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Tales of the Defectors: Why Some Choose Private School

Tales of the Defectors: Why Some Choose Private School

October 8, 2009

Image by hectorir via Flickr With a public high school that is well-funded (to say the least), staffed with overly-qualified teachers, and offers many extracurricular activities, Westport does not seem likely to be a hub for private schooling. Well, it isn’t- P.J. Washenko, one of eleven guidance counselors at Staples, esti...

Ultimate Frisbee: A Staples Tradition

Ultimate Frisbee: A Staples Tradition

October 7, 2009

    Grace Shay '10 Managing Editor Ask veteran math teacher Alan Jolley to describe the game of Ultimate Frisbee. His voice softens, his eyes seem to mist over, and he pulls out a worn manila folder from a drawer in his desk. “For me, [Ultimate] is a mix between hockey and soccer,” Jolley ...

A Day in the Lives of Colleen, Linda and Anna: The Ladies Behind Our Sandwich Line Salvation

A Day in the Lives of Colleen, Linda and Anna: The Ladies Behind Our Sandwich Line Salvation

October 7, 2009

Annie Nelson '11 Features Editor Before heading to school to feed her 1,800 children, Colleen wakes up at 6:15 a.m. each morning to feed her two cats, Kitty and Callie. By the time she gets to school at 7:30, she is already slicing cold cuts and cheeses, making tuna salad, and preparing specials. “We’re just about as g...

An Old Sport Takes a New Life: Capture the Flag Club begins at Staples

An Old Sport Takes a New Life: Capture the Flag Club begins at Staples

October 7, 2009

Shannon Moss ’11 Web News Editor Ryan Smith ’10 and Alex Werner ’10 longed for the middle school days where running through an open field, dodging oncoming defenders, and capturing a flag in gym class was the worst of their worries. It was throughout these years that the game of capture the flag captured their interest. So when they moved up to high s...

Seas Apart: A Comparison of American and Chinese High School Life

Seas Apart: A Comparison of American and Chinese High School Life

October 7, 2009

Carlie Schwaeber ’12 Staff Writer Most kids at Staples are probably at home eating dinner or doing homework. In China, the students may be just leaving school. “Some of the higher students stayed [at school] till 7, even 8 or 8:30 at night, and then they went home and studied more,” said...

Amazon’s Kindle 2: A Simple, Convenient Way to Read

Amazon’s Kindle 2: A Simple, Convenient Way to Read

October 7, 2009

Reading a book a day can be an expensive habit. When Eric Wessan ’10 used to travel, he would have to load numerous books into a backpack, adding unnecessary weight to his journey. Thanks to Amazon’s Kindle, Wessan can now carry over 1500 books with him on a single 10-ounce device that is merely .3...

Students React to Westport Magazine’s ‘Teens to Watch’

Students React to Westport Magazine’s ‘Teens to Watch’

October 7, 2009

The recent feature in “Westport Magazine” regarding focus-worthy teens in lower Fairfield County has provoked reactions from all sides. Students from seven different high schools were featured for their accomplishments in sports, finance, science, student leadership, and charity. The studen...

Boys of ’10 Get in on School Apparel with New Jerseys

Boys of ’10 Get in on School Apparel with New Jerseys

September 18, 2009

Petey Menz '11 News Editor Seniors Harry Rappaport and Evan Gaumert shoot hoops. | Photo by Natasha Gabbay '10 Every year, the female half of the senior class designs and makes its own t-shirts. This year, however, the senior boys are joining in with a jersey designed by Harry Rappaport ’10. The fr...

AP Assassination Gets a Shot of Popularity

AP Assassination Gets a Shot of Popularity

June 4, 2009

Jesse Heussner '11 Features Editor  Although the end of the year for the majority of kids at Staples means a heavy workload and finals, some students are busy stalking, backstabbing, and hiding out in rose bushes outside of others houses.  As part of the AP Assassination game, a nerf-shooting cont...

A Naming Predicament

A Naming Predicament

May 28, 2009

Jack Hennessy '10 Staff Writer I'm getting another dog. A puppy. A black Labrador Retriever that will have ultimate authority over all girls for the first three months of its existence. No matter what it does, you can expect any female to tilt their head and say "Aww how cute. Can I hold her...

The Road to Financial Success in College

The Road to Financial Success in College

May 26, 2009

Emily Cowal '12 and Emily Goldberg '12 Web A&E Editor and Web Sports Editor On May 20, Elizabeth Cox, certified financial planner came to Staples High School in order to stress the fact that it is crucial to be able to manage ones money and not fall into the many traps that credit card and student lo...

Observatory Offers Public a Look at the Stars

Observatory Offers Public a Look at the Stars

May 22, 2009

Pippa Hazlewood '11 Opinions Editor Wal-Marts, gas stations and other obnoxiously lit buildings are shedding unwanted light upon the Fairfield night sky. This was the message Dan Wright, treasurer of the Westport Astronomical Society, emphasized during a recent "Free Public Night" at the Rolnick Observatory. ...

In His Words: Players Founder Craig Matheson Speaks About Theater Group’s History

May 6, 2009

Haris Durrani '11 Opinions Editor As Staples Players 50th Anniversary performance approaches, "Inklings" interviewed Westport resident Craig Matheson, founder of Players, to discuss the drama program's 50 years of theater. Matheson talks about dedicated alumni and students, 28-year Players direc...

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