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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

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...

ACPS designed the grading policy as a means to promote county-wide equity.

ACPS Implements New County-Wide Grading Policy

Darrah Sheehan, Editor-in-Chief November 3, 2021

Albemarle County Public Schools began implementing a new grading policy for the 2021-2022 school year with an overall goal of promoting equity county-wide. New principal Jennifer Sublette says this...

After holding many roles before becoming a principal, Hackney knows the challenges of being a teacher but is here to help.

Brand New Face is Here to Stay

Tatiana Bird, Assistant Editor October 13, 2021

Among the new faces at Western, Assistant Principal H. Hackney is one that students will be seeing often. A Chapel Hill native, Hackney has been in and around schools for most of his life. Following jobs...

Sublette is eager to lead the school she once attended.

Sublette Returns to Lead Western

Jack Tueting, Assistant Editor October 11, 2021

For Jennifer Sublette, Western Albemarle High School is familiar.  Sublette, a 1988 graduate of WAHS, and an alum of American University, is the newest of a long string of principals at Western Albemarle,...