Westminster Students React to Churchill Museum's Reopening

1 decade 3 years 2 months ago Friday, March 03 2006 Mar 3, 2006 Friday, March 03, 2006 5:26:20 PM CST March 03, 2006 in News

The museum is a small part of the school, but some Westminster students say it casts too much of a shadow.

"I don't think just because Churchill spoke here, that that's why we're good," said Eric Fechter. "I think we're a good academic school because we have good teachers and good administration."

Chris Campbell, the editor of the school paper, wrote in a column that Westminster needs to "stop riding Churchill's coattails and get back to the school that got him here."

Other students think the Churchill connection is a good thing.

"Churchill's everywhere on our campus," noted Bryan Hanneke. "There's four or five different things he did here. If he didn't come here, our school wouldn't be what it is today."

She said she didn't come to Westminster because of Churchill, but freshman Leslie Fisher is proud of the school's history.

"Once I did come to campus, and I got to see the Berlin Wall and the chapel, and I got to learn more about the history," she said, "it just really sponsored a strong respect for the history of this school and for the tradition here."

The school is celebrating the 60th anniversary of Churchill's famous "Iron Curtain" speech in Fulton about the spread of communism across Eastern Europe after World War II.

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