Friday, May 23, 2014
Vol. 103, No. 10
2014-2015 Prefect Board Introduced C OM PI L E D BY T H E W E S T M I NS T E R N E W S E DI TOR S
On Monday, May 19th, Westminster students gathered to vote for next year’s Prefect Board. Thirty-four rising Sixth Formers applied to be prefect, writing an application essay that was available for the Westminster community to read. At the Lawn Ceremony on May 23rd, after their classmates had been pulled onto the Senior Lawn, the current members of the Prefect Board pulled on their successors for next year. The last two rising Sixth Formers pulled onto the Lawn were new Junior Prefect Eliza Christman, followed by new Head Prefect Ryan Seymour.
KEVIN CHOI '15
KEVIN CHOI '15
Ryan Seymour is a boarder from Fairfield, Connecticut. In past years, Ryan has been the captain of both the Second and Third Soccer teams as well as being a player on Second Hockey and First Lacrosse. He also contributes to the community by being a John Hay Society member, a member of Black and Gold, a member of the Rising Sons, as well as being part of the KEVIN CHOI '15 peer counseling program. Like other student officers, he is an active participant in the Bruyette Leadership Academy. “ I want to leave a lasting mark on Westminster as a hard-working student that tried to help his school to the best of his abilities.”
A form off icer of three ye a r s, E l i z a Ch r i st m a n i s ready to ta ke on t he role Junior Prefect. As a Simsbury native, Eliza frequently visited Westminster in her younger years to watch sports and events as all three of her older siblings attended Westminster. Eliza participates in all aspects of life at Westminster. She shows her talents on the field in First KEVIN CHOI '15 Soccer and Lacrosse and on the stage as a talented musician and as part of tthe Student Music Organization. As a Prefect, Eliza hopes to further embody the community virtues of Westminster and create more widespread inclusion throughout the school.
Will Brophy is a boarder from Fairfield, Connecticut, who lives in Milliken. He is the captain of the First Boys’ Hockey team, and also plays Second Boys’ Soccer and Golf. In addition to athletics, Will is a member of Black and Gold. As prefect, Will hopes to create a tight-knit community where everyone enjoys and respects one another. He strives to create an environment where “just being mediocre is not okay” and hopes to bring the best out of everyone. Will is dedicated to helping the school because, “Westy has made me a harder working person and taught me how to be the best student I can be.” George Crawford is a boarder from Southport, Connecticut. A class officer since his Fourth Form year, George has the experience to assimilate into the prefect role easily and gracefully. As well as being a student officer, George also likes music and plays golf. When asked what mark George would leave on campus if he were to become a prefect, he replied, “ I would like to maintain the positive and integrated feeling of community that we have at Westminster.” He believes that the more involved each individual is in the community, the more positive his or her high school experience will be.
KEVIN CHOI '15
KEVIN CHOI '15
Georgia Morley is a boarder from Bedford, New York. A member of the Fifth Form student government, the John Hay society, and the MS Walk coordinating committee, Georgia has proven herself to be a capable leader in the Westminster community. “I want to heighten school spirit and make Westminster a place where each individual feels included in a community that everyone is excited and proud to be part of.” Georgia has also played on the Second Lacrosse, Third Squash, and Second Field Hockey teams, and is a member of the Belles a cappella group. KEVIN CHOI '15
George Brown is a boarder from Charlottesville, Virginia. As a member of the John Hay Society, participant in the Black and Gold tour organization, and Fourth and Fifth Form class officer, George seeks to bring the Westminster community closer together in all of his pursuits. “My goals as a prefect are to welcome new Third Formers, establish the rising Fourth Formers into the community, energize the rising Fifth Formers throughout their year, and create a legacy for the new Sixth Form.” George is also an active member of Dramat, and has played for both the Second Lacrosse and Soccer teams. Jewel Brown, a boarder from Queens, New York, is involved in many aspects of the school community. She is Dramat Co-President, Dance Co-President, Third Tennis Co-Captain, a peer counselor, and a Black and Gold tour guide. In addition, she is a part of the John Hay Society, SALSA, MSU, GOTWOT and Belles. Her goal as a prefect is to lead the school with a positive and nurturing vibe. She hopes to organize more form and school-wide activities to further emphasize the school’s core values of community and involvement. She will listen to suggestions on how to improve students’ experiences and how to make the school a better environment for all. Duncan Kellogg is a boarder from Portsmouth, Rhode Island, a member of the John Hay Society and Black and Gold. He is also the Co-President of Dramat and a Third Lacrosse captain. His goals as a prefect are to help make Westminster a more accepting and warm place for all of its students. “For a lot of us, Westy is our second home and we should feel as comfortable here as we would in our own home,” he says.
KEVIN CHOI '15
Tyler Buckley is a boarder from Bedford,
New York. As captain of the First Baseball and First Football teams, Tyler has demonstrated his leadership abilities on and off the Westminster playing fields. His ultimate goal is to “give every kid an identity at Westminster”.
Margot Frank is a boarder from Wellesley, Massachusetts. She has been a class officer and a member of the First Girls’ Soccer, Squash and Lacrosse teams. As a prefect, she hopes to increase the sense of community not only in the Sixth Form but also in the school. She also wants to work with the other prefects to listen to our community’s ideas and questions.
KEVIN CHOI '15
Westminster Bids Farewell Page 2-3 Academic Highlights Page 4-5 Spring Formal & the Arts Page 8-9 Class of 2014 Matriculation Page 12
Class A New England Guess Who Who did what before Champions working at Westminster Softball dominates again page 11
THE WESTMINSTER NEWS, Friday May 23, 2014
Bidding Farewell ESU Student Vicky Carillo Heads Back to Argentina by V IC K Y C A R R I L L O '14 CONTRIBUTOR
I w a s b or n i n B u e no s Aires, Argentina and have spent my entire life there. My life in Argentina is very fast-paced. I live in a crowded city, in a beautiful neighborhood. I live in a building right in front of a park with both my parents, and my three younger brothers. During the week I take French lessons, practice field hockey and tutor kids. During the weekend I hang out with my friends, have lunch with my family at my grandparent’s house or at the club, and play field hockey games. I c a me to We st m i n ster through the ESU which stands for the English Speaking Union. It is an organization that offers the opportunity of a semester abroad for high school graduates from all around the world. Its main goal is to promote English communication and education. I applied on October 2013 for the program and receive the scholarship to come here in January 2014. The reason I came here was mainly because I have always been a person who loves challenges and adventures, who wants to know the world, travel and explore, meet people from a variety of cultures, talk to them and learn from them. In this way, I expand my vision of who I am and my view of what the world is like. Ever since I was young,
I have been interested in education. Coming here, being able to speak the language, having to adapt to a different lifestyle than the one I was used to, learning the American habits and traditions, and gaining an insight into how people here think and learn, has been a real eye-opening experience, and one that I will never forget. I have had severa l cha llenges during my stay here at Westminster. The first one was the snow. Before coming here, I had never seen or felt snow before. The whole landscape and weather was brand new to me. I also must confess that my first morning on my way to breakfast I slipped and fell on my back. My second challenge was winter formal, which I had no previous knowledge of, and had to get a dress for the dance that same weekend. Luckily for me, some of the girls in my dorm offered to lend me some, so I had a variety to choose from. After the first hectic week, learning my way around the campus and getting my books, life became much easier. I quickly assimilated to our environment and fell in love with our school. I was most surprised by the diversity on campus. Coming from a much smaller high school in Argentina, with no diversity at all, I was absolutely effected positively from the start. I wasn’t
expecting to see and encounter so many different cultures in one place. I was able to talk and listen to stories of people from Egypt, Ghana, Korea, Hong Kong, and even more. I believe that I am a much more open minded person than the one who arrived here this past January. My favorite a spec t of Westminster is the incredible sense of community led by Grit and Grace. I have witnessed the generosity of people ever since I first stepped foot on campus from faculty, students, and alumni. Everyone has been very kind and welcoming, lending me a helping hand when I needed it. Whether it was to tell me what block was next or where my classes were or how to get a book from the library, everyone was very kind and helpful. Upon my arrival I experienced a blood drive, an MS Walk fund raiser, a “hats on day”, and Valentine’s Day. All of these events show the true character of Westminster School. What I will miss the most is the kind of life I built here; the organized routine, the opportunity to do all sorts of activities, being independent, attending poetry and music events, and being surrounded by such good people. I will miss the friends I’ve made, speaking in English with people from all over the world, checking in at 10pm everyday,
VICKY CARIILLO '14
Vicky with her fellow dancers during the afternoon dance program and taking a selfie with Jackie Mendia. Mrs. Urner-Berry’s feeds, and Sunday brunch. I could go on and on. I will miss this community but know that Westminster will be in my heart forever.
