The word “arena” conjures an image of ancient warriors battling snarling, ferocious beasts, with adrenaline coursing, the stakes high, and the consequences of losing as threatening as the very opponent in front of them. Inside the realm of Staples High School, “arena” refers to a different,... Read more »
It’s “the capital of happy people.” It’s Times Square on New Year’s Eve. Except on a spring day. Mike Lupica has covered some 20 Boston Marathons in his tenure as an internationally-known sports reporter, so he would know. But Monday’s marathon had Lupica drawing a more haunting comparison:... Read more »
4:27 p.m. Westport residents gather in the Town Hall auditorium to watch a screening of "Hello I Must Be Going" presented by the Westport Cinema Initiative.
A photograph is a memory frozen in time, capturing a moment for years to come—or, if it’s taken using popular smartphone app Snapchat, it is a captured memory for 10 seconds max until the picture disappears. In the hallways, during class, throughout the lunch waves, by the bus loop and everywhere... Read more »
Thursday night, the 7-12 Staples Girls Basketball team went up against the 17-2 Trumbull Eagles in a do-or-die match-up, ultimately suffering a frustrating loss with a final score of 41-27 and failing to earn a spot in the state championship tournament. Preceding the game, Allison April ’13, Fallon... Read more »
High school is an anomaly, a distortion, an alternate universe. A piece of weekend gossip travels at warp speed, a 7-hour school day is scheduled down to each second. Having no friends in free: the end of the world. It is a bubble. Thus it is no surprise that matters such as GPA’s, AP’s, and the... Read more »
High school is a numbers game. There’s the all-important GPA, the always-stressful standardized test score, the number of credits needed to graduate, the number of unexcused absences needed to not graduate.Even lunchtime at Staples is broken down into waves one, two and three. However, there is... Read more »
The night of the unspeakable tragedies in Newtown, I babysat for two elementary-school aged kids. When I was putting the little girl to bed, she stopped me before I left her room and asked me to leave the lights on, to ward away the monsters she suspected inhabited the darkness. At this request my chest... Read more »
Everyone knows that Chanukkah means eight nights of presents, but there’s really much more to this holiday. So here are eight facts to wow your friends with between games of dreidel. 1. Hanukkah is the only major Jewish holiday not mentioned in the Torah. 2. The letters on the Dreidel stand for... Read more »
2:30 p.m. Santa talks to a few of the kids on the nice list about last minute Christmas wishes.
On Oct. 29, Hurricane Sandy ravaged much of the East Coast and left many without power, heat, or shelter. Weeks later, Sandy’s effects continue to cause problems for the Staples community. The week of school lost due to Sandy used up the three days allotted in the calendar for school cancellations... Read more »
It’s a hallmark of the test-taking experience; an established figure in the lives of Staples students; a perpetual convenience to teachers. Indeed, the Scantron has an unquestionable omnipresence at Staples. In fact, according to Principal John Dodig, Staples spends more than $5,000 a year on Scantron... Read more »
Staples has over one hundred clubs, teams, and activities to offer its students. Yet even this selection can’t fully encompass all of the diverse hobbies and interests of the student body. Thus, here are five noticeable gaps in the Staples extra-curricular community. My Friend is in Culinary Club... Read more »
As the school year begins, juniors and seniors are at very different points in planning for their futures. Whereas juniors are just beginning on the long trek that is the college process, seniors are starting down the final stretch. Yet increasingly, these two paths are crossing at one crucial point:... Read more »
According to the U.S Census Bureau, in 2011 the average family size was 3.18 people, (insert the required .18 of a person joke here). Multiply this by approximately four, and you have the number of suitcases my traveling party tries to shove in the back of a rented limousine. There are certainly... Read more »