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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Art and Culture in the Non-Western World: What Art Tells About Others and Ourselves by ma e m u l l e n '14 On Friday, April 6, the third and final Westminster Lecture of this year was presented. Featuring Mr. Charlie Griff ith and the AP Art History class, the lecture showcased five works of art or architecture from outside the Western artistic traditions. Mr. Griff ith spoke about the Makapansgat Pebble, a stone which appears to have a face. The interesting thing about this rock is that a prehistoric hominid must have carried it for miles, making the hand that carried it effectively useless, and saving the pebble far from its original location. This suggests that the hominid recognized the “face” on the stone and thought that its face made it worth saving; evidence also suggests that it was not saved for any sort of religious ceremonies. Marielle Lafaire '12 told the audience about the Mosque of Cordoba, a Muslim mosque in Cordoba, Spain. The mosque began as a pagan temple, before the Moors in Spain enlarged it into its current form. (It was later taken to be a Christian cathedral during the Spanish Inquisition a nd i s c u r r e nt l y u s e d f or Christian worship.) It is remarkable for its great hall with its redand-white arches. A lana Carpenter '12 followed Marielle and spoke on Machu Picchu. Though Machu

Picchu was of great importance to the Inca people, the Spanish conquistadors never found it, so it remains a relatively intact cultural heritage site, with examples of Incan architecture. Gwen Pa stor '12 spoke next, about Travelers A mong Mountains and Streams. This is a Chinese scroll painting with an incredible amount of detail; it tells the story, in a picture, of the journey of a caravan of packhorses beneath an enormous mountain. The painting focuses on representing the monumentality of nature. Kathleen Gudas '12 ended the lecture with a presentation on an African pendant mask. This mask, which was made to honor a king’s mother, is made of ivory, a material that is valuable in pieces large enough to make a pendant mask. The mask is interesting because it shows which of the mother’s features were the most important or symbolic to the people who made the mask. This finale of the Lecture Series was very interesting as it was great to hear students talk about something that they were passionate about! There will be another series of lectures on Fridays next year which promise to be wonderful as well! Don’t miss them!

SMO Hosts Coffeehouse by travis pe rc y '14


On Monday, April 23, students and faculty gathered in the Hinman Reading Room to enjoy musical selections from the Westminster community at the first SMO Coffee House of the Spring. The Student Music Organization is currently led by co-presidents Conor Mullen '12 and Lauren Darnis '12, both of whom are musical enthusiasts and have performed throughout the year at several coffeehouses. Although both Lauren and Conor

orchestrated the event, Lauren chose to support by watching instead of performing at the coffee house, while Conor performed an acoustic version of “Golden Lady” by Stevie Wonder. Overall, the first Coffee House of the Spring was a great success with several debut performances by students such as Shelby Gamble '14, George Knight '14, Mary Anderson '14, as well as by Mr. Reeves and many additional students.

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Hundreds Walk to Defeat Ecoteam Trail Cleanup Multiple Sclerosis by H E AT H E R F R E W '13 Students and faculty gathered at Westminster’s Jackson Hockey Rink early on April 22 for the annual MS Walk. Jill Loveland, math teacher and MS Walk coordinator, volunteer coordinators Josh Kokulis '12, Jake Medina '12 , Will Schmidt '13, a nd Emmet Shipway '12, the lacrosse and tennis teams and over 100 student volunteers, helped to set up the rink for the event. Early Sunday morning, student volunteers started gathering in the rink. The decorators made posters for each team and the big balloon archway for the starting and finishing line of the walk. The registrars made sure everyone walking was registered and all set to go. SON (Serving Our Neighbors) members cheered on walkers and runners from the rest stops along the walk route. Overall, the planning and execu-

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tion of the day were well thought out and everything ran smoothly. The Fifth Form received a Duds day on May 4th because members of the class raised the most money and had the most volunteers at the event. As a school, Westminster School raised money for continued MS research and showed true Grit and Grace to e ver yone i n at tend a nc e. Congratulations to all who participated on a job well done!

