Dear Class of 2015

Dear graduating class of 2015,   Now that I’m graduating in a few weeks, there’s something I want to get off of my chest.   First, I want to say that Harvard-Westlake’s teachers and resources have passed on so much important knowledge to me that I can’t begin to even explain.  My fervent curiosity and […]

Pierce Pressure

Pierce Pressure

June* looked in the mirror, staring at the holes in her earlobes that were now basically closed because of infection. As she tried to push her diamond-studded earring back into the hole, the only result was pus and blood. According to students who answered a Chronicle poll, almost one out of six have had some […]

Tinder Makes Sparks Fly

Tinder Makes Sparks Fly

Ron* quickly swipes left on Tinder, a cellular dating app that connects people who are nearby, as he gazes through photos of numerous girls in his area. A photo of a pretty girl surfaces on his screen, and he swipes right. In less than 10 minutes, Ron secures a coffee date with her. He calls […]

Accepting others in the wake of tragedy

I scrolled past a photo that my Parisian friend had posted earlier that day of a man who seemed to be dead with spectators standing around him. As I scrolled further down, I saw posts from my other French friends that all said, “Je suis Charlie.” Now I was confused. Were the French starting some […]

Mintz to take over as plant manager

Dave Mintz ’87 will transition from his position as the middle school plant manager to the upper school plant manager beginning Oct. 20. Mintz will replace Felipe Anguiano, who will become the director of off-campus facilities. Anguiano has worked at Harvard- Westlake for 38 years and has been the upper school plant manager for the […]

Art students to post lunch photos on site

Middle school photography teacher Joe Medina has launched a Tumblr page for a new art project titled, “One Moment One Meal One Photograph,” which will include photos of different meals by photography students and artists from around the globe. Anyone is free to participate by eating and taking a photo of a meal at exactly […]

Reacting to Ferguson

Michael Brown, an unarmed, black 18-year-old, was shot to death by a white police officer, Darren Wilson, on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Missouri. Police allege Brown stole a box of cigars from a local convenience store, but Brown was actually stopped for jaywalking. The facts of the encounter between Wilson and Brown are in dispute, […]

A Home Away From Home

Marine Corporal Aaron P. Mankin was critically injured May 11, 2005 while serving in Iraq when his assault vehicle rolled over and exploded. Mankin suffered burns on over 25 percent of his body. His ears, nose and mouth were gone along with two fingers on his right hand. Mankin became the first participant in Operation […]

‘He gave me the most heartfelt smile’

On the second day in Vientiane, it was scorching hot, and the humidity did not help.  We visited COPE, a non-profit organization that provides prosthetic limbs for Laotian citizens. The entire group was interviewing a young man who had lost both of his legs, arms and his eyesight from a UXO bomb, while I was […]

Students accepted to film festival

Films by three students will be screened at the Sun Valley Film Festival on March 14 -17.  The festival announced on Feb. 4 that it had accepted “Finding Erica Jones” by Natalie Markiles ’13, “The Bookstore” by Alex Haney ’14, and “Just You and Me” by Amanda Reiter ’14.  This is the first time being […]