When Janel Henriksen Hastings, Ph.D. ’87 arrived at Webb as a sophomore, the VWS boarding program did not yet exist. “For my sister and me to be able to attend VWS, our parents purchased a small townhouse in Claremont,” Hastings explains. She remained a day student until graduation, staying at what she and her sister dubbed “The Condo.” Although Hastings says “Webb was academically challenging, to say the very least,” she was inspired to pursue a career in education, earning her B.A. from Scripps College, her M.A. in higher education from Stanford, and her Ph.D. in that discipline from UCLA. She is currently the director of admission at Foothill Country Day School.
Hastings joined Webb’s Alumni Council in 2006, and in 2009, became the first VWS alumna elected Alumni Council president. She is excited to begin her first term on the board of trustees. “The ability to work with such a talented, diverse, and engaged group of individuals, for whom Webb has meant so much in so many ways, is truly a gift,” she says.
While the tickets to see the upcoming production of Les Misérables sold out in a matter of minutes, The Webb Schools is pleased to announce a livestream of the Friday May 18th performance will be available on the school's website and Facebook page. The performance will begin at 7:00pm PDT.
Webb swimmers finished their 2018 season in championship style last week. The rundown: two days, two proud coaches (Ken Rosenfeld & Tom Jurczak), seven broken/re-broken school records, and one Vivian Webb CIF champion (the first individual swimming CIF champion in VWS history)!
When some colleges are reporting less than a 5% admit rate (Harvard & Stanford) and many others remain in the single digits, it’s good to know that no matter how tough things get Webb students are well prepared for the challenge. Once again, our students beat the odds. The members of this year’s graduating class are to be congratulated for admission into some of the most sought-after colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad. We saw 100% of the Class of 2018 admitted to a selective four-year college or university—90% will be attending a college ranked in the top 10% in the nation.