Leaders of Today and Tomorrow: Voteless but not voiceless

Leaders of Today and Tomorrow: Voteless but not voiceless

Luis Rodriguez had never imagined that walking out of his school could change history. Fifty years ago, in March of 1968, 13-year-old Rodriguez led his classmates to walk out of Richard Garvey Intermediate School in protest of Mexican-American treatment in schools. Now known as the Chicano Blowouts, or the East Los Angeles Walkouts, these walkouts […]

Going Viral: Last month, illness related absences reached an all time high in one of the worst flu seasons to date

Going Viral: Last month, illness related absences reached an all time high in one of the worst flu seasons to date

It wasn’t until she couldn’t stand up without getting a headache that Alyse Tran ’18 finally decided she was too sick to come to school. She had endured three days of body aches to avoid missing class, but eventually her flu symptoms became too debilitating to ignore. “I had a lot of tests and labs due […]

Farewell to Formalities

Farewell to Formalities

When Marc Novicoff ’18 walked onto the quad after his eighth period class, he was immediately led to a chair in the middle of a crowd on the quad. Awaiting his arrival in the center of all the commotion was Nicole Bahar ’18, prepped with a sign, flowers and backup dancers ready to spring into […]

The Path from Public to Private: Students matriculating from public schools reflect on the transition to Harvard-Westlake

The Path from Public to Private: Students matriculating from public schools reflect on the transition to Harvard-Westlake

As Josue Gutierrez ’18 gazed out the window on the long bus ride home after his first day of ninth grade at Harvard-Westlake, he felt stunned and overwhelmed. Basketball tryouts. Nine periods every day. A new, strange school, far from his home. “I came home and I didn’t know what to do and I just […]

The Elephant in the Room: Conservative students speak as a minority in a liberal environment

The Elephant in the Room: Conservative students speak as a minority in a liberal environment

As Patrick’s* ’18 sophomore English class prepared to pack up, he was halted by the sharp words of his teacher in response to a student’s comment about current events: “If you support Trump, get out,” the teacher’s words blared across the room. “I think a lot of people felt restrained in what they could say […]

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