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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

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...

Signs in the library tell students about the all day study hall

Shhhould the Silent Study Hall Become Permanent?

Talley Johnston , Editor in Chief January 19, 2018

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....

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A Pocketful of Cuteness: Animal Crossing Pocket Camp

Olivia Gallmeyer, Editor-in-Chief January 10, 2018

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...



Franny Noll, Assistant Student Life Editor November 4, 2017

Dear Students, “Students should show self-respect and a sense of self-pride and refrain from inappropriate physical displays of affection. Excessive PDA will result in disciplinary action.” This...

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Alt-Right Isn’t Alright

Grace Berigan, Opinions Editor November 4, 2017

The Unite the Right rally took place in Emancipation Park on August 12th and ended in the death of a counter-protester and intensified the division of our country. Having gone to Charlottesville on that...

Too Juul for School?

Too Juul for School?

Caroline Lund, Staff Writer November 3, 2017

Just so everyone knows, juuling in the bathroom is not at all discrete. Three people in one stall is a dead giveaway that something’s up, and no one thinks you’re in there sharing secrets. I know...

Western opens up the season tonight at home.

Powderpuff Problems

Talley Johnston and Caroline Lund November 3, 2017

Powderpuff is the same every year. The same girls sign up, make a big deal about it, and it’s pretty much a given that the seniors will win. But why do we see the same girls on the field every single...

A Sticker Trend that is Not Peeling Away

A Sticker Trend that is Not Peeling Away

Madeleine Andrews, Editor in Chief October 30, 2017

This sticky trend is covering all surfaces of students’ lives… literally. The origin of this social statement was born on the bumpers of our cars. Now, stickers are popularly slapped onto our water...

The Pledge of Allegiance: An American Tradition?

India Mawn and Mia Jevack May 11, 2017

Written in 1892 by socialist preacher Francis Bellamy, the Pledge of Allegiance was not originally intended to be used by only the US, but for any nation that wanted to. It began as "I pledge allegiance...

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Under Official Review: The Ads of Super Bowl LI

August Lamb and Talley Johnston February 17, 2017

Welcome back, Warriors, to Talley and August's annual article: "Under Official Review", where we actively seek out the best and brightest ads that the Super Bowl can offer. It's been a year since our inaugural...

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My Two Cents on Cents

Olivia Gallmeyer, Managing News Editor January 24, 2017

There are many problems facing America today: how to resolve racial tensions, how to combat the rising rates of obesity, how to stop those creepy clowns. But today, I am going to tell you about one particular...