A few weeks ago on Sunday, April 15th, the EcoTeam, led by Mr. Doucette, went on an outing to help maintain the Simsbury Rails Trail. The Rails Trail is a constantly growing bicycle path; it began as nothing, but one day the creators hope that it will span the entire East Coast, going all the way from Maine to Florida. Suffice to say it is a work-inprogress. The 16 volunteers met at Cushing around 10:30am, and then headed off in the ‘toaster’ van to trails. The first of the two main tasks assigned to the Westy Volunteers was using “grabbers” (the plastic hand extension tools) to pick up various trash items ranging from Lost Dog Posters to empty beer cans. Not surprisingly, due to the fun “grabbers” students were actually excited to pick up trash. The second task Continued on page 4

Ms. Heckman Runs the Boston Marathon by sarah hol m e s '13

The Boston Marathon this year was especially grueling; the temperature reached close to 90 degrees and many runners had to delay the run until 2013 due to hea lth concerns. But our very own Ms. Heckman persevered and finished with a time of 3 hours and 46 minutes making her the 14th women from Connecticut to finish. To run the Boston Marathon one must beat the qualif ying time in a specific gender and age group. Ms. Heckman qualified in 2010 when she ran the Cape Cod Marathon with a time of 3 hours and 25 minutes. In order to be in peak condition for the Boston Marathon, she started training four months ago. After months of cold weather training, the excessive heat of race day was a real factor. When asked about the heat, Ms. Heckman said that, “There were no clouds and not much of a breeze so it just felt like an oven.” When asked how the weather changed her racing strategy, She said that she had to, “adjust expectations significantly

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and instead of trying to beat my qualifying time, I accepted that I should just aim to finish without feeling really horrible or hurting myself.” Many runners say that anyone can run as long as they have the right mind set. Clearly Ms. Heckman was mentally prepared for the challenge that lay before her. Ms. Heckman stayed well nourished and hydrated the day of the race. She had a peanut butter sandwich and a Luna bar for breakfast. During the race, she consumed about 600 hundred calories of food and drank lots of Gatorade. Will Ms. Heckman ever run the Boston Marathon again? “I’m not sure,” she says. “This was always my goal. Now it’s been met so I can see not trying again. It’s not just running Boston that’s hard, but training to qualify, qualifying, etc. I will continue to do some type of endurance running/racing but not sure if it will be marathons or something different. In June, I am running a half marathon, a much more sane distance to train for.”

Ms. Heckman believes that “Anyone can do it (run a marathon). There is nothing special about me as an athlete. I started running in college a few times a week for exercise and gradually increased days and distance over time. A lot of long distance running is mental, training your mind to believe that you can do it. The trick is to take baby steps, slowly increasing mileage and all of a sudden you are running longer distances. And once you start, it’s hard to stop - running is addicting - hard for non-runners to believe - but true. While the training can be tiring and not all runs are fun, it is incredibly satisfying to have pushed yourself beyond what you thought you could do. And you get to eat whatever you want, which is a big bonus!” So get out there and start running! Mr. de Kanter would love some more cross country runners and you never know! Maybe one day you too will run the Boston Marathon.

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Westy Students Dance the Night Away! by e l l i e de v e au x '14

On Saturday April 14th, the John Hay Society hosted the annual Dance Marathon. Every year, students (and faculty) look forward to this event, and this year wa s no exception. The beach-themed dance was a huge hit whether you stayed until 11 or accepted the challenge of the lockdown, staying until 1:00am. In addition to the fun dancing and great music, the Hovey Trophy Room was turned into a “concession stand,” with cotton candy and many other snacks and drinks for sale, for those who were partying hard and needed a quick break. The John Hay society charged five dollars for admission to raise money for the Westminster Crossroads Learning Program (WCLP), a program

that Mr. Eckerson runs to help inner-city Hartford students to realize their future. This event raised a lot of money for a very good cause. After calculating the percentage of attendance for each form, the Third Form came out on top with the highest

attendance percentage and were awarded a Duds day. Emily Mell '14 said, “It was a great night for such a great cause.” With Spring Formal right around the corner, students and faculty alike are anticipating another fun filled night!

