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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

WAHS Alum Experiences Lockdown....in France

WAHS Alum Experiences Lockdown….in France

William DeSimone , Staff Writer May 13, 2020

Like many Americans stuck abroad in foreign countries due to Covid-19, WAHS alum, Michael DeSimone (who’s coincidentally my brother), went to Besançon, France, a sister-city of our very own Charlottesville....

Review:  Online Workouts

Review: Online Workouts

Sophie O'Donnell, Social Media Editor May 7, 2020

With sports practices cancelled and gyms closed, people are forced to workout at home to stay fit. Below are four great online programs that offer a range of workouts to keep you busy during quarantine....

How to Stay Productive With Online Schoolwork

How to Stay Productive With Online Schoolwork

Jordan Stone, Staff Writer May 7, 2020

It might seem that we are alone during quarantine, and while we are physically, we are all going through similar problems with online learning. When students are in an in-person learning environment, they...

During quarantine, Beth Bryerton has made four crochet tops.

What Students Are Doing During Quarantine

Eva Massarelli, Editor-In-Chief April 29, 2020

Western is filled with creative thinkers and doers, but just taking one small friend group, it is easy to see their imaginations at work. From building a garden to learning how to crochet, students are...

Cole Ruoto tutors another student as part of peer tutoring.

Peer Tutoring at WAHS

Aleena Patel and Lee Marcel March 13, 2020

Peer Tutoring is a new program here at WAHS, but not for Albemarle County. Albemarle High School has offered a Peer Tutoring class for a couple of years now and due to the success of the program, Western...

Drama Tackles Two Performances and VTA

Drama Tackles Two Performances and VTA

Kimball Sheehan, Assistant Opinion Editor December 18, 2019

The theatre group has been very busy this fall. Three weeks ago, they took their annual trip to VTA and spent a weekend doing workshops and bonding. The Virginia Theatre Conference (VTA) is held annually...

Kienzle arranges promotional materials for the Jim Hingeley campaign.

Campaign on the Brain

Sidney Jackson, Editor-in-Chief December 18, 2019

For the past five months, senior Chloe Kienzle has been working hard on Jim Hingeley’s campaign for Albemarle Commonwealth’s attorney. She served as a volunteer and then an intern on the campaign trail...

Erik and Andrew Telesnicki-Kranz both work as lifeguards at the Y and travel extensively.

Telesnickis Tell All

Rosie Dougherty-Herrmann, A&E Editor December 16, 2019

Erik and Andrew Telesnicki-Kranz moved to Crozet from Indiana last year. The brothers both work at both The YMCA and Duner’s restaurant and travel frequently. The Telesnicki-Kranzes explained that...

From Berlin to Crozet

From Berlin to Crozet

Sophie Creager-Roberts, Managing Editor November 8, 2019

For two and a half weeks, 17 students from the Paulsen Gymnasium (High School) in Berlin, Germany, stayed with host families of Western students to experience life as an American student.  One of the...

The Ultimate Question: Mezeh, Cava, or Med-Bar?

The Ultimate Question: Mezeh, Cava, or Med-Bar?

Sophie Creager-Roberts, Managing Editor November 8, 2019

  Each Friday at lunch, a variety of Mediterranean style dishes are offered in the Western Cafeteria, commonly referred to as “Med Bar” by students. Choices in this decadent meal include seasoned...

High School Diplomats: The Experience of a Lifetime

High School Diplomats: The Experience of a Lifetime

Cordelia O'Connell, Contributing Writer November 7, 2019

Last summer, I had the opportunity to be a participant in the High School Diplomats Program. This program, sponsored by AIG and the Freeman Foundation, allows 40 American high school students from across...

What Makes Max Morrison

What Makes Max Morrison

Alex Noth, Staff writer May 30, 2019

Life is not always fair.  We have all heard that saying but sometimes it goes beyond not fair.  A little more than a year ago Max Morrison had surgery on his left knee because he had torn his ACL and...