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

Johnny Riordan, junior at WAHS

Johnny Riordan’s Experience with High School Diplomats

Johnny Riordan, Contributing Writer November 8, 2016

This summer, I had the opportunity to participate in a unique Japanese-American Exchange Program: High School Diplomats held at Princeton University. High School Diplomats sponsors 40 Japanese Students...

Dress Code: Worth the Controversy?

Dress Code: Worth the Controversy?

Franny Noll, Staff Writer October 27, 2016

Dress code is a phrase that is usually synonymous with sexism and slut shaming, yet here at Western it seems irrelevant. Many dress codes are directed toward girls only and target certain styles that...

The iPhone 7 (top) and 6s (bottom)

Jacked…

August Lamb and William Peritz October 17, 2016

Ever since the iPhone 6S was released last September, the rumors have been flying about Apple removing the headphone jack on the iPhone 7, which was just released a few weeks ago. Well, it happened, and...

Predictable Bullying Seminar Sparks New Ideas

India Mawn, Staff Writer April 29, 2016

Filing into the auxiliary gym on April 13th for an anti-bullying seminar, the freshmen and sophomore classes knew exactly what to expect. Anti-bullying events- no matter what they are- have remained the...

One Neko Atsume yard full of excited cats

On Cats and Compulsions

Olivia Gallmeyer, Opinion Editor April 29, 2016

Looking at the study hall students in the cafeteria, everyone observed has one thing in common: there's a phone in their hands. Androids and iPhones alike are all busy running apps like Facebook, Twitter,...

Dear College Emails: Why?

Dear College Emails: Why?

Olivia Gallmeyer, Opinion Editor February 26, 2016

Dear college emails, As of the moment I am writing this, a mere month after receiving my PSAT scores, I have gotten over 100 of you. Awesome! Wow! How unbelievably exciting. Unfortunately, it’s as...

Is Moving Midterms Practical?

Is Moving Midterms Practical?

Mark Ferguson, Staff Writer February 3, 2016

“Exams suck. So why make them ruin winter break?” said Jack Lesemann, a freshman who has been avidly supporting moving exams since he joined Western in 2015. The timing of midterms has caused commotion...

Statistics from the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies

Where’s Our Arts Academy?

Olivia Gallmeyer, Opinion Editor January 20, 2016

As a school district, we’re lucky to have several alternative programs to traditional education and coursework. Each high school has their own respective academy where students learn information specialized...

The Fall of Facebook: The decline of the social media giant pressures student leaders to transition to different platforms

The Fall of Facebook: The decline of the social media giant pressures student leaders to transition to different platforms

Lauren Kearns, Editor in Chief January 11, 2016

It’s not exactly a secret that Facebook, which was widely regarded as THE social media for years, is on a decline among teenagers. With so many appealing alternatives such as Twitter, Instagram, and...

Mockingjay Part 2: Doesn’t Soar To Meet Expectations

Mockingjay Part 2: Doesn’t Soar To Meet Expectations

Morgan Broadus, Photo Editor January 11, 2016

On November 16th, 2015, ‘The Hunger Games’ series came to a much-anticipated end after the fourth and final film, ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part Two’, hit theaters all around the world. After...

Bubble Tea: Is It Too Hard to Swallow?

Bubble Tea: Is It Too Hard to Swallow?

Olivia Gallmeyer December 7, 2015

The thing about bubble tea that may give it a bad rep is that not many people understand how it works. There are several distinct types of bubble tea; the majority have a black or green tea base with milk...

WAHS French students release balloons to show their solidarity with Parisians.

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...