The student news site of Western Albemarle High School

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

ACPS designed the grading policy as a means to promote county-wide equity.

ACPS Implements New County-Wide Grading Policy

Darrah Sheehan, Editor-in-Chief November 3, 2021

Albemarle County Public Schools began implementing a new grading policy for the 2021-2022 school year with an overall goal of promoting equity county-wide. New principal Jennifer Sublette says this...

Library Announces Arrival of New Books

Library Announces Arrival of New Books

Audrey Miracle, Staff Writer November 3, 2021

Looking for a fun new book to read but don't know what you want? Here's a sneak peak at new books being added to the library. New Fiction: Darius the Great Deserves Better by Adib Khorram       ...

After holding many roles before becoming a principal, Hackney knows the challenges of being a teacher but is here to help.

Brand New Face is Here to Stay

Tatiana Bird, Assistant Editor October 13, 2021

Among the new faces at Western, Assistant Principal H. Hackney is one that students will be seeing often. A Chapel Hill native, Hackney has been in and around schools for most of his life. Following jobs...

Sublette is eager to lead the school she once attended.

Sublette Returns to Lead Western

Jack Tueting, Assistant Editor October 11, 2021

For Jennifer Sublette, Western Albemarle High School is familiar.  Sublette, a 1988 graduate of WAHS, and an alum of American University, is the newest of a long string of principals at Western Albemarle,...

Granger has designed his office to represent his history in education as a student, teacher and administrator.

Granger Joins WAHS as Assistant Principal

Opal Kendall and Lily Kline October 10, 2021

Our new assistant principal Doug Granger, a long-time Crozet resident, has now worked at all levels of administration in Albemarle County Public Schools. At Western, Granger supervises the Fine Arts and...

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 African unicorn.

Credit: Daniel Jolivet -, CC BY 2.0,

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....