The Western Hemisphere

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...

ESA Hits its Fourth Year

ESA Hits its Fourth Year

Rosie Dougherty-Herrmann, Interactives Editor

November 3, 2017


Filed under Features, Student Life

This fall, the first class of ESA students started their senior year. Now, for the first time students in all four grades are enrolled in ESA. These students have taken two sciences every year as part of the academy. There were originally 24 students in the first class, but with some students taking i...

SPCA Fetches Hurricane Harvey Survivors

SPCA Fetches Hurricane Harvey Survivors

Sidney Jackson

November 3, 2017


Filed under Student Life

On September 4th, the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA sent four faculty members down to BARC, the city of Houston’s animal shelter and adoption agency, to retrieve pets left behind after hurricane Harvey. The staff took the Compassionate Care-A-Van down to Houston and came back with 70 new additio...

Spirit Week Kicks Off

Spirit Week Kicks Off

Brookelyn Shantler, Student Life Editor

October 6, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase, Spirit Week

During lunch bundles of students dressed in various class colors filled the cafeteria with laughter, song, and spirit. Students of all grades huddled in their class's respective corners frantically coloring their murals. While the freshmen scrambled to complete their first mural, the seniors remained cal...

Senior Last Words

Rosie Dougherty-Herrmann and Brookelyn Shantler

June 1, 2017


Filed under Student Life, Uncategorized

When I was younger I wanted to be… An astronaut In charge A chef A doctor A teacher Rich A teacher A professor A lawyer My biggest fear about Western was... Lots of people and not knowing anyone I wasn’t that scared, I was more excited Making friends because I came from England How...

Suiting Up for Prom

Suiting Up for Prom

Olivia Gallmeyer, Managing News Editor

May 11, 2017


Filed under Student Life

What's it like to be a girl wearing a suit at prom? Our News Editor Olivia Gallmeyer shares her experience