The Western Hemisphere

Top 10 Reasons to Vote in the Primaries

Lauren Kearns

March 11, 2016


Filed under News

Because it’s your right: According to an article from Borgen Magazine, “Over half of the world lives in a democracy of some kind, but only 15% of all people live in a full democracy and nearly one third of the world lives under an authoritarian leader.” Consider that. There are so many people...

Facilities Expand to Accomodate Growing ESA

Facilities Expand to  Accomodate Growing ESA

Jack Lesemann

March 11, 2016


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Past the west side of the building and across the back staff parking lot, lies a mass of steel and glass which is the site of the new ESA Building. Construction began in September of last year and was aimed to be finished in 120 days, or shortly after the end of the first term of school. “(ESA) plan...

Next Step, Nobel Prize?

Spencer Stevens

March 11, 2016


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The Intel Science Talent Search is America’s most renowned pre-college competition. Students submit original research, which is accepted and evaluated by a jury of professional scientists. This competition acknowledges 300 student semifinalists each year. Among this year’s list of student geniuses...

Falconer Soars into School

Falconer Soars into School

Jessica Klees

March 11, 2016


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Drake Haydock, a sophomore, transferred here from Albemarle High School right before winter break. Haydock likes his teachers and fellow students, and how the school is smaller. Overall, he has been having a positive experience. However, that is not what this article is about. Drake Haydock owns a...

WAHS MoCo: Photo Highlights

WAHS MoCo: Photo Highlights

August Lamb, Staff Photographer

March 10, 2016


Filed under Model Congress, Multimedia, Showcase, Slideshows

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

The MoCo Social Media Battle

The MoCo Social Media Battle

Olivia Gallmeyer

March 10, 2016


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

House of WAHS

House of WAHS

Tim DeSimone, and staff reports

March 10, 2016


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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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...