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  • Varsity girls golf wins the Mid-Season tournament for the second year in a row and breaks school records.

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    Girls’ Golf Wins Mid-Season Tournament

  • HWPA parent volunteers pose together on the Quad for the first day of senior appreciation.


    Parent’s Association starts Senior Appreciation for Class of ’24

  • Upper school parents take self-serve refreshments provided by the school.


    Upper school hosts Parents Back-to-School day

  • Varsity boys’ basketball small forward Nicholas Khamenia ’25 dunks the ball in a game during his sophomore season.

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    Junior to attend Gonzaga University’s Kraziness in the Kennel event

  • Printed with permission of the Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Center

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    School announces participation in ‘Alive Together’ walk

  • The HW-INC Team meets once a week from 3:15-4:15 PM to work on their yearly summer program.

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    HW Inc Seeks New Applicants

  • The starting defensive lineup for the varsity football game Sept. 22.

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    Varsity football loses to Northview

  • Junior mental health alliance leaders Dennett Stibel 25, Rachel Reiff 25, Sunny Lu 25 and Micah Parr 25 pose together.


    Student mental health alliance formed

  • Head Prefect Bari LeBari 24 poses with Head of School Laura Ross for a picture after receiving his senior class ring during the annual Senior Ceremony.


    Seniors gather for 90th annual ring ceremony

  • Administrators speak about student wellbeing at State of School Address

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    Administrators speak about student wellbeing at State of School Address

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Ian Mitchell King (center, partially obscured), registered sex offender, joined the Studio City Neighborhood Council on Aug. 16.
Studio City Neighborhood Council members resign
Max Turetzky, Assistant Opinion Editor • September 22, 2023

11 members of the Studio City Neighborhood Council (SCNC) resigned Aug. 21 after Ian Mitchell King, a newly seated councilmember, was revealed...

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Attitude of Gratitude


Less than a month ago, history teacher Eric Zwemer passed away after nearly three decades of teaching. His death caused immense grief and pain in our community and was followed by a period of deep reflection. His students thought about their last interactions with him. His colleagues remembered their last conversations. Those who didn’t know him well recalled his constant presence at the top of the hill, his suit and tie immaculate, with a cigarette in his hand.

The day after he passed, faculty members read student-written letters addressed to Zwemer at an all-school assembly. One could not help but imagine how much he would value hearing those words of appreciation, respect and admiration.

Zwemer exemplified the dedicated and engaged teacher. His lessons were incredibly well-prepared and brought into the context of current events.

He took pride in a commitment to learning and preferred not to focus on grades and was quick to prioritize content over studying for Advanced Placement Exams or other standardized tests.

The immense effort and passion he brought to his classes were clear to his students and colleagues. In light of his death, we should all take time to recognize the effort our teachers put into their courses.

Our teachers can make a lecture on the “factivity of art” become an exploration of how ideas can transcend their time.

Our teachers are willing to explain the intricacies of unsolvable proofs, and our teachers bring weavers to class to parallel themes from Moby Dick.

Our teachers can make original Latin versions of Ciscero come alive, engaging us in the vibrance of world language.

Our teachers will literally hammer their hand under a lead brick to demonstrate Newton’s Law of Inertia.

Our teachers devote their lives to bringing us outside of our academic shells, encouraging our growth, bolstering our voices and providing sacred spaces for discussion. They explain the unexplainable and inspire us to take risks and try new things.

Our teachers are the greatest vigilantes against ignorance we have, bringing context to the news and training us to be global citizens.

As a result of their efforts, we grow not only as students but also as human beings.
Genuine expression of appreciation is difficult. It requires us to put down our textbooks to take a moment to reflect on our teachers as humans who are dedicated to making us all better people. It takes looking beyond grades and values to look at teachers’ impact on who we are. Many alumni look back on their teachers fondly and thank them many years down the road. There’s no reason for us to wait.

We don’t know what will happen. What we can do is take every moment to show others that we appreciate and respect them. In a world in which our school is constantly in competition with others, we have an unfair advantage; Harvard-Westlake has some of the best people in the world. Smart, kind and passionate students. Dedicated, supportive and creative teachers who strive for greatness. Administrators who put immense thought into all of their decisions affecting our school. Maintenance and support staff who work long hours to silently and perfectly put together our school’s events.

Our teachers shape us as young adults and change us as humans. At the very least, they deserve some of our gratitude.

To all of our teachers: on behalf of the Chronicle, we thank you for your hard work.

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