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Local Towles Lawson has used his hobby of motorized skateboarding to get through the pandemic.

Skating Through the Neighborhood

William DeSimone, Staff Writer April 14, 2021

Once in a while, the people who live off Dick Woods Road in Ivy get to see an electric skateboarder flying down the street. Wearing his biker helmet and holding a controller in his hand, his dog chases...

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The cicadas will first emerge in southern states towards the final days of March. This means that there’s a good chance that you’ll see your fair share of cicadas this spring.

Brood X is Coming and Here’s What You Should Know

Marja-Helena Barrett, Staff Writer April 13, 2021

This spring, Brood X cicadas, pronounced brood ten, will claw their way out of the earth. They will emerge in the hundreds of billions, leaving their underground homes where they have been living for 17...

Small businesses in Texas, such as Christie's Sports Bar in Dallas, face unprecedented conditions due to COVID-19.

Texas Governor Faces Backlash for Repealing COVID-19 Restrictions

Abigail Connelly, Co-Editor-in-Chief April 2, 2021

On March 2, 2021, Texas Governor Greg Abbot released a decision to lift coronavirus containment efforts. Governor Abbot announced he was issuing an executive order to “lift the mask mandate and open...

Reese Mattern is a talented athlete in both track and soccer.

A Freshman Breaking Records

Reese Mattern shatters longstanding marks
Grace Shook, Staff Writer April 2, 2021

Western is full of talented athletes, but there is one in particular who has been turning a lot of heads this year because of her unbelievable speed. Freshman Reese Mattern is a skilled soccer player and...

Performing Arts Students Adapt to COVID-19 Precautions and Hybrid Learning

Performing Arts Students Adapt to COVID-19 Precautions and Hybrid Learning

Tatiana Bird, Staff Writer April 1, 2021

It’s no secret that COVID-19 has greatly afflicted all aspects of student life and extracurriculars. One facet that has been drastically altered is the performing arts. Students participating in performing...

Enjoy the delicious house-made granola on top of the smoothie bowls at the Juice Laundry!

Food in Review: Juice Places

Darrah Sheehan and Kimball Sheehan March 30, 2021

The Corner Juice: The Corner Juice is exactly where you would expect it to be: on the Corner (but they also have a location on the downtown mall). This European-inspired cafe was founded by University...

Administration is still working on the best way to notify students and families about Covid exposures.

Admin Responds to Criticism over Covid Notification System

Brian O'Dea, Managing Editor March 24, 2021

On Monday afternoon, the Western administration sent out multiple emails to certain groups of people to inform them about positive Covid tests in the school community.  However, some families who received...

Students sit in Ms. Akers' class as the hybrid learning schedule comes into effect.

Freshmen Opt for Hybrid Learning After 7 Months of Virtual School

Jack Steenburgh, Staff Writer March 22, 2021

About a year after the initial COVID-related shut down, Albemarle County Public Schools (ACPS), began offering a hybrid in-person learning option for students. For many WAHS students, this was their first...

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species (IUCN) classified this species as critically endangered in 2015, and this classification remains today.

Extraordinary Endangered Animals: Pied Tamarin

Marja-Helena Barrett, Staff Writer March 22, 2021

The pied tamarin, also known as the Brazilian bare-faced tamarin, is endemic to the lowland tropical forests of Brazil. It has a small hairless face, large ears that resemble something of an elf, and it...

College and COVID-19

College and COVID-19

Seniors Trek Through the College Process Amid COVID-19 Confusion
Harrison Miracle, News Editor March 17, 2021

At the forefront of all COVID-related school issues is the confusion surrounding the college process this year, giving seniors yet another problem to deal with. In light of the difficulty students already...

The gym lobby is set up to exercise protocols before athletes can enter to practice.

WAHS Athletes Reflect on How COVID-19 Affected Their Athletic Seasons

Alex Noth and Tatiana Bird March 4, 2021

With sports looking different this winter due to the COVID-19 pandemic, several protocols have been instituted in all WAHS athletic activities to allow athletes to play their sports.  Before even entering...

Anthony Garono is one of the talented underclassmen who helped the Boys win states.

Boys Swim and Dive take fourth States in a row, Girls finish fourth

The divers dominate once again
Brian O'Dea, Managing Editor March 1, 2021

For the last three years, the Western boys swim and dive team has dominated the Class 4 state championship meet, and this year with all its different formats, challenges, and changes it’s good to see...

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