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The Student News Site of Harvard-Westlake School

The Harvard-Westlake Chronicle

The Student News Site of Harvard-Westlake School

The Harvard-Westlake Chronicle

Konnie Duan 23 participates in a fencing tournament during mid-semester break in Torrance, CA.

Students participate in school activities, travel over mid-semester break

Lucas Cohen-d'Arbeloff October 21, 2021

Upper school students engaged in a variety of activities throughout Los Angeles and beyond over mid-semester break, which lasted from Oct. 13 to Oct. 15. Most sophomores and juniors participated in the...

Commitment Issues: Committed athletes discuss the pressures they face in the years leading up to college.

Commitment Issues: Committed athletes discuss the pressures they face in the years leading up to college.

Harry Tarses October 20, 2021

Duke University offered Grace Thrower '23 a spot on their volleyball team,  she said her work had just begun. . Thrower said that although her peers expect her to experience less academic pressure, the...

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...

The Junior Classical League hosted Eliza Dean, Taia Cheng 19 and Lauren Witmer 19, to speak about their experiences majoring in classics March 4.

It’s Classic

Natasha Speiss March 4, 2021

The Junior Classical League (JCL) club hosted college students Lauren Witmer '19, Taia Cheng '19 and Eliza Dean on a panel to discuss Classical studies after high school. The panel was moderated by Chronicle...

Searching for Solidarity

Eli Nickoll December 10, 2020

There is a social phenomenon called the “Tall Poppy Syndrome.” It's the tendency for humans to criticize high achievers, hoping to pull them down. The name originates from the farming practice of...

Pressured Productivity

Caroline Jacoby August 28, 2020

Since the pandemic began, each interaction I have with others has begun with a countless set of questions: how are you using your extra time? What new skills have you acquired? With the expectation to...

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Alexa Druyanoff

Pandemic impacts college recruitment

Amelia Scharff August 27, 2020

When Williams College commit Gabby Odoom ’21 got the notification that her spring track and field season was canceled, fear rushed through her body. She wouldn't be able to compete and would lose the...

Deferred Delusions?

Deferred Delusions?

Lauren Nehorai January 29, 2020

Four months spent working on a two-page application. Three flights across the country to visit the school. Two dozen balloons in the college’s colors hidden in the closet. One year of envisioning his...

The Key to Competition

Hannah Han November 13, 2019

The morning before her live audition for the Elite International Music Competition, Mia Shelton ’21 ate her usual breakfast, a cup of yogurt, and ran through a series of pre-competition rituals.“I...

Paid to Play

Paid to Play

Tanisha Gunby and Sandra Koretz November 13, 2019

Students believe athletic compensation will benefit themselves and their families.   After hearing about the Fair Pay to Play Act, which was passed by the California legislature this October,...

Illustration by Alexa Druyanoff

Together through the college process

Chronicle Staff October 3, 2019

With the end of first quarter approaching in early November, school is officially back in full swing. As the community settles into its normal routine, students’ workloads pile up higher and higher....

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