The Western Hemisphere

Weighted Grades: The Weight of the World?

Sophie Creager-Roberts and Franny Noll

June 2, 2018

It has been a topic of discussion throughout ACPS this winter and the county has gone as far as sending a district-wide email sent to students asking us what we think. The students of WAHS share how they feel about the possibility of getting rid of weighted grades. Right now when a student takes an honors class, an AP class,...

Sophomores Reflect on the College Search

Sophomores Reflect on the College Search

March 30, 2018

Having escaped the stresses of starting a new school but having not quite reached the stress of looking s...

Seniors Debate Gun Control, Preschool, and More at MoCo 2018

Seniors Debate Gun Control, Preschool, and More at MoCo 2018

March 13, 2018

At Model Congress 2018, President Bickers signed six bills into law, as follows: SB 002, increasing federal...

New Club Focuses on Language Learning

Rosie Dougherty-Herrmann, Interactives Editor

December 15, 2017

The Polyglot Club is a club dedicated to learning some about different languages. The club is new this year and was started by Quinn Loftus. She said that the club, “started as a Socratic discussion of languages and shared interest and has developed into experiencing languages through linguistic history and foreign films.” S...

An “I” Into Alternative Learning at WAHS

An “I” Into Alternative Learning at WAHS

December 15, 2017

Independent Study is an offered course at Western for students who wish to explore interests and develo...

ESA Galapagos Trip

ESA Galapagos Trip

November 4, 2017

The senior ESA class reminisce about their trip to the Galapagos. A ten-day trip, eight of which spent...

ESA Hits its Fourth Year

ESA Hits its Fourth Year

November 3, 2017

This fall, the first class of ESA students started their senior year. Now, for the first time student...

Global Studies Students Learn Around the World

Global Studies Students Learn Around the World

November 3, 2017

The shift from monotone cinderblock and rows of desks to removable walls, dry-erase tables, rolly chairs,...

Ralph Northam Wins Mock Election

Ralph Northam Wins Mock Election

November 2, 2017

In the second day of the 2017 WAHS mock election, all three Democratic candidates prevailed. &nbs...

Women’s Studies Offers Students a New Perspective

Women’s Studies Offers Students a New Perspective

October 30, 2017

A new addition to the multitude of courses offered at WAHS is a class that some students might question,...

English Department Looks at Literature

English Department Looks at Literature

October 25, 2017

How do the books read in English classes get chosen?

Avery Jordan Explores Interest in Education Philosophy

Avery Jordan Explores Interest in Education Philosophy

March 18, 2017

When a course elective or advanced placement opportunity isn’t offered by a school, many students,...