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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

Wyeth Ward Makes a Classroom Her Canvas

Wyeth Ward Makes a Classroom Her Canvas

Madeleine Andrews, Staff Writer February 25, 2015

Freshman Wyeth Ward is dedicating her time to paint the resource room’s walls. During Spirit Week she used her artistic ability to help to freshmen class decorate their halls and design their dragon...

Blue O’Connell, a member of the Artist-in-Residence Program, is one of the options for a Rho Kappa History Honor Society sponsored musical celebration in honor of Black History Month

Social Studies Department Brings Musical Celebration

Patrick Andrews, Editor-in-Chief February 25, 2015

In celebration of Black History Month, social studies teachers and the Rho Kappa History Honor Society are working to bring the Albemarle County Artists-in-Residence Program to WAHS to educate students...

Anticipating Singing Valentines

Anticipating Singing Valentines

Ruby Neisser, Staff Writer February 25, 2015

It’s an average week, but the school is abuzz with anticipation of the upcoming Friday. Singing valentines are approaching! “I think that it is one of the most fun days of the year,” said Susan...

Western Hosts District Band

Tim DeSimone, Assistant News Editor February 6, 2015

291 students from 42 schools shuffled instruments into Western Albemarle February 6 to participate in this year’s All District Band. Musicians auditioned in early December for a chance to be in the Middle...

Singing Valentines Decision

Singing Valentines Decision

Ian McKechnie, Latitudes Editor February 6, 2015

The level of competition for Singing Valentines, a beloved Western tradition, increased dramatically this year. Out of nineteen prospective groups, the field had to be narrowed to twelve or less. Tensions...

Model UN Starts Again

Model UN Starts Again

Valerie Hajek, Staff Writer January 7, 2015

Model United Nations is a simulated diplomacy where students get to solve and tackle real world issues. MUN acts as a small scale of the real international group. Students who join this club receive the...

Jack Marcus Takes Scientific Stand Against Date Rape

Jack Marcus Takes Scientific Stand Against Date Rape

Muhannah Hossain, Staff Writer January 7, 2015

Jack Marcus is attacking a part of the status quo that is deeply personal, incredibly controversial, and yet requires our immediate attention. He has created a device that can potentially be useful to...

Mental Health First Aid Offered to Western Students

Mental Health First Aid Offered to Western Students

Madeleine Andrews, Staff Writer January 7, 2015

Several Western students experienced a unique Mental Health training and first aid, learning how to notice key signs in someone’s behavior that would signal their need for help. This is the first time...

Six Strategies for Stress Management

Six Strategies for Stress Management

Tim Dodson, Editor-in-Chief January 7, 2015

Despite efforts to encourage balance between academics and personal lives of students, the reality is that a lack of balance exists in our schools. In 2009, the American Psychological Association found...

AP World To Replace AP Euro

AP World To Replace AP Euro

Ben Masselli , Staff Writer January 7, 2015

Major changes are occurring at Western Albemarle, with new classes being offered every year.  The Environmental Science Academy opened in August of 2014, and next year’s new transformation will be from...

Community Organization Provides a Home for the Homeless

Community Organization Provides a Home for the Homeless

Abby Lohr, Staff Writer December 19, 2014

As winter approaches, several hundred homeless men and women in Charlottesville are looking for a warm place to spend the cold weeks. Thanks to People and Congregations Engaged in Ministry (PACEM), the...

Drama Classes Travel for Henley Show-and-Tell

Olivia Gallmeyer, Staff Writer December 19, 2014

On Wednesday, December 17, a mixed class of dedicated thespian students took the long, rigorous journey across the street and into the Henley parking lot for a visit with their middle school counterparts....