Top Honors

Valedictorian–Zoe Bohn ’14 Salutatorian–Joey Lieberman ’14 Lester Medvene Award–Adam Yaron ’16 Awarded to a sophomore who contributes to the life of the school and embodies Lester Medvene’s “curiosity of mind and dedication of spirit.” Rensselaer Award–Jamie Skaggs ’15 Given to a junior who has distinguished himself or herself in the study of math and science […]

2014 Senior Columns

Click on the bolded headline to read each person’s senior column. Jack Goldfisher “Life is Goodo” Noa Yadidi “I’ll miss my family in Weiler Hall” Claire Goldsmith “Words I never thought I’d say” Sarah Novicoff “What should I write my column about?” Jensen Pak “Learn from your experiences” Patrick Ryan “Risk it for the biscuit” […]

Shifting the Spotlight

A total of 41 students will be members of Chamber Singers in the 2014-2015 school year, performing arts teacher Rodger Guerrerro announced April 27. Sopranos Sabrina Batchler ’15 Jessica Brandon ’16 Laura Campbell ’16 Elizabeth Edel ’15 Sara Lucas ‘17 Delilah Napier ’15 Claire Nordstrom ’15 Marcella Park ’15 Karin Rhynes ’16 Shelby Weiss ’16 […]

Sitting in morning traffic: a shared experience

I wait in my driveway, annoyed, for my sophomore sister to run out of the house clutching two smoothies and poorly buttered toast. I demand she “DJ,” God forbid I waste my own phone battery, and once again we begin our uniquely graceful pilgrimage to school. The drive becomes impossibly familiar, an etch-a-sketch of simple […]

Save the written word in this new digital age

One question I often get these days with regard to books is, “Isn’t it all online?” I’ll usually respond with, “Well, we’re not quite at that stage yet.” When someone asks “Isn’t everything online?”, “everything” includes:  1. The newest copyright protected titles to older public domain titles and everything in between. 2. Popular titles and […]

Remove yourself from the ever-present competition

The first graded essay that I ever handed in at Harvard-Westlake got a B-. My short, awkward seventh-grade self quietly stared at what I thought was a definite sign of my failure as I began to lose any shred of hope that I had for surviving at a school with a larger than life reputation. […]

‘From caring comes courage’

It has been our practice for the past several years to introduce a character education theme or motto at the beginning of each school year.  The mottos are intended to be aspirational, to give all of us—students, teachers and coaches on both HW campuses—common language, a common experience, and a point of departure for conversations […]