The Western Hemisphere

Food for Thought: Student Blogs Promote Healthier Eating During the Quarantine

Megan Futty’s food blog lists her healthy recipes with more detail. Her first blog post is a recipe for chocolate chip banana bread. Here is the link to her blog page:

Kimball Sheehan, Assistant Editor

May 18, 2020

Worried about developing unhealthy eating habits during the quarantine?  Here are two food accounts to keep you healthy and fit, created by WAHS students Megan Futty and Katie Carter. Their recipes are easy to make and won’t waste your groceries! @foodiefutty by Megan Futty: Megan has been running...

WAHS Students Stay Connected Through “Quarantine Madness”

WAHS Students Stay Connected Through “Quarantine Madness”

Kimball Sheehan, Assistant Editor

May 7, 2020

Amber Parker decided to create an Instagram account for quarantine games. Since everyone has been so bored being quarantined at their houses, she created this account to bring people together and play various games. “I made the account because I was bored one night," she said.  "I made a bracket ...

Food in Review: Italian Restaurants

The combination of a cute yellow window sill and freshly made pasta is something you simply cannot miss when walking by.

Darrah Sheehan, Kimball Sheehan, and Michal Kipnis

March 13, 2020

Luce: Tucked off of the Downtown Mall on 2nd Street is the cutest yellow take-out pasta restaurant ever! You might be confused about why we described Luce as yellow, and that’s because it's painted bright yellow. The menu is simple and the food is delicious. You are presented with a difficult choice...

Mammal of the Month: Markhor


William Peritz, Editor-in-Chief

March 9, 2020

If you’re reading this, there’s a pretty good chance that the picture drew you in. Just take a good long look, it only gets better the longer you stare at it. The big, tall horns spiraling up to Heaven look like they’d be the perfect bit for a massive drill. The folded-down ears resemble those...

Food in Review: Mexican Restaurants

We’re not drooling, you are.

Darrah Sheehan, Kimball Sheehan, and Michal Kipnis

January 25, 2020

For the first issue ever of Food in Review, we chose the most popular ethnic food type of Western Albemarle High School students. Despite the vast differences between Crozet and a big city like New York City, they do have one thing in common: local homemade Mexican food. You know quesadillas, chips &am...

Don’t Ask Me About College!

Don't Ask Me About College!

Grace Berigan, Editor in Chief

December 18, 2019

The questions began as early as my freshman year. Since then, they’ve only gotten worse. It’s the dreaded go-to of nosy adults everywhere: “So where are you going to college?” The truthful response to this question is one I’m sure the adults don’t want to hear: “I don’t know.” Once the ...

Lime vs. Bird: An E-Scooter Review

Rival e-scooters Lime (left) and Bird (right) parked in Charlottesville's Court Square.

August Lamb and William Lambert

April 18, 2019

Hallelujah, it’s raining… electric scooters??? It seems as though they appeared overnight just a few months ago, and in fact, they did! The City of Charlottesville approved a dockless scooter and e-bike pilot program on December 7th, 2018, and the following morning, one hundred electric-powered scoo...

Mammal of the Month: The Echidna

The glorious echidna shows off its fantastic beak

William Peritz, News Editor

April 9, 2019

If you’ve been following Mammal of the Month for a while, you may be wondering - where’s the platypus? I mean, at this point in the series they have to talk about it eventually, right? What a cool and interesting mammal it is, where can I find the platypus feature? Well as it turns out… that...

Under Official Review: The Ads of Super Bowl LIII

Under Official Review: The Ads of Super Bowl LIII

August Lamb, Editor-in-Chief

February 5, 2019

Welcome back, dear readers, to the fourth installment of Under Official Review, your one stop shop for the best ads aired during the biggest sporting event of the year! This year’s Super Bowl was actually Super Boring and Super Disappointing. I’m not here to hate on the Pats, but this was the lowest ...

Staff Celebrates No-Shave November

(From left) Mr. Schaffer, Mr. Gahring, Mr. Kompelien, Mr. Posovsky, Mr. Ball, Mr. Walsh, and Mr. Denny

Sidney Jackson, Managing Editor

December 18, 2018

No-shave November, sometimes known as 'Movember', is a month-long event in which men surrender their razors and let their hair flow freely. Though many guys see this event  as a friendly competition with buddies to see who can grow the longest or bushiest beards, the real reason behind No-shave N...

Mammal of the Month: Pangolin

A pangolin walks around, looking like a dinosaur.

William Peritz, News Editor

October 25, 2018

Well here we are, two years later. Everyone’s favorite mammal-appreciation series returns for its third season, which means, fun fact: it’s older that the shelf life of canned applesauce. It’s true. For anyone new here, every issue Mammal of the Month provides information about the most underrated...

Mammal of the Month: Porcupine

Mammal of the Month: Porcupine

William Peritz, Latitudes Editor

November 3, 2017

Welcome to the running series known as Mammal of the Month, returning for a second of many years to the Western Hemisphere. Once per issue, we’ll take a journey deep into the mammalian world, focusing on one creature at a time. Volume II, Issue I, let’s begin with the Porcupine. When it comes...