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The Western Hemisphere

The student news site of Western Albemarle High School

The Western Hemisphere

The student news site of Western Albemarle High School

The Western Hemisphere

New Faces at Western
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New Faces at Western
Harrison Miracle, Editor-in-Chief • November 8, 2021

Faces cover art created by Mac Miller’s brother, Miller McCormick
Mac Miller’s Faces Album Review
Jack Steenburgh, Staff Writer • January 14, 2022

Mac Miller’s death on September 7th, 2018 was a tragedy which shocked fans, friends, and family of the rapper. A common debate seen surrounding many other rappers’ deaths sparked...

Construction continues at Crozet Elementary where ACPS plans to increase school capacity from 400 students to 680 students.
Crozet Continues to Balance Growth and Infrastructure Needs
January 14, 2022

Whether for a country as a whole, or for a smaller growing community like Crozet, infrastructure...

ACPS designed the grading policy as a means to promote county-wide equity.
ACPS Implements New County-Wide Grading Policy
November 3, 2021

Albemarle County Public Schools began implementing a new grading policy for the 2021-2022 school...

Habitat for Humanity club members participate in Rake-a-Thon to raise money for Habitat.
Club Leaders Return To In-Person Meetings
Margaret Lee, Staff Writer • January 14, 2022

61 new and returning club leaders were able to finally gather together and discuss upcoming game plans for the 2021-2022 club year, in-person. With the elimination of online Zoom...

Robotics club has to program their robot from scratch.
Robotics Prepares to Compete in Challenge
January 14, 2022

If you were to enter classroom A109 on a Monday, Wednesday, or Friday afternoon, you would...

“Horse Girls” included an exclusively female cast.
Drama Takes the Stage by the Reins
January 14, 2022

The Western drama department’s one Act Show, "Horse Girls," came in second place out of six...

Sam Stoke has left his mark on WAHS athletics.
Sam Stoke’s Journey Through Western
Harrison Miracle, Editor-In-Chief • January 14, 2022

Sam Stoke is a senior and a veteran of the Western golf team. Many would describe him as a clever, mysterious person with numerous traits and hobbies. While golf has always been...

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
June 4, 2021

A number of WAHS student athletes plan to continue their sporting lives in college next year....

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...

Faces cover art created by Mac Miller’s brother, Miller McCormick
Mac Miller’s Faces Album Review
Jack Steenburgh, Staff Writer • January 14, 2022

Mac Miller’s death on September 7th, 2018 was a tragedy which shocked fans, friends, and family of the rapper. A common debate seen surrounding many other rappers’ deaths sparked...

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...

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...

A&E
Library Announces Arrival of New Books
Library Announces Arrival of New Books
Audrey Miracle, Staff Writer • November 3, 2021

Looking for a fun new book to read but don't know what you want? Here's a sneak peak at new books being added to the library. New Fiction: Darius the Great Deserves Better by...

Review:  Invincible
Review: 'Invincible'
June 10, 2021

Another Robert Kirkman comic series came to the screen this year with Amazon Prime Video’s...

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
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...