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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

An illustration depicts President Joe Biden standing in front of a podium.

Calling Biden to action

Lucas Cohen-d'Arbeloff May 26, 2022

When National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman read her poem “The Hill We Climb” at President Joe Biden’s inauguration in 2021, she laid out a vision of hope and unity for the United States' next...

Understanding Ukraine

Understanding Ukraine

Daphne Davies March 28, 2022

On a Friday afternoon, an Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. Government and Politics class sat in its Seaver classroom, deeply immersed in a discussion about the events that had transpired the day before: Russian...

Earmarking and Greene, Claire-ified

Claire Conner, Assistant Opinion Editor March 24, 2022

President Joe Biden signed a $1.5 trillion spending bill March 15, enacting legislation that is historic on multiple fronts: It provides the largest increase in funding for high-poverty schools in a decade,...

January 6: One Year Later

January 6: One Year Later

Alec Rosenthal January 19, 2022

Struggling to pay attention in her physics class on Zoom on Jan. 6, 2021, Olivia Feldman ’22 had been zoning out before her phone began to buzz repeatedly. Overwhelmed by a creeping sense of anxiety...

Illustration Credit: Sydney Fener

Put the Merit in Meritocracy

James Hess, Assistant Opinion Editor December 20, 2021

As a country defined today by social achievement and democratic values, meritocracy seems like an obvious ideal to strive for. A social structure that rewards people for their talents and efforts appears...

Illustration Credit: Sydney Fener

Controversy In The Classroom

Jina Jeon, Assistant A&E Editor November 19, 2021

As the next generation of political leaders and voters, it is crucial that today's teens learn to form and articulate their own opinions. Effectively engaging in political discussion is an essential skill...

Illustration Credit: Caroline Jacoby

Judging classics by their covers

James Hess, Assistant Opinion Editor October 16, 2021

Despite their archaic grammar, complicated prose and out-of-date representation, classic novels continue to find themselves on our curriculum and bookshelves. We spend much of our English courses reading...

Illustration Credit: Sydney Fener

Restore women’s right to choose

Daphne Davies, Assistant Opinion Editor October 14, 2021

Six weeks ago, a text message from a classmate broke the news to me: Texas legislators enacted a new law banning most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. More texts and calls lit up my phone screen,...

Elections, Claire-ified

Claire Conner August 26, 2021

When students submit their ballots for prefect elections in the spring, they will make two reasonable assumptions: their votes will be counted, and the candidates with the highest number of votes will...

Maximizing Minimum Wage Momentum

Claire Conner June 15, 2021

Much has happened since July 24, 2009. Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. Navy SEALs; America elected its first Black president to a second term; same-sex marriage became legal in all 50 states; 195 nations...

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Packing in hyperpartisan politics

James Hess March 30, 2021

In his 2017 opening statement to Congress, Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, a staunch Conservative appointed by former President Donald Trump, outlined the role of the Supreme Court. “If Judges were...

Max Silver 20 observes his frozen-over campus at Southern Methodist University during the power outages in February.

Frozen in Time

Kate Burry March 26, 2021

    Waking up to a bright, snowy landscape on Presidents’ Day, Allison Park ’21 was baking brownies and playing outside with her cousin when, suddenly, the house went dark. Upon learning that Texas...

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