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Trading Places: Editors Partake in Annual Panel Tradition

By Nicholas D. ’19, Teresa L. ’19, Ellisya L. ’19, Thomas M. ’19, Matthew S. ’19, and Katie T. ’19 Winsor at Belmont Hill   Class Schedule Schedule is a significant aspect of any school and greatly contributes to the students’ experiences; it determines how much homework we have each night, how we choose our …

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Student Athletes: Transitioning from High School to College

By, Sam M. '21 and Caroline C. '21 The transition from high school sports to college sports is definitely a difficult one. From the time commitment to fitness to balancing academics on top of sports, there are so many aspects of college which differ from the typical high school sports experience. Arielle M. ’15 walked …

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Senior Independent Learning Experience Process Revised

By, Qirrat A. '19 As we head into March, the seniors have just about a month and a half left of school. No, graduation is not in April; however, seniors will be embarking on their much-anticipated Independent Learning Experiences (ILE) during the final four weeks of their senior year. The ILE gives Winsor seniors an …

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Spelling Bee Promises Music and Laughter

By, Jamila O. '19 Welcome to The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee! The Upper School students in this year’s spring musical will be spelling their way through the championship of a lifetime in this clever comedy. The show follows an eclectic group of students competing in a pivotal spelling championship; as they navigate the …

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Politics of Identity Class Reflects on Implicit Bias

By, Sindhu K. '19 and Julie W. '19 What is the definition of class? What kinds of gender dynamics affect the workplace? Can the US government’s weak response to Hurricane Katrina be attributed to racial tensions? During Mr. Braxton’s Politics of Identity class first semester, seniors sought answers to questions such as these in their …

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Students Shine in Fourth Annual Dance Concert

By, Dayoon C. '19 On Friday, February 22, Winsor held its fourth annual dance concert, which featured students in the Winsor community and was performed to parents and friends beyond. For those who could not attend the dance concert on Friday night, Winsor’s dance program organized an “Upper School Meeting Teaser Show” on Thursday, February …

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“Thank U, Next”: Why I Refuse to Listen to Ariana Grande

By, Crystal Y. '20 “Whoever said money can’t solve your problems must not have had enough money to solve ‘em,” sings Ariana Grande on one of her newest singles, “7 rings.” While her unapologetic lyrics have already garnered mixed reactions—with some claiming that she’s entitled to use her money in whatever way she wants and …

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Athlete Highlight: Michaela S. ’20 Scores 1,000 Points

By, Caroline C. '21 Earlier this season, on February 2, Michaela S. ‘20 scored her 1000th point for the Winsor Basketball team in a game against Groton in which she scored a total of 24 points. Michaela has been on the Winsor Varsity Basketball team since the 2016-2017 season, earning EIL All-League honors for both …

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Trump Declares National Emergency for Wall

By, Catherine F. '21 President Trump declared a national emergency on Friday, February 15 after Congress failed to grant him $8 billion for border wall construction. In December, a partial federal government shutdown occurred when Trump refused to fund parts of the government until Congress agreed to fund his border wall. The record-breaking 35-day shutdown …

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Comparing BH Loop and Winsor’s Sports Fan Section

By, Mikayla C. '19 and John G. '19 Winsor’s UTL (Under the Lights) and Spirit Week have always been highly anticipated traditions. Each year, in October, students dress up during the week leading up to UTL. These spirited festivities are planned annually by SASS (Students Advocating School Spirit). SASS prepares for the week by choosing …

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National Enquirer Accused of Bezos Extortion

By, Annie A. '21 MacKenzie Tuttle and Jeff Bezos got married in 1993, a year before Bezos founded Amazon. However, 26 years later, the couple is divorcing after Bezos and Lauren Sanchez’s affair was made known to each of their respective spouses in fall of 2018. The National Enquirer investigated Bezos and Sanchez’s relationship and …

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Winsor and Belmont Hill Students Study Abroad

By, Caitlin S. '21 and Thomas M. '19 (BH) Aiming to “produce capable and responsible global citizens,” Belmont Hill has a rich history of global engagement and study abroad experiences. The school’s many offerings, moreover, hope to “teach the knowledge, skills, and values students will need to thrive in an increasingly interconnected world and contribute …

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Celebrating Cultural Diversity: The Lunar New Year