ASSIST Student Marius Kluonis Leaves His Mark “Sudie Westminster”: Goodbye Westminster
by AU BR E Y MOU LTON '15 arts & entertainment editor 2014-2015
At 3 am on August 13th, 2013, Marius Kluonis left his home in Lithuania after quietly saying goodbye to his brother and sister. Only his dog, who sensed something was wrong, rose to say farewell. And thence began one of the craziest days of Marius’s 17 year old life. After a long and tiring journey, Marius met Olivia Bey’s mother upon his arrival in New Jersey. Mrs. Bey greeted him warmly, bought him clothes for school, and treated him to dinner at a gourmet restaurant. His life, as he knew it, was about to change. No one knew how to pronounce Marius’s name at the beginning of the year. “The ‘a’ is accented,” he would tell people, “and the ‘ius’ is one syllable with the ‘i’ being silent.” Marius initially had a very hard time adapting to American culture. For example, he quickly realized his repulsion for sweet foods like maple syrup, and was shocked by the price of American phone plans. One of the biggest surprises for him was that winter
and spring “formals” are not actually all that formal. In preparation for the dance, Marius tried to learn how to waltz by watching videos on You tube, and was subsequently very surprised by the actual style of dance he observed. Everyone will miss Marius next year, a feeling he says is largely reciprocated. Ultimately, the thing Marius will miss most from his Westminster experience was his participation in the school’s dramat department. Many of the schools in Lithuania unfortunately lack their own performing arts theaters. From his experience with the plays, Marius discovered that he possesses a little piece of each of his characters, such as “Jack” in “Into the Woods”, at the core of his being. By tapping into this small part of his personality, he is better able to act out his role, while simultaneously providing himself with a healthy dose of introspection. Among other things Marius will always remember are: hill holidays, chapel talks, dances, watching “Family Guy” on TV, and
especially stickball. Marius would like to say he that he really appreciates everything that Mr. Rasheed has done for him. And he is also very thankful to Mrs. Hugabonne for taking care of him. However, he (jovially) confesses that he has strongly mixed feelings about his roommate, Dalton. His favorite teachers were Mr. Tony Griffith, Mr. Charlie Grif f ith, a nd of course Mr. Rasheed. Marius loved Mr. C. Griffith because he proved to be an excellent and kind teacher. Likewise, Mr. T. Griffith always managed to make Marius laugh and helped him to grow in his understanding of calculus. . The first thing Marius plans to do when he gets home is go to Disneyland Paris with his family. He especially misses his brother, sister, dog, and parents. Marius would like to say goodbye to everyone, “This year was the best year of my life. It was the most thoughts that I had, the most ideas that flashed by, the most crazy things I have
Whether it was performing for Cabaret or taking part in the winter musical, Marius enjoyed being on stage this year and will miss this part of his life when he heads back to Lithuania. done, the most crazy people I have met. That was the most of the year I could get, so thanks to every single person in this school because every single one of them contributed to make this year the most memorable one. I even had a diary in my computer where every day I write about people I have met, funny things that have happened to me, and it takes up like
150 pages of just writing. So this year was a blast and thanks to every kid who is here, and every teacher because every single one of you is unbelievable.”
THE WESTMINSTER NEWS, Friday May 23, 2014
Bidding Farewell Westminster bids farewell to six faculty members by C I N DY J E ONG '17 ASSISTANT LAYOUT EDITOR 2014-2015
This year, six faculty members are leaving Westminster: M r. a n d M r s M c D o n a l d , Mr. Margolis, Mr. Mota, Mr. Reigeluth, and Mr. Zalinger. After 37 years living in the Westminster community, Mr. McDonald is retiring from teaching, but he will continue with his geology research and project of building a geology library at his house in Stoning ton, Connecticut. Of all the contributions that he has made to Westminster, like sharing scientific knowledge with his students, he is most proud of the work program because he will have managed it for 16 years, a longer tenure than any other faculty member thus far. However, he said, “I won’t miss not having to check the dish room every night!” He will miss being in front of a class, seeing students’ enthusiasm and passion about science, and feeling their collective vitality. “My students’ energy keeps me young,” Mr. McDonald says. His experience at Westminster was a great one; it was a good place to raise a family. He enjoyed having his wife as a faculty colleague, and appreciated the sound advice she was always able to provide him. After many years of working in the Westminster community in various areas, such as on Dramat productions, with the
Departing faculty from left to right: Mr. Lee Zalinger, Mr. and Mrs. McDonald and Mr. Jack Reigeluth. Not pictured: Mr. Josh Margolis and Mr. Welbith Mota. Eco-team, and as a librarian, Mrs. McDonald is retiring and will be teaching yoga. She feels very fortunate for being a part of Westminster and for being able to raise her daughters here, meeting many wonderful people in school and in town, and working with high school students, who had great energy, enthusiasm, diligence, and dedication. She valued the everyday routine at Westminster; for instance, gathering in chapel and giving all members of the community the opportunity to speak. Moreover, she could not forget the campfires she set up as an Eco-team faculty advisor. She was so glad when one student asked her, “Can we do this every weekend?” because her goals to provide time to relax and socialize were well taken by the students. Lastly, Mrs. McDonald
wants us to live as former faculty member Rankin Hinman did. “He was the master of holding people to a high standard, supporting every faculty and students, and never giving up on anybody. Never dismiss people through hasty judgments, but give everybody an opportunity and chance to show their abilities.” Mr. Margolis realized during his senior year of college that he wanted to share his knowledge of science with students. Mr. Margolis will be missed next year as he has decided to return to school to pursue his doctorate degree next year in operations research, which is applied mathematics focusing on optimization. Throughout the year, he has enjoyed his time at Westminster, especially the well-coordinated student performances, like
SPACE, coaching Track and Field and Third Girls’ Soccer, and talking to his fellow Science department colleagues. Mr. Margolis says, “Never change who you are for someone or something else; if you are true to yourself and to your beliefs, then you will find happiness. Remember to work hard to achieve what is important to you, and work harder on your sprinting...nothing else matters.” Mr. Reigeluth returned to Westminster after graduating in 2002. He is leaving the school to work at Camp Pasquaney, a boys’ summer camp on Newfound L a ke. A f ter he ret u rned to Westminster, he had has enjoyed the valuable experience of working with his former teachers and developing relationships with faculty and students who he wishes to keep in touch with after he leaves. His top three memories of Westminster are working as the head Track & Field coach, beating Suffield in football his Sixth Form year despite being down by twenty points with only three minutes to go, and dancing ballet in front of the entire school in a tutu during his Sixth Form year. Although he is leaving the school, he will be sure to revisit for football games and track meets, as he will still be living in West Hartford. “I came back to teach here because of the strength
of the school community during my time here as a student. During the past three years, it has been great to see that this community is still the defining characteristic of Westminster. I will miss it terribly.” Mr. Zalinger is moving to Taiwan to teach physics at the Kaohsiung American School. He and his wife, who will be teaching English at Kaohsiung, are looking forward to experiencing a new part of the world. He will deeply miss all the great relationships he had with the students, faculty, and players. Two of his best memorable moments are winning the Hopley-Jackson award with Second Basketball in 2013-2014 and winning lots of championship with the softball team. The most significant contribution he made to the science department as the head was tripling the number of female science teachers. Mr. Zalinger’s departing words are, “Education, in the broadest sense, is the key to a happy, healthy, and interesting life. Pursue your education relentlessly from cradle to grade. Anyone can become educated, you are responsible for your own education. PS, science, basketball, and softball rock!” Mr. Mota will head to New Orleans to work as the Executive Director Fellow at the Dalton School.
