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The Western Hemisphere

Principal Jason Lee had led WAHS for one year.
Western Loses Two Principals
Harrison Miracle and Alex Noth June 10, 2021

With a wild school year coming to a close, even wilder news came with Western’s two leading administrators announcing their departure from the school after the 2021 year. Principal...

Changing of the guard: outgoing Executive Council passes The Notebook to the newly elected EC. From left: new members Carly Hegemier, Michael Mitchell, Tate Kessler, Austin Winslow, Elke Beaumont, Jaiden Beckett-Ansa, and Nicole Bilchick receive The Notebook from graduating seniors Matthew Gustafson-Missett, Baylee Hughes, Hayes Hegemier, Anna Snyder, and Andrew Sime.
Students Elect New Leadership
June 8, 2021

The newest Executive Council has been elected. Members are rising seniors Elke Beaumont, Austin...

Seniors To Graduate - in Person
Seniors To Graduate - in Person
June 4, 2021

Tonight, WAHS will hold the first of two graduation ceremonies this weekend. In order to hold...

Seniors are going to miss the chocolate chip muffins from WAHS
Class of 2021: Seniors Share Last Words
Darrah Sheehan and Kimball Sheehan June 1, 2021

The WAHS Class of 2021 has certainly experienced the highs and lows of high school, and they even survived through a pandemic during their junior and senior years. While seniors...

Mr. Grimes dressed as Lady Gaga ready for WAHS spirit week.
Mr. Grimes Reflects on Three Years at WAHS
May 27, 2021

Mr. Grimes, a former Mellow Mushroom employee and teacher at WAHS, teaches World History...

Senior Kathryn Burr is one of several students who have recently been vaccinated.
Teens on Vaccines: Students Reflect on the Vaccination Process
April 15, 2021

Last year, the first wave of the COVID-19 virus ravaged the globe, leaving fear, uncertainty,...

A few of the seniors who will play collegiate sports.  Front row (l-r):  Kate Ratcliffe, Adelaide Bragaw, Kelly Rogers, Libby Carbo, Ellie Cox, Maya Kelly, Maddie Shearer.  Back row (l-r):  Kathryn Burr, Kate Landis, Mary Robertson, Stuart Widener, Austin Payne, Thomas Kallen, Joseph Taylor, Walter Moak.
Seniors Sign to Play College Sports
Alex Noth, Sports Editor • June 4, 2021

A number of WAHS student athletes plan to continue their sporting lives in college next year. Last week, WAHS held a signing ceremony to celebrate their plans.  Thomas Kallen...

After having no season last year the baseball team is 3-0 and looking to improve on that record. Tonight will be their fourth home game of five for the whole season.
Undefeated Baseball Has a Senior Night Test Against Louisa
May 10, 2021

With a strong crop of juniors, the baseball team has had a perfect start to the season and...

Reece Mattern is talented in both track and soccer.
A Freshman Breaking Records
April 2, 2021

Western is full of talented athletes, but there is one in particular who has been turning a...

Sign Language:  A Language Without Sound
Sign Language: A Language Without Sound
Thea Spitzner, Staff Writer • June 7, 2021

Sign language is not just for deaf people! It’s for everyone.  Studies have shown that ASL can benefit all babies, not just those who are deaf, or diagnosed disabled. Lane...

Student Sandra Wicks, a member of the Charlottesville Twelve, enters Venable Elementary School on September 8, 1959.
Students Must Learn the Hard History of their School Systems
June 4, 2021

The Anti-Racism Policy, adopted by Albemarle County in 2019, recognizes that "educators play...

Pictured left to right: Sheikh Mansour, owner of Manchester City FC, Florentino Perez, president of Real Madrid CF, and Joel Glazer, owner of Manchester United FC
European Football Survives in Spite of Owners
May 24, 2021

It’s hard to quantify what European football means to its fans. While it may seem inane to...

Review:  Invincible
Review: 'Invincible'
Harrison Miracle and Maxwell Creager-Roberts June 10, 2021

Another Robert Kirkman comic series came to the screen this year with Amazon Prime Video’s "Invincible", and similar to Kirkman’s “The Walking Dead,” its debut has not...

Review:  Star Wars:  Bad Batch
Review: 'Star Wars: Bad Batch'
June 2, 2021

“Star Wars: The Bad Batch” is an animated television series released on Disney+. Premiering...

The okapi is nicknamed the African unicorn.

Credit: Daniel Jolivet -, CC BY 2.0,
Extraordinary Endangered Animals: Okapi
Marja-Helena Barrett, Staff Writer • June 1, 2021

The okapi, nicknamed the “African Unicorn”, is the only living relative of the giraffe. It looks like a cross between a zebra and a deer, with stripes on its legs, and knobby...

Brian ODea (left) and Walker Martin (right), respectively.
The Hat Piece
May 18, 2021

This comprehensive list is our objective review of all types of hats. We left out religious...

Check out the Moo Thru at the new Dairy Market!
Food in Review: Ice Cream
May 5, 2021

The Moo Thru: You might be slightly confused about why we are reviewing the Moo Thru because...