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Spirit Week Kicks Off

Spirit Week Kicks Off

Brookelyn Shantler, Student Life Editor

October 6, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase, Spirit Week

During lunch bundles of students dressed in various class colors filled the cafeteria with laughter, song, and spirit. Students of all grades huddled in their class's respective corners frantically coloring their murals. While the freshmen scrambled to complete their first mural, the seniors remained cal...

Witt and Whitten Retire after Combined Seventy-One Years

Witt and Whitten Retire after Combined Seventy-One Years

Madeleine Andrews and Talley Johnston

June 1, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

Chuck Witt After 33 years of teaching at the high school that he attended, math teacher and track coach Chuck Witt has decided to retire. He is known for his jokes and sarcastic humor that are heard throughout his classroom. Nothing gets by him, and if you ever misbehave in his class, you are typical...

Concussions in ACPS

Concussions in ACPS

Tim Desimone, Editor-in-Chief

May 11, 2017


Filed under News

For student athletes, the constant shadow of injury is a cautious reminder of the dangers of their sport. A broken bone or pulled muscle could be the end of a season, or at a minimum a painful process of recovery. For most, a pulled muscle is ideal in comparison to the other dangers on the field....

Is Light Rail an Option for Charlottesville?

Is Light Rail an Option for Charlottesville?

August Lamb, Photo Editor

May 6, 2017


Filed under News

With a steadily growing metropolitan population, now estimated at over 150,000 permanent residents, Charlottesville and Albemarle County have considered implementing a light rail system in our region within the past decade, attempting to make one of the nation’s most desirable regions into one of the most progressive. Although talks have lost steam in recent years, light rail would provide an environmentally friendly way to ease traffic around the city.

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A(P)ril Showers May Bring a 5

A(P)ril Showers May Bring a 5

Madeleine Andrews, Managing Web Editor

May 4, 2017


Filed under Features, News, Showcase

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 AP classes and faced the stress, knowing that by the end of May the class would slow down. But when...

Make Way for Digital Imaging Ducklings

Make Way for Digital Imaging Ducklings

Olivia Gallmeyer, Managing News Editor

March 23, 2017


Filed under Multimedia, News, Showcase

  “It’s so soft!” “This is the most beautiful thing.” “I’m kind of scared, it’s a lot of responsibility!” These remarks and many more oohs, aahs, and excited high-pitched squeals were heard Tuesday afternoon as the WAHS Digital Imaging and Photography classes met four special guests. Courtney...

Model Congress 2017

Model Congress 2017

Olivia Gallmeyer and Staff Reports

March 9, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

The senior government classes' annual Model Congress event took place on March 9, 2017, as seniors dressed to the nines, come to debate their bills in a simulation of the legislative officials in Washington. From committees to floor sessions, the Western Hemisphere has you covered with all-day updates. Committee Ses...

MoCo Committee Meetings: The Photos

MoCo Committee Meetings: The Photos

August Lamb, Photo Editor

March 9, 2017


Filed under Model Congress, Multimedia, News, Showcase, Slideshows, Student Life

As Model Congress 2017 rolls around again, The Western Hemisphere provides continuous coverage of its happenings. Here are the photos from this morning.

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Wacappellas Hit New Highs

Wacappellas Hit New Highs

Madeleine Andrews, Managing Web Editor

March 7, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

Every so often, you may find yourself whistling, humming, and tapping to a song that you just can’t get out of your head. When the new a capella group at Western was created, students of all grades came together and shared their abilities to sing without instruments. The Wacappellas officially began...

Get to Know the New Choir Teacher

Get to Know the New Choir Teacher

Brookelyn Shantler, Staff Writer

March 7, 2017


Filed under News

Amber Blakovich was born and raised in New Jersey. She has an adorable 3-year-old beagle named Copper. “He’s my little dude,” said Ms. Blakovich. She has been singing ever since she can remember. Her parents had her audition for a children’s choir when she was in 3rd grade and she stayed with...

WAHS Got Talent

WAHS Got Talent

Grace Berigan, Staff Writer

March 6, 2017


Filed under News

Contestant Erin Nelson was flooded with excitement as she began her duet with Rebekah Carroll, and commented on her experience in the arts and past talent shows. “I tried out (for the talent show) all through middle school. I didn’t have time to audition last year, even though I really wanted...

Once Upon a Musical

Once Upon a Musical

Rosie Dougherty-Herrmann, Staff Writer

March 2, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

Students are working hard on putting together the spring musical, “Once Upon a Mattress.” The musical is a retelling of “The Princess and the Pea.” To prepare for the show, students work on directing, costume making, working on lights and sound, building the set, singing, dancing, acting, making r...