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Friday, February 22, 2013

Westminster Embraces Diversity

Hartford’s Hero

by sophie skinner '15

by anish chadalavada '14

On January 28, the Third and Fourth Form met in Werner Centennial Theater to take part in an Anti-Defamation League (A DL) workshop. A team of Fifth and Sixth Formers had been working tirelessly for weeks on organizing the assembly and the small group activities after. The audience and planning team agreed that the day had successfully opened many Westminster student’s eyes on how to be more inclusive. ADL was originally an organization founded “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” However, ADL currently works on fighting all forms of prejudice. Two ADL members, Joan Edwards and Debbie Colucci, traveled to Westminster

to lead both ADL training for the Fifth and Sixth Forms and to present parts of the program, called “Names Can Really Hurt Us,” or “Names” for short. Students were first introduced to Joan who talked to them about what it means to be different and how names can hurt. They then watched a short video and some of the students took part in an experiment in front of the entire audience. They were handed a piece of paper and were told to close their eyes. After a series of instructions, consisting of folding their paper and then ripping off the corners they were finally asked to open their piece of paper and show the audience what their piece of paper looked liked. Consequently, students learned that although ever y-

one was given the same instructions, everyone understood these instructions differently. This experiment showed that none of the students were wrong, however the results were all different, a lesson that can be applied to everyone’s everyday lives. Later on in the workshop, a panel of Fifth and Sixth Formers shared some stories of personalpast experiences. Some panelists shared stories of personal bullying incidents and others shared stories of regret and embarrassment. Audience members related to panelists’ stories and appreciated their willingness to share them. After discussing some of the panelists’ stories, the audience had the opportunity to stand up and share whatever they had on Continued on page 2

Discovery Center Comes to Campus by ellie de v eau x '14 On January 23rd and 30th The Discovery Center joined with two Hartford magnet schools, The Environmenta l Sciences Magnet School at Mary Hooker and The Noah Webster Micro Society Magnet School to perform science experiment using Westminster’s impressive science laboratories. Many may remember seeing the groups of guests eating in the dining hall and bounding up and down stairs to the science wing of Armour. About half of the seventh grade students live in Hartford and the other half live in surrounding towns. Although many students think that walking across campus is a long commute to classes, some of these Hartford students travel up to an hour each morning to get to school. Mr. Marco, Mr. de Kanter, and Mr. Zalinger all offered their help with the program, running three different labs along with student volunteers Sarah Alibrahimi '16, Noah Zempsky '13, Ellie Deveau x '14, Ben Kleinschmidt '14, Caitlin Pittorie '13, Tim Harris '16, Mike Gao '14, A nish Chada lavada '14, Taite Puhala '14 and Nick Rocco '15. Mr. de Kanter facilitated the sound waves lab, where the Discovery Center students measured sound waves from a keyboard. Mr. Zalinger did a series of interactive demonstrations that included lasers, rotational motion and the physics of seatbelts. Mr. Marco ran the motion sensor lab, which used a motion detector connected to a grapher


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on the computer to measure how far away the students were from the origin as they moved back and forth, depending on their speed of motion. This was a difficult concept to grasp, but it was interesting to watch each student try to figure out how to get the graph to match his or her own motion. Some of the students were definitely more open to the labs then others but the satisfaction each group achieved af ter matching their graphs was unanimous. Many of these kids had never seen such modern equipment. One of the key principles for the Discovery Center is creating an inquiry-based environment for the students to solve problems themselves. Meaning, when the students asked questions, or hadtrouble solving the task at hand, the volunteers and the Discovery Center faculty members did not give them direct answers. All of the volunteers enjoyed their short

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time with each group of kids, learning how to interact with this age group. At the end of the first day one of the Discovery Center representatives said her favorite part of the day was “when the kids got into the science, laughing with Mr. Zalinger, and connecting with the science concepts. Definitely when they were working together… some were not very happy with their groups at first but they learned how to overcome that barrier and learned how to do the science anyway…”. The following week, on Tue sd ay Febr u a r y 5t h, t he Discovery Center, including executive director Mr. Allan Wilson, ( hu sba nd of ou r ow n Mrs. Wilson) and three staff members of the program, came to talk to the Westminster community about the summer programs that the Discovery Center hosts. Their mission states “A classroom without walls… For a future without prejudice.” During the presentation, the audience did an experiment which left a lasting impression: The audience was told to fold hands together, then to look at what thumb was on top. Some had placed the left hand on top and some had their right. When we switched hands, it felt “different.” Although the switched hands felt stange, the Discover center explained that the larger differences in our lives are positive and worth embracing.


On February 7th, Hartford mayor Pedro Segarra visited Westminster School and gave a speech to the community about his beloved city of Hartford. He garnered the interest of the entire audience as he spoke about his childhood memories, both bitter and sweet, and explained the current situation of Hartford and his proposals for action. Mayor Segarra was born in rural Puerto Rico and moved to New York with his family at the age of 7. At age 15, Segarra relocated to Hartford in the hope of building a better life for himself than the one he had in New York. He instantly fell in love with the city and chose to build the foundations of his new life there. He arrived with one tenuous connection in the entire city of Hartford: he had the phone number of a woman with whom he had spoken for ten minutes in a park in New York and had encouraged him to come to the city. Nevertheless, Segarra persevered, even concealing his age so that he could find work. Jokingly, Mayor Segarra noted that at least he never lied

about his age after he turned eighteen. While in Hartford, Segarra worked as an EMT by night, and served on two state committees at the young age of sixteen. He attended Capital Community College and later earned a full scholarship to the University of Hartford, where he went on to graduate with a degree in Political Science. After sharing stories of his childhood, Mayor Segarra spoke about the more pressing problems that concern the city of Hartford. Currently, Hartford has many different racially divided districts within the city itself, with much conflict between the races. Mayor Segarra is working to end the effects that come with these segregated districts, and to reduce crime by following the model of Boston and New York, while garnering revenue through real estate and vehicles taxes. Segarra explained that it is essential for Hartford to become a fully integrated society, and he believes the city must relieve the Continued on page 3

Westminster Applauds Once Upon a Mattress by MOL LY M U L L E N '13 From Febr u a r y 15t h to 17th, the Westminster Dramat Association presented the musical Once Upon a Mattress to standing ovations from friends and family in the Westminster community. The show is a retelling of “The Princess and the Pea” set in a medieval kingdom ruled by a conniving queen, Madison Caan '13, and a mute king, Alastair Smith '13. While Madison astonished the audience with her talkative character’s monologues, Alastair had them in stitches with laughter as he pantomimed each of his lines. The plot hinges on a

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marriage ban: no one in the kingdom is allowed to marry until a suitable princess can be found for Prince Dauntless the Drab, David Swenson '15. That’s a problem for Sir Harry, David Carter '15, and Lady Larken, Emily Mell '14, who must marry before Larken’s baby is born. David and Emily’s duets, including “In A Little While” and “Yesterday I Loved You,” were two of the musical high points of the show. In the end, Dauntless marries Princess Winnifred, Mary Anderson '14, who shocks the Continued on page 6

