Humans of Staples


In a school that features nearly 2,000 unique students, it is easy to be forgotten by some of your peers. Reece Armstrong ’16 is not one who has to deal with that problem regularly.

During his three-and-a-half year tenure at Staples, Armstrong has been known as many things including Queso, The New Three and White Iverson. An active member of many organizations including varsity water polo and the young entrepreneur’s club, what Armstrong does is not what sets him apart; it is the way in which he does it.

From the very beginning of high school Armstrong was off to the great things, “During my freshman year I won my period four free flick football league,” Armstrong said. While to an outsider this may seem like a strange feat, Armstrong cites his win in the finals against Jack Zeldes ’16 to be one of his greatest accomplishments.

“We had to get kicked out of the library for noise at one point,” Armstrong recalls. “Jack missed his kick. I was crowned champion. It was really something else.”

Athletics on an intramural level have helped Armstrong obtain a certain amount of success. Armstrong also strives in varsity athletics with three years on the boy’s water polo team under his belt, “We mess around a lot during water polo a lot and that has gotten me in trouble before, but it has also produced some of my greatest memories.”

Armstrong concluded by giving some words of wisdom, “In the end you take it all and make the best of it.”

Armstrong’s success has largely stemmed from his philosophy; when asked who he models his life after, Armstrong said without hesitation Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden.

“I model myself after James Harden because of his ultimate will to win at all times, he just wants to beat the man across from him,” Armstrong explained. Armstrong was then able to parlay Harden’s skills into his life, “When I sit down to take a test I look across the table and I say I’m going to do better than the kid sitting across from me.”

Definitely a one of a kind figure, Armstrong looks to finish out his last semester at Staples strong after leaving a major impact in the pool and in the halls.