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Dear College Emails: Why?

Dear College Emails: Why?

Olivia Gallmeyer, Opinion Editor

February 26, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Dear college emails, As of the moment I am writing this, a mere month after receiving my PSAT scores, I have gotten over 100 of you. Awesome! Wow! How unbelievably exciting. Unfortunately, it’s as difficult to relay sarcasm in straight text as it is for me to have any interest in you. College ...

Is Moving Midterms Practical?

Is Moving Midterms Practical?

Mark Ferguson, Staff Writer

February 3, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Showcase, Uncategorized

“Exams suck. So why make them ruin winter break?” said Jack Lesemann, a freshman who has been avidly supporting moving exams since he joined Western in 2015. The timing of midterms has caused commotion as a majority of students crave a change to the current exam dates. Some want to keep the st...

Where’s Our Arts Academy?

Where’s Our Arts Academy?

Olivia Gallmeyer, Opinion Editor

January 20, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

As a school district, we’re lucky to have several alternative programs to traditional education and coursework. Each high school has their own respective academy where students learn information specialized to a career field, with more hands-on learning and in-depth experiences. We’ve got Albema...

The Fall of Facebook: The decline of the social media giant pressures student leaders to transition to different platforms

The Fall of Facebook: The decline of the social media giant pressures student leaders to transition to different platforms

Lauren Kearns, Editor in Chief

January 11, 2016


Filed under Opinion

It’s not exactly a secret that Facebook, which was widely regarded as THE social media for years, is on a decline among teenagers. With so many appealing alternatives such as Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat, an aging user base caused by our parents, parent’s friends, and parent’s parents, and a l...

Mockingjay Part 2: Doesn’t Soar To Meet Expectations

Mockingjay Part 2: Doesn’t Soar To Meet Expectations

Morgan Broadus, Photo Editor

January 11, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Reviews

On November 16th, 2015, ‘The Hunger Games’ series came to a much-anticipated end after the fourth and final film, ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part Two’, hit theaters all around the world. After instantly claiming the number one spot in the box office, earning about $523.9 million within the...

Bubble Tea: Is It Too Hard to Swallow?

Bubble Tea: Is It Too Hard to Swallow?

Olivia Gallmeyer

December 7, 2015


Filed under Opinion, Uncategorized

The thing about bubble tea that may give it a bad rep is that not many people understand how it works. There are several distinct types of bubble tea; the majority have a black or green tea base with milk and/or fruit flavoring added to it. However, most American bubble tea vendors sell the drink with...

Praying for Paris

Praying for Paris

Pauline Gilbert

November 30, 2015


Filed under News, Opinion, Uncategorized

As everyone knows, on Friday November 13th, Paris suffered a terrorist attack. The news had nonstop coverage of the attack for the rest of the weekend. It was as if nothing else was happening in the world beyond that. It was also the number one topic on social media; people from all over the world ...

2015: The Cartoon Renaissance

2015: The Cartoon Renaissance

Olivia Gallmeyer, Opinion Editor

October 9, 2015


Filed under Opinion

I’ve got a confession to make. Most people see me as a sophisticated, responsible person. After all, I’ve had quite a few accomplishments. I’m a straight-A student, I’m assistant directing our fall play Diary of Anne Frank, and I oversee this opinion section you’re reading right now. So you...

Is TOPS At The Bottom?

Is TOPS At The Bottom?

Jessica Klees

September 21, 2015


Filed under Opinion, Student Life

Everybody knows that all freshmen have to take TOPS. But the real question is, is the class helpful? TOPS has been taking place at WAHS for a long time and there have been many changes throughout the years. Most recently, 2015 has brought about a new TOPS schedule. After convening every day for t...

From Humboldt to Albemarle

From Humboldt to Albemarle

Neel Rao, Staff Writer

April 13, 2015


Filed under Opinion

If you were to search “Albemarle County” on google images, the results are full of scenic pictures of rolling hillsides and a lot of maps, which are pretty helpful to someone who doesn’t know their way around. If you were to look up “Humboldt County”, the results are similar in that there are...

Kan-Yay or Nay?

Kan-Yay or Nay?

Annie Lorenzoni, Staff Writer

April 3, 2015


Filed under Opinion

Kan-Yay Annie Lorenzoni Ye all the way. Why? (is that even a question?) All SIX of his solo albums: Since the drop of his debut album, The College Dropout in 2004, West has been cranking out the albums. Six in eleven years. Each one completely different from the last, and each one bringing a...

Netflix: On Fleek?

Netflix: On Fleek?

Amalia Garcia-Pretelt and Sam Lesemann

April 3, 2015


Filed under Opinion

Netflix: On Fleek Amalia Garcia-Pretelt Admit it. At some point in your sad, short life, you have consciously removed yourself from all of humanity and thrown yourself into the dark void that is Netflix. Your body and soul separate entirely as your limp body lays on the couch for 7-8 hours at a tim...