the westminster news
Published by the students of Westminster School
By Chip Genung ’25
Recently, the Third Form had a student council election to choose the officers that will help to improve the form in any way they can. The elections, held in late November, had fifteen candidates running. There were six form officer positions, one vice president position, and one president position. The results were announced shortly before winter break. Ben Swift ’25 was elected president, and Will McCarthy ’25 was elected vice president. Georgia Dorrian ’25, Chip Genung ’25, Adrienne Hall ’25, Alexei Kocatas ’25, Finn Seeley ’25, Jake Timone ’25 and Lucy Wainwright ’25 were all elected form officers. Though having had only one meeting with the full student council and one meeting with the individual form student council, they have many ideas for form and school-wide events, as well as ideas for other ways to improve our school community.
I had a chance to speak with Vice President Will McCarthy, and he feels confident in the third form student council and said they are “a good group of kids” ready to plan events for the third formers to enjoy. Will and the other members of the student council are ready to make this year great for everyone and have a fun time. When I asked Adrienne Hall the same questions about her feelings pertaining to this form’s student council, she showed similar thoughts, saying she felt “confident that we could unite our grade.” She also mentioned her hopes that she and the other form officers can bring the same unity to the Third Form displayed by the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth forms. In terms of policy, most of the student council fully supports not having Saturday classes anymore, and though they do not have much of a say in that, they hope to one day in the future have the ability to enact effective change similar to that and other controversial issues on campus.
I was glad to be able to speak with some of the members of the student council, but I also wanted to ask some members of the Third Form who are not on the student council how they feel about and perceive the position of form officer. This is why I asked Hugh Olson ’25 how he sees the student council and what he wants them to accomplish. He said that he missed grade activities and that he was excited that the student council would have the ability and opportunity to plan activities and make the Third Form have a more enjoyable time at school.
This year’s Third Form student council seems ready to plan form events and is excited to be involved in the Westminster community in any way they can.