A Big Request: Teacher Recommendation Letters

A Big Request: Teacher Recommendation Letters

When Luke Rowen ’19 first picked up a deck of “Magic: The Gathering” cards as a junior in math teacher Andy Stout’s Design and Data Structures class, he was not thinking about college recommendations. One month later, when he traveled with Stout and other members of the Magic Club to Phoenix for the Grand Prix, […]

Ode to the throne

Beware. Spoilers ahead.Season 3. Episode 9. Lively music and welcoming toasts fill the atmosphere of Lord Walder Frey’s great dining hall as members of the Northern army, led by House Stark, enjoy a night of apparent bliss and celebrate the wedding between House Tully and House Frey. Fans are able to finally relax and savor […]

Our fifth quarter culture

There are 36 days until summer, according to one of my classmates. Though he has announced the latest count after each eighth period math class since October, the end of the school year is now almost tangible. However, before reaching the much-anticipated vacation, students must endure arguably the busiest period of the entire year. With […]

A Case for Integrity

A Case for Integrity

On March 12, the Federal Bureau of Investigation indicted over 30 parents across the country, in addition to college coaches and a college counselor, on charges including mail fraud, tax fraud and bribery. This exposition may only be the beginning, as prosecutors indicated that more indictments may follow. Walking into class that Tuesday, talk of […]

HWSAA begins a new initiative to connect current students and alumni

The Student Alumni Association initiated a new digital, community-building program that connects current seniors with alumni to help students reduce stress during the college admissions process and the transition out of high school. After the SAA notified alumni of the program, 164 alumni volunteered to participate in the project, HW Works Administrator Zaakirah Daniels ’10 […]

Senioritis: don’t let it catch you

Senioritis: don’t let it catch you

Senioritis, noun. An illness afflicting second semester seniors that renders them incapable of completing their work or engaging in their classes as usual. Our school seems to have a particularly dramatic strain of it spreading around. Jan. 18 is a time many seniors seem to have mentally designated as a time of mass relief. The […]

Here Comes the Signs: Protests of the 60s Compared to Now

Here Comes the Signs: Protests of the 60s Compared to Now

When Francine Werner ‘68 thinks back to her years at the then-Westlake School for Girls, she said she recalls the cultural phenomenon of the Beatles and the British Invasion, the counterculture movement and the anti-war protests. “Back then, it was our brothers and boyfriends who were getting killed, so I had to get more politically […]

Dear Saba: Stop Stressing

Dear Saba: Stop Stressing

Dear “Stressed Out” Saba, Today is the one-year anniversary of my grandfather’s death. I had my first history test of the year, so naturally, my focus was directed toward this perceived “life-or-death” matter, and the sudden sadness and guilt hit me in a two-punch succession to my gut. Sadness because I nearly forgot, and guilt […]

Speaking on behalf of ASiA

Speaking on behalf of ASiA

This past Monday, Lisa See addressed the school during an all-school assembly. See is a multiple times New York Times bestselling author, with years of leadership in the local Chinese-American community and considerable public speaking experience. But to be honest, as one of the leaders of Asian Students in Action, when we as a club […]

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