Virginia governor receives calls to step down among racism scandal

Charlie Benedict, News Editor

February 28, 2019

On February 1st, the right-wing website Big League Politics leaked a picture of two men at a party, one wearing blackface and the other sporting a Ku Klux Klan robe and hood. The picture was on Virginia Democratic Governor Ralph...

STAR Student Jessica Lao recognized

Kerrie Lou, News Reporter

February 28, 2019

For senior STAR student, Jessica Lao, writing and art has always been a passion and even a potential career path. This past January, Lao was honored with the 2019 Scholastic Art and Writing Award for her critical essay The Wordsmith...

The State of the Union

Walker McPhail, News Reporter

February 28, 2019

“Madam Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and my fellow Americans,” President Donald J. Trump’s voice resonated across the house chamber. On February 5th, the 45th president...

United States pulls out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty

Nishka Bahl, News Reporter

February 28, 2019

Former French President, Charles De Gaulle, once said, “Treaties are like roses and young girls; they last while they last.” It seems De Gaulle was correct; since its inauguration in 2017, the Trump administration has pulled...

Junior students learn about hazing through documentary perspective

Woods Curry, News Reporter

February 28, 2019

Through the documentary showing of “HAZE” to junior students, the Counseling Department hopes to shed a light on the threat of hazing and alcohol abuse on college campuses. The film follows Gordie Bailey Jr., a lighthearted...

Entertainment Weekly Chief Editor Henry Goldblatt Visits School

Clara Johnson, News Reporter

February 28, 2019

Everyone seems to wonder, “Which of the peers in a friend group will grow up to be famous?” It could be any one of them; the football jock, the theatre kid, the math genius, anyone! It’s hard to predict who will end up being...

Chinese New Year Traditions

Toby Liu, News Reporter

February 28, 2019

Two months and five days after New Year’s Day, people all over the world celebrated Chinese New Year, or Lunar New Year, not for one day, but for fifteen days. The Lunar New Year, coordinated by the cycles of the moon, falls...

Gilet Jaunes stir protests in France

Meimei Xu, News Editor

February 1, 2019

At the outbreak of the gilets jaunes (Yellow Vest) movement in France on November 17, 2018, many people didn’t see a cause for alarm. “I didn’t think anything of it initially,” said AP French teacher Robin Oliver. “It...

Alumni winter lunch reconnects recent graduates

Walker McPhail, News Reporter

February 1, 2019

Over winter break, Westminster hosted several alumni events geared at bringing former students back to the school to see old friends and teachers. This year’s College Holiday Lunch, hosted for college-age alumni, was held on...

Cyntoia Brown: a 31-year-old woman just granted clemency sparks discussions nationwide

Siya Kalra, News Reporter

February 1, 2019

Cyntoia Brown, a 31-year old woman convicted of murdering a man and thrown in jail when she was 16, has recently been granted clemency after 15 years of her initial 51-year jail time. She will be released in August 2019....

New JanTerms enlighten and inspire students

John Guerry, News Reporter

February 1, 2019

A consistent favorite of Westminster students is JanTerm, the three weeks in January where students pursue one class of their choosing. This year, the course offerings included The Holocaust: The Human Capacity for Good & Evil,...