Dear Sage Dear Sage, T he person who lives next door to me is unbelievably loud. She’s always blasting music and talking on the phone until practically 2 am. I don’t really mind though, because I am a very adaptable person and can adjust my schedule to her needs. However, when I chuckle to myself when I’m alone in my room watching movies, she pounds on the wall dividing our rooms and yells at me to be quiet. I just don’t think this is very fair, but I don’t know what to do about it! What should I do? Passive Neighbor Dear Neighbor, Clearly you need to man up and go tell this girl to keep it down, especially when she’s being loud during the night! I think that the best way to go about doing this is to prank her really well. That would totally break the ice, and I’m sure you guys would become best friends! Or, if all else fails, ask your advisor to move in with them. I think they’d love that plan. Dear Sage, My parents and I are disagreeing on my college choices. They want me to go to Harvard and become a doctor, but all I want to do is go to NYU and pursue my dream of being on Broadway. I think I’m going to deny Harvard and accept NYU, but not tell my parents until the very last minute. I just don’t know what else to do. They want me in Medicine, but all I want to do is sing and dance! Help! Secret Superstar Dear Secret, I think you’re misjudging Harvard; I’m sure they have a good acting, dancing, and singing program! You could become a part-time Broadway star, part-

time actor. It would be the best of both worlds. Just remember, life is what you make it. So let’s make it rock! Dear Sage, I’m a Sixth Form male and I’m on the First Baseball team. I have a slight issue though… In the locker rooms, we blast Skrillex and Bassnectar, but once the team leaves, I put my iPod in and switch to my favorite song ever: ‘Love You Like a Love Song’ by my idol Selena Gomez. I just love her so much I don’t know what to do. I have a poster of her but I hang it in my closet so nobody can see and make fun of me. Should I expose my secret to the world? Or should I keep my Selena-infatuation in the closet? Selena’s Number One Fan Dear Selena Fan, I think that it would really benefit the community if you came out with your passion for Selena Gomez. It would allow everyone to really see the diversity of our campus, and maybe it would encourage other Selena fans to come out also. Besides, who doesn’t love yet another Disney Channel actor-made-singer? Everybody does, other then every girl in the world who is jealous of her dating the Beibster. Anyway, just turn that iPod up louder; I’m sure all the boys on the First Baseball team are secret Selena fans themselves. Dear Sage, Who are you? I really want to know. I think that the advice you offer everyone is just so great and really helpful. Please tell me who you are! I promise I won’t tell anybody. I just really want to be your friend and I think that you’re really cool. One day maybe I can even write for the newspaper too! Wannabe Sage

Dear Wannabe, Thanks for the compliments! I’m happy to hear that people really take my advice seriously. As for who I am… I’m a member of the Westminster community just like you! I cannot expose my real identity, because so many people write in to ask me questions, that I can’t reply to all of them, and if people know who I am, they will definitely come after me in a mob-like fashion because I’ve failed to give them advice. Dear Sage, I am a new Fourth Former, and I will be getting a new Fifth Former next year for a roommate, because I like the thrill of living with someone I’ve never met before. However, I have seven stuffed animals that I must sleep with at all times, or else I have nightmares. I’m afraid my future roommate will think that I’m strange because I have so many animal friends! What should I do? Seven Best Friends Dear Seven, I think that as a 16 or 17 year old, it may be slightly odd that you have so many stuffed animals. However, only some people share my opinion. I think that you should slowly introduce your animals, maybe at a rate of one per week, until you get up to all seven. Remember, you should tell your roommate each animal’s name, along with a short biography about each. Good luck!

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NBA Playoff Predictions by anish chada l avada '14

