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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

WAHS Robotics team work on their robot

Robotics Launches Into a New Year

Ruby Neisser December 17, 2014

In Albemarle County, there are nearly 100 students that participate in Robotics, however when the Robotics began they were very small, with only 7 students. Currently at Western, there are 30 students...

Gingerbread House Building Competition

Gingerbread House Building Competition

Sarah Rainey and Annie Lorenzoni December 17, 2014

Twelve teams competed in the annual Gingerbread House Building Competition on December 16. The junior team of Hannah Curry, Sammie Magargee, Natalie Marbury, Maeve Winter, Olivia Markopoulos, and friends...

Angel Tree

Angel Tree

Talley Johnston , Staff Writer December 17, 2014

One of the many school activities that Western does is Angel Tree, run by the Leadership class. Each homeroom (if they wanted to) got assigned one child to raise money for.  Then the money would be used...

Tacky Sweater Day

Tacky Sweater Day

Matt Mandell, Staff Writer December 12, 2014

Tacky sweater day, also known as Goodwill support day, is your grandma’s (or pa’s) chance to show off her knitting. Western students scramble to find an itchy shawl with holiday themed graphics somewhere...

Soldier Letter Writing Brings Cheer to Western

Tim DeSimone and Ben Masselli December 12, 2014

Students packed into the study hall room during lunch December 11 to write letters to soldiers serving away from home during the holiday season. Hot chocolate and card making material were supplied...

Pie Baking Contest is a Success

Pie Baking Contest is a Success

Ruby Neisser, Staff Writer December 10, 2014

On Tuesday November 25th a long queue of students lined up to receive some mouthwatering pie. Once they had consumed their pie they were given the difficult task of determining which one was their favorite....

Sophomore Writer Joins in National Challenge

Sophomore Writer Joins in National Challenge

Olivia Gallmeyer, Staff Writer December 10, 2014

For many people, writing fifty thousand words in a month is a nightmare so impossible it’s unfathomable to think about. But for sophomore Mary Hilker and 400,000 budding writers across the globe last...

Adeline Sandridge Nominated for Emily Couric Scholarship

Adeline Sandridge Nominated for Emily Couric Scholarship

Madeleine Andrews, Staff Writer December 10, 2014

Western offers many scholarship opportunities to students, and one of them is the Emily Couric Scholarship. According to School Counselor, Shelby Poole, “It’s probably the biggest scholarship in our...

630 boxes of fruit on the stage

Western Band, Orchestra Sell 600 Boxes of Fruit

Tim DeSimone, Assistant News Editor December 9, 2014

The popular music fundraiser, the fruit drive, brought in an entire truck load of fruit today. Roughly 630 boxes of assorted fruits, from navel oranges to apples were brought into the auditorium from...

Seniors Brave Freezing Weather to Complete Senior Patio

Seniors Brave Freezing Weather to Complete Senior Patio

Julia Elder, Staff Writer December 8, 2014

After a lot of hard work, frozen hands, and spilled paint, the senior patio for the class of 2015 has finally been completed with special credit due to the class officers, who spent hours planning out...

Multiple signs were painted over at Warrior Field

Warrior Field Vandalized

Alex Lehmbeck and Ben Masselli, Staff Writers December 3, 2014

Warrior Field was vandalized in early November. The offenders spray painted on the 50 yard line with references to Albemarle High School, as well as spray painted sides of the home concession stands and...

The 2014 Free Spirit and Journalism Conference scholars gathered on the roof of the Newseum.

Editor Reflects on Summer Journalism Fellowship in Washington

Tim Dodson, Editor in Chief November 26, 2014

As I reflect on my high school experiences and write my college essays, I am reminded of the week I spent in Washington DC this past summer at the Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference. The...