Seniors named Presidential Scholars

Seven seniors were named candidates for the 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars program. The program honors high school seniors for either academic abilities, artistic talent or accomplishments in career or technological education to encourage educational excellence. Students who score high on the SAT or ACT exams are automatically considered. Semifinalists will be announced in April and […]

Students to participate in hackathon

Students will collaborate in computer programming and learn about technological entrepreneurship at Hack HW, a 36-hour student hackathon Jan. 16-17. Participants will divide into multiple groups and work on a programming project throughout the event as part of a competition. Though most hackathon participants generally create apps or websites, students are free to pursue whatever […]

Gay former lacrosse player shares story at assembly

Gay former lacrosse player shares story at assembly

Openly gay athlete and LGBT activist Andrew Goldstein encouraged students and faculty to be mindful of their language and to accept differences in others in his speech at the assembly Monday. “Let’s try not to make assumptions about other people,” Goldstein said at the assembly. “Be thoughtful about the words you use, and know that […]

Wang Hall opens, classrooms converted

The new Wang Hall is open at the Middle School after a year of renovations. Wang Hall, previously Reynolds Hall, has a new eighth grade lounge. In years before the renovation, eighth grade students spent their free time in the hallways by classrooms or in their deans’ offices. The teachers and deans found this arrangement […]

Teachers visit Korea despite MERS scare

Fifteen faculty members visited South Korea in June to learn about Korean culture and history in the midst of an outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in the country. MERS is a viral respiratory illness that was first seen in Saudi Arabia in 2012. An outbreak began in South Korea in May, causing the Centers […]

Website ranks teachers best in U.S. private schools

Rankings for 2015 on Niche.com placed Harvard-Westlake teachers at number one in U.S. private schools. Niche.com, which was started by Carnegie Mellon University students in 2002, provides reviews and insight of elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and colleges in the United States for prospective students. The ranking is based on surveys from parents, students and alumni, […]

Two student films win at South Bay Film Festival

Two student films on genocide and domestic violence, “Curt Lowens: A Life of Changes” and “The Monster Within,” won awards at the South Bay Film Festival, which took place at Mira Costa High School May 15. “The Monster Within” won “Best Animation” at the festival. It was made by Dora Schoenberg ’16, Angela Chon ’16, […]

Administration bans anonymous polling app

Due to complaints of bullying, the administration blocked the location-based, anonymous polling app What’s Goodly from the school Wi-Fi network April 16. Students have still been able to access the app by disconnecting their devices from the Wi-Fi and using cellular data instead. Assistant to the Head of the Upper School Michelle Bracken said she […]

Students win at film festivals

Student films exploring the topics of genocide, gun violence and daily life won awards at the National Film Festival for Talented Youth, the Pacifica Screen Film Festival, the Sun Valley Film Festival’s Future Filmmaker Forum and the National Film for Talented Youth film festival. Three Harvard-Westlake student films were screened at the Pacifica Screen Film […]

One Call at a Time

One Call at a Time

“Hi, this is Teen Line, my name’s Lily,” Alexa Nourafchan ’17 answered the phone, giving a fake name, as is Teen Line policy. She arrived at the offices in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for her weekly evening shift, but this one was different — it was her first time answering a real call on the line, […]