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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

WAHS students constructed and decorated signs on short notice in preparation for their protest.
Picture courtesy of Mika Chaturvedi

WAHS Walks Out for Abortion Rights

Jack Tueting, Assistant Editor June 9, 2022

Numerous WAHS students walked out of school on May 9th in protest of a leaked draft of the United State Supreme Court’s decision in the case Dobbs v. Jackson. The leaked draft outlined a 5 to 4 majority...

Spanish teacher runs Boston Marathon

Spanish Teacher Runs Boston Marathon

Raley Baynes, Staff Writer June 6, 2022

Most people at Western know Ms. Katie Pugh as a no nonsense high-level Spanish teacher, however there is more to her than just that.. Distance running has always been something that Pugh loves. She began...

Since construction on a second tiny house halted with a arrival of the pandemic, the partially finished home has sat, abandoned, outside of the A Wing.

Three Years Later: What’s Going on With the Tiny House?

Will DeSimone, Editor-in-Chief June 6, 2022

In 2019, Mr. Matheny and his shop class started an ambitious project from scratch, working together on the construction of a tiny house.” The students and I wanted to build a tiny house, we got six...

Assistant principal Doug Granger is planning for a variety of parking changes for next school year.

Parking Causes Headaches for Students and Administration

Claire McMahon, Staff Writer March 28, 2022

At the beginning of the 2021 school year, the Western community expressed serious concerns regarding the lack of parking spaces made available to juniors. Assistant Principal and Director of Parking at...

Will Donovan and Spencer Just represent the House Republicans

Gallery: Model Congress 2022 Part 2

Claire McMahon, Assistant Editor March 21, 2022

Senators vote on a bill in the choir room.

Seniors Participate in the 16th Annual Model Congress

Opal Kendall, Assistant Editor March 17, 2022

For two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has canceled a popular Western tradition, but this pattern stops today. During the Model Congress and the weeks leading up to it, seniors taking U.S. Government to...

New Tip-line Has Big Impact on Teachers

New Tip-line Has Big Impact on Teachers

Lee Marcel, Co-Editor-in-Chief February 21, 2022

With the election and inauguration of Virginia’s new governor Glenn Youngkin, lots of new changes have been coming to the education system very fast. One of which is the Education Tip-line, an email...

Jack Tueting, Darius Mehta, and Opal Kendall were awarded as the best unit for WAHS.

We the People Club Places Fifth at State Competition

Shannan McCance, Staff Writer February 16, 2022

Representatives from Western Albemarle High School placed fifth in a “We the People” state competition on February 5th that provided students an opportunity to debate and discuss the history and importance...

ACPS Offers Virtual Option for This Year

ACPS Offers Virtual Option for This Year

Caroline Fleming, Staff Writer January 31, 2022

Beginning in the 2021-2022 school year, ACPS offered an entirely virtual school option for all students. The intent of this program is to cater to the needs of students who prefer to learn virtually over...

Republicans Score Significant Victories in VA Statewide Elections

Jack Tueting, Assistant Editor January 14, 2022

On November 2, 2021, Virginia held elections for statewide, legislative and local offices. The results have wide-sweeping implications for the future of the commonwealth, and will have a measurable impact...

Construction continues at Crozet Elementary where ACPS plans to increase school capacity from 400 students to 680 students.

Crozet Continues to Balance Growth and Infrastructure Needs

Opal Kendall, Assistant Editor January 14, 2022

Whether for a country as a whole, or for a smaller growing community like Crozet, infrastructure is essential to the stability of a community. Without infrastructure like roads, schools, transportation...