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The Western Hemisphere

The student news site of Western Albemarle High School

The Western Hemisphere

Assistant principal Doug Granger is planning for a variety of parking changes for next school year.
Parking Causes Headaches for Students and Administration
Claire McMahon, Staff Writer • March 28, 2022

At the beginning of the 2021 school year, the Western community expressed serious concerns regarding the lack of parking spaces made available to juniors. Assistant Principal and...

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Lawsuit Seeks to Undermine Essential Education About Race and Culture
Opal Kendall, Assistant Editor • March 16, 2022

Let’s talk lawsuit. On December 22, 2021, five local families, all with children from the Western feeder pattern, filed a lawsuit against the Superintendent's Office and 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...

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...

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Comically Queer: Heartstopper Review
Comically Queer: Heartstopper Review
Lee Marcel, Editor in Chief • May 9, 2022

  “Heartstopper” is a revolutionary queer show that you can watch with the whole family. The Netflix exclusive show based on the iconic comics by Alice Osemen has a...

Natasha Jacques, Elke Beaumont, and Lily Clark rock out an Abba number in the musical  Mamma Mia.
WAHS Drama Presents "Mamma Mia"
April 22, 2022

Set your sails for Greece: this year’s musical “Mamma Mia” is sure to be an incredible...

Death on the Nile: Movie Review
Death on the Nile: Movie Review
March 25, 2022

Based on the famous book written by Agatha Christie, “Death on the Nile” is a classic murder...

Trevor plays forward on the basketball team.
The Story of Trevor Martin
Charlie Seaborn, Staff Writer • May 13, 2022

Trevor Martin is a sophomore at Western who moved to Crozet earlier this year from Arlington, Virginia. Martin plays basketball and football for Western and is a die-hard Buffalo...

Western Leadership End Mental Health Week with a Visit from CASPCA.
Western Leadership End Mental Health Week with a Visit from CASPCA.
Claire McMahon, Staff Writer • April 29, 2022

Executive Council President Nicole Bilchick (right) serves as a bridge between administration and students. She will pass her role as EC President to Michael Mitchell (left) for the 2022-2023 school year.
Executive Council President Nicole Bilchick: the Glue of Western’s Leadership Program
February 28, 2022

Nicole Bilchick is your typical Western senior, busy and overworked with her in and out of...

Trevor plays forward on the basketball team.
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The Story of Trevor Martin
Charlie Seaborn, Staff Writer • May 13, 2022

Trevor Martin is a sophomore at Western who moved to Crozet earlier this year from Arlington, Virginia. Martin plays basketball and football...

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.

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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...