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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

Why ACPS closes for Winter Weather

Why ACPS closes for Winter Weather

Sidney Jackson, Editor-in-Chief March 11, 2020

From a student’s perspective, no school means a relaxing day off. For parents, it often means having to miss work. Sometimes the reason for the snow day isn’t obvious. Do we really know the reason...

AP vs. IB

AP vs. IB

Rosie Dougherty-Herrmann, A&E Editor March 9, 2020

Western offers a variety of AP classes which students can choose from, but AP is not the only system available for students wanting to take advanced or college level classes. One such other program, the...

Individualism Meets High School: The ACPS Center Model

Individualism Meets High School: The ACPS Center Model

Rowan Thompson and Ellie Shaps January 27, 2020

Two years ago, Albemarle County was faced with an issue: overcrowding in high schools was causing disruptions all across the county. They came up with two viable options. The first was to build a whole...

Photo Courtesy of Boars Head Resort

Work Up An Appetite

Darrah Sheehan, Staff Writer January 1, 2020

A long-standing tradition for many families, friends, and even young children in the Charlottesville and Crozet area is waking up early to run the Boar’s Head Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. This...

Heyer Voices Bring Higher Voices

Heyer Voices Bring Higher Voices

Michal Kipnis, Staff Writer December 18, 2019

“They tried to kill my daughter to shut her up, well, guess what? You just magnified her.” Heather Heyer’s mother, Susan Bro, said during an event hosted by the Washington Post. The event was meant...

Local polls took place at Western on Election Day.

Virginia State Government Turns Blue

Eva Massarelli, Editor-In-Chief December 18, 2019

November 5th, 2019 became a historic day for Virginia after Democrats won control of the state government. Talk of Virginia becoming a solidly blue state had never seemed more likely with the governorship...

Bears Cause a Scare

Bears Cause a Scare

Sidney Jackson, Editor-in-Chief December 16, 2019

Western Albemarle’s “friendly neighborhood bears” have made at least three visits to our campus in the past few weeks. The group consisted of an adult, most likely a momma bear, and her two cubs....

In 1912, the Girl Scout Organization was founded in Savannah, Georgia.

Girl Scout Maeve Ridings Goes for Gold

Abigail Connelly, News Editor December 16, 2019

Maeve Ridings has spent the majority of her adolescence being involved in the Girl Scout program. She first got involved when she was five, and has now been a Girl Scout for twelve years. “Girl Scouts...

While the study hall library passes are an exciting addition to school security, you must surrender your pass to one of the librarians once you’ve signed into study hall.

You Shall Not Pass!

Brookelyn Shantler, Editor-in-Chief December 16, 2019

A new library pass policy was put into place as spirit week came to a close. The new pass system is for students who want to sit in the library during study hall only. During class, students are still...

Club Profiles

Rosie Dougherty-Herrmann, A&E Editor November 8, 2019

Western’s 61 new and returning club leaders gathered together on September 20th to plan for the upcoming year. Many of these leaders have big plans for this year, from hosting speakers to entering global...

Students stage a die-in at Charlottesvilles downtown mall to protest.

Charlottesville Participates in Global Climate Walkout

Abigail Connelly, News Editor November 6, 2019

12-year-old Gudrun Campbell, a student at Walker Upper Elementary School and co-founder of the Cville Youth Climate Strike Network, led a Climate Strike on September 21st. Participants marched to the Freedom...

Western to Pilot New Anonymous Reports System

Western to Pilot New Anonymous Reports System

August Lamb, Editor-in-Chief May 3, 2019

Principal Darah Bonham and the Albemarle County School Board announced a new pilot program at Western Albemarle High School on Friday. The county is trialling an app that allows students to report bullying...