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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

Oberg enjoys getting out and spending time with the students of ACPS

David Oberg: The Man in the Chicken Onesie

Tatiana Bird, Editor-In-Chief September 19, 2022

Students of Albemarle county often hear whisperings of the mystical beings we refer to as “School Board Members”. These faceless deities make the decisions that affect the lives of students, decisions...

Things I Wish I Knew Before Applying to College

Things I Wish I Knew Before Applying to College

Lee Marcel, Editor-in-Chief June 10, 2022

As a first born child, college applications seemed incredibly daunting. I didn’t have siblings or older friends to tell me what to do. I was super stressed about applications due to all the counselors...

WAHS students constructed and decorated signs on short notice in preparation for their protest.
Picture courtesy of Mika Chaturvedi

WAHS Walks Out for Abortion Rights

Jack Tueting, Assistant Editor June 9, 2022

Numerous WAHS students walked out of school on May 9th in protest of a leaked draft of the United State Supreme Court’s decision in the case Dobbs v. Jackson. The leaked draft outlined a 5 to 4 majority...

Spanish teacher runs Boston Marathon

Spanish Teacher Runs Boston Marathon

Raley Baynes, Staff Writer June 6, 2022

Most people at Western know Ms. Katie Pugh as a no nonsense high-level Spanish teacher, however there is more to her than just that.. Distance running has always been something that Pugh loves. She began...

Denny Barberio: A Look into the Life of That One Really Good Substitute

Denny Barberio: A Look into the Life of That One Really Good Substitute

Opal Kendall, Assistant Editor June 3, 2022

Denny Barberio might be the most multi-faceted person I’ve ever met. He is a musician. He is a teacher. He is a producer. He is a theatre kid. He is a sound expert. He is a grandfather. He is a gardener....

Class of 2022: Seniors Share Last Words

Class of 2022: Seniors Share Last Words

Darrah Sheehan, Editor-in-Chief June 2, 2022

The WAHS Class of 2022 has had anything but a traditional high school experience. While they did have a normal freshman year, the class’ sophomore year was halted in March of 2020 by the pandemic. They...

Natasha Jacques, Elke Beaumont, and Lily Clark rock out an Abba number in the musical  Mamma Mia.

WAHS Drama Presents “Mamma Mia”

Audrey Miracle and Margaret Lee April 22, 2022

Set your sails for Greece: this year’s musical “Mamma Mia” is sure to be an incredible production, which opens tonight. Based on the 2008 movie, the show follows the story of Sophie, who is engaged...

Bacteria and yeasts metabolize natural sugars, creating delicious results.

Fermentation and its Endless Applications

Tatiana Bird, Staff Writer March 30, 2022

Some of the most important developments in human history came about all thanks to microscopic unicellular organisms. This may be hard to believe with our macroscopic view, but upon further investigation,...

Senators vote on a bill in the choir room.

Seniors Participate in the 16th Annual Model Congress

Opal Kendall, Assistant Editor March 17, 2022

For two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has canceled a popular Western tradition, but this pattern stops today. During the Model Congress and the weeks leading up to it, seniors taking U.S. Government to...

slide showing the definition of anti-racism

Lawsuit Seeks to Undermine Essential Education About Race and Culture

Opal Kendall, Assistant Editor March 16, 2022

Let’s talk lawsuit. On December 22, 2021, five local families, all with children from the Western feeder pattern, filed a lawsuit against the Superintendent's Office and the Albemarle County School Board,...

Executive Council President Nicole Bilchick (right) serves as a bridge between administration and students. She will pass her role as EC President to Michael Mitchell (left) for the 2022-2023 school year.

Executive Council President Nicole Bilchick: the Glue of Western’s Leadership Program

Darrah Sheehan, Editor-in-Chief February 28, 2022

Nicole Bilchick is your typical Western senior, busy and overworked with her in and out of school commitments. Free time is not something that she has a lot of. “My schedule is pretty packed with...

New Tip-line Has Big Impact on Teachers

New Tip-line Has Big Impact on Teachers

Lee Marcel, Co-Editor-in-Chief February 21, 2022

With the election and inauguration of Virginia’s new governor Glenn Youngkin, lots of new changes have been coming to the education system very fast. One of which is the Education Tip-line, an email...