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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

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...

The senior theme this year was Disney

Gallery: Spirit Week Murals 2018

William Lambert, Photo Editor October 2, 2018

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.

Accomplished Artist Makes Her Mark

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...

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...

Annalee takes pictures at ArtFest for the West

Looking Through the Lens at Annalee Durland-Jones

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...

Elizabeth Davis signs a copy of her book The Shadow Warrior

The Shadow Warrior Hits the Shelves

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...

Yearbook In Front of News Building

Yearbook Goes to Dallas

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...

An I Into Alternative Learning at WAHS

An “I” Into Alternative Learning at WAHS

Brookelyn Shantler, Student Life Editor December 15, 2017

Independent Study is an offered course at Western for students who wish to explore interests and develop independence throughout their learning. The mission is to design a course of study suited to the...

ESA Hits its Fourth Year

ESA Hits its Fourth Year

Rosie Dougherty-Herrmann, Interactives Editor November 3, 2017

This fall, the first class of ESA students started their senior year. Now, for the first time students in all four grades are enrolled in ESA. These students have taken two sciences every year as part...