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The student news site of Western Albemarle High School

The Western Hemisphere

The student news site of Western Albemarle High School

The Western Hemisphere

WAHS students constructed and decorated signs on short notice in preparation for their protest.
Picture courtesy of Mika Chaturvedi
WAHS Walks Out for Abortion Rights
Jack Tueting, Assistant Editor • June 9, 2022

Numerous WAHS students walked out of school on May 9th in protest of a leaked draft of the United State Supreme Court’s decision in the case Dobbs v. Jackson. The leaked draft...

Spanish teacher runs Boston Marathon
Spanish Teacher Runs Boston Marathon
June 6, 2022

Most people at Western know Ms. Katie Pugh as a no nonsense high-level Spanish teacher, however...

Since construction on a second tiny house halted with a arrival of the pandemic, the partially finished home has sat, abandoned, outside of the A Wing.
Three Years Later: What's Going on With the Tiny House?
June 6, 2022

In 2019, Mr. Matheny and his shop class started an ambitious project from scratch, working...

Denny Barberio: A Look into the Life of That One Really Good Substitute
Denny Barberio: A Look into the Life of That One Really Good Substitute
Opal Kendall, Assistant Editor • June 3, 2022

Denny Barberio might be the most multi-faceted person I’ve ever met. He is a musician. He is a teacher. He is a producer. He is a theatre kid. He is a sound expert. He is a grandfather....

Westerns Spring Sport Gallery
Western's Spring Sport Gallery
Claire McMahon, Staff Writer • June 6, 2022

Trevor plays forward on the basketball team.
The Story of Trevor Martin
May 13, 2022

Trevor Martin is a sophomore at Western who moved to Crozet earlier this year from Arlington,...

Things I Wish I Knew Before Applying to College
Things I Wish I Knew Before Applying to College
Lee Marcel, Editor-in-Chief • June 10, 2022

As a first born child, college applications seemed incredibly daunting. I didn’t have siblings or older friends to tell me what to do. I was super stressed about applications...

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Lawsuit Seeks to Undermine Essential Education About Race and Culture
March 16, 2022

Let’s talk lawsuit. On December 22, 2021, five local families, all with children from the...

Sign Language:  A Language Without Sound
Sign Language: A Language Without Sound
June 7, 2021

Sign language is not just for deaf people! It’s for everyone.  Studies have shown that...

A&E
Everything Everywhere All at Once: A Chaotic Masterpiece
Everything Everywhere All at Once: A Chaotic Masterpiece
Tatiana Bird, Staff Writer • June 3, 2022

A24’s latest cinematic release, Everything Everywhere All at Once, is among the most ambitious films of the past decade. Directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, Everything...

Jack Steen’s Rap Reviews
Jack Steen’s Rap Reviews
June 3, 2022

The past months have had many anticipated and unexpected album releases from a variety of artists....

Comically Queer: Heartstopper Review
Comically Queer: Heartstopper Review
May 9, 2022

  “Heartstopper” is a revolutionary queer show that you can watch with the whole...

Class of 2022: Seniors Share Last Words
Features
Class of 2022: Seniors Share Last Words
Darrah Sheehan, Editor-in-Chief • June 2, 2022

The WAHS Class of 2022 has had anything but a traditional high school experience. While they did have a normal freshman year, the class’ sophomore...

Bacteria and yeasts metabolize natural sugars, creating delicious results.
Fermentation and its Endless Applications
Tatiana Bird, Staff Writer • March 30, 2022

Some of the most important developments in human history came about all thanks to microscopic unicellular organisms. This may be hard to believe with our macroscopic view, but...

The okapi is nicknamed the African unicorn.

Credit: Daniel Jolivet - https://www.flickr.com/photos/sybarite48/7973333500/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=65399174
Extraordinary Endangered Animals: Okapi
June 1, 2021

The okapi, nicknamed the “African Unicorn”, is the only living relative of the giraffe....

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...