Free Willy: APES students release trout into the wild

AP Environmental Science students released rainbow trout into Lake Castaic to combat trout depopulation Wednesday. Science teacher Nadine Eisenkolb coordinated the field trip after students raised the fish in the classroom. This process allowed the students to observe the trout eggs hatch prior to releasing them into local water sources. The class acquired the trout from […]

Nick Melvoin ’04 elected to LAUSD Board

Alum and former Chronicle Editor-in-Chief Nick Melvoin ’04 emerged victorious in L.A. Unified School District Board elections May 16. After garnering enough votes in the March primary election to advance to a runoff with incumbent Board President Steve Zimmer, Melvoin pulled 57 percent of the vote. Melvoin’s intern Shelby Weiss ’16 said Melvoin’s team spent the […]

Students recognized for achievements in language classes

The Foreign Languages Department inducted students into the World Languages Honors Society in celebration of their achievements in studying Spanish, French, Chinese and Latin on May 16. In addition to the induction, a senior from each language was given the outstanding student award. Theodore Velaise ’17 received an award for his dedication and high level of […]

Student wins North American School Scrabble Championship

Zach Ansell ’22, along with partner Jem Burch, won the 15th annual North American School Scrabble Championship on April 23 after defeating dozens of teams. In recognition of their successes against the more than 150 Scrabble players aged nine to 18 that participated in the competition, the team, which is also known as Random Word Generator, was awarded […]

Washington Post ranks school 91st most challenging in the nation

The Washington Post ranked Harvard-Westlake the 91st most challenging high school in the country in its annual Challenge Index on May 5, which is based on Advanced Placement courses. The list is compiled by dividing the number of AP, International Baccalaureate and Cambridge tests offered each year by the number of graduating seniors. Schools that […]

Students, teachers start gender-identity conversations

Speakers discussing gender and sexuality discussion on campus have visited the school in an effort to bring greater awareness to gender-identity issues. This comes after recordings of a number of students using homophobic slurs were discovered. “I wanted to start this conversation because I think there has been so much silence on campus about transgender identities […]

CBS News features senior in ‘People Making a Difference’ segment

Reporting from Rugby Theater, a CBS News crew filmed senior class meeting April 28 for a segment focused on Sophia Van Iderstine’s ’17 effort to start a conversation about mental health among her peers. According to the piece titled “People Making a Difference,” CBS reported on the “powerful lesson” from CEO of the Human Power Project Ross […]

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: combination of Coachella, Senior Ditch Day contributes to record low attendance

One-hundred-twenty students missed school after Coachella on April 17, exceeding the number of absences in recent history. Upper School Attendance Coordinator Gabriel Preciado said this year’s absences were slightly higher than in the past due to the combination of Coachella and senior ditch day, as well as the fact that it fell the day after […]

Community Council extends deadline

Applications to join Community Council were due Friday at 2:40, after the deadline was extended due to an oversight on timing. Since the applications were originally due the day students returned from spring break, fewer applications than expected were turned in and many students asked for an extension Director of Student Affairs Jordan Church said. […]

Juniors order rings for senior ceremony

Juniors ordered personalized class rings last week on campus from Jostens from April 19 to 20. Students could choose either the traditional ring, which features the school crest, or the achiever ring, which features the student’s birthstone. “I wanted something to remind me of my experience at Harvard-Westlake,” Claire Tan ’18 said. “The rings will […]

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