The Western Hemisphere

Revolutionary Science: Gene Modifications

Revolutionary Science: Gene Modifications

Michal Kipnis, Staff Writer

February 7, 2019


Filed under Opinion

In recent years, CRISPR, a gene editing technology that can make specific changes to the DNA of plants and animals, has grown into a technology that allows for absolute precision in the process of changing any stretch of DNA in a genome. The technology can be compared to what we have all done daily ...

Thinking Outside the Gym

Thinking Outside the Gym

Rachel Schweitzer, Staff Writer

February 7, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Showcase, Sports

Western Albemarle has worked to expand our athletic resources, including the construction of an auxiliary gym, but this is not enough to provide for all teams. “Having the two gyms is really helpful,” cheerleader Tiffany Smith says, “but still, in the end, it’s not enough space.” Indoor ...

Under Official Review: The Ads of Super Bowl LIII

Under Official Review: The Ads of Super Bowl LIII

August Lamb, Editor-in-Chief

February 5, 2019


Filed under Latitudes, Multimedia, Opinion, Reviews, Showcase

Welcome back, dear readers, to the fourth installment of Under Official Review, your one stop shop for the best ads aired during the biggest sporting event of the year! This year’s Super Bowl was actually Super Boring and Super Disappointing. I’m not here to hate on the Pats, but this was the lowest ...

Has Christmas Become Too Corporate?

Has Christmas Become Too Corporate?

Will Jackson, Staff Writer

December 23, 2018


Filed under Opinion

The phrase “Hallmark holiday”, named for the Hallmark greeting card corporation, refers to certain celebrations (e.g. Secretary’s Day, Boss’ Day, etc.) that claim to celebrate certain groups in America but are mostly an excuse for companies to sell greeting cards and gifts. Christmas would ...

Kavanaugh: I’m Disappointed, But Not Surprised

Kavanaugh: I’m Disappointed, But Not Surprised

Grace Berigan, A&E Editor

November 1, 2018


Filed under Opinion

After a few infuriating weeks, Brett Kavanaugh, an accused sexual abuser, has been appointed to one of the most important positions in the country: The Supreme Court. This is yet another example of how the current administration does not respect women. The United States is undergoing tremendous social...

Parking? I’ll pass…

Parking? I’ll pass…

Jessica Klees, Editor-in-Chief

November 1, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Parking this year has been extremely frustrating -- for me, and for the rest of the school. This year’s school changes, such as getting rid of part of the staff parking lot and population growth, have made parking very difficult. As a senior, I need to arrive at WAHS at least 30 minutes early to...

Freedom of Speech: On and Off the Field

Freedom of Speech: On and Off the Field

Sophie O'Donnell, Social Media Editor

October 9, 2018


Filed under Opinion

The release of Nike’s ad featuring Colin Kaepernick has caused a variety of different reactions. Some people have highly criticized Nike for producing the ad. The ad rekindled disapproval surrounding Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during “The Star-Spangled Banner” during NFL games back in 2016. ...

Opinion: Don’t Appoint Kavanaugh!

Opinion: Don’t Appoint Kavanaugh!

Grace Berigan, A&E Editor

October 4, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump’s nominee for the vacant Supreme Court position, has sparked tremendous controversy. Kavanaugh's appointment to the Supreme Court is one of the worst things that could happen to the American people right now, for both his outdated politics and his alleged sexual assaults...

Don’t Shoot Down Gun Control

Grace Berigan, Opinion Editor

April 27, 2018


Filed under Opinion

It’s become clear in these past few weeks that gun reform is the only sane response to the Florida shooting. Since then, another school shooting has taken place in Maryland- an attack that would be preventable through gun control laws. I don’t see the purpose for guns in a civilized society. If you...

Promposals: Cute or Coercive?

Promposals: Cute or Coercive?

Olivia Gallmeyer, Editor-in-Chief

March 30, 2018


Filed under Opinion

‘Tis the season for roses, posters, and terrible puns: prom is coming up in a few short weeks, and the promposals are in full swing. It seems like these romantic gestures have become more common, more elaborate, and more expensive every year- they’re even more dramatic than actual proposals at this p...

Shhhould the Silent Study Hall Become Permanent?

Shhhould the Silent Study Hall Become Permanent?

Talley Johnston, Editor in Chief

January 19, 2018


Filed under Features, Opinion, Showcase

The stereotype of a high school library is dark, dusty, dead silent room staffed with librarians who are always “shhhhh”ing students if they even breathe. However, the library at Western is the opposite.  It has skylights, people are walking through, you can eat, and you do not have to be quiet...

A Pocketful of Cuteness: Animal Crossing Pocket Camp

A Pocketful of Cuteness: Animal Crossing Pocket Camp

Olivia Gallmeyer, Editor-in-Chief

January 10, 2018


Filed under Opinion

My remaining college deadlines are looming. The spring musical is about to start. The due date for that AP Lit essay is fast approaching. And yet, I don’t care about any of these things. In truth, almost everything in life has stopped having any significance to me. The only thing I care about now? Animal Cros...