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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

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...

Illustration by Sydney Fener

IDentity Crisis

Allegra Drago August 26, 2021

Outside of Bootsy Bellows, a trendy Los Angeles nightclub, Buckley School alumna Francesca Taylor ’17 shifted in her stilettos as she waited in line with a group of friends. Her legs shook, not from...

Expanding Financial Aid

Expanding Financial Aid

Will Sheehy June 6, 2021

While other athletes on the boys golf team purchased new equipment before the season, Ford McDill ’21 browsed the thrift store for golf clubs. Later, at practices and competitions, he noticed the differences...

A tiger representing a top competitor in the metaphorical jungle of high school growls while holding an A+ paper.

Survival of the Fittest: The Dangers and Benefits of Academic Competition

Ava Fattahi June 1, 2021

Casey Weisman ’22 felt the blue fluorescent glow of his laptop screen on his face as he logged onto his fifth virtual college panel in mid-April. He immediately began worrying about the upcoming college...

Illustration by Caitlin Muñoz

Pass Go and Collect Diploma

Caitlin Muñoz and Sydney Fener May 31, 2021

Kiki Iriafen When reflecting on the early months of her senior year, Stanford University women's basketball commit Kiki Iriafen ’21 recalled the pressure she and her peers felt as they grappled with...

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Controversial Contraception

Milla Ben-Ezra and Kate Burry May 30, 2021

5 million women around the U.S. take some form of the birth control pill. Whether it be for contraception, acne prevention or menstrual regulation, "the pill" assists women in having control over their...

CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Sarah Rivera ’21, Ariana Pineda ’21, Simran Yogakumar ’21 and Natalie Barnouw ’21 participate in a staged photo

Given or Received?

Caroline Jacoby May 30, 2021

After completing her in-class essay, Betty* looked down at her phone and scrolled through the texts on her English class group chat. Betty realized that another member of the group chat had sent the essay...

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