The Western Hemisphere

New Releases Worth the Ticket Price

Abby Lohr, Editor-in-Chief

January 3, 2017

When it comes to movies, trailers play an important part in helping me determine whether it’s worth the hefty $12 fee of watching it in a theater. Sure, the seats are comfy and the surround sound is mesmerizing, but a lot of the time I leave the theater regretting my purchase when I could’v...

Stampede! Drama Department Unveils Fall Play, Rhinoceros

Stampede! Drama Department Unveils Fall Play, Rhinoceros

Eva Massarelli, Staff Writer

November 17, 2016

Ms. Pitts, the drama director, was inspired to put on the play Rhinoceros this fall after reading the play multiple times and seeing the performance live at UVA. The WAHS drama department has been practicing since early September, meeting every day after school. Since the auditions were school-wide, ...

Frank Ocean’s New Album

Frank Ocean looking groovy.

Abby Lohr, Editor In Chief

October 24, 2016

With it being four years since the debut of Frank Ocean’s last album, it’s safe to say that his loyal fans were itching for more. “Frank Ocean has been playing with my emotions for awhile now, so I almost cried when he finally dropped the album,” said senior Matayo Robinson. For many others, the ...

Musicals in the Making

Musicals in the Making

Eva Massarelli, Staff Writer

October 21, 2016

Infant and the Beast, also known as Harambe the Musical, was born just a month ago when Ms. Pitts assigned her musical theatre students to produce a musical. It was recently performed by the class, including Benjamin Jessee, who played Harambe. Benjamin and a group of his classmates made the show usi...

Pokémon Go: Just a Summer Fad?

Pokémon Go: Just a Summer Fad?

Jessica Klees, Copy Editor

October 20, 2016

Is Pokémon Go dead? That is the question people seem to be asking. With the beginning of the school year, popularity is on a sharp decline for this character-catching game. It was the top-grossing app on the App Store for over two months, but was recently robbed of that title. Pokémon Go held public...

WAHS Bands Battle It Out

Shannon Durazo, Arts and Entertainment Editor

April 13, 2016

With early April comes the annual “Battle of The Bands” competition, a week-long event where students of all ages come together to each play a mini-concert on the senior patio. Each day of the week brings a new show from a new band, all of which have their own unique styles. The genres range from p...

Grease Swings into Crozet

The cast of Grease poses in costume

Tim DeSimone, Co-Editor in Chief

March 24, 2016

It’s one of the most iconic and well known musicals of the 20th century, embodying the wild and free spirit of an entire decade now immortalized in song. It’s hard to forget the classic John Travolta smolder, or the soundtrack that helped make him famous. The one, true, High School Musical. Than...

New Year Brings New Beats

Wiz Khalifa sings to anticipating crowd.

Abby Lohr, Assistant Editor

March 9, 2016

For music fanatics, a new year means the build-up of album drops, new stars, and the return of trusty, well-known artists. The competition in the rap and R&B industry has definitely heated up over the last few years and finding talented, new artists has proven difficult. But I’m going to break down t...

2016 Oscar Predictions

2016 Oscar Predictions

Shannon Durazo and Eme Massarelli

February 26, 2016

With February comes the annual “Academy Awards,” arguably the most important award show in the entertainment industry. And with the Oscars comes Oscar predictions. Seniors Shannon Durazo, Eme Massarelli and freshman Emma Duckworth weighed in on their predictions for the top awards at this year’s...

Return of Bieber Fever

Return of Bieber Fever

Abby Lohr, Assistant Editor

January 11, 2016

Bieber fever is back with the release of Justin Bieber’s new album, “Purpose.” His best album to date, the 21 year old Canadian singer has yet again stolen the hearts of millions of young females around the globe with his mix of R&B, dance-pop, and acoustic songs. Personally, I’ve listened to the whole al...

Original Production Draws in Award

Alex Kingsley, one of the writers

Tim DeSimone, Editor in Chief

November 23, 2015

What if you have it all? What if you have all the world has to offer, but are still not satisfied? What if no mortal being or material good is enough? Can heaven or hell fill the gap? “Life can’t satisfy him, so she wants to see if death can.” The Western Drama department put on an award winning, original p...

What We’re Not Listening To: Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean performing, Oyafestivalen 2012

Shannon Durazo

November 18, 2015

Boys don’t cry. A t-shirt slogan, a great song by “ The Cure,” and supposedly a Frank Ocean album. But, as of right now, Frank Ocean’s much anticipated sophomore project is slipping more and more into the category of folklore. It has been three years since Ocean (real name Christopher Breux) h...