Miami Heat doesn’t stand a chance next to Oklahoma City Thunder according to our resident sports fanatic, Anish The NBA playoffs got off to a tumultuous, yet fast start after the season was shortened due to labor relations issues between the owners and the players. After the 66 game season, teams found themselves in the playoffs almost before they knew it. The effects of such a tough season are evident in the season-ending ACL injury of reigning MVP Derrick Rose. Chicago has shown how much it relies on its star point guard and is down in the series 3-1 to Philadelphia. Meanwhile: •Boston is up 2-1 against Atlanta, after Rajon Rondo returned from his one-game suspension, caused by bumping a referee in game 1, and had a triple-double. •Ind ia na is up 3 -1 a g a i n st Orlando, who is playing without Dwight Howard. •Miami is up 3-1 on the Knicks,

who are without sensation Jeremy Lin, after New York forced a game 5. •The Clippers are up 2-1 against Memphis thanks to Blake Griffin and Chris Paul. •The Lakers are up 2-1 against the Nuggets due to the hot hand of Kobe Bryant. •The San Antonio Spurs are on the verge of sweeping the Jazz. They entered as the hottest team in basketball and are continuing to play well. The Thunder are the only team that has already advanced, with a sweep of the defending champions, the Mavericks. Kevin Durant and the Thunder are the best team in the league right now. My Pick for the Championship: Oklahoma City Thunder over the Miami Heat in 6 games.

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Second Golf

by tomm y griffith '14 With three matches left in the season, the Second Golf team is at .500, with a 4-4 record. The key contributors throughout the year have been Derek Leydecker '15, Herbert Cheng '13, Will Swanson '14, George Crawford '15, MacKenzie Hawkes '15 and Bryson Tomcik '15. However, Miguel Castello '13 and Tommy Griffith '14 have filled in when necessary. Over the course of the season, the team will play all over the state and host their home matches at Simsbury Farms. Practices consist of 9 hole rounds, but the team also devotes days

strictly to the range, including putting and chipping drills. If you were to ask anyone on the team, they would all say the same thing: “I am not playing as well as I should be.” Golf is a demanding game both mentally and physically and everyone on the team has had his or her own share of bad rounds. Following three wins in a row, the team finds itself in a bit of a slump, losing three matches in a row. Coaches Marco and Briggs hope to finish the season above .500 and see some good short game play from everyone.

Second Girls’ Softball

by s y dn e y dani e l s '13 & a l l i de vins '13 In recent yea rs, t he Westminster Second Softball team has been unstoppable, charting many perfect, or close to perfect, seasons. With their rigorous practice schedule, they know how to get the job done. The school has built them their own softball field in order to prevent any oncoming distractions and make them better everyday. The team has prevailed this year, notching two big wins against fierce competitors, Berkshire (21-5) and Rumsey Hall (8-6). When we asked the captains, Sixth Formers Gwen Pastor and Sam Boures,

how they think their season is going, words such as “excellent” and “great” easily came to mind. When considering the two great wins or the unfaltering chemistry between teammates, it must be said that these two captains have been admirable leaders. They say their goals are to, “keep them all in line and prevent the girls from getting too silly,” and “helping out with the girls who haven’t had much experience in the field.” With three games left until the end of the season, a perfect season is very possible for this young team.

Third Girls’ Lacrosse by eug e nia naamon '14

by l au ra ting l e y '13

The Third Girls’ Lacrosse team has been working really hard this year. Their record is currently 3 wins and 1 loss. Coach Devaney’s encouraging words like “put something on it” and “don’t be that kid” help keep the girls focused and determined to play their best. Alyssa DiMaria '15 says that she “enjoys playing on a team where practice is fun but also productive.” With helpful managers Charlotte DeLana '14 and Jordan Smart '14 the team has made some great leaps towards improvements. From ground balls to interceptions, the


team’s defense is solid and daunting. Hat tricks and crease shots make the offensive side equally as powerful. The last secret to the team’s inf luential success is the focus and determination of the team’s goalie, Cristina Lynch '15. CC’s saves have really boosted the energy out on the field and her sportsmanship and confidence are important aspects of the team. As the Third Girls’ Lacrosse team continues a fabulous season, its triumphs will hopefully become an inspiration for the other lower teams in the future.

