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  • Students Explore Future Careers With Practical Law

    Students Explore Future Careers With Practical Law

    Jessica Klees, Copy Editor

    January 4, 2017

    The Practical Law class might sound like it could be dull, but it is quite the opposite. Recently the class has been going on many exciting field trips to learn about how the criminal justice system really works. In October, Practical Law students took a tour of the Albemarle County Police Department.... READ MORE »»

    The Practical Law class learned about what police officers and detectives really do at their trip to the Albemarle County Police Department

  • Midterms: Make a Decision

    Midterms: Make a Decision

    Franny Noll, Staff Writer

    January 4, 2017

    Midterms: A word often associated with stress and all-nighters that occurs in one of the worst weeks of your life. But now it’s not just one week. This year, the WAHS faculty made the decision to change their usual January week of midterms to allow teachers to decide when they want to have their exams;... READ MORE »»

  • Mini Med-School is a hit with WAHS students

    Mini Med-School is a hit with WAHS students

    Sophie Creager-Roberts, Staff Writer

    December 16, 2016

    The Mini Med School is a new program offered to students at Western that has sparked enormous interest in those hoping to pursue a career in medicine. Western’s program was modeled after a Mini Med School program at UVA that few WAHS students were able to get into. Parents and teachers have been... READ MORE »»

    WAHS students explore UVA's Pegasus

  • New Ship, Same Waters

    New Ship, Same Waters

    Evan Hajek, Staff Writer

    November 29, 2016

    Before tryouts had even started, the Western Albemarle swim team was already hard at work. The team had started out of season training about a month before the week of tryouts. Out of season training is a lot of work both in and out of the water. The conditioning done outside of the water is called dryland... READ MORE »»

    Both WAHS Swim teams are reigning State Champions

  • WAHS Remembers Mr. Betthauser

    WAHS Remembers Mr. Betthauser

    Tim DeSimone and Staff Writers

    November 28, 2016

    With piano chords and guitar strums, mourning students lifted the memory of teacher Eric Betthauser above the choir room and into the halls. It was a time of reflection and togetherness for students suffering the pain of a loss dear to their hearts. Betthauser was an active member of the music community at both W... READ MORE »»

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News

Students Explore Future Careers With Practical Law

Students Explore Future Careers With Practical Law

Jessica Klees, Copy Editor

The Practical Law class might sound like it could be dull, but it is quite the opposite. Recently the class has been going on many exciting field trips to learn about how the criminal justice system really...  Read More »

Jan 4

WAHS Remembers Coach Myriam Pitts

WAHS Remembers Coach Myriam Pitts

January 4, 2017

Myriam Pitts passed away on Monday, November 7, after struggling with both breast and bone cancer. After...  Read More »

ESA Students Help at Local IRC Garden

ESA Students Help at Local IRC Garden

January 3, 2017

With land waiting to be cared for at the International Rescue Committee’s Community Garden in Charlottesville,...  Read More »

Mini Med-School is a hit with WAHS students

Mini Med-School is a hit with WAHS students

December 16, 2016

The Mini Med School is a new program offered to students at Western that has sparked enormous interest...  Read More »

Sports

New Ship, Same Waters

New Ship, Same Waters

Evan Hajek, Staff Writer

Before tryouts had even started, the Western Albemarle swim team was already hard at work. The team had started out of season training about a month before the week of tryouts. Out of season training is a lo...  Read More »

Nov 29

Boys Basketball Hopes for Another Historic Season

Boys Basketball Hopes for Another Historic Season

November 22, 2016

After a strong finish to last season, the boys basketball team, led by Coach Darren Maynard, returns a...  Read More »

Preview in a Podcast:  WAHS Playoff Football – 1

Preview in a Podcast: WAHS Playoff Football – 1

November 11, 2016

https://soundcloud.com/westernhemisphere/preview-in-a-podcast-wahs-playoff-football-1 ...  Read More »

Preview in a Podcast — WAHS vs. AHS Football

Preview in a Podcast — WAHS vs. AHS Football

November 3, 2016

https://soundcloud.com/westernhemisphere/preview-in-a-podcast-wahs-vs-ahs-football

Student Life

Cool Girl of the Month: Catherine Adams

Cool Girl of the Month: Catherine Adams

Olivia Gallmeyer, Managing News Editor

In this new interview series, the Western Hemisphere is taking a look at some of the talented and driven women of WAHS. This time, we talked to senior Catherine Adams, this...  Read More »

Jan 3

Governor’s School Follow Up

Governor’s School Follow Up

October 24, 2016

2016 Homecoming Court

2016 Homecoming Court

October 18, 2016

A&E

New Releases Worth the Ticket Price

Abby Lohr, Editor-in-Chief

When it comes to movies, trailers play an important part in helping me determine whether it’s worth the hefty $12 fee of watching it in a theater. Sure, the seats are comfy...  Read More »

Jan 3

Stampede! Drama Department Unveils Fall Play, Rhinoceros

Stampede! Drama Department Unveils Fall Play, Rhinoceros

November 17, 2016

Ms. Pitts, the drama director, was inspired to put on the play Rhinoceros this fall after reading the pl...  Read More »

Frank Ocean’s New Album

Frank Ocean’s New Album

October 24, 2016

With it being four years since the debut of Frank Ocean’s last album, it’s safe to say that his loy...  Read More »

Musicals in the Making

Musicals in the Making

October 21, 2016

Infant and the Beast, also known as Harambe the Musical, was born just a month ago when Ms. Pitts assign...  Read More »

Opinion

Midterms: Make a Decision

Midterms: Make a Decision

Franny Noll, Staff Writer

Midterms: A word often associated with stress and all-nighters that occurs in one of the worst weeks of your life. But now it’s not just one week. This year, the WAHS faculty made the decision to change their usual January week of midterms to allow teachers to decide when they want to have their exams;...  Read More »

Jan 4

Checking it out: Wegmans

Checking it out: Wegmans

December 16, 2016

The new 5th Street Station shopping center is home to many businesses; some well established in Charlottesville, and some new. There is no doubt however...  Read More »

Johnny Riordan’s Experience with High School Diplomats

November 8, 2016

This summer, I had the opportunity to participate in a unique Japanese-American Exchange Program: High School Diplomats held at Princeton University. H...  Read More »

Dress Code: Worth the Controversy?

Dress Code: Worth the Controversy?

October 27, 2016

Dress code is a phrase that is usually synonymous with sexism and slut shaming, yet here at Western it seems irrelevant. Many dress codes are directe...  Read More »

Latitudes

Super Seminars

Matt Mandel and Mark Ferguson

There is no better feeling than sitting in class and hearing the intercom come on releasing all students to go to a school-wide assembly. Even if it is on something that doesn’t quite captivate you, we could all agree it...  Read More »

Apr 29

An Ode to TAB Muffins

An Ode to TAB Muffins

April 29, 2016

There seems to be a general consensus among the WAHS student body that the TAB muffins are freaking awesome....  Read More »

Under Official Review: The Ads of Super Bowl 50

Under Official Review: The Ads of Super Bowl 50

February 17, 2016

It’s that time of year again: A whole Sunday devoted to football, and America couldn't be more excite...  Read More »

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