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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

‘Anchor Days’ Eliminated from Next Year’s School Schedule

‘Anchor Days’ Eliminated from Next Year’s School Schedule

August Lamb, Editor-in-Chief April 25, 2019

Western recently announced a big change in next year’s school schedule: Anchor Days, better known as Monday Schedules, will be phased out. The School Board distributed a survey to students at Albemarle...

Local Student Activist Zyahna Bryant Publishes Book

Local Student Activist Zyahna Bryant Publishes Book

August Lamb, Editor in Chief April 9, 2019

Since August 2017, it has been impossible for many to think of Charlottesville without remembering the tragic events of the “Unite the Right” Rally, but a few people have recognized the city’s ugly...

“The Sound of Music” ensemble rehearses for the show.

Meet “The Sound of Music” Ensemble

Sophie Creager-Roberts, A&E Editor April 9, 2019

Every year, Western’s drama department puts on a spring musical. And every year hardworking students help put in on in every step of the process. From acting, assistant directing, stage managing, lights,...

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...