School hosts debate tournament

School hosts debate tournament

Harvard-Westlake hosted 320 debaters from 10 different states for a Varsity Lincoln-Douglas Debate division Octafinals qualifier to the Tournament of Champions. On the first two days of the tournament, 12 of the best debaters in the country competed in the debateLA Challenge. “We try to have a more relaxed event where debaters and judges can […]

Transforming the Policy: Students and faculty reflect on the experiences of transgender people on campus

Transforming the Policy: Students and faculty reflect on the experiences of transgender people on campus

Uriah Celaya ’18, who identifies as transgender, remembered when his French teacher Simona Ghirlanda asked to talk to him after class. Nervous to speak with her, Celaya tried to recall what he could have done wrong. “I’ll protect you like a mother lion protecting her cub if anyone tries to mess with you,” Ghirlanda said, […]

Pundit Hugh Hewitt discusses ‘The Happiest Life’

Pundit Hugh Hewitt discusses ‘The Happiest Life’

The first guest speaker to voice conservative political viewpoints on campus, Emmy Award-winning radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt, discussed his book, “The Happiest Life” at an all school assembly Monday. Assistant to the Head of School Michelle Bracken said that she was initially apprehensive regarding Hewitt’s presentation, but was pleasantly surprised by his ability […]

Poet, activist Luis Rodriguez speaks at assembly

Poet, activist Luis Rodriguez speaks at assembly

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Latin American/Hispanic Student Organization invited 2014 Los Angeles Poet Laureate, author and activist Luis Rodriguez to speak at an all school assembly Wednesday. Rodriguez discussed his hopes for the future of society and the correctional system. He also shared personal stories of his time in a gang, dealing with […]

Economics Club to teach seminar

Will Cook-Healy ’19 and Chronicle Assistant Sports Editor Asa Saperstein ’19 wrote a seminar over the summer on introductory level economics, which they plan to teach to the Economics Club over the course of the incoming school year. Cook-Healy and Saperstein said that they created the Economics Club to bring attention to the under-discussed world […]

Make-A-Wish recipient thanks school for wish reveal

Five-year-old leukemia survivor Leighton Kaba and her mother made a surprise appearance in the Community Service Week assembly Wednesday to thank the school for its collaboration with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and for participating in granting her wish. “It was really, truly magical,” Kaba’s mother said. “Knowing what an incredible gift you gave Leighton, I can […]

Ethics Bowl advances to state competition

Ethics Bowl advances to state competition

The Ethics Bowl team came first in the Southern California Regional Ethics Bowl Tournament in Santa Cruz on Feb. 4. The school was represented by two teams, one of which advanced to compete in an elimination round and will attempt to qualify for the national tournament in April. Last year, Harvard-Westlake students placed second at nationals. […]

Michael Sheen speaks at Cinema Sunday

Actor Michael Sheen (Lily Beckinsale-Sheen ’17) shared his experience working on the film ‘Frost/Nixon’ after the screening of his movie during the year’s second Cinema Sunday in Ahmanson Theater. “Because of the rain, Mr. Walch and I had a bet going on how many people would show up and actually it was more than the […]

School hosts annual UCLA blood drive

The school held its annual UCLA Blood Drive in collaboration with the Parent Association and Community Council. The majority of donors for the blood drive are comprised of students. “If we provide a place where students can come and donate for the very first time, be with their friends, be in a comfortable surrounding and […]