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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

Running in Flying Colors

Running in Flying Colors

Brookelyn Shantler, Student Life Editor June 2, 2018

On Sunday, May 20th the annual James Sun Color Run will be held at the Western Albemarle track. The James Sun Color Run is an annual two-mile run that takes place every May in order to commemorate the...

Wigs For Warriors Hits Its 4th Year

Wigs For Warriors Hits Its 4th Year

Madeleine Andrews, Editor in Chief May 16, 2018

With scissors in hands and ponytails tied tight, volunteers from every grade stepped up to participate in the fourth annual Wigs for Warriors event. A record number of 43 people donated at least eight...

Western to Create New Fine Arts Hall of Fame

Western to Create New Fine Arts Hall of Fame

Brookelyn Shantler, Student Life Editor March 30, 2018

Over the the summer of 2018, Western will be adding a Fine Arts Hall of Fame outside of the auditorium to honor past students and teachers who have made contributions to the arts. It is a way of recognizing...

Sophomores Reflect on the College Search

Sophomores Reflect on the College Search

Rosie Dougherty-Herrmann, Interactives Editor March 30, 2018

Having escaped the stresses of starting a new school but having not quite reached the stress of looking seriously at colleges, sophomores are in a fairly neutral position. However, with Junior year quickly...

Sophomore Max Jung shares his ideas during a forum on school safety.

Students Discuss School Safety Procedures

Jessica Klees, News Editor March 28, 2018

There has been a strong response in our community to the events of February 14, in which a gunman killed seventeen people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Students, as well...

From left: Francesca Gibson, Alice Ferrall, Claire Aminuddin, and Olivia Gallmeyer hanging out at the YADAPP conference this past summer.

Wellness Ambassadors Encourage Change

Jessica Klees, News Editor March 16, 2018

There is a club at WAHS that has recently been making some huge changes surrounding student well-being, specifically involving drugs and alcohol this year. Wellness Club’s mission is to bring representation...

Students Participate in National Walkout

Students Participate in National Walkout

Sidney Jackson and Staff Writer March 14, 2018

Hundreds of Western students walked out of their classrooms onto the football field for 17 minutes to honor the students whose lives were taken during the recent school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas...

Eleanor Hawkes discusses HB 700, Alex Bensons bill, as Benson looks on. The bill prohibits businesses or companies from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity, and was signed into law by President Bickers later that day

Seniors Debate Gun Control, Preschool, and More at MoCo 2018

Abigail Coon and Staff Writers March 13, 2018

At Model Congress 2018, President Bickers signed six bills into law, as follows: SB 002, increasing federal preschool access; HR 612, allowing the families of deceased soldiers to receive compensation...

Scene at Lanetown Road

Train Carrying Lawmakers Hits Truck in Crozet

Caroline Lund and Mia Jevack January 31, 2018

  An Amtrak train carrying several Republican lawmakers collided into a garbage truck at Marymart Farm Road at approximately 11:17, killing one person and injuring several. Around 200 Republican...

Renderings of the exterior of the new science labs.

Plans for New WAHS Science Labs Emerge

August Lamb, Photo Editor January 29, 2018

New science labs are coming to WAHS. Students may have already heard of the renovations happening next year, but recently, the Science Department and the Albemarle County School Board adopted some major...

The Western WA as rendered in blue painters tape by Visibilia

Winter Club Updates

January 19, 2018

Even in the dead of winter, Western's clubs have remained hot with action and activity. Take a look at what some of these student-led organizations have been working on.

The Western WA as rendered in blue painters tape by Visibilia

“Aesthetic Warriors” Strike Again

Olivia Gallmeyer, Editor-in-Chief January 19, 2018
This guerrilla art group has been responsible for new art adorning the hallways