2014-2015 Editorial Board for the Westminster News Co-Editors-in-Chief Hieu Do '15 and Drew Brazer '15 News Editors Nadrina Ebrahimi '15 & Alaina Bisson '15 Cover Editor Madeleine Percival '15 Features Editors CC Lynch '15 & Katie O’Connor '15 Arts and Entertainment Editor Aubrey Moulton '15 Sports Editors David Swenson '15 & Gustavs Gerkens '15 Opinions Editor Rebecca Ryan '16 Student Editor Paige Brackett '16 Layout Editor Grace Brentano '16 Assistant Layout Editor Cindy Jeong '17 Photo Editor Rebecca Ryan '16 Assistant Photo Editor Kevin Choi '14
Co-Editors-in-Chief Mae Mullen & Anish Chadalavada Abby Reed Ellie Deveaux Nadrina Ebrahimi
News & Features
Hieu Do Grace Brentano
Staff Writers Cindy Jeong Katie O’Connor Aubrey Moulton Alaina Bisson
Madeleine Percival Kevin Choi CC Lynch
Nicole Fox Gustavs Gerkens Drew Brazer
Contributors Vicky Carillo
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THE WESTMINSTER NEWS, Friday May 23, 2014
Academic Highlights Sixth Former Leaves Legacy
Head of the English Department shares his thoughts on the legacy that Taite Puhala leaves behind by M ichael C ervas A ll high school English teachers dream of inspiring their students to be creative writers, but we all know that, at best, what we’ll get is “promising” work by teenagers. That’s the nature of the game. Every once a decade or so, we get a student writer who is more than just “promising,” who is already there, at least sometimes. I’ve been lucky to have a few of these students, too, in my 37 years of teaching. Laura Titus at Cincinnati Country Day School (1984) who still writes essays for an ex-pat magazine in Shanghai, China where she lives with her family. Nate Hardcastle '90 who is now a “writing and editing consultant” in Portland, Maine. Karen Walter '94 who went on to publish a book of poems while she was still a student at Trinity College. Allison Bailey '96 who
wrote the guide book for the Twin Towers Memorial. Eddie Gentle '10 who is currently working on a degree in creative writing at Trinity College. But then there is that one student in a whole career who is wholly and completely the real deal. Taite Puhala '14 is that student for me. I’ll admit it, when Tim Quinn touted Taite’s work as a first-year student four years ago, I had my doubts. Of course, after Barbara Adams submitted one of Taite’s poems to a national contest and Taite won first place, I took a second look. The next year Taite was a student in my AP English Language and Composition class, and it took me about three milliseconds to realize she was a very special English student. It seems that Taite was born writing poems, with an innate feeling for rhythm and a knack for find-
ing just the right words, not to mention a preternaturally mature vision of the world. In 2012, Taite won the top prize in the Smith College High School Poetry Contest. I got to go up to Northampton for the awards dinner and presentation as Taite’s “teacher” (like I had anything to do with her talent) and listen to Taite read her poem in front of all the other finalists and their families and teachers and the judge, the poet Eavan Boland. She blew everyone away! Later in the summer before her fifth form year, Taite won the Johns Hopkins Creative Minds Poetry Prize. Here’s what the judge of that contest said about her winning poem: This poem has cast a spell on itself and is true to it throughout. A riff on Bob Dylan rightly becomes a riff on culture and on the metaphysical (the sources
of art). Its headlong structure, 21 lines in a single sentence, is not easy to attain, but is seamless, and in its way appropriately Dylanesque. Then in 2013, Taite was selected by the English Department as the winner of the Brian Ford Writing Prize. This prize winning stuff was just becoming old hat for Taite. Along the way, Taite was asked to read three times in the Friday Nights in Gund Series. The f irst time she read, as a fourteen-year-old (!), the former editor of the Hartford Courant told me that he thought she was even better than the guest reader that night, a distinguished New England poet. Just a month ago, to cap off her writing career at Westminster, Taite was chosen by a panel of Connecticut poets as one of five high school poets to win the Hill-
stead Museum’s Fresh Voices Poetry Competition. You can hear her read in the Sunken Garden of the Hill-stead Museum under the stars on August 6. It will be a spectacular evening. I feel very lucky to have been a little part of Taite’s journey as a writer. I’ve encouraged her to be a little more narrative in her poems and to trust her instincts about rhythm. But the truth is, Taite is an absolute magician with words. I really can’t imagine her doing anything else with her life, and I’m sure that we will all be reading her books in the years to come.
Sixth Form Guide to Studying for Exams by N IC OL E FOX '16 STAFF WRITER
· Repetition, repetition, repetition · Incremental studying. Start a couple days in advance. · Be organized. You’ll feel better about studying. · Be alone in a quite place. rested. · The library is always a good
place to focus. · Creating outlines that chronicle the materials you’ve learned · Flashcards · Study in a clean room, you’ll feel more organized and will have less distractions. · Meet with your teacher a few nights before the exam.
What is Success?
· Eat a good meal before the exam. · Get a good night’s sleep before the exam.
· Study in groups. They tend to get too off topic and become excuses to socialize instead of studying.
