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The Western Hemisphere

The student news site of Western Albemarle High School - Crozet, VA

The Western Hemisphere

The student news site of Western Albemarle High School - Crozet, VA

The Western Hemisphere

Ryu and Luffy fighting on a “Sonic” level. How is this possible?

Top 5 Browser Games that are Worth Playing

Trey Burton, Staff Writer October 24, 2023

Are you tired of just chilling in your Warrior Period with nothing to do? Maybe you’ll read, study, or just do something boring. But, if you can’t do any of that then here are my top five games that...

Karpovich’s class reacts to their classroom in shambles after seniors flipped and saran-wrapped the furniture.

Senior Pranks: An Incomplete and Subjective Ranking

Sadie Spearin, Staff Writer June 5, 2023

As the school year comes to an end, high school seniors across the country prepare for their last hurrah, perhaps the pinnacle of humor in the high school experience: senior pranks. At Western, senior...

Outside of Wyants Store | Image Credit: Wyants Store Website

Wyant’s Store: Best Quick Food Off the Beaten Path

Jack Steenburgh, Assistant Editor June 5, 2023

Wyant's Store is a small gas station with one out of date gas pump on the far side from the parking lot. It lies just in front of a big field, and the inside feels more like a cozy room than a gas station....

Words, words what do they mean...

Word of the Week #2: Tautology

Tatiana Bird, Ediitor-in-Chief April 17, 2023

Let’s talk about tautologies. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a tautology is: “Unnecessary repetition, usually in close proximity, of the same word, phrase, idea, argument, etc.”  Now...

Words, words what do they mean...

Word of the Week #1

January 6, 2023

Have you ever wondered; from where was the word “whale” wrought? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Welcome to Word of the Week where I will answer any and all of your etymological inquiries....

Bacteria and yeasts metabolize natural sugars, creating delicious results.

Fermentation and its Endless Applications

Tatiana Bird, Staff Writer March 30, 2022

Some of the most important developments in human history came about all thanks to microscopic unicellular organisms. This may be hard to believe with our macroscopic view, but upon further investigation,...

The okapi is nicknamed the African unicorn.

Credit: Daniel Jolivet -, CC BY 2.0,

Extraordinary Endangered Animals: Okapi

Marja-Helena Barrett, Staff Writer June 1, 2021

The okapi, nicknamed the “African Unicorn”, is the only living relative of the giraffe. It looks like a cross between a zebra and a deer, with stripes on its legs, and knobby horns on its head. It...

Check out the Moo Thru at the new Dairy Market!

Food in Review: Ice Cream

Darrah Sheehan and Kimball Sheehan May 5, 2021

The Moo Thru: You might be slightly confused about why we are reviewing the Moo Thru because you know it to be a road trip stop located in Northern Virginia. However, the Moo Thru recently established...

In Myanmar, the Irrawaddy Dolphin has learned to participate in “cooperative fishing” with the fishermen in the area. This is a phenomenon that occurs nowhere else in the world.  
Credit: WWF

Extraordinary Endangered Animals: Irrawaddy Dolphin

Marja-Helena Barrett, Staff Writer May 5, 2021

The Irrawaddy Dolphin is a charismatic-looking beluga-like dolphin with a rounded face. An ancient Chinese text from AD 800 even referred to them as “river pigs”. These dolphins inhabit the coastal...

This species essentially spends its entire life underground. It uses a long tongue to eat ants and termites in its underground home.

Credit: Benjamin Tapley

Extraordinary Endangered Animals: Purple Frog

Marja-Helena Barrett, Staff Writer April 21, 2021

The purple frog, or the pig-nosed frog, looks like a grumpy purplish blob with a pointy nose. Scientists discovered this frog only 18 years ago in the Western Ghats of India, and it belongs to the family...

Enjoy the delicious house-made granola on top of the smoothie bowls at the Juice Laundry!

Food in Review: Juice Places

Darrah Sheehan and Kimball Sheehan March 30, 2021

The Corner Juice: The Corner Juice is exactly where you would expect it to be: on the Corner (but they also have a location on the downtown mall). This European-inspired cafe was founded by University...

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species (IUCN) classified this species as critically endangered in 2015, and this classification remains today.

Extraordinary Endangered Animals: Pied Tamarin

Marja-Helena Barrett, Staff Writer March 22, 2021

The pied tamarin, also known as the Brazilian bare-faced tamarin, is endemic to the lowland tropical forests of Brazil. It has a small hairless face, large ears that resemble something of an elf, and it...

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