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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

David Sedaris’s most recent release: Theft by Finding Diaries

David Sedaris’s most recent release: Theft by Finding Diaries

Grace Berigan, A&E Editor May 21, 2019

David Sedaris’s Theft by Finding Diaries 1977-2002 is unlike any of his previous publications. Including titles such as Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, and When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Through Sedaris’s...

Ariana Grandes thank u, next Turns Heartbreak Into Harmony

Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” Turns Heartbreak Into Harmony

Sarah Capshaw, Staff Writer April 18, 2019

Ariana Grande’s much anticipated fifth studio album “thank u, next” was released  February 8th, 2019. Grande had previously released three singles off the album: “thank u, next”, “imagine”,...

For The Throne: “Game of Thrones” Season 8 Preview

Abigail Connelly, Copy Editor April 9, 2019

There is no shortage of excitement and anticipation for the release of the final season of “Game of Thrones”. Fans are counting down the days until April 14th, eagerly reading fan theories and soaking...

“The Sound of Music” ensemble rehearses for the show.

Meet “The Sound of Music” Ensemble

Sophie Creager-Roberts, A&E Editor April 9, 2019

Every year, Western’s drama department puts on a spring musical. And every year hardworking students help put in on in every step of the process. From acting, assistant directing, stage managing, lights,...

Cover art for Vampire Weekends newest album, Father of the Bride

New Music: Vampire Weekend

Mia Jevack, Editor in Chief April 9, 2019

After a six year long hiatus, our preppy, indie kings have finally returned. After signing to Columbia Records and the departure of Rostam Batmanglij, (one of the original founding members) fans were left...

Left to right: Gregory Brogan (9), India Mawn (12), Lilah Dottori (11), Maya Kelly (10)

Iconic Individuals Showcase Their Fashion

Sophie Creager-Roberts, A&E Editor February 5, 2019

Gregory Brogan (9) *outfit pictured: pants from AE, shoes Steve Madden, jacket = vintage Dolce, shirt from Banana Republic Who do you consider to be your style icon and why? “I don’t know....

Warriors in the Studio

Warriors in the Studio

Jack Reichert and Austin Davis February 5, 2019

Soundcloud is a popular platform for music creators across the country, and Angelo Garano and Mark Barstow have joined in on the new craze with hopes to make it big. Garano, better known as King AG...

Nintendos Super Smash Bros. Ultimate exploded into the series fastest seller in history.

Review: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Harry Cowen, Staff Writer February 5, 2019

It’s clear that Nintendo listened to the fans and finally made a smash game that satisfies every type of gamer. “Smash Ultimate” is the newest installation in the series, releasing on the Switch...

Lush the latest album from band Snail Mail

Editor’s Picks: Top 5 Albums of 2018

Mia Jevack, Editor in Chief February 5, 2019

1. "Lush" by Snail Mail Nineteen-year-old, classically trained guitarist, Lindsey Jordan’s debut album “Lush” is a follow up to her EP “Habit,” which was released in 2016. Jordan’s moody...

Top 10 Christmas Songs

Top 10 Christmas Songs

Grace Berigan, Arts & Entertainment Editor December 18, 2018

Do They Know It’s Christmas? - 1984 Version by Band Aid Big Bag by Tyler, The Creator O Tannenbaum by Vince Guaraldi Trio Feliz Navidad by Jose Feliciano What’s This? by Danny Elfman ...

Netflixs hit show Narcos: Mexico is a continuation of the original show, which was set in Colombia.

Winter Break: The Great Netflix Binge

Harry Cowen, Staff Writer December 18, 2018

Winter break is always a perfect time for binging Netflix and trying to forget about midterms, so here are some of my new favorite shows to binge: “Narcos: Mexico” is the newest spinoff of the successful...

Eminem raps with a live band during The Concert for Valor in Washington, D.C. Nov. 11, 2014. DoD

Rap’s Most Recent Beef: Machine Gun Kelly Challenges Eminem

William Peritz, News Editor November 20, 2018

On August 31, 2018, Eminem released a surprise album titled “Kamikaze.” The album was designed to fire back at everyone the Detroit rapper had beef with, including many of his critics. He dissed at...