The Western Hemisphere

Student Initiative 

Talley Johnston, Editor in Chief

January 19, 2018

Students of Albemarle County and specifically Western Albemarle High School have noticed that mental health is a growing issue and have taken the initiative to help find a solution.  They want to increase the awareness in the schools and the resources for mental health.  Students have been reaching o...

ESA Hits its Fourth Year

ESA Hits its Fourth Year

Rosie Dougherty-Herrmann, Interactives Editor

November 3, 2017

This fall, the first class of ESA students started their senior year. Now, for the first time students in all four grades are enrolled in ESA. These students have taken two sciences every year as part of the academy. There were originally 24 students in the first class, but with some students taking i...

A(P)ril Showers May Bring a 5

A(P)ril Showers May Bring a 5

Madeleine Andrews, Managing Web Editor

May 4, 2017

There comes a time when the joy of Spring Break has faded away, and students are left with the daunting fact that Advanced Placement exams are charging towards them. All year students have taken their AP classes and faced the stress, knowing that by the end of May the class would slow down. But when...

Slice of Home: Thanksgiving Recipes from Students

Slice of Home: Thanksgiving Recipes from Students

Eva Massarelli and Tim DeSimone

November 23, 2016

In this online Feature, we explore recipes from home. Compiled here are a short collection from Western students, some handed down for generations. We hope that they may find a place at your table this Holiday season.

Pumpkin Cake Roll

Pumpkin Cake Roll

Sophie Creager-Roberts, Staff Writer

November 23, 2016

“It’s special to me because I don’t have to make it and it tastes really good.”

Abbie Norton’s Church Salad

Abbie Norton's Church Salad

Julianne Kirby, Staff Writer

November 23, 2016

“It’s kind of a salad, but mostly a desert. My great aunt used to make this at every family gathering.”

Heon’s Peach Crisp

Heon's Peach Crisp

Tim DeSimone, Co-Editor in Chief

November 23, 2016

“This dish has been handed down for generations. We always have it, and here’s a story about why it matters to me.”

Morris family’s Potato Casserole

Morris family's Potato Casserole

Madeleine Andrews, Managing Web Editor

November 23, 2016

“It’s important to me because we’ve done it ever since I remember. Every single year we have it, even when my sister got her wisdom teeth out the day before Thanksgiving.”

Macy’s Pumpkin Apple Pie

Macy's Pumpkin Apple Pie

Olivia Gallmeyer, Managing News Editor

November 23, 2016

"I made this pie a while back. It’s a bit time consuming but it’s really good!"

Moore family’s Cornbread Stuffing

Moore family's Cornbread Stuffing

Sidney Jackson, Staff Writer

November 23, 2016

“ We make it every year, and it tastes really good.”

House of WAHS

Senators cast their votes

Tim DeSimone, and staff reports

March 10, 2016

It’s that time of year again. Model Congress is an annual event at Western when seniors throw on ties or a dress and emulate their elected officials in Washington. The event is always fun to watch and keep up with, so The Western Hemisphere will be keeping our readers up to date with all the gossi...

Have Yourself A Merry Little “Winter Break”

The illuminated tree of books in the library spreads cheer to hardworking students.

Lauren Kearns, Co Editor-in-Chief

January 11, 2016

For many, the day after Thanksgiving is the official beginning of the holiday season. Local radio stations begin their continuous carols, Barrack’s Road puts up its decorations, and the smells of baking cookies, pine needles, and cinnamon scented candles start to fill the air. But there is one other...