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

WAHS Launches Environmental Studies Academy

WAHS Launches Environmental Studies Academy

Ruby Neisser, staff writer October 3, 2014

Albemarle County high schools have developed specialized academies such as MESA at Albemarle High School and the Health Sciences Academy at Monticello High School. However, Western did not have a science...

Water Bottle Fillers Installation Set for October

Water Bottle Fillers Installation Set for October

September 26, 2014

Remember last year, when the seniors so kindly promised to buy us water fillers? Well if you haven’t noticed yet, there are no fillers to be seen. According to the director of building services, Mr....

Rainbows Invade Charlottesville at Pride 2014

Rainbows Invade Charlottesville at Pride 2014

Olivia Gallmeyer, Staff Writer September 26, 2014

Charlottesville may have been named the happiest city in the country by the National Bureau of Economic Research, but on Saturday, September 13 the town was celebrating a more modern meaning of the word...

Students Take Online Classes

Students Take Online Classes

Madeleine Andrews, Staff Writer September 22, 2014

Students can experience a different type of learning environment with just a click of a mouse. Online classes are branching out into a variety of school subjects that students are eager to take. According...

Construction crews finalizing the Route 708 bridge on Dry Bridge Road.

Dry Bridge Slated to Open on Sept. 12

Tim Dodson, Editor-in-Chief September 10, 2014

After nearly a year of detours and construction, Ivy residents will be able to drive over the Route 708 bridge on Dry Bridge Road. According to VDOT construction manager Paul Huckins, the bridge is slated...

Student Study Group Researches The State of Cheating

June 4, 2014

Has this ever happened to you? Your teacher hands out a test that you had absolutely no time to study for, given your millions of extracurriculars and sports games. You stare at the garbled writing on...

Academy Update

Morgan Broadus and Julia Elder June 4, 2014

Some students may think that the idea of the an environmental studies academy at Western seems a little...well, fishy. (Pun totally intended.) All jokes aside, the academy has been the focus of a lot of...

Zach and Megan offer their words of wisdom before graduating.

Meet the Speakers

Tim Dodson, News Editor June 4, 2014

Seniors Megan Flanagan and Zach Mandell will serve as the student speakers for the Class of 2014 graduation. Both were elected by their peers to deliver speeches and represent the class at the graduation...

Nathan Gets Jiggy With It

Abby Lohr, Staff Writter June 4, 2014

Nathan Nieburg won the crowd with his electro pop music and got the win. At Battle of the Bands this year, Nathan was the only solo artist among nine total acts. He specializes in electronic music and...

Western Goes 1:1

Western Goes 1:1

Sarah Rainey and Eme Massarelli June 4, 2014

For the 2014-15 school year Albemarle County plans to implement the 1:1 Initiative at both Western and Henley. Next year, the entire incoming class of freshmen at WAHS, as well as seventh graders at Henley,...

One on One with Eric Warfel

Lauren Kearns, Opinion Editor June 2, 2014

With all of the buzz about next year’s 1:1 program, there is also some confusion about whether or not our school is ready for such a dramatic technological change. To answer our questions, the reporting...

The pond looks especially nice after a rainfall.

What’s That Hole?

Amalia Garcia-Pretelt, Staff Writer May 28, 2014

Many students have recently noticed a huge ditch in the back of the school for a couple of weeks now. Although students would love to think that a pool is being built for their swimming pleasure, the actual...