The Western Hemisphere

Principal Jason Lee had led WAHS for one year.

Western Loses Two Principals

Harrison Miracle and Alex Noth June 10, 2021

With a wild school year coming to a close, even wilder news came with Western’s two leading administrators announcing their departure from the school after the 2021 year. Principal Jason Lee plans on...

Sign Language:  A Language Without Sound

Sign Language: A Language Without Sound

Thea Spitzner, Staff Writer June 7, 2021

Sign language is not just for deaf people! It’s for everyone.  Studies have shown that ASL can benefit all babies, not just those who are deaf, or diagnosed disabled. Lane Rebelo, founder of Tiny...

A few of the seniors who will play collegiate sports.  Front row (l-r):  Kate Ratcliffe, Adelaide Bragaw, Kelly Rogers, Libby Carbo, Ellie Cox, Maya Kelly, Maddie Shearer.  Back row (l-r):  Kathryn Burr, Kate Landis, Mary Robertson, Stuart Widener, Austin Payne, Thomas Kallen, Joseph Taylor, Walter Moak.

Seniors Sign to Play College Sports

Alex Noth, Sports Editor June 4, 2021

A number of WAHS student athletes plan to continue their sporting lives in college next year. Last week, WAHS held a signing ceremony to celebrate their plans.  Thomas Kallen is a cross country runner...

Seniors To Graduate - in Person

Seniors To Graduate – in Person

Will DeSimone, Staff Writer June 4, 2021

Tonight, WAHS will hold the first of two graduation ceremonies this weekend. In order to hold in-person graduation while also maintaining social distancing precautions, administration split the celebration,...

Student Sandra Wicks, a member of the Charlottesville Twelve, enters Venable Elementary School on September 8, 1959.

Students Must Learn the Hard History of their School Systems

Opal Kendall, Staff Writer June 4, 2021

The Anti-Racism Policy, adopted by Albemarle County in 2019, recognizes that "educators play a vital role in reducing racism and inequity by recognizing the manifestations of racism, creating culturally...

Seniors are going to miss the chocolate chip muffins from WAHS

Class of 2021: Seniors Share Last Words

Darrah Sheehan and Kimball Sheehan June 1, 2021

The WAHS Class of 2021 has certainly experienced the highs and lows of high school, and they even survived through a pandemic during their junior and senior years. While seniors have not had the opportunity...

Students are now able to get their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at the ACPS vaccine clinic.

COVID-19 Vaccines Are Now Available For ACPS Students

Will DeSimone, Staff Writer June 1, 2021

On June 1 from 9:30am to 2:30pm, first dose Pfizer COVID-19 shots will be available to those who are ages twelve and up. Students under eighteen years old must have a parent or guardian present at their...

The okapi is nicknamed the

Extraordinary Endangered Animals: Okapi

Marja-Helena Barrett, Staff Writer June 1, 2021

The okapi, nicknamed the “African Unicorn”, is the only living relative of the giraffe. It looks like a cross between a zebra and a deer, with stripes on its legs, and knobby horns on its head. It...

Mr. Grimes dressed as Lady Gaga ready for WAHS spirit week.

Mr. Grimes Reflects on Three Years at WAHS

Jack Steenburgh, Staff Writer May 27, 2021

Mr. Grimes, a former Mellow Mushroom employee and teacher at WAHS, teaches World History I for freshmen. He has been teaching at Western for three years, two in his own classroom, and one as a student-teacher....

WAHS Drama Presents

WAHS Drama Presents “Little Women”

Sephira Ainsworth, Staff Writer May 21, 2021

WAHS theater has persevered through the obstacles accompanying virtual and hybrid school. This spring they decided to put on the timeless classic: Little Women, the Musical. Written in 1868 by Louisa May...

Sophomore Thea Spitzner enjoys yoga and studying American Sign Language.

I Am Not Defined By My Disability

Thea Spitzner, Staff Writer May 19, 2021

My name is Theodora Spitzner and I am a student with an identified disability, Down’s Syndrome. But that’s not a complete definition of me.  I started preschool in the year of 2007 when I turned...

“Suicide Squad”: A Fail of the DC Universe

Maeve Ridings, Staff Writer May 18, 2021

In a haze of excitement from the newly dropped “The Suicide Squad” trailer, I decided to rewatch the original film “Suicide Squad” from 2016. I hoped that revisiting the David Ayer version would...