• February 18McGinty takes 3rd, Townshend 5th at Wrestling State Meet
  • February 18Swim and Dive Teams Sweep States
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The Western Hemisphere

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

The Western Hemisphere

Ayda Jones also helped run the dress swap for the Sustainable Fashion club.

Ayda Jones: The Forensic Scientist

Maria Kinnan, Student Life Editor February 15, 2024

Imagine the scene of a crime. A detective stands, huddled over a piece of evidence, analyzing it to determine the events that unfolded. That process of reasoning that the detective applies is forensic...

The bathrooms perpetually smell like the signature synthetic flavors that vape companies boast

Admin Takes on Vaping, Western’s Most Commonplace Crime

Ika Gottlieb, Staff Writer February 14, 2024

Everyone at Western knows something about vaping. Even if you never see the act itself, the bathrooms always smell of that particular sweet vapor, an artificial imitation of bubblegum or tropical punch....

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...

 The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes features a fabulous cast including Viola Davis, Peter Dinklage, Hunter Schafer, and more.

“Hunger Games: A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” sings its way to the top

Audrey Miracle, Editor in Chief January 22, 2024

Warning: This review contains spoilers.  If you have noticed a strange amount of Josh Hutcherson fan edits on your “For You” page set to Flo Rida’s “Whistle”, you’re not the only one. You...

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

ChatGPT is banned on school issued computers through a network system called LightSpeed.

AI in Schools: A New Learning Tool or Another Shortcut?

Audrey Miracle, Editor in Chief December 6, 2023

   I couldn’t figure out how to start this story, so I asked ChatGPT to. “In today's digitally-driven world, artificial intelligence has found its way into nearly every facet of our lives,...

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...

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...

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