Mini Med School program at UVA that few WAHS students were able to get into. Parents and teachers have been...

WAHS Remembers Mr. Betthauser

WAHS Remembers Mr. Betthauser

Tim DeSimone and Staff Writers

November 28, 2016


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With piano chords and guitar strums, mourning students lifted the memory of teacher Eric Betthauser above the choir room and into the halls. It was a time of reflection and togetherness for students suffering the pain of a loss dear to their hearts. Betthauser was an active member of the music community at both W...

Stampede! Drama Department Unveils Fall Play, Rhinoceros

Stampede! Drama Department Unveils Fall Play, Rhinoceros

Eva Massarelli, Staff Writer

November 17, 2016


Filed under A&E, News, Showcase

Ms. Pitts, the drama director, was inspired to put on the play Rhinoceros this fall after reading the play multiple times and seeing the performance live at UVA. The WAHS drama department has been practicing since early September, meeting every day after school. Since the auditions were school-wide, ...

Clinton wins WAHS Mock Election by 2 Votes

Clinton wins WAHS Mock Election by 2 Votes

August Lamb, Web Editor

November 11, 2016


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The results of the 2016 Western Albemarle High School Mock Election