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THE WESTMINSTER NEWS, Friday, February 22, 2013


Westminster Celebrates Lunar New Year

Winter Trustees Meeting

by nadrina ebrahimi '15

BY lia petersen '14

Lunar New Year is based on a lunar calendar and is celebrated in Korea, Mongolia, Tibet, and Vietnam, as well as China. It is the most important Chinese holiday and is celebrated with practices such as exchanging gifts, a New Year’s Eve dinner, and fireworks. To welcome 2013, the year of the snake, Westminster held its own Lunar New Year celebration. This celebration was held on Friday, February 8, two days before the actual Lunar New Year. It included a chapel talk and a special dinner. T h e L u n a r N e w Ye a r Chapel talk, put together with the help of Mrs. Stevens and Mr. Chrzanowski, shared with the community traditional Chinese New Year practices. One of these Practices includes hanging the character for the word fú upside down on a red diamond shape. This is a common New Year symbol. The word fú means blessing and the word for upside down, dào, is a homophone for arrive. It symbolizes the arrival of luck. Another Chinese New Year symbol is a painting of a fish, the word for which is a homophone for the Chinese word for wealth. It symbolizes wealth throughout the new year. A poem written by Hansong Li '13 was read and Westminster shared the Chinese tradition of handing out red envelopes. On the way out of Chapel, each person received his own red envelope. In China, these enve-


Mr. Philip (left) recieves calligraphy instruction from Hansong Li '13. The Westminster community was able to practice their calligraphy skills during the Lunar New Year dinner. lopes often contain money for the New Year. The Chinese classes began planning well ahead of time for the Lunar New Year dinner and activities. The dining hall staff and some of Mrs. Hugabonne’s students decorated the dining hall in traditional red decorations. The dining hall services provided authentic Chinese food such as dumplings, as well as traditional Korean food. The Korean food included bulgogi, grilled beef wrapped in lettuce, and kimchi, which is fermented cabbage. On Friday, Mrs. Hugabonne’s classes met in the kitchen to fold the dumplings, a laborious process. The highlight of the night


Students from Mrs. Hugabonne’s Chinese 2 class wrap dumplings in the kitchen.

“Lunar New Year’s Eve in an Old Village” Poem and translation by Hansong Li '13

was the activities that students were encouraged to participate in. Students were able to watch calligraphy demonstrations by Hansong Li '13 and then learn to write in Chinese calligraphy. Everyone had the opportunity to play Chinese games such as mahjong. Guests could also sample an assortment of Chinese teas including red tea and two types of green tea from different parts of China. The event was a good time for all, thanks to the organization and hard work of Mrs. Hugabonne. Mrs. Hugabonne said of the event: “I am so grateful to the many people who collaborate each year to bring the lunar new year event to the school community. It is a product of the energy, enthusiasm and vision of my students, of our students from East Asia, of Ms. Lane and her fantastic staff in dining services and of Mrs. Madden and our library staff. Along the way we get a tremendous amount of assistance and support from the community at large, especially Mrs. Stevens and Mr. Chrzanowski w ho m a k e t he c h a p e l r u n smoothly, and Mrs. Deveaux and Ms. Spencer who essentially make the whole event possible. Each year, we have expanded and improved what we have been able to do, and hopefully that trend will continue.”

「除夕夜访古村」 李漢松 除夕更阑悠然地,只在残垣断井间。 沁梅香徲恃春雪,松篁老态独岁寒。 佳烛守岁凭人剪,烟花声催旧梦还。 千家易把新幅换,屠苏皓首不知年。

The New Year ’s Eve is best spent, not at a feast, but in the field, Among the fallen walls and broken wells. Where the plum blossoms hold the fragrance, until the snowfall comes to set their background, Where the pine trees do not tell their secret of longevity, until they endured the coldest days in serenity. For the new holiday to come faster, children cut the candles of the night with scissors, And when it does come, the fireworks of the day prompt the old dreams to return. Immersed in joy, a thousand homes have put on red couplets for the gathering time, Lost in memory, is the age of the white hairs, and that of the old Tu-Su wine.

Fr om Ja nu a r y 2 4 t h t o January 26th, Westminster board members gathered on campus for trustee meetings. Trustee meetings occur in the fall, winter and spring of each year. The job of a trustee is to review the school’s management and to develop ideas to improve the school. The trustees also assess what may or may not be working efficiently in order to help the school grow. The trustees discuss marketing studies, strategic planning, budget planning, and many other topics. During the winter board meeting, the trustees took a tour of the dormitories to view the progress of the construction. Mr. Mell P '14, a current trustee, said about the meeting, “We are currently finishing up our strategic plan. That took a lot of the board’s time and resources over the last two years, and it will set a course for the school to grow and improve the community on campus.” The strategic plan will help people and programs with support

of faculty and students, and will be shared in the months to come. The trustees work extremely hard to make healthy changes and improvements to the school and the school’s community. Each trustee serves three-year terms with the maximum number of board members being thirty. Along with active board members, there are emeritus board members. Emeritus is a term used to refer to someone who retired from professional life but is still allowed to have an honorary title. Additionally, our headmaster Mr. Philip is an ex-officio member of the board, and there are also two parent and alumni representatives who are ex-officios. Ex-officio is a term that means “by virtue or because of an office”. Ou r c om mu n it y shou ld look for ward to future plans and improvements to the school thanks to the hard work and dedication of the Westminster Board of Trustees.

Diversity Continued from Page 1 their mind. Students shared stories, and voiced opinions in order to broaden the understanding of one another. Themes of judgment, name calling, and lack of appreciation were often called to attention. Overall, everyone had a positive experience during the workshop. Nina Wilmerding '15 “liked when people told their stories because it made the entire program more relatable.” George Crawford '15 thought the experience was “extremely eye-opening.” Rachel Halfon '16 thought, “it

took a lot of courage to go up and share a personal story in front of everyone.” Jackson Price '15 “liked being able to separate into small groups and talk about what we learned.” All in all, everyone enjoyed t heir time during t he A DL Na me s work shop. A lt houg h everyone comes from different backgrounds, we are all equal members of the Westminster community. Keep in mind that names can hurt and you never know: smiling at someone might be the highlight of their day!

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THE WESTMINSTER NEWS, Friday, February 22, 2013


My Senate Page Experience

Friday Night Reading

by morgan heck '13

BY molly mullen '13

I spent the past five months of my life serving as a Senate page. Being a page was one of the hardest, most exhausting things I’ve ever had to do, but it was also one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. Last winter, as I was discussing the possibility of a summer internship in Washington, D.C. with my parents, my father brought up the idea of being a page. At this time, my family knew next to nothing about the page program and the more I learned about the program the more it interested me. In November, I decided to pursue the page program as an option for my junior year. In late July, when I had almost forgotten about the page program, I found a letter in my mailbox confirming my hopes of spending the first half of my Fifth Form year in D.C.

