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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

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...

Hozier returned after a long hiatus with his recent EP, “Nina Cried Power”

Review: Hozier’s New EP “Nina Cried Power”

Abigail Connelly, Copy Editor October 25, 2018

Nina Cried Power was released on September 6th and was eagerly received by multitudes of fans both new and old. Hozier’s first album, simply titled “Hozier,” has remained popular since its initial...

Vile rocking out at Lollapalooza in 2016

Editor’s Picks: New Music

Mia Jevack, Editor-in-Chief October 25, 2018

The 2018 calendar year has been good to the music world, especially past summer. Albums such as “Hive Mind” from The Internet, “Negro Swan” from Blood Orange, and “Be the Cowboy” from Mitski...

Top 5 on PBS KIDS

Top 5 on PBS KIDS

Eva Massarelli, Features Editor October 2, 2018

Top 5 Shows on PBS KIDS “Arthur” “Fecth! with Ruff Ruffman” “Cyberchase” “Between the Lions” “Clifford the Big Red Dog” “Arthur” is by far the best show on PBS...

Editor’s Picks: March

Mia Jevack, Arts & Entertainment Editor April 16, 2018

March saw new music ranging from singles to EPs to covers from bands like Beach Fossils, who came out with a cover of Yung Lean’s song “Agony” from his 2017 album “Stranger”. Car Seat Headrest...

Western to Create New Fine Arts Hall of Fame

Western to Create New Fine Arts Hall of Fame

Brookelyn Shantler, Student Life Editor March 30, 2018

Over the the summer of 2018, Western will be adding a Fine Arts Hall of Fame outside of the auditorium to honor past students and teachers who have made contributions to the arts. It is a way of recognizing...

Chloe Horner (Elle) initiates a selfie with Delta Nu girls at a preview performance at the Old Trail Lodge

Gallery: Spring Musical “Legally Blonde”

Olivia Gallmeyer, Editor-in-Chief March 16, 2018

The spring musical Legally Blonde opened on Thursday, March 15, and will run through March 17. Based on the movie starring Reese Witherspoon, the musical tells the story of sorority girl turned law student...

Erin Nelson (left) as Paulette and Chloe Horner as Elle work on a scene with Apollo

Canine Actors Break a Paw in “Legally Blonde”

Olivia Gallmeyer, Editor-in-Chief March 16, 2018

Among the talented cast of more than 50 actors gracing the stage in Legally Blonde, there’s two standout stars that must be talked about— and no, we’re not talking about Elle and Emmett. This year’s...