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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

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...

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...

The cast of Grease poses in costume

Grease Swings into Crozet

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...

Wiz Khalifa sings to anticipating crowd.

New Year Brings New Beats

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...

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...

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...

Alex Kingsley, one of the writers

Original Production Draws in Award

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...

Frank Ocean performing, Oyafestivalen 2012

What We’re Not Listening To: Frank Ocean

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...

(Fall)ing for Sweaters

(Fall)ing for Sweaters

Abby Lohr November 9, 2015

As the crisp, but not quite cold weather starts to arrive, it’s time for girls to look in their closets and find those fall essentials. Leaves are changing colors and apple-picking is starting, but aren’t...

Mary Campbells  five week summer program brought her to Fiji, Australia, and New Zealand.

Students Summer Program Takes Her Across the World

Ellie Bowen October 9, 2015

Western junior, Mary Campbell Spencer, was fortunate enough to have spent her summer in not one, but three different countries over the span of five weeks. The majority of her time was spent in the Outback...

Student Musicians

Student Musicians

Sarah Rainey, Web Editor in Chief April 20, 2015

Neighbors You Know Neighbors You Know, made of seniors Bianica Baker, Ian Wright, and Jack Marcus, was founded in December of 2012 when they decided to combine their talents and form a band. Lead singer,...

What Were Listening to: The Civil Wars

What We’re Listening to: The Civil Wars

Abby Lohr, Staff Writer April 20, 2015

Formed in 2008, the Civil Wars have the kind of music that you can put on repeat for hours without regret. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Joy Williams and John Paul White have the type of voices that overlap...