· Study with distractions (i.e. TV and music). · Multitask and study. · Study if you’re tired. · Watch TV or listen to music with words. · Stress. · Put it off to the last minute. · Fall asleep studying the night before the exam.
· Study in loud spaces. · Study around people who aren’t trying to focus and study. · Focus on insignificant details (especially in history). · Hesitate to ask teachers for help. Keep Your Heads Down. Almost There!
What Will They Miss the Most?
Sixth Formers define this elusive term
From feeds to the community, Sixth Formers share what they will miss
by nadrina ebrahimi '15
by K AT I E O’C ON NoR '15
NEWS CO-EDITOR 2014-2015
What is success? Each and every person strives for success throughout his or her lifetime, but the definition of success is different for everyone. The following definitions of “success” come from some of our Sixth Formers. “Doing whatever you can for as long as you can, as hard as you can, as best as you can.” – Tommy Griffith “Achieving a goal and being happy about it.” – Yvonne Pruitt “When every part of your life brings you happiness.”- Cricket di Galoma ‘ “When is when you’re satisfied with your own personal achievement, regardless of what other people think.” – Laila Samy “Feeling satisfied with what you’ve accomplished.” – Carlo Comia “To inf luence the thoughts of others and to have a lasting impression on the lives around you.” – Mackenzie Blinn “I believe succeeding implies
never settling down, always looking to go beyond your own limitations. It’s pushing yourself forwards no matter what, and doing things with all your heart and soul.” - Vicky Carrillo “Success is setting a goal and taking the necessary steps to accomplish It.” - Brittany Swanson “I think my definition of success would be doing something you love and pursuing it as both a career and a lifestyle. Mostly just doing well at something you love.” – Emily Mell “I think my definition of success is when you are finally doing something that you love to do.” – Eugenia Naamon “Self-fulfillment resulting from preexisting happiness.” – Emily Crocker “Independence. The ability to be an authentic person, not have to compromise your values, and do well for others.” – Meggie Gresham
FEATURES CO-EDITOR 2014-2015
It is hard to believe that Commencement is just a few short weeks away and the Class of 2014 is preparing to take the next step and go off to college in the fall. Sixth Formers spend the spring term preparing to leave the place that has been their home and that has become a major part of their lives. Traditions are a significant part of life at Westminster and alumni remember these important events throughout their lives and when visiting campus. The spirit of Westminster is more than the feeling of the campus, but is found in the students, both past and present. The Westminster News asked Sixth Formers what they think they are going to miss the most about Westminster when they leave. Below are some of their responses. “I’m going to miss being able to say ‘hi’ to everyone when I pass them and also knowing everyone by their first name” -Emily Mell “I’m really going to miss all of the traditions that we have here” -Lizzie Hark “Mostly I’m going to miss the people and all of the relationships I have built with the people around me” -Jake McCausland “Definitely Westy dip feeds”- Jackie Mendia “The relationships I’ve fostered during my time here” -Travis Percy “I’m really going to miss my advisor and my advisory group” -Megan Walsh “All of the times I’ve had with the teams I’ve been on at Westminster” -Kat Pate “Swim season… and feeds.” -Brittany Swanson “I’ll miss a lot of things. I haven’t really thought about actually having to leave yet” -Andrew Bell “JV girls’ puck #fpk” -Katie Hovey “I’ll miss my favorite teachers” -Taite Puhala “Babysitting the faculty kids” -Yamilex Munoz “Stickball!” -Stephan Reyes “Feeds!” -Jacques Wisner “Probably my room” -Mike Gao “The students and my friends” -Anish Chadalavada
THE WESTMINSTER NEWS, Friday May 23, 2014
Academic Highlights Brazer and Dudzik Take Top Honors in WALKS Essay Contest “What Does It Mean to be an American?” by H ieu do '15
On April 30th, 2014, Drew Brazer '15 and Tom Dudzik '15 were announced two of the three winners of the WALKS Constitutional Essay Contest 2014. It was the first time that Westminster took the top two spots in the contest, with Drew earning the highest honors and Tom being chosen as the first runner-up. Founded in 1956 to broaden the scope of high school education, the WALKS Foundation is a collaboration of five independent boarding school in Hartford Cou nt y : West minster, Avon Old Farms, Loomis Chaffee, Kingswood Oxford, and Suffield. The annual Essay Contest is sp on s ore d by Mc C a r t er & English Attorneys at Law with an aim to encourage students to delve into the U.S. Constitution and to study its fundamental principles. This year’s topic “Who is an American and who decides?” required the writers to consider the issue of citizenship and immigration throughout American history and up to present. Participants had to produce a 3,000-word research paper that demonstrated their comprehensive understanding, critical analysis, and original thoughts on the topic. A lt houg h t he e ssay wa s optional, eight AP United States History scholars decided to take up the challenge and had started to research since winter term. After spring break, two finalists, Drew and Tom, were chosen to attend the dinner hosted by K ingswood Oxford. They
PHOTO COURTESY OF WALKS
Drew Brazer '15, pictured with Judge Elliott Solomon, accepts his award for winning the highest honor in the annual WALKS Constitutional Essay Contest. Tom Dudzik, pictured bottom left, was the first runner-up. spent an unforgettable night from the essays, Tom said, “the with other finalists and Judge definition of citizenship is conElliott Solomon, Connecticut stantly evolving. What it means Superior Court Deputy Chief to be an American citizen today Administrative Judge. Drew is completely different from what sha red, “I decided to w rite it meant 100 years ago, and will the essay because I was person- most likely be different from with ally very intrigued by the topic. it will mean 100 years from now,” One the fundamental and defin- and Drew shared, “Probably that ing characteristics of the United despite America’s erratically bleak States is its unique multi-cultural history, without the valiant persediversity, an attribute I had yet to verance of this nation’s oppressed fully consider.” minorities, the United States as Asked about the most sig- we know it today would most cernificant thing they have learned tainly not exist.”
An introduction to Drew’s essay: “In June of 1776, a “committee of five,” consisting of Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Robert R. Livingston, Roger Sherman, and Thomas Jefferson, set about drafting the single most profound resolution in the course of human history. At the crux of this document stands the iconic passage: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights; that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Forming the bedrock of American identity, objective, and faith, these profound words seem nevertheless hypocritical in the scope of United States history. For in their pronouncement that “all men are created equal,” the founding fathers tacitly excluded the black, Native American, and immigrant inhabitants of colonial New England. These debased minorities would face a long and arduous journey before attaining their United States citizenship. But it was through their struggles that the keystone of American identity would be painstakingly forged. For what unites the American people, despite all internal prejudice, hate, and discrimination, is not the mark of United States citizenship, but rather the mutual struggle to achieve the lofty principles of the nationís founding declaration.”
