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

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...

Graphic by Julianne Kirby

Opinion: Let’s Not Repeat 2016

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...

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...

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,”...

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...

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...

Art by Julianne Kirby

Kavanaugh: I’m Disappointed, But Not Surprised

Grace Berigan, A&E Editor November 1, 2018

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...

Due to the lack of space, cars regularly have to park in the grass

Parking? I’ll pass…

Jessica Klees, Editor-in-Chief November 1, 2018

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...

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

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...

Art by Julianne Kirby

Opinion: Don’t Appoint Kavanaugh!

Grace Berigan, A&E Editor October 4, 2018

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...

Don’t Shoot Down Gun Control

Grace Berigan, Opinion Editor April 27, 2018

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...

Promposals: Cute or Coercive?

Promposals: Cute or Coercive?

Olivia Gallmeyer, Editor-in-Chief March 30, 2018

‘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...