Second Girls’ Lacrosse by e l l i e de v e au x '14

Second Boys’ Tennis by C arol in e brady '12 '12 and Asante Asiedu '13 while Stephen McCormick '14, Stephen Cox '14, Carlo Comia '14, Dan Roberts '14, and Clay Cadieux '13 are talented new additions. Many of them have persevered, especially in some inspiring singles matches. Stephen McCormick '13 played well in the first match of the season against Choate. He won the second set THE SPECTATOR Seconds Boys’ Tennis is hav- and the tiebreaker, bringing the ing a good season, facing some overall score of his game to 11-9. very strong teams, with wins Another highlight of the season a g a inst Kent, Pom f ret, a nd was Carlo Comia’s 11-9 win in Canterbury. The team has been singles against Deerfield. With working hard under the leader- four matches remaining, Second ship of Coach Peter Doucette and Boys’ Tennis looks to have a Captain Asante Asiedu '13. The promising season. only two returners are Peter Tang

Second Girls’ Tennis

by cat y p o ol e y '13 Second Girls’ Tennis has Lacey '14. Although Mimi has had a great season so far. Led recently suffered an ankle injury, by Coach Wilson and manag- the team hopes to get her back ers Jake McCausland '14 and on the court in no time. Doubles Jack Zaykowski '12, the team players Mimi Connelly '15 and has defeated Williston, Kent, Cara Dealy '13 both stepped up Suffield, and more. The team to play singles after Mimi’s injuenjoys playing practice games ry, showing true Grit and Grace. such as “Around the World,” The doubles teams, including feasting at Chipotle after away the dynamic duo of Elena Kim matches, playing charades on long '12 and Ellie Baker '12, have also bus rides, and eating a delicious J. been having a great season. The Fosters ice cream cone on a rainy team looks forward to the rest day. Strong singles players include of the season, full of sunny days, Mimi Ryan '12, Natalie Biedron Chipotle burritos, and “crazy feet '12, Julia Cooper '15, and Annie not lazy feet!”

Third Coed Tennis

Westminster School’s Second Girls’ Lacrosse team is led by Captain Marissa Mason '12 and Coaches O’Brien and Phillip. Their current record is 6-3-0, just coming off a three game winning streak against Ethel Walker, Suffield, and Kingswood-Oxford. Although they have had three losses, none have been left without a fight, including one loss in


the last five seconds of the game to Deerfield. Coach O’Brien said, “This team brings fire to each game and are a wonderful group of girls to coach.” The team has a competitive lineup of teams to finish off the year, which includes Loomis, Choate, and Hotchkiss. They anticipate finishing out the season strong and with Grit & Grace!

Second Boys’ Baseball by ajay garg '15


Second Boys’ Baseball this year is off to a great start, winning 9- 4 against Kent. Nick Rocco '15 gave an outstanding performance on the pitcher’s mound, striking 16 out of 21 batters. Nick currently has an ERA of 2.31 and has a batting average over .350. In addition, Kyle Keir '15, Will Schmidt '13, Cade von

Gal '14, and Soon Park '14 have been great pitchers for the team. Behind the plate is Brian Kelleher '15, who never lets the ba ll past. Kyle Keir at shortstop has already turned two double plays on the season. All across the field Alemante Tedla '13, David Lee '14, Ravi Bhardwaj '12, Jae’Quan Ba rr '15, a nd Joh n “Fit z y” Fitzpatrick '13 have all done a great job. The coaches behind all of the success are Michael Cervas and Greg Williams. The team sends best wishes to Tim Chartier '14 for a speedy recovery. Good job guys. Keep it up!


Ryan Fox '14 helps the coach prepare for practice on a rainy day Third Tennis has had a great start to their season this spring. Although the team has only won one out of the seven matches, the team’s attitude and effort suggest that they are still a great team. Coach Cheryl Stone has taken kids from all different levels of tennis to be important members to the team. With only an hour of court time each day, she has been able to teach new players to improve their strokes, serves, and tennis etiquette. Co-captains Gage Kennie '13 a nd Laura Tingley '13 have helped lead the team to many matches both home and away. Over the course of the season, the team has remained strong and has become very supportive towards each of their teammates. “This team has been my favorite so far. I’ve met so many new people and everyone is now so close to each other,” said Caitlin Pittorie '13, the tennis teams’ supporter at home. With only four matches remaining in the season, the team’s abilities have improved significantly and they hope to end the season with a couple of wins.

