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A Team of Their Own

Eliza Llewellyn

Who doesn’t love a game where you can pick your favorite football players and compete against your friends?

With the NFL season upon us once again, students are not just faced with rooting for their favorite teams, but they are also dedicated to assembling and managing their fantasy football squads.

Fantasy football has grown in popularity exponentially since it was first created in 1963. According to Forbes, “It is estimated by the Fantasy Sports Trade Association that 32 million people aged twelve and above in the US and Canada played fantasy sports in 2010.”

Not only across North America, but fantasy football has become a seasonal favorite for students across Staples.

“I love fantasy football because I get to play against my friends and manage my own team,” said Ben Thaw ’16.

Fantasy football has such an allure for students and teachers because it is another way to follow their favorite league as well as their favorite teams and players.

Jared Vishno ’16 has different reasons for loving the game.

“I love it because I go to camp and I’m able to keep in touch with my camp friends while playing a game I love,” Vishno said.

Whether it’s to keep up in touch with friends, strengthen other friendships, or just to have fun, fantasy football has become somewhat of a tradition for many students at Staples.

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Jack Zeldes
Jack Zeldes, Staff Writer
Jack Zeldes ’16, plays as a center midfielder for Staples Boys soccer. He grew up playing for Westport soccer before switching to the premier youth club Majic, out of Bridgeport. Soccer is a big part of his life, but he doesn’t like the big teams. “I like smaller teams like Southampton who spend less money and bring up their players from the youth team.” Zeldes said. “They might not win the Premier League, but they do well and they do it the right way.” His favorite team is Borussia Dortmund of the Bundesliga. His favorite article that he wrote for Inklings is about another soccer fan, Ben Cion ’13, who was the live tweeter for Staples soccer. “Ben wasn’t the best player but he just loved the game. Since he wasn’t on the team he became the live tweeter just to be around the game more.”
Eliza Llewellyn
Eliza Llewellyn, Web Managing Editor
Eliza Llewellyn ’14 is driven and well-rounded. Now that it’s her third year on Inklings, she’s ready to take the lead. As web managing editor, Eliza is excited to advance the Inklings website with innovations in media and graphics. It’s not going to be easy, and fortunately her experience as co-captain of the Staples JV tennis team has taught her the valuable leadership skills necessary for the job. Not only this, but her position on the yearbook committee and her commitment to playing piano constantly puts her time management skills to the test. While her job on Inklings may also be extremely time-consuming, she puts it above all else. “If I’m doing homework at 10:30 p.m. and a new e-mail pops up with an article, I stop what I’m doing to read it,” said Eliza. “It’s one of my first priorities.” When Eliza isn’t editing articles, she’s writing them. Last year she wrote a news story, "Legacies: Investigating a College Application Controversy," which she considers one of her best works. “It felt good to talk to guidance counselors and college admissions officers because I was finding information that people would not get otherwise,” said Eliza. This year she hopes to pursue writing in-depth and research-based articles, as well as find a good balance among all her extracurriculars. With her dedication and drive, there’s no doubt Eliza will go above and beyond.

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