By, Jessica W. '22 In America, most families celebrate holidays such as New Year’s Eve and Thanksgiving together. In China, the most prevalent holiday is the Lunar New Year celebration. The Lunar New Year marks the first day of the year in the traditional Chinese calendar. As China’s history is strongly rooted in agriculture, farmers …

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Assessing Russia’s Place as a Global Study Course

By, Haley K. '20 Geographically, linguistically, culturally – Russia is a global study in every sense. However, its major differences from the Western world were not enough to curtail the criticism of the Winsor student body. Last year, Panel released an Opinion article written by Sindhu K. ’19 that explained both sides of the debate …

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Sisters Affinity Group Celebrates Black History Month

By, Araybia G. '19 February is the official month dedicated to black history and culture, and there was no better way to celebrate than Sisters, Winsor black affinity group, presenting an all school assembly on Black identity on February 28th and hosting a diversity event with Belmont Hill students from Safe on March 1st. In …

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Who’s Who in the 2020 Presidential Election?

By, Haley K. '20 and Crystal Y. '20 By now, you have probably seen Trump, heard Warren, and felt the Bern, but do you know how to pronounce ‘Buttigieg,’ how long Delaney has been running for President, or who Andrew Yang even is? Fear not; here’s a (hopefully) comprehensive guide to the 2020 Presidential candidates. …

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Winsor Seniors Create Platform for Asian American Voices

By, Samantha C. '19 When you hear “Asia” or “Asian,” what or who do you think about? This is just one example of the questions answered by individuals on Asians of Boston, a website and social media account that features exactly whom its name suggests: Asian Americans who live in Boston. Founded by Kayla L. …

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Mariano Rivera Joins the National Baseball Hall of Fame

By, Sam G. '19 Often considered the greatest closer in the sport, Mariano Rivera, the MLB career saves record holder and five-time World Series Champion, recently became the first ever player to be unanimously voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Along with designated hitter Edgar Martinez, fellow pitchers Roy Halladay, and Mike Mussina, …

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: “A Bright and Shiny New Object” or “The Most Dangerous Person in America”?

By, Calla W. '22 Although the 2018 midterm elections were months ago, on January 3, 2019, the 116th Congress convened, and its new members were inaugurated. Not only does this Congress have more women, people of color, and military veterans than ever before, but also many of those politicians broke barriers to win their elections …

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Winsor’s Next Steps in Understanding and Discussing Ability

By, Sophie de C. '19 On January 8, Winsor welcomed Kelsey Tainsh to speak to the student body and faculty on her experience with an identifier not often discussed in our school community: ability. At only five years old, Tainsh had a brain tumor and almost died as a result. 10 years after what she …

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“Black Mirror”: Bandersnatch Brings New Form of Media

By, Julie W. '19 Sugar Puffs or Frosties? Accept a job offer or refuse it? Kill your father or let him go? Netflix’s first interactive film, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, compels the viewer to make decisions that become increasingly difficult and painful as the story arc progresses. The film was released on December 28, 2018 as …

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Winsor Varsity Squash Earns Tenth Place Finish at Nationals

By, Rani B. '21 On February 1, you were probably sitting in class waiting for the weekend to come, almost to the point of snoozing off during math class. However, nine of your fellow friends and classmates were, in fact, doing the exact opposite and were full of excitement and adrenaline as they headed to …

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Unconventional Politician Althea Garrison Joins Boston City Council

By, Sindhu K. '19 Althea Garrison’s name has been on the Boston ballot 32 times over the past few decades. Having run as a Democrat, a Republican, and an independent, she has aimed for positions as state representative, member of the Boston City Council, and mayor, all to no avail—that is, until this year, when …

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“The Favourite”: Passion and Power in Queen Anne’s England

By, Teresa L. '19 An aged queen, besieged by gout and surrounded by tiresome politicians – The Favourite’s plot hardly sounds like the thrilling, occasionally absurdist, and striking romp that it is. But while the film examines the life of Queen Anne, who ruled England, Ireland, and Scotland during the early 18th century, it defies …

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TED Talk Sheds Light on Mental Health for Athletes

By, Mikayla C. '19 Rather than working on my English paper one night, I was scrolling through YouTube and stumbled upon a TED Talk. Victoria Garrick, the University of Southern California volleyball player, talked about her experiences with mental health challenges. Despite being a starter on the team, Garrick would sometimes hate being at practice. …

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Patriots Clutch their Sixth Super Bowl Championship

