Inklings is Staples High School’s eighty-three-year-old scholastic news source – representing a journalistic tradition that is alive and well in Westport, Connecticut. Inklings has, throughout its history, been a publication that is written, edited and published by students, with the objective of expanding the boundaries of scholastic journalism. Inklings News Online pursues this goal with the additional elements of multimedia, social media integration and constant updates.

Inklings encourages Letters to the Editor, and all Letters to the Editors must be signed. Inklings also encourages comments, but please keep them appropriate and to the point; Inklings reserves the right to not approve comments due to content or language.  To directly contact Inklings Online, please email us via inklingsweb@gmail.com. For business inquiries, please contact Inklings‘ business manager, Katelyn DeAgro.

Inklings editorials are written by the editorial board comprised of staff members.

Westport, Connecticut is a suburban community with a population of 25,000. Staples High School, originally built in 1884, currently has an enrollment of 1,800 students. All athletic teams participate in the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference (FCIAC). The school mascot is the Wrecker. Staples is also home to WPPT 90.3 Wrecker Radio, as well as over 100 student clubs. Click here for a full history on Staples High School.

Awards

2015-2016

  • Gold Medal from Columbia Scholastic Press Association with All-Columbian honors in Visual and Essentials
  • Silver Crown from Columbia Scholastic Press Association
  • 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Gold Medal in Journalism, Becky Hoving ’17 with co-writer Fritz Schemel ’17 for “Conversation About Gender Neutral Bathrooms Surges Through Staples”

2014-2015

  • Gold Medal from Columbia Scholastic Press Association
  • Silver Crown from Columbia Scholastic Press Association for both print and online
  • First Place for Feature Writing Team, Youth Journalism 2015 Awards for Excellence
  • First Place for Editorial, Youth Journalism 2015 Awards for Excellence: Let’s face it

2013-2014

  • Gold Medal with All-Colombian honors for Verbal and Visual from Columbia Scholastic Press Association

2012-2013

  • Pacemaker Award from National Scholastic Press Association
  • Silver Crown (for paper and print) and Gold Circle from Columbia Scholastic Press Association

2011-2012

  • All-American Award (with four marks of distinction) by the National Scholastic Press Association for Inklings Online

2009-2010

  • Silver Crown  by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association for Inklings News Online
  • Silver Crown by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association”Gold Medal” by Columbia Scholastic Press Association
  • Certificate of Merit in Computer generated black & white or black & white and one other color art for Newspapers to Timothy Yang by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association
  • Second Place Certificate in Art/illustration: Hand-drawn two or more colors for Newspapers to Connie Zhou by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association
  • Third Place Certificate in Art/illustration: Hand-draw black and white or black and white and one other color for Newspapers to Connie Zhou by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association
  • “Courage in Journalism” to Petey Menz and Alex Nitkin by Connecticut Academic Press Association
  • “Student Journalist of the Year” to Alex Nitkin by Connecitcut Academic Press Association
  • “2010 Story of the Year Award” Second Place in Diversity to Shannon Moss and Dana Rappaport by National Scholastic Press Association

2008-2009

  • Silver Crown Award for Inklings News Online by Columbia Scholastic Press Association
  • “All American” by National Scholastic Press Association with Four Marks of Distinction
  • “Gold Medal” by Columbia Scholastic Press Association

2007-2008

  • “All American” by National Scholastic Press Association with Four Marks of Distinction
  • “Gold Medal” by Columbia Scholastic Press Association

2005-2006

  • “Gold Medal” from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association
  • First Place with “Special Honors” from the American Scholastic Press Association

2004-2005

  • “Certificate of Recognition” from the Westport Board of Education for placing first in
  • Hartford Courant 2005 Scholastic Competition.
  • “Silver Medal” from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association
  • First Place with Special Honors from the American Scholastic Press Association
  • Hartford Courant Newspapers in Education Annual Contest
  • First Place in the State overall Category
  • Editorial Cartoon “Second Place”/ Dan Lance
  • Opinion Writing “Second Place”/ Lindsay Girden
  • Feature Writing “Third Place”/ Andrew Kleinman
  • Photography “Second Place” / Marshall Fox
  • Critical Review “Second Place” / Mack Gelber
  • 2004 Staples High School Journalism Award / Carrie Jordan and Felicia Quentzel

2003-2004

  • “Gold Medal” from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association
  • First Place with Special Honors from the American Scholastic Press Association
  • Hartford Courant Newspapers in Education Annual Contest
  • Second Place in the State Overall Category / The Staff
  • News Writing “Second Place” / Kira Ganga Kieffer
  • Photography “First Place” / Wells Preston
  • 2004 Staples High School Journalism Award / Erica Erhlich and Kira Ganga Kieffer

2002-2003

  • “Gold Medal” from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association
  • First Place with Special Honors from the American Scholastic Press Association
  • Hartford Courant Newspapers in Education Annual Contest
  • Second Place in the State Overall Category / The Staff
  • Photography “Second Place” / Emily Shornick
  • 2003 Staples High School Journalism Award / Caitlin Parton

2001-2002

  • “Gold Medal” from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association
  • First Place with Special Honors from the American Scholastic Press Association
  • Hartford Courant Newspapers in Education Annual Contest
  • News Writing “First Place” / Simon Kliegman
  • Editorial Cartoon “Third Place” / Dan Lance
  • 2002 Staples High School Journalism Award / Erica Ehrlich

2000-2001

  • “Gold Medal” from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association
  • Hartford Courant Newspapers in Education Annual Contest
  • Critical Review “First Place” / Peter Duchan

1999-2000

  • “Silver Medal” from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association