Students perform for elderly

The Harvard-Westlake Outreach Performers sang and read poetry to residents at Sunrise Senior Living in Playa Vista Dec. 14. The 17 club members, who have been practicing since September for this event, performed an assortment ranging from ghostly narrative poetry to original pieces. The performers also conducted interactive improvisational games with the audience. “I think […]

Choirs sing at LA Phil gathering

Chamber Singers and Jazz Singers performed at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Committee Christmas party at the California Club Dec. 14. They sang songs from the Winter Choral Concert, which was the night before. Approximately 75 people attended the performance. The singers performed last year, and it has since become an annual event. “The concert went […]

Commons to rewrite mission statement

President Rick Commons has decided to rewrite the school’s mission statement to be more memorable and reflective of Harvard-Westlake’s core values. The current mission statement emphasizes the opportunities the school strives to provide for the development of its students’ intellectual, spiritual and emotional capacities. It states that students are taught to learn how to live […]

Saxophonist selected to be in Grammy band

Tenor saxophone player Andy Arditi ’14 received the news Dec. 3 that he had been selected to play in the 2014 Grammy Camp Jazz Session, a program created to present opportunity and recognition to talented high school musicians across the country. The program is part of the Grammy in the Schools program, which is associated […]

Embracing new traditions

Over the past holiday breaks, I have noticed a number of changes in my regularly-observed traditions. As my older sister went off and moved to college, I was left to pick a pumpkin carving design out alone. When Thanksgiving approached, I had to pull out an extra chair for one of her college roommates who […]

To celebrate or not to celebrate: Kwanzaa

What is Kwanzaa? In a poll of 388 Harvard-Westlake students, 59.5 percent didn’t know. “I’m not sure if it’s just for people from Africa or African-Americans in general,” Aliyah Daniels ’14, who identifies herself as an African-American, said. “It seems like an alternative to Christmas. I guess it’s time with family and friends and food. […]

The Techie

Every day at work in the Didax House, a green building at the edge of campus near Upper St. Michael’s parking lot, Web Manager Lillian Contreras sits in front of two monitors writing code for the school’s website. Around her is a setup much like that of faculty department offices on both campuses, with cubicles […]

Improvisation group expands

Both improvisation groups had their first rehearsal Nov. 22, three days after performing arts teacher Michele Spears’ announcement that the program will expand to two groups this year. Spears announced the expansion in an email Nov. 19 to students who auditioned for Scene Monkeys. One group will remain the Scene Monkeys, and the other is yet […]

Student marches in Christmas parade

Max Cho ’15 marched in the Hollywood Christmas Parade Dec. 1 for the fourth year in a row. He has been a member of the Pacific American Volunteer Association, a non-profit organization where students participate in various community service activities, for four years and was recently appointed Junior National President. Every year, PAVA members organize […]

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