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Witt and Whitten Retire after Combined Seventy-One Years

Witt and Whitten Retire after Combined Seventy-One Years

Madeleine Andrews and Talley Johnston
June 1, 2017 • 40 views
Filed under News, Showcase

Chuck Witt After 33 years of teaching at the high school that he attended, math teacher and track coach Chuck Witt has decided to retire. He is known for his jokes and sarcastic humor that are heard throughout his classroom. Nothing gets by him, and if you ever misbehave in his class, you are typical...

Cool Girl of the Month: Maygan Reynolds

Cool Girl of the Month: Maygan Reynolds

Olivia Gallmeyer, Managing News Editor
May 11, 2017 • 32 views
Filed under Showcase, Student Life

In this interview series, the Western Hemisphere is taking a look at some of the talented and driven women of WAHS. This time, we talked to junior Maygan Reynolds, alumni of the Governor’s School for Humanities and Western’s resident poet laureate. Here, Maygan debriefs on her recent contest wins,...

A(P)ril Showers May Bring a 5

A(P)ril Showers May Bring a 5

Madeleine Andrews, Managing Web Editor
May 4, 2017 • 37 views
Filed under Features, News, Showcase

There comes a time when the joy of Spring Break has faded away, and students are left with the daunting fact that Advanced Placement exams are charging towards them. All year students have taken their AP classes and faced the stress, knowing that by the end of May the class would slow down. But when...

PSA: Senior Art Show To Open on April 24th

PSA: Senior Art Show To Open on April 24th

Julianne Kirby, Staff Writer
April 20, 2017 • 38 views
Filed under A&E, Showcase

The Senior Art Show will be hung on April 24 through the 28 in the cafeteria. The show will feature the work of students who have taken two or more years of visual arts, such as photography, ceramics, and art classes. There will be a reception on April 26 from 5:30 to 6:30 in the evening to recogniz...

High Praise for Once Upon a Mattress

High Praise for Once Upon a Mattress

Rosie Dougherty-Herrmann, Staff Writer
March 28, 2017 • 38 views
Filed under A&E, Showcase

Once Upon a Mattress had four successful shows throughout Thursday, Friday, and Saturday last week. Those working on the musical included actors, singers, musicians, and technical theatre students. The shows were dedicated to Mr.Betthauser, and donations were taken towards a new scholarship in his n...

Make Way for Digital Imaging Ducklings

Make Way for Digital Imaging Ducklings

Olivia Gallmeyer, Managing News Editor
March 23, 2017 • 62 views
Filed under Multimedia, News, Showcase

  “It’s so soft!” “This is the most beautiful thing.” “I’m kind of scared, it’s a lot of responsibility!” These remarks and many more oohs, aahs, and excited high-pitched squeals were heard Tuesday afternoon as the WAHS Digital Imaging and Photography classes met four special guests. Courtney...

Bracketology: Our Picks

Bracketology: Our Picks

Staff Writers
March 18, 2017 • 42 views
Filed under Showcase, Sports

The odds of having a perfect bracket are already near impossible. Using a host of unusual analytics, and a whole lot of UVA bias, our "bracketology" experts have put their heads together to produce these winning formulas. Let these brackets be your guide to winning whatever pool you're a part of. Jeff Dodson ...

Model Congress 2017

Model Congress 2017

Olivia Gallmeyer and Staff Reports
March 9, 2017 • 119 views
Filed under News, Showcase

The senior government classes' annual Model Congress event took place on March 9, 2017, as seniors dressed to the nines, come to debate their bills in a simulation of the legislative officials in Washington. From committees to floor sessions, the Western Hemisphere has you covered with all-day updates. Committee Ses...

MoCo Committee Meetings: The Photos

MoCo Committee Meetings: The Photos

August Lamb, Photo Editor
March 9, 2017 • 95 views
Filed under Model Congress, Multimedia, News, Showcase, Slideshows, Student Life

As Model Congress 2017 rolls around again, The Western Hemisphere provides continuous coverage of its happenings. Here are the photos from this morning.

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Wacappellas Hit New Highs

Wacappellas Hit New Highs

Madeleine Andrews, Managing Web Editor
March 7, 2017 • 66 views
Filed under News, Showcase

Every so often, you may find yourself whistling, humming, and tapping to a song that you just can’t get out of your head. When the new a capella group at Western was created, students of all grades came together and shared their abilities to sing without instruments. The Wacappellas officially began...

WAHS Students Take Political Action

WAHS Students Take Political Action

Jessica Klees, Copy Editor
March 2, 2017 • 34 views
Filed under Showcase, Student Life

      On the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, hundreds of thousands all over the world marched to support women’s rights and issues. Western students were not an exception. From the protest in Washington to the march of support at Ix Art Park in Charlottesville, g...

Once Upon a Musical

Once Upon a Musical

Rosie Dougherty-Herrmann, Staff Writer
March 2, 2017 • 46 views
Filed under News, Showcase

Students are working hard on putting together the spring musical, “Once Upon a Mattress.” The musical is a retelling of “The Princess and the Pea.” To prepare for the show, students work on directing, costume making, working on lights and sound, building the set, singing, dancing, acting, making r...