the westminster news
Published by the students of Westminster School
By Rhys Marschke ’24
For years, it has been a running tradition here at Westminster to have a select handful of Sixth Formers live in the Third Form dorms. These handpicked students are chosen because of their exemplary leadership, and the trust dorm faculty have in them to deal with the young, inexperienced Third Formers. I, as one of the freshmen, have only positive things to say about these young men. I speak for all of my first-year peers in Alumni when I say that these seniors have had an enormously positive impact on our first few months here. Whether it be giving us bits of insights into social life at school or helping us with our academics, the Sixth Formers continue to push us to be our best selves.
By Hudson Stedman ’21
Before I get started, let me make a full disclaimer: I am not proposing to axe Baxter Lawn (purely a ‘clickbait’ title). BUT, the Quad nonetheless poses a serious inhibition towards movement around the central campus. The recent (almost daily as it seemed) February snowstorms have truly brought light to this issue. If there was no shot in absolutely soaking my white canvas Vans and socks to achieve seconds faster arrival time on the journey from Alumni House to the SHAC, then why was I so deeply frustrated that I had to walk around on the road rather than through the Quad?
By Annie Brewer ’21
Image Credit: ymun.org
This past January, 16 martlets took to Zoom to participate in the 47th session of the Yale Model United Nations Conference. These students ranged in form and previous Model UN experience. Representing various countries, individuals, and interest groups, Martlets took part in committees ranging from 15 to about 100 delegations. Sixth Former Sydney Schuster, whose first-ever YMUN was this year’s virtual conference, thought it was “a great way to engage in model UN considering the circumstances,” as she referenced challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Margot Douglass ’22
As COVID-19 continues to spread globally at an alarming rate, issues of mental illnesses – such as depression or anxiety – rise substantially. Ever since the pandemic, many people have lost their family members and friends, jobs, and privileges that compose an important part of our daily life. These losses result in an increasing amount of stress and pain, which can develop into more severe mental illness issues.
By Sydney Schuster ’21
Image Credits: David B. Newman
After a very long interim period, the Westy Swimming and Diving team is back in the water, and some would even say better than ever! Following four busy weeks of practice, the Martlets kicked off the 2020-2021 season this past Saturday, February 13, with their first-ever virtual swim meet. Though the team has only been in the water for a short time, the swimmers were spitting out their best times, as well as setting new school records, left and right. Lucy Benoit ’23, a frequenter of the record board, claimed two more records this weekend, in both the 100Y breast and 100Y free. Max Larock ’22 also broke a longstanding 100Y free record, set in 2006 by Steve Cosme ’06. Additionally, Larock got a new personal best in the 200Y Free. The best times didn't stop here: Madison Khuu ’24 brought two best times in the 100Y breast and 50Y free in her first-ever meet as a Martlet. Moreover, Catie McGuigan ’23 earned two best times of her own in the 50Y and 100Y freestyle. Congratulations to all Martlets who swam their best times this weekend.