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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

Freshman Ryan Knutsen reads his story to third graders at Brownsville Elementary.

Global Studies Wraps Up Its Second Year

Brookelyn Shantler, News Editor April 8, 2019

Global Studies is a course designed to model the idea of American Studies, a class where teachers are collaborating to thematically tie English and history together.“I enjoy how much Ms. P and I can...

Carol Stutzman plants pansies in the courtyard

A Morning of Community Service

Julianne Kirby and Michal Kipnis March 25, 2019

With spring break rapidly approaching later in the week, students spent their Monday completing tasks on and off campus for WAHS with a Cause, a school-wide community service project. Student were...

Seniors Launch Western’s 15th Annual Model Congress

Staff Reports March 12, 2019

Being a senior at WAHS comes with many new opportunities and responsibilities as compared to previous grades. One of the largest, if not largest, is Western’s annual Model Congress event, which is 15...

Former WAHS Student Discusses Racism at Event in Library

Sophie O'Donnell, Social Media Editor February 9, 2019

Former Western student Lorenzo Dickerson spoke in January on the history of racism in Albemarle County and the Charlottesville area. Dickerson currently works for the Albemarle County School System....

cars parked in close-quarters due to the lack of spots

Students and Admin Present Parking Possibilities

William Peritz, News Editor February 7, 2019

Parking has been a source of frustration and mild inconvenience for several juniors and seniors that are allowed to drive their cars to school. It can be a challenge to secure a parking pass for yourself,...

(Left to right) Michal Kipnis, Caitlin Boyd, Caroline McGahren, Sarina Cooper,  Noa Kipnis, Karen Raphael,  and 
Claire Aminuddin

County Council Seeks to Improve Schools

Kathryn Steenburgh, Copy Editor January 31, 2019

Once a month, the eight students on the County Student Advisory Council- two freshmen, two sophomores, one junior, and three seniors- leave during their first period of the day. They spend a few hours...

Evelyn Garey (third from left) played Cherry in the one act play “Tuna Fish Eulogy”  alongside 16 cast members.

Evelyn Garey Awarded for Acting and Activism

Abigail Connelly, Copy Editor December 18, 2018

Senior Evelyn Garey’s theatrical performance earned her the Best Actor award for the VHSL performance of “Tuna Fish Eulogy”. She performed with the Western Drama group at Monticello High School in...

(From left) Mr. Schaffer, Mr. Gahring, Mr. Kompelien, Mr. Posovsky, Mr. Ball, Mr. Walsh, and Mr. Denny

Staff Celebrates No-Shave November

Sidney Jackson, Managing Editor December 18, 2018

No-shave November, sometimes known as 'Movember', is a month-long event in which men surrender their razors and let their hair flow freely. Though many guys see this event  as a friendly competition...

The Hate U Give Forum Sparks Discussion

“The Hate U Give” Forum Sparks Discussion

Rachel Schweitzer, Staff Writer December 6, 2018

"The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas has sparked discussions and forums centered around the topic of racial discrimination in America. Students at Western planned to meet in the library to further build on...

The Government Takes On Juul

The Government Takes On Juul

Jessica Klees, Editor-in-Chief November 1, 2018

The federal government began investigations into the use of electronic cigarettes and vapes last year. Recently, however, some more severe measures have been enacted. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...

Evolution Of The Juul

Evolution Of The Juul

Frances Noll and Jack Reichert November 1, 2018

The nicotine craze isn’t new to the world of high school, but what is different now is the small rectangular “Juul.” The Juul has started a giant, unstoppable trend across high schools and universities...