You are going to Hollywood

You are going to Hollywood

Elizabeth Gaba ’17 advanced through the audition stage of “American Idol” with “All I Ask” by Adele, which premiered on ABC on March 17. “I was mostly surprised at how genuine and kind all of the other contestants were,” Gaba said. “Everybody sat in the audience for everyone’s performances and cheered everyone on. We all […]

Ross implores seniors to prioritize love over hate

Encouraging students to spread love and take action against hate, Head of Upper School Laura Ross addressed seniors in class meeting in response to the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, Kroger shooting, mail bombs and the burial of Matthew Shepard, a gay man who was beaten to death 20 years ago, Oct. 30. “I hope that all […]

Students will sing a Lucky Riff

For the first time in over ten years, the Upper School theater department will present an off-Broadway musical, “Lucky Stiff.” “Lucky Stiff” is a comedic murder mystery mixed with elements of romanticism, which was inspired by the song “The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo” by Michael Butterworth. “Lucky Stiff” follows a man […]

Student hosts first TEDx conference

The inaugural student-organized TEDx Harvard-Westlake featured speakers who discussed their careers as CEOs and writers last Sunday. Nicky Belgrad ’19, Emmanuel Zilber ’19 and Matthew Gross ’19 organized the conference with the help of interdisciplinary studies department head and history teacher Larry Klein. Belgrad attributed the conference’s success to the collaboration between himself and the […]

Word Wizard: Cardin creates LGBTQ crossword puzzles, raises money for charities

Associate Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and science teacher Nate Cardin created Queer Qrosswords, an organization that raises money for LGBTQ charities and encourages inclusivity of the LGBTQ community in crossword puzzles. Cardin raised $16,000 for charities since Queer Qrosswords launched last month. Donors give money directly to charities then send a confirmation email […]

In Tune With Japan: Jazz Musicians Prepare for a Concert Tour in Japan

In Tune With Japan: Jazz Musicians Prepare for a Concert Tour in Japan

Every eighth period, the sound of music rings through the halls of Chalmers as student jazz musicians run through their repertoire. Following their performance in the Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey on March 9-11, jazz musicians have been practicing every day for their concert tour in Japan on March 22-April 1. For the Next […]

Together in Harmony

Upper school orchestra and choir students collaboratively hosted two concerts Feb. 9 and 10 at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church and Feldman Horn Gallery. The first concert included a variety of performances, including pieces by solo instrumentalists and chamber groups. Additionally, students participated in larger choir group pieces, Symphony and Camerata Strings. The second concert was […]



Surrounded by friends, family and teachers in the crowd, Anita Anand ’19 stood center stage, feeling a rush of adrenaline as she Bharatanatyam-danced through religious stories of her solo performance. Bharatanatyam is a genre of classical Indian dance that incorporates religious stories and themes from Hinduism. It is most popular in Southern India.  Like other […]

2018 YoungArts Winners Announced

YoungArts recognized arts students for their contest submissions. The winners of the 2018 contest stand in the top 10 percent of applications.  The winners have been awarded at various levels: finalists, honorable mention and merit winners. Finalists will be able to attend National YoungArts Week in Miami throughout January 7-14, 2018. Finalist Dance: Joseph Lesher-Liao […]

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