the westminster news
Published by the students of Westminster School
By Catie McGuigan ’23 and Hayden Schneider ’25
The Choate Rosemary Hall hosted the premiere meet for the Westminster girls’ cross country team Saturday, Sept. 17. Catie McGuigan ’23, Saskia Mattiko ’23 and Hayden Schneider ’25 stepped onto the starting line for the varsity race. The two returning Sixth Former brought in the incoming Fourth Former for a huddle before Schneider’s first 5k as a martlet. The team of three took their first strides into the season. Schneider, McGuigan and Mattiko stayed together as a team for the first mile all the way through the third and crossed over the finish with each runner kicking with the remaining energy they had so as to not let any competition pass them. The girls blew through the finish line within seconds of each other, starting out the season as a team.
By Alice Tao ’24
In the modern world, Halloween festivities have become nearly sacred traditions. This year, the spooky season on the hill was filled with mysteries, screams and nightmares. Community members participated in a series of activities that accelerated their heartbeats. Besides the horrifying haunted house the Sixth Form put together, students competed in the annual Halloween Costume Contest. With over 100 contestants, Sydney Courtmanche ’24 triumphed through popular votes by her peers. Alongside her buddy Ava Lynch ’23, Sydney dressed up as Zach from Zach and Cody. After being inspired by the trendy social media TikTok, Sydney and Ava began their planning process for this coveted competition. Sydney purchased her shirt and shorts from Goodwill, and her infamous wig from Party City. She stated: “Honestly, I think the wig really sold it. The cargo shorts were a great touch but I think the wig was what brought home the dub.” For those who don’t know Zach, he is a Disney character for an older generation and the crazy brother of Cody. When asked about her costume next year, Sydney explained that she will keep that information confidential but she will definitely come out with something big and interesting. Stay tuned!
By Rhys Marschke ’24
As we are now almost two weeks removed from Halloween festivities and the annual Martlet Mush at Westminster, reflecting back on the event seems easy. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and different restrictions on our school and campus, the Mush was one of the awesome things that was taken from us. This is my third year at Westminster, and was also the first Martlet Mush I had experienced; I had merely settled for hazy details and tails of the Mush history books prior to this Halloween.
By Margee Mahoney ’24
We’ve all come to know and love our campus dogs. They’re always there to brighten up our day and make campus feel a bit more like home; however, recently, dogs have been revoked of their in-dorm privileges due to allergies and a few too many stolen-goods scandals.
By Chip Genung ’25
On Nov. 8, the U.S. held the midterm elections to choose the entirety of the House of Representatives, a third of the Senate, and over half the governors. The Republican Party and Democratic Party had very different strategies going into this election. The Republicans went into it with a focus on the economy. They knew that if they could blame President Joe Biden for the recent troubles of the economy and get voters to blame him as well to sway more support to their side. They were also operating on historical trends; since 1922, the opposite party as the president have gained seats in congress in roughly 21 out of the 25 midterm elections.
By Sam Bradley ’23
Over the 2020 and 2021 seasons, the Philadelphia Eagles compiled 13 total wins, with prominent struggles on both sides of the ball. This year, they’ve yet to lose a single game. So how did they transform from a .500-ish team into the Super Bowl favorites?
By Mia Lee ’24
On Oct. 29, 2022, a Halloween party took place in Itaewon, Seoul, South Korea. The Halloween festival in Itaewon was banned for the past two years due to COVID. However, as the COVID-19 pandemic eased this year, Itaewon streets were again filled with music and lights.
By Johnathan Li ’24
Following former U.K. prime minister Liz Truss’ turbulent time in office, the term “trickle-down economics” has returned to public political discourse. Critics attributed this term to her massive tax cuts associated with chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng’s Growth Plan of 2022. Trickle-down economics is a critical term given to the ideas, often based on supply-side economics which focuses on maneuvering aggregate supply as opposed to aggregate demand, that promotes tax reduction, especially for the upper-income class. The wealth created by these reductions would then in turn, through expenditure and investment, “trickle-down” the economic ladder. The Growth Plan decreased both the base income tax rate to 19% and abolished the 45% rate of income tax for earnings over £150,000; these measures were criticized for disproportionately benefitting the wealthier taxpayers. However, while the Growth Plan was meant to promote economic growth, it has been detrimental to the UK economy, further exacerbated by massive bond sellouts related to concerns about the economy.
By Finn Seeley ’25
This October, scientists at Cornell University’s Laboratory for Intelligent Systems and Controls developed algorithms that can predict in-game actions of volleyball players that has been tested at an 80% success rate. The lab is now expanding the project’s applications to include the school’s ice hockey teams. These algorithms combine visual data, such as an athlete’s location on the court, with more implicit information, such as a player’s role on the team, to make predictions in regard to what that player might do next.