The fact that F. Scott Fitzgerald lived part of his life here in Westport makes the people of town feel a special connection to the famous author. So, when “The Great Gatsby” movie was released, it was not a surprise that it caused a burst of interest in Westport that some people claim has not been... Read more »
The day before I was supposed to take my first-ever test in the gymnasium, for Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics, the talk amongst my fellow students was not about the test itself. On the contrary, it was about the test environment. Testing in the gym was not new; neither were the rumors... Read more »
Staples looked like they were playing as well as any lacrosse team in the FCIAC after the third quarter against Darien, when they were leading 3-1. Coming off a huge double overtime upset win against New Canaan, the team was preparing to knock off the perennial powerhouse Blue Wave in a similar upset... Read more »
12:47 p.m. The cafeteria was packed today due to the macaroni and cheese being served in the middle line. The enticing smell was prevalent around the school.
Considering the near $100 million Westport Public School budget, one would think an adequate climate control system would be a given inside the modern Staples High School building. Think again. Not a lunch period goes by during the winter months without constant complaints from the Staples... Read more »
[otw_is sidebar=otw-sidebar-1]On Monday, March 18, 23-year-old Westport resident Roger Muchnick ’08 was one of seven Marines killed in a training session at Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada. According to Dan Woog, Muchnick served two tours in Afghanistan as an active member of the U.S. Marine Corps. Muchnick... Read more »
Appropriately just before the start of the upcoming NCAA Tournament, Inklings had the opportunity to talk to Jim Nantz, the voice behind March Madness for CBS. Arguably the most well-known and well-rounded sports broadcaster in the country, Nantz also announces for the NFL (including the Superbowl),... Read more »
In what some are calling the biggest win in school history, the Staples Wreckers overcame a slow start to take down the No. 1 team in the FCIAC, the Westhill Vikings, 53-50 in a home basketball matchup. Point guard and co-captain James Frusciante ’13, after suffering a second quarter head injury... Read more »
The Drug Abuse Resistance Education program (better known as D.A.R.E.) will no longer include information regarding marijuana as part of its standard elementary school curriculum, a change from past years when part of a day of instruction was devoted to education about the drug. Due to this change,... Read more »
12:51 p.m. Jack Reardon '14 and Hannah Lewis '14 studying for the ACT test during their free period. As winter progresses, more and more juniors are having to deal with the preparation for standardized tests, whether its the ACT or the SAT.
3:27 p.m. Harold Bjornson '14 trying to complete a rep in the weight room after school as part of his offseason lacrosse training. Several teams, including rugby, baseball, and track, also lift after school during the fall season. Photo by Aaron Hendel '14.
Captain, running back and cornerback Joey Zelkowitz ’13 set an FCIAC championship game record with 318 rushing yards and was named the game’s Most Valuable Player as Staples fought off a third quarter Greenwich run to prevail 48-30 in the FCIAC Championship on Thanksgiving Day. The win propelled... Read more »
It isn’t over yet. While the bus strike announced Sunday may have been averted (at least as of Oct. 2), sources say the drivers and the bus company, Dattco, are far from an agreement. While both sides say they remain generally optimistic that they will reach an agreement, some drivers say they... Read more »
Buses will run tomorrow. On the evening of Sun., Sept. 30, thanks to a government agency’s help, bus drivers agreed to drive tomorrow, working under the terms of the current collective bargaining agreement, originally set to expire at 12:01 a.m. on Mon., Oct. 1. Earlier, the bus drivers had refused... Read more »
This post has been updated as of Sun., Sept. 30. Superintendent of Schools Elliott Landon warned parents on Thurs., Sept. 27 in an email that the school bus drivers may go on strike on Mon., Oct. 1. The drivers are in a dispute with the bus company service, Dattco, over the collective bargaining... Read more »
From President Barack Obama to former Mass. Governor Mitt Romney and seemingly everyone in between, the Democratic and Republican National Conventions of 2012 ended after an intense couple of days. Both presidential candidates, as well as their wives, recited speeches. The conventions also featured... Read more »
On Monday, Sept. 24, the season premiere of one of the three popular CBS comedy sitcoms, How I Met Your Mother, is scheduled to air at 8:00 p.m., followed three days later by the season premieres of The Big Bang Theory, at 8:00p.m. and Two and a Half Men at 8:30p.m. All three new seasons are among... Read more »