By September, I was nervous with anticipation and excited to get started. I arrived at noon at Webster Hall, an old mortuary home turned into a dorm and school, and immediately began introducing myself to the proctors, teachers, and my fellow pages. The pages were from all over the country, from Hawaii to Mississippi and from Texas to North Dakota, and these very different people, who all came from very different cultures, would shape the program. The next day started at 5 am and began with our new principal explaining the difficulties that we were about to face. She told us that school was just as important as our job in the Capitol and that our schoolwork would be rigorous, and it was. At around 9:30 we headed over to the Capitol for our first day of work, where we learned our

The Fall 2012 Senate Page Program

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duties and how we would have to behave. The program was going to be anything but easy-going. Before the Senate convened on that first day, I was wondering whether or not this program was the right choice for me. But when Senator Reid came forward and gave his opening statements about the coming events in the senate, my reservations fell away. The floor of the Senate is where the fate of the United States is decided, and I got the rare opportunity to experience and live it everyday. Being on the senate floor and seeing history being made is why I became a Senate page and why I stayed with the program. Being a page had its ups and downs, as everything in life does, but it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and overall a great experience for me. This program changed who I am and let me see and experience things that most people never get to, and for that I am grateful.

On Friday, January 25th, Westminster’s students, faculty, and friends gathered in the Gund Reading Room for the third Friday Night Reading of the year. Sixth Formers Dana Niland and Sam Matlick introduced guest reader Fred Strebeigh, and all three gave the audience a night to appreciate the natural world as well as the readers’ fine essays. D a n a Ni l a nd a nd S a m Matlick were two of the winners of the Sixth Form English “This I Believe” essay contest. Dana opened the reading with her essay, “Fire,” about the quiet meaning of a flame shared with a family. Her reading drew the listeners into the story as if they themselves were gathering around a campfire, and by the essay’s end, the audience shared her belief in the power of a fire to bring us together. Where Dana’s words showed us the beauty in the everyday details of our lives, Sam’s essay f lung the readers across the world and back again on a grand tour of the wonders evolution has wrought. Sam brought the audience with him as he walked a beach empty of humans but filled with nature. In addition to his “This I Believe” essay, Sam showed the vibrant photographs of animals he saw on his trip during winter break to the famously biodiverse Galápagos Islands.

Night audience, Mr. Strebeigh read excerpts from three of the articles he has written, traveling from Russian nature preserves to Atlantic coast whaling, by way of Chinese bicycle culture in the aftermath of Tiananmen Square. (Past and present students of Mr. Cervas’s AP English Four recognized the bicycle essay, “Wheels of Freedom,” from their coursework in the Norton anthology.) As both a teacher and a writer, Mr. Strebeigh was particularly willing to explain to the audience how and why he writes the way he does. As he read each piece, he interspersed anecdotes about the experiences he’d had writing the article and explanations of purpose and structure. Although the audience left educated about the writer’s process, they left most of all excited by the stories they had heard. Many walked over to the refreshments in Hinman with the final image of a whale rescue team still in mind: an inflatable boat, a whale entangled in a fishing net, a snorkeling scientist leaning out of the boat to cut the whale free, and Mr. Strebeigh himself holding the scientist’s ankles as the whale splashed water over them. T he ne x t Fr id ay Ni g ht Read ing w il l ta ke place on February 22, and will feature Connecticut poet Lynn Hoffman.

Photo courtesy of Morgan Heck '14

Yet another Storm: Nemo BY Shani Rosenstock '13 On Friday February 8th, students watched as Storm Nemo hit New England. By 8pm, 6 inches of snow had already fallen and winds had reached over 40 miles per hour. Even with blizzard warnings all day Friday and Saturday mornings, many were not prepared for this intense blizzard and were shocked at the outcome. More than 650,000 people were left without power from the strong winds of Nemo and thousands of people sought relief in shelters. Airports, restaurants, highways, postal services, train stations, and stores all closed down and nearly everyone was snowed into their homes. In the wake of this event, Connecticut was in a state of emergency. The President signed the fifth disaster declaration for the state of Connecticut since March 2011 and major fees for driving were put in place to make sure people stayed inside. Nemo caused at least 15 deaths and paralyzed New England with high winds and massive amounts of snow. The following were deaths in Connecticut: A 73 year-old man fell while cleaning up in Danbury, a 49 year-old suffered a “medical event” while shoveling, a man’s body was uncovered under a bank of snow, and an elderly woman

was hit on the road by a sliding car. Ev e n t h o u g h t h e U. S . H i g h S c ho ol Te a m S qu a sh Championships and The Shades of Yale a cappella group were cancelled early Friday, many at Westminster did not expect t he storm to be so se vere. Westminster had to bring in outside help to cope with the deep snowfall. Snow banks were so high that it was impossible to even see around some corners. Despite the 1-hour delay start, faculty and students woke up early Saturday to lend a hand and help shovel out the paths. Since the snow was so heavy, Westminster had to rent loaders and graders to move it. They arrived late Sunday night, ready to help. However, with 26 inches of snow covering the campus their task was quite difficult. Snow

even reached the top of the windows of Squibb basement! Many students had trouble walking to the dining hall for breakfast because of the snow covering the paths. Due to the extreme conditions school was cancelled for the day. Campus did not lose power and Westminster students were able to enjoy the day relaxing, playing in the snow, and sleeping. Many students had fun creating igloos, snow angels, caves, and snowmen. Julie LeBlanc '13, a day student from West Hartford, CT said, “The driving conditions were awful! But I has fun playing in the snow with my little sister!” On Sunday, students missed the cancelled ski trip and other cancelled vans. However, the long weekend helped everyone catch up on schoolwork and relax.

Westminster students enjoy the 2+ feet of snow.

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Fred Strebeigh, the night’s featured reader, teaches nonfiction writing at Yale University. However, he also roams far from New Haven to work on assignments for magazines such as the Smithsonian, the Atlantic Monthly, and the New York Times Magazine. For the Friday

T he st udent reader w i l l be Alastair Smith '13 the winner of the Sixth Form English James Joyce Short Story Contest. As always, the event’s great writing and great food will be open to the whole Westminster community, including friends and guests.

