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Senior Kathryn Burr is one of several students who have recently been vaccinated.

Teens on Vaccines: Students Reflect on the Vaccination Process

Opal Kendall and Sephira Ainsworth April 15, 2021

Last year, the first wave of the COVID-19 virus ravaged the globe, leaving fear, uncertainty, and panic in its wake. In March of 2020, the state of Virginia officially entered lockdown quarantine as a...

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...

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...

Clubs and Honor Societies have had to adapt due to all virtual meetings.

How To Virtual Clubs and Honor Societies

Kimball Sheehan, Editor-in-Chief February 19, 2021

In the world of virtual classes and extracurriculars, WAHS students are finding ways to stay connected and develop their passions through various clubs and honor societies. Student-run clubs and honor...

Students learn to navigate a new bell schedule during virtual school.

New Year, New School

Maeve Ridings and Walker Martin February 19, 2021

After the decision made over the summer to maintain virtual learning and move to a 4x4 schedule instead of the block schedule, students and teachers were left to navigate a new type of learning. The 4x4...

The change in the structure and schedule of school allows students to work on asynchronous Fridays.

WAHS Students Working Year-Round at Local Restaurants

Darrah Sheehan, Student Life Editor February 19, 2021

With the pandemic resulting in canceled extracurricular plans and the change of the structure of school, many upperclassmen have decided to spend their free time working at local restaurants. Online school...

A few of Jack's 15 cows cool off in a creek.  These may or may not include his cows named Edie Windsor, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, and Joe Biden.

While the World Stops, the Animals Keep on Moving

Jack Tueting , Staff Writer May 29, 2020

While the coronavirus-induced quarantine has closed schools across the country, including our very own Western Albemarle, students have been attempting to balance the freedom and restrictions of staying...

A New Era of Sports

A New Era of Sports

Jackson Evanow, Staff Writer May 21, 2020

William Montes-Bradley sits down at one of the many computers in the Esports room. Smiling at his two friends, Iain and Eli, he pulls out his ps4 controller and boots up Rocket League. They join a public...

WAHS Alum Experiences Lockdown....in France

WAHS Alum Experiences Lockdown….in France

William DeSimone , Staff Writer May 13, 2020

Like many Americans stuck abroad in foreign countries due to Covid-19, WAHS alum, Michael DeSimone (who’s coincidentally my brother), went to Besançon, France, a sister-city of our very own Charlottesville....

Review:  Online Workouts

Review: Online Workouts

Sophie O'Donnell, Social Media Editor May 7, 2020

With sports practices cancelled and gyms closed, people are forced to workout at home to stay fit. Below are four great online programs that offer a range of workouts to keep you busy during quarantine....

How to Stay Productive With Online Schoolwork

How to Stay Productive With Online Schoolwork

Jordan Stone, Staff Writer May 7, 2020

It might seem that we are alone during quarantine, and while we are physically, we are all going through similar problems with online learning. When students are in an in-person learning environment, they...

During quarantine, Beth Bryerton has made four crochet tops.

What Students Are Doing During Quarantine

Eva Massarelli, Editor-In-Chief April 29, 2020

Western is filled with creative thinkers and doers, but just taking one small friend group, it is easy to see their imaginations at work. From building a garden to learning how to crochet, students are...