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Sophomores overwhelmed by academic developments

Sophomores overwhelmed by academic developments

Jimmy Ray Stagg, Web Sports Editor

May 30, 2014

Throughout high school, there’s a kind of stigma around complaints. The seniors reserve the right to refute any complaint, having “been there, done that.” Juniors can brush the comments off due to their struggles with APs, SATs and ACTs. Underclassmen have no rights of complaint, for fear of...

I choose freedom with a side of AP

I choose freedom with a side of AP

Olivia Kalb, Staff Writer

May 15, 2014

To test or not to test? That is the question. AP tests are awful. Just really, truly awful. Spending several hours in a dreary room, writing essays, answering multiple choice after multiple choice question, or racking the brain for the appropriate way to solve an equation should be banned, in my humbl...

Do Vacations Give Students a Break?

Do Vacations Give Students a Break?

November 22, 2010

Will McDonald '14 Staff Writer For some students, a total break from school is a distant fantasy. This is because that even over the so-called breaks, the stress that results from the never ending supply of homework does not stop. Many go into the vacations with piles of homework. Other students ...

Please Stop, High School Drinkers

Please Stop, High School Drinkers

November 20, 2010

Lately, I haven’t liked what I’ve been seeing on Facebook. I inevitably find in my newsfeed pictures of drunken classmates holding a can of Keystone Light in one hand and a can of Four Loko in the other. Frankly, it’s horrifying. I’m not entirely sure why so many kids my age choose to drink excessively—or at all, for that matter. This isn’t to say that I think...

Sophomore Stress

Sophomore Stress

October 28, 2010

Caitlyn Rand '13 Web Opinions Editor Right now, seniors across America are filling out common aps, writing college entrance essays, and overall majorly stressing about applying for college. Well, try being their little sister. I’ve heard of contagious hiccups, yawning, and laughing, but never co...

Student Athletes Work Hard On, Off Field

Student Athletes Work Hard On, Off Field

October 22, 2010

As the bell rings at 2:15 each day, many Staples students are not heading to their buses to go home, but rather in the opposite direction to the locker rooms to get ready for sports practices. These students have busy lives between school, practice every day, and then all their homework each evening, but most fac...

Looming Deadlines: Early applications add to busy lives of seniors

Looming Deadlines: Early applications add to busy lives of seniors

October 22, 2010

Alexandra O’Kane ’13 Staff Writer   With deadlines of Nov. 1 and Nov. 15 drawing near, seniors who are applying early decision to college find their college application stress growing. According to Guidance Counselor Victoria Capozzi, students at Staples tend to apply to school early because ...

Crunch Time

Crunch Time

June 11, 2010

Every student is counting down the number of days, minutes, and seconds until school finally ends. However, instead of counting the time remaining, teachers think about how many additional lessons they can fit in before school lets out. Just as I think I am coming down the home stretch and can already fee...

Naviance Quells Fears, Instills Anxieties

April 16, 2010

Samantha Freeman '11 Web A&E Editor e bold red numbers stare back at you, mocking your current GPA. Graphs that depict SAT and ACT scores show you below the average. This one website accounts for many of the stresses that come with being a junior or senior, said Staples students. In hopes to ...

PPSAT Shown Valuable in the Pre-College Process

PPSAT Shown Valuable in the Pre-College Process

March 12, 2010

Monica Mula '10 Web Opinions Editor Each year around mid–March, the stress levels among the grades are drastically different. Sophomores have just finished the long weeks of CAPT testing, while all other grades have enjoyed weeks of sleeping in and feel well-rested and refreshed. Now comes the ti...

Sweeney Turns Leisure into Competitive Lifestyle

Sweeney Turns Leisure into Competitive Lifestyle

February 24, 2010

Emily Kowal '12 Web A&E EditorIt is possible that Melissa Sweeney ’11 spends more time on the ski slopes than at home. Sweeney began skiing competitively when she was eight-years old with the Mount Southington ski team. After seven years, Sweeney switched over to the Thunder Ridge ski team. ...

Seniors’ Slew of Stress: Seniors Endure Unprecedented Challenges

Seniors’ Slew of Stress: Seniors Endure Unprecedented Challenges

February 2, 2010

Lexi Preiser '10 Web Editor-in-Cheif The end of the new semester marks the end of a long and wearisome battle for seniors—the battle to keep grades as high as ever, to keep eyelids from drooping after late nights, and to keep sane amidst the craziness of college of applications. When asked to describe first se...

A Snap Back to Reality: Midterms

A Snap Back to Reality: Midterms

January 9, 2010

By Kelsey Landauer '11 Staff Writer The purpose of the December break is to provide a period of time for students to be able to travel, or host family members for holiday celebrations without the distraction of schoolwork and the perpetual stress that school induces. With the vacation time f...

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