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NHD participants create their projects in a variety of mediums, such as Annika Redding ’24, Tessa Tobias ’24 and Talia Varsano’s ’24 exhibit on the development of the polio vaccine amid the Cold War.

Coyne honored, recognized with Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year award

Julia Herlyn ’23 , Editor-in-Chief June 7, 2022

Academic papers, fully-functioning websites, embellished exhibits and self-directed performances are all viable and encouraged projects for the annual National History Day (NHD) Contest—a staple of the...

Classical music is a rich genre that is often overlooked by today’s youth—even within our own school community. At Staples, the Amati Chamber Orchestra (pictured) as well as the Stradivarius Chamber Orchestra receive little attention from administrators and students alike, reflecting the diminishing interest in classical music today.

An ode to classical music and its everlasting value

Julia Herlyn ’23, Editor-in-Chief May 31, 2022

Dua Lipa, Billie Eilish, Doja Cat, Drake and Kendrick Lamar, to name a few, are not among the artists that frequent my personal playlists, unlike the majority of my peers. Instead? I’m a diehard fan...

Jet Tober 23 developed a passion for music at the age of 3, and has since delved into songwriting.

Tober builds beats, constructs compositions

Julia Herlyn '23, News Editor April 4, 2022

When listening to the opening lines of Kanye West’s song “Touch The Sky,” an immediate, electrifying response bubbles in Jet Tober ’23—in only a few seconds, his head begins to bob, his eyes...

Reading for a few minutes a day can have numerous benefits, improving upon your mental wellbeing in addition to your physical health.

Lack of reading for pleasure, practicing self-care deteriorates the self

Julia Herlyn ’23, News Editor March 7, 2022

As a wide-eyed, energetic fourth grader who was always eager to learn and grow, reading—to me—was one of, if not my favorite pastime. I recall dedicating December break of 2014 to the joy of reading—at...

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, driving behaviors changed significantly throughout the course of the pandemic. Speeding rates increased dramatically and still have not returned to normal levels.

Connecticut sees increase in traffic-related deaths, traffic on roads

Julia Herlyn ’23, Paper News Editor December 13, 2021

Connecticut has recently experienced a 16% increase in traffic-related deaths, indicated by data from the state Department of Transportation. As of Nov. 12, there were 290 cases of traffic-related deaths...

Korean popcorn chicken serves as popular, tasty meal

Korean popcorn chicken serves as popular, tasty meal

Julia Herlyn ’23, Paper News Editor November 1, 2021

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At Staples, the music department—including band, orchestra and chorus groups—does not receive as much attention as other school activities, such as academic groups, athletic teams and Players.

Staples music department lacks representation, attention

Julia Herlyn ’23, , Paper News Editor October 15, 2021

I attended a meeting after school on Friday, Oct. 1, for Tri-M (Music Honor Society). The meeting was held in the orchestra room, a space that I am more than familiar with, as I have been playing in grade-level...

The Staples Pops concert is the only live music performance of the 2020-2021 school year, taking place at the Levitt Pavilion on June 4 and 5.

Staples music department adjusts Pops concert, follows pandemic regulations

Julia Herlyn ’23, Paper News Editor June 7, 2021

The annual Staples Pops concert kicked off the beginning of summer, marking the end of the academic year and served as the finale of a year of music at Staples. Held at the Levitt Pavilion in downtown...

The competitive Staples climate disregards students’ personal identities, instead labeling peers based on their academic and extracurricular-related characteristics.

Staples atmosphere is dehumanizing, labels students

Julia Herlyn ’23, Paper News Editor May 27, 2021

It was past midnight on a Sunday evening, when I received a text message from one of my friends. She wrote that the advanced math and science courses she is taking are “all she has going for her,”...

Westport citizens gathered at Jesup Green on March 27 to show their support for Asian Americans, who have been suffering from increased levels of violence and abuse in recent weeks.

First Selectman Marpe’s statement on Asian-American violence reflects sympathy from Westport community

Julia Herlyn ’23, Staff Writer April 5, 2021

Community leaders and Westport residents assembled on March 27 at Jesup Green to protest Asian American hate and honor the memory of lives lost in the Atlanta shootings on March 16  and other incidents ...

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