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Looking Through the Lens at Annalee Durland-Jones

Looking Through the Lens at Annalee Durland-Jones

Eva Massarelli, Features Editor

March 31, 2018


Filed under Student Life

Annalee Durland-Jones got her first camera at the age of seven, but became interested in photography years later when she became a sophomore at Western. When she got her first camera she thought it was “just pressing buttons, but photography is not just pressing buttons.” She now takes photography class...

The Shadow Warrior Hits the Shelves

The Shadow Warrior Hits the Shelves

Sophie Creager-Roberts, Assistant Student Life Editor

January 19, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Student Life

In addition to playing soccer, riding horses and taking ESA classes, sophomore Elizabeth Davis has also already become a published author. Despite her early hatred for writing, creating her fantasy fiction novel, The Shadow Warrior, drew her to the process. “I started it in seventh grade as an English project at T...

Yearbook Goes to Dallas

Yearbook Goes to Dallas

Franny Noll, Assistant Student Life Editor

January 19, 2018


Filed under Student Life

The Western Yearbook class just took a big trip to where everything's bigger: Dallas, Texas. Led by Mr. Hughes, the class attended JEA/NSPA fall national Journalism conference in the city. Not only did they learn about the innovate ways schools from across the country cover current events and what's...

An “I” Into Alternative Learning at WAHS

An “I” Into Alternative Learning at WAHS

Brookelyn Shantler, Student Life Editor

December 15, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Student Life

Independent Study is an offered course at Western for students who wish to explore interests and develop independence throughout their learning. The mission is to design a course of study suited to the student and consult with a mentor experienced within the student’s interest. However,  independen...

ESA Hits its Fourth Year

ESA Hits its Fourth Year

Rosie Dougherty-Herrmann, Interactives Editor

November 3, 2017


Filed under Features, Student Life

This fall, the first class of ESA students started their senior year. Now, for the first time students in all four grades are enrolled in ESA. These students have taken two sciences every year as part of the academy. There were originally 24 students in the first class, but with some students taking i...

SPCA Fetches Hurricane Harvey Survivors

SPCA Fetches Hurricane Harvey Survivors

Sidney Jackson

November 3, 2017


Filed under Student Life

On September 4th, the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA sent four faculty members down to BARC, the city of Houston’s animal shelter and adoption agency, to retrieve pets left behind after hurricane Harvey. The staff took the Compassionate Care-A-Van down to Houston and came back with 70 new additio...

Spirit Week Kicks Off

Spirit Week Kicks Off

Brookelyn Shantler, Student Life Editor

October 6, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase, Spirit Week

During lunch bundles of students dressed in various class colors filled the cafeteria with laughter, song, and spirit. Students of all grades huddled in their class's respective corners frantically coloring their murals. While the freshmen scrambled to complete their first mural, the seniors remained cal...

Senior Last Words

Rosie Dougherty-Herrmann and Brookelyn Shantler

June 1, 2017


Filed under Student Life, Uncategorized

When I was younger I wanted to be… An astronaut In charge A chef A doctor A teacher Rich A teacher A professor A lawyer My biggest fear about Western was... Lots of people and not knowing anyone I wasn’t that scared, I was more excited Making friends because I came from England How...

Suiting Up for Prom

Suiting Up for Prom

Olivia Gallmeyer, Managing News Editor

May 11, 2017


Filed under Student Life

What's it like to be a girl wearing a suit at prom? Our News Editor Olivia Gallmeyer shares her experience

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Katie Miller “Surprises” With Her Story

Katie Miller “Surprises” With Her Story

Jessica Klees, Copy Editor

May 11, 2017


Filed under Student Life

Katie Miller is a new student at WAHS who has a very interesting story, but may be known to others by another name: Katie Surprise. Coming from a school in Atlanta where there were usually multiple people with the same name, Miller started using her middle name (Surprise) to differentiate herself. Her...

Students With Talent

Students With Talent

Eva Massarelli and Sidney Jackson

May 11, 2017


Filed under Student Life

Some of the most creative individuals are hidden in the depths of Western hallways. Three that stood out of the crowd were junior James Krasner with his electronic music, sophomore India Mawn with her up and coming fashion empire, and freshman Beth Bryerton with her intense dedication to dance. These...