Prefect Council hosts final Coffee House of the school year

By Claire Goldsmith

Students serenaded a packed Chalmers West Monday April 30th during the last Coffee House of the year. Prefect Sam Wolk ’13 introduced performers at the two-hour event while Prefect Council supplied cookies and blended coffee drinks.

Watch clips of Coffee House on our YouTube channel and check out a photo gallery here.


Rhett Gentile ’13 opened with a comedy routine about teenagers, satirizing the bad reputation of youth in the news and the uncontrollable eating habits of adolescent boys.

Bella Hicks ’12, Dani Wieder ’12 and Morgan St. Jean ’12 sang “Brand New You” a capella wearing matching striped shirts. The trio dedicated the song to Hallie Brookman ’12, who is currently recovering from an illness at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The seniors first performed the song at their ninth grade solo night.

“It was a really fun way for us to wrap up our performing lives at Harvard-Westlake at the end of our senior year,” St. Jean said.

After a successful duet during February’s Coffee House, Dean Coordinator Ryan Wilson returned with his wife and two sons. Wilson invited students to sing along to his son’s favorite song, the Beatles’ “Rocky Raccoon.”
Alex Thal ’14 picked three audience volunteers to participate in his magic act, during which he made aces disappear and reappear around cards the students had autographed.

“I usually don’t get the opportunity to do magic at school,” Thal said. “This was a great way for me and other students to express interesting talents.”

Prefect Katie Lim ’13 accompanied multiple singers with acoustic guitar before joining Taylor Lee ’13 in a melodic duet of Usher’s “Without You.” Other members of Prefect Council served refreshments and managed guitar cases and the sound system to the right of the makeshift stage.

Kavin Dotson ’14, a music producer who goes by “Young Kav,” chanted his original rap “Man on a Mission” while students stood clapping and stomping to the beat during one of the final acts.

Wolk, who organized and ran the Coffee House with Prefect Henry Hahn ’14, said he hopes to continue helping next year, although he will not be a prefect.

“We really look forward next year to having the whole lounge and especially having the stage back,” Wolk said. “Hopefully some dance acts can make a reappearance in future Coffee Houses.”
Hahn particularly appreciated the “turnout and enthusiasm after each act. Not only were there great performances, but there was also a great audience,” he said. 


Photos by Mazelle Etessami. Video by Henry Hahn.