Senior directs documentary on LA homelessness crisis, screens movie

Charley Connon ’18 screened his documentary about the homeless crisis in Los Angeles “God’s Children,” which he produced with funding from a Harvard-Westlake fellowship May 25. Working alongside Assistant Director Abner Benitez ’18 and Chief Photographer Pavan Tauh ’18, Connon researched homelessness by speaking to city councilmen, police officers and homeless individuals. “The most impactful […]

Seeing past polarization

I can’t often point to a singular experience that informed a moment of clarity in my life, but when my sister FaceTimed me as she packed up her dorm room after finishing her last final of her freshman year in college, she told me a story that did exactly that. Sitting on a bare mattress, […]

Students face consequences for disturbing AP Language exam

Students face consequences for disturbing AP Language exam

After disrupting the AP English Language and Composition exam and prompting the proctor to file an Incident Report to the College Board, over 10 students received Honor Board infractions and had their exam scores canceled. During the free response section of the exam May 16, some students began causing distractions by stomping their feet and […]

School honors students, faculty for achievements at awards ceremony

Valedictorian – Vivian Lu ’18 Salutatorian – Nicole Bahar ’18 Lester Medvene Award – Zoe Redlich ’20 Cuscaden Blackwood Medal – Caroline Cook ’19 Renssalaer Medal – Sarah Moon ’19 Jerry Margolis Jazz Award – Calvin Kaleel ’18 Morris Michael Landres Award – Anusha Mathur ’20 Brendan Kutler ’10 “Two Hats” Award – Lucy Kim […]

School drops temporary restraining order against Jonathan Martin ’08

The school dropped its temporary restraining order against Jonathan Martin ’08 that was put into effect after Martin allegedly posted a threatening photo on Instagram that caused the school to close in February, President Rick Commons said. After reaching an agreement collaboratively with the former NFL player and his family that Commons said will provide […]

National school walk out calls for change

National school walk out calls for change

For the second time this year, students put down their pencils and walked out of their third period classes when the clock struck 10 a.m. to protest gun violence last Friday. They made their way to the middle of the quad, where they sat silently in honor of the 13 victims of the Columbine shooting […]

Mental health facility releases Jonathan Martin ’08

A mental health facility released Jonathan Martin ’08 today, two months after he allegedly shared a threatening Instagram post that prompted the school to close. Martin received a judge’s permission to leave the facility after a clinical director said he supported his release, according to TMZ. He was sent to the facility for treatment after […]

Reagan-era expert offers Middle East insights

Reagan-era expert offers Middle East insights

Middle East specialist in the Reagan administration and Harvard-Westlake grandparent Geoffrey Kemp (Alexander and Gideon Hyman ’20) lectured Middle East Studies sections today about the reasons for America’s increased involvement in the Middle East over the past century. Kemp served in the White House during the first Reagan administration as Special Assistant to the President […]

Juniors recognized for work in computer science

Juniors recognized for work in computer science

President of Girls Who Code Club Ari Sokolov ’19 received` the National Center for Women & Information Technology Aspirations in Computing Award for her commitment to computer science. In addition to working with Girls Who Code, HW Venture and the Computer Science Olympiad at school, she develops apps through her own tech company, Logical Nonsense, […]

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