With only one returning starter seeing action, it may have been unrealistic for the Staples boys’ soccer team to expect anything better than a draw in its preseason opener against Newtown. Yet draw they did, despite only practicing together for four days. The positives for the Wreckers: the defense... Read more »
I’ve been fortunate to be able to attend several outstanding sporting events in my lifetime. A baseball game at Wrigley Field as well as two World Series games at Yankee Stadium, including the clinching game six in 2009, an NBA finals game, in which Kenyon Martin leaped onto my mom’s lap to attempt... Read more »
One of the fastest growing clubs at Staples High School, Wreckers In Tune, is preparing to bring an eventful first year of operation to a close with a benefit concert on June 15 7 PM in the Staples auditorium. Admission is free, but donations to Save the Children will be accepted, and there will be several... Read more »
Students will do whatever it takes to get an edge, which could potentially mean boosting a grade, and thus boosting the frequently discussed GPA. Whether it’s the quick glance over to another person’s answers during the actual test, or the discussion of test material with someone who had already... Read more »
And then there were four. Friday night, the final game was played in the second round of the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, which had one of the local favorites, the one-seed New York Rangers, advancing to the Eastern Conference finals. There, they will meet the other popular team... Read more »
A few weeks ago, Principal John Dodig sent an email out to the entire guidance department, asking the counselors to “flip through report cards and find ones that pop out,” due to sudden grade progress. This was because Dodig was preparing for his 6th annual Most Academically Improved ceremony,... Read more »
12:55 p.m. During today's breezy but comfortbale afternoon, these five students took advantage of the elements, some by napping, and others by doing schoolwork. The temperature at this time was 52 degrees Farenheit.
Danny Pravder '13 using some spare time to practice piano in the chorus room, as many students often do throughout the day.
Generating Realistic Terrain with Pseudo Random Noise Based Algorithms. Increasing the Efficiency of Aircraft Using Shark Scales as a Model. Spatial and Color Recognition in Carassius Auratus Auratus. There is only one place at Staples where these experiments are thought of, much less researched and... Read more »
It was unusually dark this morning, in spite of the rain and fog, as students and teachers were coming to school. That may in part explain why nobody initially stopped to assist the participants of an accident on I-95 South. The wreckage consisted of a truck and car along the highway barrier. There... Read more »
Taylor Jacobs '14 and Sydney Newman '15 help Hannah Malowitz '15 celebrate her birthday in the auditorium lobby. They were able to enjoy these vanilla frosted cupcakes just minutes before the fire drill occurred.
The National Basketball Association has shown America some of its finest moments over the last few decades. There was MJ versus Isaiah, Magic versus Bird, and even Dwight Howard versus Nate Robinson in the dunk contest. However, all the good that the NBA has brought is lost. There are now players... Read more »
There was no better way for the girls’ soccer team to follow out senior day festivities at Loeffler Field last Thursday than by smothering Trinity Catholic 5-0. The win greatly enhanced their chances at qualifying for the FCIAC playoffs, as at the time of the publishing of this article,... Read more »
Loeffler Field. 4 p.m. Warm-up music gets switched off, and the crowd starts to pack in on the hill. This is when every Staples soccer player gets in the zone. They are pumped up and ready to go out and get a victory. The pursuit for a fourth straight FCIAC title seems like all the motivation they need,... Read more »
High school athletes will do whatever it takes to get an edge. Athletes know that, if they work hard enough, games can be won off the field—whether it’s in the weight room, on the treadmill, or even at the dinner table. Dozens of Staples competitors consistently follow strict eating habits from... Read more »
11: 30 a.m. Taken from outside the cafeteria, this image shows both the student body eating lunch as well as club members advertising their respective clubs to onlookers.
Jaclyn Katz and Nicole Brill graduated. Shannon Lesch was hurt. Opponent Libby McNamara was named one of the top 20 girls high school soccer players in Connecticut. Staples had all the excuses to lose going into their season opener against Fairfield Ludlowe. But instead of accepting those excuses, they... Read more »