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 […]

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 […]

Ignorance Isn’t Bliss: Stepping into a Murky World of Gray

Ignorance Isn’t Bliss: Stepping into a Murky World of Gray

I am a hypocrite. I try to remain firm as I explain to the blubbering child how he has broken camp rules, but I can’t help feeling a twinge of sympathy and even a little guilt. Though the boy has clearly instigated an argument with another camper, he certainly doesn’t deserve the fight that ensued. […]

Why my opinion matters

Why my opinion matters

“She’s really annoying, Mom,” my 10-year-old self said. My mother swiveled her amber eyes to me. An immaculate eyebrow arched as she replied, “Who?” “Desirae*, Maman. She’s spoiled and a cry baby and she’s really clingy to my friends so I can never hang out with them.” I pouted as I remembered Desirae’s childish antics […]