High Stakes: It’s Been a Wild Ride

High Stakes: It’s Been a Wild Ride

The Artist:   Referring to herself as a “literal mess,” Elizabeth Gaba ’17 spent Friday, March 24 — the day of the USC decision notification — frantically calling and texting her mom. It wasn’t until she received a text saying, ‘Happy now?’ accompanied by a picture of a big white acceptance package that Gaba could […]

The West is History: Is the History Curriculum Eurocentric?

The West is History: Is the History Curriculum Eurocentric?

As Upper School History Department Head Greg Gonzalez and history teacher Francine Werner discuss the age-old debate in the history community about teaching a Eurocentric world history, other teachers in the history office can’t help but chime in. “Is this the ‘all-west versus the rest’ discussion?” asks one teacher passing by. As the topic of […]

Resnick holds first meeting to discuss possible AP limit

Interim Head of Upper School Liz Resnick and senior prefects discussed the administration’s proposed AP class limit with upper school students at the first of three open meetings today during fifth period. All upper school students were invited to voice their opinions regarding the proposed limit and speak directly with the school administration. The majority […]

Fighting hate with empathy

A few months ago, back when many still deemed a Trump presidency impossible, I was sitting on the quad when I heard a friend ask a question that has stuck with me to this day: “If Trump becomes president, will I be affected?” The question wasn’t how would Trump affect our country or the world, […]

Around the World in 14 Days: Student Experiences Over Winter Break

Around the World in 14 Days: Student Experiences Over Winter Break

During winter break, many students and their families traveled abroad to perform community service or gain exposure to other cultures. Some opted to celebrate holidays such as Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year’s abroad as well. Nicole Bahar ’18: Teaching English in Iran When the Iranian Revolution broke out in 1979, many of the nation’s […]

High Stakes: Finally Coasting

High Stakes: Finally Coasting

The All-Around: After weeks of worrying that her Early Action school was too much of a reach, Amanda’s* anxiety was put to rest when she found a letter in her mailbox congratulating her on her acceptance to Georgetown University Dec. 22. However, she had been awaiting the official decision since Dec. 15, the expected notification […]

Students, faculty join protest at Women’s March

Students, faculty join protest at Women’s March

Students and faculty participated in the Women’s March of Los Angeles Jan. 21 alongside an estimated 750,000 other protesters. Cami Katz ’19 was the Chair of the Women’s March Teen Outreach Committee. Prior to the event, she reached out to Harvard-Westlake students and other high schoolers across the city. Her mom, Deena Katz, was a co […]

High Stakes: In Suspense

High Stakes: In Suspense

The Brain: Hoping to pursue his studies in the math and sciences, Sean* followed through with his original intention to apply Early Action to The University of Chicago, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the California Institute of Technology. He is specifically intrigued by the unique core curriculum offered at The University of Chicago and said […]

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