Hartford Mayor Continued from Page 1 poverty that further exacerbates est in the United States. Segarra the problem of segregation. He stressed the fact that everyone postulated that the construction must contribute in order to help of a baseball stadium would be Hartford maximize its economic cost-efficient and economically potential and stop being an outbeneficial while uniting the peo- lier in terms of economic infraple of the city. structure. Mayor Segarra also explained Furthermore, Mayor Segarra the necessity for educational and explained that it is essential to infrastructure reform, saying that be respectful and tolerant rather it is essential for education to than offensive, and that with privstart with preschool and continue ilege comes responsibility. Segarra towards the magnet school system closed by saying that one of his which he is working to help sus- ultimate goals regarding Hartford tain and expand. He drew atten- was to begin the transformation tion to the stark contrast between of the capital city into one that the GDP of the Greater Capital everyone in which Connecticut, region, which is the highest in the and elsewhere in the nation, could world, and the GDP of Hartford be proud. alone, which is one of the poor-

THE WESTMINSTER NEWS, Friday, February 22, 2013


Sports and Society

America by Car

How far do we go?

by M r . Grant Gritzmacher & M rs . mary Pat Gritzmacher Behind the Desk: Faculty Perspectives is a monthly column featuring the passions and opinions of Westminster’s faculty. On t he Mond ay be fore Thanksgiving we buckled Nathan and Addie in their car seats just before nap time. Armed with books, music, snacks, and a few of their favorite toys, we pointed our car south and began a 14-hour adventure to Asheville, North Carolina. While we were looking forward to the traditions of the holiday, time with loved ones, and warmer weather, we were also excited (and a bit nervous) about the drive itself. Before this trip Addie had never traveled for more than 4 hours in the car. While air travel is typically quicker and easier, we often prefer to stay down to Earth in our journeys, choosing the freedom of the open road. In our travels by car, we have gained a much deeper perspective and appreciation for the land, people, and places across the country. Though long stretches of highway through remote locales like Nevada or Oklahoma can be monotonous, such experiences expose us to new cultures and open our eyes to different values and traditions and teach us about America and ourselves. In a nation where wilderness, westward expansion, farming, and transportation have been such cornerstones of American history, a drive across the country is a journey through time. We are, of course, drawn to topics related to science and history. AP U.S. History students learn how the modern highway system itself was constructed as a federal project under President Eisenhower. As we zipped south on Interstate

81 through western Virginia, we passed through the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, site of many Civil War campaigns. On previous trips in the West, we have stopped to take pictures of farmland irrigation systems, slash piles, and even forest fires to later incorporate into presentation slides for AP Environmental Science. As a child, Mr. Gritzmacher spent many hours in the back of the family Suburban with his two older brothers while his parents drove from their home in Essex, Connecticut, to family vacation destinations out West. Three weeks each year devoted to exploring new landscapes and cultures (mostly by car, but often on horseback) might drive some folks crazy, but it drove Mr. Grit zmacher to pu rsue advanced degrees in Geography. He fondly recalls scanning forests and National Parks in search of majestic wild animals that once dominated western lands, all to the tune of an old Willie Nelson album on endless repeat in the tape deck. Of course, there was money on it: a quarter for the FIRST buffalo (and the first Wyoming plate), a dollar for a moose, and five dollars for a bighorn sheep or a bear – black or grizzly. Growing up, when Mrs. Gritzmacher’s family ventured in the car for long rides they often passed the time keeping a tally of license plates or playing the alphabet game, endlessly searching for a “Q” on a road sign. These games came in handy in entertaining our own children during our drive to Asheville in November. Our first road trip together

was in the spring of 11th grade when we drove from New Haven to our summer diving team in Moultrie, Georgia – a small town deep in the cotton fields and about as far from New England on the cultura l spectrum as one can get inside the U.S. Mr. G took the top off his jeep and ended up with a second-degree sunburn on his bald head – shaved for a swim meet the week before. Since then we have zigzagged between Colorado, Texas, Connecticut, and Oregon and every state in between, with cameras and tents and dogs and skis (but not always air conditioning), in search of adventure, history, local f lavor, and some quality reflection time that comes with hours behind the wheel. Mr. Gritzmacher is fond of saying, “to know America is to drive across it.” We look forward to many more road trips with Nathan and Addie in the years ahead, and we will do our best to pass along our reverence for American continent and its history. Nathan was particularly excited that our Thanksgiving trip took us through parts of nine states. He often says that he wants to go on more vacations to see ALL of the states. However cliché, life is, in fact, a journey. And for our children, it is just beginning. Mrs. Gritzmacher teaches history and will join the college counseling team this year as well. Mr. Gritzmacher teaches science and coaches swimming and baseball. The Gritzmachers, who have been at Westminster for thirteen and ten years respectively, live in Andrews with their two children, Nathan and Addie.

Laila Samy: More Than Just Squash by tommy griffith '14

Laila Samy '14 is a Fifth Form boarding student from Cairo, Egypt. Most know her as a really talented squash player, who is undefeated in matches this season. However, there is much more to her than squash. Laila grew up watching her brother play squash and started playing when she was seven years old. Before committing to squash she swam and f igure skated. She eventually chose just to play squash because she really understood the game by watching her brother play, which is why she was so good at an early age. It seems that all her worked paid of this past December when she won the U.S Open U-17 division. Laila has come to enjoy her new life at Westminster. She first heard of Westminster when she played in the U.S Open in 2011 when Ahmed Abdel Khalek '12 and Mr. Doucette asked her if she was interested in Westminster. She immediately said “yes” and then toured Westminster in December 2011. Unfortunately, the school was on vacation and,

nothing was open. Laila later returned in February and shadowed Ellie Deveaux '14. The rest is history. She said that the transition from Egypt to America was hard at first because the culture is so different. It was also hard for her to leave Egypt and she wasn’t looking forward to the twelvehour flight. She had a general idea of what America and Americans were like from Hollywood movies, but she soon learned the difference between Hollywood and reality. Laila also had to adjust to much colder weather. In Egypt, 70 degrees is cold, which is cer-

tainly not considered cold in New England. This year she has experienced different foods but still says that the food is much better in Egypt. Laila also had to adapt to a different academic schedule. Laila could already speak English well upon her arrival, having attended an American school in Egypt so the language barrier wasn’t an issue. Her favorite class is French 3 with Mme Deveaux. U.S. History is the most difficult for her, because she knows little about the subject and because she has Mr. Charlie Griffith as her teacher. She mentioned that her term paper had been keeping her up at night. She likes all the classes and teachers here, but her advisor, Mr. Doucette is her favorite. Outside the classroom and the courts she has enjoyed watching her first hockey game and seeing her first ocean. She is even considering playing tennis this spring. She is looking forward to spring break and seeing her family again.

