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Corona Virus Concerns Force Schools to Close

Corona Virus Concerns Force Schools to Close

William Peritz and Staff Reports

March 13, 2020

Governor Ralph Northam has ordered all public schools in Virginia to be closed for a minimum of two weeks in response to the recent and rapidly developing spread of COVID-19, otherwise known as the Coronavirus. According to reports from NBC 29, Northam’s Friday, March 13th announcement has mandated ...

Wrestling Team Hosts Dance at the Lodge

Wrestling Team Hosts Dance at the Lodge

Sophie Creager-Roberts, Managing Editor

March 11, 2020

A night of chicken tenders, swing dancing, and live music by the Jim How Jazz Ensemble commenced January 28th at the Lodge at Old Trail. Varsity Wrestling Coach and ESA Director Adam Mulcahy led a conga line of teenagers and elderly residents, marking the second year of this new wrestling team tradition. This...

You Shall Not Pass!

You Shall Not Pass!

Brookelyn Shantler, Editor-in-Chief

December 16, 2019

A new library pass policy was put into place as spirit week came to a close. The new pass system is for students who want to sit in the library during study hall only. During class, students are still able to go to the library with a pass from a teacher or counselor. Students are also welcome to come ...

Boys Cross Country Represent WAHS at Nike Cross Nationals

Boys Cross Country Represent WAHS at Nike Cross Nationals

Austin Davis, Edgar Batcheller, and Francis Hajek

December 5, 2019

Ever since the start of the 2019 season, the boys cross country team has salivated at the thought of winning the Nike Cross Nationals Southeast Regional meet in Cary, North Carolina. Although it initially didn’t look possible when elite runner Stuart Terrill went down with a stress fracture, their ho...

From Berlin to Crozet

From Berlin to Crozet

Sophie Creager-Roberts, Managing Editor

November 8, 2019

For two and a half weeks, 17 students from the Paulsen Gymnasium (High School) in Berlin, Germany, stayed with host families of Western students to experience life as an American student.  One of the hosts, junior Nathaniel Salomon, explained the program’s foundations at Western. “Mr. Broderson ...

The Ultimate Question: Mezeh, Cava, or Med-Bar?

The Ultimate Question: Mezeh, Cava, or Med-Bar?

Sophie Creager-Roberts, Managing Editor

November 8, 2019

  Each Friday at lunch, a variety of Mediterranean style dishes are offered in the Western Cafeteria, commonly referred to as “Med Bar” by students. Choices in this decadent meal include seasoned chicken filets, meatballs, hummus, flatbread, pita, and a variety of hearty veggies. This well-rounded...

Club Profiles

Rosie Dougherty-Herrmann, A&E Editor

November 8, 2019

Western’s 61 new and returning club leaders gathered together on September 20th to plan for the upcoming year. Many of these leaders have big plans for this year, from hosting speakers to entering global competitions. Some are carrying on the work of past students, while others are laying their own fou...

High School Diplomats: The Experience of a Lifetime

High School Diplomats: The Experience of a Lifetime

Cordelia O'Connell, Contributing Writer

November 7, 2019

Last summer, I had the opportunity to be a participant in the High School Diplomats Program. This program, sponsored by AIG and the Freeman Foundation, allows 40 American high school students from across the United States to come together at Princeton University and participate in a unique, ten-day cultural e...

Charlottesville Participates in Global Climate Walkout

Charlottesville Participates in Global Climate Walkout

Abigail Connelly, News Editor

November 6, 2019

12-year-old Gudrun Campbell, a student at Walker Upper Elementary School and co-founder of the Cville Youth Climate Strike Network, led a Climate Strike on September 21st. Participants marched to the Freedom Wall and crowded together tightly to hear Campbell speak, some even climbing on top of structu...

Train Carrying Lawmakers Hits Truck in Crozet

Train Carrying Lawmakers Hits Truck in Crozet

Caroline Lund and Mia Jevack

January 31, 2018

  An Amtrak train carrying several Republican lawmakers collided into a garbage truck at Marymart Farm Road at approximately 11:17, killing one person and injuring several. Around 200 Republican senators and representatives were heading to the Greenbrier resort in West Virginia when the t...

Plans for New WAHS Science Labs Emerge

Plans for New WAHS Science Labs Emerge

August Lamb, Photo Editor

January 29, 2018

New science labs are coming to WAHS. Students may have already heard of the renovations happening next year, but recently, the Science Department and the Albemarle County School Board adopted some major design changes to the $35 million project. We interviewed Science Department chair and Western ch...