The Western Hemisphere

There’s 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 disappear into a thin strip of trees between two developments and Old Trail turn from a clear-cut...

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 of Representatives granted the GOP over 60 new seats, bringing them into the majority, in conjunction...

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 repaired,” said Marie Whitten, the Head Girls Track Coach, “Lane one needs the most work.”  L...

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 Board piloted a new program system that requires students to commit to taking an AP test by November...

Don’t 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 to this question is one I’m sure the adults don’t want to hear: “I don’t know.” Once the ...

Lime vs. Bird: An E-Scooter Review

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

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 pilot program on December 7th, 2018, and the following morning, one hundred electric-powered scoo...

Editorial: More Than Just a Number

April 16, 2019

With college at the forefront of many high schoolers’ minds, it’s not surprising that students want to maximize their scores on everything—including their GPAs. Sometimes, though, getting the highest GPA can mean avoiding classes that aren’t honors or AP and, consequently, are only graded on a ...

Opinion: Let’s Not Repeat 2016

Graphic by Julianne Kirby

Grace Berigan, A&E Editor

April 9, 2019

The month-long government shutdown, Trump’s most recent presidential address, and his blossoming friendship with dictator Kim Jong Un have had me looking forward with a sense of desperation to the 2020 election. This election may result in four more years of Trump’s threatening, pouting, and appoi...

Revolutionary Science: Gene Modifications

Revolutionary Science: Gene Modifications

Michal Kipnis, Staff Writer

February 7, 2019

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

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

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

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 ...