Ethics Bowl (Faculty Advisor: Dr. Cardin)
Ethics Bowl is a club that inspires club members to think critically about ethical issues that impact our Harvard-Westlake community, Los Angeles, and the world around us. In discussing and understanding different perspectives of these moral dilemmas, our club prepares its members to apply moral consideration in their future careers, families, and civic duties.
History Bowl (Faculty Advisor: Ms. Audesirk)
The National History Bowl is a buzzer-based history quiz competition for teams of up to 6 students. Four students can play at one time on a team (the other one or two students, if you have them, can substitute in between the quarters or games). Questions will reference the history of the arts, sciences, religion, philosophy, language, historical geography, recent history, and even a bit of the history of sports and entertainment. Of course, many questions will also reference political, diplomatic, social, and military history too. Questions can reference events in the past from all over the world, and from all eras in the past – from ancient Egypt until the present day. We will meet once each week to practice and compete in tournaments online throughout the year.
HW A Cappella (Faculty Advisor: Ms. Scardino)
HW A Cappella hopes to give upper school students passionate about singing another outlet through which to express themselves and a way to reach out to the broader community. We will sing at senior homes around the Los Angeles area in an effort to continue engaging with individuals outside of Harvard-Westlake and to spread the joy of music-making.
HW Jam Session (JS) (Faculty Advisor: Ms. Lane)
For indie/alt/rock guitarists of all levels- join us once a week to jam out, collaborate on songs, or maybe perform something if you feel like it. This is a stressful time, so unwind for a while with other students who get you.
HWOP (Harvard-Westlake Outreach Performers) (Faculty Advisor: Ms. Essex)
HWOP is a group of student artists comprised of actors, singers, improvisers, writers, dancers etc. who work to share their passions and bring art to those with limited access. We do interactive and educational programming with elementary schools and elderly homes and you can get community service credit while doing it!
Mock Trial (Faculty Advisor: Ms. Brasda)
Mock trial is a competition club in which members learn about the law, courtroom procedure, and engage in debate and acting that closely simulates real-life trials. Competitions are (normally) held in real courthouses and judged by real judges. Team mates can be lawyers, witnesses, clerks, bailiffs, courtroom journalists, and courtroom artists.
Quiz Bowl (Faculty Advisor: Ms. Darling)
Do you like trivia? Do you like competing against your friends? If so, you will love HW Quiz Bowl! Quiz Bowl is a team-based trivia competition club that includes a wide variety of subjects, such as History, Science, Literature, Pop Culture, and more. If you’re interested, stop by. You won’t regret it!
Speech Club (Faculty Advisor: Ms. Wang)
Speech club will teach students about competitive speech so that students will be able to compete at tournaments at the state and national level. In addition to learning the art of competitive speech students will develop public speaking skills and comfort expressing themselves through literature.
Spoken Word Club (Faculty Advisor: Dr. Cohen and Mr. Olson)
Spoken Word Club is a place to write, perform, and share poetry. We read published poetry, watch spoken word videos, respond to writing prompts, and develop our skills of writing and performance through workshops with our peers. We are also home to the six-person audition-based My Word! Spoken Word Team, which competes in the Get Lit Classic Slam every April.
Stone-Cutters Arts Collective (Faculty Advisor: Mr. Gonzalez and Mr. Chehak)
Stone-Cutters is one of Harvard-Westlake's long standing publications. As a literary/arts magazine, we publish traditionally twice each year to showcase HW's art and writing in print. Furthermore, as a collective, we offer a space for artists to be creative beyond the classroom through student-led writing and art workshops, visiting artists, and faculty collaboration.
The Elbow (Faculty Advisor: Ms. Cuseo)
The goal of our club is to put out a humor magazine publication in the tradition of magazines like the Harvard Lampoon, McSweeney’s, The Onion, and the Yale Record. Students will collaborate to write comedic articles, draw comics/cartoons, and more, and we will also accept some submissions. These pieces will be either published online in a blog-type format or printed in a physical magazine, depending on whether or not we are at school in person. We currently have some preview articles posted on https://theelbowmagazine.blogspot.com/. Anyone who's interested in comedy, writing, art, design, marketing, or just helping a new HW publication get off the ground -- we'd love to have you join!
Westflix (Faculty Advisor: Mx. Limerick, Mr. Chehak, Mr. Walch)
Westflix is a showcase for the best teen films in all of California occurring annually in the Spring. Club members judge submitted films, plan/help film the festival's promo trailer, and help brainstorm ideas for the festival. Anyone can be a festival judge, they just have to sign up for the club!