Bake sale for homeless raises $500

A bake sale May 15 raised $500 to buy hygiene kits including items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste and soap for the homeless youth in Los Angeles. Addison Abdo ’14, Sam Hummel ’14, Patrick Angelo ’14 and Nima Shamtoub ’14 organized the name-your-own-price sale. “Hygiene kits are a really simple thing that can actually make a […]

Find your own idea of peace

 Within seconds, it appeared on tons of screens as the Facebook pages loaded and Instagram and Twitter apps were opened. There it was – so small, yet so big – “World Peace for Justin.” Justin Carr died on Friday February 22. I wasn’t at the funeral that early Saturday morning March 2, but I saw […]

Class of 2015 elects junior prefects

The Class of 2015 elected Jackson Beavers ’15, Albert Choi ’15, Rachel Persky ’15 and Sarah Winshel ’15 as next year’s junior prefects. All four served as sophomore prefects this year. Six female candidates and five male candidates ran for office. Voting opened April 19 after the sophomore class meeting. Polls closed on April 22 […]

Next year's Prefects announced

The Class of 2015 elected Jackson Beavers ’15, Albert Choi ’15, Rachel Persky ’15 and Sarah Winshel ’15 as next year’s junior prefects. All candidates were asked a prepared question by this year’s Head Prefects, Michael Wagmeister ’13 and Katie Lim ’13 and ended with a statement about what sets them apart. Six female and […]

2 seniors create a graphic novel for Senior Independent Study

Avalon Nuovo ’13 was reclining in a dental chair waiting for X-rays of her wisdom teeth when her phone buzzed with an incoming text from Lucas Foster ’13. “Hi, Rav. Pretty classic revelation/idea came to me during last period. Do you already have a planned independent study?” That simple text, sent last April, would lead […]

Alumna guest teaches during gap year

At a chance encounter with Hallie Brookman ’12 at a coffee shop off campus, Mia Ray ’14 excitedly approached her and effusively praised choreography she recently taught to her in her Advanced Dance I class. After falling ill with viral encephalitis at the end of her senior year, Brookman decided to take a gap year […]

Two football players named all-state

Thomas Oser ’13 and Desmond Butler ’15 were both named to California all-state football teams. There are three California all-state football offensive teams, three defensive teams and one multi-purpose team. Butler will play linebacker for the first defensive sophomore team. “This is really a great start to my career, but I only hope to keep […]

Outreach Performers act, sing at care home

Members of the newly-formed club, Harvard-Westlake Outreach Performers, sang and acted at the Vista del Sol care center, a nursing home in Culver City on Dec. 15. “I’m very excited about the performance and having everyone get to show their talents and entertain the people there,” club founder Tiggy Menkir ’14 said. The ensemble of […]

New club helps tutor students using Skype

The Bridge to a Brighter Future completed its first month of tutoring sixth graders at the Valor Academy, raising the student’s math grades by an average of 11 percent. This is Bridge to a Brighter Future club’s first year, as it was founded last spring. The club was founded by Andrew Ravan ’15, Alan Yousefzadeh […]

'It's everything you can't see…'

In a Rugby auditorium dimly lit by the tiny lights in the tech booth and the spotlights on the stage, Performing Arts Department Head Rees Pugh was up to his hands and knees in sawdust on a freshly painted set. Pugh has been either on or behind the stage for most of his life. Before […]