Columnist speaks to parents

The New York Times columnist Frank Bruni urged parents of the Class of 2018 to understand the nominal importance of prestigious college acceptance Nov. 14 in a discussion in Taper Gym. Bruni spoke about his most recent book, “Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be.” “[Bruni] was superb,” President Rick Commons said. “The way […]

Students, faculty celebrate Election Day

Students, faculty celebrate Election Day

Members of the community participated in the general election on Nov. 8 by voting for the first time, participating in a nationwide mock election and volunteering at campaign headquarters. Jake Broder ’17, who voted for the first time, said he woke up early so that he could participate in the election. “I like that I […]

Fire alarm interrupts Les Miserables performance

Fire alarm interrupts Les Miserables performance

Attendees of the fall musical “Les Miserables” were required to evacuate Rugby Theater Thursday evening after the fire alarm was set off. The alarm was triggered during the song “Do You Hear the People Sing?” in the first act. Performers continued singing until the end of the song, at which point Performing Arts teacher Ted Walch told attendees they […]

Fanatics rally community at Spirit Week assembly

Fanatics rally community at Spirit Week assembly

The Head Fanatics organized Fanatic Fest Friday morning in Taper Gym to rally the community. A sword swallower, plumes of fire and streamers increased excitement in the lead-up to Saturday’s Homecoming festivities. The pep rally concluded Spirit Week, during which a stilt walker visited the campus and the Kogi and Nitropod ice cream trucks served students tacos and […]

Students chat with Uber, Checchi Capital execs

Conrad Whelan of Uber as well as Adam Checchi ’95, Sam Pfister ’95 and Danny Seo ’96 of Checchi Capital Advisors, a Beverly Hills based investment advisor, offered students career and life advice during lunch Friday. HW Venture set up the event as part of its first installment of its Lunch and Lecture Series. HW […]

Debate team leads national standings

Debate team leads national standings

Debaters started off the season with wins at multiple national competitions. Thirteen students attended the Greenhill Fall Classic from Sept. 15 to Sept. 18. Evan Engel ’17, Connor Engel ’17, Jake Davidson ’19 and Indu Pandey ’18 participated in the Lincoln-Douglas division, in which debaters compete one-on-one. Connor Engel, Evan Engel and Pandey won qualifying […]

Alumni selected as MacArthur Fellows

The MacArthur Foundation awarded fellowships to Ahilan Arulanantham ’90 and Josh Kun ’89 Wednesday. The fellowships, often referred to as “Genius Grants,” come with an unconditional grant of $625,000 distributed over five years. Arulanantham is a human rights lawyer working at the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California who specializes in securing due process […]

Debaters attend summer program

Debaters attend summer program

The upper school campus hosted the second annual debate.LA summer camp from June 20 to July 29. The program is an intensive speech and debate workshop meant to help hone debaters’ skills before the competitive season. Students of all skill levels in grades five-12 were eligible to attend, and the camp had 333 attendees from […]

Jennifer Regas Tiari: History

Jennifer Regas Tiari: History

Jennifer Regas Tiari has joined the upper school history department at the start of the year, teaching The World and Europe II and United States History. Tiari worked at University of California, Los Angeles as a teaching assistant and guest lecturer since 2011. “I’m really excited to get this opportunity to interact with students for […]

Debater earns school’s first win at the Tournament of Champions

Debater earns school’s first win at the Tournament of Champions

Nick Steele ’16 won the Tournament of Champions, one of the most prestigious debate tournaments of the season, and Cameron Cohen ’16 was named a semifinalist at the tournament May 2. The tournament took place in Lexington, Ky., and it was the first win at this tournament by a Harvard-Westlake student since the debate program […]