The Student News Site of Harvard-Westlake School

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 Hannah Mittleman

The Right to Kill

By Kyra Hudson August 28, 2019

When Alex Poe ’20 visited the Santa Monica Promenade, one of her regular hangout spots, last week, her trip quickly went south. As she walked from store to store, Poe began to notice fearful shop attendants...

Welcome to the Party: How Professional Behavior Alters Modern Political Discourse

Welcome to the Party: How Professional Behavior Alters Modern Political Discourse

Spencer Klink January 31, 2019

Just hours into her first day in Congress, Dem. Rep Rashida Tlaib proclaimed that she had a goal of impeaching President Donald Trump, specifically saying she would work to “impeach that mother-f****r.”...

A map of recent hate crimes in each state. Photo illustration by Sarah Healy and Astor Wu.

The Hate They Give

Sophie Haber December 12, 2018

Harsh red swastikas covered the walls of an unassuming Columbia professor's office Nov. 28. Scrawled in spray-paint, the word “Yid” was plastered above her computer screen. NYPD is investigating the...

Photo Illustration by Jenny Li and Pavan Tauh

Hit the Snooze: Discussing the advantages and disadvantages of a late start to the school day

Lucas Gelfond February 13, 2018

On a chilly December evening, Flynn Klace ’19 arrived home at around 9 p.m. after a hard game of soccer. Exhausted from her game and long round-trip drive to Norco, California, Klace stayed up until...

Photo Illustration by Sofia Heller and Nicole Kim

Report to HQ: Is HQ a distraction in the classroom?

Ryan Albert February 13, 2018

Ryan Stanford ’19 had a secret weapon for the HQ Trivia Christmas round: her grandma. Anticipation built as she and her sisters approached the game’s 12th and final question. Finally, the question...

Photo Illustration by Nicole Kim and Kristin Kuwada

A Whole New World

Saba Nia January 10, 2018

“Apple,” Jenny Yoon ’19 tried to sound out again as her first grade teacher peered at her from above. Her teacher smiled softly and tapped the word on her paper. Sound it out slower, her teacher...

Photo Illustration by Sam Ko and Alison Oh

Living Through Language

Alison Oh January 10, 2018

Chinese idioms, or chengyu, are difficult to learn, culturally complex and grammatically irregular. For most students of Chinese, they're a nightmare. But as her classmates groaned at the sight of a new...

Photo Illustration by Jenny Li and Alison Oh

Spin to Succeed: Is Harvard-Westlake worth it?

Noa Schwartz November 20, 2017

After first reading “Privilege and Pressure,” a 2013 article in the LA Times criticizing Harvard-Westlake’s intense environment Upper School Dean Sharon Cuseo said she prepared herself for an avalanche...

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Around the World in 14 Days: Student Experiences Over Winter Break

Danielle Kaye February 2, 2017

During winter break, many students and their families traveled abroad to perform community service or gain exposure to other cultures. Some opted to celebrate holidays such as Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa...

Tatted Teens

Tatted Teens

Jesse Nadel February 2, 2017

When talk show host Wendy Williams asked reality star Kim Kardashian if she had any tattoos, Kardashian responded, "Would you put a bumper sticker on a Bentley?" While some students, like Kardashian, think...

Credit: Nicole Kim/Chronicle

American Dreamers: Undocumented Immigrants and the Current Political Climate

Josie Abugov January 11, 2017

Axel Rivera de León ’18 said he saw the terror in his mother’s face when Arizona State Patrol Agents demanded she show her identification. His mom was an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala, and...

Illustration by Alena Rubin; 
Map Image Taken From Pokémon Go App, Graphics Assisted by Nicole Kim

New Pokémon Go App Is A Summer Trend

Kitty Luo September 7, 2016

When Assistant to the Head of Upper School Michelle Bracken received a call from her sister-in-law, she was expecting a casual chat about family and friends, she said. Instead, her sister-in-law informed...

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