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Peer Tutoring at WAHS

Peer Tutoring at WAHS

Aleena Patel and Lily Marcel

March 13, 2020

Peer Tutoring is a new program here at WAHS, but not for Albemarle County. Albemarle High School has offered a Peer Tutoring class for a couple of years now and due to the success of the program, Western integrated the program into student’s inventory. The tutors are students grades 10 through 12. This...

Drama Tackles Two Performances and VTA

Drama Tackles Two Performances and VTA

Kimball Sheehan, Assistant Opinion Editor

December 18, 2019

The theatre group has been very busy this fall. Three weeks ago, they took their annual trip to VTA and spent a weekend doing workshops and bonding. The Virginia Theatre Conference (VTA) is held annually in Norfolk where schools from all over Virginia perform their one-acts. This year, Western’s theatre ...

Campaign on the Brain

Campaign on the Brain

Sidney Jackson, Editor-in-Chief

December 18, 2019

For the past five months, senior Chloe Kienzle has been working hard on Jim Hingeley’s campaign for Albemarle Commonwealth’s attorney. She served as a volunteer and then an intern on the campaign trail for two months before being promoted to White Hall district organizer. This role was not an...

Telesnickis Tell All

Telesnickis Tell All

Rosie Dougherty-Herrmann, A&E Editor

December 16, 2019

Erik and Andrew Telesnicki-Kranz moved to Crozet from Indiana last year. The brothers both work at both The YMCA and Duner’s restaurant and travel frequently. The Telesnicki-Kranzes explained that being brothers and coworkers gives them more flexibility at their jobs. Both agreed, however, that...

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...

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...

What Makes Max Morrison

What Makes Max Morrison

Alex Noth, Staff writer

May 30, 2019

Life is not always fair.  We have all heard that saying but sometimes it goes beyond not fair.  A little more than a year ago Max Morrison had surgery on his left knee because he had torn his ACL and meniscus while wrestling.  And for a guy who loves the outdoors this really affected him. “We ...

The Art Enthusiast

The Art Enthusiast

Jackson Evanow

May 30, 2019

With the final few strokes of her pencil, Cecily Wilson, a freshman at Western, has completed her doodle of a face with no body attached. Moss is growing on one side. She closes her notebook and returns to her classwork, already planning another piece in her head. “Art has always been something...

Making Waves of Art

Making Waves of Art

Rachel Schweitzer, Staff Writer

May 21, 2019

The arts at Western continue to develop and inspire the next designers, painters, and creators of today. This includes senior Eli Jessee, making his mark in a unique way. Jessee was inspired by his uncle’s art as a child and was moved to draw, saying, “I would just sit and draw in these spiral no...

Paige Toms Never Quits

Paige Toms Never Quits

Lily Marcel, Staff Writer

May 21, 2019

Paige Toms is always moving. At the start of the school year, she was the goalie for the JV field hockey team at Western. Overlapping with field hockey, she plays travel volleyball for the Crozet team up until the end of spring. Right after the volleyball season is over, she jumps into the pool and is ...

From Jazz Singers at HMS to Early Bird Choir at WAHS, Bella James Pursues Her Passion in Singing

From Jazz Singers at HMS to Early Bird Choir at WAHS, Bella James Pursues Her Passion in Singing

Aleena Patel, Staff Writer

May 16, 2019

Walking into the choir room at WAHS, 9th grader Bella James gets ready to start the day with some vocal warm-ups in the Early Bird Choir. They start out the hour-long class doing some scales and then transition into practicing some of the songs they are working on for an upcoming competition. One of...