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“The Miseducation of Cameron Post” by Emily M. Danforth is a fictional portrayal of the journey of a gay girl as she endures the trials of conversion therapy.

Queer Books: Representation in literature provides sense of identity to readers

Maya Hruskar ’23, Creative Director November 18, 2022

Many may not realize it, but all around us are people and media who portray straight relationships and effectively act as guides (for better or worse) for heterosexual roles in society. So, for those like...

An armed Westport police officer walks towards Staples to evaluate the swatting threat.

Staples High School receives fake shooter threat causing lockdown

Maya Hruskar ’23, Creative Director October 23, 2022

Staples High School and 16 other schools in Connecticut received “swatting” calls on Oct. 21, causing lockdowns and police responses at each school. “Swatting” calls are when somebody falsely reports...

Teachers and schools face extreme hardships as a result of the pandemic and its implications on youth.

Staples struggles to maintain staff amid national teacher shortage

Staples has experienced increasing resignations and hiring demands as the national teacher shortage affects schools across the country. Amid a shrinking pool of candidates and many resignations, Westport...

Veganism has many benefits for your health and the environment, but negative stereotypes and all-or-nothing biases are even harder than giving up your favorite foods.

Junior year made me stop being vegan

Maya Hruskar ’23, Creative Director June 12, 2022

I’m proud to say that I was, for a short time, probably one of the most laid-back vegans on this earth. I went strictly vegan for about a year and a half before I converted to a sort of quasi-vegetarian....

“Dune” 2021, starring Timothee Chalamet and Zendaya, is based on the 1965 sci-fi classic book. Taking place on an alien world with stunning cinematography, the movie succeeds at recreating the worldbuilding of the book.

‘Dune’ is the perfect book recreation, but fails to reach new audiences

Maya Hruskar ’23, Creative Director November 22, 2021

“Dune,” 2021 came out on Oct. 22 onboth  HBO Max and in theaters. Based on the book “Dune,” published in 1965, the movie takes place in the distant future and follows the life of a royal family...

High-achieving students discuss toxic environment, importance of mindset when managing stress

Maya Hruskar ’23, Creative Director October 31, 2021

Staples is notorious for producing successful, academically-oriented students; however, the competitive environment can take a toll on the student body, including high-achieving students. Two upperclassmen...

Families paid for children to take part in the variety of activities around the fall fest. The money raised from the festival will go towards supporting Earth Place’s nature-oriented programming and providing scholarships to underserved families.

Fall Family Fun: Earthplace’s Fall Festival inspires community gathering, raises funds

Maya Hruskar ’23 , Creative Director October 12, 2021

Fairy lights dot the sky, resembling stars on a warm autumn afternoon. The scent of caramel and maple fills the air as children bound across the newly-fallen leaves and parents lounge on logs. But alongside...

Over the summer several Staples students took EMT classes to pursue a certification. These students are now beginning to volunteer in EMS locations in or around Westport.

Summer EMT courses challenge students, promote growth

Maya Hruskar ’23 , Creative Director October 6, 2021

Typically when you think of a summer for high school students, you might imagine long days spent at the beach, a first job at an ice cream shop or time spent messing around with friends. For some students,...

Connecticut governor Ned Lamont lifted the mask mandate for vaccinated individuals on May 19, posting the above information on his twitter account, @GovNedLamont. Local businesses have differed in their approaches to lifting the mask mandate, and Staples will not be lifting the mandate for this year.

Westport’s differing mask protocols create issues with consistency, facilitate stigma and confusion

A customer impatiently taps their foot against the floor as they wait in line, longing to get outside and breathe fresh air. “Why do we still have to wear these things?” they ask the person behind...

Netflix’s new book adaptation, “Shadow and Bone” is based on Leigh Bardugo’s “Shadow and Bone” trilogy as well as her “Six of Crows” duology.

Take notes, book-to-screen adaptations: ‘Shadow and Bone’ rivals ‘Harry Potter’ in masterful portrayal of source material

Maya Hruskar ’23, Creative Director May 12, 2021

Book-to screen adaptations are oftentimes a high risk, but high reward genre. Consider Harry Potter, arguably one of the best movie adaptations ever made. Nearly every scene in all eight movies felt...

Amid rising vaccinations, Governor Ned Lamont announced that CT will lift COVID business restrictions on May 1 and May 19.

Lamont announces refined outdoor business restrictions for May

Maya Hruskar '23, Paper News Editor April 30, 2021

Outdoor business restrictions in Connecticut will be phased out on May 1, followed by indoor restrictions on May 19, Governor Ned Lamont announced in a press conference on April 19. Movie theatres,...

The sci-fi classic “Dune” explores religious and ecological themes ever-more relevant to modern day. Providing unique parallels to the oftentimes villainized middle-eastern culture, its alien story can give insight on misunderstood aspects of the modern world.

Don’t miss out on the book: The sci-fi classic “Dune” explores modern themes of religious fanaticism, ecology

Maya Hruskar '23, Paper Opinions Editor March 26, 2021

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will...

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