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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

“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...

Performing Arts Students Adapt to COVID-19 Precautions and Hybrid Learning

Performing Arts Students Adapt to COVID-19 Precautions and Hybrid Learning

Tatiana Bird, Staff Writer April 1, 2021

It’s no secret that COVID-19 has greatly afflicted all aspects of student life and extracurriculars. One facet that has been drastically altered is the performing arts. Students participating in performing...

Students sit in Ms. Akers class as the hybrid learning schedule comes into effect.

Freshmen Opt for Hybrid Learning After 7 Months of Virtual School

Jack Steenburgh, Staff Writer March 22, 2021

About a year after the initial COVID-related shut down, Albemarle County Public Schools (ACPS), began offering a hybrid in-person learning option for students. For many WAHS students, this was their first...

Clubs and Honor Societies have had to adapt due to all virtual meetings.

How To Virtual Clubs and Honor Societies

Kimball Sheehan, Editor-in-Chief February 19, 2021

In the world of virtual classes and extracurriculars, WAHS students are finding ways to stay connected and develop their passions through various clubs and honor societies. Student-run clubs and honor...

Students learn to navigate a new bell schedule during virtual school.

New Year, New School

Maeve Ridings and Walker Martin February 19, 2021

After the decision made over the summer to maintain virtual learning and move to a 4x4 schedule instead of the block schedule, students and teachers were left to navigate a new type of learning. The 4x4...

The change in the structure and schedule of school allows students to work on asynchronous Fridays.

WAHS Students Working Year-Round at Local Restaurants

Darrah Sheehan, Student Life Editor February 19, 2021

With the pandemic resulting in canceled extracurricular plans and the change of the structure of school, many upperclassmen have decided to spend their free time working at local restaurants. Online school...

A few of Jacks 15 cows cool off in a creek.  These may or may not include his cows named Edie Windsor, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, and Joe Biden.

While the World Stops, the Animals Keep on Moving

Jack Tueting , Staff Writer May 29, 2020

While the coronavirus-induced quarantine has closed schools across the country, including our very own Western Albemarle, students have been attempting to balance the freedom and restrictions of staying...

A New Era of Sports

A New Era of Sports

Jackson Evanow, Staff Writer May 21, 2020

William Montes-Bradley sits down at one of the many computers in the Esports room. Smiling at his two friends, Iain and Eli, he pulls out his ps4 controller and boots up Rocket League. They join a public...