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Jinyu “Mickey” ’20

Mickey '20
Boarder
Beijing, China
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A student in the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program. Has received high honors with distinction for both fall and winter term.


Why Westover?

“After I decided to study in the U.S., I researched a great number of boarding schools. On the day I visited Westover, I could tell it was not like other schools. Westover is a very close-knit community where people support and care about each other. I thought this would be a great place to spend four years of high school far from home.”

What activities are you involved in at Westover?

“I am a member of the Dance Ensemble. I’ve been dancing since a very young age, and I have always loved it. Westover had given me the chance to have great dance classes and opportunities to perform on stage.”

Favorite Westover Memory:

“My favorite Westover memory is taking part in the Germans at the beginning of spring term. We got to form groups to put together dances to perform for the seniors. I really like it because it was a chance to get to better know more students and to work together on a really fun event.”

Favorite Class:

“My favorite is my freshman English class taught by Christopher Sweeney. My favorite part is reading and studying The Odyssey. I love reading and discussing the fantastic stories in it.”

What one piece of advice would you give to incoming freshman?

“Don’t be afraid. I know it’s very hard to leave home and come across the world, but don’t turn back on what you are doing.”

One Word To Describe Westover:

“Encouraging.”

Sophie '17

Sophie '17
Day Student
Sandy Hook, Connecticut

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Second Head of Overs during her junior year, member of the Student Senate during her freshman and sophomore years and has achieved honors every term at Westover, including High Honors with Distinction throughout her junior and senior year.

Why Westover?

“I chose to attend Westover because I was looking for a high school where I would find teachers who genuinely care about me as a student and a person. I believe that I would not be as strong academically or in my self-confidence if it weren’t for the support of my teachers at Westover.
I also wanted an overall school community in which I would feel comfortable being myself and also learning and growing along with the rest of the students. The community of students and staff at Westover have exceeded what I was hoping it would be.”

Are you a part of any of Westover's Signature Programs?

“I am a part of the Invest in Girls (IIG) program, which is an innovative program that teaches many young women at Westover about the world of finance and investing. I have been in this program since sophomore year, and have been on several IIG field trips to New York City. I have learned so much about finance and feel as if I am more prepared for the real world and for knowing how to be financially smart than I would have been with a normal high school curriculum.”

What other activities are you involved in at Westover?

“I am a tri-varsity athlete in volleyball, squash, and softball. I love having a practice and a team to go to at the end of the day. I am also a part of many clubs, including being the head of the Jew Crew, the Politics and Policy Club, and the Gospel Choir. I am an Old Girl and a Student Ambassador for the Admission Office.”

“During my junior year, I was the Second Head of Overs, which was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had. Deciding to run for Over Head was one of the best decisions I made during my time at Westover. Over the course of the year, I learned how to collaborate with the other five West and Over Heads and how to be a role model for the new girls. When I was new to Westover, I looked up to the West and Over Heads as not only leaders in the community, but also someone who knew my name and who I felt comfortable going to about a problem or question I had about the School. I love that I got to be that person for the new girls.”


Favorite Westover Memory:

“My favorite Westover memories have to do with our spirit teams, the Wests and the Overs. One of my favorite memories was rallying during freshman year. I remember running through freshman corridor asking everyone I saw if they had something red I could wear to rallying because I had just found out I was an Over. During rallying, I had so much fun and got into the competitive but loving spirit of the West and Over teams.”

Favorite Class:

“My favorite class was a history elective in fall term of this year. It was a course about the U.S. election and the history of elections in the U.S. We followed the 2016 election while also learning about how the system works and why it works the way it does. We also had a mock election and mock debates in the Westover community. Because I want to study government in college, this was a very helpful and interesting class for me. I got to take part in the debate in front of our whole school and see what it is like to be taking a side I may or may not have agreed with. The class taught me valuable skills and I looked forward to going to it every day.”

What one piece of advice would you give to incoming freshman?

“As a senior looking back on my four years at Westover, I wish someone would have told me how much I and my interests would change. I have always been stubborn, so I would tell incoming freshmen to keep an open mind and take every opportunity given to them. When I started at Westover, I thought I wanted to be a fashion designer, but because of experiences I have had through and at Westover, I now am going to college to study political science and hopefully work in politics.”

One Word To Describe Westover:

"Encouraging.”

Bridget '19

Bridget '19
Day Student
Newtown, Connecticut

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Has achieved High Honors with Distinction for fall and winter terms of her sophomore year.

Why Westover?