“Ununseptium”: New Element Found by drew brazer '15 CO-EDITOR-IN-CHIEF 2014-2015
Earlier this month, researchers at the GSI Helmholtz Center for He av y Ion Re se a rch in Darmstadt, Germany, reportedly created atoms of the yet anonymous element 117. First observed in 2010 by a team of Russian and American scientists working together at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia, the ever-elusive element 117 moves one step closer to being officially recognized as part of the standard periodic table of elements. As we all remember from 4th form chemistry, the nucleus of an atom is composed of two fundamental subatomic particles: positively charged protons and their impartial neutron cousins. Element 117, so called because it contains 117 protons in its nucleus, was previously one of the missing items on our contem-
porary periodic table. It is classified as a super-heavy element, a category that includes all the elements beyond atomic number 104, and does not naturally occur on Earth. In fact, uranium, which is the heaviest element commonly found in nature, only has a total of 92 protons, 25 less than this nuclear goliath! Although these super-heavy elements don’t exist naturally on earth, they can be created by scientists through a process known as nuclear fusion. Ununseptium was specifically produced through this process, by bombarding atoms of berkelium-249 with ions of calcium-48. Over the years, scientists have created heavier and heavier elements in hopes of discovering just how large atoms can actually be. Their research seeks to determine whether or not a limit exists as to the number of protons that can be
crammed into an atomic nucleus. Here however, is the pitfall: typically, the more neutrons and protons added to a nucleus, the more unstable the atom becomes. Most super-heavy elements last for only microseconds before decaying. Ununseptium’s most stable isotope, ununspetium-294, has a half-life of only about 80 milliseconds! Yet scientists have predicted that an “island of stability” exists where these super-heavy elements eventually become stable again. If such an island exists, the elements belonging to this theoretical clade would be extremely long-lived and thus available for untold practical employment. The successful experiments of super-heavy element 117 are an important milestone in the development and detection of the elements situated on this platonic super-heavy “island of stability”.
Ununseptium awaits review by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistr y ( I U PAC ), t he or g a n i z at ion charged with the standardization of chemical nomenclature, before it can be formally accepted into the period table of elements and granted its official name.
Element 117 synthesized through the process of nuclear fusion (Bohr model).
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A lumni News Full-fledged Martlets’ Reflections C OM PI L E D by K E V I N C HOI '15 ASSISTANT PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR 2014-2015
hansong li “ W hat I see a s a natura l delicac y at Westminster is the taste for tranquility, for it is only in peace that a war could be waged against reactionary inactivity for the purpose of achieving a higher level of consciousness.”
PHOTOS COURTESY OF JOHN FITZPATRICK
John Fitzpatrickm '13, aka Fitzy, with fellow Westminster students in the dorm, at Lawn Ceremony and swimming in the Hibbard Natatorium. John is currently a student at Notre Dame. 1) What do you miss the most about Westminster? What I miss the most, I gotta say, is the community and the friendship I made while being there. To this day, I see my Westy friends every summer, and I can tell that these friendships will last. 2) What do you enjoy the most in College? College, although being really hard, is a ton of fun, as it is always possible to meet new people every day. In addition, it is also great to be also to take classes because I am actually interested in the topics, not just because I have to take them. 3) What is the biggest difference between Notre Dame and Westminster? Unlike Westy, Notre Dame is huge, so I don’t truly know everyone on campus. 4) What is the most similar? Haha. It’s weird to say but although Notre Dame is huge, it has the same vibe as Westy in the sense that the community is so connected that you feel like at home. 5) What is your biggest struggle in college? The workload. 6) Any extra comments? Westy does get you prepared for College, but still, be prepared, because college life will swallow you up 7) Shout outs to any teachers and/or students? Shout outs to all my squibblies (the true squibblies) and to Mr. and Mrs. Pope, and Mr. G (he probably misses me so much.
1) What do you miss the most about Westminster? What I see as a natural delicacy at Westminster is the taste for tranquility, for it is only in peace that a war could be waged against reactionary inactivity for the purpose of achieving a higher level of consciousness. In Kantian and Hegelian terms, I particularly enjoyed the way Westminster as a community respects the thing-initself, in pursuit of the thing-inrelation-to-an-other. For example, throughout the three years I had been constantly drawn into interesting questions—some fundamental and some contingent— but while I engage in the study of these matters, it was clear to me that I was living in some kind of Saint Simon and Fourier’s “commune”, where I was well guarded by Williams Hill against the expressions of worldly vulgarity. There would have been no serious contemplation of the higher Forms, without the selfless work done by all the gorgeous faculty members. 2) What do you enjoy the most in college? W hat I enjoy t he most in college is the $1 milkshake on Wed nesdays. Of cou rse, I also appreciate the old Nobel Laureates sitting right across me and spewing why they got their prizes, though they tend to speak way too slowly and I hate people who speak slowly. It ought to be mentioned that I now dwell in an old dorm called the BurtonJudson Courts at the University of Chicago, named after the geologists who revolutionized their fields in early 20th century. The two yards inside the dorm seems to be prettier than what Faust was able to see after he ascended to the paradise. The only problem is that the squirrels are too aggressive and too hard to catch. I am almost overwhelmed by nostalgic thoughts for the Westy squirrels, which were mild in temper and tender in movements. 3) What is the biggest difference between UChicago and Westminster? I take the liberty to interpret the world “difference” in a qualitative sense, rather than as a quantitative assessment (such as the size, physical environment,
Hansong Li '13 from Beijing, China is currently a student at the University of Chicago. and location—which seem to the Neo-Platonists such as Plotinus as the “realm of the senses” from which we need to extricate ourselves). Now the difference I think is a totalizing one: Westminster educates us how to employ private reason to think about public reason, whereas college offers instructions on how to engage in a dialectics between the two types of reason. For example, Westminster teaches us how to read texts, think critically about them, and thus understand the u nd e r l y i n g me c h a n i s m s of human life and society. UChicago assumes that I know all of these, and asks me to demolish these principles and see if they justify themselves, or if we can construct better ones. Everything becomes uncertain. 4) What is the most similar? The most similar is one single ideal, an idealistic ideal, namely that to gain knowledge is to enrich life. Also similar is the conviction that we are better human beings. I apologize for the provocative statement, but it occurs to me that Westy kids do think they are better than the Avon proletarians and likewise, at UChicago, kids are profoundly narcissistic, almost taking themselves as individualistic expressions of the next Messiah 5) W hat is your biggest struggle in college? The word “struggle” could be traced back through a long history of political thought. But here, I think the hardest struggle is to line up for the $1 milkshakes on Wednesdays. The second hardest is to try to understand why the TAs are so evil, inadequate and feeble. The third hardest is to read Plato’s Republic in a fraternity party—according to some of my friends. 6) Any extra comments? I am profoundly privileged to have been at Westminster School.
This conviction is as true as any a priori category in logic, and as infallible as the free market (oops, sorry, it is fallible.) Hopefully Choi will render me famous by publishing this article. I guess it is okay to desire to be a celebrity. My professor Robert Pippin says that “Desire can only gratify its desire by desiring another desire”. If you don’t know me yet, legends are available from Choi and many faculty members.
