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2021-2022 Staff

Lucy Zuckerman 22
Assistant Business Director

Lucy Zuckerman ’22

Lucy Zuckerman ’22, Assistant Business Director, knew she wanted to join Inklings after getting many recommendations from former members and friends.  “I heard a lot of good things about journalism,” Zuckerman said. “I t...

Allie Gillman 23
Assistant Business Manager

Allie Gillman ’23

Allie Gillman ’23 is no stranger to Inklings. Since her freshman year as a Staff Writer, Gillman now continues her passion for Advanced Journalism as Assistant Business Manager.  “It’s not very well-known that the busin...

Mia Kirkorsky 24
Assistant Business Manager

Mia Kirkorsky ’24

Assistant Business Manager Mia Kirkorsky ’24 chose to take the leap to join Inklings this year while also managing being on a full time rowing team at the nearby Saugatuck Rowing Club.  “It takes up all of my time. I don’t hav...

Meg Enquist 23
Assistant Business Manager

Meg Enquist ’23

Assistant Business Manager Meg Enquist ’23 enjoys Advanced Journalism because of the element of flexibility. She loves both writing and having the ability to be creative in her work. “I enjoy [...] being able to pick topics I...

Madeline Michalowski  22
Assistant Creative Director

Madeline Michalowski ’22

Assistant Creative Director Madeline Michalowski ’22 is the definition of busy; balancing dance five days a week with both Inklings and schoolwork. Dancing since age three, Michalowski has found her passion and plans to pursue...

Lilly Weisz 23
Assistant Creative Director

Lilly Weisz ’23

Assistant Creative Director Lilly Weisz ’23 initially joined Inklings in hopes of becoming a stronger writer. “I really like writing,” Weisz said. “I wanted to learn how to write more diverse literature and how to w...

Rachel Greenberg ’22
Assistant Creative Director

Rachel Greenberg ’22

Assistant Creative Director Rachel Greenberg ’22 is well versed in the art of videography. A freelance Youtuber, she spends her time capturing important moments on film. “I like to film exciting parts of my life so I have something ...

Lyah Muktavaram 22
Broadcast Director

Lyah Muktavaram ’22

Broadcast Director Lyah Muktavaram ’22 stays busy as part of Inklings and as a Staples girls’ cross country captain. This is her third year writing for Inklings; she says the people and the culture keep her coming back.  ...

Anna Diorio 23
Broadcast Director

Anna Diorio ’23

Paper Arts Editor Anna Diorio ’23 joined Inklings because it was the perfect place for her to embrace the Staples community, make new friends and expand her interest in covering topical issues. “I've always been very passionate about wr...

Ella Alpert ’22
Broadcast Director

Ella Alpert ’22

Broadcast Director and captain of the Staples girls’ swim team Ella Alpert ’22 originally started Advanced Journalism to try out something new. “After Intro [to Journalism], all my friends were moving on to Advanced, so w...

Theresea Vandis 22
Business Manager

Theresea Vandis ’22

Business Manager Theresea Vandis ’22 participated in a New York Times program, igniting her passion for journalism. “I met with immigrants coming from the Mediterranean and listened to their stories and then I created a culminating project on ...

Aidan Rogers 22
Creative Director

Aidan Rogers ’22

Creative Director Aidan Rogers’ ’22 interest in Inklings was sparked by his fascination for sports journalism. Since he first joined, Rogers has experimented with different writing styles and been an arts editor.  “Being a...

Shira Zeiberg 22
Outreach Manager

Shira Zeiberg ’22

Outreach Manager Shira Zeiberg ’22 hopes to fulfill her Staples experience by spending as much time with her friends as she can. She loves the community she has found at Staples.  “It was my sister’s safe spot, and it be...

Maya Hruskar ’23
Paper News Editor

Maya Hruskar ’23

Paper News Editor Maya Hruskar ’23 has loved art, specifically drawing, ever since she was little. “I love doing self-portraits,” Hruskar said. “I think they are really cool and help people, especially teenagers, impr...

Lea Rivel 22
Social Media Director

Lea Rivel ’22

Social Media Director Lea Rivel ’22 enjoys broadening her horizons and exploring new sights. Rivel spent the summer of 2021 traveling. “I went to LA and New Mexico,” Rivel said. “I also did some college touring.”...

Hannah Kail 22
Staff Writer

Hannah Kail ’22

Staff Writer Hannah Kail ’22 is starstruck by celebrity culture.  “I am really interested in celebrity lifestyle,” Kail said. “I love going on sprees and learning everything about a celebrity's life.” Kail tr...

