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The Western Hemisphere

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The Western Hemisphere

The student news site of Western Albemarle High School

The Western Hemisphere

Mrs. Roberts happily looks over her long list of tardies

Mrs. Roberts Leaving Western after Years of Service

Matt Mandell, staff writer May 30, 2015

Mrs. Roberts, the attendance goddess, is calling it quits along with the class of 2015. Word is, she is a little tired of hearing all of the excuses generated by the tardy Western students. Everything...

Old Sinks are Drained Away

Old Sinks are Drained Away

Madeleine Andrews, Staff Writer May 30, 2015

Students may have noticed that some of the bathrooms have new “push” faucets. This new style was installed in the cafeteria and C-Wing bathrooms during spring break, while contractors could work undisturbed...

Honor Council Disbanded in Controversial Decision

Honor Council Disbanded in Controversial Decision

In a decision from ACPS administration, the WAHS Honor Council has been stripped of its status as a peer disciplinary jury. An official public announcement from Assistant Superintendent Matt Haas was released...

The Library Hosts Black History Month Display

The Library Hosts Black History Month Display

Madeleine Andrews, Staff Writer April 3, 2015

The library at Western is hosting a display in honor of Black History Month. This display was put up at the beginning February which marked the start of Black History Month, and the start of spreading...

A Bitter Ending to Sweet Briar College

A Bitter Ending to Sweet Briar College

Muhannah Hossain, Staff Writer April 3, 2015

Western senior Val Helmbrecht has been looking forward to attending Sweet Briar College in the fall to play lacrosse, for many months. “Sweet Briar was my first choice school since the 7th grade,”...

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I love his singing and his salt and pepper hair

Students Surveyed on the State of Homework

Julia Elder, Staff Writer April 3, 2015

Around 250 Western students participated in a survey during their social studies class over the past few weeks. The survey asked questions about homework load, group projects, and summer assignments. Nearly...

Inside Model Congress: Getting Heated

Inside Model Congress: Getting Heated

Ben Masselli, Staff Writer April 1, 2015

In the House, Republicans and Democrats were able to reach an agreement over the Chris Kyle bill giving veterans health coverage after they have served. Republican speaker, Carter Berry said, “this is...

Model Congress Committee Drama

Model Congress Committee Drama

Matt Mandell, Staff Writer April 1, 2015

On some of the close bills, it was not very obvious whether more hands were raised in favor of the bill or against it. It was up to the freshmen pages to count the hands, and therefore decide the bills....

Capitol Hill Throwdown

Capitol Hill Throwdown

Neel Rao, Staff Writer April 1, 2015

A very productive and emotional Senate floor session kicked off last Tuesday with the “prom-posal” by Eric Xu. The timeless, romantic gesture of chocolates and flowers, coupled with pristine execution...

#WAHSMoCo15:  Its That Time Again

#WAHSMoCo15: It’s That Time Again

Tim DeSimone and and Staff Reports March 17, 2015

Senior students put on their Sunday best this morning to prepare for a day of debating and voting in Western’s annual Model Congress.  At Model Congress, students put themselves in the shoes of actual...

Model Congress, A Year Ago…..

March 15, 2015

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Principal Werner Submits Letter of Resignation

Principal Werner Submits Letter of Resignation

Tim DeSimone, Assistant News Editor March 2, 2015

Principal John Werner has publicly announced his decision to resign at the end of the current 2014-2015 school year. This was only his second year as principal, after being hired to fill the role that...