“I a m profou nd ly privileged to have been at Westminster School. This conviction is as true as any a priori category in logic, and as infallible as the free market (oops, sorry, it is fallible.)” 7) Shout outs? I miss a ll the girls (and guys). Shout out to some adorable teachers: Mr. Cervas: your critical analysis of sexual innuendos and firm belief that the universe is to be understood through a vast expression of sexuality made my life easier in my Lacan/Freud/Jung psychoanalysis course. Mr. Kendall: I’m learning Russian and hopefully will read Dostoevsky in Russian next year, thanks for the Crime and Punishment course. Mr. Griffith: your AP Euro and AP Art History have the greatest inf luence on my intellectual development. Mr. de Kanter: I’m still camouf laging myself as a Bio major, taking many courses on Biotechnology, evolution and global warming. Shout out to all the Mathletes: let’s continue the legacy! To Hieu: Vietnam is an integral part of the Chinese territory (feel free to claim that Beijing is the largest city of Vietnam). Finally, shout out to the entire Westminster Community: Virtute et Numine!
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A lumni News Full-fledged Martlets’ Reflections ronald yeung
Ronald Yeung '13 has just completed his Freshman year at Georgetown University. 1) What do you miss the most about Westminster? • Fo o d s t a bi l it y - w h i le some colleges may offer b e t t e r f o o d , I ’m s i c k of Georgetown food. Westminster’s food is better! • Free printing. • Seeing facult y children’s bright faces; eating and chatting with faculty. • Plan B Burger Bar. It’s hard to find a well-sized wellpriced well-made burger when you want one.
W hat do you miss the most? -“Free printing.” 2) What do you enjoy the most in College? • Freedom! One can study in many more places at all different times of day. With freedom comes responsibility. • Jesuit identity - great values. See more below at #4. • A n a c t u a l w e e k e n d ! Although I use much of it for eating and sleeping. • Lots of big name speakers but I haven’t been to those events yet. When Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, and Laura Bush came to speak at 9am one day, students started lining up at 11pm. If you weren’t in line by 4am, you couldn’t get in. Bill Clinton also came to speak recently. 3) What is the biggest difference between Georgetown and Westminster? • The lack of structure of
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l i fe a nd i n c ou rse s at Georgetown in comparison with Westminster. At Georgetown, you realize that civilization exists! Things are expensive in the Georgetown neighborhood. 4) What is the most simi-
• You just show up to places by
walking because everything is close by - classes, library, dining hall, events • Core values of “Community, Character, Balance, and Involvement” are reflected in Jesuit values. 5) W hat is your biggest struggle in college? When an education institution enrolls high-performing students from high schools across the country and around the globe, they end up with a lot of smart people. You realize that while it might have been easy to get high grades in high school, you’ve now been demoted to being an average student in college. What type of performance do I consider acceptable? It’s been tough to manage the workload and expectations of each course, as they’re not necessarily as transparent. 6) Any extra comments? • At the time of this email interview, I have yet to visit a Smithsonian museum. When I wanted to visit one, it was during the government shutdown. I did get a chance to visit the USA Science and Engineering Festival, and to appreciate some of the cherry blossoms. • I ’ve m a n a g e d to u s e 5 Georgetown libra ries
(Lauinger - Main, Blommer - Science, Medica l, Bioethics, and Law) and 4 DC public libraries in one semester. Some day I’ll get over to the Library of Congress. Running around DC is great! I can choose to go on trails near Georgetown, run to the White House, or run to the monuments on the National Mall. I’ve probably run past the base of the Lincoln Memorial ten times, but I have yet to walk all the way up to the statue of Lincoln. It’s great to commiserate with graduates of other boarding schools - we understand where the other person is coming from, so it’s really easy to strike up a conversation. I think it’s funny that as I’ve gone to progressively more religious institutions - public school for elementary and middle school; a Christian non-denominational high school; and a Jesuit university. It’s kind of cool, but awkwa rd, to be frequent ly walking past US Secretary of State John Kerry’s home: there’s always Secret Service camped outside his front door. I had a friend who was fascinated with the fact that he was standing next to Madeline Albright’s office and proceeded to take selfies with the nameplate.
“Ru n n i ng a rou nd DC is great! I can choose to go on tra ils nea r Georgetown, run to the White House, or run to the monuments on the National Mall.” 7) How did Westminster prepare you for college? The disruptions of dorm life at Westminster have prepared me on how to better handle situations at Georgetown, albeit there are some scenarios which are present in one place and not the other there’s greater fluidity. [Interpret the last phrase as “things change often”, but also as “more fluids” including beverages, bodily fluids, and smoke vapor. Have fun deciding on how to phrase this lexical ambiguity.]
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Bridget Gorham '13, pictured competing in a relay for the Westminster Track and Field team, is a Freshman at Boston College.
1) What do you miss the Westminster and pass at least one most about Westminster? fourth of the student body, and I miss Westminster so much, know each and every face. most especially knowing the name 4) What is the most similar? of every single face I passed durThe school spirit. Although ing the day, and having that feel- the student body at BC is much ing of familiarity reciprocated. I larger, the level of intensity on took a small school for granted, game day, whether it be Field and I truly miss Ho c k e y, “It ’s pos sible f or Footba ll, or it! I also miss me to wI could go on a H o c k e y, i s t h e a c a d e m i c twenty-minute walk at utterly analofacilities I was Westminster and pass at gous to that of able to use—not least one fourth of the the Martlets. until I arrived at student body, and know 5) What BC did I realize each and every face.” is your bighow truly lucky gest struggle I wa s to have in college? been able to utilize a language lab, The greatest struggle in colsmart boards, and very amiable lege was definitely getting to librarians who were always willing know my professors. I remember to lend a hand. walking into a first day of school Finally, I truly miss the small class with any of the Westminster class sizes. The idea of “Raising teachers, and not only would they my hand” was so foreign to me know my name, but they would upon my arrival to BC, as I had also know that I was a day stualways been so accustomed to dent, what sports I played and speaking my mind freely, when- the activities I was involved in ever I wanted. That relationship on campus. At college, this relabetween students and professors tionship with professors is really simply does not exist in one hun- not at all the same. Additionally dred student lecture halls. at Westminster, it seemed like a 2) What do you enjoy the teacher’s life was all about the stumost in College? dents—they were always reachAlthough I do miss the small able via email, and were completesize of Westy, I enjoy that BC is ly willing to meet for extra help a lot larger (400 students com- and stay late after the academic pared to 10,000 undergraduate); it day or meet before classes. I truly allows me to meet a more diverse miss the relationship I had with range of people and consequently my teachers at Westminster. grow as a person. Although many 6) Any extra comments? people will also tell you that free I encourage every student to time is one of the best things take fully advantage of the opporabout college, I do sometimes tunities they have at Westy—I miss having a set in stone routine never realized how extraordinary that Westy ensured. the familiarity of the student 3) What is the biggest dif- body, bountiful academic opporference between Boston College tunities and engaged, professional and Westminster? faculty truly were. The size. It’s possible for 7) Shout outs? me to walk from my dorm room Congratulations to the Class to the library, which is about a of 2014! twenty-minute venture, and not pass one familiar face. I could go on a twenty-minute walk at
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Photography Corner Spring Formal
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Arts & Entertainment “A Night to Remember”
Westminster’s Spectacular 2014 Cabaret Performance by AU BR E Y MOU LTON '15 ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR 2014-2015
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From left to right: David Swenson '15 and Travis Percy '14 perform “Lily’s Eyes” from The Secret Garden. Marius Kluonis '15 and Joana Beach '16 perform “The Song That Goes Like This” from Spamalot. David Carter '15 performs “Tell My Father” from The Civil War.
