Assembly promotes learning, travel options for students

Wednesday’s Upper School assembly highlighted new opportunities for students, including an upcoming internship workshop, a sports analytics conference in Boston and a spring break trip to Cuba. HW Works Administrator Zakkaria Daniels ’10 informed students of a summer internship workshop Jan. 15 in the Kutler Center. Led by Daniels and Director of Student Affairs Jordan Church, the […]

Actors perform one-act play

Actors perform one-act play

Youth Plays published the one-act play “The Exceptional Childhood Center” by Dylan Schifrin ’16. After the Harvard-Westlake Playwrights Festival chose his work last year, the Los Angeles Blank Theatre selected it to be performed professionally. “The Exceptional Childhood Center” details the fictional lives of students enrolled in an elite preschool. “I didn’t know this at […]

Choirs sing at College of Canyons festival

Upper school choirs performed in College of the Canyons festival on Tuesday. The Wolverine Chorus, Bel Canto and Chamber Singers were among twelve choirs who sang in the annual non-competitive festival at College of the Canyons’ Performing Arts Center in Santa Clarita. “[They] all went out and sang beautifully and learned a lot from the […]

‘Hardships only temporary’ says former refugee

‘Hardships only temporary’ says former refugee

Author and former Vietnamese refugee Le Ly Hayslip spoke to students Monday about her challenging upbringing and how it has shaped who she is as a person. The San Diego resident, whose life was inspiration for the 1993 Oliver Stone film “Heaven & Earth,” shared her story with students who will take part in the […]

The N-word all the way in Russia

The N-word all the way in Russia

I was eating lunch this summer in Ozh Purga, a village of fewer people than there are students at Harvard-Westlake, in Udmurtia, Russia, an unknown province to most Russians. Katarina*, a twenty-something-year-old student, turned to me and asked in broken English, “Is there something bad about the [N-Word]?” To Katarina, that word is a synonymous, not […]

Peer Support to hold annual retreat

Members of Peer Support will go on a retreat Sept. 11 to Sept. 13 with counselor and faculty advisor Luba Bek. This year, approximately 25 senior leaders and 27 junior trainees, along with faculty advisor Kavita Ajmere and upper school dean Celso Cardenas, will travel with Bek to Camp Hess Kramer in Malibu. “In the […]