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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

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...

“Horse Girls” included an exclusively female cast.

Drama Takes the Stage by the Reins

Zoey Sauerwein, Staff Writer January 14, 2022

The Western drama department’s one Act Show, "Horse Girls," came in second place out of six at the annual VHSL One-Act competition. This year, Western hosted the first level of the competition. The...

Elke Beaumont and Bella Tesoriere

Spirit Week Gallery: Theme Day

Darrah Sheehan, Editor-in-Chief October 18, 2021

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...

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....

Senior Kathryn Burr is one of several students who have recently been vaccinated.

Teens on Vaccines: Students Reflect on the Vaccination Process

Opal Kendall and Sephira Ainsworth April 15, 2021

Last year, the first wave of the COVID-19 virus ravaged the globe, leaving fear, uncertainty, and panic in its wake. In March of 2020, the state of Virginia officially entered lockdown quarantine as a...