“Until high school I had spent my entire childhood at a small Montessori school in Newtown. A lot of the girls there who graduated went to Westover, so when it was my turn to look at schools I felt automatically attracted to Westover because I already knew some people there. However, when I came to the revisit day, I realized that the reason I felt so at home in the campus wasn’t because of the girls I knew, it was because of the Westover community’s warmth and acceptance as a whole. I suddenly felt connected to girls that I had never even met before. As I considered my options, I noticed and appreciated how different Westover was, both as a community and academically, from the other schools I had been looking at.”

Are you a part of any of Westover’s Signature Programs?

“I have been taking WISE classes since freshman year, and started Invest in Girls this year as a sophomore.”


What other activities are you involved in at Westover?

“For the past two years, I have been on our Varsity Volleyball team. I’ve become so close with all of the players on the team and going to practice every day is such a nice break from life as a student. Game days on Wednesdays and Saturdays are so rewarding after all of the work we put in during practices. Even when we don’t win, we improve during each game and the bonding time with my teammates is priceless.”

“I also play tennis, am a member of Handbells, sing in Gospel Choir, and serve as a Student Ambassador for the Admission Office.”

What’s your favorite Westover memory?

“My favorite Westover memory is sports camp freshman year. It was heaven: a week of playing volleyball, meeting new people, discovering the campus, and participating in New Girl camp and rallying, all before classes had even started. Having that week without classes really helped me become comfortable both in the campus and with my classmates. Even in those first couple days, I met girls who I know will be my lifelong friends.”

What’s your favorite class?

“My favorite class is by far my WISE class, AP Computer Science. Even though it is one of the hardest classes I’m taking, I love taking it because learning Java is essentially like learning a new language. Learning about what happens behind the scenes in computers is fascinating, especially as I didn’t have any past experience with it.”

What one piece of advice would you give to incoming freshman?

“The advice I would give to an incoming freshman is to stay open to the Westover community. Some of the traditions may seem kind of silly, but you’ll learn to love them! Step out of your comfort zone to meet new people and try new things.”

One word to describe Westover?

"Discovery."

Cecelia '20

Cecelia '20
Boarder
Bloomington, Indiana

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Freshman boarder representative in the Student Senate.

Why Westover?

“Having a relative at the school was what first introduced me to Westover. When I came for a visit I immediately knew it was the place for me. And even now that I am a student here, everyone is still as kind and welcoming as they were when I first came to visit. They support you and your decisions in whatever you do. And even though it is challenging, there is always someone there to help.”

What other activities are you involved in at Westover?

“Being a freshman and going into high school that was so far from home, I was hesitant to try new things, but once I got over that fear a whole new world was opened up to me. Now, I am the Boarder Senate Representative for the freshman class, and I am a part of the Student Ambassador program for the Admission Office. I also took part in the Outdoor program and the winter theatre production, activities that I would have never imagined myself taking part in before I came to Westover.”

Favorite Westover Memory:

“My favorite Westover memory so far was rallying with the other new girls in the fall getting ready to join the West and Over spirit teams. I loved getting all dressed up in the spirit wear, learning all the cheers, and cheering on my team right beside all of my friends. It was also really funny when I lost my voice the next day from all the cheering.”

Favorite Class:

“Although Math was never my strongest or favorite subject, my math teacher Sarkis Boyadjian makes it so much better. He always makes sure that everyone knows the lesson before moving on. I always have such a great time in his class.”

What one piece of advice would you give to incoming freshman?

“Don’t be scared to try new things; it won’t be as scary as you think after you do it!”

One Word To Describe Westover:

“Supportive.”

Leah '18

Leah '18
Boarder
Washington, D.C.

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First Head of Wests, a Head of the Westover African Latina Student Association (WALSA).

Why Westover?

“Westover was warm and felt like home. When I first visited Westover, the girls here were genuine, focused, and motivated.”

Are you a part of any of Westover’s Signature Programs?

“This is my third year in WISE and my second year in Invest In Girls.”

What other activities are you involved in at Westover?

“I play field hockey and squash, and I am currently managing lacrosse.”

What’s your favorite Westover memory?

“Early in my freshmen year, I was having a hard time adjusting, and a senior took me for ice cream in the student center. Wednesdays became our day to watch sports games in the afternoons and eat ice cream.

“Now I’m First Head of Wests and a WALSA head, which allows me to be close with underclassmen and make sure every girl feels comfortable, allowing me to be a big sister to girls who need someone.”

What’s your favorite class?

“The English Elective ‘Short Stories’ with Mr. Hungerford.”

What one piece of advice would you give to incoming freshman?

“Don’t be afraid to try something new. Lean into discomfort; you’ll be a better person for it.”

One Word To Describe Westover:

"Home."