Jess Leon 22
Staff Writer

Jess Leon ’22

Jess Leon ’22, Staff Writer and captain of the Staples girls’ field hockey and lacrosse teams, seeks leadership responsibility and enjoys being a role model to others. “I’m excited to be captain because in the past, all the capt...

Caroline Coffey 22
Staff Writer

Caroline Coffey ’22

For Staff Writer Caroline Coffey ’22, journalism is in the family.  “My grandfather, [...] he wrote about the Boston Red Soxs, a Sports Reporter, and so he met all the greats — Ted Williams, Babe Ruth — and my mom wa...

Christopher Tatusko 22
Staff Writer

Christopher Tatusko ’22

Staff Writer Christopher Tatusko ’22 has always had a passion for writing.   “I was a writer for a paper outside of Inklings that I contributed to for two years before joining Inklings,” Tatusko said.  Tatusko l...

Talia Varsano 24
Staff Writer

Talia Varsano ’24

As Staff Writer  Talia Varsano ’24 approaches her sophomore year, she looks forward to seeing what Inklings has to offer. With a passion for writing, Varsano is excited about the outlet this class has provided to express h...

Josh Franklin 24
Staff Writer

Josh Franklin ’24

Crafting has always been a passion for Staff Writer Josh Franklin ’24. Whether it be in arts or writing, Franklin has always been interested in creating. Outside of school, Franklin has many passions. “I like crafting; I swim; I like listening...

Jason Stein 22
Staff Writer

Jason Stein ’22

Founder of the Chess club at Staples High School, Jason Stein ’22 was looking for an opportunity to integrate his two passions: chess and journalism. “In our chess club, we put out weekly chess-related news on our discord,” Stein s...

Ava Cordella 24
Staff Writer

Ava Cordella ’24

Despite this being her inaugural year in Inklings, staff writer Ava Cordella ’24 is familiar with the demands of creativity. A dedicated ballet dancer, Cordella appreciates its beauty and hardships.  “It’s a way to be creative,” Cordell...

Jolie Gefen ’23
Staff Writer

Jolie Gefen ’23

Staff Writer Jolie Gefen ’23 knew the Inklings room was the destination for her.  “I really like writing and have always been really passionate about politics, and taking this class seems like a good class to take to get...

Nick Lolis ’24
Staff Writer

Nick Lolis ’24

When Staff Writer Nick Lolis ’24 was in Greece with his family, something caught his eye in one of the stores. “I bought copper coins from Greece that were made in 1869,” Lolis said. Previously, Inklings caught the e...

Tori Wilson 22
Staff Writer

Tori Wilson ’22

Tori Wilson ’22 joined Advanced Journalism in her sophomore year to be with her friends and for the freedoms the class offered. Through Inklings, she’s explored various topics both Westport and the broader world through a...

Eli Shorrock ’22
Staff Writer

Eli Shorrock ’22

Staff Writer Eli Shorrock ’22 has a love for sports. He plays squash in winter and lacrosse in the spring.  In his free time, Shorrock plays guitar, which he’s been doing since he was a freshman.  “I’ve never ...

Gena Frucht ’24
Staff Writer

Gena Frucht ’24

Staff Writer Gena Frucht ’24 plays squash not only because of the game itself, but because of the social aspect that comes from it. “[At squash,] I talk to people who aren't from my school, which makes me less shy,” ...

Ryan Hong ’23
Staff Writer

Ryan Hong ’23

Although Staff Writer Ryan Hong ’23 seems to have a full schedule with hours spent dabbling at chess and mastering the bass guitar, he always makes sure to find some time for creative writing. “Writing is kind of a passion...

Aidan Sprouls ’23
Staff Writer

Aidan Sprouls ’23

Aidan Sprouls ’23 knows what he likes: sports, video games, hanging out with friends and running. As a first year Staff Writer, Sprouls plans to channel his interests into writing. “My sister was a part of Inklings and I wa...

Paige Tighe ’24
Staff Writer

Paige Tighe ’24

Staff Writer Paige Tighe ’24 pursues her two passions of playing lacrosse and writing opinions. “In Intro to Journalism my favorite piece that I wrote was my opinion and writing that piece made me really wanna take advanc...

Web Features Editor

Samantha Sandrew ’25

Samantha Sandrew ’25 can be found in a variety of places, including an art studio or the journalism classroom. After taking a break from the arts, she now finds herself rediscovering her passion for drawing. “I really reg...

Alix Glickman 23
Web Features Editor

Alix Glickman ’23

Web Features Editor Alix Glickman ’23 joined Inklings to engage with the school community in an exciting way. “English has been something that I’ve always been interested in,” Glickman said. Alix has danced since ...

