Vox Populi editors announced for next year

Katie Ehrlich ’14 and Jacob Pardo ’14 will serve as editors-in-chief of the 2013-2014 edition of Vox Populi. “I’m very honored to be an editor-in-chief for the upcoming year,” Pardo said. “As someone who joined the yearbook staff as a sophomore, having no idea what to expect, I’m really proud to be where I am. […]

Theater Department releases 2013-2014 productions, dates

The Upper School Theater Department announced “Hairspray” as the fall musical, “The Matchmaker” as the winter play and the annual Playwrights Festival as the spring production. “Hairspray,” co-directed by performing arts department head Rees Pugh and performing arts teacher Michele Spears, will be Nov. 7, 8 and 9. Audition materials will be released in mid-to-late […]

Experiences gained and memories made

When I received my personal essay assignment three weeks ago in English III Honors, I was terrified. The idea of writing a five or six-page essay in which I must define myself seemed like walking into a minefield. The guidelines were broad with instructions like “Your essay should have something to offer readers who don’t […]

Concert raises $2,500 for homeless teenagers

Eleven students performed at a benefit concert May 19 to raise money for the Los Angeles Youth Network. The network is a non-profit organization to support runaway and homeless adolescents in the Los Angeles area. The show, named “Teens Helping Teens,” raised almost $2,500 from ticket sales and additional donations. Approximately 90 people attended the […]

Jazz Combos play at Catalina Bar and Grill

The Advanced Jazz Combo, Jazz Explorers and two Studio Jazz Combos performed at the Catalina Bar and Grill on March 19 as a part of the Young Artist Jazz Series. The four jazz groups were invited to perform, though the Young Artist Jazz Series is mostly targeted at college groups. The series, which began in […]

Gragg to offer German language, culture class

The Foreign Language Department will begin offering a yearlong Directed Study in German next year. The class will be taught by Technology Center Director and math teacher Chris Gragg, who holds a master’s degree in German from the University of Southern California and graduated from Frankfurt High School in Germany. Gragg also taught German for […]

Sew What?

Hunched over her sewing machine downstairs, Elle Wilson ’13 pushes the white muslin fabric under the needle and observes the line of its seam. The white muslin will soon become a dress, a mock-up of the red gown that Wilson will don on Saturday May 18 for her senior prom. After taking a few sewing […]

Service guidelines to change

Students will no longer be required to complete community service with at least three other Harvard-Westlake students, but the service requirement has been doubled to 12 hours. These changes are due to a new community service policy that will go into effect in the upcoming school year. “We feel that the new requirement will give […]

Many students prefer audiobooks

The library has recently experienced a surge in the popularity of checking out iPods filled with audiobooks for the majority of the upper school English curriculum rather than with music. “The audiobooks have an added value because they don’t take the place of a book but rather give a student inflections and emotions that they […]