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WAHS MoCo: Photo Highlights

WAHS MoCo: Photo Highlights

August Lamb, Staff Photographer
March 10, 2016 • 80 views
Filed under Model Congress, Multimedia, Showcase, Slideshows

Check out The Western Hemisphere's photos from the first half of WAHS Model Congress. #wahsmoco16

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The MoCo Social Media Battle

The MoCo Social Media Battle

Olivia Gallmeyer
March 10, 2016 • 73 views
Filed under Model Congress, Multimedia, News, Showcase

The debate of Model Congress doesn't end when the floor sessions stop- Western Hemisphere showcases Twitter's finest of #wahsmoco16

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House of WAHS

House of WAHS

Tim DeSimone, and staff reports
March 10, 2016 • 80 views
Filed under Features, Model Congress, News, Showcase

It’s that time of year again. Model Congress is an annual event at Western when seniors throw on ties or a dress and emulate their elected officials in Washington. The event is always fun to watch and keep up with, so The Western Hemisphere will be keeping our readers up to date with all the gossi...

Winning Like A Machine: Geek Gods compete at states

Winning Like A Machine: Geek Gods compete at states

March 9, 2016 • 95 views
Filed under News

Robotics is easily the most underrated club at Western. Most students either don’t know robotics exists, or they simply don’t know what they do. Students don’t know how hard the club’s challenges are and how hard the team works—meeting twice a week after school. Mrs. Bertrand and Mr. Larso...

Senior’s Prayers are Answered

Senior’s Prayers are Answered

Madeleine Andrews
March 9, 2016 • 40 views
Filed under News

Over winter break, senior Tom Lengel traveled  to Rome with his European-born mother for an unforgettable experience. One of the highlights of their trip was a visit to the Vatican City and experience the Papal Audience. The Papal Audience is usually held in St. Peter’s Square for about 1-2 hours...

Grice Honored for Artistic Achievements

Grice Honored for Artistic Achievements

Emma Duckworth and Ellie Bowen, Staff Writer
March 9, 2016 • 36 views
Filed under News

Junior Laura Grice is known throughout Western for her superior artistic talent, and is now getting well deserved attention from the Virginia Scholastic Arts and Writing. Grice won three awards for her exceptional artwork, making that only the second time a student from Western Albemarle has been sele...

Grove gets into the Western Groove

Grove gets into the Western Groove

Pauline Gilbert
March 2, 2016 • 38 views
Filed under News

This year, Western welcomed many new teachers. Mrs. Grove is one of them, arriving from Tandem Friends School to teach in Western’s mathematics department. Mrs. Grove’s story is very unique, beginning in South Africa, where she was born. She lived there until 1983, when she came to America for the...

WAHS Mormon Community Shares their Story

WAHS Mormon Community Shares their Story

Lauren Kearns
March 2, 2016 • 85 views
Filed under News, Showcase

“We do get asked a lot of strange questions,” said junior Grace Rainey. “Like ‘Do you worship seagulls? Do you worship Joseph Smith? Do you worship water? How many moms do you have?’” She laughed before adding, “Just for the record, we’re not polygamists.”    If you should ever stop by the s...

WAHS Alumna Bikes the Road to Success

WAHS Alumna Bikes the Road to Success

August Lamb, Staff Writer
February 28, 2016 • 39 views
Filed under News, Showcase

Could you imagine biking close to 4,000 miles across the United States, and building houses for those in need along the way? 20 year old Linda Hexter, a WAHS graduate of 2013, is planning such a journey through Bike & Build, an organization that helps cyclists to raise money and awareness for affordable housing ...

ESA Ventures Beyond the Classroom

ESA Ventures Beyond the Classroom

Jack Lesemann
February 10, 2016 • 53 views
Filed under News, Showcase

Past Dr. A’s room, beyond the stairs that lead up to the top floor, lies the Environment Science Academy, labeled by a banner above. The outside of the room is scattered with rocks, buckets, plants, and other tools and equipment, all being used in the numerous projects that the students are working...

“What If” You Spoke at TEDx? Maddie Waters Talks About Her Experience

“What If” You Spoke at TEDx? Maddie Waters Talks About Her Experience

Jessica Klees, Staff Writer
January 20, 2016 • 35 views
Filed under News, Showcase

As covered in The Western Hemisphere’s October issue, freshman Maddie Waters was selected from the TEDx Charlottesville Open-Mic night to speak at the official TEDx program. Waters explains what it was like to present at the sold-out event: “At Open Mic, everyone had the same amount of time. Bu...

Have Yourself A Merry Little “Winter Break”

Have Yourself A Merry Little “Winter Break”

Lauren Kearns, Co Editor-in-Chief
January 11, 2016 • 63 views
Filed under Features, News, Showcase

For many, the day after Thanksgiving is the official beginning of the holiday season. Local radio stations begin their continuous carols, Barrack’s Road puts up its decorations, and the smells of baking cookies, pine needles, and cinnamon scented candles start to fill the air. But there is one other...