The student news site of Western Albemarle High School

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

Skateboarding

Skateboarding

Edgar Batcheller , Staff Writer March 9, 2020

When it comes to skateboarding and the culture that it entails, senior Landon Sears is your guy. Landon has been skateboarding for roughly four years and his off-and-on career has brought about a new passion...

Real connection starts with the ability to respect differences and communicate openly.

Agree to Disagree: Fostering Respect through Civil Discourse

Abigail Connelly, Copy Editor February 11, 2019

Conversations regarding foreign and national affairs aren’t always easy to partake in, especially considering their tendency to transform peaceful interactions into war zones of passive aggression. Regardless...

The Government Takes On Juul

The Government Takes On Juul

Jessica Klees, Editor-in-Chief November 1, 2018

The federal government began investigations into the use of electronic cigarettes and vapes last year. Recently, however, some more severe measures have been enacted. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...

Evolution Of The Juul

Evolution Of The Juul

Frances Noll and Jack Reichert November 1, 2018

The nicotine craze isn’t new to the world of high school, but what is different now is the small rectangular “Juul.” The Juul has started a giant, unstoppable trend across high schools and universities...

Sophomore Max Jung shares his ideas during a forum on school safety.

Students Discuss School Safety Procedures

Jessica Klees, News Editor March 28, 2018

There has been a strong response in our community to the events of February 14, in which a gunman killed seventeen people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Students, as well...

From left: Francesca Gibson, Alice Ferrall, Claire Aminuddin, and Olivia Gallmeyer hanging out at the YADAPP conference this past summer.

Wellness Ambassadors Encourage Change

Jessica Klees, News Editor March 16, 2018

There is a club at WAHS that has recently been making some huge changes surrounding student well-being, specifically involving drugs and alcohol this year. Wellness Club’s mission is to bring representation...

Signs in the library tell students about the all day study hall

Shhhould the Silent Study Hall Become Permanent?

Talley Johnston , Editor in Chief January 19, 2018

The stereotype of a high school library is dark, dusty, dead silent room staffed with librarians who are always “shhhhh”ing students if they even breathe. However, the library at Western is the opposite....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.”