On May 8th and 9th, students at Westminster sang songs from popular musicals as part of the school’s annual Cabaret performance. Hours of work went into putting this extraordinary ensemble together. It is no secret that Westminster students all have incredibly busy lives. Many of the performers were forced to cram what practice they could between the scant hours of their respective work programs and
practices. For those participating in the larger group songs, an hour long practice was held every Thursday night. W hat began as an exhaustive effort, gradually developed into a process of facilitated memorization, as the performers focused on learning how to sing the songs, rather than the actual lyrics themselves. All of the singers had their own personal favorite song. Shelby Gamble said she enjoyed the song
“I’m alive” from Next to Normal, which she sang as a duet with Travis Percy. But truth be told Shelby’s undisputed favorite was really “For Good”, a song from the musical Wicked, which she sang alongside her best friend Mae Mullen. Mary Anderson’s favorite song was “Everybody Rejoice” from the Wiz. This song involved the entire cast, and surprised the audience by actively engaging with various spectators.
“Everybody Rejoice” was also the final song of the night, and was accompanied by a huge dancing number. Yamilex Muñoz did an amazing job in her solo of “And I am Telling You I’m Not Going” from Dreamgirls. She was reportedly very nervous when she first was given this song, but was absolutely amazing when it came time to perform. Jewel, Chanice, and Yamilex played with Puerto Rican accents in the song “America”
from West Side Story, and Olivia and Jae’ Quan acted out the song “Mix Tape” from Avenue ‘Q’. Overall this show proved to be a complete success, largely due to the tremendous efforts of the performers and the sage guidance of directors David Chrzanowski and A-men Rasheed.
The Hypnotist: The Perfect Gift on Alumni Weekend by AU BR E Y MOU LTON '15 ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR 2014-2015
W het her you belie ve in it or not, one thing’s for sure– it’s funny to watch! Saturday, May 10th at 8 o’clock pm, Jim Spinnato came to Westminster to do his annual hypnosis performance for the whole school. As a right of passage, only seniors can be hypnotized, and most lunged at the chance. From a large crop of volunteers, twenty seniors were chosen for humiliation. After the actual hypnosis the number eligible volunteers had diminished to about 10 students who were completely entranced. The seniors still remaining were told a number of requests, facts, and actions that they must do or believe. For example, Spinnato was able to convince them that there was a voice in the student’s bellybuttons. The volunteers had to play in an orchestra, smell each other, and even play with each other’s noses. And of course, there was the classic air guitar off. In addition to group actions, students were then given individual “trigger” songs. One successfully made Yvonne Pruitt '14 juggle, and another made Meggie Grisham '14 a backup dancer for Shakira. The funniest trigger was “Freak-a-Leak” by
Petey Pablo’s ability to turn the respectful Claire Egan '14 into the world’s best rapper, and when Mario Benicky '14 became Taylor Swift while belting out “You belong With Me”. And when the music was paused, neither Mario nor Claire knew what they had just done! Volunteers also “saw” their celebrity crushes sitting in the audience. Chanice Goodman '14 got to meet Orlando Bloom (Dalton Prendergast '15) and in a surprise to us all Charlie Niles '14 had a meet and greet with Mila Kunis (David Lee '14). The night was full of hypnotic sleeping and lots of laughter, a perfect event for the students on Alumni weekend. And if you missed the fun yourself I’m sure that someone has the whole night on camera if you’re willing to ask.
Clockwise from top left: Yvonne Pruitt '14 demonstrates her talent for juggling, Charlie Nilesm '14 as Michael Jackson, Chanice Gooden '14 as a professional bodybuilder; and Tori DeAngelis '14 and Rachel Monroe '14 demonstrate their Irish dancing ability.
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News Fifth Form year abroad Evie Pope '16 prepares to spend year in Spain with SYA by alaina bisson '15 NEWS CO-EDITOR 2014-2015
During her Fifth Form year, Evie Pope will be heading to Zaragoza, Spain with the School Year Abroad (SYA) program. After hearing about SYA from Mrs. Deveaux at an assembly in the fall, her interest was piqued and she shared the idea with her parents. Evie applied for the prestigious SYA program in Spain and was accepted earlier this spring. Evie is looking forward to the experience and is most excited about being able to travel around the country and explore the cities and cultures of Spain. Evie is also looking forward to the various opportunities for independent travel that the program offers, a new and different experience she has been unable to attain thus far here in The United States. Although she is very excited for her school year abroad, Evie will miss her home and iconic Westminster traditions such as the end of year Lawn Ceremony. “You have to think, having a
year at Westy will be fun but I’m going to be living in Spain for a year so I really need to soak up everything there and I’ll have new traditions”, Evie tells herself. She will miss the tight community Westminster has, but will enjoy the new community that she is soon to join. A lt hou g h she w i l l m is s Westminster, there are a few t h i n g s s he w i l l not m i s s . “Westminster is a really scheduled place and I think it’s not going to be like that next year in Spain.” Evie is looking forward to gaining a greater sense of independence in Spain. Let’s all wish good luck to Evie for her junior year Spain and hope that she gains an experience of a lifetime. Buena suerte!
Westminster female athletes view and discuss documentary by susanna baker '15 contributor
“9 for IX” is a documentary series aired on ESPN to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Title IX, a federal law, which protects against discrimination based on gender in education programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. Recently, many Westminster female athletes joined together to watched a segment called “Let Them Wear Towels” that focused on female sports journalists entering men’s locker rooms in the 70s and 80s. Many female journalists had horrifying stories about how terribly they were treated in professional athlete’s locker rooms. A f ter being exiled from the New York Yankees locker room, Melissa Ludtke from Sports Illustrated successfully cha llenged Major League Baseball for equal access. Melissa Ludtke
is one example of monumental women journalists gaining equal access in locker rooms along with Claire Smith, Lesley Visser, and Jane Gross. These women told their stories of the degrading behavior directed towards them through verbal and even physical abuse. A common memory for the women was waiting outside the locker room for a player to come out to the hallway while all the male journalists were talking with the athletes. Not allowing women in the locker rooms gave all of the male sports journalists a
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Man Overboard:Heart Attack Hadley Smith '15 will write a regular music column for the 2014-2015 Westminster News by H adley Smith '15 CONTRIBUTOR
Heart Attack, released in 2013, is the third studio album, by New Jersey-based pop punk band Man Overboard. The allmale quintet formed in 2008 and has been on the rise ever since. I’ve loved this album ever since it came out, and I’ve decided it’s time I decided to share the knowledge, although I’ll be quick with it (I promise!). Being a fan of this band for a while now, I can tell you that fresh off the 2012 reissue of their self-titled album, Heart Attack picks up right where they left off and then some. It starts off with the song “Secret Pain”, which seamlessly fuses the band’s hard core influence with melodic pop. That same blend is present throughout the whole album, especially in the title track “Heart Attack”, which is a perfect embodiment of the band’s sound, using repetitive guitar riffs and a simple rhyme scheme to create a tune that effortlessly blends
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depth with catchiness. Whether it’s the angsty “Boy Without Batteries”, the emotional “How To Hide Your Feelings”, or fastpaced “White Lies,” the album never misses. The final track “Wide Awake” (a personal favorite) closes the album off right with a more laid-back melody and use of harmony, combined with lyrics that give a uniquely introspective take on love to create the band’s classic sound. I really do believe that this album shatters all stereotypes associated with the genre of pop punk, and whether you’ve heard of the band or not, the music stands on its own. To me, Heart Attack is a perfect representation of the kind of album that although often overlooked, proves to be deserving of much more. Heart Attack is refreshing for a generation that tends to focus more on single songs than albums as a whole, and it’s definitely worth listening to- even if you just want it cranking in the background as you walk to practice or study for exams. Man Overboard has created the perfect synthesis of pop and punk with Heart Attack, and they are definitely worth checking out.