by anish chadalavada '14 Sports are an instrumental part of American society today. They play an integral role in the everyday lives of most Americans as they serve to both unite and separate. In 2011, the National Football League alone garnered over 200 million viewers in the United States, and millions more internationally. In a country of approximately 315 million people, 64 percent of the population watched a football game in 2011. Furthermore, 23 of the 25 most watched television programs were NFL telecasts that year. The NFL is a multibillion dollar industry with each team playing only a sixteen-game regular season, and Super Bowl commercials costing millions of dollars to air. The immense popularity of football itself reveals the American passion for sports. However, the NFL is only one major sport among four: there is also baseball (America’s pastime), basketball, and hockey; not to mention the Olympics, NASCAR, and the massive intercollegiate sports industry. Over the past several years, a lack of careful regulation of intercollegiate sports has led to several major scandals. America is the only nation in the world that emphasizes intercollegiate sports so much, with millions of people across the nation packing into stadiums; some, such as Bryant Denny at Alabama, bigger than any in the NFL, to watch college football on Saturdays. America is the only nation with such a deeply ingrained affiliation between institutions of higher learning and college sports, which is the pathway to professional sports for many student athletes. College athletics are founded upon the classical ideal of “a sound body within a sound mind,” which sounds perfect

on a superficial level. However, many colleges care more about the massive revenue and publicity than about the health, safety, and education of the student athletes and those around them. One example of a major scandal was the Joe Paterno debacle at Penn State, which put the spotlight on college football and university athletics everywhere, but specifically on Penn State, for all of the wrong reasons. Joe Paterno allegedly covered a child abuse scandal on behalf of the now convicted Jerry Sandusky, all in the name of sports. This reveals that the shadow of sports sometimes covers all else in its path. Although Penn State faces severe sanctions, the past cannot be erased, and people wonder about the cost of sports on society, even as they generate billions of dollars nationally. According to various reports, the football teams at Texas, Florida, Georgia, and Michigan each earn between $40 and $80 million a year, while paying their coaches multimillion dollar salaries. However, this large sum of money just leads to more problems, such as the issue of improper benefits for players, which the NCA A is very strict about. However, schools often try to entice players into attending their school in return for a gift, because they cannot entice them with a big paycheck. All in all, the sports industry in America, especially the NFL and college athletics, generate billions of dollars of revenue annually and are immensely popular among the A merican public. They are an irreplaceable part of American society, but at the same time, sports cannot be allowed to overshadow the health and safety of those who play them and are affiliated with them.

Storm Cancels Squash Championship BY miguel castell Ó '13 & will o’donnell '13 While the majority of the student body welcomed Storm Nemo onto campus, the First Squash teams met the storm and turn of events with disappointment. For the teams, Nemo meant the cancellation of the annual U.S. High School Team Squash Championships. Nearly 1,500 players from more than 150 schools would have competed in seven divisions. Westminster was one of six local hosts, which included Avon Old Farms, Miss Porter’s, Loomis Chaffee, Trinity College, and Wesleyan University. Unfortunately, all participat-


ing teams’ schedules were based around the February 8-10 weekend and the tournament will not be rescheduled. Westminster’s boys’ team would have played in the first division and faced Taft in the first round. Though the cancellation was a disappointment, the teams didn’t waste the weekend but rather used it as an opportunity to improve and rest. They look forward to the rest of our season and encourage fellow Martlets to come support their remaining matches.

THE WESTMINSTER NEWS, Friday, February 22, 2013


Westminster’s Favorite Meals

Where to Eat in Town?

by mae mullen '14 Graphics by Ronald Y eung '13

by E rin G orham '16

Family-style Dinner Westminster’s favorite sit-down meal is overwhelmingly Thanksgiving dinner. A few prefer chicken, but one opposed them, responding, “NOT chicken!”

Simsbury’s restaurants have a variet y of delicious foods. Westminster’s favorite out of these restaurants is Plan B. With its juicy burgers, it topped all other restaurants. Along with the favorite restaurant comes the favorite pizza place in Simsbury. The town has several, but one pizza restaurant ruled Westminster News’s sur vey, with 70% of votes: Little City. After pizza, people can always go to a great ice cream place for dessert. The place that everyone picked over all is J. Foster’s. However, if people choose to go another route and go for frozen yogurt, then 52% of Westminster would lead people toward Peachwave. Simsbury is full of delicious treats for all, including the favorite bakery, Starbucks. When going into the town of Simsbury or surrounding towns, be sure to look into these

The competition for the best bakery in Simsbury was tough, however Starbucks ultimately beat two other popular Simsbury bakeries, Harvest and Peaberry’s. places recommended by many of the people in our community! Results of the survery: Westminster’s favorite… Restaurant: Plan B Pizza Place: Little City Ice Cream: J. Foster’s Frozen Yogurt: Peachwave Bakery: Starbucks

Westminster Chef Robling Wins Award

Lunch Chicken nuggets are the favorite lunch, as Westminster students can see on nugget day when the hot line stretches out the doors.

by julia benson '13 On November 29th, Marc Robling, Westminster’s Executive Chef, won a cooking competition for Sodexo chefs. The competition was at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts and is one of several Sodexo holds throughout the year. For the competition, chefs had to make a dish to feed all of the students using local ingredients. Students then voted on their favorite dish to determine the winner by popular vote. In only four and a half hours, Chef Robling baked 642 individual pumpkin apple cheesecake tarts, topped with an apple cider caramel sauce, and served them. The students devoured all but seven of the tarts. Many of them voted for Chef Robling, so he won the popular vote. Chef Robling said that the competition was an awesome experience and he hopes to be able

to compete in more Sodexo competitions in the future. Be sure to congratulate him on his win! Chef Robling joined the Westminster staff this past summer. Prior to working here, Chef Robling was the Executive Chef and Manager of Harvest Café & Bakery on Hopmeadow Street for five years..




More people like to snack on something healthy, like fruit, than on cookies or chips, but candy is still the number one choice.

According to old issues of the Spectator, Westminster’s favorite dessert in 1909 was “chocolate wiggle.” Now, it’s cookies, closely followed by cookie pie.

THE WESTMINSTER NEWS, Friday, February 22, 2013


Political Awareness: an Important Message

Model United Nations by julie leblanc '13 From Thursday, January 27 to Sunday, January 27, a group of twenty-eight students, led by Ms. Heckman and Ms. Devaney, traveled to the 2013 Yale Model United Nat ions con ferenc e. Model United Nations consists of mock conferences in which each school represents a different country and debates situations that are currently relevant. Westminster represented Germany and Iraq in committees such as the World Health Organization, the Arab League, and the Economic and Financial Affairs Council, to name only a few. Some topics that were discussed include how to address health-related issues caused by climate change, the future of pedagogy, and even the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Each committee met six times over the course of four days and the goal was to create and pass “solution papers” that would hopefully serve to solve or at least improve the assigned topic of debate. The students who went to Model UN all agree that it was a very interesting and rewarding experience. Shani Rosenstock '13, who won the Best Delegate Award last year in her conference, said “It was really interesting to hear all of the different solutions that fellow delegates were proposing. Although some were a

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bit far fetched, others were actually really insightful to the issue at hand.” Co-president Jane Lee '13, who has been the Yale Model UN conference three times, also agreed that the conference was really fun. She said, “One of the best parts about Model UN is being able work with people from all over the world. I met people from Canada, Brazil, and China!” Finally, Klara Lindström '14, who won the award for “Most Honorable Delegate for the representation of Germany in the Social and Humanitarian Committee,” said “The Model UN weekend was the best weekend of my life!” However, Model UN was not just attending conferences. Students had plenty of free time in which they could explore the Yale Campus and New Haven, CT. On Friday, Yale offered an

opportunity for students at the conference to participate in Yale classes and even eat lunch with professors. Ronald Yeung '13, Mike Gao '14, and Hieu Do '15 attended a master class taught by Professor Michael Frame on fractal geometry. Danielle Amiot '13 said her favorite part about Model UN was the bakery Insomnia Cookies, which delivered cookies to the hotel at 12 at night! She said, “It was super fun to order warm cookies at night, especially when we were all so exhausted from the day!” U lt i m a t e l y, t h e M o d e l United Nations experience was rewarding and interesting to all whom participated. A lthough it was a lot of work to prepare for, the conferences were worthwhile and the students had fun spending the weekend away from school!

