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Winter Congress took place through Zoom and utilized the breakout room function to divide members into their designated committees. Zoom was an extremely convenient resource to use and allowed the convention to run smoothly.

Junior State of America engages in virtual Winter Congress

Abbie Goldstein ’22, Features editor March 5, 2021

Each year, members of the national, student-run organization Junior State of America (JSA) long for Winter Congress, a three-day convention in Washington D.C. where students from all over the country come...

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there are safety and sanitary reminders all throughout airports. This includes reminders to wear masks, social distance and wash hands.

Flying during pandemic becomes new normal

Chelsea Strober ’21, Associate Managing Editor March 4, 2021

When the COVID-19 pandemic first made its way across the world, all travel, especially by plane, was put on hold for months. Then, it seemed almost impossible to walk through a crowded airport only to...

Remi Levitt '21 sits with two children from the orphanage where she volunteers. The American Friends of Atlas Kinder Foundation is an organization founded by her mother, Keri Levitt, and has inspired Remi's return to Marrakech this winter.

Levitt balances volunteering with online school in Morocco

Lucy Arrow '21, Web Managing Editor March 4, 2021

It’s not often where a vacation transforms into a desire for a whole new lifestyle halfway across the world. Yet for Remi Levitt ’21, this became a reality as she completes a whole month exploring...

The Granola Bar, which has been open in Westport for eight years, started as a granola business sold in supermarkets, but soon evolved to become the popular cafe it is today.

‘Granola Bar’ restaurant welcomes Rick Dickinson, brings Great Cakes back to Westport

Phoebe Miller ’23, Staff Writer February 25, 2021

A couple on their first date sharing a cupcake. A child idolizing his birthday cake. All part of Richard (Rick) Dickinson’s ‘great cakes.’ For decades, Dickinson has made these baked goods for all...

During COVID-19 some Westport dance studios have implemented a hybrid schedule where dancers go into the studio or dance from home via Zoom. Because of the difference in surroundings, dancers have a different experience based on their location.

Dance studio’s hybrid model changes class experience

Audrey Kercher ’23, Staff Writer February 24, 2021

Tying hair up in a bun, lacing up pointe shoes and pulling on light pink tights. This is the typical routine for dancers preparing for class. However, logging onto Zoom is now a part of the preparation...

Travelers in EGE airport in Colorado stay six feet apart from others while waiting in security lines.

COVID-19 impacts students’ February break plans

Karlie Saed '23, Staff Writer February 23, 2021

While COVID-19 vaccinations are becoming more widely available, February break plans were still impacted. However, Staples students found their own ways to keep themselves busy while staying safe during...

This year there will be no consecutive snow days. All snow days following the first day off will have virtual learning. In addition, there are only three unexcused snow days in the school year, more than three snow days off will result in a shorter spring break.

New snow day protocol promotes both fun and virtual learning

Alexandra Glickman ’23, Staff Writer February 12, 2021

This year has looked far from normal, but one of the few things that remain are snow days. A day adored by all ages, one where students can sleep until noon, go sledding at Winslow park with friends and...

The current hybrid model consists of two cohorts, cohort A going to school on Mondays and Tuesdays and cohort B going in on Thursdays and Fridays. Wednesdays act as a remote learning day for everyone. The district will be moving forward with a new 75% model starting in March.

Staples teachers debate returning to full in-person learning

Natasha Taubenheim ’22, Staff Writer February 11, 2021

All Westport elementary and middle school students were given the option to fully return to school as of Feb. 3. While some chose to stay remote, most made the decision to go back and conclude their distance...

Couplets are hung outside houses to protect the household from evil and welcome prosperity.

Year of the Ox: students embrace positivity, resilience, culture with Lunar New Year celebrations

Ella Shi ’23, Staff Writer February 10, 2021

According to Chinese myth, the story of the zodiac calendar originates from when the Jade Emperor challenged 12 animals to a race. The Rat asked the Ox for help and rode on his back until he jumped off...

Sophie Rossman ’21 released her 30-Day “Feel Good” Routine on Jan. 1 in an effort to promote wellness and self-care in the new year and aid individuals who yearn for structure and motivation in a time of uncertainty.

Sophie Rossman’s 30-Day “Feel Good” Routine proves effective during challenging times

Karina Murray ’22, Paper Features Editor February 9, 2021

The distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine means that the end of the pandemic is closer than ever, but the various mental health effects that the pandemic has caused still await remedy.  In an effort...

Candian singer/songwriter the Weeknd is set to perform during this year's Super Bowl game and will have to follow new guidelines due to the pandemic.

COVID-19 alters traditional Super Bowl plans

Natasha Taubenheim ’22, Staff Writer February 3, 2021

  The Super Bowl is the annual championship game of the National Football League (NFL). Every year, fans gather with friends and family to watch the big game, root for their preferred team and...

Working as an EMT during COVID has complicated matters for many volunteers such as Olivia Bollo ’21. Extensive amounts of PPE are necessary even when addressing calls unrelated to Covid. However, Bollo, along with other EMTs, was recently able to receive her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Bollo is the first in her family to receive the vaccine and remains hopeful her parents will receive their doses soon.

Student EMTS reflect on receiving COVID-19 vaccine

Eliza Barr ’21, Photography Director February 2, 2021

A handful of things are different from a few months ago as Megan Cua ’21 boards a Stratford ambulance where she serves as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Unlike her time interning prior to COVID,...

Students at Staples participate in Veganuary, a 31-day challenge to eat vegan during January, in order to make a positive impact on animals, the environment and their health.

“Veganuary” challenges students to be mindful of environmental impact

Ella Shi ’23, Staff Writer January 26, 2021

In today’s day and age, eating vegan is easier than ever before. Meat, eggs and dairy all have their plant-based counterparts, which can be found in nearly every grocery store. Veganuary, a UK based...

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