Valiant victory in victor valley

Boys’ and girls’ varsity epee and saber fencers competed at the Victor Valley High School event of the Southern California Scholastic Fencing League Tournament Dec. 4. Kimberly Kimura ’19 placed first in the varsity girl’s epee league at the competition. Varsity Girls’ Saber Captain Sylvie Sanders ’17 placed second in the league for women’s saber […]

Italy through a cup of caffè

Italy through a cup of caffè

I woke up to and went to bed hearing the sound of the espresso machine in my ear, the best daily “Buongiorno,” or – in English – good morning. That sound would mark each of my transformative 271 days in Viterbo, Italy. Last year I left home for the first time to spend my junior […]

Seniors to begin year with ring ceremony

The Class of 2017 will receive rings or pins and listen to speeches and celebrate their graduating year at the annual Ring Ceremony Sept. 11. The event will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Students will hear speeches from President Rick Commons and the senior prefects. Jordan Khorsandi ’17 will give a speech […]

School renovates Taper Gym with new facilities

Football players change after practice in the newly refurbished locker room of Taper Gym. During reconstruction, athletes used trailers placed near the track as temporary changing rooms. The renovations include an automated clothes line rack, a new sports medicine facility and an expanded trainer’s room.  

Junior debaters win top national rankings

Led by two nationally- ranked juniors, the debate team consistently earned top results this year as tournaments increased in difficulty throughout the season. Cameron Cohen ’16 and Nick Steele ’16 consistently placed in the top five juniors at national events. Cohen, who began debating as a seventh grader, finished second in the Harvard Round Robin […]

Debate co-captains place in top 30

Debate co-captains Cameron Cohen ’16 and Nick Steele ’16 finished in the top 30 of 88 competitors at the 2015 annual Tournament of Champions held at the University of Kentucky April 25-27. The national championship attracts top high school debaters and is considered one of the most prestigious tournaments in the country. Cohen and Steele […]

Debate team continues streak of success

The debate team received an invitation to participate in the Old Parkland Debates, an invitational World Schools event, in Dallas March 28-29. In the high school division, five debaters will compete against some of the top debaters in the world. At the David Damus USC Tournament March 6-8, Nick Steele ’16 placed second and Cameron […]

Debate hosts two major tournaments

Many of the top debaters in the country competed at a national Lincoln-Douglas tournament hosted by Harvard-Westlake at the end of winter break, and middle school debaters competed on the upper school campus Jan. 10. “The Harvard-Westlake (previously VBT) tournament is one of the biggest tournaments of each debate season, and it went very well […]

Debate hosts first home tournament this year

The debate program hosted the Lincoln-Douglas style Damus Hollywood Invitational the weekend of Nov. 8-9, the first competition on home terrain this year. Cameron Cohen ’16 propelled Harvard-Westlake to the quarterfinals and was granted a speaker award for his performance. “I noticed that the varsity debaters were calmer since it was home turf,” said Connor […]