John Hay Society by Eugenia naamon '14 In 1923, first-year headmaster Raymond Richards founded the John Hay Society. Originally called the St. Paul’s Society to serve as the philanthropic organization for the school community. With a membership of half the student body, the group supported several charities and encouraged the school community to donate time and effort towards different causes. The society also assumed the responsibility of maintaining the chapel and coordinating chapel services. In September of 1937 the St. Paul’s Society became the John Hay Society. The new organization added a Vestry, made up of only Sixth Form representatives, and selectively chose other underform members, for a total of around 20 members. The name of the society is very important to the meaning of the group. John Hay was a private secretary for Abraham Lincoln and later, he became the Secretary of State for McKinley, followed by Theodore Roosevelt. Hay was also a Westminster parent – his son Adelbert lived on Williams Hill during his high

school career. In choosing this prestigious name, Westminster recognized the important role the society would play in moving the school toward service to those in need beyond the Hill. As John Hay has evolved, it has maintained its status as a service society at Westminster. John Hay has continued to organize the Dance Marathon, one of the most exciting and revered traditions at Westminster. For the past three years, Dance Marathon has raised over one thousand dollars, which have gone to support Mr. Eckerson’s Westminster Crossroads Learning Program in Hartford. A nother avenue for fundraising are the offertories that occur during chapel ser vices. This October, John Hay raised $500 in an offertory for the Hawkwing Society, which supports the impoverished people of the Lakota Cheyenne R iver Indian Reser vation in South Dakota. Again, at this year’s Candlelight Services in December, the members raised $900 through the of fertor y, $200 of which went toward the

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Angel Tree gift cards, and $500 of which went to the Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Relief program. Each year, John Hay holds elections for new members, and encourages all interested students to apply. This year, the application will ask applicants to give an idea of a chapel talk they would hope to give before they graduate, as well as answer a few short questions. The election process is a thoughtful and confidential one for all the members. Members of John Hay along with Mr. Adams and Mrs. Stevens will take time before the meeting to read each application with care, considering each applicant from all aspects of their Westminster career. This year, applications will be due right after March break, on Friday, March 22nd, and the election will be held on Tuesday, March 28th. Just as important, this year’s Dance Marathon, promising to be the best yet, will be on Saturday, April 13th. Westminster will be ready to help those in need by dancing the night away!

• Friday Night Reader Series: Lynn Hoffman, Fri. 2/22, 7:00pm • MSU Valentine Dance, Sat. 2/23, 8:00pm - 10:45pm • Red Cross Blood Drive, Mon. 2/25 • Winter Visual & Performing Arts Festival, Thu. 2/28, 7:30pm • Spring Vacation begins Fri. 3/1 • Gund Event: Savion Glover, Thu. 3/28, 2:00pm

Discussing political issues can seem tiring, boring, and frustrating. Once you start thinking about difficult political issues, you realize how small, powerless, unimportant one sole human being is in a world of ethnic conflicts, war, and human rights violations. We live in an age of technology, an age of intense relationships across the globe, an age of social upheaval, political unrest, and economic crisis. But is that a reason to hide from the world’s challenges? We , t h e s t u d e n t s o f Westminster, are the next generation of leaders – the next generation, who will take on the responsibility of governing states, owning companies, and handling diplomatic issues. To do so with success, we must start talking about, thinking about, and seeing cases from different points of view. How can you start engaging in politics? Step one: start asking questions. There are so many knowledgeable people out there, find them, and ask them as much as possible. You will be amazed of

how much there is to learn. Step two: be curious and aware. Open your eyes to new impressions, and be conscious of what is happening around you. Why not download the New York Times app to your phone? It takes only a couple of minutes to catch up on the latest headlines, but it makes you an aware citizen (as opposed to spending those minutes snap chatting – you will have time for that, too). Step three: find political discussions. Those might be conversations with your friends, or they might be meetings of the Westminster Political Union, a club for curious minds who want to learn about politics today. Even if you don’t talk, you contribute by listening and learning. With only your presence, you actively engage in politics. No one can deny the difficulty, controversy, and complexity with international relationships, and the difficult, controversial, complex challenges facing the next generation of leaders. But we have to start somewhere.


Continued from Page 1 characters with her bold personality and amused the audience with her high spirits. Though the Queen and the Wizard, George Brown '15, try to tire Winnifred out so that she will sleep even though there’s a pea under her mattresses, she drags herself into the castle lobby the next morning having sleeplessly counted 37,428 sheep. In a hilarious twist, it’s later revealed that the narrating Minstrel, Klara Lindstrom '14, and the dancing Jester, Mae Mullen '14, had their own plot to keep Winnifred awake. As the curtain drops, they pull from beneath the mattresses swords, shields, horns, severed heads and even a Westminster “Leading With Grit and Grace” banner. The court of Olivia Durham '15, Abby Newman '16, Maggie Toole '16, Chanice Gooden '14, Stan Sandoval '13, Cara Dealy '13, Sophie Skinner '15, and Skyy McGeachy-Campbell '13 never failed to keep the stage lively and joking. Meanwhile, the ensemble of Lords and Ladies, who made this cast the largest in the recent history of Westminster musicals, brought phenomenal energy to the show’s song and dance numbers. The ensemble included Alexandra Colon '13, Cullen Matt '13, Eliza Christman '15, Emma Alfeld '16, George Crawford '15, Jae’Quan Barr '15, Jewel Brown '15, Katelin Gochberg '16, Kevin Murray '13 and Yvonne Pruitt '14. Westminster graduates several strong singers and actors


last year, but this musical saw strong debut performances from underclassmen and f irst-time actors. The long hours that the cast spent developing character personalities, learning lines, and perfecting songs and dances paid off when the audience laughed over moments like Winnifred’s song “Shy,” or the king trying to explain the birds and the bees to Dauntless in hand motions while maintaining the show’s PG rating. A s always, the efforts of Westminster’s artists behind the scenes were equally evident. Mr. Bill Liebert and the afternoon technical theater program provided creative lighting and set design. Three student musicians, Dominica Park '14, Karlie Werdmölder '13 and Rona ld Yeung '13, played in the pit orchestra. Of course, Mr. Rasheed as director and Mr. Chrzanowski as music director were essential to the show’s success. Dramat has once again produced a show that’s hilarious, wonderfully energetic, and certainly memorable.


