Report to HQ: Is HQ a distraction in the classroom?

Report to HQ: Is HQ a distraction in the classroom?

Ryan Stanford ’19 had a secret weapon for the HQ Trivia Christmas round: her grandma. Anticipation built as she and her sisters approached the game’s 12th and final question. Finally, the question flashed across the screen: “Which U.S. President has never earned a Bachelor’s degree?” “Harry Truman!” her grandmother exclaimed, winning Stanford both the round […]

A Whole New World

A Whole New World

“Apple,” Jenny Yoon ’19 tried to sound out again as her first grade teacher peered at her from above. Her teacher smiled softly and tapped the word on her paper. Sound it out slower, her teacher said, and don’t give up. Yoon sighed and stared at the letters before her. She had been laboriously mimicking […]

Living Through Language

Living Through Language

Chinese idioms, or chengyu, are difficult to learn, culturally complex and grammatically irregular. For most students of Chinese, they’re a nightmare. But as her classmates groaned at the sight of a new list of characters to memorize, Taia Cheng ’19 tapped her pencil on her desk, eager to learn each new phrase and its unique […]

Spin to Succeed: Is Harvard-Westlake worth it?

Spin to Succeed: Is Harvard-Westlake worth it?

After first reading “Privilege and Pressure,” a 2013 article in the LA Times criticizing Harvard-Westlake’s intense environment Upper School Dean Sharon Cuseo said she prepared herself for an avalanche of verifying responses from alumni. Instead, much to her surprise, she said, she received the opposite: Alums quickly and willingly came to the defense of the […]

Around the World in 14 Days: Student Experiences Over Winter Break

Around the World in 14 Days: Student Experiences Over Winter Break

During winter break, many students and their families traveled abroad to perform community service or gain exposure to other cultures. Some opted to celebrate holidays such as Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year’s abroad as well. Nicole Bahar ’18: Teaching English in Iran When the Iranian Revolution broke out in 1979, many of the nation’s […]

Tatted Teens

Tatted Teens

When talk show host Wendy Williams asked reality star Kim Kardashian if she had any tattoos, Kardashian responded, “Would you put a bumper sticker on a Bentley?” While some students, like Kardashian, think that tattoos deface one’s body, others see them as a form of self-expression and appreciate them for their individuality. “The Bentley will […]

New Pokémon Go App Is A Summer Trend

New Pokémon Go App Is A Summer Trend

When Assistant to the Head of Upper School Michelle Bracken received a call from her sister-in-law, she was expecting a casual chat about family and friends, she said. Instead, her sister-in-law informed Bracken that her nephew had been robbed at gunpoint while catching Pokemon. Bracken’s nephew had been Pokemon hunting in North Hollywood with a […]

High Stakes: Meet the Players

High Stakes: Meet the Players

The ability to problem-solve effectively is very important to Austin* ’16, which is why he discussed current events every week with the Society of Global Affairs and did Ethics Bowl last year. “I like to think that everything I do is related to problem solving because I think that’s what you do in a career,” […]