The Western Hemisphere

Western to Create New Fine Arts Hall of Fame

Western to Create New Fine Arts Hall of Fame

Brookelyn Shantler, Student Life Editor

March 30, 2018


Filed under A&E, News

Over the the summer of 2018, Western will be adding a Fine Arts Hall of Fame outside of the auditorium to honor past students and teachers who have made contributions to the arts. It is a way of recognizing the history of Western and people that have done great things in the arts who are a part of o...

Sophomores Reflect on the College Search

Sophomores Reflect on the College Search

Rosie Dougherty-Herrmann, Interactives Editor

March 30, 2018


Filed under News

Having escaped the stresses of starting a new school but having not quite reached the stress of looking seriously at colleges, sophomores are in a fairly neutral position. However, with Junior year quickly approaching and teachers encouraging students to go above and beyond, pressure builds up easily. Afte...

Students Discuss School Safety Procedures

Students Discuss School Safety Procedures

Jessica Klees, News Editor

March 28, 2018


Filed under Features, News

There has been a strong response in our community to the events of February 14, in which a gunman killed seventeen people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Students, as well as members of the administration, have been sharing ways to improve safety at at our school. Ju...

Wellness Ambassadors Encourage Change

Wellness Ambassadors Encourage Change

Jessica Klees, News Editor

March 16, 2018


Filed under Features, News

There is a club at WAHS that has recently been making some huge changes surrounding student well-being, specifically involving drugs and alcohol this year. Wellness Club’s mission is to bring representation to these problems and overall achieve a happier and stronger community. It was originally st...

Students Participate in National Walkout

Students Participate in National Walkout

Sidney Jackson and Staff Writer

March 14, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

Hundreds of Western students walked out of their classrooms onto the football field for 17 minutes to honor the students whose lives were taken during the recent school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The walkout was put in place to raise awareness for the gun control issue facing ou...

Seniors Debate Gun Control, Preschool, and More at MoCo 2018

Seniors Debate Gun Control, Preschool, and More at MoCo 2018

Abigail Coon and Staff Writers

March 13, 2018


Filed under Model Congress, News, Showcase

At Model Congress 2018, President Bickers signed six bills into law, as follows: SB 002, increasing federal preschool access; HR 612, allowing the families of deceased soldiers to receive compensation during government shutdowns; HR 506, implementing air pollution regulations; HR 555, reclassifying marijuana...

Train Carrying Lawmakers Hits Truck in Crozet

Train Carrying Lawmakers Hits Truck in Crozet

Caroline Lund, Mia Jevack, and Olivia Gallmeyer

January 31, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

  An Amtrak train carrying several Republican lawmakers collided into a garbage truck at Marymart Farm Road at approximately 11:17, killing one person and injuring several. Around 200 Republican senators and representatives were heading to the Greenbrier resort in West Virginia when the t...

Plans for New WAHS Science Labs Emerge

Plans for New WAHS Science Labs Emerge

August Lamb, Photo Editor

January 29, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

New science labs are coming to WAHS. Students may have already heard of the renovations happening next year, but recently, the Science Department and the Albemarle County School Board adopted some major design changes to the $35 million project. We interviewed Science Department chair and Western ch...

Winter Club Updates

Winter Club Updates

January 19, 2018


Filed under News

Even in the dead of winter, Western's clubs have remained hot with action and activity. Take a look at what some of these student-led organizations have been working on.

“Aesthetic Warriors” Strike Again

“Aesthetic Warriors” Strike Again

Olivia Gallmeyer, Editor-in-Chief

January 19, 2018


Filed under News

This guerrilla art group has been responsible for new art adorning the hallways

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Glee Club Lifts Up New Voices

Glee Club Lifts Up New Voices

Rosie Dougherty-Herrmann, Interactives Editor

January 19, 2018


Filed under News

This new student vocal group brings fun to the forefront

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FirstVote Club Encourages Conversation

FirstVote Club Encourages Conversation

Julianne Kirby, Assistant News Editor

January 19, 2018


Filed under News

This new political club has encouraged bipartisan discussion on tough topics

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