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Teachers and Their Ties

A Typical Teachers Shirt and Tie
Chris Ramey
A Typical Teacher’s Shirt and Tie

Teachers can be very cool.Maybe not when they give out homework assignments and tests,  but they do have another side, a side some give us a sliver of every day. This is by wearing a tie that reflects their personality, whether it is funky or genius.

“I have sports ties, christmas ties, a Tasmanian devil tie that says, “this is as jolly as I can get”, Charlie Brown ties, a Coat of Arms tie, a Tom and Jerry tie, a Grinch tie, a tie with confederate flags, and every graduation, I wear my Einstein tie,” a   math teacher Mr. Kissinger said.

Even though Mr. Kissinger really doesn’t like to wear ties, he enjoys choosing ties that are unusual.

“I buy my ties online,” Kissinger said.

They are also bought at places like Brooks Brothers, Ben Silver, and Carrot and Gibbs.

Not only are ties fun, but they mean something significant to teachers.

“ I like wearing a tie to work because school, learning, and being a teacher should be taken seriously and it conveys that well,” Mr. Jones said.

Students look at a teacher differently when they wear a tie.

“Teachers who wear ties show they care about their job, and the appearance they give off to their students and co-workers,” Chris Tacopina ’13 said.

Some other students don’t seem to care.

“If a teacher wants or doesn’t want to wear a tie, then they can.  I don’t think it’s my business to think if a teacher looks too professional in a tie or if a teacher looks too laid back without one,” Rose Jarvis ’16 said.

Wearing a tie can be routine or can present a challenge.

“I remember when my fifth grade teacher wore a different tie every day of the year,” Meredith Bemus ’14 said. “ He never repeated them.”

Clearly, challenge or no challenge, they are worn all the time.“I taught at Boys’ Latin School where even kids had to wear bow ties because of the dress code,” Jones said.

Teachers aren’t the only tie afficionados at Staples though, some students like the trend so much that now they wear ties to school.

“It’s classy, and I can’t go wrong with classic blue and white pinstripes. I also feel like my swag count is maxed out,” Tacopina ’13 said.

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Kelsey Shockey
Kelsey Shockey, Web Sports Editor
Though she may flaunt skirts and cardigans in every hue of pink, Kelsey Shockey’s ’14 girly presence is not to be misconstrued. The Staples Senior’s true passion is sports. Since the age of five, Shockey has devoted herself to playing tennis year round. Currently a member of the girls’ varsity team, Shockey hopes to pursue the sport in college. “I love tennis because it is like performing on a stage and the spotlight is on you,” Shockey said. However, Shockey isn’t just getting attention on the courts. Since her freshman year, she has been involved in the Staples Television Network (STN), providing coverage for sports events. “I was never a great speaker in middle school or elementary school because I was so shy. But now I’ve come out of my shell,” Shockey said. “STN changed everything.” Dreaming of one day gracing national television, she hopes to study communications with an emphasis on broadcast journalism. Combining her love for sports and communications, it’s no wonder that Shockey is a perfect fit as one of Inkling’s Web Sports Editors. Full of exuberance and enthusiasm, she loves that she can “connect with people” through her writing. Shockey’s proudest work is “Explosion at Boston Marathon,” the first breaking news story she has ever written for Inklings. With a strong work ethic as well as a flare for sports and broadcasting, Shockey is sure to be a valuable addition to this year’s Inklings staff.
Chris Ramey
Chris Ramey, Staff Writer
From joining the water polo team to becoming web features editor, Chris Ramey ’14 has his high school career pretty laid out. Next on the agenda? An admirable ambition—he wants to be a Navy Seal. It was his dad’s involvement in the Marine Corps—more specifically Force Recon—that originally sparked his interest in becoming a Navy Seal. Ramey expects that a lot of the skills he gains from his Inklings experience will carry over to his practices later in life, and help him to model himself after his dad: tough, determined, and intelligent. “The training is arguably the hardest on the planet, and I like that as a challenge,” he says. “I’d like to be able to say I went in and came out with my head held high.” Ramey joined Inklings this year after having Ms. McNamee as an English teacher freshman year, and so far he has nothing but grand plans. He wants to make full use of the web capabilities, including videos—perhaps even partnering with STN.

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