The Western Hemisphere

Georgia Davidson Aims for Olympic Trials

Davidson practices the karate style Shotokan, hoping to make it to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo

Sophie O'Donnell, Social Media Editor

January 31, 2019

For the first time in Olympic history, Kumite, a form of karate will be offered during the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. Junior Georgia Davidson is striving towards her goal of qualifying for a spot on the Olympic team. Davidson began training at an Olympic development center this past October in order t...

WAHS Alum Sarah Lopez Releases EP

Lopez’s album cover

Sophie Creager-Roberts, A&E Editor

October 25, 2018

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

Author Thomas Jackson

Sidney Jackson, Managing Editor

October 25, 2018

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

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

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

Gayathri Prakash with her fellow senior artists at the Senior Art Show. From left to right: Laura Bendick, Gayathri Prakash, Zoe Clay, and Emma Schmidt.

Jessica Klees

June 21, 2018

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

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

Annalee takes pictures at ArtFest for the West

Eva Massarelli, Features Editor

March 31, 2018

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...

Gallery: Singing Valentines 2018

Senior Alice Ferrall receives a singing valentine from Johnny Riordan, Charlie Reichart, Savannah Wilson, Jed Strickland, Jane Romness, Abby Zimmerman, Teo Rampini, and Max Miller.

Staff Photographers

February 14, 2018

The Shadow Warrior Hits the Shelves

Elizabeth Davis signs a copy of her book The Shadow Warrior

Sophie Creager-Roberts, Assistant Student Life Editor

January 19, 2018

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 In Front of News Building

Franny Noll, Assistant Student Life Editor

January 19, 2018

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...