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Webb Canyon Chronicle

The Student News Site of The Webb Schools

Webb Canyon Chronicle

Sophie Lin (‘26) sits in the common area of Jones dormitory with a guitar on her lap, writing a song. Music is a shared interest and hobby among many Webb students because it can easily resonate and connect with different people. “I really appreciate the beauty of melodies. I can express myself freely through music.” said Sophie.
Columns and Series
How to write a song
Stephanie Ma | April 19, 2024

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Hot Take Tuesday, Vol. 2
Opinion
Hot Take Tuesday, Vol. 2
Stratton Rebish, Stephanie Ma, and Berklee Antecol | April 16, 2024
Caution tape was placed near the library to make students aware of the bees near the library. The Fawcett library was swarmed with bees during long lunch on Monday, March 18th, which triggered an evacuation of students. “I was sitting in the library as this was happening and probably within 10 minutes I was evacuated,” Mirabel Raphael (‘24) said. “They told me that I had to leave through the back door. I felt like I was escaping from some kind of emergency.”
News
Bees return to Fawcett Library
Elena Petrova and Stephanie Ma | April 16, 2024
From left to right: Hezbollah and Hamas fighters; Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme leader of Iran; the Iranian “Woman. Life. Freedom” protesters. Hezbollah and Hamas are two of the many proxy forces of Iran dedicated to resisting Western influence in the Middle East. While Khamenei fortified his influence in the region through proxy forces, a protest movement surged within Iran, revealing deep domestic discontent and shaking the power of his regime.
Opinion
Ali Khamenei fuels Middle Eastern wars
Elena Petrova, Copy Editor | March 30, 2024
Student researcher Elaine Tang (‘24) created a comic for the Fossil Fest to explain the two ways fossils are formed in a tarpit. “I chose to explain my research by comic because there are a lot of kids coming to the [Fossil] Fest,” Elaine said. “They are all very interested and even painted on my comic with their favorite colors.” Fossil Fest is one of the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology Discovery Day events during which scientists and museum visitors are invited to celebrate paleontology.
News
Fossil Fest celebrates science across communities
Chloe Wang, Social Media Manager | March 30, 2024
Optic Nerve: Art, Light, & Installation
Audiovisual
Optic Nerve: Art, Light, & Installation
Sohum Uppal, Editor of Science & Technology | March 30, 2024
SoCal Marine Life
Audiovisual
SoCal Marine Life
Kristine Bisgaard, Staff Writer | March 30, 2024
Steven Whishek, Director of Athletics, and Students on the Unbounded Discover Catalina course pose while taking a short break after a hiking through the Catalina Island mountains.
Audiovisual
Discover Catalina
Olivia Cooke, Editor of Culture & Lifestyle | March 29, 2024
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Columns and Series
Students who attended the History of LA through Sports unbounded trip pose together in front of a memorial statue of Kobe Bryant at SoFi Stadium. Webbies were able to celebrate his legacy and learn more about his impact on the history of sports.
History of LA through Sports
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How To Be Creative
Before entering the United States Courthouse for the Central District of Los Angeles for a criminal trial and meeting with Judge Maame Frimpong (‘93), Webbies posed for a picture to commemorate this experience. Webbies’ formal attire immerses them in the professional world. “I was definitely inspired by the court case...and Judge Frimpong as well,” Christina Teng (‘27) said. Watch the video to find out more about the Women in Leadership Lab Unbounded!
Women in Leadership
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News
The infamous flag that sits in the middle of the quad blows viciously in the wind. After the January 2022 windstorm, waking up to high winds had many Webbies stressed. As many Webbies trudged down to class they were met with the sight of the flag blowing everywhere and leaves hurtling at their eyes. “It was very distracting because I had to carry a lot of papers for IPC,” said Michael Albornoz (‘26). “It was bothering me it kept blowing my papers and bending them all over.”
Windstorm harkens to 2022 incident
Berklee Antecol, Editor of Opinion | March 27, 2024
