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The Western Hemisphere

The student news site of Western Albemarle High School

The Western Hemisphere

From Jazz Singers at HMS to Early Bird Choir at WAHS, Bella James Pursues Her Passion in Singing

From Jazz Singers at HMS to Early Bird Choir at WAHS, Bella James Pursues Her Passion in Singing

Aleena Patel, Staff Writer May 16, 2019

Walking into the choir room at WAHS, 9th grader Bella James gets ready to start the day with some vocal warm-ups in the Early Bird Choir. They start out the hour-long class doing some scales and then transition...

Twin-terviews Expose Pros and Cons of Twin Life

Twin-terviews Expose Pros and Cons of Twin Life

Natalie Raab, Student Life Editor April 9, 2019

Zach Farmer How do you think your life is different with a twin? “I’d be bored a lot more.” Do you have twin telepathy? “No.” What’s the longest you have been away away from...

Senior Lily Davis prepares for a performance.

Slideshow: Singing Valentines

William Lambert, Photography Editor February 19, 2019

The best photos from Valentines Day.

Singing Valentines Break Record

Singing Valentines Break Record

William Lambert, Photography Editor February 14, 2019

The annual day of Singing Valentines has hit an all time high with seventeen groups participating this year. Along with the increase in numbers every group sold out of their performances. A slideshow of...

cars parked in close-quarters due to the lack of spots

Students and Admin Present Parking Possibilities

William Peritz, News Editor February 7, 2019

Parking has been a source of frustration and mild inconvenience for several juniors and seniors that are allowed to drive their cars to school. It can be a challenge to secure a parking pass for yourself,...

Left to right: Gregory Brogan (9), India Mawn (12), Lilah Dottori (11), Maya Kelly (10)

Iconic Individuals Showcase Their Fashion

Sophie Creager-Roberts, A&E Editor February 5, 2019

Gregory Brogan (9) *outfit pictured: pants from AE, shoes Steve Madden, jacket = vintage Dolce, shirt from Banana Republic Who do you consider to be your style icon and why? “I don’t know....

Warriors in the Studio

Warriors in the Studio

Jack Reichert and Austin Davis February 5, 2019

Soundcloud is a popular platform for music creators across the country, and Angelo Garano and Mark Barstow have joined in on the new craze with hopes to make it big. Garano, better known as King AG...

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

Georgia Davidson Aims for Olympic Trials

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...

Lopez’s album cover

WAHS Alum Sarah Lopez Releases EP

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...

Author Thomas Jackson

Thomas Jackson’s “Growth” Hits Shelves

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...

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...

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...