By, Jessica W. '22   The New England Patriots have won yet another Superbowl!   On February 3, 2019, the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams battled for the 53rd Super Bowl championship title. The defense on both teams was so exceptional that only one touchdown was made the entire game. It was the …

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Taking a Stand against Domestic Violence in the NFL

By, Julia M. '19 For the final project in the class, “Politics of Identity: An Examination of Race, Class, and Gender in the 21st Century,” each student was required to take a stand on an issue she feels passionate about. I chose to take action against domestic violence in the NFL. Despite the many public …

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America Responds to Trump’s Prime Time Appearance

By, Haley K. '20 Roughly 40 million Americans tuned in on January 8, 2019 to witness President Trump’s network prime time at the Oval Office. All major networks broadcasted his address at 9:01 p.m.  He allotted almost 10 minutes of his first Oval Office address on air to recycling his usual border control beliefs as …

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Remembering the Great Molasses Flood of 1919

By, Alex G. '21 On January 15, 1919, Purity Distilling Company’s storage tank on Commercial Street in the North End toppled over and unleashed 2.3 million gallons of molasses into the streets of Boston. Despite the incident’s current reputation as a slightly comical, “bizarre” disaster, it was incredibly fatal and disastrous at the time. The …

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Winsor’s Annual Celebration Honors MLK’s Legacy

By, Crystal Y. '20 “I have a dream,” began Martin Luther King Jr. on August 28, 1963 during the March on Washington—and on January 22, 2019, during Winsor’s annual MLK celebration. The speech is shown every year at the beginning of the event to serve as a reminder of the legacy he left behind. This …

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The 76th Annual Golden Globes Awards: The Results Are In

By, Becca G. '21 The 76th Annual Golden Globes Awards was held on January 6, 2019 and celebrated some of the most critically acclaimed movies and television series of 2018. The awards were co-hosted by Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh. Samberg, primarily known for his starring role in NBC’s sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Oh, known …

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2018 Yearly Recap: A Look Back at the News

By, Crystal Y. '20 “Two months in and already 2018 is [rough],” tweeted one user in response to the Parkland shooting. “I want a refund,” another user responded. “[LOL], remember how we thought 2016 was bad?” tweeted yet another. These three users echo a sentiment felt by many—2018 has certainly been a tumultuous year for …

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Ifeanyi U. ’20 Directs “Milk Like Sugar”

By, Elly P. '21 It’s Annie Desmond’s 16th birthday. She gets a tattoo with her two best friends, Talisha and Margie, and dreams about fancy cell phones. She also pledges to become pregnant. Margie is already pregnant. Milk Like Sugar by Kirsten Greenidge, Winsor’s winter play directed by Ifeanyi U. ’20, follows the three best …

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Larry Nassar Jeopardizes the Future of USA Gymnastics

By, Katherine L. '20 USA Gymnastics has been the governing body of gymnastics in the United States since 1963, so why is their status now in jeopardy? The short answer is Larry Nassar. Nassar served as USA Gymnastics’ chief medical coordinator from 1996 until 2015, when he unexpectedly stepped down from the position. Less than …

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CRISPR Report Ignites Ethical Firestorm

By, Katie B. '21 In late November, Chinese scientist He Jiankui announced via YouTube video an attempted implantation of CRISPR genetically edited twins, claiming to have made the first to genetically engineered humans. CRISPR: Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeat, is a molecular tool patented by MIT and Harvard’s Broad Institute, and first invented in …

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Students Share Their Experiences From the Student Diversity Leadership Conference

By, SDLC and PoCC Participants Every year, six juniors get the chance to go to the Student Diversity Leadership Conference, better known as SDLC.  The conference is a multicultural and multiracial gathering for high school students both from the U.S. and abroad. SDLC allows students to connect with others with similar racial and cultural backgrounds, …

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Winsor XC Moves to Division I and Takes Second Place

By, Mikayla C. '19 The 2018 fall sports season was filled with wins for the Winsor teams, including the cross country team’s second-place finish at the NEPSTA Championship. Similar to previous years, the cross country team had a successful season. The team took home their fourth consecutive EIL Championship title—the program’s 15th in its history. …

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Most Likely to Succeed? Ms. Stern

By, Sam G. '19 “Most Likely to Succeed?” is a new column being introduced to the 2018-2019 Panel Backpage. In this column, the Backpage editors interview a highly-respected Winsor faculty member about an embarrassing or difficult time in their life, specifically during their middle school, high school, and early college years. The purpose of “Most …

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