The Western Hemisphere

Club Profiles

Rosie Dougherty-Herrmann, A&E Editor

November 8, 2019

Western’s 61 new and returning club leaders gathered together on September 20th to plan for the upcoming year. Many of these leaders have big plans for this year, from hosting speakers to entering global competitions. Some are carrying on the work of past students, while others are laying their own fou...

Charlottesville Participates in Global Climate Walkout

Charlottesville Participates in Global Climate Walkout

Abigail Connelly, News Editor

November 6, 2019

12-year-old Gudrun Campbell, a student at Walker Upper Elementary School and co-founder of the Cville Youth Climate Strike Network, led a Climate Strike on September 21st. Participants marched to the Freedom Wall and crowded together tightly to hear Campbell speak, some even climbing on top of structu...

Western to Pilot New Anonymous Reports System

Western to Pilot New Anonymous Reports System

August Lamb, Editor-in-Chief

May 3, 2019

Principal Darah Bonham and the Albemarle County School Board announced a new pilot program at Western Albemarle High School on Friday. The county is trialling an app that allows students to report bullying and other potential safety hazards quickly and anonymously to administration. The Anonymous Alerts app [link]...

‘Anchor Days’ Eliminated from Next Year’s School Schedule

‘Anchor Days’ Eliminated from Next Year’s School Schedule

August Lamb, Editor-in-Chief

April 25, 2019

Western recently announced a big change in next year’s school schedule: Anchor Days, better known as Monday Schedules, will be phased out. The School Board distributed a survey to students at Albemarle County’s three high schools in mid-January asking their opinions on the current school schedule,...

Local Student Activist Zyahna Bryant Publishes Book

Local Student Activist Zyahna Bryant Publishes Book

August Lamb, Editor in Chief

April 9, 2019

Since August 2017, it has been impossible for many to think of Charlottesville without remembering the tragic events of the “Unite the Right” Rally, but a few people have recognized the city’s ugly side for years, even decades before that. Zyahna Bryant, a senior at Charlottesville High School,...

Meet “The Sound of Music” Ensemble

Meet “The Sound of Music” Ensemble

Sophie Creager-Roberts, A&E Editor

April 9, 2019

Every year, Western’s drama department puts on a spring musical. And every year hardworking students help put in on in every step of the process. From acting, assistant directing, stage managing, lights, and more, there are many ways to get involved. One group that is integral to the show going well...

Global Studies Wraps Up Its Second Year

Global Studies Wraps Up Its Second Year

Brookelyn Shantler, News Editor

April 8, 2019

Global Studies is a course designed to model the idea of American Studies, a class where teachers are collaborating to thematically tie English and history together.“I enjoy how much Ms. P and I can collaborate on lessons and how we each have a shared responsibility in the success and failure of the...

A Morning of Community Service

A Morning of Community Service

Julianne Kirby and Michal Kipnis

March 25, 2019

With spring break rapidly approaching later in the week, students spent their Monday completing tasks on and off campus for WAHS with a Cause, a school-wide community service project. Student were able to help their community in a variety of ways while also getting a nice break from the end-of-q...

Seniors Launch Western’s 15th Annual Model Congress

Seniors Launch Western’s 15th Annual Model Congress

Staff Reports

March 12, 2019

Being a senior at WAHS comes with many new opportunities and responsibilities as compared to previous grades. One of the largest, if not largest, is Western’s annual Model Congress event, which is 15 years old today. Seniors, through their U.S. Government classes,  are sent to organize a simulation...

Former WAHS Student Discusses Racism at Event in Library

Sophie O'Donnell, Social Media Editor

February 9, 2019

Former Western student Lorenzo Dickerson spoke in January on the history of racism in Albemarle County and the Charlottesville area. Dickerson currently works for the Albemarle County School System. He discussed the struggles African-Americans faced to integrate and the decisions Albemarle Count...

Students and Admin Present Parking Possibilities

Students and Admin Present Parking Possibilities

William Peritz, News Editor

February 7, 2019

Parking has been a source of frustration and mild inconvenience for several juniors and seniors that are allowed to drive their cars to school. It can be a challenge to secure a parking pass for yourself, due to the relatively low number of spots available. Once a spot is obtained, it can also be difficult...