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

New Tri-Lab Stirs Discussion

New Tri-Lab Stirs Discussion

Eva Massarelli, Feature Editor November 1, 2018

The modern tri-lab was built over the summer to offer a collaborative lab experience to students at Western Albemarle High School. The purpose of the lab is to get a variety of classes to work together...

Fresh Faces All Around: Assistant Principal Teresa Tyler Joins WAHS Community

Fresh Faces All Around: Assistant Principal Teresa Tyler Joins WAHS Community

Brookelyn Shantler, News Editor October 25, 2018

What is something you’ve been meaning to try but just haven’t gotten around to? It could be any of the new restaurants actually in town. One of my former students opened up a restaurant downtown...

Fresh Faces All Around: Assistant Principal Will Schaffer Joins WAHS Community

Fresh Faces All Around: Assistant Principal Will Schaffer Joins WAHS Community

Brookelyn Shantler, News Editor October 25, 2018

What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation? The first thing that comes to mind is something military related. It would have to be on how to use a gas mask the right...

Amanda Green, Social Studies

Amanda Green, Social Studies

Alex Noth, Staff Writer October 15, 2018

What is your background?  I am from Lynchburg. I went to the University of Georgia, and I majored in Social Studies Education. I taught mostly Government and Economics for four years in Georgia. My...

Taylor Holder, Earth Science

Taylor Holder, Earth Science

Harrison Miracle, Staff Writer October 15, 2018

What’s your background? - I attended the College of Charleston where I played soccer and studied marine biology. I later worked as a fisheries biologist, then finally went to UVA to get my masters in...

What Happened to AP Tests at WAHS?

August Lamb, Editor-in-Chief October 11, 2018

As many students have already heard, big changes are coming to how AP tests are administered at Western. College Board is testing these modifications, creatively named the 2018-19 AP Implementation, on...

Paula Archey, Librarian

Paula Archey, Librarian

Aleena Patel, Staff Writer October 9, 2018

Where are you from? I am from Springfield, Massachusetts. I lived in a neighborhood called Sixteen Acres.   What is your background?/ What jobs did you have before this? I was a first-year...

Sarah Terrill, Math

Sarah Terrill, Math

Lily Marcel, Staff Writer October 4, 2018

What’s your background? I started off as a teacher at Lee Davis High School in Richmond teaching precalculus, Algebra, and Geometry. Just normal math classes. After about 10 years there, I moved to...

Alison Phanthavong, English

Alison Phanthavong, English

Michal Kipnis, Staff Writer October 4, 2018

What is your background? My family is originally from Laos, in Southeast Asia. My parents immigrated in the 1980’s and were refugees during the Vietnam war. I grew up in Northern Virginia, which is...

Film Studies Starts the Year with the Classics

Film Studies Starts the Year with the Classics

Eva Massarelli , Feature Editor October 2, 2018

It is an exciting start to the school year with Mr. Hughes rollin’ out those reels. He teaches the film class at Western, where students of all grades watch movies and learn the skills it takes to make...

Weighted Grades: The Weight of the World?

Sophie Creager-Roberts and Franny Noll June 2, 2018

It has been a topic of discussion throughout ACPS this winter and the county has gone as far as sending a district-wide email sent to students asking us what we think. The students of WAHS share how they...