Karlie Saed 23
Web Features Editor

Karlie Saed ’23

Embarking on junior year, Karlie Saed ’23 is eager to return to Inklings as a Web Features Editor. Saed’s interest in Journalism was sparked during her sophomore year Introduction to Journalism class.  “I’m interested...

Anastasia Thumser ’22
Web Managing Editor

Anastasia Thumser ’22

Web Managing Editor Anastasia Thumser ’22 grew up as a writer, though the road wasn't easy. “I kind of got off to a rough start in the class. It was hard at first […] I thought it was so overwhelming,” Thumser said...

Giselle Oldani 22
Web Managing Editor

Giselle Oldani ’22

Journalism has always been a passion for Web Managing Editor Giselle Oldani ’22. To her, Inklings is an opportunity to do good in the world. “There’s so many people that need help and need exposure and so many things...

Toby Goldfarb 23
Web News Editor

Toby Goldfarb ’23

Toby Goldfarb ’23 finds that her position as a Web News Editor empowers her to stay well-informed on current events. “I’ve enjoyed reading people’s articles because there are sometimes events that I didn’t even know ...

Abby Nevin 23
Web News Editor

Abby Nevin ’23

Two things Web News Editor Abby Nevin ’23 likes: journalism and gymnastics.  She joined Inklings because she thought journalism was a cool idea. She wants to improve her position in journalism. “I want to aim for P...

Hannah Conn 23
Web Opinions Editor

Hannah Conn ’23

When Hannah Conn ’23 isn’t in the Inklings room, she can be seen baking in a kitten print apron with her mom and grandma.  “I’ll often show up at my friends' doorsteps with fresh baked bread,” Conn said.  Th...

Sarah Marron ’24
Web Sports Editor

Sarah Marron ’24

Young Westporters often attend camps like RECing crew or Mahackeno, creating new friendships during the summer. Yet while other fourth graders begged for a playdate with their new friends after camp, at age nine, Sarah Marron...

Brooke Dembin 22

Brooke Dembin ’22

Business Manager Brooke Dembin ’22 enjoys exploring change. She's constantly making adjustments, adding a sense of excitement to all that she pursues.  “I've always been known for my really long nails and enjoy switching the col...

Samantha Felner 22
Managing Editor

Samantha Felner ’22

Entering her senior year, Samantha Felner ’22 looks forward to being an Associate Managing Editor. Felner’s involvement in Ursus newspaper led her to her debut with Inklings in 2019.  “I began to be interested in the reporting...

Betti Kobak 22
Managing Editor

Betti Kobak ’22

Managing Editor Betti Kobak ’22 loves self-expression. Whether it’s thrifting or writing, having an opportunity to do what she loves is how she found herself in Inklings.  “I think I like the fact that it was a creative outlet,” she...

Phoebe Miller ’23
Sports Editor

Phoebe Miller ’23

Paper Sports Editor Phoebe Miller ’23 is no stranger to the creative aspects of life. At a young age, she began taking gymnastics lessons and quickly grew fond of the sport. “I would always flip around when I was little and my parents d...

Lucy Dockter 23
News Editor

Lucy Dockter ’23

Paper News Editor Lucy Dockter ’23 has two main passions: cello and journalism. She found her interest in journalism through reading the editions of Inklings that her older sister would bring home. “I was really intere...

Jared Leonard 22

Jared Leonard ’22

There are many lesser-known sports that students participate in at Staples High School.  “I feel like a lot of people don't know this,” Paper Opinions Editor Jared Leonard ’22 said, “but Staples actually has a varsity...

Abbie Goldstein 22
Arts Editor

Abbie Goldstein ’22

Paper Arts Editor Abbie Goldstein ’22 is one thing above all else: free spirited. She returns to Inklings for her last year after a summer of creative writing and alpine backpacking courses.    “You could write an essay about anything,...

Elle Vail 23
Arts Editor

Elle Vail ’23

Paper Arts Editor Elle Vail ’23 has always had a love for fiction writing, even publishing two books on her own going into eight grade. Starting Inklings allowed Vail to take a step back from fiction and explore a new style...

Ella Shi 23
Features Editor

Ella Shi ’23

Features Editor Ella Shi ’23 has a knack for expanding her horizons. This summer, she traveled to Portugal with her family.  “We went to Porto and Lisbon,” Shi said. “It was really beautiful to be able to travel a...

Tierney Kugel 22
Breaking News Editor

Tierney Kugel ’22

Breaking News Editor Tierney Kugel ’22 has a strong passion towards her lifestyle choice, and better yet, loves to write about it. As a vegetarian, she dedicates most of her Inklings projects towards her knowledge on enviro...

