The student-run newspaper of Westridge School for Girls, Spyglass strives to build community and evoke empathy through the medium of journalism. Comprised of passionate student writers, editors, designers, managers, and leaders, Spyglass is dedicated to ethical reporting that amplifies our unique voices to inform, entertain, and forge connection in the Westridge community and beyond.

Spyglass

The student-run newspaper of Westridge School for Girls, Spyglass strives to build community and evoke empathy through the medium of journalism. Comprised of passionate student writers, editors, designers, managers, and leaders, Spyglass is dedicated to ethical reporting that amplifies our unique voices to inform, entertain, and forge connection in the Westridge community and beyond.

Spyglass

The student-run newspaper of Westridge School for Girls, Spyglass strives to build community and evoke empathy through the medium of journalism. Comprised of passionate student writers, editors, designers, managers, and leaders, Spyglass is dedicated to ethical reporting that amplifies our unique voices to inform, entertain, and forge connection in the Westridge community and beyond.

Spyglass

The Backstory: Hershey’s Happy Accidents & Flavorful Failures

The Backstory: Hershey’s Happy Accidents & Flavorful Failures

Ilena M. November 7, 2022

Any self-respecting American should still be reeling from a post-Halloween candy coma. Much of Halloween's joy—and pain—can be credited to Milton Hershey, who's known far and wide for sweetening American...

Taylor Swift’s “Midnights” was a Sweet Nothing 

Taylor Swift’s “Midnights” was a Sweet Nothing 

Mirella C. November 7, 2022

11-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift first announced her 2022 album titled Midnights last August, resurrecting Swifties worldwide after a two-year dry spell. Swift coined the album as “the stories of 13...

This past October, my dad and I watched the Los Angeles Kings take on the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan. The Kings beat the Red Wings 5-4 in an overtime victory. It was both of our first times watching the Kings play in another area outside of California.

Watching Hockey: A Pastime Turned Into a Passion

Ella B. November 7, 2022

It’s June of 2012, and in one room, five-year-old me is sound asleep, tucked under my pink butterfly sheets, hugging a fluffy pillow. In the next room, my dad is jumping up and down, screaming his heart...

Applying to College Means Confronting my Future

Applying to College Means Confronting my Future

Daria H. October 3, 2022

Usually on my way to classes, my friends and I engage in the usual conversation: ranting about the newest teacher drama or stressing over homework and projects. But, the later I go into my high school...

The Backstory: A Moo-ving Story of Cow-lifornia

The Backstory: A Moo-ving Story of Cow-lifornia

Ilena M. October 3, 2022

How often do you pass a cow on your daily commute or when you’re out for a hike near the Hollywood sign? Never? Me too! Have you ever wondered why? Never? Me neither! That’s probably because we...

Opinion: Serena Williams Made Me a Better Person and Athlete

Opinion: Serena Williams Made Me a Better Person and Athlete

Ariana E. October 3, 2022

When I was younger, my parents forced me to play tennis for a couple of years. Eventually, I got bored and decided to quit and move on to something else. Yet, in the brief time I did play, I gained something...

“What did I do wrong?”: My Experience Dealing With COVID-19 Shame

“What did I do wrong?”: My Experience Dealing With COVID-19 Shame

Sarah L. May 31, 2022

From where it sat atop my messy biology notebook and test my teacher had handed back minutes prior, my phone buzzed. I prepared to read a message of praise from my parents for acing a harder-than-usual...

My Covert Islamic Identity at Westridge

My Covert Islamic Identity at Westridge

Hannya Kandil May 31, 2022

Two months ago, Ramadan, the holiest month of the year for Muslims, ended. I have so many beloved memories of how my family has celebrated Ramadan—reunions in Cairo, lanterns lit around the house, the...

Mei Mei as a Red Panda Pictured with Her Mom and Tyler (Right) and Friends (Left) Miriam, Priya, and Abby (Left to Right).

What Turning Red Taught Me About Embracing Imperfection

Verena W. May 30, 2022

Growing up as an Asian American, I didn’t see a lot of Disney movies I could relate to. I would be dressed up in Cinderella and Bell princess gowns wishing I could be like them. Besides Mulan, I never...

Florida’s Don’t Say Gay Bill Isn’t About Protecting Kids. It’s Blatant Homophobia

Florida’s Don’t Say Gay Bill Isn’t About Protecting Kids. It’s Blatant Homophobia

Eliza W. May 30, 2022

On March 28th, Florida’s governor Ron DeSantis signed the Parental Rights in Education Bill into law. The new law “prohibits classroom discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity in certain...

The Chinese New Year that Gifted me a Sense of Home after a Natural Disaster

The Chinese New Year that Gifted me a Sense of Home after a Natural Disaster

Verena W. May 30, 2022

Never in the sixteen years of my life could I have imagined what happened on the night of January 14th, 2022. As I finished a fun Friday game night over Zoom, I heard a loud gust of wind howl through my...

Jodi Kreyman walking the halls of her high school.

Review: “Tall Girl 2” Is Beyond Disappointing. And I’m Not Surprised.

Sophene A. March 21, 2022

While I did not go into the sequel having high hopes, Netflix’s “Tall Girl 2,” released on Friday, February 11 was worse than I expected. The first movie’s meaningless premise and trivialization...

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