The Western Hemisphere

While the World Stops, the Animals Keep on Moving

A few of Jack's 15 cows cool off in a creek.  These may or may not include his cows named Edie Windsor, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, and Joe Biden.

Jack Tueting, Staff Writer

May 29, 2020

While the coronavirus-induced quarantine has closed schools across the country, including our very own Western Albemarle, students have been attempting to balance the freedom and restrictions of staying home with concentration on schoolwork. Sometimes that means placing a phone across the room, or for...

Local Health Department Addresses COVID-19

Local Health Department Addresses COVID-19

Rosie Dougherty-Herrmann, A&E Editor

May 21, 2020

Since COVID-19 reached Charlottesville, the Thomas Jefferson Health District of the Virginia Department of Health has been following procedure and tracking cases in the area. The Thomas Jefferson Health District contains the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle, Louisa, Green, Fluvanna, and Nelson cou...

Food for Thought: Student Blogs Promote Healthier Eating During the Quarantine

Megan Futty’s food blog lists her healthy recipes with more detail. Her first blog post is a recipe for chocolate chip banana bread. Here is the link to her blog page: https://meganfutty.wixsite.com/foodiefutty.

Kimball Sheehan, Assistant Editor

May 18, 2020

Worried about developing unhealthy eating habits during the quarantine?  Here are two food accounts to keep you healthy and fit, created by WAHS students Megan Futty and Katie Carter. Their recipes are easy to make and won’t waste your groceries! @foodiefutty by Megan Futty: Megan has been running...

Top 5 Engaging Books To Read During Social-Distancing

Reading may be your last resort, but it is a great way to pass time!

Darrah Sheehan, Staff Writer

May 7, 2020

Where the Crawdads Sing By Delia Owens This mystery novel follows Kya, an outcast in her society, as she grows up. This shocking coming of age novel is intertwined with a murder mystery that keeps the reader guessing until the very last page.    The Help By Kathryn Stockett St...

Jason Lee Appointed as Principal of WAHS

Photo courtesy of Jason Lee.

Abigail Connelly, News Editor

May 7, 2020

Jason Lee will begin his appointment as the new principal of Western Albemarle High School starting  July 1. Lee began his career as a special education teacher and girls basketball coach at Cumberland County High School. He began working at Albemarle High School in 2018 as the assistant principal. Lee...

How Will Covid-19 Affect Student Athletes Next Fall?

Colby Wren (l) and Sam Vigilante (r) in a game against CHS in May, 2019.

Evan Hajek, Sports Editor

May 7, 2020

The sports world has been drastically affected by the COVID-19 virus. The 2020 Summer Olympics were postponed, sport leagues, such as the NBA, have had to postpone games, including playoff matchups, and spring sports, both at the high school and collegiate level have had to cancel their seasons. Spring...

How to Stay Productive With Online Schoolwork

How to Stay Productive With Online Schoolwork

Jordan Stone, Staff Writer

May 7, 2020

It might seem that we are alone during quarantine, and while we are physically, we are all going through similar problems with online learning. When students are in an in-person learning environment, they are being held accountable by teachers to do work. It’s harder to procrastinate and get distract...

What Students Are Doing During Quarantine

During quarantine, Beth Bryerton has made four crochet tops.

Eva Massarelli, Editor-In-Chief

April 29, 2020

Western is filled with creative thinkers and doers, but just taking one small friend group, it is easy to see their imaginations at work. From building a garden to learning how to crochet, students are finding ways to fill their time in quarantine. One such student, senior Delaney Crotteau, has been using her ar...

UVA Hospital Prepares for Coronavirus Spread

Essential employees of all kinds are risking their safety everyday at work.

Darrah Sheehan, Staff Writer

April 25, 2020

As numbers of coronavirus cases have grown across the nation, hospitals have taken different measures to accommodate for use of supplies and space, as well as the safety of patients and employees.  Although the University of Virginia Health System has very few patients with coronavirus compared to other...

Corona Virus Forces Schools to Close

Corona Virus Forces Schools to Close

William Peritz and Staff Reports

March 13, 2020

Governor Ralph Northam has ordered all public schools in Virginia to be closed for a minimum of two weeks in response to the recent and rapidly developing spread of COVID-19, otherwise known as the Coronavirus. According to reports from NBC 29, Northam’s Friday, March 13th announcement has mandated ...

WAHS College Commits

WAHS College Commits

Sophie O'Donnell, Social Media Editor

March 11, 2020

Lilly Argenbright, University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill, Rowing “I chose UNC because I felt at home when I stepped on campus. I loved the people and the historical feel of the campus. Also I want to be a surgeon and they have one of the best premedical programs in the country which would in...

Wrestling Team Hosts Dance at the Lodge

The Lodge at Old Trail first opened its doors to residents in April of 2012.

Sophie Creager-Roberts, Managing Editor

March 11, 2020

A night of chicken tenders, swing dancing, and live music by the Jim How Jazz Ensemble commenced January 28th at the Lodge at Old Trail. Varsity Wrestling Coach and ESA Director Adam Mulcahy led a conga line of teenagers and elderly residents, marking the second year of this new wrestling team tradition. This...