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Daily Progress Holiday Hoops Preview

Daily Progress Holiday Hoops Preview

Walker Martin, Brian O'Dea

December 29, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Sports

The boys basketball team’s season is just underway, but they have already established one of their main goals for the season: win the Daily Progress Holiday Hoops Classic. The Holiday Hoops Classic is a high school basketball tournament happening over winter break, (December 27-29) that includes high schoo...

Evelyn Garey awarded for acting and activism

Evelyn Garey awarded for acting and activism

Abigail Connelly, Copy Editor

December 18, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

Senior Evelyn Garey’s theatrical performance earned her the Best Actor award for the VHSL performance of “Tuna Fish Eulogy”. She performed with the Western Drama group at Monticello High School in late October, later putting on a public performance at Western on November 9th. Garey is fami...

School celebrates No-shave November

School celebrates No-shave November

Sidney Jackson, Managing Editor

December 18, 2018


Filed under Latitudes, News, Showcase

No-shave November, sometimes known as 'Movember', is a month-long event in which men surrender their razors and let their hair flow freely. Though many guys see this event  as a friendly competition with buddies to see who can grow the longest or bushiest beards, the real reason behind No-shave N...

Winter Break: The Great Netflix Binge

Winter Break: The Great Netflix Binge

Harry Cowen, Staff Writer

December 18, 2018


Filed under A&E, Showcase

Winter break is always a perfect time for binging Netflix and trying to forget about midterms, so here are some of my new favorite shows to binge: “Narcos: Mexico” is the newest spinoff of the successful “Narcos” series, following the creation of the modern day Sinaloa Cartel. Similar to th...

“The Hate U Give” Forum Sparks Discussion

“The Hate U Give” Forum Sparks Discussion

Rachel Schweitzer, Staff Writer

December 6, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

"The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas has sparked discussions and forums centered around the topic of racial discrimination in America. Students at Western planned to meet in the library to further build on this subject, run by faculty members Ms. Laux and Ms. Archey, as well as Mr. Hughes’ Big Idea Club....

Evolution Of The Juul

Evolution Of The Juul

Frances Noll and Jack Reichert

November 1, 2018


Filed under Features, News, Showcase

The nicotine craze isn’t new to the world of high school, but what is different now is the small rectangular “Juul.” The Juul has started a giant, unstoppable trend across high schools and universities in America. Vapes became relevant in our community around 2 or 3 years ago. Before then, none...

New Tri-Lab Stirs Discussion

New Tri-Lab Stirs Discussion

Eva Massarelli, Feature Editor

November 1, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

The modern tri-lab was built over the summer to offer a collaborative lab experience to students at Western Albemarle High School. The purpose of the lab is to get a variety of classes to work together outside the confinements of a traditional class setting. The open space allows for guest speakers and...

Kavanaugh: I’m Disappointed, But Not Surprised

Kavanaugh: I’m Disappointed, But Not Surprised

Grace Berigan, A&E Editor

November 1, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

After a few infuriating weeks, Brett Kavanaugh, an accused sexual abuser, has been appointed to one of the most important positions in the country: The Supreme Court. This is yet another example of how the current administration does not respect women. The United States is undergoing tremendous social...

Parking? I’ll pass…

Parking? I’ll pass…

Jessica Klees, Editor-in-Chief

November 1, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Parking this year has been extremely frustrating -- for me, and for the rest of the school. This year’s school changes, such as getting rid of part of the staff parking lot and population growth, have made parking very difficult. As a senior, I need to arrive at WAHS at least 30 minutes early to...

WAHS Alum Sarah Lopez Releases EP

WAHS Alum Sarah Lopez Releases EP

Sophie Creager-Roberts, A&E Editor

October 25, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Student Life

Former Western student and a crowd favorite at any and all WAHS events, Sarah Lopez, released her first EP on the 21st of September. Her interest in performing music began in third grade after participating in the elementary school talent show alongside her friend whom she loved to jam out to Taylor...

Thomas Jackson’s “Growth” Hits Shelves

Thomas Jackson’s “Growth” Hits Shelves

Sidney Jackson, Managing Editor

October 25, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Student Life

Senior Thomas Jackson’s debut poetry collection, “Growth” was released on September 27th. It had been a long nine months in the making, but the time has finally come. It is now available in several countries on Amazon. You can access it here. The book explores subjects of mental health, especially that of high school students. It is a very personal a...

Cross Country Enjoys Early Success

Cross Country Enjoys Early Success

Walker Martin, Staff Writer

October 12, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Sports

The Western Albemarle cross country program is having a great season from both the boys and girls teams.  The boys’ team is led by juniors, Joe Hawkes and Jack Elliason, who are currently ranked first and second in the 5000 meter race in Virginia.  The boys team was ranked second in Milestat’s, ...