Valerie Dreyfuss 22
Opinions Editor

Valerie Dreyfuss ’22

Paper Opinions Editor Valerie Dreyfuss ’22 is an Inklings veteran, kind of by accident. After taking Intro to Journalism without really knowing what journalism was, Dreyfuss found it really fun. “I decided to join Inklings to have a lot ...

Maria Krug 22
Arts Editor

Maria Krug ’22

At first glance, Paper Arts Editor Maria Krug ’22 looks like any other Westport resident with blonde hair and blue eyes. However, Maria was born and raised in Brazil. It was when she moved to Westport five years ago that sh...

Audrey Kercher
Web Arts Editor

Audrey Kercher

Web Arts Editor Audrey Kercher ’23 loves that she is able to get involved with the Staples community through Inklings.   “I applied for a web position because I don't have that much time outside of school, but I still wan...

Lily Caplan 22
Managing Editor

Lily Caplan ’22

Managing Editor Lily Caplan ’22 is an exceptional person. When it comes to cheering people up, or being an optimist, she’s the first that comes to mind.  “I think I'm easy to talk to, and I pride myself in that,” C...

Chloe Murray 22
Public Relations Director

Chloe Murray ’22

Public Relations Director Chloe Murray ’22 enjoys her life as a twin and an aspiring journalist. “We’re super close and we’re very similar people,” Murray says about her twin. “I personally think it’s such a gift....

Charley Guthartz 22
Opinions Editor

Charley Guthartz ’22

Opinions Editor Charley Guthartz ’22 knows the importance of self discovery. “I was always a big sports girl,” Guthartz said. “I always played field hockey and lacrosse.”   In her earlier years of high school, sh...

Katie Simons ’22
Editor-in-Chief

Katie Simons ’22

Editor-in-Chief Katie Simons ’22 has found her niche in the field of journalism, her interest blooming at a young age.   “Growing up, my dad had a subscription to The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times,” Sim...

Emily Goldstein ’23
Features Editor

Emily Goldstein ’23

Paper Features Editor Emily Goldstein ’23 was inspired to take Advanced Journalism because of her older sister, who had been involved in Inklings in a previous year. “I enjoy writing, but I also have a passion for creating video...

Ella Stoler ’22
Photostory Editor

Ella Stoler ’22

Photostory Editor Ella Stoler ’22 is a very kind person who is all about journalism. She has been in Inklings and Advanced Journalism for three years and has always been interested in journalism. Her favorite parts about the class are telli...

Gabi Gerig ‘23
Sports Editor

Gabi Gerig ‘23

Paper Sports Editor Gabi Gerig ‘23 became a volleyball junkie after her sister introduced her to the sport when she was younger. She plays for the volleyball club NOVA and puts a significant amount of free time into practicing. ...

Natalie Bandura 22

Natalie Bandura ’22

Editor-in-Chief Natalie Bandura '22 shares an interest for political science and the STEM fields. From a Fall 2020 internship with Senator Will Haskell and a position as a student member of the Connecticut Board of Educati...

Finnegan Courtney ’23
News Editor

Finnegan Courtney ’23

For Paper News Editor Finnegan Courtney ’23, journalism has always been a passion of his, even before his time at Staples High School.  “I’ve always loved writing, and especially journalism,” Courtney said. “Ever si...

Julia Herlyn ’23
News Editor

Julia Herlyn ’23

Paper News Editor Julia Herlyn ’23 has had a passion for writing ever since her freshman English teacher inspired her to use her imagination.  “I thought that being part of Inklings would help me voice my opinion and be more...

Lily Klau ’23
Features Editor

Lily Klau ’23

Paper Features Editor Lily Klau ’23 enjoys Inklings because it connects to her passions. “I love the creative aspect with all the graphics, so I thought that was a really great way for me to tie in my interests with journal...

Hannah Ratcliffe ’22
Web Arts Editor

Hannah Ratcliffe ’22

Web Arts Editor Hannah Ratcliffe ’22 loves all things arts and dancing, which has shined through in Inklings. “I am a competitive dancer at ‘The Spot’ studio in Norwalk and that takes up most of my time,” Ratcliffe...

Mishael Gill ’23
Features Editor

Mishael Gill ’23

Features editor Mishael Gill ’23 is a committed student who enjoys participating in communities. She hopes to volunteer at Stamford Health because of her interest in medicine.  “I’m interested in medicine and I want t...

Kiswa Khan ’23
Sports Editor

Kiswa Khan ’23

Born in Wisconsin, and having lived in India and the Philippines before returning to the United States, Sports Paper Editor Kiswa Khan ’23 yearns for further global exploration. “This summer I took a spontaneous solo tri...