the westminster news
Published by the students of Westminster School
By Alice Liu '23
As the trees surrounding Edge and Gund blossom, Martlets enter a new season characterized by vitality and renewal. For the class of 2023, in particular, spring 2022 is their first authentic Westminster spring after being online for their freshman spring and navigating Covid restrictions their sophomore spring. For some members of the class of ‘23, including myself, this spring is our first spring physically being on campus. April 2022 marks the first time we see the 7 p.m. sunset on the quad, enjoy the blossoming of the flower trees near the dorms, and embody diverse emotions for stickball.
By Alex Shao '22
As spring slowly approaches this year, we are all excited to spend more time outside. However, all we have are 24 hours, so the more you spend outside, the less you are working. Many people are familiar with the term “senioritis,” which is often used to describe seniors like me, whose motivations are lost and performance in school decreases during senior spring. Just like what you think it means, “junioritis” describes juniors who slack, just like the seniors, when in fact juniors should be having one of their toughest terms at Westminster. Based on my observations of this term, I believe it is rightful for me to say that besides senioritis, “junioritis” has also prevailed on our campus. When I am walking back from dinner or hanging out at the grill, I always feel that I am surrounded by juniors who are chilling there, not working hard or considering their future. As I think back to my junior spring, I remember myself spending hours and hours going over my APUSH notes, doing problem sets of integrals, and participating in extracurricular activities like writing for the newspaper. And I wasn’t the only one doing these things since it was commonly recognized among my friends that the college process was starting that spring. As we are about to get into the AP weeks, I do not think the presence of “junioritis” has faded in any way.
The Movies are Dying
By Lara Connor '22
Joan River’s laugh reverberated off of Mom’s white bedroom walls. Her show, Fashion Police, boasted a 6/10 IMDb rating against a 72% audience satisfaction rate. If she had one fan left on this planet, it was seven-year-old me. Joan used the word “ass.” She roasted sequins decisions and knee-high slits on a spit. I was enthralled. Critiques of body shapes, sizes, hairdos, and fanciful rumors filled my little ears. The convenient excuse to indulge in the show was that my Mom worked in fashion media at the time and wrote down who wore what on a notepad. I wrote down new words. “I can’t believe I’m letting you watch this,” Mom whispered to herself, “this show is ridiculous.” Since I was under the covers by bedtime, before the champagne was poured inside the Dolby Theatre, fashion was all I knew about awards shows.
This is John Hay
By Chip Genung '25
One of the things that makes Westminster a unique place is the John Hay society. As everyone knows they have been raising money throughout the year for multiple organizations and nonprofits. Often happening after Chapel, these acts of charity have been to help not only our immediate community in the Simsbury area but communities and people all over the world. It is amazing that a mostly student-run organization has been able to contribute so much to so many people.
By Ryan Jainchill '23
Sitting at 7-3 at the time of writing, the Westminster Martlets won seven games in a row in Founders League play before falling to Taft. Three years ago, the team was 0-15, with their closest defeat being by three runs. This 2022 Martlets squad has defeated both Avon Old Farms and Loomis Chaffee, a feat that had not taken place in at least a decade. So, what gives? What turned a once dormant program back to competitiveness? The answer, according to their Manager, is in the approach.
Fourth Form Best Moments
By Maya Tavares '24
As we approach the end of the school year, I’ve asked some Fourth Formers what their best moment of the year has been. Here are some of their responses.
By Carolyn Cheng '24
Is Running Actually Bad for Your Knees?
By Finn Seeley '25
While it is a commonly held belief that running is bad for your knees, this turns out to be a misconception. Done correctly, running can actually improve the health inside your knees. Things like overuse and poor form while running can have negative effects on your joints, and the consequences that come from these things often lead people to the conclusion that the action of running is itself detrimental to your knees. This can’t be farther from the truth as running has been scientifically proven to strengthen the cartilage in your knees, decrease tibial and femoral inflammation, and reduce the risk of osteoarthritis.
Opinion: Greatest Athlete of All Time
By James Frangos '24
I believe Wayne Gretzky is the best athlete of all time. When I say athlete, I do not mean in terms of athleticism – I mean most dominant in their sport. Wayne Gretzky is the best hockey player of all time, and there is no argument that can be made otherwise. However, his unbelievable records and stats set him apart from other athletes throughout the sports world.
Wayne Gretzky is a former professional ice hockey player and head coach from Canada. From 1979 to 1999, he played 20 seasons in the National Hockey League for four different teams. Many sportswriters, players, the NHL, and coaches have dubbed him "the Great One" as the best hockey player ever. Gretzky is the all-time leading goal scorer, assist maker, and point scorer in NHL history, with more assists than any other player in the league's history. He is the first NHL player to ever score 200 points in a single season, which he did four times. Gretzky also scored over 100 points in 16 of his professional seasons, 14 of which were consecutive. In 1999, he announced his retirement.
By Allen Zhou '23
In a recent Uber ride, I got a 15-minute lecture from the driver about how he makes money trading bitcoins and ethers. Admitting that I am not the most up-to-date person on cryptocurrency and NFTs, I have been asking myself the question: “What is all this buzz about really?” Well, this nagging thought had been consuming my mind for a good while, ever since the first instance of a hideous ape avatar cropped up as a celebrity’s profile picture on social media. So, after wasting precious man-hours not sleeping or reviewing for any of my many upcoming assessments, I have some information to disseminate and a couple of opinions to sling around.
Do Trust Funds Do More Harm Than Good?
By Alice Tao '24
As the son of fashion mogul Gloria Vanderbilt, Anderson Cooper seemed to understand the value of money. With an estimated net worth of $200 million, the successful journalist admitted that his mother made it clear to him that there’s no trust fund. It is common in various work fields that nepotism has become a large topic of debate. So, how is Anderson Cooper, world’s most renowned journalist, different from other trust-fund babies?
By Peter Miller '22
The end of April brings lots of excitement– the heart of spring is right around the corner, the start of stickball season on Williams Hill, and the annual NFL Draft. From April 28th to the 30th, 262 college athletes’ lives will change forever as they receive a phone call from one of the 32 NFL franchises informing them of their selection. After the 2021 draft featured five quarterbacks selected in the top 15, Florida tight end Kyle Pitts set the record for the highest tight end drafted in history at fourth overall, and the Bengals draft kicker Evan McPherson (yes, a kicker) in the fifth round, 2022 is not as star-studded with blue-chip talent. However, this year could potentially be more exciting than last, as the sheer unpredictability of how it will play out has draft experts scrambling to predict the results in their mock drafts. In this article, we will analyze how the incalculable results might play out and receive some team-specific insight from Westminster’s most avid football fans.
By Cassie Goundrey '24