THE WESTMINSTER NEWS, Friday, February 22, 2013

Paper of the Week Every week, Westminster’s English Department chooses a paper to be put on display in the English wing and to be deemed the “Paper of the Week.” Recently, two of Philip Song’s '15 poems were given this honor. Litany I am the sound of rain on the roof the evening paper blowing down the alley. I am the busy ant skittering from one place to another, the small mouse afraid to approach the cat. I am the old typewriter in the new laptop’s shadow, the shy snowflake drifting down into the snow. The terrible colossus towering over my minions, The tiny sheep cowering from the wolf. I am the sound of hail on the roof the evening paper blowing down the alley.

Daydreaming I can hear him speak, but I hear no sound. His arms flailing about, his features tightwad with relentless interest, He stretches his arms out before him, introducing me to reality— Placing the facts plainly in front of my eyes. Poor him— his efforts are futile; the word he taps on the board has no meaning to me. Hysteria, he’s talking about long division, death, Newton. But I’m not thinking of any of that. Instead I hear the thunder of gazelles as they trample the earth beneath them, The sharp crack of a sonic boom as a jet explodes into the sky, The cries of the wicked as I bash their heads into the side of a lamppost. My own cry of joy as I swim in a crunchy sea of crisp dollar bills, as green and slick as the car I trade them for. My fist in the air, I celebrate at the top of society, my face gilded with middle-age wrinkles. My fist in the air, I pretend it’s an asteroid plunging into the face of the earth, Waiting for my mother to take me out of the baby carrier. Then, soon I’m stepping onto a thin precipice of craggy rock sticking out of the high Seas like a mountainous submarine, a precarious cliff at the end of the world, And at the top, I rise so high above the planet, I can see everything— The waves crashing wildly into crystal powder like glass, Foam exploding again and again into the air as if it were snow. The world stretched out in front of me like a map, The glow of orange-red brilliance rolling under the horizon. Tiny specks in my vision indicate men in construction helmets milling about, The scaly colors of the dinosaurs as they futz around in the desert wasteland. Vines snapping back and forth as a baby chimp makes its way through the fruity tropics. From the cliff I navigate— through the high pines of Canada, the deep depths of the Red Sea, skyscrapers, rubble, smoke. Until I reach a lone window, hanging forlornly, isolated in the air, And the thoughtful boy within it, sitting back awkwardly at a desk. His eyes are glossy and absent, His legs are bobbing up and down, his mouth gaping open with inattention. Yet, as I look further into his eyes, past that layer of irresponsibility and blank stupidity, I think I can see the vague image, of a herd of gazelles taking off into the distance.

Westminster’s Got Talent BY alli de v ins '13 The Student Music Orga nization (SMO) recently put on a student led talent show, which did not disappoint. Students came out on the evening of February 7 to demonstrate musical skills of all kinds to their classmates. With many singers and one dance duo in the line up it was sure to be a great show. The night began with Emily Mell '14 and Madison Caan '13 singing an acoustic version of “Lolita” by The Veronicas, accompanied by Brian Kelleher '15 on guitar. With other performances by Madeline Purdy '13 and George Crawford '14 singing, Brennan Cross '15 and Eliza Christman '15 singing and the ensemble of Roman Liu '14, Joey Oh '15, Brian Kelleher '15 and

Henry Chou '14, the show was a true hit for the excited audience. One act in particular by Eliza Christman '15 got the audience fired up: Eliza interpreted a scene from the popular new movie Pitch Perfect, keeping the beat of the song with a simple plastic cup while still singing the song perfectly. Another act that many looked forward to was a mashup dance by Jewel Brown '15 and Unique Shakoor '15. They definitely didn’t let anyone down with their upbeat and energetic dance; they kept the audience involved and seemed to have a lot of fun doing it. Other performers included Olivia Durham '15, Cara Dealy '13, Sean Byrne '15. And no one in the audience could forget about

Skyy McGeachy-Campbell '13 and Yamilex Munoz '14 singing an Adele song completely a cappella with just the sound of the snapping of fingers to keep the beat. The show ended with Skyy McGeachy-Campbell '13 and Charlie Januszewski '13 performing their newly recorded song “Sparkle and Shine” for a great ending to a great night. Special thanks go to Charlie Ja nu s z e w s k i '13 a nd Sk y y McGeachy-Campbell '13 for putting the talent show together and still being able to put on wonderful performances of their own, and thanks to Charlie Beck '13 and Mr. Rasheed for helping with everything backstage!

Coffeehouse Performers Amaze Audience by rebecca ryan '16 On Ja nu a r y 22 , Sk y y McGeachy-Campbell '13 and Charlie Januszewski '13 hosted Westminster’s second coffeehouse of the school year. Gathered in Hinman Reading Room, a number of students performed songs for the school to enjoy after family-style dinner. Gage Kennie '13 opened the event, accompanying himself on guitar. Joanna Beach '16 followed him, singing “The Only Exception” by Paramore, accompanied on guitar by Rebecca Ryan '16, in her first ever public performance. Joanna said, about her performance, “At first I was really nervous that I would mess up, but once I got into the song I started having more fun with it.” Guitar was clearly a popular instrument

as Will Mayer '13 also played guitar with his crowd-pleasing rendition of “Broadripple Is Burning” by Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s. Eliza Christman '15 and Emily Mell '14 next sang their original mash-up of “Skyscraper” by Demi Lovato and “Flightless Bird, A meric a n Mout h ” by Iron and Wine. Eliza accompanied their song on the piano and then proceeded to perform her original composition, “Story Time,” while playing her ukulele. Emily also performed an inspiring solo of “Breathe (2 AM)” by Anna Nalick. Yamilex Munoz '14 wowed the audience with her version of Rebecca Ferguson’s “Teach Me How to be Loved” with Jewel Brown '15 playing piano. “Jewel


learned it in only five days!” Yamilex announced before their performance. Hosts Sky y and Charlie finished off the night with a great duet in which Charlie played piano. Those who attended were most definitely satisfied with the event and sought more once it ended. “Everyone did really well, especially people who hadn’t done a cof feehouse before,” said Jae’Quan Barr '15. “It was really fun and exciting to see all the talent that we have here at Westminster,” observed Sarah Poling '16, who was delighted with her classmates’ performances. There was a great turnout at this coffeehouse and there should be more to come before the end of the year.

