Still on the spectrum: identifying as asexual

Still on the spectrum: identifying as asexual

Amber* ’16 has always felt as though she was missing out on the “normal sexual discoveries” that her friends talked about in their conversations. Whenever her friends fawned over a “hot new celebrity,” she pretended to do so as well but never felt the kind of attraction that her friends described. It was only after […]

Alum recounts Ebola battle in Sierra Leonne

Alum recounts Ebola battle in Sierra Leonne

Every day, in a “sacred and very deliberate ritual,” Matthew Waxman ’92 put on a mask, then a hood and two layers of gloves that were duct-taped closed in order to prevent any fluids from getting inside. He then placed a heavy apron over his chest, and finally, a plastic face shield was fitted over […]

Trying to maintain an inclusive student body

“Harvard-Westlake strives to be a diverse and inclusive community united by the joyful pursuit of educational excellence, living and learning with integrity, and purpose beyond ourselves.” We’ve heard these words of the mission statement many times from President Rick Commons, enough for the student body to make jokes about it, because most of us feel […]

Mastering Dreams

Mastering Dreams

The day before he had to give a presentation in school, Sean Jung ’16 concentrated on engraining the topic into his memory while looking at himself in front of a mirror, before he went to sleep. In his dream that night, he was able to give his presentation to his class, and when he woke […]

Senior wins trip to Croatia for Rwanda film

Katherine Calvert ’15 won a full scholarship to a three-week summer program in Dubrovnik, Croatia with Relativity Film. The scholarship was one of the two highest awards presented at the Archer Film Festival April 29 for her film “Reweaving: Rwanda After Rape.” “Receiving any recognition for my film is incredible especially because this is the […]

Fear Factor: Students with Phobias

Fear Factor: Students with Phobias

In one of her AP Biology lectures last year, the teacher showed a photo of a beehive. Even though it was merely a picture on the screen, Jill* ’15 remembers breaking out in a cold sweat and choking on her breath. She tried to calm herself by taking deep breaths but eventually asked to go […]

Cambodian genocide survivor visits Upper School

Cambodian genocide survivor Arn Chorn-Pond visited the upper school campus on April 13, the day classes resumed after spring break. Chorn-Pond answered questions during a presentation in Feldman-Horn room 107 open to all students during activities period. He also visited other classes throughout the day. Chorn-Pond was hosted by Visual Arts Department Chair Cheri Gaulke, […]

Seven novice debaters win speaker awards in Atlanta

Seven debate students in the novice division won speaker awards at the Woodward Novice Nationals debate tournament, which took place in Atlanta on March 20-22. Liz Yount ’17 won the first speaker award, Evan Engel ’17 won second, Indu Pandey ’18 won fourth, Matthew Gross ’19 won seventh, Nick Platt ’19 won eight, Ethan Rosen ’19 […]

Grafitti sparks dialogue to empower

Posters of students and faculty imitating the Wonder Woman pose with an encouraging word they chose were hung on the quad and displayed on TV screens around campus in reaction to the “lipstick graffiti” found in the girl’s restroom in Seaver Academic Center. Assistant Director of Communications Shauna Altieri organized the project as a response […]

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