The Western Hemisphere

Praying for Paris

Praying for Paris

Pauline Gilbert

November 30, 2015

As everyone knows, on Friday November 13th, Paris suffered a terrorist attack. The news had nonstop coverage of the attack for the rest of the weekend. It was as if nothing else was happening in the world beyond that. It was also the number one topic on social media; people from all over the world ...

2015: The Cartoon Renaissance

2015: The Cartoon Renaissance

Olivia Gallmeyer, Opinion Editor

October 9, 2015

I’ve got a confession to make. Most people see me as a sophisticated, responsible person. After all, I’ve had quite a few accomplishments. I’m a straight-A student, I’m assistant directing our fall play Diary of Anne Frank, and I oversee this opinion section you’re reading right now. So you...

Is TOPS At The Bottom?

Is TOPS At The Bottom?

Jessica Klees

September 21, 2015

Everybody knows that all freshmen have to take TOPS. But the real question is, is the class helpful? TOPS has been taking place at WAHS for a long time and there have been many changes throughout the years. Most recently, 2015 has brought about a new TOPS schedule. After convening every day for t...

From Humboldt to Albemarle

From Humboldt to Albemarle

Neel Rao, Staff Writer

April 13, 2015

If you were to search “Albemarle County” on google images, the results are full of scenic pictures of rolling hillsides and a lot of maps, which are pretty helpful to someone who doesn’t know their way around. If you were to look up “Humboldt County”, the results are similar in that there are...

Kan-Yay or Nay?

Kan-Yay or Nay?

Annie Lorenzoni, Staff Writer

April 3, 2015

Kan-Yay Annie Lorenzoni Ye all the way. Why? (is that even a question?) All SIX of his solo albums: Since the drop of his debut album, The College Dropout in 2004, West has been cranking out the albums. Six in eleven years. Each one completely different from the last, and each one bringing a...

Netflix: On Fleek?

Netflix: On Fleek?

Amalia Garcia-Pretelt and Sam Lesemann

April 3, 2015

Netflix: On Fleek Amalia Garcia-Pretelt Admit it. At some point in your sad, short life, you have consciously removed yourself from all of humanity and thrown yourself into the dark void that is Netflix. Your body and soul separate entirely as your limp body lays on the couch for 7-8 hours at a tim...

The Great Debate: Bigfoot vs. The Chupacabra

The Great Debate: Bigfoot vs. The Chupacabra

Amalia Garcia-Pretelt and Sam Lesemann

January 9, 2015

Bigger is Better by Sam Lesemann First of all, what even is a chupacabra? I have no idea. The only thing I know about chupacabras is from Scooby doo, because I think they did something on chupacabras one time maybe? I can’t remember. Anyway, no one knows what a chupacabra is. Bigfoot, on the ...

The Terror of Time

The Terror of Time

Abby Wheat, Opinion Editor

January 7, 2015

The standardized testing season is upon us. Students are memorizing vocabulary flashcards, reading passages about random topics, and honing their math skills in a frenzy. This is understandable, and we all know the anxiety that is induced by timed-testing. Sweaty palms, that weird tight feeling in your...

But am I a Warrior?

But am I a Warrior?

Ian McKechnie, Latitudes Editor

October 17, 2014

Before I begin; pride in one’s accomplishments and a desire to constantly better one’s self are undoubtedly natural and positive qualities. Tangible results, physical realizations of hard work and talent can serve as unequivocal validations of invested time, effort, and resources. It feels good to...

Sadie Hawkins: Are We Really Progressing?

Sadie Hawkins: Are We Really Progressing?

Olivia Gallmeyer, Staff Writer

October 17, 2014

October has come,  and the Western halls are buzzing with murmurs of the universally loved celebration of crazy costumes and class pride we know as Spirit Week. However, this year the homecoming dance closing out the event has a bit of a controversial twist. Known as a Sadie Hawkins dance, this dance...

Fantasy Gone Awry

Fantasy Gone Awry

Sam Lesemann and Abby Wheat

September 24, 2014

ABBY’S TAKE As I lay awake in my bed begging for sleep, one question bounces back and forth across the walls of my brain with a burning intensity: why won’t Sam let me join his fantasy football league? I’ve pondered this for hours. In what ways am I inadequate? Do I lack the necessary knowle...

One to None

One to None

Sam Lesemann and Amalia Garcia-Pretelt, Staff Writers

June 4, 2014

Do me a favor. Put the paper down, and count the number of chairs in the room you’re reading this in. Done? Now count the number of outlets. Probably around four, compared to twenty to thirty desks? Now picture that, for every desk, there’s a laptop that needs to be charged. Now imagine the pure chaos w...