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


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...

We’re not drooling, you are.

Food in Review: Mexican Restaurants

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...

Dont 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...

An Emperor Tamarin shows off his sweet mustache

Mammal of the Month

William Peritz, Editor-in-Chief December 9, 2019

Now this is a good mammal. In keeping with the theme of featuring underrated, underappreciated animals, I present to you the emperor tamarin. I know what you’re thinking: I have no idea what an emperor...

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

Lime vs. Bird: An E-Scooter Review

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...

The glorious echidna shows off its fantastic beak

Mammal of the Month: The Echidna

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...

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...

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

Staff Celebrates No-Shave November

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...

A pangolin walks around, looking like a dinosaur.

Mammal of the Month: Pangolin

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....

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...

Teachers Pets

Teacher’s Pets

William Peritz, Staff Writer May 11, 2017

Fenway has a tight schedule, and it will be respected. He needs a walk at precisely 6 a.m., by none other than his owner, Lynn Define. Define wakes up every morning with plenty of time to walk Fenway,...

Mammal Of The Month: May 2017

Mammal Of The Month: May 2017

William Peritz, Staff Writer May 4, 2017

The main goal here at the Mammal of the Month writer’s desk is to shine a light into all corners of the mammal community and improve the reputation of the most underrated. On this note, get ready to...