The Western Hemisphere

Editorial: More Than Just a Number

April 16, 2019

With college at the forefront of many high schoolers’ minds, it’s not surprising that students want to maximize their scores on everything—including their GPAs. Sometimes, though, getting the highest GPA can mean avoiding classes that aren’t honors or AP and, consequently, are only graded on a 4.0 scale. Technically, e...

Graphic by Julianne Kirby

Opinion: Let’s Not Repeat 2016

April 9, 2019

The month-long government shutdown, Trump’s most recent presidential address, and his blossoming fri...

Thinking Outside the Gym

Thinking Outside the Gym

February 7, 2019

Western Albemarle has worked to expand our athletic resources, including the construction of an auxiliar...

Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. Ultimate exploded into the series fastest seller in history.

Review: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

February 5, 2019

It’s clear that Nintendo listened to the fans and finally made a smash game that satisfies every type ...

Has Christmas Become Too Corporate?

Has Christmas Become Too Corporate?

December 23, 2018

The phrase “Hallmark holiday”, named for the Hallmark greeting card corporation, refers to certain ...

Due to the lack of space, cars regularly have to park in the grass

Parking? I’ll pass…

November 1, 2018

Parking this year has been extremely frustrating -- for me, and for the rest of the school. This year’s...

Freedom of Speech: On and Off the Field

Freedom of Speech: On and Off the Field

October 9, 2018

The release of Nike’s ad featuring Colin Kaepernick has caused a variety of different reactions. Some pe...

Art by Julianne Kirby

Opinion: Don’t Appoint Kavanaugh!

October 4, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump’s nominee for the vacant Supreme Court position, has sparked tremendou...

Don’t Shoot Down Gun Control

Grace Berigan, Opinion Editor

April 27, 2018

It’s become clear in these past few weeks that gun reform is the only sane response to the Florida shooting. Since then, another school shooting has taken place in Maryland- an attack that would be preventable through gun control laws. I don’t see the purpose for guns in a civilized society. If you’re in the middle of th...

Promposals: Cute or Coercive?

Promposals: Cute or Coercive?

March 30, 2018

‘Tis the season for roses, posters, and terrible puns: prom is coming up in a few short weeks, and th...

Signs in the library tell students about the all day study hall

Shhhould the Silent Study Hall Become Permanent?

January 19, 2018

The stereotype of a high school library is dark, dusty, dead silent room staffed with librarians who are...

Too Juul for School?

Too Juul for School?

November 3, 2017

Just so everyone knows, juuling in the bathroom is not at all discrete. Three people in one stall is a ...