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The Harvard-Westlake Chronicle

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The Harvard-Westlake Chronicle

The Student News Site of Harvard-Westlake School

The Harvard-Westlake Chronicle

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Watching the Scale

MeJo Liao, Assistant Features Editor December 13, 2023

Touching up her makeup, 16-year-old Liya* stepped back from the mirror and smiled at her own reflection. Since she started on the weight loss drug Wegovy a year ago, she has lost over thirty pounds,...

Mason Walline 25 and Alexa Chang 25 carry a banner in memoriam of Trey Brown during the walk.

Members of school community remember Trey Brown III in ‘Alive Together’ walk

Connor Tang and Justin Tang October 1, 2023

Members of the school community participated in the Didi Hirsch “Alive Together” walk at Exposition Park on Sunday, Oct. 1, where they walked to honor Trey Brown III '25, who passed away in June. The...

Junior mental health alliance leaders Dennett Stibel 25, Rachel Reiff 25, Sunny Lu 25 and Micah Parr 25 pose together.

Student mental health alliance formed

Justin Tang, Assistant Sports Editor September 23, 2023

The school created the Student Mental Health Alliance, an organization focused on bringing awareness to mental health issues and reducing the stigma around mental illnesses.The organization is a part of...

School offers “Gatekeeper” mental health training

Lyla Kavanagh and Kayla Graff September 21, 2023

The school partnered with the Didi Hirsch Mental Health Foundation this year to provide “Gatekeeper Training,” a mental health training program available to students, parents, faculty and staff. Counselor...

School announces new Wellness Plan

Alex Lee and Chloe Park August 27, 2023

President Rick Commons and Head of School Laura Ross released the “Mental Health and Wellness Plan” in an email to students, parents, faculty and staff Aug. 1. The document outlines the school’s...

Jonah Anschell 23 poses for his yearbook photo during the 2022-2023 school year. Anschell passed away on April 19 from suicide.

School responds after second student death

Davis Marks and Grant Park May 28, 2023

The school enacted new academic policies and mental health initiatives intended to support students following the deaths of Jordan Park '25 and Jonah Anschell '23 in March and April, respectively. On...

A human reaches out longingly toward an impersonal artificial intelligence.

The harms of emotional AI

Jade Harris, Assistant Opinion Editor May 24, 2023

It's a scene from countless dystopian films like "Ex Machina" and "2001: A Space Odyssey" — an artificial intelligence (AI) mimics human behavior, emotions and empathy, and people repeatedly fall for...

Addiction specialist presents to juniors

Caroline Plunkett March 22, 2023

Beit T’Shuvah Director of Youth and Family Services Doug Rosen spoke to juniors about substance addiction during class meeting March 15. Beit T’Shuvah is a Jewish addiction rehabilitation organization...

Kids are happily getting off a school bus and are ready to visit monuments.

Taking learning outside of the classroom

Hannah Shahidi February 10, 2023

Classes at the school cover a wide range of topics in core subjects and additional areas of study. While some classes and programs take field trips, much of the content students learn often stays in the...

Senior creates new wellness app

Senior creates new wellness app

Amber Zhang February 8, 2023

Claire Paul ’23  launched  HWell, an  app that helps students monitor their mental health, Jan. 30. The app includes features like  a mood tracker and a database containing mental health resources. Paul...

School expands upper school dean program

School expands upper school dean program

Justin Tang and Connor Tang February 8, 2023

Two new deans will be added at the start of the 2023-2024 school year, according to Head of Upper School Beth Slattery. All current students at the upper school will keep their deans, but future students...

A stressed teenage girl is preparing to receive facial plastic surgery.

The harms of teenage plastic surgery

Jade Harris, Assistant Opinion Editor November 4, 2022

Being both Asian and white meant that visiting family in China was always accompanied by unwanted stares and frequent remarks about my appearance. My fair skin and double eyelids led to people telling...

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