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Car Club Looks Forward to Putting the Pedal to the Metal For Another Year

With the exception of an occasional, often drool-inducing sighting in a parking lot or a rare fleeting glimpse on the highway, most Staples students have never gotten the chance to view the engineering wonder of a Ferrari sports car up close.

However, the Staples Car Club has been able to provide that enriching experience to its members on more than one occasion. Last year, through the help of Southport’s Classic Car Gallery, the club was able to provide a showing of a 1987 model Ferrari.

While further attempts to have a Classic Car return have been spoiled by the weather, the club is still as active as ever. In November, a Consumer Reports automotive tester made presentation about what his job entails and also partook in a question & answer session.

Unlike mainstays such as the Key Club or Staples Players, the Car Club is relatively young, now entering it’s fourth year of existence.

“It all started when some seniors created a car club when I was a freshman. I was their first member,” said Jack Ewert ’12, one of the club’s three presidents. “After they graduated, I kept it going.”

Because he used to work as a motorcycle mechanic and formerly repaired his cars himself, math teach Bill Wilkes was a natural choice for adviser. Wilkes enthusiastically added that the fact that the Classic Car Gallery allows him to take the cars they bring out for a spin has been a huge bonus.

According to him, the club provides it’s members with important skills that they will be able to utilize for the rest of their lives.

“I feel strongly that every driver should know how to change a flat tire and jump start a car with a dead battery – you never know where or when you will get ‘stuck’,” Wilkes said. “I hope to see the club do another ‘Fix-a-flat Day’ and ‘Jump Start Day’ in order to educate other drivers here at Staples.”

When no special occasions are scheduled, the club’s members try and learn as much as they can about their shared passion from each other.

“Students often put together a power point presentation on a specific car and discuss its history, if it has racing heritage, and what it’s unique qualities are,” Wilkes said.

Still, at the end of the day, the club’s main objective remains being a fun place for car aficionados to hang out and just talk cars.

“We try and make things as chill as possible so as to not scare off anyone who’s interested in the club but dosnt have the time or energy for a big commitment,” tri-President Ross Dener ’13 said.

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At first glance, one would never know the special title senior Will McDonald holds in the Inklings room. “Ms. McNamee says I have the worst handwriting she’s seen in 20 years,” McDonald says. He admits this with pride, and from the look of his notes, with confidence that he will maintain that reputation. McDonald also lives with the struggle of sharing his name with a school janitor. Between receiving email requests to fix pipes and teachers frustrated by a lack of response to their emails, the situation has become a big mess. McDonald wasted no time getting involved with Inklings as a freshman and now along with his impressive handwriting title he is the current managing editor. Before his current position he had been a sports and news editor. His favorite pieces of work would be his article “When Stealing’s Not A Crime” and his front-page graphic for the Sandy Hook edition. On top of his position on the Inklings staff, McDonald is also the captain of the boy’s cross-country team. He spent his summer working at the Sherwood Island Nature Center. Outside of work and school McDonald likes to read, watch movies, listen to music by Mumford & Sons and enjoy pancakes at his favorite restaurant, Chips. As McDonald approaches this year at Inklings he shares, “knowing that this is my final year is saddening, but at the same time exciting because of all of the great things that I know are still left to be accomplished”.

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