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Sophie Peng Reigns as Queen of Chess

Sophie took on reporter Alex Lehmbeck in a friendly lunchtime match.

Jessica Klees

September 14, 2016

While eleventh-grader Sophie Peng might seem quiet on the outside, she possesses a special talent that sets her apart from most other high schoolers. When Sophie moved from China to America in the eighth grade, she had already become very good at the game of chess. In fact, she was a national champion. So...

French Week

French Week

Pauline Gilbert

November 23, 2015

This year, for the first time, WAHS organised the national French week from November 4th to November 10th. “This is the first time I did it” Mrs. Cone, the new French teacher said, “and I was happy to see how involved some students were.” Indeed, even though she helped at some points, the ...

Warriors At Work In The Real World

Leather made from stingrays.

Lucie Taylor

October 14, 2015

Noelle Stith is a WAHS senior who is interning at the Curatorial Department of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello this year. “It’s a cool opportunity to get a backstage look at Monticello,” she said. Every Sunday she works in the house keeping records of artifacts and their condition, as well as...

The Girls with the Accents: Three WAHS Exchange Students Share Their Perspectives on America

Lauren Kearns, co Editor-in-Chief

October 9, 2015

“American high school is actually similar to how it is shown in the movies,” said Pauline Gilbert, one of the newest members of the senior class, “Well, I haven’t seen anyone singing or dancing on the cafeteria tables.” She then laughed before adding, “Or at least not yet…I would not be ...

Students Summer Program Takes Her Across the World

Mary Campbell's  five week summer program brought her to Fiji, Australia, and New Zealand.

Ellie Bowen

October 9, 2015

Western junior, Mary Campbell Spencer, was fortunate enough to have spent her summer in not one, but three different countries over the span of five weeks. The majority of her time was spent in the Outback of Australia, and the rest spent in various parts of New Zealand and Fiji. Spencer explains how her ...

Senior Mural!

Here's the finished product.

October 2, 2015

Check out this Timelapse of the seniors creating their mural to kick off Spirit Week.

Is TOPS At The Bottom?

Is TOPS At The Bottom?

Jessica Klees

September 21, 2015

Everybody knows that all freshmen have to take TOPS. But the real question is, is the class helpful? TOPS has been taking place at WAHS for a long time and there have been many changes throughout the years. Most recently, 2015 has brought about a new TOPS schedule. After convening every day for t...

WAHS Let the Dogs Out

WAHS Let the Dogs Out

Olivia Gallmeyer

May 30, 2015

A look at what may be the cutest senior prank ever

Coon Hunting with Owen

Ruby Neisser, Staff writer

May 30, 2015

John Grinnell, known as Owen and has done very well in the “coon dog” hunting competitions, earning titles for several of his dogs. Grinnell  said “My oldest male (he is eleven years old), he has his grand night champion and my four year old female is just a night champion.” From a very young...

A Fond Farewell to the Golden Days of Skits

Grace Deal and Clare Paxton act in the senior movie.

Ben Donovan, Staff Writer

October 19, 2014

One of the staples of Western Spirit Week, a series of skits put on by the students of each grade as well as by the faculty, has been removed from the docket of activities this year.The skits were replaced this year with a ten minute, pre-recorded video which will serve the same purpose as the skits...

Juniors Dominate in Beat the Fanatic

Juniors Dominate in Beat the Fanatic

Annie Lorenzoni, Staff Writer

October 17, 2014

Tension filled the cafeteria air today during lunch as the four grades battled it out for beat the fanatics. Questions were fired at the contestants as they desperately hit the buzzers to potentially blurt out the right answer.  The juniors won two categories, racking up the most points overall, and...

Sadie Hawkins: Are We Really Progressing?

Sadie Hawkins: Are We Really Progressing?

Olivia Gallmeyer, Staff Writer

October 17, 2014

October has come,  and the Western halls are buzzing with murmurs of the universally loved celebration of crazy costumes and class pride we know as Spirit Week. However, this year the homecoming dance closing out the event has a bit of a controversial twist. Known as a Sadie Hawkins dance, this dance...