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

Sign Language:  A Language Without Sound

Sign Language: A Language Without Sound

Thea Spitzner, Staff Writer June 7, 2021

Sign language is not just for deaf people! It’s for everyone.  Studies have shown that ASL can benefit all babies, not just those who are deaf, or diagnosed disabled. Lane Rebelo, founder of Tiny...

Student Sandra Wicks, a member of the Charlottesville Twelve, enters Venable Elementary School on September 8, 1959.

Students Must Learn the Hard History of their School Systems

Opal Kendall, Staff Writer June 4, 2021

The Anti-Racism Policy, adopted by Albemarle County in 2019, recognizes that "educators play a vital role in reducing racism and inequity by recognizing the manifestations of racism, creating culturally...

Pictured left to right: Sheikh Mansour, owner of Manchester City FC, Florentino Perez, president of Real Madrid CF, and Joel Glazer, owner of Manchester United FC

European Football Survives in Spite of Owners

Tatiana Bird, Staff Writer May 24, 2021

It’s hard to quantify what European football means to its fans. While it may seem inane to most people, the relationship between a fan and their team is not unlike a marriage. Fans endure the highs and...

Sophomore Thea Spitzner enjoys yoga and studying American Sign Language.

I Am Not Defined By My Disability

Thea Spitzner, Staff Writer May 19, 2021

My name is Theodora Spitzner and I am a student with an identified disability, Down’s Syndrome. But that’s not a complete definition of me.  I started preschool in the year of 2007 when I turned...

What is Life Like Without Social Media?

What is Life Like Without Social Media?

Brian O'Dea, Managing Editor May 5, 2021

Speaking from experience, social media is an addiction, and from my observations, it has most of my peers hooked. Odds are if you use social media once, you also use it a lot. Not even accounting for age,...

“One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between man and nature should not be broken.”

How to Participate in Earth Day 2021

Marja-Helena Barrett, Staff Writer April 20, 2021

The first Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970, after people became increasingly more aware of environmental concerns and their effect on human health due to the publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent...

Theres No Place Like Home

There’s No Place Like Home

Julianne Kirby, Editor-in-Chief March 13, 2020

My childhood lines up with the history of Crozet’s Master plan and population “boom”-- my family moved into a new house in a small development in 2002. Since, I’ve watched the woods behind my house...

Not the Time to Draw the Line

Jack Tueting , Staff Writer March 11, 2020

In 2010, Republicans nationwide were swept into power. Anti-Obama sentiment was high, the Tea Party had peaked and Democrats who traditionally voted stayed home for the midterms. As a result, the House...

Deteriorating Track Poses Risk To Athletes

Deteriorating Track Poses Risk To Athletes

Will DeSimone, Staff Writer March 9, 2020

The track at Western is in a rough state. After years of use from not just the students, but hundreds of different people, the track is slowly degrading.  “The track needs to be resurfaced more than...

Does Registering Early for AP Tests Lead to Higher Scores?

Does Registering Early for AP Tests Lead to Higher Scores?

Abigail Connelly, News Editor March 9, 2020

A decision in 2018 by the College Board to require early downpayment for AP exams has led to much frustration for high school students and administrators alike. In the 2017-2018 school year, the College...

Dont Ask Me About College!

Don’t Ask Me About College!

Grace Berigan, Editor in Chief December 18, 2019

The questions began as early as my freshman year. Since then, they’ve only gotten worse. It’s the dreaded go-to of nosy adults everywhere: “So where are you going to college?” The truthful response...

Rival e-scooters Lime (left) and Bird (right) parked in Charlottesvilles Court Square.

Lime vs. Bird: An E-Scooter Review

August Lamb and William Lambert April 18, 2019

Hallelujah, it’s raining… electric scooters??? It seems as though they appeared overnight just a few months ago, and in fact, they did! The City of Charlottesville approved a dockless scooter and e-bike...