The student news site of Western Albemarle High School

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

Respect Over Reputation: Students Reaction to the Rolling Stone Gang Rape Article

Respect Over Reputation: Students’ Reaction to the Rolling Stone Gang Rape Article

Amalia Garcia and Ian McKechnie November 21, 2014

On November 19, Rolling Stone Magazine released an article about an alleged gang rape at UVA. A current student at the university came forward saying that she was raped by several men at a frat party her...

One Student’s Take on the Blood Drive

Tim Desimone, News Editor November 21, 2014

Entering the auditorium, I had to strain my eyes to see down the aisle and onto the stage. Once I had made my way closer, shapes emerged. Lawn Chairs, boxes of food, people in scrubs shuffling around....

Freshman places 2nd at Virginia Film Festival

Freshman places 2nd at Virginia Film Festival

Talley Johnston, Staff Writer November 21, 2014

Jacob Chang-Rascal, a freshman at WAHS, won runner up in the Virginia Film Festival this year.  He entered his film in the “Action High Schools Competition”, a competition open to all High Schoolers....

Key Club Donates 100 Meal Packets

Key Club Donates 100 Meal Packets

Sarah Rainey, Co Editor in Chief November 21, 2014

On November 11 Key Club held its first official meeting of the year. In the 40 minute lunch period members were able to put together a total of 100 meal packets to donate to the UVa Hospital. The meal...

WAHS Pilots New Psych Class

Valerie Hajek, Staff Writer November 19, 2014

This year, a number of students have been given the opportunity to participate in the new psychology class, Psychology Applications and Research. AP Psychology is a prerequisite for this new class that...

Students Raise Breast Cancer Awareness

Students Raise Breast Cancer Awareness

Tim Dodson, Editor in Chief October 27, 2014

Several Western students and teachers recently cut their hair to support cancer survivors and cancer awareness at the “Wigs for Warriors” event. On October 5, over 30 students gathered in the auxiliary...

WAHS Teachers get excited for the Womens 4 Miler

Teachers Show Support For Four Miler

Tyler Phillips, Staff Writer October 20, 2014

On August 30, 2014, 3,500 women across Virginia woke up early for a good cause. This year, starting at 8:00 a.m., a very refreshing jog through the Albemarle countryside was the scene for the Charlottesville...

Grace Deal and Clare Paxton act in the senior movie.

A Fond Farewell to the Golden Days of Skits

Ben Donovan, Staff Writer October 19, 2014

One of the staples of Western Spirit Week, a series of skits put on by the students of each grade as well as by the faculty, has been removed from the docket of activities this year.The skits were replaced...

New Teachers Excited To Join WAHS Community

New Teachers Excited To Join WAHS Community

Abby Lohr, Staff Writer October 19, 2014

If most students are honest after a relaxing summer break, they don’t notice new teachers when they come back to school. After students fall back into their school schedules they eventually come to know...

The Lockdown Drill, a Short History

The Lockdown Drill, a Short History

Tim DeSimone, Assistant News Editor October 19, 2014

Sheltered by locked doors and dim lights, students huddled in the corner out of the view of windows, every classroom doing the same. All down the halls, door handles were shaken and twisted, and empty...

Juniors Dominate in Beat the Fanatic

Juniors Dominate in Beat the Fanatic

Annie Lorenzoni, Staff Writer October 17, 2014

Tension filled the cafeteria air today during lunch as the four grades battled it out for beat the fanatics. Questions were fired at the contestants as they desperately hit the buzzers to potentially blurt...

Western Going Paperless

Western Going Paperless

Talley Johnston, Staff Writer October 8, 2014

The school is going paperless in many ways: all freshman received their own personal laptops, teachers are passing out less worksheets, and many assignments and even quizzes are being completed online. When...