Third Boys’ Lacrosse

by dani e l pars ons '13 Between powering through ground balls and beating middle schoolers at their own game, this team pounds through hundreds of burpees, push ups, and sprints in order to be the best and remain the best Third Team out there. Some ask, “Why did you guys lose to Avon if you’re so good?” The main reason was because we wanted them to think they could go easy on us, but then be surprised when we smack them harder than any team has ever been before. We are going to dominate any team that gets in the way. So I encourage you, come watch a Third Boys’ Lacrosse game, watch us rip the ball into top shelf, bar down, and dominate the ground balls. Like Vinny Gisonti '13 always says, “Defeat, retreat.”

THE WESTMINSTER NEWS, Thursday, May 17, 2012



Senior Spotlight: Rosie Williams

Senior Spotlight: Jay Attys

by mol ly m u l l e n '13

by bridg e t g orham '13

Rosie Williams, a boarder from St. Petersburg, Florida, thrives on her involvement in Westminster clubs. She is co-president of MSU, vice-president of John Hay, part of the planning board in SON and the MenteeMentor program, and participates in other groups as well! Although Rosie c a n’t choose a favorite among these organizations, she’s especially attached to Cook Nook, a cooking club which she co-founded with Caroline Brady. Still, whether she’s at Westy, at home, or on vacation, Rosie is much more than a club president. Although her father owns a ranch in Florida, Rosie has no pets at home. If she could have any pet, it would be “a tiger, because Jasmine is my favorite princess and she has a tiger.” Rosie will go to Duke for college and plans to study public policy, which she describes as “applied political science”: part public service, part politics, and


part ethics. This hasn’t always been Rosie’s dream career. At age four, she wanted to be a peanut. When she realized that life as a peanut wasn’t going to happen, she wanted to be an aerospace engineer. Then, she discovered that “I’m bad at science.” When she saw Bring it On, she wanted to be a cheerleader like the movie’s cheerleaders. At the same age that she dreamed of being a peanut, Rosie was “a pretty destructive child.”

She tells the story of the time when her older sisters told her that her doll was going to be a garbage man for their dolls and she reacted by hitting the door. “Even after my dad fixed it, the door was never the same.” Fortunately, Rosie declares that she’s past that phase. Outside the United States, Rosie ha s been to Trinidad because her family is Trinidadian. She visited relatives there, including one cousin who built his own house in a tree! Rosie says that the most interesting class she has taken at Westy is Moral Philosophy, because she got to “find out how people feel about issues that we don’t come across in an average conversation.” One final fact: “It’s pretty well known that I like kettle corn, but only a certain type, Indiana Popcorn, in a red bag. If the kettle isn’t red, I don’t eat it.”.


From t he day Jay Att ys stepped on campus, he has had a presence. He has been involved in First Football, Second Basketball,

and First Track and Field. He is also involved in Black & Gold and is a school dorm prefect. Jay helps run the mentor-mentee program and is involved in dance ensemble. Jay loves to sing: he is a part of Cabaret, Chamber Choir, and Chorale. Jay is also head of The Rising Sons. He participated in the winter musical “The Drowsy Chaperone” and sang in both the Northern Region and All State choirs. Jay is very excited to be attending Duke University in the fall

How Well Do You Really Know Your Prefects? by shani ro se nsto ck '13

A Taste of Westy

by cait l in pittori e '13 Those Who Cannot Cook: It’s understandable that for Westminster Classic: Easy Mac just one night, the dinner in the Pizza Bagel Dining Hall may not be what you Ingredients: want it to be. Although it hap- Ingredients: 1 Easy Mac & Water pens rarely, there is that occasion- 1 bagel ally meal that just isn’t as good as 1 cup of cheese (more or less to Directions: you remembered, or perhaps they preferred amount) 1) Remove lid and Cheese Sauce used the only sauce in the world ¾ cup of marinara sauce mix; set aside (Note: You will see that you don’t really love. It’s okay loose white powder in Pasta. This though, because here is a recipe to Directions: is necessary for proper cooking) make a Pizza Bagel, a classic meal 1) Slice your bagel in half and 2) ADD WATER to fill-line in toast it in the toaster that everyone loves. cup. STIR. You may have just read the 2) Spread an even amount of 3) MICROWAVE, uncovered, on above article, and are thinking, marinara sauce on both halves HIGH 3-1/2 min. or until pasta ‘Well looks like I’m not eating 3) Sprinkle with cheese is tender. tonight…’ due to your lack of 4) Cook in the microwave for 4) DO NOT DRAIN (excess cooking skills. But, once again, approximately 30 seconds to 1 liquid is needed to make cheese don’t worry. We’ve got you cov- minute, checking periodically sauce.) ered! The second recipe, Easy to ensure the full melting of the CAUTION: CUP AND Mac, is so easy, that your five- cheese. CONTENTS WILL BE VERY year-old sister could make it. HOT! KEEP CUP UPRIGHT TO AVOID SPILLS 5) STIR IN cheese sauce mix read until well-blended (Cheese sauce share will thicken upon standing.) recycle Do not leave microwave unattended or reuse cup.

