Alumna speaks to history, journalism classes about political crises

Juliette Kayyem, Belfer Lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School and Former Assistant Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security, spoke to history and journalism classes about the nature of contemporary political crises March 19 and 20. Kayyem said that there were four main national security threats that the United States should address, including pandemics, climate […]

Calling out call-out culture

Calling out call-out culture

Rosetta Lee, educator and diversity consultant, made a resounding political statement in her speech to the Upper School: in addressing micro-aggressions, students ought to maintain respect for the person with whom they are engaging in dialogue. Lee’s speech came at a time of heightened political division under “call-out culture” across the American political spectrum. While […]

Tidying Up: Marie Kondo Inspired Organization

Tidying Up: Marie Kondo Inspired Organization

Smiling widely, Haley Levin ’20 opened up her planner, revealing brightly-colored illustrations alongside her well-organized notes. “I really like to doodle, so [my planner] is mostly just a vehicle for those,” Levin said. “Doodling lets me get organized in my own way. I know what I have to do, and I can manage my time, […]

Don’t parade your grades

Don’t parade your grades

Students should remain civil rather than cutthroat following the release of semester grades. Harvard-Westlake is a community that thrives thanks to its academically rigorous environment. After all, our Honor Code, the doctrine establishing Harvard-Westlake’s fundamental values, states that our community is “united by the joyful pursuit of educational excellence.” Although some level of competition is […]

We Want Change: The Perspectives of Socially Liberal and Fiscally Conservative Students

We Want Change: The Perspectives of Socially Liberal and Fiscally Conservative Students

As the U.S. midterm elections drew closer, Will Berlin ’19 said he was becoming nervous. Despite a number of new candidates rising to prominence, none of them seemed to have moderate tendencies. For Berlin, who identifies as socially libertarian and fiscally conservative, neither political party seemed to align completely with his views. Berlin shares some […]

Standing in Solidarity: how has #MeToo impacted the Kavanaugh hearings?

Standing in Solidarity: how has #MeToo impacted the Kavanaugh hearings?

With a few minutes remaining before her first period history class Sept. 28, Jaya Nayar ’20 focused intensely on her computer screen. She wasn’t working on homework or finishing up a last-minute essay. Instead, like many others across the nation, she was watching the hearings with Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford. Nayar said she […]

Charlie Ewell ’19 documents Mongolian music traditions

Charlie Ewell ’19 traveled to Mongolia this summer to document musical traditions of the Mongolian people through the HWGo! program’s summer fellowship. Ewell travelled to the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region under the People’s Republic of China as well as Outer Mongolia. Some traditions Ewell focused on included throat singing and the morin khufu, a stringed instrument. […]

Class of 2018 celebrates graduation

Class of 2018 celebrates graduation

Speeches from Salutatorian Nicole Bahar ’18, the first female Salutatorian in 12 years, and Valedictorian Vivian Liu ’18 highlighted the class of 2018’s commencement ceremony Friday. Bahar recalled a number of humorous experiences she had during high school and also noted the lack of equal representation among women for Salutatorian. Liu likened her high school experience to […]

Field hockey players receive title rings

Every member of the field hockey team received a ring for their record-breaking season during a ceremony held during the First and Third Assembly on Wednesday, Feb. 7 in Taper Gym. The team maintained an undefeated record the entire season, finishing 20-0. This feat had never before achieved by a field hockey team at the […]