Every other Tuesday, April Verlato attends Arcadia’s City Council meeting. Every time she speaks, it’s in front of a room primarily full of--or only--men, but that hasn’t deterred her from sharing her voice, advocating for ideas, and in essence, serving as a leader. Why? Verlato is the Mayor of Arcadia.
December 16 • Katie S.
Once considered a safer alternative to smoking, vaping has emerged as a social phenomenon, but now new studies reveal the use of e-cigarettes pose serious and sometimes fatal health consequences. 47 people across the United States have died from vaping-related illnesses since August.
December 16 • Isabel A.
Lynn O’Grady smiles in her office while holding a platter of holiday cookies and her family cookbook.
December 16 • Isabel A. & Caroline P.
On November 14, 2019, a sixteen-year-old boy named Nathaniel Berhow entered his school and shot others with a 0.45-caliber handgun, killing two students and injuring three others before turning the gun on himself. The shooting took place at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, a mere 40 miles away from Westridge. The latest shooting adds to the growing list of attacks on school campuses,. . .
December 16• Jackie Y.
Brandon Worrell shows off his tattoo
As students, it can be hard to imagine a side to our teachers other than the ones we see every day. Tattoos offer a glimpse into the alternative lives of teachers and the things they value enough to wear on their skin. To find out more, we visited several teachers to see if their tattoos have any particular significance.
December 16 • Isabel A. & Caroline L.
Bella M. '21 at the Junior holiday party
December 16 • Sophia HK.
Student Entrepreneurs at Westridge
Along with the regular workload that comes along with junior year, two Westridge juniors handle the work and responsibility of managing their own businesses that each have the ability to make a lasting impact.
December 16 • Isabella W.
November 22 marked yet another successful Yam Festival as students arrived in yam-colored clothing and enjoyed a variety of yam-flavored treats. The day contained its usual festivities, including admiring the dishes brought by families and volunteers, stacking plates with as much food as possible, and of course exchanging tickets for yam fries and latkes.
Dr. Shinshill Park conducts the fourth grade class in ‘A Marshmallow World.’
Em S.’21 and Shirlynn C. '21 discuss their essay while other students receive help from the coaches
Starting this year, Westridge has introduced the writing center as a new resource that students can use for help with their writing. The coaches give advice to those seeking help in a discussion-based style, and help students in any stage of the writing process, whether that be coming in to talk about the guidelines of an assignment, or asking about how to conclude a paper.
December 16 • Isabella W.
Vivian L. ’20 and Max E. ’21 observe Elisa D. ’20’s series of paintings.
Spyglass wanted to create a space where athletes at Westridge could talk about anything they would not ordinarily discuss. We felt that a podcast was the best way to make these athletes’ experiences more personal, so we created our first-ever Spyglass podcast, Outside the Game! Go check it out!
December 16 • Caroline L.
How does one embrace an inevitable future and hold on to the past? How does one respect and celebrate a past filled dotted with tragedy?
Mr. Baldwin with his two daughters
December 16 • Hailey T.
At 7:30 in the morning, a rush of cars fills up the Westridge carline where tired parents drop off their kids and say their goodbyes, knowing they will not see them until after school. However, a handful of students and their parents make Westridge their final destination on a day to day basis.
December 16 • Katie S. & Hannah W.
Mary Cain’s Allegations Against Nike and Coach Alberto Salazar Shine a Light on the Dark Side of Female Sports
Taken from Mary Claine's Instagram
On November 7th, 2019, The New York Times published an op-doc about Mary Cain, a professional runner and former member of the Nike Oregon Project (NOP). In the video, Cain recalls her journey to professional running for the NOP and discusses the emotional and physical abuse she was subject to during her time there.
Kamala Harris’ Unexpected Withdrawal from the 2020 Presidential Race Draws Mixed Reaction from Campus
December 16 • Katie S.
To the surprise of many, Kamala Harris, former presidential candidate for the 2020 elections, dropped out of the presidential race on Tuesday, December 3rd. Due to a lack of funding for her campaign, Harris decided withdrawing was her best option. Westridge students keeping up with the 2020 race had varied reactions to Harris’ withdrawal but overall felt a sense of disappointment.
Kamala Harris speaking in Oakland, California after announcing her candidacy for president in January 2019
Varsity Tennis Team in Golf Cart Holding up banner
Laughing and screaming, proud members of the Westridge community trailed behind the CIF champions. The students waved pom-poms, cheering on their fellow classmates. On November 21, the Westridge Varsity Tennis team, riding on the back of the golf carts, was celebrated by an enthusiastic crowd for their triumphant end to a dominant season.
The winter season is full of holidays and festivities, but amid the merriment, sustainability tends to fall by the wayside. Here are some ways to mitigate your environmental impact during the holidays while still having fun.
The Sunday before tech week for every Westridge production is cue-to-cue, a process of fine-tuning light and sound cues over the course of several hours and many, many repetitions.Exclusive footage from the cue-to-cue for “I and You,” our 2019-20 Black Box shows what those theatre kids are actually doing for that whole mysterious sun-up to sun-down span.
After graduating from Westridge in 2007, Sabrina Elfarra worked for Google for two years, analyzing their data and trends. Now, she works
for Instagram’s data communications in Menlo Park, San Francisco. Spyglass talked with her about what she does currently, why she wanted to go into communications, and what her favorite part of her job is.
Coach Scott warming up JV basketball team before a game
December 16 • Jackie Y.
JV soccer team during warm-up
Scrambling to find extra jerseys, this year’s Junior Varsity Soccer team is one of the largest teams in Westridge history. 32 students joined the JV soccer team this season, and during the first games of the JV season, there weren’t enough jerseys for their players.
We are reaching the end of the decade. This is the last issue of Spyglass for the 2010s and I cannot help but reflect on my own last 10 years, the years that I primarily grew up in. A lot has happened in the last ten years.
December 16 • Caroline P.
Horn has strong hopes for the upcoming winter sports season. With the loss of many impactful players, hopefully, along with the addition of assistant coach Jordan Nedeff, the team can produce the same if not better results than last year's team.
December 16 • Gabby C.
This column answers questions posed by the Westridge community about gender. The purpose of this column is to inform. Because many of the issues and questions we will be dealing with are very nuanced, instead of having one answer per question—which could oversimplify the big picture and individual experiences of the trans community at Westridge —this column includes multiple answers from different members of Gender Affinity.
December 16 • Gender Affinity
Welcome to Confessions From The College Front Line, where I will take you through the college process in real time.