Inklings News

Traveling cultivates understanding of America’s adversaries

As New Years is a very significant part of Russian culture, fireworks could be heard for many nights after the holiday.

Graham Wood '20, Staff Writer

January 13, 2020

Flying home from my New Year’s trip to Moscow, I reflected on my experience traveling to a distant city that has always been on the top of my bucket list. As with everyone that travels to a new country, I had my stereotypes and preconceived notions of what Moscow--and Russia in general--would be lik...

Coaches, athletes should both have voice electing captains

Picking captains for any sports team can be a controversial decision, so teammates and coaches should adjust their style of picking to offer a fair end result.

Ella Bloomingdale '20, Assistant Business Manager

January 13, 2020

A team sports captain should be responsible, organized, supportive and knowledgeable. They should be able to support and encourage the team while also having the ability to organize and bring athletes together when it is necessary. At Staples High School, a common way of selecting captains is through the...

College tours, demonstrated interest unfairly benefit wealthier students

This summer, Eddie Kiev ’20 visited Columbia University in New York City, which was a one-hour train ride away. However, many college campuses are much less accessible, some even requiring plane tickets to visit. Transportation, lodging, and meal expenses can add up after a few college visits and may be unaffordable to some.

Lia Chen '20, Associate Managing Editor

January 9, 2020

Now that the new year has arrived,, seniors are finishing up and sending off the last of their college applications, while juniors are just beginning to prepare for the application process. The first step juniors must take is deciding which colleges to apply to, and a crucial factor is attending col...

Fishermen not seizing opportunities winter season offers

The Atlantic striped bass, which can be caught during the winter season.

Ryan Thomas '22, Staff Writer

January 8, 2020

Many fishermen often fish the saltwater of New England in the prime spring and summer months for striped bass. After these seasons, fishermen dawn on the next season when quality striped bass can still be caught.  Every November, the striped bass population migrates up tributaries across the East co...

Five new year resolutions for high school students

One New Year's resolution is to maintain a daily planner. This will help you keep track of assignments, club meetings, activities, etc.

Charlotte Armstrong '21, Staff Writer

January 8, 2020

With a new year kicking off, there’s an intimidating buzz of new year resolutions. But hopes and dreams of getting straight A’s, becoming the captain of your sports team and mastering the art of yoga are often unrealistic. These far-fetched goals exert unnecessary pressure on you to achieve like...

Instagram, please do not remove likes

Instagram may be drifting away from letting users leave a like on posts.

Logan Gornbein '21, Staff Writer

January 7, 2020

Instagram is a platform where people are able to share photos or videos to a wide range of audiences. Instagram allows you to leave a like or comment on someone’s post of a picture or a video. Personally, seeing who likes my posts and how many likes my post receives is interesting and exciting. Ne...

The assembly that shocked the school… or did it?

42% of high school seniors reported vaping at some point in their lifetime in a 2018 survey conducted by Monitoring the Future. A comparatively lower figure of 36% of 12th graders reported the same in 2017.

Caroline Donohue '20, Business Manager

January 7, 2020

Tricia Dahl from Yale School of Medicine presented Vaping: The Youth Epidemic” to a school-wide assembly on Dec. 5, 2019 in order to spread the word about the dangers of vaping. Was this assembly necessary to have and was it effective for our Staples students?  The answer is yes.  Over the...

Equal Rights Amendment ratification fundamental to democracy

Men and women polled by the ERACoalition were asked to indicate the degree to which they agreed or disagreed with  the statement:

Sophie Casey '20, Web Managing Editor

January 3, 2020

I first learned of the Equal Rights Amendment as a relic of history. In the room of my sophomore American history class, I committed to memory not only the sequence of presidents and a timeline of war, but also our country’s inability to ensure equality on the basis of sex.  The Equal Rights A...

Staples students should start studying instead of complaining

Staples students are beginning to realize what the college life is like as the week before December break approaches.

Jake Navarro '20, Staff Writer

January 2, 2020

Every year before break starts, teachers start to pile on tests in the remaining week. So far, I have accumulated four tests from Monday to Wednesday. Although this puts a lot of stress on students, I think it is a good way to prepare students for the college lifestyle.  High school is supposed to prepare students ...

The Staples exchange program needs to change to relay a true experience

Staples and Singapore students are yet to experience an integrated experience throughout the school days.

Jake Navarro '20, Staff Writer

January 2, 2020

Every year, a group of high school students from Singapore has a two-week opportunity of living the life of a Staples student. Although they are put in different classes, I believe the program needs to change in order to truly represent a Staples lifestyle.  When walking through the halls, I saw many s...

Early scheduling for 2020-2021 school year proves to be premature, causes unnecessary stress

The Staples Guidance Department has started to discuss course selection for the 2020-2021 school year. All students have received a course selection “fact sheet”, giving students the information they need to consider when selecting courses for the next school year.

Lucy Arrow, Paper Features Editor

January 2, 2020

On Dec. 12, just like any other day, I walked into my weekly “Connections” meeting hoping to have the traditional 20 minutes of time. Despite my wanting to simply communicate and relax before the day proceeded, I was struck with the stressful news that we would be discussing our schedules for th...

Westport PD goes electric

The new Model 3 Tesla is undergoing revamping in order to fulfil the needs of a police car. The car will be receiving emergency lights, sirens, a networked computer, a weapon rack and special tires in order to drive up to 100 mph.

Ella Alpert '22, Staff Writer

January 2, 2020

The Westport Police Department announced their purchase of the Tesla Model 3 as the newest addition to their fleet. The department made the announcement on Dec.10; however, the Tesla won’t be in action until January 2020. The purchase of an electric car is a great addition to the Westport police...

Premature Counties preparation warrants unnecessary stress

Photos in the group usually receive comments praising the girls’ fashion choices. A few pictures are typically posted every day.

Molly Gold '21, Paper News Editor

January 2, 2020

A week before the first day of school, the rising junior class was sent into a panic. We were not anxious over the immense amount of expected schoolwork, college visits we anticipated or the increased pressure from our parents; rather, we were scrambling to find dates to Counties: a dance that was s...

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