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

The History and Thievery of Bagels

The History and Thievery of Bagels

Tim DeSimone, Staff Writer December 13, 2013

Bagel sale popularity is soaring in Western. The favored TAB treat has people lining up everyday, and the smell can be traced all around the cafeteria. Everywhere students look, people have bagels in their...

Fairytale Valiant Comes to Life

Fairytale “Valiant” Comes to Life

December 13, 2013

While all of the students were dreading that first day of school after a relaxing summer, Western teacher Sarah McGuire was excitedly preparing for her book to be sold. Her book, “Valiant,” is a retelling...

School Board Ends Class Rank

School Board Ends Class Rank

Tim Dodson, News Editor December 13, 2013

After two months of discussion and deliberation, the Albemarle County School Board voted at their November 14 meeting  to end class rank for the 2014 - 2015 school year and beyond. By a unanimous vote,...

School Board to Consider Decile Change at Next Meeting

School Board to Consider Decile Change at Next Meeting

Tim Dodson, News Editor November 11, 2013

Albemarle County is considering an end to class rank after two months of discussion. Beginning with a feeder pattern meeting in September, Assistant Superintendent Billy Haun led an investigation into...

ACPS Recommends a Change in Class Rank

ACPS Recommends a Change in Class Rank

Tim Dodson, News Editor October 18, 2013

“In the past two decades, class rank has become less important in college admissions,” a report from ACPS central office to the Albemarle County School Board read. On Oct. 10, ACPS central staff recommended...

2013:  Students Start the Spirit Week Competition

2013: Students Start the Spirit Week Competition

Patrick Andrews, Editor-in-Chief October 4, 2013

During lunch, students from all grades gathered in their respective corners of the cafeteria and started the scramble to complete their murals. The freshman class struggled to cover their red paper with...

ACPS Reconsiders Reporting Class Rank

ACPS Reconsiders Reporting Class Rank

Tim Dodson, News Editor September 21, 2013

Albemarle County Public Schools is considering the possibility of changing its class ranking and reporting system. The WAHS College Planning Night kicked off with a discussion on class rank and the implications...

Rowing Flea Market

Tim DeSimone September 19, 2013

This past Saturday all rowers were up early for this year’s flea market. Paintings, chairs, tables and vases of all sizes were strewn around the Cafeteria, while excited customers circled  tables and...

Two Key Club representatives at the Club Fair.

Dueling Service: Two Community Service Clubs Established at Western

Zach Mandell, Web Editor September 14, 2013

There will be two service-oriented clubs represented at the Club Retreat. The Key Club returns after having a whopping 110 members last year. This year, Interact, which will be headed by Seamore Zhu and...

Student Volunteers Excited About New Crozet Library

Student Volunteers Excited About New Crozet Library

Tim Dodson, News Editor September 9, 2013

For WAHS senior Mary Swanson, there’s no love lost for the old Crozet library. “What I’m going to miss most is the train; you could feel the whole building shake,” said Swanson, veteran volunteer...