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Tonsberg travels to Mississippi to claim international writing award

Tonsberg stands with her certificate at the William Faulkner Literary Competition awards ceremony in New Albany, Mississippi. She earned both third place and honorable mention for two short stories.

Melanie Lust '19

October 5, 2018

When Lizzy Tonsberg '19 was taken out of class by her English teacher on Sept. 20, she immediately assumed she was in trouble. Instead, Tonsberg’s teacher informed her that her writing had just won an international competition. Tonsberg won third place for her short story "Company" and honorable mention fo...

Kale and Arellano place first and third in essay contest

Kale and Arellano place first and third in essay contest

December 23, 2017

By Melanie Lust '19 Like many high schoolers, Reva Kale '19 and Nicole Arellano '18 have their fair share of academic and athletic interests: from piano to track and field, from writing to math and science. But unlike most high school students, Kale and Arellano share a long-standing passion for volunteering. Volunteering...

Students’ Powerful Pieces Secure Statewide Recognition

Students’ Powerful Pieces Secure Statewide Recognition

Maddie Phelps '19, Web Managing Editor

May 14, 2017

  Deciding whether or not your own writing is A-worthy material or not is challenging when you’re the only one reading it. But how about submitting it to be judged?? And then learning that your writing piece had been recognized out of over 1,500 other kids statewide? That’s a major hint that your...

The surprising history of pencils

The surprising history of pencils

Rebecca Rawiszer, Web Opinions

June 9, 2015

A single pencil is capable of drawing a line 35 miles long, writing about 45,000 words, digesting 17 sharpenings, and always being there for you when you need to doodle. Yet somehow, we still take these magnificent inventions for granted. Pencils are easy to operate, entertaining, and portable. You...

Sophomore takes seventh in state writing contest

Sophomore takes seventh in state writing contest

Aileen Coyne, Staff Writer

June 5, 2014

Staples sophomore Sam Sheppard placed seventh in the Connecticut Young Writers Trust Competition for a piece she submitted, written in English class. This was Sheppard’s first time entering a writing competition and was selected from hundreds of pieces. Sheppard first heard about the competition from Soundings advis...

Siddhartha at the SAT

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June 11, 2010

Emily Cooper '11 Business Manager “Siddhartha” by Herman Hesse is a must-read while in high school. Not for its historical value, of learning about the founding of Buddhism, or its literary value, or even its educational value. Read Siddhartha because it has every possible theme in it that ever has be...

The Sounding Literary Magazine Coordinates The Resounding Memories Contest

December 8, 2009

Staples students have the reputation of excelling academically; creative writing is just another pastime that they shine in. In order to recognize the creative writers within the student body, The Soundings Literary Magazine coordinates The Resounding Memories Contest. The 2009-10 school year marks...

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