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Winter means breaking the ice

Ice Princess: Mackenzie Wood ’16 perfects her balancing technique on the ice as she skates at the Longshore Rink. Photo by Caroline O’Kane ’16

Pulling on high socks, lacing up skates and waddling over to the rink is only the beginning when it comes to ice skating. In the midst of the winter season, students are often faced with the decision to either curl up inside or brave the cold for the ice.

For some, slicing the smooth ice can be enjoyable and fulfilling. The engulfing warmth of jackets, hats and gloves can help to counteract the chills that come from the freezing air. According to Zack Azadian ’15, it can even feel as if you’re flying.

“It’s like I’m hovering on a cloud– a cloud of ice,” Topher Brown ’15 said.

When successful, sliding across the slippery surface can result in a sense of power. But it can easily have an opposite effect.

“I thought I was good at it,” Helena Giaume ’15 said. “And then I fell.”

When gravity takes over, students said that they not only felt sad but were also left with wet, cold pants.

“In the beginning of the season it’s always very rough to start off,” Giaume ’15 continued.

“People whip by me, and it knocks me over, so I cling to the wall for dear life,” she said.

Many Staples students think it’s worth the risk of waking up with a sore tailbone from a hard fall.

“I’m a big fan. It’s like the duality between the thrill of gliding across the ice and the constant fear of falling and facing physical and emotional harm,” Nick Amato ’16 said.


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Baby sitting and journalism may seem to have nothing in common, but Julie Bender ’15 packs both professions into her high school career. While many students were off at camp or vacationing this summer, Bender was hard at work baby sitting families and friends. She was extremely dedicated to her job, practically becoming the neighborhood babysitter. Her baby skills easily compliment to her journalism skills as “dealing with children is like dealing with interviewees.” Using her same dedication towards her baby sitting monopoly, Bender hopes to improve her writing skills before she leaves Staples in 2015. There is no rush, however, as Bender “loves getting the info out” through journalism. After three years of being ruled over by seniors, Bender finally finds herself at the top of the food chain in high school. The best moment of the summer was “taking off the junior parking sticker” Bender said. Finally bursting through the doors as a senior girl, covered in feathers and whistles is a moment that all high school girls can’t wait for. Her excitement as a senior has added on to her excitement for journalism this year. Bender has a passion for opinions and news articles; she loves the fun, fast-paced language that is used in the writing style. It also gives her opportunities to interview unique and interesting people. Her favorite article she wrote, in fact, was an article on Hookah and E-Cig usage in high school because the interview process was one of the most awkward. Whether it is journalism or caring for children, Julie Bender brings all aspects of high school to the table in her last year writing for Inklings. She hopes to end the year strong and keep up with her hard work and dedication in and out of high school.  

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