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The Harvard-Westlake Chronicle

The Student News Site of Harvard-Westlake School

The Harvard-Westlake Chronicle

The Student News Site of Harvard-Westlake School

The Harvard-Westlake Chronicle

Shanti Hinkin 22 takes her test in an empty classroom.

Pencils down, time’s up

Natalie Cosgrove October 20, 2021

Cole Hall ’24 circled the final multiple choice problem on his spring biology exam and released a deep sigh of relief before handing it to his teacher. Hall said he realized he had never before experienced...

Illustration by Sydney Fener

Re-navigating Columbus

Fallon Dern and Lily Lee October 17, 2021

“In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” Lessons on Columbus are taught in several schools around America. However, as students learn history at higher levels, they are exposed to what the nursery...

Graphic by Grace Kosten and Fallon Dern

Invalidation Frustration

Emmy Zhang October 17, 2021

Sprawled out on the floor of her living room, Idalis McZeal '23 passed a bowl of popcorn back and forth with a friend while "Legally Blonde" played on the television screen. As Elle Wood's law school application...

Not Your Costume

Not Your Costume

Fallon Dern October 17, 2021

Indian American student Anika Kumar ’23 said she never understood why some students choose to wear other cultures’ garments as Halloween costumes. Kumar said, given the  variety of options to choose...

Illustration by Alexa Druyanoff

Body Bias

Allegra Drago October 17, 2021

Eager to cool off in the late summer heat, Sam Plageman ’23 took off her sweatshirt, revealing the tight, low-cut spaghetti-strap tank top she was wearing underneath. A close friend approached her and...

Illustrations by Julia Im 23

Coffee Break

Lily Lee October 16, 2021

Piercing through the silence in her bedroom, Liana Wadhwani’s ’22 alarm clock jolted her awake. Wadhwani overcame an urge to hit “snooze” and dragged herself out of bed in order to begin her 4...

Illustration by Sydney Fener

Community reflects on 20th anniversary of 9/11

Claire Conner and Emmy Zhang September 12, 2021

As United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into the south tower of the World Trade Center, History Teacher Sandra Brasda hunched in front of a clunky monitor in her first-period typing class. Her computer barely...

Assessing Afghanistan

Assessing Afghanistan

Sandra Koretz August 30, 2021

The United States government announced that U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan would be complete by Aug. 31, 2021, after the U.S. and the Taliban signed the Agreement for Bringing Peace to Afghanistan...

Illustration by Sophia Musante

Leading Ladies: women take initiative on campus

Harry Tarses August 30, 2021

Two single-sex schools came together in a long-anticipated merger to form a single coed institution in September 1991. Thirty years later, at 3:40 p.m. on Tuesday, April 20, an email addressed to the student...



Leo Saperstein August 30, 2021

        Staring in the mirror, Irene Bae ’24 said she could not recognize herself behind her makeup and new clothes. As she looked down, her hands shot toward her phone,...

Code Red: 2021 Climate Report

Natalie Cosgrove August 27, 2021

A recent report from the United Nations’s (UN) climate panel details the full extent of the damage human behavior has caused to the environment. As greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, the newer...

Dylan Perkins ’23, Casey Ross ’23, Preston Yeh ’23, Ryann Castanon-Hill ’23 and Chiara Umbeko ’23 spend time together.

He’s the man: Spotlight on Dylan Perkins ’23

Fallon Dern August 26, 2021

Dylan Perkins ’23 leaned on a poster-covered wall and said he’s never known how to smile in photos. Casey Ross ’23, Preston Yeh ’23 and Ryann Castanon-Hill ’23 surrounded him, calling out poses...

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