Class of 2016 celebrates at commencement ceremony

Class of 2016 celebrates at commencement ceremony

Speeches from Salutatorian Jared Gentile ’16 and Valedictorian Joss Saltzman ’16 highlighted the class of 2016’s commencement ceremony Friday on Ted Slavin Field. Gentile used a series of jokes and his personal story of coming to the school as a new ninth grader to urge the audience members to be confident and happy in their […]

School honors students, staff at awards ceremony

School honors students, staff at awards ceremony

Valedictorian – Joss Saltzman ’16 Salutatorian – Jared Gentile ’16 Lester Medvene Award – DJ Lesh ’18 Awarded to a sophomore who contributes to the life of the school and embodies Lester Medvene’s “curiosity of mind and dedication of spirit.” Renselaer Award – Jonny Berman ’17 Given to a junior who has distinguished himself or […]

Work That’s Worth It: Internships vs. Jobs

Work That’s Worth It: Internships vs. Jobs

While some of her classmates spent their summers doing STEM cell research at the University of Southern California or getting coffee for editors of NYLON magazine, Maddy Ulloa ’17 rang up customers and counted inventory at American Apparel. “I gained a lot of communications skills from my job last summer,” Ulloa said. “I also gained […]

English teacher to depart from school after two years

Part-time English teacher Mahshid Feiz ’92 will leave at the end of this school year. For the last two years, Feiz taught English III: Living America. One of the main reasons for her departure was the fact that she only held a part-time job, teaching one section of juniors, Feiz said. “I have a very […]

Riemer to leave school, move to Berlin

Upper School World Languages Department Chair Margot Riemer is leaving the school after 24 years of teaching Spanish to move to Berlin with her family. “My husband and I have always wanted to live in Europe,” Riemer said. “It’s been a reoccurring dream in our lives over many years.When my parents were elderly and my […]

Brentwood video spurs discussion about diversity

Brentwood video spurs discussion about diversity

After a video surfaced last week of some white students from Brentwood School singing a rap song with the n-word, upper school deans decided to open up a conversation about racial insensitivity among Harvard-Westlake students. “Honestly, this is an issue that I personally feel really strongly about, so when I saw that video, it just […]

Three fire alarms interrupt Playwrights Festival

Three fire alarms interrupt Playwrights Festival

Performers and audience members attending the Playwrights Festival were required to evacuate Rugby Theater twice Saturday night after someone allegedly pulled the fire alarm three separate times, Playwrights Festival Producer Christopher Moore said at the event. The alarm went off two times during the first performance of the night, “The 1997 Possession Park Massacre” by Jillian Sanders […]

Helping Hands: Students who Volunteer in Hospitals

Helping Hands: Students who Volunteer in Hospitals

Every Wednesday afternoon, Ashley Frey ’17 puts on her uniform and teen volunteer badge and spends two hours visiting patients at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Throughout the course of each day, she will bring them water, flowers and magazines, but most importantly, she will give them her time. “Talking to patients is really […]

Author urges character to factor in college process

Author urges character to factor in college process

Family psychologist Richard Weissbourd, a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the lead author of a new report calling for less competition and pressure surrounding college admissions, visited the school Feb. 3 to discuss the moral development of teenagers. He urged faculty and parents to foster an ethics-centric student body, but was […]

Going Pro

Going Pro

On a typical school day, while all of her friends begin their homework, Anya Andrews ’17 runs down Hollywood Boulevard in pajamas and slippers, receiving strange looks from those who pass by her. Soon after, she bursts through the doors of her destination into a room full of teenage girls who are all dressed exactly […]