The Western Hemisphere

WAHS Students Take Political Action

WAHS Students Take Political Action

Jessica Klees, Copy Editor

March 2, 2017

      On the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, hundreds of thousands all over the world marched to support women’s rights and issues. Western students were not an exception. From the protest in Washington to the march of support at Ix Art Park in Charlottesville, g...

Johnny Riordan Immerses Himself in Japanese Culture

Johnny Riordan Immerses Himself in Japanese Culture

Talley Johnston, Student Life Editor

March 2, 2017

Over the summer Johnny Riordan participated in the High School Diplomats in America program, a cultural exchange that brings American and Japanese students together. HSD is just the first version of the United States High School Diploma Program (USHSD). “It is a great experience of exchanging ideas...

Cool Girl of the Month: Meg Richey

Cool Girl of the Month: Meg Richey

Olivia Gallmeyer, Managing News Editor

March 2, 2017

In this new interview series, the Western Hemisphere is taking a look at some of the talented and driven women of WAHS. This time, we talked to junior Meg Richey, runner-up in the national Search for Hidden Figures contest. Read on as Meg discusses not only her scholarship win, but the woes and wonders...

Max Jung: Teacher in the Making

Max Jung:  Teacher in the Making

Sidney Jackson, Staff Writer

January 24, 2017

Unlike most freshmen, Max Jung already has a plan for his future career. Jung is interested in a career path that allows him to help other people, and to be able to pass on his knowledge and influence his community. Teaching enables him to combine both. This year, he will have the opportunity to do just...

Cool Girl of the Month: Catherine Adams

Cool Girl of the Month: Catherine Adams

Olivia Gallmeyer, Managing News Editor

January 3, 2017

In this new interview series, the Western Hemisphere is taking a look at some of the talented and driven women of WAHS. This time, we talked to senior Catherine Adams, this year’s Emily Couric Leadership Scholarship nominee and a captain of the varsity girls’ swim and dive team. Read on as Cathe...

Governor’s School Follow Up

Governor’s School Follow Up

Brookelyn Shantler, Staff Writer

October 24, 2016

This summer, several exceptional Western students attended Governor's School.  Before the start of the summer, the Western Hemisphere interviewed two of the students attending Governor’s School, juniors Meg Richey and Maygan Reynolds.  Now, they’re back to share the experience. Every year Mrs....

2016 Homecoming Court

2016 Homecoming Court

August Lamb, Photo Editor

October 18, 2016

A gallery of Western's 2016 Homecoming Court

Emma Bittle Gets New Digs

Emma Bittle Gets New Digs

Talley Johnston, Student Life Editor

October 17, 2016

Emma Bittle, a junior and third year ESA student, has chosen to live out of a duffel bag and in a tent for ten weeks. So far she has two weeks down and eight to go. We all know that ESA students enjoy learning about dirt, rocks, and nature but we never thought it would become this extreme. “I wan...

Vote: Julian Waters for School Board

Vote: Julian Waters for School Board

Sidney Jackson, Staff Writer

October 17, 2016

Balancing the heavy load of schoolwork with college applications, involvement with your school, and planning your campaign for school board takes a multi-talented person; and that is just what Julian Waters is. Waters’ interest in model planes and drones encouraged him to start the Model Aviation...

Sarah Brewster Flies Towards Her Pilot’s License

Sarah Brewster Flies Towards Her Pilot’s License

Sophie Creager-Roberts, Staff Writer

October 11, 2016

Sitting in the cockpit, Sarah Brewster navigates her way through the sky while practicing speaking on the intercom and maneuvering with the various controls. Ever since Brewster was 11, she has been involved in the Civil Air Patrol; a year from this moment, she’s hoping to become a certified pilot. ...

Spirit Week Kicks Off With Murals

Spirit Week Kicks Off With Murals

Staff Writers

October 9, 2016

Friday was mural day.  Whose won?

Sophie Peng Reigns as Queen of Chess

Sophie Peng Reigns as Queen of Chess

Jessica Klees

September 14, 2016

While eleventh-grader Sophie Peng might seem quiet on the outside, she possesses a special talent that sets her apart from most other high schoolers. When Sophie moved from China to America in the eighth grade, she had already become very good at the game of chess. In fact, she was a national champion. So...