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Honor Council Disbanded in Controversial Decision

Honor Council Disbanded in Controversial Decision

Olivia Gallmeyer and reporting by Muhannah Hossain and Tim Desimone
April 16, 2015 • 66 views
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In a decision from ACPS administration, the WAHS Honor Council has been stripped of its status as a peer disciplinary jury. An official public announcement from Assistant Superintendent Matt Haas was released to the Western community on Friday, April 3. The letter stated that the disciplinary procedures...

The Library Hosts Black History Month Display

The Library Hosts Black History Month Display

Madeleine Andrews, Staff Writer
April 3, 2015 • 28 views
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The library at Western is hosting a display in honor of Black History Month. This display was put up at the beginning February which marked the start of Black History Month, and the start of spreading knowledge about Albemarle County’s past. These five large poster boards stand on isles for students...

A Bitter Ending to Sweet Briar College

A Bitter Ending to Sweet Briar College

Muhannah Hossain, Staff Writer
April 3, 2015 • 55 views
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Western senior Val Helmbrecht has been looking forward to attending Sweet Briar College in the fall to play lacrosse, for many months. “Sweet Briar was my first choice school since the 7th grade,” Helmbrecht said. She had visited the campus many times, had a few overnight stays, and absolutely l...

Students Surveyed on the State of Homework

Students Surveyed on the State of Homework

Julia Elder, Staff Writer
April 3, 2015 • 41 views
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Around 250 Western students participated in a survey during their social studies class over the past few weeks. The survey asked questions about homework load, group projects, and summer assignments. Nearly 54% of respondents reported more than 2 hours of homework each night and the majority of stud...

Inside Model Congress: Getting Heated

Inside Model Congress: Getting Heated

Ben Masselli, Staff Writer
April 1, 2015 • 47 views
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In the House, Republicans and Democrats were able to reach an agreement over the Chris Kyle bill giving veterans health coverage after they have served. Republican speaker, Carter Berry said, “this is the greatest country on earth because of our soldiers and we owe it to them.” It was a unanimous...

Model Congress Committee Drama

Model Congress Committee Drama

Matt Mandell, Staff Writer
April 1, 2015 • 36 views
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On some of the close bills, it was not very obvious whether more hands were raised in favor of the bill or against it. It was up to the freshmen pages to count the hands, and therefore decide the bills. But what if they messed up? According to Alex Moreno, a freshman page, he tallied up 50 votes ag...

Capitol Hill Throwdown

Capitol Hill Throwdown

Neel Rao, Staff Writer
April 1, 2015 • 40 views
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A very productive and emotional Senate floor session kicked off last Tuesday with the “prom-posal” by Eric Xu. The timeless, romantic gesture of chocolates and flowers, coupled with pristine execution produced “Aww’s” from the crowd, Republican and Democrats alike. The sweetness of the proposal...

#WAHSMoCo15: It’s That Time Again

#WAHSMoCo15:  It’s That Time Again

Tim DeSimone and and Staff Reports
March 17, 2015 • 38 views
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Senior students put on their Sunday best this morning to prepare for a day of debating and voting in Western’s annual Model Congress.  At Model Congress, students put themselves in the shoes of actual government leaders. The events have now gone into full swing, with students arguing about controversial...

Model Congress, A Year Ago…..

March 15, 2015 • 22 views
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Principal Werner Submits Letter of Resignation

Principal Werner Submits Letter of Resignation

Tim DeSimone, Assistant News Editor
March 2, 2015 • 125 views
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Principal John Werner has publicly announced his decision to resign at the end of the current 2014-2015 school year. This was only his second year as principal, after being hired to fill the role that long time principal Dave Francis left behind in 2013. In an email sent out February  27th to Western...

Wyeth Ward Makes a Classroom Her Canvas

Wyeth Ward Makes a Classroom Her Canvas

Madeleine Andrews, Staff Writer
February 25, 2015 • 46 views
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Freshman Wyeth Ward is dedicating her time to paint the resource room’s walls. During Spirit Week she used her artistic ability to help to freshmen class decorate their halls and design their dragon mural. Soon after Spirit Week Wyeth was approached with a project by Mr. Keyser. “A few days after...

Social Studies Department Brings Musical Celebration

Social Studies Department Brings Musical Celebration

Patrick Andrews, Editor-in-Chief
February 25, 2015 • 43 views
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In celebration of Black History Month, social studies teachers and the Rho Kappa History Honor Society are working to bring the Albemarle County Artists-in-Residence Program to WAHS to educate students about African American history and heritage through music. Currently, there are two options for the music selection that...