Students submit geotags for contest

Students submit geotags for contest

Prefect Council hosted the first-ever all-school geotag design contest from Jan.11 to Jan. 25. Sophomore Prefect Chelsea Cho said the goal of the contest was to enrich campus life and to provide a platform for students to showcase their design talents. Geotags are Snapchat filters that are unique to a location. Creating a new geotag […]

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 […]

Start putting extra time to the test

Start putting extra time to the test

As many students struggle to bubble in all of their answers while taking the infamously time-crunched ACT, some are given between 50 and 100 percent more time to complete the exam. These students are recipients of extra time: a system created with the intent of equalizing the playing field for test-takers with learning disabilities. Unfortunately, […]

A case for more classroom collaboration

A case for more classroom collaboration

Every day I sit down at my desk in classes full of leaders and intellectuals, each having accomplished notable academic achievements. By the time we reach senior year, we’ve become masters of memorization, writing and analysis. That is, of course, the benefit of a Harvard-Westlake education. Upon graduation, we will all be prepared for the […]

Protesters, let’s pay attention

Protesters, let’s pay attention

As the leaders of the Women’s March sparked controversy, left-wing activists had to decide if they were willing to reconcile the anti-Semitic messages of the leaders with the liberal values of the march itself. The march drew harsh criticism after multiple leaders of the movement, including Tamika Mallory and Linda Sarsour, endorsed the Nation of […]

Read past the requirements

Read past the requirements

I sat at home with my book, eyelids drooping as I desperately tried to finish the assigned chapter. The book told the same story, with the same characters and the same words. So why did reading it for school feel so different than when I read it over the summer? In July, it was “The […]

Justice for poets: Poetry is art

Justice for poets: Poetry is art

Poetry is used as a form of communication and expression—a mode of storytelling. Whether it’s Homer’s “Iliad,” Shakespeare’s “Venus and Adonis,” Frost’s “The Road Not Taken,” or even one of the most popular picture books of our generation, Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree,” poetry tells of our past, present and future. The earliest dated poem is […]

Debate team hosts annual tournament

Harvard-Westlake hosted 290 debaters from around the country for its annual tournament, the Harvard-Westlake Debates, an octafinals qualifier to the Tournament of Champions. The four-day event began Jan. 17 and was divided into two tournaments: the debateLA Challenge, a round-robin competition where students can challenge each other to debates and the main event, a Lincoln-Douglas […]

The Importance of Discussion

The Importance of Discussion

As our school community came together to listen to Holocaust survivor Erika Jacoby and former German Nazi Ursula Martens Jan. 16, we witnessed two women reconcile their experiences on opposite sides of history (read more on A3). Both women eloquently demonstrated the power of being vulnerable in difficult discussions and offering empathy. Throughout the most […]

It’s a Match! : Student Usage of Tinder

It’s a Match! : Student Usage of Tinder

Noah* ’19 scrolled through his camera roll, looking carefully for the perfect profile photo. He decided on a photo with a big smile to make him look friendly, some stubble to make him look older and a blue t-shirt to bring out his eyes. Just a few clicks later, he became Noah, 18, 2.4 miles […]

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