The Carrie Johnson Band Rocks Gund by mae mullen '14

Gund Reading Room was filled to capacity with a captivated audience from the Westminster community and the public. RONALD YEUNG '13

J a n u a r y 18 t h b r o u g h t the Carrie Johnson Band to the Hill as the third act of the Westminster Music Series. T he mu lt i g en re si n g ersongwriter was introduced by two Westminster musicians: Mr. Gritzmacher and Jack Rubino '13. One of Mr. Gritzmacher’s two songs, “Into Tomorrow,” was written while he was in college. Jack and his friend Alex Buis played a song Jack wrote, “The Thunder,” which featured both artists on guitar and vocals and Jack on his harmonica. Carrie Johnson has been a professional singer-songwriter since age eight; she went to Berklee College of Music and has been in multiple bands. Currently, the Carrie Johnson Band consists of Ms. Johnson (guitar and lead vocals), Dennis Cotton (drums), Dave Zucker (keyboard), Len Bobinski (bass and backup vocals), and Dave Martin (lead guitar-- regrettably, he could not come to the Music Series concert.) A n a nimated per former, Ms. Johnson told a short story about the inspiration behind each song before she sang. Her

first few songs, “Move the Sun”, “Lydia”, and “Nothing There I Own,” were energetic despite their heavy subject matter: a friend’s divorce, a stressed sibling relationship, and getting out of an abusive relationship, respectively. After these three songs, Ms. Johnson introduced Riley Lynch, a young singer she works with in Avon, who sang a song they had written together. Mr. Lynch has put out an EP and will soon be auditioning for The X Factor, a music competition reality show. Following her song with Mr. Lynch, Ms. Johnson sang a love song, “Perfect”, and a song, “Little Bird”, dedicated to her daughter, who was diagnosed with cancer at age seven but is now healthy. “Strength to Move”, the next song, was described as “a cheerup song” about belief in one’s internal power. The only song the band performed that night that fit within a clear genre was “She Wants You”, a rock song. To finish the night, the band invited Mr. Gritzmacher, Jack, and Alex back up to the stage and played Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” with them, and with the audience singing along.

THE WESTMINSTER NEWS, Friday, February 22, 2013


10 Things You Didn’t Know About Mr. Hartwig

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by nadrina ebrahimi '15 You may k now t hat t his is Mr. Ha r t w ig’s f irst yea r at Westminster. You might even know that he teaches math and coaches football, basketball, and lacrosse. But you probably didn’t know these 10 things: 1) In seventh grade, he played Daddy Warbucks in Annie. 2) He’s very proud of his high score in bowling: 192. 3) He has an older brother who is 27 and a younger brother who is 20. 4) He was the M V P of the football team his senior year at Wesleyan. 5) He went to Seaton Hall Prep, an all-boys Catholic high school, in West Orange, NJ.

6) W hile studying abroad in London, he went on a six-day trip to Italy with only one pair of pants. 7) His cousin is an Emmy awardwinning director, writer, and producer. 8) He has watched the Harry Potter movies more times than he can count and he has a huge crush on Hermione. 9) He bounced at a bar in Boston, where he met CC Sabathia and Pedro Martinez (baseball pitchers), Larry David, and Alexander Ludwig (the guy who played Cato in The Hunger Games). 10) From eighth grade until sophomore year, he was in a band called The Neighborhood.

It’s that time of year again: The Martlet is getting ready to accept submissions for the 2013 issue. Each spring, Westminster’s literary and art magazine publishes a selection of the best student writing and artwork. All students are encouraged to submit their best fiction, essays, and poetry. The Martlet will begin accepting writing during the spring term, but spring break is the time to put pen to paper with new inspiration or to put the finishing touches on a favorite piece.

Pink the Rink: A Huge Success!

Questions? See Molly Mullen '13, Taite Puhala '14, Mr. Cervas, or Mrs. Toner.

by E leni T ebano '13

Westminster held its first ever Pink in the Rink game, a great fundraiser for breast cancer research, on January 26th. First Girls’ Hockey played Gunnery in, basically, all pink. The team sported pink 125th Anniversary jerseys, pink socks, pink mouth guards, pink skate laces, and pink-taped sticks. There was even some contemplation on whether or not the game could be played with a pink puck. Emily Crocker '14, who also played amazing in goal, did a wonderful job organizing raffles, selling many pink items, and generating much hype for the game and the cause. Raffle tickets were sold during lunch blocks and at the game. People demonstrated interest in all the items and, in just one day, the team collected over 500 dollars. Not only did the game end in a win for the Martlets, but were also able to raise about 2,000 dollars for breast cancer research. It was a great event that many people enjoyed being a part of. Many students purchased pink sunglasses, candy, and boas to support the fantastic fundraiser. People came to watch the game

A Taste of Westy: suggestions for that special someone, no matter when by caitlin pittorie '13

to support their fellow classmates. The hockey team would like to thank everyone who came to support the cause and the game! Special thanks to S.O.N. (Serving O u r Ne i g h b or s) a nd M r s . Connell, who put in their time to help sell pink merchandise, food, and raffle items. Also, thank you to everyone who donated money, bought merchandise, or bought raffle tickets.

Picking out a Valentine’s Day gift for someone is certainly a challenge. Whether it be for a family member, a friend, or a ‘special someone’, you never know exactly what to get, or how much to spend. That is why instead of just going to CVS and buying a stuffed bear, you should make your Valentine a special desert! They will love the idea of something homemade, as well as enjoy a delicious treat. This recipe is for Secret Kiss Cookies. It’s a delicious sugar cookie, with a surprise Hershey kiss on the inside! It’s perfect for any chocolate lover, and any person you want to express love to on Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day isn’t only for people who are good at cooking; you people who cannot cook can also participate in this great day of love! Below is not exactly a recipe, but still a way you can give a treat to a loved one. Sweethearts are a special Valentine’s Day delectable, where each candy bears a meaningful message, such as, ‘U R CUTE’. You can write the name of the recipient right on the box! They’re an innovation in Valentine’s Day candy like no other! Westminster Classic: Secret Kiss Cookies Ingredients 1 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour 30 milk chocolate kisses 1-1/3 cups confectioners’ sugar, divided 2 tablespoons baking cocoa

4) Sift together 2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar and cocoa. While cookies are still warm, roll half in cocoa mixture and half in remaining confectioners’ sugar. Cool completely.

Directions 1) In a large bowl, cream the butter, sugar, and vanilla until light and f luffy. Gradually add f lour and mix well. Refrigerate dough for 2-3 hours or until firm. 2) Shape into 1-in. balls. Flatten balls and place a chocolate kiss in the center of each; pinch dough together around kiss. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. 3) Bake at 375° for 12 minutes or until set but not browned. Cool for 1 minute; remove from pans to wire racks.

Those Who Cannot Cook: Sweethearts Ingredients 1 Box of Sweethearts 1 Pen Directions 1) Purchase a box of Sweethearts 2) Write your name on the line next to ‘From’ 3) Write your love’s name on the line next to ‘To’

The Westminster news 02.21.2013