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 […]

Striking a Chord

Striking a Chord

Sitting at her desk, violinist Clara Ross ’19 read over her schedule for her next school year, realizing that she had to make an important decision that could define her Harvard-Westlake career: choosing between orchestra and debate. An eighth grader at the time, Ross sat in frustration as she weighed her two options. Ultimately, she […]

Senior’s play produced in festival

Senior’s play produced in festival

Uriah Celaya’s ’18 original play, “Rule of Threes,” was produced in the seventh annual Short New Play Festival held in New York City at the Lucille Lortel Theater this past summer. Unlike other students’ plays, Celaya’s play was entered in a festival alongside professional playwrights. Celaya’s play is about a woman, Maria, who starts to […]

Art and Soul: Students Participate in Arts Camps

Nina Neumann ’20 For Nina Neumann ’20, summer 2017 was spent mastering ballet at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet 5-Week Summer Ballet Program. Each day began with two 90 minute technique classes which were followed by a pointe or variations class. The day typically wrapped up with an optional technique or partnering class. Neumann said […]

A whale of a time: students take part in Moby Dick read

Students and faculty read the entirety of “Moby Dick” aloud over the course of approximately 21.5 hours in Seeley Mudd Library, starting at 10 a.m. April 21 and ending the following morning. The readings were broadcasted on KHWS so that students who were not able to attend the event in person could listen in. “This […]

Assembly phone ban comes into effect

The Upper School Deans announced a new cell phone policy regarding student cell phone use during assemblies following an increase in student distraction during a presentation by Director of Los Angeles County Museum of the Arts Michael Govan on March 20. Students will be monitored for their cell phone use during future assemblies and cellular […]

‘The Za’ hosts fundraiser for Pizza 4 Patriots

Joseph Levin ’17, Andrew Berg ’17 and Justin Ciccone ’17 hosted the Tel-Za-Thon, a 12-hour broadcast on KHWS, on Saturday to fundraise for Pizza 4 Patriots, breaking two Guinness World Records in the process. The charity Pizza 4 Patriots was founded by former Air Force Sergeant Mark Evans to provide pizza to veterans and troops […]

Admissions director weds former mayor

Former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan married Director of Admission Elizabeth Gregory on Feb. 19 after a three-month engagement. Riordan was the 39th Mayor of Los Angeles from 1993 to 2001 and served as Secretary of Education under Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. He is also a businessman and founder of the Riordan Foundation that was started […]