Finding my forte in second semester

By Anabel Pasarow I thought second semester senior year would be one big messy free-for-all. I would be the absentee punk kid opting for surf lessons with cool college-drop-out instructors by day and pulling all-nighters by night, or going to double features at the movies and feeling no remorse about not buying a ticket for […]

Pulitzer committee names alum runner-up

By Saj Sri-Kumar The Columbia School of Journalism named an alumna a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in National Reporting for her work examining debt collection. Jessica Silver-Greenberg ’00 published a series of articles in the Wall Street Journal explaining how debt collectors sue consumers to recover money and collect expired payments that consumers are […]

Candidate Statement: Mikaila Mitchell

1. For what position are you running? Senior Prefect 2. What makes you feel that you are qualified for the position? Please describe any leadership experiences you’ve had, if applicable. Since I’ve been apart of the Harvard-Westlake community, I’ve had many experiences in leadership. Firstly, I was chosen last year to be a trainee in […]

Make it better

by Cathi Choi My junior year English classroom pulsated with energy, fueled by intellectual curiosity and heated discussions that cracked open my adolescent shell. There I explored and understood how words are nothing but thwarted vessels of communication. “Love,” says Addie in “As I Lay Dying” is “just a shape to fill a lack.”’ It […]

Brace Yourself

By Julie Barzilay Long waits in the orthodontist’s office. Rubber bands snapping mid-sentence. Broken retainers strewn across the bathroom counter. For a handful of upper school students, orthodontia-related dramas and traumas are not yet a metal-filled memory, but a thing of the present. For most high-schoolers with braces, special circumstances are the culprit. Jason Mow […]

Activities conflict with SAT testing

By Drew Lash Two students signed up to take the March SAT only to suddenly have conflicts resulting from recently scheduled extracurricular commitments. These pre-set standardized test dates only occur a few times during the year and can cause scheduling problems for many who opt to take the test during their junior year. Dean Vanna […]

Publishers consider senior’s book

By Ashley Halkett For his wish, Max Ritvo ’09 asked the Make a Wish foundation to act as an agent for his book, “Cancer Song,” which is currently under consideration at Harper Collins. All proceeds from the book will go to cancer research. Ritvo, who was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer in 11th grade […]

5-time Olympian credits Westlake

By Ben Goldstein Although Dara Torres ’85 has been taken all across the globe in her swimming career, it all began in Los Angeles when she was still a Westlake Wallaby. In 1984, while most of her classmates at Westlake were enjoying the last weeks of summer before their senior year, Torres swam for the […]

Wilson restarts magazine

By Sammy Roth With the help of Madeleine Witenberg ’08, Deans’ Office and Summer Programs Coordinator Ryan Wilson is working to re-launch the literary magazine “The Black Boot.” The magazine was originally a project of Wilson’s friend Ethan Antonucci, who published five issues during 2004 and 2005. The name, Wilson said, came from an old […]