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Kate Donez (‘24) and Naomi Kang (‘24) sign back in at the Taylor B. Stockdale Community Center after leaving for long lunch during the day. As the privilege states, seniors may sign-out between 11:50 am-1:15 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays for long lunch off-campus with permission. Permission can only be granted from Dean Lantz, Dean Rosenfeld, or Dean Tadeo. “I think most privileges are for boarders since we had less freedom to begin with,” Naomi said. The privileges nevertheless provided flexibility for both boarders and day students, like going off campus in the middle of the day, to enjoy.
Seniors take over campus with new privileges... or do they?
Lisa Peng, Editor of Photography | March 21, 2024
Blue, white, and gold colored balloons surround the doorway to the new Bonnie Johnson Hall. Dr. Theresa Smith and Blake Johnson pose with large scissors, prepared to cut the ribbon as many faculty, alumni, and others watch and applaud. “I look at [the science lab] as a space where students are pursuing their own scientific questions, where they can collaborate with their other peers, and where discovery is happening,” said Lisa Nacionales, Science Department Chair.
An exclusive first look into the Bonnie Johnson Hall and the ribbon cutting ceremony
Stephanie Ma and Leia Albornoz | March 7, 2024
With a powerful skip shot, Drew Holland stretches for the ball as it bounced into the net. Scored! The team was practicing 6 on 5 drills, a scenario in which the defense team is down a player from an ejection, after talking to the head coach, Dejan Udovicic, and assistant coach Gavin Arroyo.
USA men’s water polo team makes a splash at Webb
Kathy Duan, Jenny Tran, and Emily Li | January 26, 2024
Jay Pang (25’) and Aaron Yang (25’) wear masks while working with Armen Xue (25’) on an assignment, modeling a new era in COVID-19 control at Webb. Webb no longer requires mandatory isolation for cases without severe symptoms due to a decrease in the severity of COVID-19 seen in LA County. “This is a welcome change, especially for international boarders since they don’t need to look for somewhere to stay if they get COVID” Armen said. Webb used to enforce a five-day mandatory isolation period off-campus for students who test positive, which required students to find a place to stay in case of infection.
BREAKING NEWS: Webb updates COVID-19 management protocols
Eric Luo, Yuki Layman, and Gianna Darden | January 24, 2024
Opinion
In Beverly Hills about a hundred people came to honor the memory of Alexei Navalny on March 1st. On the day of his funeral ceremony, Russian emigres gathered in cities around the globe to hold vigils with Navalny’s portraits, flowers, white-blue-white flags, and many loving messages from his supporters. “I have never met a person who had such a profound belief in the freedom of Russians as Alexei,” said Vasya Oblomov, Russian musician and political activist, sharing his story of friendship with the politician at the gathering.
The death of Navalny through the eyes of a Russian political activist
Elena Petrova, Copy Editor | March 21, 2024
Student loan borrowers rally near the White House for Joe Biden to cancel all student loans. Biden, pictured left, is troubled with diminishing popularity with youth as he fails to forgive all students loans as he had promised. “[Biden] kind of fumbled things even though he tried with student loan forgiveness,” said Cory Warren, humanities department faculty. “That was [the] number one campaign promise to get the youth vote.” Whether it is student loans, age, or foreign policy, what, ultimately, drives away the youth vote for Biden?
The presidential popularity paradox: why is Biden unpopular among the Democratic youth?
Kathy Duan, Copy Editor | March 7, 2024
Hot Take Tuesday, Vol. 1
Hot Take Tuesday, Vol. 1
Stratton Rebish, Editor-in-Chief | February 27, 2024
With the growing industry of filmmaking and movies, what caused their decline in quality? In recent years, more and more remakes and sequels came into sight in the cinema, but the original ones are beginning to disappear. These sequels can be identified as IPs. “The IPs establish a solid audience that will be attracted to this movie as long as it is the same IP,” said Joy Li (‘24). Is money-making the dominating idea in movies nowadays? This might be the reason that we see a trend of decline in movie quality.

