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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

Greta Slaats cast her first ballot this past November

WAHS to the Polls

Jack Tueting, Editor in Chief January 6, 2023

For many WAHS students, the appearance of vibrantly colored leaves and crisp autumn air denotes some particularly notable school activities. Homecoming, spirit week, and the end of the first semester....

Mclernan hopes to bring back many popular treats to Western lunch.

Where Did the Muffins Go?

Claire McMahon, Sports Editor January 6, 2023

Where did Western’s muffins go? Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Western had a grab-and-go system with a variety of food and drink options. The school had a diverse range of options including pretzels,...

Freshmen Participate in Day of Caring Efforts Around the Community

Emerson Ritter, Staff Writer December 12, 2022

Due to the pandemic, students could not go on field trips for years. Now, that has changed. For their first post-pandemic field trip, the freshmen had an opportunity to get back in the world and give back...

Oberg enjoys getting out and spending time with the students of ACPS

David Oberg: The Man in the Chicken Onesie

Tatiana Bird, Editor-In-Chief September 19, 2022

Students of Albemarle county often hear whisperings of the mystical beings we refer to as “School Board Members”. These faceless deities make the decisions that affect the lives of students, decisions...

Denny Barberio: A Look into the Life of That One Really Good Substitute

Denny Barberio: A Look into the Life of That One Really Good Substitute

Opal Kendall, Assistant Editor June 3, 2022

Denny Barberio might be the most multi-faceted person I’ve ever met. He is a musician. He is a teacher. He is a producer. He is a theatre kid. He is a sound expert. He is a grandfather. He is a gardener....

Gallery: WAHS Got Talent

Audrey Miracle, Staff Writer April 11, 2022

Executive Council President Nicole Bilchick (right) serves as a bridge between administration and students. She will pass her role as EC President to Michael Mitchell (left) for the 2022-2023 school year.

Executive Council President Nicole Bilchick: the Glue of Western’s Leadership Program

Darrah Sheehan, Editor-in-Chief February 28, 2022

Nicole Bilchick is your typical Western senior, busy and overworked with her in and out of school commitments. Free time is not something that she has a lot of. “My schedule is pretty packed with...

What is the Passion of Writing?

What is the Passion of Writing?

Lily Kline, Staff Writer January 26, 2022

Writing is a passion for many people, including myself. It is a hobby where you can forge entire worlds, draft daring stories, or ink dramatic lines for yourself or others. “It’s a way to showcase...

Habitat for Humanity club members participate in Rake-a-Thon to raise money for Habitat.

Club Leaders Return To In-Person Meetings

Margaret Lee, Staff Writer January 14, 2022

61 new and returning club leaders were able to finally gather together and discuss upcoming game plans for the 2021-2022 club year, in-person. With the elimination of online Zoom meetings and the idea...

Drum Majors on Falling in Love With Conducting

Drum Majors on Falling in Love With Conducting

Shannon McCance, Staff Writer January 14, 2022

Against the sharp lights of the stadium, marching band drum majors Mason Rothenberger and Grace Nolasco stood facing opposite sides of the band. With the halftime shows finished for the season, they keep...

Robotics club has to program their robot from scratch.

Robotics Prepares to Compete in Challenge

Alex Noth, Editor-In-Chief January 14, 2022

If you were to enter classroom A109 on a Monday, Wednesday, or Friday afternoon, you would be hard pressed to find a teacher or supervisor. With the Robotics Club being self-led, there is little teacher...