The Western Hemisphere

WAHS Alum Sarah Lopez Releases EP

WAHS Alum Sarah Lopez Releases EP

Sophie Creager-Roberts, A&E Editor

October 25, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Student Life

Former Western student and a crowd favorite at any and all WAHS events, Sarah Lopez, released her first EP on the 21st of September. Her interest in performing music began in third grade after participating in the elementary school talent show alongside her friend whom she loved to jam out to Taylor...

Thomas Jackson’s “Growth” Hits Shelves

Thomas Jackson’s “Growth” Hits Shelves

Sidney Jackson, Managing Editor

October 25, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Student Life

Senior Thomas Jackson’s debut poetry collection, “Growth” was released on September 27th. It had been a long nine months in the making, but the time has finally come. It is now available in several countries on Amazon. You can access it here. The book explores subjects of mental health, especially that of high school students. It is a very personal a...

Fresh Faces All Around: Assistant Principal Teresa Tyler Joins WAHS Community

Fresh Faces All Around: Assistant Principal Teresa Tyler Joins WAHS Community

Brookelyn Shantler, News Editor

October 25, 2018


Filed under News, Student Life

What is something you’ve been meaning to try but just haven’t gotten around to? It could be any of the new restaurants actually in town. One of my former students opened up a restaurant downtown and I have been meaning to go to that. It’s called Renewal Restaurant and it was opened up by a f...

Fresh Faces All Around: Assistant Principal Will Schaffer Joins WAHS Community

Fresh Faces All Around: Assistant Principal Will Schaffer Joins WAHS Community

Brookelyn Shantler, News Editor

October 25, 2018


Filed under News, Student Life

What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation? The first thing that comes to mind is something military related. It would have to be on how to use a gas mask the right way, and clear it, and then all the things you can do once it’s on because a lot of the times ...

Accomplished Artist Makes Her Mark

Accomplished Artist Makes Her Mark

Jessica Klees

June 21, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Student Life

Senior Gayathri Prakash is known for her style and bubbly personality. She is a talented artist and was featured in the Senior Art Show. Prakash also is interested in fashion, animals, and volunteering to help the community. Before she gets her diploma, the Western Hemisphere asked some questions to find ou...

Students Weigh In: Yanny or Laurel?

Staff Reports

May 18, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Student Life

Yanny or Laurel? Blue and black or white and gold? While we may have left “the dress” debate back in 2015, a couple of days ago, another mystery hit our headphones. What is being said in the now famous recording? When listening, we wondered if there was any correlation between the way your brain perceives the color of the dress and the sound in the recording. We polled over 75 Western students, and here are the result...

Looking Through the Lens at Annalee Durland-Jones

Looking Through the Lens at Annalee Durland-Jones

Eva Massarelli, Features Editor

March 31, 2018


Filed under Student Life

Annalee Durland-Jones got her first camera at the age of seven, but became interested in photography years later when she became a sophomore at Western. When she got her first camera she thought it was “just pressing buttons, but photography is not just pressing buttons.” She now takes photography class...

The Shadow Warrior Hits the Shelves

The Shadow Warrior Hits the Shelves

Sophie Creager-Roberts, Assistant Student Life Editor

January 19, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Student Life

In addition to playing soccer, riding horses and taking ESA classes, sophomore Elizabeth Davis has also already become a published author. Despite her early hatred for writing, creating her fantasy fiction novel, The Shadow Warrior, drew her to the process. “I started it in seventh grade as an English project at T...

Yearbook Goes to Dallas

Yearbook Goes to Dallas

Franny Noll, Assistant Student Life Editor

January 19, 2018


Filed under Student Life

The Western Yearbook class just took a big trip to where everything's bigger: Dallas, Texas. Led by Mr. Hughes, the class attended JEA/NSPA fall national Journalism conference in the city. Not only did they learn about the innovate ways schools from across the country cover current events and what's...

An “I” Into Alternative Learning at WAHS

An “I” Into Alternative Learning at WAHS

Brookelyn Shantler, Student Life Editor

December 15, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Student Life

Independent Study is an offered course at Western for students who wish to explore interests and develop independence throughout their learning. The mission is to design a course of study suited to the student and consult with a mentor experienced within the student’s interest. However,  independen...