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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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

Sam contemplates his lineup while Abby contemplates her revenge.

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...

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?...

A Laptop For Every Freshman, Pros of the 1:1 Initiative

Abby Wheat and Zach Mandell June 4, 2014

When discussing education policy, it is important to consider that the world is a rapidly changing place. Thanks to Al Gore’s invention of the internet, the world of knowledge is at our fingertips, and...