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Suburban Dictionary: What does popular website say about Westport, Conn.?

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November 13, 2009

Sammy Hardy '11 Staff Writer   What is Westport known for? Most residents would like to think that this town is known for its educational system, for its beautiful landscapes, and perhaps for the fact that the late Paul Newman was a longtime resident.  However, looking at the definition ...

Robotics Teams Tries for First Place… In The World

Hard at Work: Eric Lubin '11, Haris Durrani '11, and Todd Lubin '11 study and work on the robot they plan to send to the First Tech Challenge robotics competition. |Photo by Kate Mcnee '11

November 13, 2009

Carlie Schwaeber '12 Staff Writer   The robotics team is back in action with more goals and accomplishments to fulfill.  They are wasting no time preparing to compete, as they are hoping to do even better than last year. Last year the robotics team competed in three regional qualifying...

Vampire Blood Gets Watered Down

November 13, 2009

Robert Mathis '10 Staff Writer In the olden days, the fads ignited by youthful generations became relics of pop culture; for instance, the hula-hoop, the Rubiks cube, and, to a lesser extent, the Furby are all examples of items fondly remembered for capturing the imagination and hearts of the children...

A “New Moon” Rises… “Twilight” Sequel Arrives Nov. 20

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November 13, 2009

Stevie Klein '12 Web Features Editor   For 130 minutes on Nov. 20, 2009, “Twilight” fans will be enchanted as the second book, “New Moon,” comes to life on the big screen. Directed by Chris Weitz and starring the original cast including Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan, Robert Patti...

My True Life Obsession… With Bloodsuckers

November 13, 2009

Lexi Preiser '10 Web Editor-in-Chief I can admit it: I’m addicted. I have fallen prey to the vampire obsession that has been sweeping across the country for a few years. It started out innocently, I swear. A six-hour bus ride, a drained iPod battery and my sister’s copy of the first “Twil...

Rogers Adapts to New Job in Social Studies Department

A New Nieghborhood: History teacher Rob Rogers teaches a lesson on the Constitution in a U.S History class. | Photo by Meghan Prior '11

November 4, 2009

Grace Shay ’10 Managing Editor In room 1033, the eager sophomores in Rob Rogers’ U.S. History class settle into clumps around the tables in the computer lab. “Who is ready to peer review right now?” asks Rogers, who also teaches Western Humanities. “Raise your hand.” Dutifully, the students prepare to share and edit their essays with their classmates at their computers, as Rogers, wh...

Irena Sendler Feature

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October 30, 2009

Leah Bitsky Staff Writer Irena Sendler past away recently; very few people knew her story. She lived in Warsaw, Germany during World War II as a practicing Catholic and worked as a social worker for an organization called Żegota and the Polish Underground Railroad. Growing up, Sendler was always simp...

Local Celebrity, Ellen Kempner, Looks to the Future

Ellen Kempner '12 expresses herself through her songs at a live performance from the Staples High School media lab. | Photo by Stevie Klein '12

October 30, 2009

Stevie Klein '12 Web Features Editor    On October 23, 2009, singer-song writer, Ellen Kempner '12, performed a live show from the media lab that could be heard through the Staples radio station, along with channel 78.   Kempner, who’s been playing guitar since she was seven, and singi...

ACT Gains Popularity Among Students

A Tough Decision: More and more juniors and seniors are deciding to take the ACT (American College Test) instead of the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) for college. | Photo by Constance Chien '10

October 30, 2009

Mike Nussbaum '11 Sports Editor   The SAT is the test that dominates all others with its college implications…or so we thought. As of 2007, all four–year colleges now accept not only the SAT, but the ACT as well, which makes it no surprise that over the past few years, more and more s...

Alum to Afghanistan: Brandon Arias ’06 Graduates from Staples to the Army

A Soldier: Former Staples student Brandon Arias '06 is scheduled to deploy for a 12-month tour in Afghanistan | Photo by Lucas Hammerman '10

October 30, 2009

Lucas Hammerman '11 News Editor   Brandon Arias ’06 grew up in Westport. He attended Long Lots Elementary School, Bedford Middle School, and then proceeded to graduate from Staples in 2006. Today, he has joined a larger community. After attending two years in college, Arias enlisted in the Army as a medic, or in army lingo, 68W Healthcare Specialist. He...

2009 Graduates Take an Exciting Gap Year Adventure

Sophie Gordon and Philippa Nicklin sit at the Mehrangarh fort. |Photograph by Philipa Nicklin

October 30, 2009

Emily Goldberg '12 Web Sports Editor During the summer after graduation, most Staples students will say their goodbyes to their family and friends, and head off to college. Yet, “goodbye” usually only means until Thanksgiving or sometimes even earlier. However, this was not the case for Philippa Nicklin ’09 and Sophie ...

Microsoft Answers iPod with Zune

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October 30, 2009

Melanie Mignucci '12 Video Editor Thank you, Microsoft, for finally creating a perfect product. Yes, Microsoft. The Zune HD, Microsoft’s answer to Apple’s iPod Touch, has proven that Microsoft can indeed make something both beautiful and functional. Let it first be known that I am a Mac junkie. I am writing– this article on a Mac, listening to music I...

Girls Wear Risque Halloween Costumes

October 30, 2009

Farrel Levenson '11 & Eliza Hamburger '10 Opinion Editors Photos on Facebook the day after Halloween will undoubtedly show lots of smiles, lots of candy, and lots of leg.     Halloween night is fraught with girls in inappropriate costumes, from bumblebees to nurses, French maids to...

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