Tr a c k s t o c h e c k out: Where I Left You, S.A.D., Wide Awake.
huge advantage over their female counterparts. After finally gaining equal access into the locker rooms, they described incidents where many of the athletes were pulling off each others towels and screaming provocative words at them. After watching “Let Them Wear Towels” we were fortunate enough to hear from Kaitee Daley who works at ESPN. We asked her questions about her personal experiences at ESPN, and her view on the issue of equal opportunity in the current world of sports. A lot of progress has been made from the 70s, but the sports world still has a division between men and women as it relates to sports announcers in particular.
THE WESTMINSTER NEWS, Friday May 23, 2014
Sports Highlights Class ‘A’ Champions Again!
Runners on Fire
Sixth Formers lead the team to 6th NE Championship in 7 years
Athletes break long standing record
by S A R A DE V E AU X
by jack reigeluth
Westminster softball scored eight runs in the first inning and went on to defeat Williston Northampton 12-4 in the Class A Western New England finals on May 18. The win capped a terrific season in which the 17-0 Martlets won both the Founders League Championship and the Class A title. It was the sixth Western New England Championship in seven years for Westminster. Standout s en ior s Jord a n G owdy '14, Rachel Monroe '14, Kat Pate '14, Amanda Savino '14 and Brooke Wolejko '14 led the undefeated 2014 team. After a 3-0 victory against Loomis Chaffee in the semifinal game on May 17, Westminster combined timely hitting, strong pitching and excellent fielding to defeat Williston. The game opened with an explosive first inning for the home team. Jordan Gowdy walked, and Kat Pate put down a perfect bunt. Gowdy hustled to take third base on the play, and scored when the throw was wide. Rachel Monroe, Brooke Wolejko, Brenna Monroe '17 and Jade Marlowe '15 each followed with doubles, sparking an eightrun outburst. Williston got a run back on a double and a sacrifice fly in the second frame, and then Gabby Jones’ three-run homer for the Wildcats in the third inning closed the gap to 8-4. However, pitcher Amanda Savino then shut down Williston, striking out five and allowing no runs over the last four innings. The Martlets added to the lead in the sixth, as Gowdy singled and Pate lined a home run to left field. Rachel Monroe followed with her third hit of the day, and singles by Brenna Monroe, Jade Marlowe, and Paige Capistran '16 stretched the lead to 12-4. Savino closed out the contest with a strong seventh inning. The Westminster play-
PHOTO COURTESY OF RUSS MONROE
First row: Jordan Gowdy '14, Amanda Savino '14, Brooke Wolejko '14, Kat Pate '14, Lizzie Hark '14, Rachel Monroe '14 Second row: Mackenzie Griffith '17, Paige Capistran '16, Brenna Monroe '17, Jade Marlowe '15, Ashley Carbone '16, Kaitlyn McCausland '16, Nicole Fox '16, Gaby Brown '17 Not Pictured: Catherine Crawley '16
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Aaron Rubin '15, record breaker in the 1500 and the 3000, during one of his races this season. Unique Shakoor '15 broke a record in the long jump.
PHOTO COURTESY OF CINDY GOWDY
Sixth Formers from left to right: Kat Pate, Amanda Savino, Rachel Monroe, Lizzie Hark, Jordan Gowdy and Brooke Wolejko ers supported their pitcher with exceptional fielding throughout the game. Catcher Gowdy made a few nice plays on popups and threw out two runners attempting to steal. Rachel Monroe and Brooke Wolejko had key infield putouts, and Savino defended her position well. The young Martlet outfield played flawlessly, as Paige Capistran, Brenna Monroe and Gabby Brown each made important catches.
“Ou r seniors have been extraordinary, not only in their high level of play — a 63-5 record during their years at Westminster — but also in their impressive leadership abilities,” said the team’s coach, Mitch Overbye. “They are extremely talented athletes who’ve been outstanding mentors and role models for the younger players.”
The boys’ track and field team had a strong showing at the New Englands placing 5th out of 12 teams. Aaron Rubin took home the New England title in the 1500 meter finishing 2 seconds ahead of the 2nd place runner. Rubin took home the New England title in the 3000 meter run as well finishing 8 seconds ahead of the 2nd place runner. On the track this spring, Aaron Rubin set new school records in both the 1500 and the 3000 with times of 4:09 and 9:20 respectively. David Carter finished 3rd overall at the New Englands in the long jump and 2nd overall in
the triple jump. Our girls also had a good showing at the New England tournament. Ellen Gyasi f inished 4th overall in shot put and Erin Ozturk placed 4th overall in the discus throw. Both Unique Shakoor and Katherine Eckerson jumped well in the long jump. Earlier in the season Katherine Eckerson broke our school record in the long jump. Moments later, Unique Shakoor broke Katherine’s record and the highlight that day was seeing how excited Katherine was for Unique, a great example of what it means to be a great teammate.
Guess Who: Another Special Edition! Can you guess which faculty member held which job? by C C Lynch '15 FEATURES CO-EDITOR 2014-2015
Teachers were asked “What was the coolest/your favorite job you had before you came to Westminster?” and here were the responses. Can you guess who did what? a. Mr. Cervas b. Mr. Zalinger c. Mrs. Urner-Berry d. Mr. T. Griffith e. Mrs. Stevens
Answers: 1. b. Mr. Zalinger 2. c. Mrs. Urner-Berry 3. d. Mr. T. Griffith 4. e. Mrs. Stevens 5. a. Mr. Cervas
1. “I worked briefly for a company that was searching for copper deposits in the Maine woods.” 2. “I worked in the sorting room where they picked wild blueberries in Southwick, MA. This led to a the job on an assembly line where I put all the wrenches into a Sears Craftsman Toolkit.” 3. “One summer, I worked a bunch of different basketball camps all over the country. I spent hours on the road and lived out of my car for weeks.” 4. “I led bike trips all over Europe with my husband.” 5. “When I was 14, I worked at a truck farm in Reserve Township just outside of Pittsburgh. I was paid 35 cents/hour, for 10 hours, 6 days a week. It was mostly weeding, and there were about 10 or 12 of us teenagers and a couple of coarse migrant workers. Lots of swear words, laughter, and eye opening experiences. That’s where is still get my inspiration. It’s how I still stay grounded.”
THE WESTMINSTER NEWS, Friday May 23, 2014
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