The student news site of Western Albemarle High School - Crozet, VA

The Western Hemisphere

The student news site of Western Albemarle High School - Crozet, VA

The Western Hemisphere

The student news site of Western Albemarle High School - Crozet, VA

The Western Hemisphere

Dan Bledsoe and Cal Miller
Dan Bledsoe Named New Athletic Director
Sophie Mathew, Assistant Editor • May 31, 2024

Dan Bledsoe will step into the role of Athletic Director after 15 years of teaching...

Truancy, or skipping, isnt the only way to become chronically absent. Excused absences (doctors appointments, vacations, etc.) also count toward a students total absenteeism.
Empty Seats: How Chronic Absenteeism is Affecting Student Learning
Lucy Shadel, Staff Writer • May 29, 2024

My teachers aren’t doing anything in class today. I didn’t get any sleep...

The School Board’s exercise of emergency powers, collective bargaining barriers, such as the verification of employee authorization cards, slowed the negotiation process.
Update: Collective Bargaining Agreement Unanimously Passes ACPS School Board
Annabelle Mackey, Assistant Editor • May 29, 2024

The Albemarle Education Association (AEA) and ACPS School Board passed a collective bargaining agreement on April 11, 2024, following two years...

Lee became a substitute in 2022 and has since been working to become a full time teacher.
The Man, the Myth, the LEEgend
Jack Steenburgh, Editor-in-Chief • May 10, 2024

As a substitute teacher, it’s often hard to connect with students in one fleeting...

Above: Affectionately known as “Scotty Jeff” by students, Jefferies is regarded just as well 
by them as by his colleagues.
Unsung Hero Of Western: Scott Jeffries
Isabella Stewart, Staff Writer • February 14, 2024

Your feet quietly trudge down the hallway, and you rub your eyes wondering why...

Moak will attend the College of William and Mary following her year in Kyrgyzstan.
Future Polyglot to Travel to Kyrgyzstan for Russian Language Study
Annabelle Mackey, News Editor • May 29, 2024

Many WAHS students pursue their unique talents and passions in various forms. For senior Helen Moak, she has pursued language study in many forms. Whether it be pursuing Spanish...

Rachael holding “Curiosity Jones Killed My Cat”
Meet the Senior Who Has Written a Novel: Rachael Pond
Isabella Stewart, Staff Writer • May 29, 2024

Kind, reserved, humble, and hard-working—all things that describe the senior who has just written her second novel. Born in New Hampshire, Rachel Pond moved to Western during...

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Zendaya stars in a tennis throuple alongside Mike Faist and Josh OConnor.
Challengers Serves Up An Enticing Cinematic Experience
Sophie Mathew, Assistant Editor • May 29, 2024

I just wanna see some good tennis,” Zendaya’s character, Tashi Duncan, remarks, superbly encapsulating the plot of Challengers in one sentence. It effectively makes tennis...

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Riders test out the WAHS mountain bike course the night before the big event.
WAHS Hosts Mountain Bike Event
Cooper Shelton, Staff Writer • June 3, 2024

Both King and Heilman are committed to UVA Swim and Dive.
Western Swimmers To Take On Olympic Trials This June
Jack Connelly, Assistant Editor • May 29, 2024

Western has not one but two students swimming at the USA Olympic trials this...

Debate: Easter Prom Dresses vs. “Traditional Prom Dresses”
Millie Wiegard, Staff Writer • May 29, 2024

There is a recurring popular question this spring, debating none other than...

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