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 […]

Basketball team, senior class honored in assembly

Basketball team, senior class honored in assembly

The final First and Third Wednesday assembly honored departing faculty members, the CIF-winning varsity boys’ basketball team and the graduating senior class. Head Prefects Grace Pan ’16 and Hunter Brookman ’16 commemorated departing Head of Upper School Audrius Barzdukas’s time at the school. Barzdukas also spoke. “These have been the best years of my life, […]

Babel to be released within the month

Student volunteers will publish the school’s world language magazine “Babel” within the next month. The magazine saw a marked increase in submissions this year and has been in production this month. “I submitted to Babel because I thought it would be fun to do a piece of writing in a different language that didn’t have […]

Student Task Force hosts film screening

The Human Rights Watch Student Task Force hosted a screening of the film “Salam Neighbor” in Ahmanson Lecture Hall Monday. The task force also set up a booth offering information about the journey of Syrian refugees to raise awareness about the crisis. The film follows two American filmmakers embedded within the Za’atari Refugee Camp along with 80,000 Syrian […]

13 one-acts chosen for Playwrights Festival

The 13 student-written plays selected for the 2016 Playwrights Festival were announced Saturday by performing arts teacher and Playwrights Festival producer Christopher Moore. Auditions for the festival will take place Tuesday and Wednesday after school in the drama lab, and performances of the plays will take place April 28-30. A 34-member committee, led by Moore, selected the […]

Prefect Council to host annual Academic Fair

Prefect Council will host the annual Academic Fair Feb. 17. The event will showcase the classes offered next year. Each course will have a table for students to visit to learn about the focus and theme. After the fair, students will have the opportunity to sign up online for the courses they wish to take […]