the westminster news
Published by the students of Westminster School
By Jillian Mihailovich ‘25
Each Candlelight Term, all of the dorms around campus are festively decorated for the upcoming holiday season. Each dorm has its own distinctive traits. The oldest dorm building on campus, Alumni has the longest history. Meanwhile, Kelter and Gund are the most modern and newly renovated. Despite these differences, each dorm has an equal chance of being the most festive dorm.
By Sunshine Li ‘26
From the renowned Westy Dip to the childhood favorite dino nuggets, Gund House has had an extensive selection of feeds this past term. Among the wide variety of feeds that the dorm has enjoyed, a few common favorites have emerged. In this article, I cover some of our dorm favorites that we should definitely repeat moving forward.
By Maya Tavares ‘24
The uncomfortable cold air and gray-colored landscape alter the mood of life on the hill. Because the sun is setting earlier, we are losing a great amount of light that shines through our community. Although there are multiple exciting activities to look forward to during the candlelight term, our campus needs some cheerful colors to correlate with the upcoming holidays. This is why, for the candlelight period and further on in the winter, we should…
LIGHT UP WESTY!
By Aniela Apteker ‘24
Ah, you’ve been assigned to Sunday Hall. What did you do? Skipped class, an afternoon commitment, or worse? Sunday Hall has long held a frowned-upon reputation. It is one of the greatest inconveniences you will encounter during your time on the Hill. However, fear not, as dreadful and depressing as the thought of attending Sunday Hall is, I am here to provide a combination of logic, advice, and tips that will hopefully turn 90 minutes in Sejong into success.
By Ryan Jainchill ‘23
On Saturday, Dec. 3, the puck dropped at Jackson Rink as the Boys Varsity Hockey team took on Northfield Mount Hermon, signifying the start of the 2022-23 season. This year's team composition is interesting. Because the team graduated 13 Sixth Formers last years, only ten are left. Of the remaining ten, only five are Sixth Formers. But what the team lost in veteran leadership, they gained in skill.
By Rhys Marschke ‘24
As we pivoted from Fall to Winter sports on campus, the anticipation for some of our most popular teams on campus has been mounting. Despite frequently being in the Hockey team’s shadow, the Boys' Varsity Basketball Team holds high expectations for themselves ahead of this season and believes the program is in the middle of a resurgence.
By Margee Mahoney ‘24
I recently had the pleasure of watching Varsity Girls’ Hockey win their first game on Wednesday, November 30th. For those who were not in attendance, it was a tight game throughout, remaining 1-1 until the third period, when Olivia Gordon ‘24 scored a hat trick, and Hailey Tullo ‘23 tacked on another goal in addition to her original break-away. It was an immensely entertaining game to watch, and I am even more excited that I experienced it with many other fans. In Westy history, it has been common to have a lack of fans at certain games, especially on Wednesdays, and especially girls' teams; however, seeing the support for our girls' hockey team this Wednesday was amazing. I'm sure they could feel the overwhelming encouragement on the ice as the cheers, thanks to Mari Camara ‘23 and Maya Tavares ‘24 (our primary cheerleaders that game), were deafening. I know the team greatly appreciated the support, and I urge our community to keep showing up for each other, supporting and pushing our athletics to new heights. Though our athletes can play under any conditions, seeing a community that truly wants the best for their friends, peers, and teams makes a difference. All the love to Mr. Joncas, but our sports announcements do nothing to compare to being able to watch the real thing and feel the excitement rolling off the fans and the team as we get to see or participate in the talent we have at this school.
By Johnathan Li ‘24
One of the ways that we, as students, often describe our preference for academic subjects is by classifying certain subjects as more “mathy” than others. This particular label is often more fundamental than others, and it has always been of interest to me as to why, out of all other ways to differentiate academic fields, the math vs. non-math distinction is such a prevalent one; for example, “I am not a math person” is said more often than “I am not a geography person”, and it seems that the term ‘math’, here, is not merely the subject that shares the name, but the more general quantitative aspect of computation. This article seeks to defend the “quantitative subjects” from the inaccurate, though understandable, biases against it; this article also includes practices that have helped me through my academic journey and which, I hope, can also be of help for underformers going into challenging STEM courses.
By Katie Corr ‘25 & Camilla Norton ‘25
From classroom dress to spirit week to Westy wear, students frequently show up in Uggs. We noticed that most students wear the Tasman slippers, Coquette slippers, or the Ultra Minis. With such a wide range of styles, a question emerges: which Ugg Slipper is the best?
In order to figure out which style was superior, we tried on each style ourselves, interviewed our peers, and compared and contrasted the characteristics of each. The data we gathered is as follows:
By Wills Erda '24
As Westminster enters its second year under the stewardship of Mrs. White, the school will soon embark upon new strategic planning. As we plan and prepare for this, one topic, in particular, has stuck out to me as necessary to change: The Westminster Schedule. Whether it has been debating the benefits of Saturday classes or bemoaning the seemingly never-ending set of special schedules, the schedule has been a topic on many student, faculty, and administrative minds.