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The Western Hemisphere

The student news site of Western Albemarle High School - Crozet, VA

The Western Hemisphere

The student news site of Western Albemarle High School - Crozet, VA

The Western Hemisphere

Dan Bledsoe and Cal Miller

Dan Bledsoe Named New Athletic Director

Sophie Mathew, Assistant Editor May 31, 2024

Dan Bledsoe will step into the role of Athletic Director after 15 years of teaching and coaching swim and dive at Western, taking over the role from Steve Heon who is retiring after 20 years. In a press...

Both King and Heilman are committed to UVA Swim and Dive.

Western Swimmers To Take On Olympic Trials This June

Jack Connelly, Assistant Editor May 29, 2024

Western has not one but two students swimming at the USA Olympic trials this summer. Thomas Heilman and David King have been standout swimmers at Western. Heilman has won multiple state championships at...

Virginia Mountain Biking Storm Brings a Flock to WAHS

Virginia Mountain Biking Storm Brings a Flock to WAHS

Cooper Shelton, Staff Writer May 29, 2024

Mountain Biking, a sport that has surged in popularity across the state in recent years, has found a unique home in Central Virginia. Nearly every high school in the region now has a team, and competitions...

The second acts ends with George and Emily getting married

Graduating Seniors Take a Final Bow with Play “Our Town”

Ika Gottlieb, Staff Writer May 29, 2024

This year, drama has held two plays, “Trap” and “The Addams Family.” Now, another has risen to their ranks: “Our Town,” a student-run play, recognizable from being on the AP English Literature...

 According to the American Apparel and Footwear Association, Americans purchase an average of 64 new items of clothing each year.

Fast Fashion: How Micro-Trends are Fueling Climate Change

Audrey Miracle, Editor-in-Chief May 26, 2024

You’re scrolling through TikTok, uninterested as you thumb through various videos, when one catches your eye. You stall your scrolling, watching as an influencer dumps a crate-load of clothing onto the...

All of these characters are from popular romantic comedies. Which rom-com is your favorite?

The Top Ten Rom-Coms to Watch During Valentine’s Day Season

Millie Wiegard, Staff Writer February 14, 2024

Romantic comedies are a fan favorite across the world. They can bring people together in a way that is like none other. People bond over their favorites, and love breaking them down to the details. Rom-coms...

Above: Affectionately known as “Scotty Jeff” by students, Jefferies is regarded just as well 
by them as by his colleagues.

Unsung Hero Of Western: Scott Jeffries

Isabella Stewart, Staff Writer February 14, 2024

Your feet quietly trudge down the hallway, and you rub your eyes wondering why anyone would decide to implement fluorescent lighting. You hear an uproar of laughter from a class somewhere behind you. There’s...

Hughes demonstrates an early prototype of project W.A.I.F.U.

Cal Hughes: Project W.A.I.F.U Enters the Arena

Trey Burton, Staff Writer February 14, 2024

If you’ve ever played video games before, you may have wondered about how they’re made and who makes them. Well, many different types of people make video games, even one of Western Albemarle’s students....

The Peer Tutoring prides itself on not just teaching the content of a class, but also interpersonal skills to both the client and the student.

Peer Tutoring: Students Helping Students

Reid Keller, Staff Writer January 22, 2024

Across the hall from the auditorium lies an unassuming classroom. Its blue door and brick exterior are no different from any other C-wing room. The small gray sign affixed above the door reads C103. Inside...

Lucy Coward and Riley Bishop wrap presents for the Angel Tree charity in Leadership. Class president Kylee Hughes commented, The last day of fundraising the school really pulled through, and we exceeded our goal.

Angel Tree Gift Wrapping is a Go!

Zoey Sauerwein, Assistant Editor December 11, 2023

The Tri-Lab combines 3 different classrooms and a hallway into one space with an innovative structure.

WAHS Renovations: Breaking Down Walls Just to Throw Them Back Up

Jack Steenburgh, Editor-in-Chief December 4, 2023

Last year, it was rumored that the parking lot was getting an extension with more spots after years of advocacy from the student body. Instead, when students returned, there were renovations to the bathrooms,...

Both traditionally banned books and modern ones are under scrutiny from Youngkin’s law

What Does Classroom Censorship Mean for WAHS?

Ika Gottlieb, Staff Writer November 27, 2023

In April of 2022, Governor Glenn Youngkin signed Senate Bill 656 into law, requiring parents to be notified of all instructional material that contains “sexually explicit content” before it is taught...

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