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New Graduation Guidelines Proposed for Class of 2022

New Graduation Guidelines Proposed for Class of 2022

Olivia Gallmeyer, Managing News Editor

October 20, 2016


Filed under News

  According to the “Profile of a Virginia Graduate” bill passed by the General Assembly in April, freshmen entering Western in the near future may have new state-regulated graduation requirements. Currently, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is discussing its new proposals for dip...

Bond Referendum To Hit The Polls

Bond Referendum To Hit The Polls

Tim DeSimone, Editor In Chief

October 17, 2016


Filed under News

A school modernization project will be voted on November 8th when Albemarle County residents hit the polls. The $35 million dollar project is under the title of the “Bond Referendum” and covers everything from newer furniture, to controlled entrances at the five remaining schools that need them. Broken...

Vote: Julian Waters for School Board

Vote: Julian Waters for School Board

Sidney Jackson, Staff Writer

October 17, 2016


Filed under News, Student Life, Uncategorized

Balancing the heavy load of schoolwork with college applications, involvement with your school, and planning your campaign for school board takes a multi-talented person; and that is just what Julian Waters is. Waters’ interest in model planes and drones encouraged him to start the Model Aviation...

After Thirty Years

After Thirty Years

Tim DeSimone and Abby Lohr

June 12, 2016


Filed under News, Showcase

Following a career of 46 years, with 34 at Western, Math teacher Linda Shuey has announced her retirement. “I love teaching, I love the kids, and I love math, but it’s just time to give that up and do some other things that I’d like to do in my life.” Few classes have escaped her, as she’s t...

Where Are They Going? Class of 2016

Olivia Gallmeyer

June 7, 2016


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


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


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


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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


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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


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


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


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...