Credit: The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Wonka, Barbie, Elemental, Mulan, Wish, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, Oppenheimer, and Avengers: Endgame.
The downfall of the movie industry
Eleanor Hong and Lisa Peng | January 20, 2024
A popular spot for boarding students to finish their nightly assignments often takes place within dorm communal areas. “I love studying with my neighbors in Jones during stressful times because it makes me feel less lonely and that we are suffering together,” said Emily Shao (‘26). Emily Shao (‘26), Sophie Lin (‘26), Natalie Au (‘26), and Steph Ma (‘25), sit together in the Jones common room at 10:30 pm as they complete their assignments for the night.
Webb should have Mental Health Days
Sydney Morales | December 15, 2023
Throughout the school day, the hustle and bustle of Webbies pervade Fawcett Library. Housing a vast collection of books, whiteboards, study rooms, and classrooms, the library acts as the center of academics at Webb. As many Webbies spend their free time diligently working at the library tables, it is clear that they care about their academics... a lot.
Editorial: Webb’s “unbounded” curriculum needs more flexibility
The WCC editorial board | December 11, 2023
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Sports
Sophomore catcher Mikey Pino (‘26), who has already logged 17 hits and 16 runs with a season batting average of .436, extends his arms as he drives the outside pitch to right field for a double, putting the team in a great position to score. “I have felt really good in the box while hitting,” said Mikey Pino (‘26), “Recently I feel like I cannot get out, I feel amazing”
Webb baseball charges ahead in playoff run
Troy Seanoa, Ethan Normann, and Brandon Arteaga | March 29, 2024
Senior wrestler, Ken Lin (24’), goes up against one of the many wrestlers who attended this year’s wrestling CIF championship. Out of 30 members on the wrestling team, only four upperclassmen and 4 other members qualified to participate in the CIF wrestling tournament. “This year was a pivotal year for Webb wrestling,” said Eric Hansen, VWS and WSC wrestling coach and humanities department faculty. “This year, our team has had the most members [it’s ever had], and suddenly, the possibilities felt bigger.”
Wrestling team smashes the season
Ben Madanski, Staff Writer | March 10, 2024
Nicole Sampson (‘26), shoots against an opposing team, while an eager audience awaits the outcome of her shot. As Webbies reminisce on the team’s remarkable progression through CIF, the question of how this team made it this far begins to appear. “Everyone on the team gets along, and with new people coming in and stepping up in leadership, we have really good shot at CIF next year,” Geniya Parker (‘26) said.
Core principles drive VWS basketball team
Gianna Darden, Staff Writer | March 9, 2024
WSC varsity basketball head coach Micheal Dunford coaches his team on the sideline, directing each player exactly what he wants to see out on the court. He sends in substitutes to have a fresh lineup on the court, replacing all the starters.
WSC Varsity Basketball keeps fighting through the season
Nicolaas Grobler | January 25, 2024
In preparation for the incoming volleyball season, Jacob Zhang (‘26) practices serving the ball during the WSC Clinics. Despite the ascent to Les Perry Gym, prospective students interested in playing Volleyball this Spring will have to make the climb. “Volleyball clinic was a great way to get to know the players on the teams and coaches and to work on my skill,” Samantha Crawford (‘26) said. Whether it is the VWS or WSC volleyball clinic, the experience serves as an important building block for all players.
WSC volleyball clinic prepares players for domination
Gianna Darden and Ben Madanski | January 23, 2024
Brian Caldwell, Triathlon team head coach, stands next to the pool as swimmers flip turn and do another lap. The steamy fog reflects a freezing temperature of 35 degrees fahrenheit at 7:00 a.m. in the morning. Despite the cold, swimmers persevere and continue training for their full triathlon by the end of the season, with breathtaking dawns as their constant companion.
Seas the Day: Triathletes conquer the early morning pool
Jenny Wang and Emily Li | January 15, 2024
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Science & Technology
Behind the door of the science office, the Mission Statement for the Webb Schools Science Department reminds students and teachers of the purpose and priorities of Webb’s science department. The statement emphasizes empowering students to be global citizens with the intention of serving their community. Looking at the mission statement, increasing diversity in the workplace aligns with this message, encouraging female students to take advanced courses.
Why do no girls take physics? An in-depth study of STEM at Webb
Stephanie Ma and Kristine Bisgaard | March 16, 2024
Students gather in the Fawcett Library to discuss the next steps of WebbGPT. Members of the WebbGPT team will begin meeting during office hours and flex time. “I would love for students to help me out, and you know, weve got some pretty cool things planned,” said Mr. Mantha.
Students aid in the introduction of WebbGPT
Lauren Gutierrez and Yuki Layman | March 8, 2024
The Honor Cabinet members placed posters all over the dining hall and the tables. The posters read, “Don’t use tech! Try to connect!” to promote conversation. “So many posters were published around campus as a way to launch the initiative in a noticeable way,” said Frannie Hinch (‘25), an Honor Cabinet member. “the main goal of the posters was to remind people that by not using their tech they would form better communities.” This campaign serves to help remind Webbies to have genuine, face-to-face conversations with each other instead of connecting through technology.
Initiative to connect without tech!
Berklee Antecol and Sydney Mildon | February 21, 2024
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