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was to cut down vines growing on trees. However, these were not your ordinary garden vines. On the contrary, some of these vines were up to half a foot thick. “I can’t tell which one’s the vine and which one’s the tree,” said Ellie Deveaux '14. Students were given industrial sized clippers, and even a hacksaw to help in cutting down these monstrous vines. I think it’s fair to say that as we approached noon, students were actually disappointed that they had to leave the project, as many of them were actually enjoying the “work.” Unfortunately, with all good things come bad things as well.

Although all participants did a tick check afterwards, there was nothing they could do about the poison ivy. Once the oil is on your skin, the only thing you can do to prevent the rash is to wash it off immediately, and for those of us in the woods this was not a possibility. Feel free to ask anyone who has had poison ivy how their experience was. They will all tell you that it was extremely unpleasant. The best way to deal with poison ivy is to stay away from it. To do this though, you must be able to recognize it. Poison ivy has a stalk with three leaves at the top, all with a red tint. Many students are well aware of identifying it, since they’ve lived so near it their entire lives. There are some areas of the country

though, mainly California, where there is no poison ivy. Aware that he wouldn’t be able to identify this plant from prior experience, EcoTeam co-president Ronald Yeung '13 came prepared. Although it was already a hot day, Ronald showed up with long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt. Although he may have been warm, at least he can say that he didn’t have to deal with the itches associated with poison ivy for the following week. Don’t let the poison ivy deter you. Next year the EcoTeam will be well prepared for this threat, so I strongly advice and interested students to come with us to this great opportunity next year.


Will Stevens: When he was born, his original name was Wit Abby Huth: Once faked a broken arm to meet Luke Wilson Marquez Cummings: Did ballet up until age 12 (that’s why he’s so flexible) Jay Attys: Was scared of standing on the ground barefoot until this year Patrick Spano: Really enjoys sit-down dinners Atesha Gifford: Has an extensive Yu-Gi-Oh card collection Dillon Tiner: Came to Westminster to play hockey, which he then quit after his Third Form year Cam Kurtz: Has been the same height since third grade Ellie Baker: Has a birthmark in the shape of a lobster Meaghan O’Herron: Is allergic to Neosporin

11 Things You Didn’t Know About Mr. Doucette by a l l i de vins '13 & e l e ni t e bano '13 1. He was a German major in college and lived in Germany for three years. 2. His favorite food is ice cream, especially coffee heath bar crunch. 3. His brother died in a car accident when he was 17. His sister spent a year and a half in Afghanistan interrogating Al Qaeda prisoners. 4. He first learned how to solve the Rubik Cube in 1980 and can now solve parts of it behind his back. 5. The first album he bought was “The Dark Side of the Moon.” 6. He went to St. Paul’s School. Also, he went to elementary school with Mr. Sistare and Mrs. Ulrich. 7. One of his brothers writes apps for the iPhone and his other brother is also a math teacher. 8. He has been to the top of the former World Trade Center. 9. He has a baseball card collection of about 100,000 cards. 10. He started by buying 9,000 cards from a friend for $9. 11. When he was in college at Williams, he and his friends would sneak into the pool through the steam tunnels. Sometimes, he and his friends used to call the bakers in the main dining hall and they would let them in to eat fresh donuts at midnight.

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