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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

A selection of work by senior James Buetow

PSA: Senior Art Show To Open on April 24th

Julianne Kirby, Staff Writer April 20, 2017

The Senior Art Show will be hung on April 24 through the 28 in the cafeteria. The show will feature the work of students who have taken two or more years of visual arts, such as photography, ceramics,...

 Stuart Schill (Sir Harry) and Ryann Sheehy (Lady Larken) sing a duet at the beginning of the musical.

High Praise for Once Upon a Mattress

Rosie Dougherty-Herrmann, Staff Writer March 28, 2017

Once Upon a Mattress had four successful shows throughout Thursday, Friday, and Saturday last week. Those working on the musical included actors, singers, musicians, and technical theatre students. The...

Kurt Vile Rocks Out at the Jefferson

Mia Jevack, Staff Writer March 7, 2017

Watching Kurt Vile perform consists of 50% guitar skills and 50% hair. A couple weeks ago, I joined a huge crowd of cool looking 20 and 30 year olds that flooded the Jefferson to watch his show in awe....

Coming to a Theater Near You

Coming to a Theater Near You

Abby Lohr, Editor-in-Chief March 7, 2017

With all the movie buzz resulting from Oscar season, new films are hitting the theaters every few weeks. It’s easy to get caught up in the must-see attitude related to the outpouring of movies, but no...

American musical recording artist, actress, and model Janelle Monáe, left, American actress and singer Taraji P. Henson, American actor, film director, and producer Kevin Costner, and American actress Octavia Spencer arrive on the red carpet for the global celebration of the film Hidden Figures at the SVA Theatre, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016 in New York. The film is based on the book of the same title, by Margot Lee Shetterly, and chronicles the lives of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson -- African-American women working at NASA as “human computers,” who were critical to the success of John Glenn’s Friendship 7 mission in 1962. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

Hidden Figures: An Instant Hit!

Madeline Hamer, Copy Editor March 7, 2017

For many people, when they think about NASA in the 60s they think of white men working at the powerful space program. What many people aren’t aware of, is that there were many intelligent women (both...

The Shins Are Back

The Shins Are Back

Ellie Bowen, Arts & Entertainment Editor January 26, 2017

After five years of static, The Shins shattered the silence with a brand new single, “Dead Alive.” The first five seconds of the song will have you guessing what will happen next, but once it’s over...

Fueling your Holiday Playlist

Madeline Hamer, Copy Editor January 26, 2017

With holidays rolling around, it’s finally time to again listen to some phenomenal holiday music. While some Scrooges feel like Christmas music can be played too early, it’s never too soon to listen...

Interested in Podcasts? Give These a Listen

Alec Martin, Staff Writer January 24, 2017

Over the last few years, podcasts have taken over car stereos and headphone sets all over the world. And for good reason to; from comedy to politics, podcasts offer a wide variety of entertainment for...

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...

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...

Frank Ocean looking groovy.

Frank Ocean’s New Album

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...

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...